S2 Ep. 17: Phuck-IT and Go to Thailand!

On this week’s episode of Oh My! Travel Podcast, we talk about the beautiful country of Thailand. Known as the land of smiles because of the happy locals. And you’ll be smiling ear to ear when you’re in this paradise.

We break down the different areas of Thailand from the bustling city of Bangkok to the luscious mountains in the north, to the stunning island in the south. Booking a trip to Thailand or considering a getaway in the East? Be sure to tune in!

And for more information on Thailand be sure to check out Le Wild Explorer’s blog posts on the Chiang Mai and the city of Pai in the northern part of Thailand.  And if you need more information on the islands then check out the Krabi guide that includes information on Railay Beach.

As always, thank you for listening to this week’s episode! We hope you enjoyed this Thailand travel guide. Feel free to write us on our Instagram, Twitter, & the blog with your questions, comments & anything else that’s on your mind! Follow us at @ohmytravelpodcast, @lewildexplorer, & @marthagetsit

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S2 Ep. 13: Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year Around the World!

Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is a worldwide celebration and this year is all about the pig! That’s right, 2019 is the year of the pig but there won’t be any shortage of dragons either. It’s one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar so it’s to no surprise that this is a grand celebration.

In this episode we talk about the traditions and ! So get ready for lanterns, fireworks, parades, and more.

Where to Celebrate

China
Shanghai: The Yu Yuan for the Lantern Festival on February 19, 201 is the place to be!
Beijing: Multiple festivals, fairs, and sporting events throughout the city around Chinese New Year, February 5, 2019.

Hong Kong
The 2019 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade is on Chinese New Year Day, February 5, 2019.

Thailand
Bangkok: A full day of festivities throughout the city but primarily in Chinatown on Chinese New Year Day, February 5, 2019. Be sure to check out the First Dragon Parade on Yaowarat Road.

Taiwan
Shifen: The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, in the village of Shifen (40-minutes outside Tapei) on February 19, 2019, is one of the largest celebrations in Taiwan.

Singapore
The Chingay Parade is the biggest Lunar New Year event in Singapore and happens on February 15-16, 2019.

Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur: Festivities take place on February 5, 2019, primarily on Petaling Street area in Chinatown

Vietnam
Celebrate the Festivals throughout Vietnam on Lunar New Year day, February 5, 2019.

United States
Los Angeles: The Golden Dragon Parade takes place on February 9, 2019, in Chinatown. Stick around for fun festivities, food, and more!
San Francisco: The Chinatown street fair is on February 23-24, 2019, and the parade takes place on the 23rd.

France
Paris: The Marais Chinese New Year’s Parade takes place at the Place de la Republique on February 10, 2019.

England
London: Multiple celebrations in Chinatown, Trafalgar Square, and on Shaftesbury Avenue on February 10, 2019.

Australia
Sydney: Check out the 13 giant zodiac lanterns at Circular Quay at Sydney Harbour from February 1-10th, 2019. They are on display between the Sydney Opera House to The Rocks. Other festivities take place on the harbour and throughout the city.

Feel free to write us on our Instagram, Twitter, & blog with your questions, comments & anything else that’s on your mind! Follow us at @ohmytravelpodcast, @lewildexplorer, & @marthagetsit

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The 9 Best Things To Do in Pai, Thailand

Pai, a small bohemian town located in Northern Thailand is a place you may or may not have heard of but I assure you if you go you’ll never forget. I had read about Pai when researching cities in Thailand. Knowing I would be visiting Chiang Mai, I wanted to check out what other nearby cities I could explore. I chose to stay one night and I’m so glad I did but my 24 hours were not enough.

Here is a list of the 9 best things to do in Pai…

Rent a Motorbike

While Pai may be a small town most of the outdoor activities are outside the city and best reached by a motorbike. Riding a motorbike is also the most affordable way to get around. For less than 200 baht you can rent a motorbike for 24 hours. Basic motorbikes start at 100 baht. Aya Service was the company I used and I opted for the insurance. It was an extra 40 baht and worth the peace of mind.

This pink motorbike was the last motorbike available at Aya Service. Lucky for me I do like the color pink!

If riding a motorbike isn’t your thing tour companies offer packages that take you to some of the amazing spots Pai has to offer.

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Must-Do of Railay Beach, Krabi Province, Thailand: Railay Beach Viewpoint Hike and Climb to The Lagoon

The islands of Thailand were a must for me. What’s not to love about the warm ocean water, salt in your hair, sand between your toes and watching the sunset into the water? Maybe it isn’t for everyone but there’s no denying the beauty of some of these beaches. I knew I would be spending some time in the north of Thailand and I wanted to end my trip in the beautiful beaches of the south.

I didn’t know exactly which islands I would end up going to prior to the start of my trip but I knew the last island would be Phuket so I opted to fly into Krabi so I can work my way to Phuket. I flew from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) to the Krabi Airport (KVB), an 80-minute flight. I took the airport shuttle to my hotel in Ao Nang for 150 baht. It was about 45 minute to one-hour ride. The shuttle first stops in Krabi Town so that the passengers going to their hotels in Krabi Town can take a separate shuttle from there. 

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Visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand for Yi Peng “The Floating Lantern” Festival

Yi Peng, or more commonly known to Westerners as the “Floating Lantern Festival” or “Lantern Festival” had been on my list of festivals to attend for years. This year I really wanted to make it happen because I had put it off many times. I didn’t make any excuses this year and I finally got to experience this special event. So here is my experience visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand for Yi Peng “The Floating Lantern” Festival.

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