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Eating So gooooooood in Phayao

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With our friends from Denmark we had a farewell dinner right along Kwan Phayao at So Goooood Restaurant. It is an open-air restaurant in a nice tropical garden overlooking the lake, although they also have a part that in daytime is a coffee shop with air-conditioning. We enjoyed our diner here while listing to soft live music. Wonderfull Thai food, not expensive and fantastic service. Highly recommended for a dinner in Phayao! For more information see Facebook So Good Phayao. Photo above is not mine but taken from their facebook page.

Phayao Gateway Hotel in Phayao

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Phayao Gateway Hotel is an older hotel located in Phayao town right next to the bus station. Some floors have renovated rooms (like the 9th floor), the other floors have older but well maintained rooms. The good thing of this type of hotels is that the rooms are big. We had an renovated room and we had a comfortable night here. The room had a bathroom with shower, TV, Airco (a bit noisy), fridge with drinks (good cheap prices). But no in-room safe. All rooms are non-smoking. The hotel offers private parking, swimming pool and free wifi. And the hotel has an 24hr restaurant. All together actually good value for money. Only I think the breakfast should be much better. First of all the breakfast room is dark and not very pleasant to sit there. The the bread & jam comes from the 7-11, no milk, no corn flakes, sweet fake orange jus. And very limited Thai food. The good thing about the breakfast was the coffee machine and the freshly made fried omelet. Staff was friendly and service min…

Traveling in Trat province along the Eastern Seaboard

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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. Trat province is the most eastern province of the Eastern Seaboard, bordering along Cambodia and Chanthaburi province. The capital town is Trat, for most people famous for the ferry to Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kuud. In the most southern point of Trat province is the International border crossing Thailand-Cambodia, while along the border with Cambodia are 2 other International borders and a few locals-only borders. Trat province has a huge beautiful coastline that (besides of the islands) is almost not developed.

Personally I came for the first time in Trat province in 1998 when going to Koh Chang. In those days Koh Chang was still very undeveloped and …

Traveling in Saraburi province in Central 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. Most people will probably never heard of Saraburi province but some might have traveled thru it by train or bus as Saraburi province is the gate-way to North-East Thailand. The capital town is of course Saraburi town. Saraburi can be reached by car, motorbike, bus and train. For people living in Bangkok, Saraburi province is a nearby upcountry province to escape the hot city in the weekend. And Saraburi is for that reason famous for its sunflowers and Muek Lek Waterfalls. And so was it also for me personally, although I did travel to Saraburi province to vist some temples or waterfalls but in the end I only stayed once in Saraburi town.


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Relaxing at in the cool water of the Pua River in Pua

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With our friends from Denmark we did visit one of the "beach" sides along the Pua River, just 10km north of Pua town in Nan province. Just after the village Ban Na Fang goes a small road into the slopes of the mountains of Doi Phu Kha National Park, where the Pua River originates. And after about 3 km you arrive at the first "beach" location along the Pua River. You can sit along the river at bamboo sala's and they staff will serve you food & drinks. Of course you can also swim or tub in the river. Be aware that there is no public transport going there, so you will need your own transport (car or scooter) or hire a Songtheauw in Pua town. A great place to cool down when the hot season starts. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan - Thailand.


Traveling in Prachinburi province in Central 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. Prachinburi province is in between Central Thailand and North-East Thailand, so most times it is categorised as Central Thailand. And most people will only travel thru it going to Khorat or staying at the eastern part of Khao Yai National Park or going to Thap Lan National Park. The capital town is of course Prachinburi, although Kabinburi is a bussier place. For me personally I most times did drive thru Prachinburi to Khorat, taking the route 304. But we even stayed once at Wang Nam Keaw and visited Thap Lan.
How to get to Prachinburi province?By car or motorbike via route 33 or route 304.By train from Hua Lamphun train station in Bangkok to Prachinburi…

Traveling in Ayuthaya province in Central 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. Ayuthaya province is located north of Bangkok and is home to the second capital city of formerly Siam (as Thailand was called until 1932). Ayuthaya can be reached by car, motorbike, bus or train. Or even by taxi from Bangkok. For most people Ayuthaya province will be known as Ayuthaya Historical Park. Or to take train to Chiang Mai. Ayuthaya town is a modern big town, between 3 major rivers of Central Thailand. And between the modern buildings are the remains from centuries old temples from the old capital. And that is what most people know Ayuthaya province for.

