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P for Phattalung: At Thale Noi Lake

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It was a hot sunny day when we visited Thale Noi Lake. It was not quite the dry season yet, I suppose. Phattalung, being in the southern east coast of Thailand, has two distinct wet and dry seasons and the dry season is from April to September and we were there in March which is probably the end of the wet season. It was hot and humid but as the long tail boat chugged in the field of pink lillies, one tend to disregard the discomfort. The sight of the blooming lillies and breeze that caresses tend to make up for the stinging heat and when traveling in a group, one tend to enjoy too the sight of fellow companions as they chugged by in their respective boats and waved a warm hello. I would recommend wearing long sleeved T-shirt, sunglasses and cap though!                                         9

Dream of Redlands: Transformation

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Chuxiong is located between Kunming and Dali; being127 kilometres away from the former and 140 kilometres away from the latter. In the early morn just before we left, we took a short stroll of Yi Ren Gu Zhen, the ancient town of the Yi people. While the town was bustling with activities the night before, it was a different story in the morning. It was rather quiet then; like a ghost town. The shops seemed to be all closed but there were signs of life; a hawker was peddling vegetables in her quaint motorised cart and thank goodness, there was a stall selling hot noodles and we could satisfy our hunger pangs!                                   14

Krabi!: At Tigers' Lair

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Our trip to Krabi was really a bargain. Besides being provided accomodation and breakfast, we were treated to a  trip to one of the major tourist destinations situated in the Kiriwong Valley. There is a Buddhist temple here which houses two large eye-catching tiger statues at its premise. As the story goes, a monk had used a cave here for meditation. The temple had then been appropriately named Wat Tham Sua or Tiger Cave Temple because the cave used to be the lair of tigers and their paw prints which could still be found in the cave, on the walls and the ground; bear testimony to this. Wat Tham Sua is situated within a plaza and we merely visited the first part of the temple. We didn't get to climb up the over thousand steps to have a bird’s eye view of the surroundings and to admire the golden Buddha statue and pagodas there; that would be about half an hour climb; and we didn't explore the cave either. I suppose to explore the place, it's more advisable to visit the temp

Summer Holiday: A Little Victorian Town

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It was like stepping into a different world in Pitlochry. The air was cool and crisp like in Skye but while it was mostly green and quiet there, there seemed to be more of a life here in this town in the county of Perthshire in Scotland. There were more shops, more cars, more people moving about; but don't be fooled; this is actually a little town; the total population at last count did not even exceed 3000 people. In 1842, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the place and since then, Pitlochry has been drawing visitors. By far, Pitlochry is a  little Victorian town and you'd be mesmerized with the many stone Victorian buildings here...                                     31