Chantae Was Here Blog

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Flight of the Gibbon Ziplining: Flying Through Chiang Mai

Does hurling yourself off of high platforms count as a hobby, sport, or just an interest? Whatever category it falls under, I’m an active enthusiast. Skydiving, bungy jumping, sketchy tree-climbing, you can always count on me to join in on experiences that start in the sky and...

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A Day at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai

“Really? REALLY? People are doing yoga on elephants now?!” I muffled a few expletives as the TV showed a couple in Thailand preparing to do yoga on top of elephants. “An exciting new luxury travel trend…”  Wow, what’s next? Base jumping off of the neck of a...

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Going for a Ride on the Battambang Bamboo Train

When I was a kid, my mom tried to deter my sister and I from begging for carnival rides by telling us that they were built by drunk, lazy men who don’t like to read instructions. I imagined bearded, potbellied men rummaging around a pile of...

The best way to tour Battambang, Cambodia is to do it via the back of a motorbike 6

A Day With Bun in Battambang

I didn’t get a good vibe from the man that the hotel designated as my tour guide. I didn’t like the way his eyes looked through mine, as if my head was transparent. His mind seemed to be working – plotting – like a villain in...

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This is What Cambodia Commands

At home, I have the problem of talking too much. My words have a tendency to dominate conversations and oftentimes I’ll have an epiphany of embarrassment mid-sentence. My mind will scream, “Oh no, oh no. HIT THE BRAKES, CHANTAE! BEFORE YOU BULLDOZE ALL OF THESE INNOCENT...

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This Year, I Challenge You to Play Outside

If we wanted, most of us could probably spend most of our lives inside. We’re capable of shuttling from home to work to the grocery store to the mall all within the confines of painted walls and steel car doors. Under sheltered rooftops, the weather factors...

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A Day With Our Tuk Tuk Driver in Siem Reap

A crowd of tuk tuk drivers gathered around Collette, two newly befriended travelers, and me. Even though we already declared our loyalty to Lomrond, our tuk tuk driver for the day, others clustered around us partially hoping to make a stray buck but mostly because they...

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The Abandonment and Rediscovery of the Temples of Angkor

Nobody really knows why the ancient temples of Angkor were abandoned. Was it because the area was overthrown in an invasion? It would explain why the many of the statues of Angkor had migrated to other regions. Was it because the people stopped believing in Hinduism?...

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An Interview with Alastair Humphreys: Adventures Big and Small

Alastair Humphreys has inspired millions of people around the world to partake in explorations big and small. He’s cycled around the world, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, walked through India, trekked through an expanse of barren desert (aptly named The Empty Quarter), ran the Marathon des Sables (and...