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A cow farm along the road
Simple upcountry live in Nan province, North Thailand. The simple things you see when just following your front wheel. For more information about the beautiful Nan province see Traveling 2 Nan - Thailand.
Motorbike riding in Thailand, especially in North Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan) is becoming popular. Not only for Big Motorbikes but also for scooters and even some people do the same routes by bicycle! So in a serie Suggested Motorbike Routes I will show you some great routes to ride. Some people will ride routes like this in 1 day but you could also do it slow and take 2 or 3 days (you will see much more). I am now I think motorbike riding for more as 10 years in Thailand, to read my reports of motorbike riding click on Motorbike Trip Reports.
And of course I start this serie with Nan province, one of Thailand's last remote provinces with stunning mountains, waterfalls and National Parks. And paradise for motorbike riding. And because Nan province is so remote the roads are not busy and relatively safe to ride. All trips start in Nan town, a lovely small town with many beautiful temples, nice hotels and some good restaurants. But a but limited nightlife (although that …
As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land, preparing it for building our house and finally building our house. This an extra part as the all project is finished and we are living in our house already for a few weeks, to read the other parts click The Rice Field Project. This is about products we bought, problems we had and things I would do different if there ever would be a next time.
Bathroom and toilet
We did mostly buy products from American Standard and some things from Verno. And I must say the quality and finishing of American Standard is really better. I would stick to that. American Standard might not be the cheapest (but also not the most expensive) but works very well. And looks good. So in future projects (building a bungalow in the garden) I will choose only American Standard.
As we have our own water-well we needed pumps and filters. For the water-well we did choose Lucky Pro and for the house we did choose Mitsubishi…
To Facebook or not to Facebook is sometimes the question. Since 2009 I started my travel blog, just for the sheer love of traveling. Not an commercial enterprise. And a few years back I made this Facebook page to promote my travel blog, because when you are making a travel blog anyway it would be nice if your work & effort could help people who want to travel in Thailand. But It starts to be the other way around, I am making a Facebook page and somewhere there is also a travel blog. And I realised that is not what I had intended. So somewhere this month I will be pulling the plug of this facebook page. But when you like to read my travel postings on a daily base it is best to subscribe to my travel blog (see top of this page). Very easy, just a click away. No spam, no commercials, no lost of privacy. Just max. 1 email per day with a intro & link to the latest postings of my travel blog. Yes very old fashion. Although not active this travel blog has also accounts on Instagram …
Gooooood morning Thailand! As I had not been motorbike riding for a long time it was time again to hit the road. So about a week ago, when it was still crazy hot, I made an early morning motorbike ride from Pua town via route 1256 in direction of Bo Klua. Just to be hunting for sunrises! So I left about 5:30am in the morning and then it is still cool heigh in the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. My first stop was at the 1715 viewpoint what is as the name suggests at 1715m above sea-level (although they changed the name a year ago). From there I did ride a little bit further and made a u-turn to go back to Pua. I love riding in the early morning! Following are a few more photos of my little trip. As you can see on the map it is one-way only about 34km (although not sure if this is really correct). But with all the curves in the road it takes you longer as you might think. Click on Motorbike Riding in Thailand to see all my motorbike riding trip reports. For more information about the beautif…
Before coming to live in Thailand I travelled already in South-East Asia and from this time I have a serie of photos that I call Old Photos and serie postings that I call Blast From The Past. In 1991 we travelled for 6 months in Indonesia and as I like to visit strange places we did also visit some cemeteries. They show a part of hidden history like the Dutch & Chinese graves or many graves with dates in the same year.
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 36 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Chiang Rai province is Thailands most northern province and borders Myanmar (Burma) and Laos. And is mostly famous for the infamous Golden Triangle and the mighty Mekong River from the times that the opium trade was at its highlights. The capital town is of course Chiang Rai town along the Kok River. Chiang Rai is home to mountain ranges, National Parks, rivers, waterfalls and many minority hill-tribes like Tai Lue and Hmong.
Personally for me it was end 1990s that I went for the first time to Chiang Rai town and begin 2000 that I went to travel in Chiang Rai…
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 37 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Khon Kaen province is in the heart of North-East Thailand and a rapidly growing province. The capital town is Khon Kaen city what becomes more and more a kind of Bangkok suburb. In the north Khon Kaen province borders with Udon Thani, in the north-west to Loei province and Nong Bua Lamphu province. To the south-west Khon Kaen province borders to Chaiyaphum and to the south-east to Buriram province and Maha Sarakham province. And finally at the east is Kalasin province.
Personally it was around 1999 that I was for the first time in Khon Kaen and staying at the…
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 38 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Surin province is in the southern part of North-East Thailand and borders Cambodia in the south (with International border crossing). On the east Surin borders with Si Saket province and on the west with Buriram province. And in the north with Roi-Et province and Maha Sarakham province. Surin is mostly famous for the yearly Elephant Festival that is held in November. For the rest Surin is not really a tourist destination. Surin town is a modern provincial town with Thai & Western restaurants, hotels & guesthouses and limited nightlife.
We did stay a few days at the beach along the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand. An area not really famous for authentic Thailand or beautiful beaches. Actually more famous for Pattaya's nightlife, crowded tourism and industrial estates. But luckily there are still many small villages & beaches that are not eaten alive by modernization. The village of Bang Saray (also written as Bang Sare or Bang Sa-re) is such a place. Only 15 km south of Pattaya but a world of difference. There are a few simple hotels and a few western restaurants & bars, but for the rest it is still a Thai fishing village with a few local markets, temples and 2 active fishing piers. OK the beach may not be a "tropical white sandy beach with crystal clear water" but it is just a lovely rural Thai fishing village where in the afternoon school kids still go to the beach to meet each other. And where fishing boats lay ashore waiting for the night to fall to go fishing again. And at the fishing piers l…
Next month the famous Phi Ta Khon (Ghost) Festival will be again in Dan Sai, Loei province in North-East Thailand. A wonderful and colourful festival in a beautiful area of Loei province. If you are going be sure that you have your hotel booked as most hotels will be full that weekend.