Siem Reap, Cambodia – Angkor Wat and more

Last time we lived in Thailand, we meant to go visit Siem Reap, but through combination of limited funds and time, we were not able to cross the border and visit Cambodia.  So this time around, for one of our visa runs, we decided to travel to Siem Reap and we were not disappointed. There… Continue reading Siem Reap, Cambodia – Angkor Wat and more

Pun Pun Market, Chiang Mai

The most popular question we get asked about our life in Thailand is about the food.  Everyone tells how much they love Thai food and that we are so fortunate to live in Thailand and eat all that good Thai food.  Here in Chiang Mai, the food culture is strong and locals love their street… Continue reading Pun Pun Market, Chiang Mai

Penang, Malaysia- what to do and where to eat and stay

We have heard so much about the food scene in Penang that we decided to check it out for ourselves.  As foreigners living in Thailand, the government requires us to leave and re-enter the country every 90 days.  What can be a taxing, inconvenient experience can easily be turned into something adventurous by visiting surrounding… Continue reading Penang, Malaysia- what to do and where to eat and stay

city v. country

Big city living can be so exciting, but at times it can also be very frustrating.  Arkadi and I have always lived in big cities – Moscow, Manila and Toronto.  Don’t get us wrong, we love Toronto, but sometimes the hustle and bustle of the city, the noise, traffic and people get to us!  There’s… Continue reading city v. country

Khao Soi – Northern Thailand’s Famous Noodles

If you were to ask us what to eat in Chiang Mai, our number one recommendation would be khao soi! You cannot visit Chiang Mai and miss having a bowl of Northern Thailand’s signature noodles.  What is khao soi you ask? Well, khao ข้าว means rice and soi ซอย means to cut.  It is believed to have been… Continue reading Khao Soi – Northern Thailand’s Famous Noodles

La Cubana

Ever been to La Cubana on Roncesvalles ? What do you think of their food and service?  To be truthful, it took us awhile to try La Cubana when they first opened because of some bad reviews online with respect to their service.   Not sure if the complaints were warranted or not, but we don’t… Continue reading La Cubana

Visa runs from Chiang Mai by car and by bus

Guess what? We’re experts at visa runs now guys! Well, not really. But we wanted to write a post to share our experiences with you guys.  We have a one year business visa here in Thailand and it requires that we leave the country every 90 days.  Sounds easy? Well, sort of.  Our first visa… Continue reading Visa runs from Chiang Mai by car and by bus

How to Chiang Mai: Register your car and obtain a Thai driver’s license

When we were planning our move to Thailand, we both decided that we would brave it and use a motorbike to get around.  We were not excited or comfortable with the idea, but renting or buying a bike was a whole lot cheaper than a car so we thought we’d suck it up and do… Continue reading How to Chiang Mai: Register your car and obtain a Thai driver’s license

Things to do in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is the second biggest province in Thailand and generally the most well known province in Northern Thailand. But did you know that Chiang Rai is actually older than Chiang Mai? Both Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai were built by King Meng Rai, and Chiang Rai was first the capital of Lanna Kingdom. Later… Continue reading Things to do in Chiang Rai, Thailand

How to get around Chiang Mai as a tourist

Getting around Chiang Mai as a tourist is no big deal. Honestly. There are so many options here at different price points and comfort levels. You can rent a scooter, hire a car, rent a bicycle, ride a tuk tuk, share a red taxi or walk. The choice is up to your preference and budget.… Continue reading How to get around Chiang Mai as a tourist