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On the motorbike to Nanthaburi National Park in Nan

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At the sound of the temple I did wake-up, took a shower and hit the road with my motorbike for a short ride to Nanthaburi National Park in Nan province, North Thailand. Easy as I am living nearby, so even with an extension to the hill-tribe village Ban Sop Sai it is only 60km one-way. But the last 3 km to Nanthaburi National Park is a kind of dirt road. The HQ of Nanthaburi National Park is at 1279m high and has a nice camping ground and viewpoint. If you want to go higher you have to take a very shitty dirt road for another 1500m with some steep parts. So I skipped that. I had breakfast with a Thai couple camping here. Following are more photos. For route info see the map all the way down or click Route from Pua to Nanthaburi National Park.













Starting our own homestay

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While living in Thailand I was already many years thinking about starting a small guesthouse. But living in Bangkok, Pattaya or Khon Kaen that seemed not the right location for the kind of guesthouse that I wanted to start. But when we found our new home in Pua, Nan province I knew this would become the place to start our guesthouse or homestay. So when we finished building our own house between the rice fields of Pua we started at the next project "our bungalow". And the creation of our bungalow is almost finished, just the finishing touch have to be done. We are calling it "Non Nan Pua". “Non Na” in Thai means “Sleeping / relaxing between the rice fields”, a place where guests can relax in comfort and enjoy the view over the rice fields & the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. And as our bungalow is between the Tai Lue villages Ban Ket and Ban Hia it is also the perfect location to experience the real local way of slow life in Pua. For more information see Website of…

My favourite bridge in Bo Klua

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Bo Klua is a small village in the mountains of Doi Phu Kha in Nan province, North Thailand. And south of Bo Klua town (actually Ban Bo Luang) is a small road between the rice fields in the valley of the Mae Mang River. I always love to ride that road until it merges with route 1081. And half way this dirt road crosses the small river (luckily with a small bridge). And that my friends is my favourite place to sit and relax and watch the beautiful view over the rice fields with mountains left and right.


Viewpoint 1715 along route 1256 from Pua to Bo Klua in Nan province

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Viewpoint 1715 along route 1256 from Pua to Bo Klua in Nan province is also called Phu Kha Viewpoint. I have been here many times and you can find many photos of it at my other postings. So this time a bit different kind of photos. The viewpoint is said to be at 1715m above sea-level although about a year it was called Viewpoint 1669 so I am not sure. With clear sky you have from here a beautiful sunrise view, but not when I was there. The viewpoint is part of Doi Phu Kha National Park and there is a camping ground and a brand new toilet building (although it looks like 10 years not been used and things are broken already). Following are 2 more photos.



Moving hats in the rice fields of Pua

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It is rice harvesting in the valley of Pua. Groups of farmers work together to harvest the rice by hand. Today the land of farmer Som, tomorrow the land of farmer Gan. Although this plot was about 2 rai (about 3.200 sqm) it was done in half a day with about 10 people. The cut rice is now drying in the sun and later a threshing machine will come to the land to thresh the rice (what gives a lot of small dust particulars in the air).

The Rice Field Project : Building a bungalow part 2

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As part of Living in Thailand we did build our own house between the rice fields of Pua in North Thailand. The main project (our house) was finished 5 months ago, for more information see my postings about The Rice Field Project. We always had the idea of starting our own homestay or guesthouse so 20 August 2019 we started to build a bungalow on our almost 1 rai land (= almost 1600 sqm). On contract it should be finished on 20 October 2019 but the first planning was 10 October. But This Is Thailand so it became 25 October. So yes the construction of the bungalow is now finished.
What did we build and what did it cost? We did build a 36 sqm bungalow with a 14 sqm verandah. The bungalow has a flat metal sheet roof and inside a loft-style ceiling with wood. There is a separate toilet room and a bathroom with shower. No shower-curtain, no hot-water-machine-on-wall. All sanitary-ware is from American Standard. On the floor are all tiles, most grade A bought at Home Pro. Some a bit lower q…

A rainbow in Pua

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While living in Pua along the mountains of Doi Phu Kha we see many times rain in the mountains and sunshine behind us. What of course creates a rainbow, but I did never find the golden treasure at the end of the rainbow. As my wife her name means rainbow I always joke "Darling I see you over the mountains".

Incoming rain in Pua

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Yesterday we were sitting on the verandah of our bungalow and while the sun was almost going down and strong wind blew over the rice fields while dark clouds were formed above us. And a rain was coming in. We had a short but heavy rain with thunder & lighting and since that the temperatures have dropped.

Visiting the Wat Mongkul in Tha Wang Pha

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As usual when friends visit us in Pua we do visit the Wat Mongkul, originally named the Wat Kong, near Tha Wang Pha. About 45 km north of Nan town and 15 km from Pua town. Just 4 years ago it was just a local temple with a nice local style museum and a stunning view. Now it is one of Nan's temple highlights to visit. What results in many people visiting this temple to make photos, mostly selfies. But still a fun place to visit. Following are a few photos I made this time.






Rambong in Pua

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Rambong? A temple fair party with food, beer, music and dancing girls. A podium is setup with speakers, lights and sometimes a live music band. On stage are about 15 sexy dressed dancing girls. And in front of the stage is a table where you can buy a kind of tickets that you can use to dance with the girls. A set of tickets costs about 100 Thai baht and gives you about 30min dancing time. The money off the tickets goes of course partly to the dancing girls & music group but also as donation (tamboon) to the temple. And now you would think only man will be dancing with the girls, but no also ladies go dance. Richer man will sit along the stage and give the dancing girls tickets so she will dance in front of where he is sitting. Food for the eyes as they say in Thailand. But also showing the village how rich he is. But also showing how good he is because the money goes also to the temple. Following are some more photos.





Statistic of this travel blog in 2019

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So somewhere in October or November  it is always time to reflect the past year of my travel-blog. I started this travel-blog in June 2009 as a message to my family & friends and to my own surprise it did change into a blog about Living & Traveling in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia with travel-information about hotels, restaurants, temples and other places of interest. This travel blog started as Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi, became The Little Elephant in Thailand and is now Traveling 2 Thailand. And most of the new postings are about traveling in Thailand only. For all other postings about statistics have a look HERE.

At the moment there are 2114 postings, so I made 289 postings since November 2018. There are now ......
94 Tourist Attractions postings17 postings about Train Stations274 postings with Travel Tips270 postings about My Life in Thailand74 posting about Motorbike Tripsbut the most postings (1577) are still just about Traveling800 active subscribers, but about…

Visiting Wat Hia at night in Pua

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While passing Wat Hia in the evening it did look so beautiful with all the lights that I had to stop and make some photos. No, it is not an old temple but beautiful designed and build in Tai Lue style. Following are 2 more photos. On the walls are murals of the destruction of the old temple after a storm and the building of the new temple. The new temple is designed by a local architect.



Bicycling again in Pua

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Gooooooood morning Pua! I love to go bicycling in the early morning, the most beautiful & fresh time of the day. Early? Well at 5:00am the sounds of the gong from the nearby temples wake me up more or less, so before 6:00am I am out on my bicycle. As it is still relatively cool farmers are already working on their rice fields and water buffalo's are roaming the area. And in the meantime the sun is climbing over the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. The best start of the day! Following are some photo I took while bicycling. Enjoy!