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Road Condition Update : Nan province
May 2016 :Route 101, the 18 km south of Tha Wang Pha. They are still working on expanding the road and removing some hills. This will probably take another few months to finish. This includes 2 small bridges and the bridge over the Nan River. But they are working about 20hr a day. I would not recommend to drive / ride here at night as there are some dangerous and unclear parts in it.
May 2016 : Route 1169, a 10 km stretch about 5 km north of Nan city. Here they are also still working on expanding the road. No dangerous situation, just gravel.
It is almost end February 2018 and to prevent a smoggy burning season in the mountains last week was announced by the village speakers here in Pua that starting from this week burning will not be allowed anymore. This is directed to the farmers who are blamed for all the smog in the mountains of North Thailand. But ...... but .... I think there is a bit but. What do you think that happens with your garbage? Well at least here in Nan province (and I assume at most places nationwide) the garbage that really nobody wants anymore is dumped in big holes somewhere at the outskirts of villages. And yes you guessed it correct ... when the hole is full they burn it! Now this garbage contains a lot of plastic. And I assume only here in Nan province will be many, many of these garbage holes that are set on fire at least once a month. This waste management worked fine when the number of people were smaller and the people did not waste so much plastic. But times and people have changed. Maybe it…
As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land and preparing it for building our house. This is part 13, to read the other parts click Rice Field Project.
So in the previous 2 parts we had made a water well, covered the water well, made a pump house, made electricity to the pump house. Now it is finally time to install the waterpump and really have water! And it was actually an easy process .... we did go to a local shop selling water-pumps. And when you buy a water-pump from them they also do the installation for free. Well of course you pay for the material. So we bought a Mitsubishi 150watt automatic water-pump. And 30min later someone came to our land with the water-pump and all material needed for installation.
What was done?
Put a almost 6 meters long 2-inch water pipe into the 4-inch water-well pipe. At the end of the water pipe is a filter and a water-stop. Connect this to the water-pump.Install a wall-plug for the electricity (we have…
The remote province of Nan, is the base for traveling beyond the highlights in North Thailand. The history of Nan begins in the end of the 14th century and it did stay semi-independent until 1931. In the 60's and 70's it was home to the so called communists of Thailand and off limit for traveling. Historically & culturally Nan has influence from the old Lanna Kingdom but also from the Thai Lue that came from China. Something you can still see in the architecture of the many old temples and some old mansions. The city of Nan is home to many beautiful old temples, cultural heritage but also lovely restaurants, guesthouses and stunning resorts. But the upcountry province is also home to beautiful National Parks, waterfalls, mountains and descents from minority hill-tribes living in the still rural area's of Nan province.
For visiting & exploring Nan city you should take about 2 nights/3 days. For visiting the upcountry area of Nan province you should take an addition…
Living along the Eastern Seaboard traveling along the coast is a favorite hobby of me. And I like the city of Chantaburi with his lake and park in the middle of the city but also the beautiful natural coastline behind Chantaburi city with his rivers, small mountains and fishing villages. Also there is a part of old history of French colonization of Thailand. Yes the French even did build a fort here! Chantaburi is about 245 km from Bangkok and of course famous for all its fresh fruit like rambutan and durians but also for it gem stones.
When making one of my famous visa-runs I made a trip to Ban Prakard border-crossing with Cambodia and discovered a beautiful part of Thailand called "Soi Dao". It is actually the area the road going from Chantaburi all the way up to Aranyaphratet. Soi Dao is surrounded by high mountains and beautiful breathtaking views. Although not touristic at all there some nice resort to be found. The next day we made a small trekking to Soi Dao waterfall…
The mighty Mekong River is 4350 km long and originates at the Tibetan Plateau and enters Thailand for a second time about 21 km west of Chiang Khan and that is where this journey along the Mekong River begins. From here the river is for 850 km the border between Thailand and Laos. As the Mekong Rivers passes 6 countries it has also different names, in Thailand it is actually called Mae Nam Khong and the first 2 words can be translated as Mother River. In the ancient days the river was a way of transport as it still partly is. It always was and still is a main supply of water for the Greater Mekong Sub-region, a biodiversity hotspot in Asia and an economic area bound together by the river. The Mekong is like the sea, it gives and takes.
This journey along the Mekong River in the North-East of Thailand (Isaan) passes small villages, stunning views, Indo-China Markets, temples and a touch of modern life in Thailand. The other side of the Mekong in Laos is an all other way of life, like …