Personally I did visit Ayuthaya for the first time in 1995 and in the years following I have…

Air Quality by AirVisual

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People with intrest in Thailand might have been following the news about the bad air quality in Bangkok. Well that is not only in Bangkok, this is a yearly event in North Thailand during what people now call the burning season (for what conveniently farmers are blamed). So people (me included) are becoming interested in knowing what level of air pollution is in their area. For this I use a app called AirVisual from the company Air Visual. But before you look at this app and start to worry, be sure you understand what you are seeing on this app. I will give an example of Nan province.

When you look up Nan province via this app, then at the moment (6:15am 14 February 2019) you will get an US AQI of 199. This is an international used standard of measuring air quality. This number means that the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups of people (and animals). But how is this number of 119 made? Well in Nan province are 2 stations that measure the air quality, both managed by Air Quality Ma…

About the founder & editor of this travel blog

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Although there is a button ABOUT not many people know about the person behind this travel blog, so I thought lets make a posting about it. My Thai nickname is Chang Noi (what means Little Elephant) and I am the founder & editor of this travel blog Traveling 2 Thailand. I  was privileged to be born in a tiny country in Western Europe and while working as software developer I started in 1985 to explore South-East Asia traveling to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam. And I found my roots in Thailand medio 2000 and started to travel & work in Laos and China. Of course as many foreigners coming to live in Thailand I lived the first almost 3 years in Bangkok, then moved upcountry to a village between Pattaya and Leam Chabang. In the meanwhile I found the love of my life and married to a sweet Thai girl. After many years the all region became so busy that we moved to Khon Kaen in North-East Thailand. But missing the mountains we finally moved to Nan province …

Traveling in Samut Prakan province in Central 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. Samut Prakan province is South & South-East of Bangkok and basically a industrial zone area. The province is split by the Chao Phraya River and there is a ferry crossing the river. Not a province many tourist will come you would think. But still most tourist coming to Thailand will still at least travel thru Samut Prakan province as it is where Suvarnabhumi Airport is. And all tourists traveling between Chonburi province (Pattaya) and Bangkok will be traveling thru Samut Prakan province. And actually the coast-line along the Gulf of Thailand has some nice fishing villages like Klong Dan.

Personally I did travel mostly thru  Samut Prakan province, goi…

Lunch at Phu Langkha Le Balcony Restaurant

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The name Phu Langkha mostly refers to a ridge along route 1148 in the mountains bordering Nan province and Phayao province. From here you have a stunning view over a valley with limestone mountains. And many people travel here to see sunrise. In the old days there was here 1 resort and 1 kind of coffee shop. Now there are a few restaurants, coffee shops, resorts & campings. But it is still a wonderful place to enjoy the view and route 1148 from Nan province to Phayao province is a beautiful route to ride. We had lunch at the new Le Balcony Restaurant, build along the curve in route 1148 and with stunning view. Good food but not cheap, but it is all about location and location. Following are some more photos I did make while enjoying our lunch.








Traveling in Nakhon Nayok province in Central 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. Nakhon Nayok province is located north-east of Bangkok and because it is the nearest upcountry province from Bangkok it is a popular weekend destination for people from Bangkok. Nakhon Nayok province can easily be reached from Bangkok by car, motorbike (route 305) or bus. There is no airport or train station.

Personally I did travel many times thru Nakhon Nayok province from Pattaya to Khorat or North Thailand. And when living in Bangkok I would sometime also go for the weekend to Nakhon Nayok as the province is bordering the mountain range of Khao Yai National Park with rivers and waterfalls. Like the Klong Tha Dan Lake and the Wang Tha Krai Waterfall. …

Farmer markets in Sila Phet

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During the cool season many farmers in Nan province are growing vegetables. Along route 1081 in Sila Phet are a few small markets where farmers are selling their vegetables, straight from their farm that is right around the market. Very fresh and good taste! And of course very cheap. For more information about Nan province have a look at Destination Travel Guide Nan - Thailand.

Walking Monks in Pua

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In the area of Pua are many temples and also schools for young monks, and nothing beats a good walk in the hot sun from one temple to another temple. For more information about Nan province have a look at Destination Travel Guide Nan - Thailand.

The Rice Field Project Part 34 : An second water well

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As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land, preparing it for building our house and finally building our house. This is part 34, to read the other parts click The Rice Field Project. If you are following this project then you might remember that we had an water well made at our land. Well as we will later build a guest bungalow on an other part of our land we had the idea to have a second water well made. The new one closer to our house and use the old one for the garden and guest-bungalow. But that did not go as easy as we thought.

The first try was about 5 meter from our house, they found water at 6 meter but not enough to pump it up. Second try was about 10 meter from the first water well. But no water at all was found. So a third try was done about 5 meter next to the first water well. And bingo .... water. And a lot of water.

So the location of the first water well was just sheer luck? Anyway we will see how it works out with 2 water…