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The mighty Mekong River at the Golden Triangle

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My beloved Mekong River again, this time seen at the infamous Golden Triangle. Looking north over the Mekong River in direction of China (only 250km). On the left side you see Burma (now called Myanmar) and on the right side you Laos. This is the point where the Mekong River becomes the border between Laos and Thailand for the first time. The photo under is a Buddha image welcoming the Mekong River as border from Thailand. A same kind of Buddha image can be found near Chiang Khan in Loei province where the Mekong River becomes a border between Laos and Thailand for the second time.

Traveling in Tak 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 30 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Tak province borders on the west with Myanmar and on the east with Sukhothai, while north you will find Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai. And on the south you will find Kanchanaburi province. A province of the beaten tourist track but an important place in the  West-East Corridor of North Thailand.

Begin 2000's I came here a few time to stay overnight while traveling to Chiang Mai and while motorbike riding I did make it also a few times a destination to stay overnight. Tak town is not really a tourist destination but if you have to stay anywhere in that area …

Traveling in Phayao 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 29 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Phayao province borders the provinces of Chiang Rai, Nan and Lampang. The capital town is of course Phayao town. And most people will be just passing it on their way to Chiang Rai. Or maybe have a coffee stop along the beautiful Kwan Phayao Lake. But for Thai people Phayao is a favourite destination in the weekend to enjoy the sunset along the lake and eat at one of the many restaurants along the boulevard.

Begin 2000 I started to come to Phayao, most times like many tourists just for a coffee shop along the lake. Around 2012 I started to make motorbike rides…

Rambong dancing in Northern Thailand

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In North-East Thailand (Isan) they have the famous Morlam music and dancing girls. In Northern Thailand there is a bit different version called Rambong. Of course there is a stage with a band making loud, very loud music. But instead of dancing girls on stage there is a dancing podium in front of the stage where a group of girls are dancing in a rotating circle movement. In front of the dancing podium is a counter where you can buy tickets to dance with one of the girls. About 10 Thai baht for 1 ticket. You give the ticket to the girl of your choice and she will slowly tear the ticket apart while dancing with you. When all your tickets are gone it is time to buy new tickets or to stop dancing. Now this become a interesting thing .... although most of the dancing girls are beautiful & young, most of the paying dancing partners are older women and some man. Some men are too old or too shy to go dancing so they sit in front of the dancing podium and give a girl tickets to dance for …

Songkran 2019 in Chiang Klang

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Songkran 2019 in Nan province. Most people actually go party in one of the many rivers but at Chiang Klang was one big party going on! The smart local government had installed on both sides of a bridge water-spraying tubes. So over a distance of 100m you were going thru an artificial rain. And as it has not been raining here good for about 6 months that is something what attracted a lot of people. Well and of course music, food and drinks (although I did not see anyone walking around with alcohol). Following are some more photos.







On every mountain should be a Chedi

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In 2017 when driving on route 118 to Chiang Mai I saw a chedi on top of a mountain and thought "Let's have a look". It was a bit difficult to find as there is a village with many small roads leading to the mountain and only a few signs (in Thai only). And the last 500 meter is very steep. But we managed to reach the beautiful decorated Wat Phrathat Mon Prachao Lai with 27 sitting Buddha's and 8 standing Buddha's on each of the four sides. And from the top you have a great view over the all area. Although it is not far from Chiang Mai the temple is actually located in Lampang province.

Traveling in Loei 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 29 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Loei province is in the north-west of North-East Thailand and borders the Mekong River and Laos. Loei province is home to high mountains, national parks and rivers. The capital town is of course Loei town, a modern small provincial town with a few hotels, restaurants and pubs. Loei town is not really a tourist destination but a favourite place for motorbike riders to stay overnight. But Loei province is a beautiful remote province ... Pai Loei!

