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Traveling in Chiang Rai province in North 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. This is part 36 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Chiang Rai province is Thailands most northern province and borders Myanmar (Burma) and Laos. And is mostly famous for the infamous Golden Triangle and the mighty Mekong River from the times that the opium trade was at its highlights. The capital town is of course Chiang Rai town along the Kok River. Chiang Rai is home to mountain ranges, National Parks, rivers, waterfalls and many minority hill-tribes like Tai Lue and Hmong.

Personally for me it was end 1990s that I went for the first time to Chiang Rai town and begin 2000 that I went to travel in Chiang Rai…

Sunrise and sunset in Pua

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Goooood morning Thailand! You might know by now I love to make photos of sunrise and sunset. So here 2 more photos in the collection of Sunsets & Sunrises. Enjoy! For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, Thailand.

On the motorbike for an early morning ride on route 1256

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Gooooood morning Thailand! As I had not been motorbike riding for a long time it was time again to hit the road. So about a week ago, when it was still crazy hot, I made an early morning motorbike ride from Pua town via route 1256 in direction of Bo Klua. Just to be hunting for sunrises! So I left about 5:30am in the morning and then it is still cool heigh in the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. My first stop was at the 1715 viewpoint what is as the name suggests at 1715m above sea-level (although they changed the name a year ago). From there I did ride a little bit further and made a u-turn to go back to Pua. I love riding in the early morning! Following are a few more photos of my little trip. As you can see on the map it is one-way only about 34km (although not sure if this is really correct). But with all the curves in the road it takes you longer as you might think. Click on Motorbike Riding in Thailand to see all my motorbike riding trip reports. For more information about the beautif…

Goooood morning Thailand

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Sorry in the past weeks most postings were repostings of old travel reports. We have been busy moving to our new house and are finally settled between the rice fields of Pua in Nan province. So you will probably in the future see more photos like this, all taken from our balcony. So I will call them Balcony Photos. The photo above was made with my Sony HX90V in the very early morning with sunrise over the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. The photo below was made with my Samsung J7 phone, another day and a bit later in the morning. And it is a panorama photo.


Old cemeteries in Indonesia

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Before coming to live in Thailand I travelled already in South-East Asia and from this time I have a serie of photos that I call Old Photos and serie postings that I call Blast From The Past. In 1991 we travelled for 6 months in Indonesia and as I like to visit strange places we did also visit some cemeteries. They show a part of hidden history like the Dutch & Chinese graves or many graves with dates in the same year.


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Good morning Thailand

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The simple things you see when getting lost. I love animals and especially water buffalo's and try to make photos of them. This photo was made somewhere in Nan province. I have a small serie of photos of animals in Thailand, have a look at Animals.

A market girl in Laos

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In my series of Faces of Asia, here a photo of a Lao girl at a market at beautiful Nam Ngum lake, north of Vientiane. Photo was taken in 2007.

The Rice Field Project Part 38 : The last part

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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 the last part, to read the other parts click The Rice Field Project. You did not have any updates lately but since begin May we are living in our new house. Although there are still a few small things that needs to be done. Like putting some tiles on the wall in the kitchen, installing the air-vent in the kitchen. The latter is a bit difficult as the type of air-vent I want is very difficult to get. And the paint people still have to come back to repaint some small parts. Although this is the last part in a few weeks I will write an a kind of follow-up of the all project. With some final photos of the results. But in all we are happy with the results although there a few things that did not go very well.
The build in kitchen counter (see photo below) is really not to the quality that we thought we were getting en not in r…

Face of Buddha in Vientiane, Laos

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The face of one of the many Buddha images at Xieng Khuan Buddha Park 25 km south-east of Vientiane. See Buddha Park. On the other side of the Mekong River in Nong Khai (Thailand) is also a beautiful Buddha park.

