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Visiting a small village in Chiang Rai
No this is not how the children normally walk around in the village. This was for a special celebration (not me). It is a Hmong village about 30km west of Chiang Khong with stunning view over the valley of Chiang Khong and the Mekong River with Laos on the other side. The older people stay home, take care of the babies and do some work at home like making the beautiful hill-tribe cloths they are still wearing. In the village is a small resort with 5 simple rooms and serving lunch or dinner. For more information see Lanjia Lodge CR
Here a list of my recommendation of the ever-growing selection of boutique hotels, luxury hotel hideaways and romantic retreats at stunning locations in Thailand. So here is my selection of 22 of my favourite hotels in Thailand where I have stayed while traveling in the tropical holiday destination Thailand. Some of the places are stunning & luxurious resorts while others are just very unique or at a stunning location. But none of the hotels are over the top as of price. Do you think I missed one? Share your favourite Thai hotel with me and I will try to cover it soon.
The star rating is my personal rating based of facilities, room comfort & quality and staff service. The hotels with 3 stars should based on this actually get 2 stars but due to their great location the deserve an extra star.
1. Bangkok along the Chao Phraya - Navalai Resort **** Navalai Resort is a luxury riverside hotel along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and surly when staying for the first time in Bangkok …
I love traveling by train so we took the train from Kampot to Phnom Penh. Mind you the train only goes at weekends & holidays. We had been to the train station the day before to buy our tickets. For just 7us$ you travel the whole 118km to Phnom Penh. Our train was supposed to leave at 9:00am but in reality did arrive from Shinoekville at 10:30am. And we arrived at 15:00 in Phnom Penh so it took us about 4hr30min to travel. Top speed of the train was 52km/hr while we would also go sometimes just 20km/hr. No problem we enjoyed our ride. I had planned a late lunch in Phnom Penh but that became a early dinner. And although there is a kind of kitchen in the train there was only served noodle-soup and drinks. So luckily we stopped halfway and had 10min time to buy some snacks at the train station. It was a great ride going thru Cambodian countryside but you should be flexibele in your time schedule for traveling. Following are some photos of traveling thru the upcountry landscape of Ca…
As you might know by now I love trains and train stations. So when I was in Kampot I did visit Kampot train station. Actually I was a bit disappointed, I thought about colonial French style train stations. But the few train stations that I was were relatively modern designs probably from the 1950's and 1960's. Kampot train station is about 4km north-east of town and takes about 10min to get there by TukTuk. At the train station you can buy your tickets to Shinaoukville or Phnom Penh. For a bit of history about this train station see Photo Documentary on Development of Cambodian Railroads Part 3.
I am now living in Thailand for more as 15 years and while reading the English language Thai newspapers and experiencing Thai traffic you learn that there is another side of the always Thai smile. That actually a lot of people die on the road due to stupid accidents on the road and due to even more stupid macho gun behaviour. And we can all discuss what the root problem is, and what should be done to change the root problem, but in the meanwhile things (the law and law enforcement) have to change to at least seriously try to lower that number of deaths in Thailand (as of deaths in traffic Thailand stands within the top of the world). Why? Well first of all because YOU or your beloved one (wife / husband / child / father or mother) could be victim of it. Secondly because it is a huge economic burden on the Thai society.
Now if this is discussed with foreigners living here the replies are like, "If you not like it here go back to your home country", "It is their way of l…
While walking along the riverside there was the start of strong wind and dark clouds so I walked back to my hotel. And I made it just in time as the rain started about when I stepped into the lobby. Following are more photos of the stunning view over Phnom Penh with rain.