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Chinese heritage near Nan town

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In my serie about cemeteries here some photos from the Chinese graveyard near Nan town, located along route 101 about 1 km west of the airport. The light was not so good in the early foggy morning. For more information about why this kind of cemeteries look like this see Feng Shui Cemetery. In Nan town is also the Chinese Bung Thao Kung Shrine. And really in town are also a few Chinese graves. Spread over Nan province you will find a few more Chinese graves and shrines.


On the motorbike in North Thailand : Day 5 from Chiang Khong to Chiang Kham

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Reposting from 2016. I am just back from a 6 days solo motorbike trip in North Thailand. Fifth day was 185 km starting at 7:00am in a still clouded Chiang Khong and ending at a clouded and cold Chiang Kham. The Route : Route 1020 south out of town - Route 1155 / 4029 / 1093 to Phu Chi Fa - Route 1093 / 4010 / 1021 (under road construction) to Chiang Kham.

After a pleasant breakfast I left a bit late but due to the clouds there was not going to be a nice sunrise anyway. So I first tried to get to the point where the Thai-Lao Friendship bridge is crossing the Mekong River. I did not manage to get there so I continued my trip to Chiang Khong. But along the way I made a side-trip to the place where the Mekong River stops being a border between Thailand en Laos. After that I took the local route to Phu Chi Fa (as close as possible to the Thai-Lao border). Where route 4029 goes into route 1093 there is the Chinese style village "Ban Po" where is a nice restaurant and the road goin…

The infamous Golden Triangle at Chiang Saen

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Reposting from 2017. At Chiang Saen district (in Chiang Rai province) is the (in)famous Golden Triangle where the Mekong River for the first time becomes the border between Laos and Thailand. The name Golden Triangle refers to the all area in the 3 countries Burma, Laos and Thailand that was / is famous for its opium production & transport. From Chiang Sean you can see on the left side of the Mekong River Burma (Myanmar) and on the right side Laos, while you are standing in Thailand. And just 200 km north is China.

Update : Everybody always calls this Chiang Sean but actually it is Ban Sob Ruak in Tambon Wiang in Chiang Saen district in Chiang Rai province in North Thailand.

Again walking in the small streets of Sam Sen in Bangkok

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Reposting from 2018. While traveling in Thailand the most people begin in Bangkok. And when in Bangkok I like the area of Sam Sen, far enough from Khao San road to be safe from the madness. I love this area with the small streets and also nearby the Chao Phraya River. I come here now since about 6 years and slowly it is changing into a destination for tourists. I love to walk in the small streets, trying to get lost. Following are some photos I made while walking.




The new Air Asia schedule flying Bangkok to Nan town

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Since the Corona Crisis domestic flights schedules have been changed nationwide in Thailand. Also the flights from Don Muang Airport to Nan Nakhon Airport (and visa-versa) by Air Asia. At 5 August 2020 I checked the flights for 18 August 2020. And even looking to other dates the new cheapest airfares are about 1.400 ฿ (no check-in luggage), while pre-corona and when Nok Air was still flying that was about 700 ฿. It looks like Air Asia is abusing their monopoly flying on Nan Nakhon Airport. And they used to fly 4 times a day and now are only flying 3 times a day. And it also looks like they do not fly on some Sundays.
The new flight schedule Don Muang Airport (DMK) to Nan Nakhon Airport (NNT) : First flight departure 9:00 and arrival 10:20Second flight departure 12:50 and arrival 13:50Last flight departure 14:00 and arrival 15:10The new flight schedule Nakhon Nakhon Airport (NNT) to Don Muang Airport (DMK) : First flight departure 10:50 and arrival 12:00Second flight departure 14:20 and …

Coffee time at SALAD NAi SHANG คาเฟ่หลังอู่ in Pua

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Last week we had a coffee & choco at a new cafe (openend July 2020) SALAD NAi SHANG คาเฟ่หลังอู่, it is a bit difficult to find as it is behind Nan Auto Repair Service, located along route 101 a few km north of Pua town. We enjoyed a delicious hot choco and hot lemon tea. But their speciality is a Salad & Fruit Buffet with a good looking & clean salad & fruit bar. We will try that next time!

