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Doi Pha Tang and Phu Chi Fa in Chiang Rai
Sunrise at Phu Chi Fa
At about 1600m above sea-level on top of the mountain range between Laos and Thailand are 2 main tourist attraction. First Doi Pha Tang with Pha Bong view-point. And about 20km south is Phu Chi Fa with a stunning view-point over Laos and famous as place to see the sunrise over Laos. At busy mornings you will have to take (and pay) for an pickup-truck to bring you to the parking just before the view-point. For more information see Wikipedia Phu_Chi_Fa
Overlooking Laos and the Mekong River from Pha Bong (Doi Pha Tang)
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 Sanctuary of Truth, is a never ending construction (since 1981) of a wooden temple like building representing Heaven, Earth, Father, Mother, Moon, Sun and Stars. Although I have been living a long time in Pattaya I did never visit it, regarding it as a bit expensive tourist trap. Until family came along and I thought “OK lets try it”. An unexpected beautiful side of the so negative famous area of Pattaya. Yes, beyond the high-lights and that always smiling Thai face there is another Thailand. Following are some of the many photos that were made.
And although the all package at the entrance gives you indeed the feeling of just walking into a tourist trap, visiting the construction of building itself will wake you up big time. Actually it is a really amazing very huge wooden temple look-alike masterpiece of craftsmanship and art! Everywhere you look, really everywhere, there are wooden sculptures. Made in detail that makes you wonder how long it will take them to ever finish this. …