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Visiting Si Thep Historical Park in Phetchabun

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Reposting from my visit in 2014 at Si Thep Historical Park located in Phetchabun province, about 7 km east of Route 21 between Saraburi and Phetchabun.  Si Thep Historical Park contains the ruins of the ancient town Si Thep, originally called Aphai Sali and was the center of the Khmer culture during the reign of the Khmer Empire and the Dvaravati culture. Si Thep Historical center dates back from 6th to 10th century and consists of 2 parts, the Inner Town and the Outer Town. Both are surrounded by a moat and both were surrounded by a city walls. But most of the walls & gate's are gone due to looting. I assume that some old temples and houses nearby are build with stones from the ancient city. Most of the artifacts found here are displayed at the National Museum in Bangkok. So I assume that the beautiful statues at the new Information Center are copies. The main attraction points of the park are Khao Klang Nai (with remains of beautiful decorated stucco motives in Dvaravati Bud

About Ban Kew Muang in Nan province

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Until a few years ago Ban Kew Muang, in Santisuk district, was just a little mountain village along route 1169 from Nan to Bo Klua. Until someone openend a coffee shop and later of course more people openend a coffee shop and also a homestay. And now the little village is a tourist destination. HOME  -  INTRODUCTION OF NAN  -  GETTING TO NAN  -  GETTING AROUND IN NAN  -  TOURIST INFORMATION  -  MOTORBIKE RENTAL SHOPS  -   WEATHER What to do in Ban Kew Muang? The village Ban Kew Muang is a small village on a mountain ridge along route 1169 and offer not much more as a stunning view over the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. For information about other places in Nan province click on their name below here. Bo Klua & Ban Sapan  -  Ban Bo Suak  -  Ban Sakad  -  Ban San Charoen  -  Ban Luang  -  Chiang Klang  -  Huai Kon  -  Mae Charim  -  Na Noi  -  Pha Tub  -  Pak Nai  -  Phu Phayak  -  Pua & Pha Klang  -  Santisuk  -  Sila Phet  -  Tha Wang Pha & Song Kwae & Nong Bua  -  Thung Ch

Visiting the Wat Yai Chai Monkol in Ayuthaya

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The Wat Yai Chai Monkol in Ayuthaya Reposting from 2018. The Wat Yao Chai Monkol is located just on the outside of the inner-city of Ayuthaya in Central Thailand and is part of the second ancient capital city of Siam (as Thailand was called until 1932). Officially named "Wat Phra Chao Phaya-Tai" and was build in 1357 by King U-Tong and originally called the "Wat Pa Kaeo". This temple features a huge chedi that can be seen from far away. You can go inside and up the Chedi for a beautiful view over Ayuthaya town. On the temple grounds you will also see a huge Reclining Buddha image. Like most temples in Ayuthaya the entrance is open from 8:00 to 17:00 and there is an entrance fee. Following are some photos of this impressive temple. The Wat Yai Chai Monkol in Ayuthaya, Thailand The Wat Yai Chai Monkol in Ayuthaya, Thailand The Wat Yai Chai Monkol in Ayuthaya, Thailand The Wat Yai Chai Monkol in Ayuthaya, Thailand

Visiting Prasat Ku Kaew in Don Chang

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Prasat Ku Kaew in Khon Kaen, Thailand Reposting from 2018. I have some kind of weird interest to see Khmer ruins and now living in Khon Kaen city I discovered that within 17 km from my house is "Prasat Ku Kaew" at Don Chang. It is a very small not so impressive complex and most of the beautiful Khmer art is not there anymore. Hopefully it is somewhere in a Thai museum, but research learns that many were officially and unofficially sold in Thailand and worldwide. Prasat Ku Kaew in Khon Kaen, Thailand

Visiting Sukhothai Historical Park again

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Reposting from 2017. The first time that I did visit Sukhothai Historical Park must have been in 1998 and since that time I have been there about 20 times. I still like Sukhothai, a nice upcountry provincial town. And it is still a lovely place to bicycle around and make photos of the ancient ruins that once marked this remarkable city. There are a few bicycle tour companies who can guide you over the countryside and the historical park. Or you can rent a bicycle near the entrance of the historical park and explore the park yourself. Standing Buddha image in Sukhothai Historical Park, Thailand