Getting there : Drive along route 101 from Pua to Chiang Klang, after about 3 km is on your right hand side a car repair shop. Drive into it and you will see SALAD NAi SHANG คาเฟ่หลังอู่ behind the car repair shop. You can park in front of the car repair shop or drive into the place and park behind SALAD NAi SHANG คาเฟ่หลังอู่.
Information of SALAD NAi SHANG คาเฟ่หลังอู่Along route 101 about 3 km north of Pua townFacebook : SALAD NAi SHANG คาเฟ่หลังอู่Kitchen : Hot & Cold drinks, Salad buffet & small snacksOpening hours : 10:00 - 20:00Seating : Outdoors + Indoors with air-…

A Giant Tree on the ridge of a mountain in Chiang Mai

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Reposting from 2016. Where you can enjoy a drink & cake, make a short zip-line journey and there is even a small hotel? Not easy to get there as it is about 50 km out of Chiang Mai town and the last 4 km is a narrow & steep road with bad road surface. It is called "The Giant", for more information see their Facebook page The-Giant-Chiangmai-Thailand. Of course you could ask yourself "Is this not destroying the beautiful natural landscape?

A cow farm along the road in Pua

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Reposting from 2016. Simple upcountry live in Nan province, North Thailand. The simple things you see when just following your front wheel. In Nan province you will see a lot of farming, rice farming but also cow farms and a new trend are goat farms. For more information about Nan province see Destination Travel Guide Nan province, North Thailand.

Birds .... I love birds

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The rice paddies are a kind of buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner for birds. And I love to see the birds flying around, although I am sure the farmers are less happy about it. I am not a bird specialist but I assume that this are the Asian Openbill Storks in Thai called Nok Pakhang. And although people say "Thai eat anything" there are actually still a lot of birds flying around here, not only the birds I call Asian Openbill Storks. I will try to catch a few other birds also. So following are a few more photos, heavenly cropped and made with my Sony RX100 M3 (at maximum optical zoom).



Running a homestay in Pua

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Running a homestay in Thailand sounds romantic & fun, but that is not the all story. Of course I was warned already for that by friends who have a hotel or guesthouse, but there is pleasure when people love the place, compliment you for the nice room and enjoy the beautiful surroundings here in Pua. One mistake I made is that I was thinking of guests staying a few days. But all our guests are Thai (as here are hardly any foreigner tourists coming to Nan province) and most of them stay only for 1 night. They are on their way to Bo Klua. And having guests staying only 1 night makes it more work and less profitable. We have only 1 room (bungalow) so the advantage is that is easy to manage, but it is also a burden because Thai people like to travel in a small groups with friends & family. So they like to have 2 or 3 rooms and we loose this kind of bookings. And because our homestay is such a small business it is financially not worth to have staff, so you have to do everything yo…

Sunset over Bung Kaen Nakorn lake Khon Kaen

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Reposting from 2015. While living in Khon Kaen this was one of my favourite spots in the late afternoon, Bung Kaen Nakorn. It is a lake in Khon Kaen city (there are actually 3 big lakes in the city). Around the lake is a kind of park where in the morning and afternoon/evening people come to exercise (jogging, aerobic, bicycling). At the north-west side of the lake is a market where of course food is sold. And along the lake are a few restaurants. A lovely place to spend the early morning or late afternoon.

