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A afternoon at W District in Bangkok
Food & Beer Garden
W-District is a new block between Soi 69 and Soi 71 of Sukhumvit road in Bangkok. It consists of 2 high rise condo buildings, a hotel, Art Exhibition Centre, small evening market and a Food & Beer Garden. O and of course a rooftop Bar& Restaurant at the 46th floor of one of the two condo towers. It is only 5 min walking from BTS station "Phrakanong". I liked it very much. Staying here a day was a journey into memories for me as the area of Phrakanong at Soi 71 was where I lived for 2 years about 15 years ago. Wow what has it changed. In those days it was almost the end of Bangkok, on your way to Cambodia. Many things have changed, but it is good to see that some small shops are still there with the same people.
In Myanmar they say "every hill should have a pagoda", but here in North Thailand they are also good at it. This is the Wat Phra That Chom Cheang on hill in Pua, the temple consists of a golden pagoda. The pagoda itself is not so impressive but the view over the valley of Pua is, especially at late afternoon. The Wat Phra That Chom Chaeng can be reached via a small road behind the village Don Keaow. Halfway there is a small parking where the stairs guarded by naga's is leading to the pagoda. Luckily the road continues to the pagoda itself. Be aware that if you like to sit here watching sunset that the road has no lights and it goes thru a small forrest. From the sala next to the stairs you will a stunning view over the valley of Pua. I thought that from here you would have a beautiful sunset view but unfortunately most of the sunset is just behind trees. Of course this will improve a bit during the cool season. Following are a few more photos I took. For more information…
Reposting from 2019, missing the Big Mango. 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 10 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. OK Bangkok is not really a province but an administratie zone. Bangkok (in Thai Krungthep) is the capital city of Thailand and the centre of Thailand. With 2 international airports (Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi) and 2 end-train stations. It is the transport hub of Thailand and South East Asia. And I think 99% of the tourists visiting Thailand will stay at least a few days in Bangkok to see the Wat Arun, Wat Pho, make a klong tour, have a diner cruise on the Chao Phraya, sit in a TukTuk, have a drink on a rooftop lounge…
Last week I made a small motorbike trip to Manipruek and I had breakfast at Phu Vae View Home in one of the Manipruek villages. Stunning location, friendly English speaking owner and most of all a good hot choco served with my Thai omelet on rice. And that all in the early morning. So if you are going to Manipruek I would highly recommend to make a stop here. Phu Vae View Home is not only a coffee shop but also a homestay and camping ground. It must a great location to wake-up and see sunrise over the mountains. But when staying here please respect the village rules : No parties, no loud noise after 21:00, take all the garbage you create with you. Information of Phu Vae View HomeAt Manipruek in the mountains of Doi Phu KhaFacebook : Phu Vae View HomeServing : Hot & Cold drinks and simple Thai foodHomestay : 1 bungalow with private bathroom 990 ฿ for 2 persons incl. breakfast1 Bamboo room with shared bathroom 700 ฿ for 2 persons incl. breakfastTent 500 ฿ for 2 persons incl. breakfa…
Another new coffee shop in Pua, although a bit more as a coffee shop as 29 Healing Space is open in the evening and from their location you have a stunning view over the valley of Pua. Beautiful to watch at a late afternoon or early evening. Of course they serve hot & cold drinks (and even beer) but also home-made cakes & desserts and Khao Soi Kai. As 29 Healing Space is on the edge of a hill in Pua you will have to park down and the walk up some stairs. Information of 29 Healing stationBetween Wat Phuket and Wat Beng Sakad in PuaFacebook : 29 Healing SpaceServing : Hot & Cold drinks and Khao Soi KaiOpening hours : 10:30 - 21:30
Another man-made tourist attraction .... actually just a bridge over a small river nearby Chiang Klang. But they painted it in many colours, so it looks like a rainbow. What again proves it is easy to create a tourist attraction in Thailand .... Selfie Time! It is easy to find as there are signs along the road. The last part is a small typically upcountry road and once over the bridge it becomes a dirt road. A bridge for a road to nowhere, but used a lot by the local farmers. There is parking and there are toilets. And conveniently someone made a kind of coffee shop annex restaurant in the rice fields right next to the parking. Especially the latter I liked but more about that in a next posting. Following are a few photos I took when crossing the bridge by foot.
