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A few days Bang Saray

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We did stay a few days at the beach along the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand. An area not really famous for authentic Thailand or beautiful beaches. Actually more famous for Pattaya's nightlife, crowded tourism and industrial estates. But luckily there are still many small villages & beaches that are not eaten alive by modernization. The village of Bang Saray (also written as Bang Sare or Bang Sa-re) is such a place. Only 15 km south of Pattaya but a world of difference. There are a few simple hotels and a few western restaurants & bars, but for the rest it is still a Thai fishing village with a few local markets, temples and 2 active fishing piers. OK the beach may not be a "tropical white sandy beach with crystal clear water" but it is just a lovely rural Thai fishing village where in the afternoon school kids still go to the beach to meet each other. And where fishing boats lay ashore waiting for the night to fall to go fishing again. And at the fishing piers l…

Visiting Asiatique in Bangkok

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Asiatique, the riverfront is an old warehouse area along the Chao Phraya that has been revived into Bangkok's biggest lifestyle project. It consists of some old warehouse buildings and some new parts as place for restaurants and shops. And I think it is indeed one of Bangkok's most successful & professional project of entertainment, food & shops. The restaurants at the riverfront have both indoor & outdoor seating and you can choose from Thai food to all the International food you can think of. You can get there by car, express-boat or the free shuttle boat. It is very well organised and taken care of. Almost TINT. I love it and hope to be back soon. Following are more photos of Asiatique in Bangkok. For more information about Asiatique see Asiatique Sky or Ithaka Travel.







Traveling in Uttaradit province in North Thailand

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Last year I did make a posting about counting all the provinces I had been in Thailand. And I saw I have been to (stayed in) 48 provinces out of the 76. So in the coming months I will travel via my postings from the most southern province I have been to the most northern province, with some photos and information about each province. This is part 32 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Uttaradit province in North Thailand borders in the North-East with Laos, in the east of Phitsanulok province and in the south with Sukhothai. And in the north Uttaradit province borders with Phrae and Nan province. Of course the capital town is Uttaradit town along the Nan River and along the railroad between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Uttaradit province is where the mountains of North Thailand begin but it is not really a tourist destination. Although there are beautiful National Parks, lakes and waterfalls. Uttaradit town is an old town where you can still fi…

Traveling in Phitsanulok province in North Thailand

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Last year I did make a posting about counting all the provinces I had been in Thailand. And I saw I have been to (stayed in) 48 provinces out of the 76. So in the coming months I will travel via my postings from the most southern province I have been to the most northern province, with some photos and information about each province. This is part 31 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Phitsanulok province is in North Thailand and borders on the east side with North-East Thailand (Loei province and Phetchabun province. In the north Phitsanulok province borders with Uttaradit province and even a little bit with Laos. On the west side you will find Sukhothai province. Of course the capital town is Phitsanulok town and most tourist will know it as a place to stay overnight on their way to Sukhothai or Chiang Rai. For Thai people Phitsanulok is know for its famous Phra Phutta Chinnarat Buddha statue at the Wat Yai.

Personally I started to come …

The mighty Mekong River at the Golden Triangle

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My beloved Mekong River again, this time seen at the infamous Golden Triangle. Looking north over the Mekong River in direction of China (only 250km). On the left side you see Burma (now called Myanmar) and on the right side you Laos. This is the point where the Mekong River becomes the border between Laos and Thailand for the first time. The photo under is a Buddha image welcoming the Mekong River as border from Thailand. A same kind of Buddha image can be found near Chiang Khan in Loei province where the Mekong River becomes a border between Laos and Thailand for the second time.

Traveling in Tak province in North Thailand

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Last year I did make a posting about counting all the provinces I had been in Thailand. And I saw I have been to (stayed in) 48 provinces out of the 76. So in the coming months I will travel via my postings from the most southern province I have been to the most northern province, with some photos and information about each province. This is part 30 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Tak province borders on the west with Myanmar and on the east with Sukhothai, while north you will find Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai. And on the south you will find Kanchanaburi province. A province of the beaten tourist track but an important place in the  West-East Corridor of North Thailand.

Begin 2000's I came here a few time to stay overnight while traveling to Chiang Mai and while motorbike riding I did make it also a few times a destination to stay overnight. Tak town is not really a tourist destination but if you have to stay anywhere in that area …

Traveling in Phayao province in North Thailand

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Last year I did make a posting about counting all the provinces I had been in Thailand. And I saw I have been to (stayed in) 48 provinces out of the 76. So in the coming months I will travel via my postings from the most southern province I have been to the most northern province, with some photos and information about each province. This is part 29 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Phayao province borders the provinces of Chiang Rai, Nan and Lampang. The capital town is of course Phayao town. And most people will be just passing it on their way to Chiang Rai. Or maybe have a coffee stop along the beautiful Kwan Phayao Lake. But for Thai people Phayao is a favourite destination in the weekend to enjoy the sunset along the lake and eat at one of the many restaurants along the boulevard.

Begin 2000 I started to come to Phayao, most times like many tourists just for a coffee shop along the lake. Around 2012 I started to make motorbike rides…

Rambong dancing in Northern Thailand

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In North-East Thailand (Isan) they have the famous Morlam music and dancing girls. In Northern Thailand there is a bit different version called Rambong. Of course there is a stage with a band making loud, very loud music. But instead of dancing girls on stage there is a dancing podium in front of the stage where a group of girls are dancing in a rotating circle movement. In front of the dancing podium is a counter where you can buy tickets to dance with one of the girls. About 10 Thai baht for 1 ticket. You give the ticket to the girl of your choice and she will slowly tear the ticket apart while dancing with you. When all your tickets are gone it is time to buy new tickets or to stop dancing. Now this become a interesting thing .... although most of the dancing girls are beautiful & young, most of the paying dancing partners are older women and some man. Some men are too old or too shy to go dancing so they sit in front of the dancing podium and give a girl tickets to dance for …

Songkran 2019 in Chiang Klang

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Songkran 2019 in Nan province. Most people actually go party in one of the many rivers but at Chiang Klang was one big party going on! The smart local government had installed on both sides of a bridge water-spraying tubes. So over a distance of 100m you were going thru an artificial rain. And as it has not been raining here good for about 6 months that is something what attracted a lot of people. Well and of course music, food and drinks (although I did not see anyone walking around with alcohol). Following are some more photos.







On every mountain should be a Chedi

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In 2017 when driving on route 118 to Chiang Mai I saw a chedi on top of a mountain and thought "Let's have a look". It was a bit difficult to find as there is a village with many small roads leading to the mountain and only a few signs (in Thai only). And the last 500 meter is very steep. But we managed to reach the beautiful decorated Wat Phrathat Mon Prachao Lai with 27 sitting Buddha's and 8 standing Buddha's on each of the four sides. And from the top you have a great view over the all area. Although it is not far from Chiang Mai the temple is actually located in Lampang province.

Traveling in Loei province in North-East Thailand

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Last year I did make a posting about counting all the provinces I had been in Thailand. And I saw I have been to (stayed in) 48 provinces out of the 76. So in the coming months I will travel via my postings from the most southern province I have been to the most northern province, with some photos and information about each province. This is part 29 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Loei province is in the north-west of North-East Thailand and borders the Mekong River and Laos. Loei province is home to high mountains, national parks and rivers. The capital town is of course Loei town, a modern small provincial town with a few hotels, restaurants and pubs. Loei town is not really a tourist destination but a favourite place for motorbike riders to stay overnight. But Loei province is a beautiful remote province ... Pai Loei!

The first time I was in Loei province was in 1995 when I took the local bus from Nong Khai to Loei town, in those da…