Facebook and other social media

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To Facebook or not to Facebook is sometimes the question. Since 2009 I started my travel blog, just for the sheer love of traveling. Not an commercial enterprise. And a few years back I made this Facebook page to promote my travel blog, because when you are making a travel blog anyway it would be nice if your work & effort could help people who want to travel in Thailand. But It starts to be the other way around, I am making a Facebook page and somewhere there is also a travel blog. And I realised that is not what I had intended. So somewhere this month I will be pulling the plug of this facebook page. But when you like to read my travel postings on a daily base it is best to subscribe to my travel blog (see top of this page). Very easy, just a click away. No spam, no commercials, no lost of privacy. Just max. 1 email per day with a intro & link to the latest postings of my travel blog. Yes very old fashion. Although not active this travel blog has also accounts on Instagram a…

Traveling in Yasothon province in North-East 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. This is part 35 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Yasothon province is in the souther part of North-East Thailand. And of course the capital town is Yasothon. In English you will see it also sometimes written as Yasothon.

Personally it was somewhere in 2004 that I was for the first and only time in Yasothon, on invitation of family of friends living there. And to watch and enjoy the famous Bun Bang Fai Festival. In English called Rocket Festival and it is held yearly in May. It is a 3 days festival with of course music, party, dancing, drinking and the competitive firing of home-made rockets. And not small r…

Traveling in Sakhon Nakhon province in North-East 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. This is part 34 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Sakhon Nakhon province is located in the Northern-East of North-East Thailand and clockwise surrounded by Bueng Kan province, Nakhon Phanom province, Mukdahan province, Kalasin province and Udon Thani province. Of course the capital town is named  Sakhon Nakhon and is famous for its huge lake with beautiful lotus flowers.
Popular Travel Destinations Phu Phan National ParkPhu Pha Yoi National ParkFor motorbike riders : Snake Curves in route 213Nong Han Lake (near Sakhon Nakhon town)Nam Un LakePhra That Phu Phek ancient Khmer templeBan Tharae Catholic Community…

A day in Savannakhet, Laos

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A visit to Savannakhet is not complete without a walk thru historic downtown and afterwards sitting along the Mekong River enjoying the sunset. Historical downtown is a collection of beautiful buildings build between 1900 and 1970. With a mix from French colonial style, Chinese shop-houses,  Russian communist style cinema, French church and an Art-deco cinema. Of course the French did also created a city square and that is still the center of town. In the evening many young Lao students gather here at one of the small restaurants or they come buy some BBQ food.

It seems slowly Savanakhet is waking up from it time-warp sleep. Along the Mekong River are 2 new restaurants / bars, some old buildings are being renovated, there is a brand new hyper modern Thai consulate, in April 2015 a new modern coffee shop annex restaurant will open and roads are being upgraded with cement. When I came here 10 years ago for the first time it was a sleepy town with not much traffic. People on bicycles an…

Visiting Phu Hin Rong Khla

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While passing Phu Hin Rong Khla we stopped as some places like Lan Hin Teak where you can make a short walk (about 700m one-way) to a view-point (perfect for sunset). Depending on the season there are many flowers. At the other side of Phu Hin Rong Khla is Phu Thap Boek. Only 3 years ago this area was rediscovered by inbound tourism and currently it is unfortunately on the risk of being over-used by building new resorts, restaurants and small market shops. Soon there will be no space left for the farming of carrots, vegetables, flowers and even some rice. Of course the originally forest is here gone already along time ago. At the view-point (stunning view) is what was once an hill-tribe market. Originally probably selling poppies and later vegetables. Nowadays selling vegetables and warm cloths for tourism. But the people are still the same descents from Chinese hill-tribes. Most time still dressed in their traditional cloths (and they ain't doing that for the tourists). In the w…

Old traditions in modern Bangkok

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In between all the modern high tech developments in Bangkok the old fashioned traditions are not lost. Here the merit making of the beginning of the building of another new highrise building at Sukhumvit road.