Category Archives: Country life

Superfly: The LONGEST and HIGHEST Ziplines in Canada!

I am a self-confessed adrenaline junkie, always enjoying the speed — riding in the fastest cars and looking forward to riding the fastest and scariest rollercoasters of the world. And Superfly is probably the fastest zipline I’ve experienced in my life!

Located in Whistler, BC, Superfly is Canada’s longest and highest zipline — it is more than 1 kilometer long, high above the grounds at 600 feet, and with speed reaching up to 100 kilometers per hour!

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(Image courtesy of Superfly Zipline’s Facebook page.)

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The Back Porch: Harrison Hot Springs’ hole-in-the-wall flame-roasted coffee, pottery and more!

We visited Harrison Hot Springs expecting only to spend most of our time in the beautiful mineral-rich pools, little did we know that this is where we’d taste one of the best flame-roasted flavour-filled coffee.

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The Back Porch sells roasted coffee, pottery, basket weaving, etc. It is only a few minutes drive away from Harrison Hot Springs and is one of the regular stops of those visiting the small town.

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The Back Porch’s coffee roasting and pottery studio. (Image courtesy of Lurie’s Tumblr)

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Discovering Chiang Mai’s Old City

Chiang Mai is northern Thailand’s largest city and Thailand’s fifth largest; it’s not as progressive as Bangkok but it has its own charm — it is slow yet lively, old yet exotic, it is also filled with culture and history. To better appreciate Chiang Mai, Hubby and I decided to stay 15 minutes outside the Old City by tuktuk (read about our resort here), taking advantage of the life outside the City walls, but close enough that we can commute there in a quarter of an hour.

Driving from Chiang Mai International Airport to the Old City isn’t a spectacular experience but once you arrive in the Old City, everything transforms in sight.

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Thapae Gate. Photo credit: Chiang Mai Places

Wat Chedi Luang. Photo credit: self

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An unforgettable experience: Learning how to cook Thai food in Chiang Mai

It was our first time in Chiang Mai, and Hubby and I were looking forward to trying authentic Thai food. Fortunately, we didn’t just get to eat authentic Thai food, we were lucky enough to have stumbled upon tons of brochures on the road about cooking schools in Chiang Mai and choosing Baan Thai Cookery School wasn’t a difficult decision to make — it’s rated as “Excellent” by TripAdvisor and recommended by Lonely Planet!

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Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa: An oasis outside the Old City of Chiang Mai

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Photo credit: Open Chiang Mai

I have sent my review of Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa in Chiang Mai to TripAdvisor and have copy pasted it here:

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Biking around Sukhothai — the cradle of Thai civilization

Sawadika! Hubby and I decided that to better understand the culture of Thailand, we need to visit one of the oldest cities of the country. We chose the ancient city of Sukhothai — the cradle of Thai civilisation, very first capital of Thai Kingdom and designated as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1991. And the name Sukhothai literally means “dawn of happiness.”

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Photo credit: travelthailandhappy.blogspot.com

Sukhothai Historical Park is 427km north of Bangkok. Normally, tourists who want to visit the Park would stay in Phitsanulok — one of the oldest cities of Thailand and the birthplace of King Naresuan who freed his people from the Burmese colony in the 16th century — and do a 2-hour drive from Phitsanulok to Sukhothai. Or some who stay in Bangkok, would take a flight straight to Sukhothai in the morning, and come back to Bangkok at night (Bangkok Airways operates 2 flights per day). However, due to time constraint, we opted to stay in Chiang Mai and take a 4-hour drive to Sukhothai instead.

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Breathtaking karst landscapes along Li River in Guilin

Back in 2010, our overall unpleasant experience in Southern China was overridden by the otherwise stunning landscapes of Guilin(桂林)along the Li River(灕江).

Li River is considered as one of the best sights in the world — it’s included in the list of “World’s Top Ten Watery Wonders” by National Geographic magazine.

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Photo credit: Nexus Holidays

It is not difficult to see why Li River has captured the hearts of many, many artists — poets and painters alike. The karst landscapes along the river boast a picturesque scenery like no other. The Chinese government even printed the scenery at the back of their CNY20 bills!

Li River is definitely one of China’s most popular tourist destinations — former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush, Sr., and Microsoft founder Bill Gates have all visited this place.

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Worth the visit: Alaska’s famous Glacier Bay National Park

We went to Alaska back in 2008.

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting — one of the world’s largest international protected areas and part of a 25-million acre UNESCO World Heritage Site — the famous Glacier Bay National Park.

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Photo credit to me. 🙂 

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