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We arrived in Chiang Mai 5 days into our journey. Sight seeing aside, the main draw to Chiang Mai was for Loy Krathong/Yi Peng, the lantern festival. A three day festival filled with parades, floating lanterns, flower boats, and tons of people.

We ended up taking these photos in two (very) different places due to crowds and not having a wide enough lens to capture our surroundings. It was raining a little bit on this day too, but it was light enough not to bother us as we explored the city.

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Top: Thrifted // Leggings: Target // Purse: Travelon // Shoes: c/o Teva

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I loved the city of Chiang Mai. Unlike Bangkok and Phuket, it just felt, authentic? Not sure I’m finding the right words. It was more like what I expected Thailand to be, there, that’ll do. Not only was the city beautifully decorated, it didn’t need decorations. With Wats on every corner, and endless streets to discover, we easily could have spent more time here.

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A video uploaded to YouTube shows footage of a couple on a moped getting hit by a car in the Zhejiang province of China. While, the man on the moped appears to be OK, the woman is trapped underneath the car. Thankfully, a group of pedestrians rush to the woman’s aid, and, with a little teamwork, lift the car off of her. Check out the full story here!

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_1500247Phi Phi Island, was the island experience I thought Phuket was going to be. Views, even from the ferry were stunning. Tree lined rocks, long-tail boats lining the shore. Narrow streets, and no cars. Now this is island life.

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Phi Phi is about 2 hours from Phuket by ferry. Overall, it isn’t a terrible ride. If you happen to be on this ferry, go to the top deck – the views are astounding, and being up there definitely calms the stomach (if you’re prone to motion sickness, as I am)

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We stayed at The Phi Phi Arboreal Resort, my least favorite hotel of the trip. The view (below), was amazing, but it was incredibly overpriced, and the staff were not just unfriendly (people have bad days, I get it), but unhelpful, and at times, rude. To add insult to injury, the wifi didn’t even really work in the room, only the common area, what were we paying for? Ok, I feel better having gotten that off my chest. To be fair, I should note that Paul didn’t have nearly as much problem with it as I..

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Unfortunately, the first day we arrived I was feeling pretty ill (probably from exhaustion, we hadn’t stopped going since we left Columbus 96 hours prior). Lucky for me, it started POURING shortly after we booked our rock climbing tour for the next day – the perfect excuse for a night in.

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In Union City, California, a family breathed a sigh of relief after two Union Sanitation District (USD) workers recovered an heirloom from the sewer more than six weeks after the family’s toddler flushed it down the toilet.KTVU reports the heirloom, a diamond and sapphire ring passed down through the Tapal family by Munazzar Tapal’s great-grandfather via his own deceased father, found its unusual resting place thanks to their 3-year-old son’s royal flush in October, pretty incredible, huh? Check out the full story here!

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Oh, Phuket. Where do I begin? I guess, with total honesty, I wasn’t crazy about Phuket. Not because it wasn’t great in it’s own right (if you’re looking to party, Phuket is the place to be), but, because it wasn’t what I was looking for, personally.

Dirt lined streets, overpriced seafood, loud music, and bright lights – this was the Phuket I experienced. To be fair, we were really only there in the evening, so I’m sure it has some redeeming qualities in the daylight..

My favorite part of Phuket was actually where we stayed. Bodega Phuket – a hostel that came highly recommended by a friend of mine who traveled through Phuket last year. The rooms were clean and had all the basic necessities. The staff were friendly and always helpful. It was the most affordable place we stayed.We met some awesome fellow travelers from all over the world. And it just had an all around good vibe. If you’re traveling through Phuket, Bodega Phuket is the only place to stay.

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Dress: c/o Billie + Betty // Belt: Thrifted // Shoes: c/o Teva

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I also want to give a quick shout out to the lovely Tiffany, of bille + Betty, a unique store with worldly clothing. When I reached out to her about my trip she sent me this gorgeous dress, and explained that she too is a world traveler, having been to 33 countries! With my country count at a mere 10, jealous does not begin to describe my feelings about her globetrotting.

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A high school senior in Missouri is being called a hero today, and not just because she recently enlisted in the National Guard. Abby Snodgrass, 17, was shopping at a Walmart store in High Ridge, Missouri, on Wednesday, when she overheard a call for help nearby after an 11-month-old baby stopped breathing. The teenager responded by fleeing the dressing room she was in and running to the infant’s horrified mother. Snodgrass started performing CPR amid a group of onlookers. Check out the full story here!

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