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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.

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 thri 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…

The Rice Field Project Part 33 : The cement crew is 99% finished

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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 33, to read the other parts click The Rice Field Project. We bought the land in September & November 2017. The construction of the house started 29 October 2018. The past 3 months the cement crew has been working at our to become house. That is now declared finished and they will go to a new project. Although I am sure we will see them back again as there are some things that still have to be done with cement, but that can only be done after all water-pipes are installed. So now it is time for new crews to arrives for installing the water & electric, installing the ceiling, painting the house, installing the floor tiles and many more things. This will all be different working crews, sub-contractors. Following is a small update & photos.

Status report at 5 February 2019 :
Roof is almost 100% finished, still…

Traveling in Kanchanaburi 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. Kanchanaburi province is on the west-side of Central Thailand and bordering Myanmar. Kanchanaburi province is famous for the Bridge over the River Kwai, the infamous Death Railway and the Erawan Waterfalls. The capital town is of course Kanchanaburi town and can be reached by car, motorbike, bus or train.

Personally I did visit Kanchanaburi for the first time in 1998 and of course we did stay in a guesthouse along the Kwai River, walked over the Bridge over the River Kwai, visited the original War Museum, visited the War Cemetery in town, walked the Hell-Fire pass, made a train ride along the Kwai River and did swim at Sai Yok Noi Waterfall. In the years…

Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs

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This morning I made an early morning motorbike ride from Pua to Bo Klua in Nan province, North Thailand. That is only 45km but curve after curve after curve. And going up and down to a height of 1715 above sea-level. Where of course is a viewpoint, where I enjoyed my home-made breakfast and a cup of tea (but there is a food-stall selling simple Thai food). From there I continued to Bo Klua and Ban Saphan and to my surprise .... more new hotels, restaurants and of course coffee shops. For more information about Nan province have a look at Destination Travel Guide Nan - Thailand. Following are some photos I made along the way.









A Tea & Coffee Shop and Hostel at Concept Yard in Chiang Rai

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Concept Yard is setup my modern young Thai people and it is a nice combination of cafe at Slow Bar (serving coffee, tea and cake), Yardtel Hostel and Co-working at Spaces. I had a delicious TWG Eternal Summer tea, with a brownie. A great place to sit and relax before exploring more of Chiang Rai town. For more information see Concept Yard Chiang Rai. Highly recommended.