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Welcome to the Jungle … on Ko Tao in Thailand

Welcome to the Jungle … on Ko Tao in Thailand

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Hi from the jungle! Where it is very hot. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt so relaxed in my entire life.

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By the time you read this I will be getting a massage at the spa on this beach.

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This is where I had breakfast.

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It was delicious. I have lost a few LBs because I’m not eating that much. A vacation like this is the perfect pre-holiday detox!

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Currently hiding away in my mosquito net bed where’s safe from mozzies. They are crazy! It rained all night and now they are hungry. Apparently they love me.

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Hope you are having a great day!

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With love from Thailand,

<3 CASIE

 

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If You Take The Ferry to Ko Tao, Sit on the Upper Deck

If You Take The Ferry to Ko Tao, Sit on the Upper Deck

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 Yesterday we took the ferry to Ko Tao from Ko Samui. So many people were throwing up and feeling sick. It was pretty disgusting. I went to the top level and had a great time with the sun on my face and wind in my hair. You have to pass through hell to get to heaven apparently.

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It was raining when we got to the pier. I loved the ferry ride and did not feel sick at all.  Having a GoPro is really awesome. You can expect more vids from my going forward.

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Arrived at the island around 4:30pm to be greeted by more rain.

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We are staying at Charm Churee Vila, a boutique resort & spa. It’s beautiful!

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Had a fairly early night after dinner and couple cocktails last night. This is Jenni & Luke from Contiki. The entire team travelling with us are so awesome. If you are ever looking for a really cool travel job, you’ll surely find one there.

I want to go on more Contiki tours. We are doing all kinds of things the regular groups do in Thailand. I really want to discover Italy, France, and Africa with Contiki,

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This BBQ meal by the beach was absolutely amazing.

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Had an amazing sleep. It doesn’t get much better than this!

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Make the post of each day my friends, the world is yours to discover!

<3 CASIE

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I made cameos in some serious YouTuber’s vids guys.

Selects from our Thailand trip, Day 2! We went to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and then got on a plane to Chiang Mai where we saw a ladyboy cabaret. Then, as tradition would have it, we got soaked. Follow #ContikiThai for more updates.

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Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Yesterday we visited ปางช้างแม่สา aka Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai. There are over 75 elephants there and they have a pretty good life! They are retired logging elephants and aren’t able to go back into the wild once they’ve worked. They are treated very well and do activities like soccer, basketball, and painting.

Lauren and I rode Bajan, a 61 year old elephant. He was massive, bigger than the other ones! It was so much fun.

We rode through the mountain jungle for about an hour. The camp is about 45 minutes from downtown Chaing Mai.

Absolutely amazing experience. Today we are flying to Koh Samui.

With love,

CASIE

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You Are the Engine: Riding Bikes in Chiang Mai

You Are the Engine: Riding Bikes in Chiang Mai

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Started the day with a bike ride around Chiang Mai. We cruised all over he place through streets, into the forrest, jungle style, rice fields, visited a hospital, and more.  It was super fun. You know how much I love riding bikes.

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“The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” ~ John Howard

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I swear I’m not that much of a diva but in this group I really seem like one.

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700 year old temple.

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Wow! Such awesome! So Thailand!

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Rice.

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This afternoon we visit elephants and ride them!

<3 CASIE

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SPA-mazing! Shangri-La Chiang Mai

SPA-mazing! Shangri-La Chiang Mai

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Started the day at a temple where I was blessed by monk.

We had free time to do whatever we like after that so I took the opportunity to treat myself. I spent the afternoon in the spa at the Shangri-La and it was fantastic! Had the BEST massage of my life. (It was my 6th spa of the trip too btw!)

Check it out!

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So beautiful eh? It was a fantastic experience! Stopped by an art gallery before going back to the hotel.

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I am in love with Thailand. I’m here till the 28th and each day is full of adventure.

Currently en route to a Thai cooking class with the groceries we just picked up! Make sure you are following me on Twitter and Instagram for the play by play!

With love from Thailand!

XO CASIE

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BANGKOK HAS THEM NOW!

BANGKOK HAS THEM NOW!

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Thailand Adventures Day 2

Thailand Adventures Day 2

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OMG HI! This is some of what I have was doing while you were sleeping.  It’s fun being in the future!

I’ve been using my GoPro and the APP is AWESOME! Photos from my Canon will be added later. Right now I’m short on time so these are all from mobile. Sitting in the BKK Airport lounge before flying to Chiang Mai.

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We started the day at the floating markets about an hour outside Bangkok.

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Thai Diet Coke aka Diet Coke light. It tasted the same which is DELICIOUS.

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Ryker was amazing at bargaining with this lady from our boat. It lasted about 15 minutes and he got a wooden wine holder.  The boats were super rocky and we spent lots of time screaming and laughing.

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This goes out to Britney the Queen! I was not scared and actually love snakes. True fact!

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Gave it a lil’ kiss and left some red lipstick.

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The Sunday Fundayz boys are a hoot. Parker = crazy.

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This was en route to airport.

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Thailand Ikea – THAIKEA!

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Ok now onto the next stop! Have an amazing day and remember to make the most of each moment. NO REGRETS!

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<3 CASIE

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Thailand Adventures Day 1

Thailand Adventures Day 1

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If you’ve been following along, this blog post seems late. I am 12 hours ahead of Toronto so all the real action happens before I get time to blog. Here’s some photos from Day 1.

Check my tweets for more info and please leave questions & comments below! It’s crazy I’ve only been here for one full day and we have 10 more to go!

Much love from THE FUTURE!