The first time I was in Loei province was in 1995 when I took the local bus from Nong Khai to Loei town, in those da…

Traveling in Lampang 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 28 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Lampang province is just before Chiang Mai province and is located in between the mountains of North Thailand. Lampang town along the Wang River is a small provincial city that is home to many old Lanna style temples, small streets with old wooden houses. A bit like Chiang Mai must have been 30 years ago. For Thai people Lampang is famous for its ceramic factories. I think that 70% of the ceramic sold in Thailand comes from Lampang. Lampang town is one of my favourite places in North Thailand and it was around 1995 that I came for the first time in Lampang. I…

Caves, one man's fear is another man's hobby

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There are many caves all over Thailand and I have visited a few like Erawan Cave in Loei province and the Pha Nang Khoi Cave in Phrae province. But this are very well taken care caves under control of a government organisation like de Department for National Parks of Thailand. They have walking paths, lights and signs. Many caves on the other hand are just what they are caves, no lights, no paths, no signs, no supervision. And for me and probably most people the fear of getting lost in a cave is what stops me from going into it alone, although I am naturally attracted to caves. But for other people caves are an calculated adventure, or at least that is they way I see it. And it is their hobby to explore and survey caves, anywhere in the world. Also in Thailand and most official cave survey in Thailand have been done by people from England, Australia and Thailand. And there is a great website that shows all information about Caves & Caving in Thailand. Be aware that this website i…

Traveling in Nakhon Phanom 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 27 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Most people will know Nakhon Phanom as the gateway to explore the limestone mountains of Tha Khek in Laos. But Nakhon Phanom is a nice town to stay along the mighty Mekong River. Of course Nakhon Phanom was originally the trading town with Laos & Vietnam. And Nakhon Phanom gained economical status during the Vietnam War when the US Airforce did build & use the airport in Nakhon Phanom. Personally for me it was in 2012 that I was for the first time in Nakhon Phanom town, as part of a trip following the Mekong River from Nong Khai to Ubon Ratchathani. I…

If I can not hide myself then I hope my colour scares you

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While walking at Wang Sila Leang in Pua I (actually my wife) saw this creature sitting on a tree. Why such a strong colour? I was told that if they notice that they can not hide by adapting to the background colour then they will show a colour that hopefully scares you. What a beautiful creature of nature! For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, Thailand.

Food at a jungle market in Thung Chang

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Every Saturday there is a special jungle market in Thung Chang, a small town in Nan province in North Thailand. And people from the forest eat things I would not eat. Photo above are eggs from red ants, in Thai called Kai Mot Deang. First photo below are honeycombs. Last photo below looks like tomatoes but they are not. They taste sour, very sour. Always a surprise on a Thai market. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, Thailand.



Walking at Wang Sila Leang in Pua

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Wang Sila Leang is where the Kwang Khun River exits the mountains & jungle of Doi Phu Kha National Park. It is easy to reach, just go to Baan Hua Nam Mushroom Farm park your car, have a drink & snack and then walk the last 500m to the beginning of Wang Sila Leang. It is dubbed to be the Grand Canyon on Nan but then of course in a much smaller scale. Best time to visit is in the dry season when the water level is low. There are 2 options, the first one is to climb down into the river and then walk thru the river. But the climbing down is a bit not so safe. The other option is to follow the walking trail on the left side. Be aware that this also involved a little bit climbing and that the trail is not always safely secured. Photo above is the entrance, photos below are made following the walking trail for about 500m. See also Wang Sila Leang Grand Canyon. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, Thailand.



An evening at the Walking Street Market in Pua

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Every Friday & Saturday there is at the round-about of Pua town a Walking Street Market with food, souvenirs and tradional Rambong dancing. And under the olde huge tree you can sit on the floor and enjoy your food while looking to a traditional dance show by kids. A real way of experiencing the local way of life as this Walking Street Market is not made for tourists, although there are sometimes some Thai tourists. For more information see Walking Street Pua. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, Thailand.