Visiting Doi Silver in Pua

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Doi Silver is a kind of OTOP place in Pua in Nan province, North Thailand. The Tai Lue hill-tribes of Nan province are famous of being great artists, making the murals at temples and making beautiful silverware art. Both now and in the past. And here at Doi Silver there is a workplace where everyday about 30 people are making silverware. It really is a great work of art to see how they make the silverware. Besides a workplace they of course have a showroom where you can buy silverware. But ask for a discount! And of course there are also a few souvenir shops where there sale the traditional Tai Lue & Hmong hill-tribe cloths. For more information about Nan province see Destination Travel Guide Nan . Information about Doi Silver Location : See location tag on the bottom of this posting Website :  Doi Silver Factory Facebook :  Doi Silver Factory Facebook :  Doi Silver Premium Facebook :  Doi Silver Souvenirs

About Food & Beverages in Nan town

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If you are looking for restaurants, coffee shops or pubs like in Bangkok or Chiang Mai then you are at the wrong place in Nan province. Most places are serving local Northern style food or Thai style food, with a few restaurants serving food from the North-East (Isan) or South-Thailand. And in western style food the choice is very limited. And also the most coffee shops are very moderate. But luckily times are changing and there are starting to come more restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. As Nan province is not (yet) a tourist destination for foreigners you might experience that staff at restaurants, pubs and coffee shops are not or limited able to speak English.  HOME -  INTRODUCTION  -  GETTING THERE  -  GETTING AROUND  -  ACCOMMODATION   -  TOURIST INFORMATION  -  MOTORBIKE RENTAL SHOPS  -   WEATHER U Dee Kin Dee Restaurant (left) and Hot Bread (right) FOOD, DRINKs & NIGHTLIFE IN NAN TOWN As with all things in Nan town also restaurants, pubs and coffee shops are a bit spread o

About Pua in Nan province

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Pua is a district in the northern part of Nan province, about 60 km north of Nan town. A group of 8 villages as Ban Prang makes Pua town. Nowadays Pua is a small provincial town but it is said that Pua was where the Tai Lue and other migrants settled first before settling in what is now Nan town. Although you not find direct remains of the old Pua some temples in Pua are said to be older as the oldest temples in Nan town. And the small city wall is 100% new, and one could even doubt if there has ever been a city wall. Pua town is along the Pua River in a valley surrounded by the mountains of Doi Phu Kha, that are part of the Luang Prabang mountain range. And although Pua at first does not look like a tourist destination it is a great base to stay while exploring the northern parts of Nan province like Manipruek, Doi Phu Kha and Bo Klua. Pua has all you need from simple Guesthouses & Homestay's to comfortable Resorts with swimming pool. And there are a few nice restaurants &

Walking at Doi Pu Houd

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A few weeks ago I saw photos of people walking in a beautiful, autumn like forest near Ban Sakad in Nan province, North Thailand. "I want to go there!" is what I said to my wife. But where was it? We found out it is Doi Pu Houd, a few km from Ban Sakad and a few days later we tried to go there with our scooter. But the last 2 or 3 km are a dirt trail in the forest with some steep parts. So my wife asked a friend from Ban Sakad if there is someone who could bring us there by 4WD car. And a few days ago we had an appointment at 8:00am in Ban Sakad. So first with our scooter to Ban Sakad, what is about 20 km from our home. But Ban Sakad is a village in the mountains at about 1.000m above sea-level, so about 750m higher as where we are living. In Ban Sakad we did meet our driver with his 4WD Toyota pickup truck. From Ban Sakad a small road goes higher into the mountains, actually this road goes to another village in the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. But after about 3 km there goes a

About accommodation in Nan town

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Although Nan province is (luckily) not as much visited by tourists as example  Chiang Mai , there is a good  variety of accommodation all over Nan province. Currently there are quite a few new Guesthouses, Homestay's and Hotels being openend in  Nan town  and  Pua . As said Nan province is not busy tourists like Chiang Mai but during Public Holidays / Long Weekends (especially during the cool season) many Thai people will find their way to Nan province. During those days it might be a good idea to make a reservation in advance. Be aware that when using booking websites like   Booking, Agoda or Airbnb.  t hat the term "Nan suburbs" could mean the hotel is in Pua, what is 60 km north of Nan town. Not really a suburb!  As Nan province is not (yet) a tourist destination for foreigners you might experience that staff at your accommodation is not or limited able to speak English. Not all accommodation in Nan province can be booked via Agoda or Booking. Some accommodation do not