Claudia Sosa's parents had international considerations in mind at the time of her birth. Would people be able to pronounce "Claudia" in English? French? Italian? Spanish? Little could they have foreseen that her name would be spoken in Thai, Vietnamese, and Tibetan. She does blame – and thank – them for gifting her a predilection for travel, which she's exercised impressively in her 23 years on this planet. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Claudia went to New York in search of a life purpose and a "useful" education and instead studied Creative Writing and Philosophy. She fled the winters and moved to Chiang Mai where she's pursuing writing and teaching, and is happy to announce that she's found the love of her life: mangosteens.
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Burning season is once again engulfing Chiang Mai in a worrying haze. In recent years the heat, dust and smog have grown bad enough to merit the question: should you even visit Chiang Mai over the months burning hits its peak — usually February through to April? The answer really depends on what it is … read the full post
If your tourist visa is about to expire and you’re in Northern Thailand, the quickest and easiest solution to staying longer is to cross into Burma for a couple of hours and receive a 15-day or 30-day visa-free stay (depending on nationality) upon your return back into Thailand. The closest, most accessible border crossing from … read the full post