Our little house in Chiang Mai! We've been living in Chiang Mai 2 months. Here's how much it costs.
Did someone say vegan noodle bowl!? Load me up! 🍜
More delicious vegan food in Chiang Mai here: http://charlieontravel.com/vegan-chiang-mai
Anyone else gone vegan for January as part of Veganuary?
Thailand travel budget updated for with 2018 figures. There's no better place to be backpacking! :D
Ever thought about moving to Thailand to work remote and save for a few months? We've been living in Chiang Mai for over a month and kept a full breakdown of our expenses. Here it is.
My first vegan cake of Veganuary! One of my favourite things about being vegan in January is searching out new places and experimenting with new kinds of foods.
Sawasdee ka, 2018! It's January and for us that means the start of Veganuary. We'll be going vegan again for the whole month of January.
2 years ago we did our first Veganuary in Bulgaria, which was awesome. Last year, we did Veganuary in Mexico which was a real challenge (because Mexicans put cheese on evverryting). This year, we're excited to do Veganuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where vegan is a known word on the street!
I've already made a list of my fave veggie restaurants in Chiang Mai (you can eat vegan at all of them!) - http://charlieontravel.com/vegan-chiang-mai
Stayed tuned for more vegan adventures this month 🌿🍉🥕
2017 has been an interesting year for us. We started it in Mexico, took an unplanned trip to the USA, started new jobs, thought about buying an apartment in Brighton (UK) and instead went travelling to Morocco, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Who knows what 2018 will bring. Maybe we'll buy that apartment, but maybe we'll change our minds again and go somewhere like Colombia instead. One thing's for sure though: there'll be more travelling in 2018. 🌍
Happy new year from Thailand!
Everyone always asks me what our Christmases are like when we're travelling. To be honest, they're really non-traditional. We don't even try to do traditional things or eat roast dinners. Instead, we have Christmas adventures. Here's what we did this year for Christmas in Thailand!
Christmas road trip! What says Christmas better than a road trip through the mountains?
We drove over 300km from Chiang Mai to Pai and back again this Christmas. We stayed in a cute cabin, ate all kinds of street food including purple rice pancakes, Burmese tea leaf salad and fried gyoza at Pai night market on Xmas Eve, bought each other presents from local artisans, had a Thai massage in a hut surrounded by rice paddies, soaked in hot springs, saw elephants on our drive home and feasted on green Thai curry for Christmas dinner. We just can't help but adventure even at Christmas!
Where are you this Christmas?
Thai food addict alert! These Thai curries are homemade by the family who run Morning Glory in Chiang Mai. It's a slow food place because they cook everything from scratch, but it's some of the best veggie food in the city.
Check out the rest of my veggie food recommendations for Chiang Mai here: http://charlieontravel.com/vegan-chiang-mai
It's getting a little bit close to Christmas🎄
If you're yet to get a gift for the traveller in your life, check out my list of the best gifts for travellers:
Finally got round to eating Khao Soi! This dish is a speciality in Chiang Mai. It's a rich, creamy coconut soup with egg noodles, veggies and crispy noodles on top.
I ate a vegetarian version at Birds nest café and it was amazingly flavoursome. I ate it for breakfast which is not the done thing, but whatever because it was delicious 😝
Have you tried Khao Soi before?
Hill tribes of Chiang Mai. I went hiking in the mountains around the city to this beautiful, rustic hill tribe village this weekend. It was a 27km hike and I crashed all Sunday, but totally worth it.
How was your weekend? What did you get up to?
We haven't stopped eating in Chiang Mai. Everything is just so delicious and so cheap! 😝
I'm such a wanderluster! I'm dreaming of winter wonderlands and couldn't help myself from putting together an Airbnb Wishlist for Reykjavik!
Thai lunch time! Spicy eggs, green Thai curry and coconut shakes. 🍳🍲🌴
Chiang Mai. We've rented ourselves a cute Thai house and celebrated with a macrobiotic lunch 🏠🌿
Stayed in a crate last night, for people stuck at the airport. Nicer than sleeping in the airport hall and cheaper than an airport hotel. You pay a package for 6, 9 or 12 hours. Neat idea.
Incredible nature. Our trip to Bali is off as this volcano is erupting. But, c'est la vie - we're re-routed and on our way to Chiang Mai tomorrow morning!
When you're meant to be flying to Bali in 2 days but this is currently going down... 🌋
Our trip to Kuala Lumpur did not disappoint. Find out why we loved Malaysia's capital city.
Traditional Malay breakfast of Kopitam! Half boiled eggs, toast with kaya (coconut jam) and local coffee 🍳☕This is my favourite local food and it's only 5.60RM (£1) for a plate 😜
Best in town at The Baking Garage.
Good morning from Penang 👋
Rooftop creative-farm in the middle of Yogyakarta city. It's not that green in Yogya so this rooftop garden is like a little slice of green heaven 🌿 Up here they're growing spinach, mint, basil, chillies, bok choy and loads of other greens. I spent quite a lot of time smelling all that delicious basil! All these fresh herbs and veggies are used urban farm to table in the kitchen at Greenhost Boutique Hotel 🍃🥗
Our adventure into the jungles of Borneo... 🍃
Asia breakfasts be like 🍙
Borobudur - the world's largest Buddhist temple 🏞️
Treetop walk in Singapore. This modern, super clean city is also so green. Just a 20-minute bus ride from the centre takes you to the middle of the jungle - what Singapore was like before it was built. Take this treetop walkway and you'll be surrounded not only by dense, lush greenery but also monkeys and funky insects. A city escape to nature. 🇸🇬 🍃
Wearing vegan & ethical Plant Faced Clothing.
Silver making workshop! I've never done anything like this before, but we managed to create a silver ring (with some help!) The artisans at this workshop have been silver making in Yogyakarta for more than 20 years!
Snake fruit! Have you tried it before? The outside is scaly like snake skin and inside it looks like garlic cloves. It's quite crunchy, dry and a little sweet.
Our wild experience seeing orangutans in Borneo!
At the orangutan feeding station in Borneo 🇮🇩
On the left, is the king (the biggest orangutan) with huge cheek pads. He eats first, dominating the feeding zone and deciding which other orangutans are allowed onto the deck. To the right, is a mum and baby. The babies nearly all belong to the king of each area of the rainforest.
These are semi-wild orangutans. They were either injured, orphaned or kept illegally as pets. They are released back into the rainforest but they don't stray too far from the location where they were released. Often they still rely on daily feedings from the park rangers when there is less fruit available to forage.
From Borneo with love 🇮🇩 Journey through the rainforest to see orangutans (semi-wild and wild). We took a klotok (boat) down the river through Tanjung Puting National Park for 2 days. Humid and sticky, but incredible.
We travelled with a local guide and family who run their tours sustainably. Jenie, who runs the tours, uses the proceeds from the tours to buy unprotected rainforest land which is home to the orangutans to prevent palm oil companies from buying up and burning the land.
The more I travel, the more I think how amazing it was living in Taiwan. We spent a year teaching English on this beautiful island. Have you been?
"When you feel stuck or dissatisfied in your life it's a signal. And it's not a signal that your life is broken. It's a signal that one of your most basic needs is not being met. Your need for exploration.
Everything about your life, about your body… grows. Your cells regenerate, your hair, your nails, EVERYTHING grows for your entire life.
And your soul needs exploration and growth. And the only way you’ll get it is by forcing yourself to be uncomfortable." - Mel Robbins