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A great afternoon at Ubolratana lake

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A hidden treasure of Khon Kaen province in North-East Thailand is Ubolratana lake. About 50 km north-west of Khon Kaen city. With on the east-side Bang Seang 2, with bamboo restaurant rafts along the lake where you can eat & drink. My favourite place to sit and relax and watch the sun go down over the lake. The lake is about 20km long and a few km width.

Visiting the Wat Simonkul Museum in Tha Wang Pha

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During a day trip in Nan province (North Thailand) we did visit a kind of museum at a temple. And not only old things but also things from "only" 10 or 15 years ago. The idea is that when people die they can give things to the temple to display in the museum. So the new generation can see you they did get where they are now. Old telephones, old radios, old cameras. But also old Buddhist books, photos and ancient potteries. The museum is housed in a beautiful teak-wooden Northern style house on stilts. So take off your shoes. For more information about the beautiful Nan province see Destination Travel Guide Nan province, North Thailand.









Again the ancient salt pits of Bo Kluea

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In the beautiful area north-west of Nan province lies the small village of Bo Kluea in the mountains bordering the landlocked Laos and along the ancient trail to China. And apart from being farmers the people of Bo Kluea have since ancient times produced salt from the salt pits (Sin Thao) that are the only one there in northern Thailand. Saline water from the mountains is pumped from the ground (and taken from the river) to be boiled in large wok's on wooden fires. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan - Thailand.

The ownership of these salt pits were an important way of living and therefore often fought over by other "kingdoms" of the current northern Thailand. Nowadays of course there are many other (and easier) ways of getting salt and Bo Kluea has more become an tourist attraction. It is located about 80 km north-west of Nan city and a passing point when traveling to the Thai-Lao border. Of course the…

The Rice Field Project Part 31 : First update of 2019

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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 31, 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. Welcome back in 2019 at our house building project. After working every day last year since the start our construction crew had 4 days holiday at the end of the year. And the last working day of 2018 we offered them a BBQ with of course food and drinks. The latter we did give them actually every day, some refreshing drinks around lunch time and once & while a small bottle of Lao Khao at the end of the day. Following is a small update & photos.

Status report at 16 January 2019 :
All walls are now finishedElectric pipes have been put in the walls (except at 1 place)Most walls have been plasteredAll door frames are installedThe roof frame is fully fi…

Going to live in Thailand

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When reading internet flora about Thailand I also read questions or remarks about going to live in Thailand. And I must say after living almost 20 years in Thailand I still love living here. Thailand is giving a lot, but there are some things that Thailand will not be giving. You could call it long term stability. Let's have a look!
Personal relationship Most people who are going to live here will have or end-up with a relation with a Thai. Realise a few things .... the Western and the Thai culture are very different and never the 2 will 100% meet. If you lucky you come to 70% and you both will have to work hard for that. And both will have to accept the other 30%.
The language Thai is not an easy language to learn for most foreigners (and even some Thai). Not being fluent in the local language will be a barrier in life. Again even if you do not speak / read Thai fluent it will still be OK when living here. But you will have to accept the problems as of result of that. Not only w…

Traveling in Krabi province in South 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. Krabi province is about in the middle of South Thailand along the Andaman Sea at the west coast of South Thailand. The capital town of Krabi province is Krabi. Krabi has no nearby train station but can be reached by bus or airplane. Krabi Airport (KBV) is just out of Krabi town and connects with Air Asia, Nok Air and Air Lion to Bangkok (DMK). And even with international flights from China, Singapore and Malaysia. Krabi is mostly famous for its beaches like Ao Nang and Railay beach. And for islands like Phi Phi Islands, Koh Yao Yai and many other small islands. And of course for Phang Nga Bay with mangrove forrest.

With some many beaches and mountains yo…

Traveling in Surat Thani province in South 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. Surat Thani province is about in the middle of South Thailand and borders the east-side with the Golf of Thailand. The capital town is of course Surat Thani town. Surat Thani province is for the most people known for taking the ferry to the islands Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, although there are of course more islands within Surat Thani province. And beautiful beaches on the main land of Surat Thani province. Besides for beaches Surat Thani province is also famous for Khao Sok National Park with mangrove forrest, karsten mountains and the beautiful Ratchapraphap Lake. Surat Thani town can be reached by bus, train and airplane (URT). Koh Samui can …

Hmong New Year 2019 in Pha Klang in Nan province

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The Hmong are an minority hill-tribe group in North Thailand (although I think in Nan province they are actually not a minority). This year they celebrate New Year from 9 to 12 January 2019 with local Hmong customs like the throwing of a small ball between girls and boys. We were in Pha Klang the first day and unfortunately it was a dark day with even a little bit rain, so it was not as spectacular as it would normally be. The ladies are wearing silver made jewellery what can be worth a year salary nowadays. In the small village in the mountains you will still see older people wearing the traditional cloths, that are all hand made by themselves. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, North Thailand.








The rice fields of Pua in Nan province

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A drone shot overlooking the rice fields of Pua, Nan province in North Thailand. Photo made before the rain came in, more or less seen from the Wat Phuket. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, North Thailand.

Visiting the Wat Nong Deang in Chiang Klang

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The Wat Nong Deang on the outskirts of Chiang Klang in Nan province is an Tai Lue style temple probably build in 1787. Of course it has been renovated many times in the years, the last time in 1996. Within the temple is an Buddha image on a base with at the backside beautiful (old?) murals. The temple still has its original style wooden roof and as you see beautiful decorated poles.

Around the temple are meeting halls and living quarters of the monks and in the garden is a special tree with the name "candle tree" as the fruit of the tree look like candles hanging in the tree. This temple is not really highlight to travel specially to Chiang Klang, but if you are there it is a very nice local place to visit. Not yet overrun by tourists. Once you are in Chiang Klang it is easy to find the temple as there are signs for "Wat Nong Deang". For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, North Thailand.


Using a log or watermark on photos?

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As you see on the photo above on the right below corner is an watermark referring to my travel blog. Almost all photos on my travel blog are made by me, myself and I. And if people are using my photo it would be at least nice if they would credit me or make a reference to my travel blog. Mind you I have seen my photos uses on other websites. I have even seen a complete posting being copied to another website. But what about the watermarks? There are some people who say "Don't do it" and some even give a few reasons why not. But what do you gain from not using it?
1. Watermarks do NOT protect you from piracy Hello, yes I am not stupid I know that. It is very easy to remove a watermark. But then again it is also very easy to break a lock, but still people lock their car and motorbikes.
2. You do not need a watermark to appear professional Again yes I do understand that but that was never my intention. So?
3. Watermarks hurt your chances of getting featured You mean anothe…

Two days in Nan

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In the morning from small town Pua in Nan province to Nan town to pickup my friends at Nan Airport, I first had a lunch at Nan Crossroads Restaurant that is serving great western food. Although on the photo you see a delicious Lamb shank, I had a beef-burger with french fried. My friends did fly from Bangkok with Air Asia and after pickup we did first check in at Namthong Nan Hotel, conveniently located near the bus station in Nan town. This is a modern, comfortable hotel with swimming pool. As it was by that time about 17:00 we had to hurry to Nom Naan Cafe along the Nan River for a stunning sunset over Nan town. Best place for sunset in Nan town! In the evening we had diner at the famous Poom 3 and we ended the evening with a drink at We Loft Pub. It was a long day so we did sleep very well and did wake-up for a breakfast at our hotel. OK the breakfast is not the best and also the coffee was not to our taste so we went to Huan Han Tor Cafe for the best coffee in Nan town. After a g…