XO CASIE

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McDonald’s Fries in China Taste the Same

McDonald’s Fries in China Taste the Same

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I had some time to kill so I waited in line at Maccas for about half an hour just to get some fries. I’ve tried McDonald’s in every country so far so I owe it to myself to keep this going.

Have a feeling I will lose weight on this trip because although I am an adventurous girl, my eating habits are the opposite. The food on Air Canada on the way here was great btw.

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Apparently this app ‘Momemt Cam’ is popular over here.

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Can someone tell me what the significance/rules are around this Starbucks sign is?

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Pretty stoked to get to the hotel in Bangkok and catch some sleep in a nice bed. The next 12 days are gonna be awesome!

With love from HK,

CASIE XO

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Hi from Vancouver, Next Stop Hong Kong!

Hi from Vancouver, Next Stop Hong Kong!

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 This is me after flying 5hrs from Toronto to Vancouver. HIIIII! It’s quite cloudy here, no surprise there! We’re about to board the plane for the 14hr flight to Hong Kong. I’ll hopefully sleep for most of the flight. Managed to sleep for 3/5 hours on the way here. I have no problem catching the zzzz’s!

We have 4hrs in the Hong Kong airport which will be pretty neat I reckon. Stoked for the warm weather in Thailand. Had a great sandwich from Air Canada on the way here and watched ‘Now You See Me’.  A movie about magicians who rob bangs with magic tricks. I was in and out of sleep near the end so I don’t quite recall what happened.

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The view flying into Vancouver through these beautiful clouds over the mountains was breathtaking!

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Catch y’all on the flip side!

<3 CASIE

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MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT! #ContikiThai

MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT! #ContikiThai

I'm goin to Thailand with Contiki! #contikithai #thisismylife

I’ve mentioned it here and there around the web but this is my formal post, CONTIKI IS SENDING ME TO THAILAND! I leave on Saturday for 2 weeks away with about a dozen of Canada’s top YouTubers. I’ve never been to Asia and had to get a bunch of shots last week to get me prepped. We have an AMAZING itinerary planned by the great team at Contiki.

I am honestly SO EXCITED. I’ve heard it’s a great time of year to go there and considering we might get snow today, I’m ready for some sunshine. I’ve been tracking the weather in Thailand and it’s been over 25 degrees every single day for the last week. I’ve been pinning photos and articles on a new Thailand – Nov. 2013 board. It’s so beautiful there!

 

I’ve known about Contiki as a great travel company from heaps of my cousins and friends down under. I love their NO REGRETS attitude and all the positive images they post  about travel and exploring the world. Like this one…

I'm goin to Thailand with Contiki! #contikithai #thisismylife

#ContiThai #NOregrets #thisismylife

Some Of the People Going

Most of the peeps are YouTubers! I am stoked to meet them all. Grabbed this screen shot from Andrew Gunnarolla’s video about the trip. I’ve made a Twitter list of everyone going if you want to creep and meet my travel buddies. Former Much VJs Sarah Taylor and Tim Deegan are two you might recognize.

I just got a new GoPro so I’ll be uploading vids to my YouTube channel along the trip. Subscribe here! Follow along our adventures with the #ContikiThai hashtag too.

I'm going to Thailand with Contiki! #contikithai #thisismylife #NOREGRETS

Top 5 things to Do in Thailand

1) Stock up at the night markets

2) Indulge at the spa

3) Hit the beach

4) Chill out at the temples

5) Dance at a Full Moon Party

I'm going to Thailand with Contiki! #contikithai #thisismylife #NOREGRETS

Things from My ACTUAL Itinerary

  • First hotel is in Bangkok, one street over from bustling Khao San Road
  • Wat Po temple to see the famous Reclining Buddha and then head to the exquisite Grand Palace
  • cruise the city’s canals, as we view Bangkok by boat
  • Damnoen Saduak floating markets
  • outdoor spa for a rejuvenating foot & leg massage
  • overnight train to Chiang Mai in an air-conditioned sleeper coach
  • Baan Hongnaul Cookery School
  • Wat Doi Suthep, an ornate golden temple with sweeping views of Chiang Mai
  • Night Bazaar, with shops and stalls that offer the best in Thai artisanal goods
  • short flight to this incredible island paradise of  Koh Samui
  • ferry to Koh Tao (known as Turtle Island, for good reason, in English)
  • hop aboard Jeeps for an exciting safari tour
  • explore Koh Tao’s tropical underwater wildlife on a half-day snorkel cruise
  • rent a bicycle or motorbike to explore different parts of the island
  • Koh Samui for sun, sand and surf

 CAN’T WAIT!

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Urban Farming is Big in Japan

Urban Farming is Big in Japan

I never really thought I’d be into farming but urban farming, now that’s stylish. Came across this video about urban farming in Japan via @tasdesignbuild. I love sustainable architecture that either helps the environment or uses technology to make it functional.   This my friends, is an awesome beginning…

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In other news, you can now buy Joe Fresh online. Weeeeeeeee!

<3 CASIE

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A Disposable Waterproof Camera is Always a Great Idea

A Disposable Waterproof Camera is Always a Great Idea

It’s only been a couple weeks since we got back from our Disney + California trip. Sadly, the seasons are changing and Fall weather is on its way. I’m wearing layers and socks.

We were all heading down to the pool on this day and I decided to pop into the hotel gift shop and see how much a disposable waterproof camera was. It was one of the best $20 I spent on the trip. It’s so rare to have actually printed photos anymore and these are just a few of the selections I’ll keep forever.

We had SO much fun on this trip. I can’t help but start planning my next vacation. This time, I’m looking for a digital detox, somewhere I can go surfing and shut out the world.

Here’s to summer, best friends, and daydreaming of California sunshine. Thanks again to Joyce, Angela and Disney for sending us on a trip we’ll never forget.

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