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Day 3 of 7 of a small tour in North Thailand

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From the balcony of our room in Mae Salong in North Thailand we had a stunning sunrise view over the small mountain village. So as we did wake up early we first did visit the Sinakarintra Stit Mahasantikhiri Pagoda that has just been renovated. It is a beautiful build pagoda from where you have a stunning view over the mountains of Mae Salong. After enjoying the view we returned back to the village for a breakfast at The Local Coffee & Tea, a wonderful coffee & tea house. Highly recommended! After breakfast our journey to Chiang Mai started, a trip of 224 km thru the beautiful mountains of North Thailand with villages, temples and of course coffee shops and in the cool season strawberry farms. For all trips reports of this tour see Small Tour North Thailand.






A fishing village at Koh Kut

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While on our scooter trip over Koh Kut island we did go on recommendations to the fishing village Ao Yai located in a beautiful bay at the south-east side of the island. This village, build above the sea,  is home to fishing families and is famous for its seafood restaurants. We had late lunch at Chonthicha Seafood. Delicious food, great location and service with a smile. Highly recommended! After our late lunch we did make a walk thru the small village. Following are some photos I made.








On the motorbike making a Bo Klua to Huai Kon loop in Nan province

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Yesterday I made a day-trip with my Kawasaki Z250 motorbike from Pua via route 1256 to Bo Klua. And after a side-trip to Ban Sapang via route 1081 to Huai Kon (international border Thailand-Laos) and then via route 101 back to Thung Chang, Chiang Klang and home sweet home Pua. Of course I started early, well actually a bit late. I left home at about 6:30am but first had to go to the PTT gasoline station for gasoline and checking the air-pressure of my tyres. So I think it was by 7:00am that I really hit the road to Bo Klua. This loop is only 200 km but full of curves and some not so smooth road surface. Along the way I had breakfast & lunch, so I was home by 14:00. Although I have done this loop already a few times and route 1256 to Bo Klua about 20 times .... it is still a stunning route to ride. Following are some photos I did shoot and last but not least a screen-shot of the route I did ride. Or click HERE to see the route on Google Maps. For more information about Nan provinc…

Train stations in Thailand, next station Ban Pin

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All aboard! I love traveling by train, especially in Thailand where it is like traveling in time. Like you are in an open-air museum. Not only the trains itself but also the train stations. They look like they have not changed since they build the first railway lines in Thailand in 1889. This little train station is "Ban Pin" and was opened in 1914. To me it looks like a German design building. For more information see Ban Pin Railway Station Or have a look at the (German) video at Ban Pin Bahnhof. It is a very nice train station and very good taken care. I was invited into the "Signalling Cabin Room". Everything looked like brand new, but in reality probably from 1914! I do hope that modernisation will bypass this lovely little station and that it will be saved as kind of "open-air museum". If you like old Thai train stations then hurry up and visit them all as modernisation is destroying beautiful history!