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Songkran 2015 : Sawadee Phi Mai
Songkran in Pattaya in 2011
To all my friends and readers of this blog in Thailand "Sawadee Phi Mai" or Happy New Year & Songkran. Enjoy but be safe and do not become a statistic of the road rage. And as this a Buddhist New-Year it is of course also celebrated else where ..... Boun Pi Mai in Laos, Chaul Chnam Tmey in Cambodia and Thingyan in Myanmar.
Sometimes people ask me how much it costs to live in Thailand. Well that all depends of course how you spend your money. Some people spend a lot of money on entertainment or holidays or do buy expensive cars & motorbikes. So since 2012 I started to make a yearly overview of my costs of living in Thailand. My household consists of my wife, me and our cat. And we are living in simple house in a small village in North Thailand. For all postings about Costs of Living in Thailand click HERE.
Housing = 7.500 THB per month
We live in a free standing house with 2 floors and 3 bedrooms and 2 bath-rooms. We have 2 air-cons but only use the one in our bedroom when we are sleeping. In the living-room we use a ceiling fan. We have free satellite TV and the village has no garbage collection. I pay per year, what results in a bit cheaper rental-fee. This is 500 THB cheaper as last year.
Utility costs = 1.441 THB per month
We have water from a private water-well, so we do not pay for water. Othe…
It is not the most spectacular waterfalls but is conveniently located right along route 1093 to Phu Chi Fa. And there is a nice and well taken care park. And there are some Thai restaurants where you can rent a picknick set to enjoy a nice lunch along the water and even play in the water. And if you are really boring you can take a little walk by taking the stairs right next to the waterfall to the plateau above the waterfall where you can walk a 900 meter jungle trail to the hot-water source of this waterfall. We did and while walking there you see some amazing huge trees. I love trees!
Chiang Khong is a small town along the Mekong River as gate-way to Laos en-route to Luang Prabang. In the old days you had to take the ferry so along both sides a small town developed for all the travellers & cargo going to/from Laos. But since 2013 there is the Thai-Laos Friendship bridge, about 8km south of town. This is an international border crossing. Locals & some cargo can still cross the border & river by ferry
It is a lovely little town with partly a kind of boulevard along the Mekong River and many small hotels and guesthouses. But there even is a big Ibis Hotel and since shortly a brand new colonial style Fortune Hotel. In the evening there is an typically Thai fresh market on the main street and you can enjoy a lovely dinner along the Mekong River. I loved it here. But maybe that is just because of my love for the Mekong River.
While driving from Phayao to Nan we were passing Chun (in Phayao province) and saw a beautiful old pagoda, so we made a small stop. Research learned me that in this area has been an ancient city with many temples and even an city wall. Some parts are still to be seen.
Something I wanted to do a long time ago but I finally did it .... this travelblog is now also accessible via a URL that is a bit easier to read & remember : www.Traveling2Thailand.Com. That will mean I also will change in the near future the logo of my travel-blog.