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A day in Phayao
Phayao is my favorite small city in North Thailand. Along the shore of the lake are many restaurants and some hotels. Life in town is slow and comfortable. Just relax and enjoy Thai upcountry city life. The first time I was in Phayao was about 20 years ago and along the lake side was standing a gracious old mansion ** of the old days of Phayao. It was empty and not in use. In the years passing by you could see the building being destroyed by time and weather. It did always hurt me to see that and I was always wondering why? Luckily now finally rescue has come and the grand old lady of Phayao has been given a new roof. And restoration is fully on the way.
** I did just read that this house is supposed to be build in 1922 and bears the name "Suthaphat House".
One of those Things Typically Thai are gold shops. OK it is not typically for only Thailand because you will see Chinese run gold shops all over South-East Asia. But when you have been on holiday in Thailand I am sure you will have noticed the always red coloured gold shops. They are everywhere, even in small towns. And in shopping malls. Yaowarat road in Bangkok is famous for its gold shops. In Thailand gold shops are not really jewellery shops but more a kind of bank as you can not only buy gold but also sell gold. So gold becomes a kind of investment and a way of showing how wealthy you are. On the windows of gold shops you see the daily price of buying & selling gold. Mind you that is the price of just gold, not the price of gold jewellery. For the work that is done is added a certain % of the weight price. Gold is sold in weight. And there is an Thai weight system used as 1 baht of gold = 15.2 gram. An half bath of gold is also called 50 satang. In gold shops they jewellery …
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. This little train station Khlong Pai (near Sikhio in Nakhon Ratchasima province) looks on the outside unchanged, but unfortunately the inside has been changed. This photos have been made in 2015 or 2016 and I am not sure if this little train station is still unchanged as there is a lot of modernisation going on at railways in Thailand. So if you like old train stations hurry up and see them all in Thailand!
Although I am not a real photographer, I have always liked making photos. And I like cameras as gadgets. So I have always had a camera since I was 10. The best camera is the one you have with you, so it has to be small for me. This new camera is replacing my Sony HX90V that I dropped from 4 meter high. In the race for replacement were the Canon G7X 2, Panasonic LX100 2 and Sony RX100 3 or 4. I finally bought the Sony RX100 3, just because the shop made me such a good offer. My personal reason for choosing this type of camera are Small Size, Wifi, View-finder, Good Quality Zeiss lens but not too much zoom. Of course there are few drawbacks ....
The Con'sNo GPSA bit short zoomIt is a camera from June 2014
The pro'sGreat lens WifiRAWStunning software
But the best ..... it is small ..... very small .... but yet it has great software & hardware features like tilting screen, view-finder, Wifi, etc. I will not bother to write a real review ... just do a google and I am sure you…
Yesterday was a lovely cool day with a hour of rain and this photo is the last photo my Sony HX90V camera made as I dropped it out of the window 4 meters lower into the garden. And the camera landed on its lens. After the rain we had a beautiful misty sunset with some bright beams coming from the sky reaching out to all people in Pua and Thung Chang. Safe travels Mike, see you somewhere over the rainbow.
Thailand is a wonderful and beautiful country to travel but neighbouring Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam are each for their own culture and way of life also great countries to travel. Traveling from Thailand to Vietnam can be done in 2 ways : Over land, a long way from Thailand to Cambodia and then to Vietnam. Or another route would be from Thailand to Laos and then to Vietnam.By air, much faster, easier and not so expensive.
Be aware that you probably need a visa for Vietnam! There are direct flights from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Hanoi, Bangkok to Hanoi (HAN) or Ho Chi Min City (SGN), Phuket (HKT) to Ho Chi Min City (SGN). When flying from Bangkok be aware that there are flights to Vietnam from both Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) as from Don Muang Airport (DMK). Following airlines are offering direct flights : VietJet AirThai Air Asia (from Don Muang Airport to Hanoi Airport & Ho Chi Min Airport. And from Chiang Mai Airport to Hanoi Airport)JetStar Pacific AirlineVietnam Airl…
A few days ago I made a little bicycle ride between the rice fields of Pua. Although the raining season has started it has not yet been raining enough for the rice fields to be all beautiful green. Actually most farmers are just starting with planting small rice on dry parts of land. Later they will move them to bigger plots of land that are full with water. A group of farmers from one village will work all together to do each others rice fields. And while bicycling I passed a sala between the rice fields where a big group of farmers were just have a rest and drink (see following photo).
All around us the local farmers are working in the rice paddies and I am very happy I am not a farmer. First they plant rice on dry soil and they grow that for about 1 month. Then they pull the small rice plants out the soil and make small bundles of it. In the meanwhile another rice paddy has been prepared and flooded with water. They then trow the bundles of rice plants into the water in a way that they are spread all over the rice paddy. Then they walk into the rice paddy and start planting the rice again in the new rice paddy. Wow so much work for such a low price of rice per kg! And I just realised that 99% of the people who do the planting are women.
Yesterday we did visit the Wat Si Mongkol (or Wat Khong) along route 1170 between Tha Wang Pha and Sila Phet in Nan province (North Thailand). Although I have been already many times at this temple we did visit it again with friends from the Netherlands. This temple has become a bit of a commercial tourist destination for Thai tourists because of the great view over the rice fields and mountains. But more there is also a small museum at the temple grounds and the temple has some nice new murals inside. Following are a few more photos.
June 2019 : For traveling to Vietnam most people need a visa, although some countries are exempted from a visa. Like people from most asian countries, Thailand included, will get a 30 days visa free entry to Vietnam. There are a few ways to get a visa for Vietnam : Go to an embassy of Vietnam and apply for an visa, but that might be a bit time consuming. For the embassy in Bangkok see : Vietnam Embassy in Thailand (warning : there are many websites that pretend to be an embassy website)Get an Visa On Arrival on-line. But be aware that you are actually not getting a visa but you are getting a Letter of Approval to get an Visa On Arrival (VOA). So on-line you apply & pay for the Letter of Approval. Then at the border you will get & pay for a Visa on Arrival. Be aware that the websites offering the Visa On Arrival for Vietnam are private business (travel companies) and that not all are real or offering correct & good service.Be aware that the Visa On Arrival are only valid for…