Reposting from 2015. After visiting a friend of us who lives near Ubolratana Lake I had the idea to try to go to the mountains area along Ubolratana lake, there is supposed to be a national park there called Namphong National Park. Well, at first we ended up at a dirt-track after a small village (thanks Google Maps) so I made a u-turn with the idea just to drive back home, but then I saw a sign "Hin Chang Si" 18 km. So I followed the road but of course never saw a sign again .... This is Thailand. But just when I wanted to take a left turn in direction of the highway I saw a sign in my rear mirror ... u-turn again and followed the signs again.
After passing the park entrance (free admission as no guards in sight) we had to drive another 8 km going up the mountain, just 200 meter before the end there is a parking place but you can drive on to the end. From there you have to start walking the last 500 meter to the top and view point. It is an easy walking trail and after 250 m…
Reposting from 2017. Phitsanulok is mostly famous for its evening market along the Nan River and the Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat but of course there is much more to see. And when visiting Phitsanulok we were invited to make a small tour in the city, to see a bit more of the old history of the city. But with all the rain from the past days some temple complexes were a bit flooded, like here at the ruins of Wat Chula Manee. It is supposed to be the oldest temple in Phitsanulok build in the Sukhothai era. For me the most interesting was a Chedi where stairs are leading to the top where originally was a huge sitting Buddha image (but of course moved to Bangkok). Following are a few more photos.
This morning I made a small motorbike riding loop from Pua to Song Kwae, and back of course. I did wake up with the sound of the temple bells and got dressed up for motorbike riding. When walking in the garden to open the gate I did notice that it was actually a bit raining. Well never mind, let's hit the road. My trips more or less always start at the PTT Gasoline station in Pua, from there I took route 101 to Chiang Klang. And in Chiang Klang I took route 1097 to Song Kwae, once in the mountains there was no rain anymore but it was cold! Luckily I was wearing my leather motorbike jacket, gloves and motorbike boots. Route 1097 passes a small mountain range with the highest point of 750m above sea-level, actually 2 times. You are also passing Tat Man Waterfall and 2 Hmong villages. Route 1097 ends at route 1148 and to get to Song Kwae you will have to ride 4 km north. In Song Kwae are some shops, even a coffee shop. But in the very early morning that was still closed. So I had a H…
Reposting from 2017. The Golden Buddha, officially called Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon, is seated in a new marble temple building at the Wat Traimit in China Town in Bangkok. The Buddha is probably made in the Sukhothai period and weights 5.500 KG of said to be solid gold. It is said that the gold was discovered by accident as the all statue was casted in cement. When transported to the Wat Traimit a piece of cement did break and people saw the gold. Or at least that is the story. Since 2000 I must have been here a dozen times and I prefer the old style temple before the renovation.
Khao Sok is home to a beautiful limestone mountain range with a tropical jungle and a huge lake and rivers. A great place to go hiking and kayaking. But what to do when it is raining? Well you go for jungle cooking lessons at Rungfah Farm Stay what is located in the jungle of Khao Sok. A young local man and his family have setup an ecological farm stay and cooking school. Here you can learn the traditional jungle way of making Thai food. And of course they have 2 very basic bamboo bungalows where you could stay. But we did go for cooking lessons. So we started with walking around at the farm to collect the food that we would be cooking like fresh bamboo sprouts, duck eggs, herbs and vegetables. Then to begin with our host Yu starts to make a small fire to cook the rice in bamboo containers. We did learn how to remove the coconut from the nuts and our coconut curry was cooked on a small BBQ. For everything natural products were used, even our food was served in bamboo cut in half. And…