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Staying at the Tree Top Lodge in Ban Lung, Cambodia
View from the restaurant
May'2013 My room was 15us$, the better new bungalow with private veranda. They are fan only (no airo) and have warm water shower. The water is cold as the mornings are also so you will need an warm-water shower, well at least I needed it. But they have cheaper rooms also in the main-building at 7us$ and the older bungalows for 12 us$ (no warm water). Well this kind of resorts (or guesthouse?) it is not my cup of tea but I can imagine other people will like it very much. I did not like the fact that I had an gecko living in my bathroom. And the ceiling fan did make a lot of noise and sleeping without fan was a bit hot. Service from staff was very mixed ... some staff are really taking care their guests but some other people hanging around could really not be bothered to wake-up and help their guests. It is said that the place is located a bit out of the city but actually all hotels are like that because there is no real centre of town. And the location is really beautiful and just 5 min walking to the main street. See Tree Top Lodge
The beach of Pattaya is not really the fine white sand beach of a tropical beach and the sea is not really crystal clear but it is a a beach where it is nice to sit (yes there are plastic beach chairs) and watch people. And for me personally it brings back memories of starting to living in Pattaya more as 16 years ago. Following are a few more photos of the Pattaya beach.
A little bit north of Pattaya is soi 6 (of Sukhumvit road) and in the old days there used to be an great local seafood restaurant right on the beach. That is long gone and I thought some condo would have been build there. But nothing was build there. Actually the few small soi's there are now connected along the beach to create a kind of walking & sitting boulevard. And its was busy as there was a very low tide and it is a popular place to go looking for small sea-shells that are then BBQ'ed. Following are a few more photos of this really local Thai beach.
I love traveling by train, especially in Thailand where it is like traveling in time. It is like an open-air museum. Not only the trains itself but also the train stations. They look like they have not changed since they build the first railroad lines in Thailand in 1889. I will try to make a serie of train stations under the tag TRAIN STATIONS, before modernisation will make this all history. This little train station is Huai Sa Phat along the north-east line Bangkok - Nong Kai. Many railway stations have lovely small gardens and very well taken care. At the station you will see 2 rail-tracks (see following photos) .... but about 500m south of this station is a old one-track steel bridge crossing a small river. I was able to go inside the control room and make some photos of how this was 100 years ago (and still is now).
I love history and a while ago I did meet via the world wide web of internet thingies the wonderful photographer Jonathan Stiles who in the 1980's lived and worked in Northern Thailand. And luckily also in Nan province. He made a lot of photos and scanned some of them (unfortunately in small size). And he is willing to share them us, with the remark of "Attribution, Non-Commercial and Share Alike". So please do not use his photos for commercial purpose or without attribution. Following is a serie of photos from Jonathan Stiles of hill-tribe people of Nan. A next serie will be about a hill-tribe mountain village. And a last serie will about textile from the hill-tribe people of Nan. For more photos from Jonathan Stiles have a look at his FlickR Thailand Photo Album or FlickR The Htin People photo album.
It was about 16 years ago that I did meet my friend and now at the age of 82 after a few years battling with his health we accompanied him to his last journey. A small group of friends and Thai family gathered to wish him well in whatever happens to our soul. He enjoyed his years in Pattaya, under the care of his beloved wife, at the beach with a beer & cigarette. And driving his beloved old Jeep. Luckily he saw his end coming and prepared well so at least his family can rest asure that all goes fine.