What did I eat today? Jok

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Although I have already a serie about Thai Food in general and although Thai food is Typically Thai I hereby introduce a new serie What Did I eat today? Because many people ask me what I am eating after living in Thailand for more as 15 years. Well first of all I still not eat and never will eat spicy food. My taste buds are just not made for it. And I want my food to be dead but not too long dead. So that all limits my Thai food. For breakfast I most times still eat western style, musli with yoghurt or bread. But for lunch or dinner I eat almost always Thai food. So this is going to be a serie about what Thai food I eat and you can see all posting by clicking on the label What Did I Eat Today. I hope you like it.
So what did I eat?  A package of Jok is my emergency food at home or for when I have some digestion problems. In the package is a kind of powder that you put in a dish and pour cooked water over it. Then you mix it good and wait for 5 min. Then mix it again and your food is…

Photos of another sunrise in Pua

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And there they are again .... sunrise photos made near our homestay Non Na Pua. This time the photos were made by my wife between 5:00am and 5:30am. All the paddies around are now full with water and with young green rice. And with a bit of clouds & fog the sunrise over de mountains of Doi Phu Kha is really stunning. So following are a few more photos of the beautiful rice fields in Pua.






The corona effects on the tourism sector in Thailand

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Warning : Following writing is based on my personal experience while living in Thailand and what I personal think about it. Due to the Corona Crisis worldwide International Traveling is at an almost standstill. Since a few months all borders of Thailand are closed, although now (end July 2020) some foreigners are allowed to enter Thailand. This of course has a huge effect on the tourism sector in Thailand. But mind you there are a few other sectors / groups of people in Thailand that are hugely effected by it.
Schools need foreigner teachers but if a foreigner wants to go work for a school he will need to get an other visa. And that can only be given at an embassy outside Thailand.Factories & construction depend on cheap labour from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. But they all left Thailand and now can not come back.Tourists stranded in Thailand because they could not return to their home country.Thai people (with family) abroad that can not return to Thailand. But let's get back …

What did I eat today? Khao Kha Mu

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Although I have already a serie about Thai Food in general and although Thai food is Typically Thai I hereby introduce a new serie What Did I eat today? Because many people ask me what I am eating after living in Thailand for more as 15 years. Well first of all I still not eat and never will eat spicy food. My taste buds are just not made for it. And I want my food to be dead but not too long dead. So that all limits my Thai food. For breakfast I most times still eat western style, musli with yoghurt or bread. But for lunch or dinner I eat almost always Thai food. So this is going to be a serie about what Thai food I eat and you can see all posting by clicking on the label What Did I Eat Today. I hope you like it.
So what did I eat?  Well this week we went to Nan town very early and we had breakfast at a kind of food-stall restaurant in Nan town. And their speciality is Khao Kha Mu, braised pork leg on rice with a little bit vegetable, boiled egg and served with with a small cup of b…

Travel Tips : Checking your entry-stamp

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Without going into personal details I though it would be a good idea to make sure you know about your duty as a traveller into Thailand. When entering Thailand the immigration will give you an entry-stamp ** with a certain date. This date depends on you visa & nationality. This date gives you the permission to stay in Thailand until that date. But ALWAYS check if this date is correct, because it is your passport and YOU are responsible for a correct entry-stamp. If you think the entry stamp is not correct then STOP and GO BACK to immigration.

Example you do not have a visa and have France nationality. The immigration should give you a visa-free entry-stamp of 30 days. But the immigration officer can make a mistake and gives you 60 days.  Happy!! No! Because YOU could get in trouble for that.

How? When you leave Thailand after 55 days and the immigration officer puts your name in the system it will say you are on overstay of 25 days. At 500 Thai baht per day! YOU should know that …

On the scooter to Ban Sakad

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On a beautiful afternoon we took the Honda SuperCub scooter from my wife and did ride to Ban Sakad, this is only 18 km but the last 10 km goes into the mountains to a height of about 1.000m. Ban Sakad is a small hill-tribe village build on the slopes of the mountains of Doi Sakad and since 2 years it is becoming a popular destination for Thai tourists. So there are now a few coffee shops and a few homestay's. And I sure there will come more in the near future. It is still a lovely place to go and offers stunning  views over the mountains and the valley of Pua. Following are a few more photos of our trip.