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Incoming rain in Pua
Yesterday we were sitting on the verandah of our bungalow and while the sun was almost going down and strong wind blew over the rice fields while dark clouds were formed above us. And a rain was coming in. We had a short but heavy rain with thunder & lighting and since that the temperatures have dropped.
When traveling from my home town to my home country I had to stay 1 night in Bangkok as my flights to and from Bangkok did not connect. So I did choose a hotel that is near the Airport Rail Link to Suvarnabhumi Airport. And the Mercure Bangkok Makkasan Hotel is indeed only about 400m from the Airport Rail Link Makkasan station. For more information see Mercure Bangkok Makkasan Hotel.
I had a smooth & fast check-in and although I arrived a bit early I could use my room directly. The room is not so big but comfortable and has everything you need. In the afternoon I wanted to go shopping and wanted to take the free shuttle-bus service to MRT station Makkasan. But as this free shuttle service is only going once every 30min I just missed it. So instead of waiting I just walked it, took me just a bit more as 5min. Be aware there is no side-walk. This ritual repeated itself in the evening. But then the MRT station was totally crowded so I walked to Asoke & Sukhumvit, what was a bit …
I was walking in Rotterdam and enjoyed the almost autumn scenes in a park. Nothing special but when you are living in Thailand then you start to appreciate the changes of season in the Netherlands. And I just love trees. So 2 shots of trees, leaves and skies.
Well not the kind of beans I would eat ... but drink. Coffee beans. There are a few coffee plantations in Nan province. Most of them setup by Royal Projects. And there are a few local coffee brands. For more information about the beautiful Nan province see Destination Travel Guide Nan, North Thailand.
While passing Wat Hia in the evening it did look so beautiful with all the lights that I had to stop and make some photos. No, it is not an old temple but beautiful designed and build in Tai Lue style. Following are 2 more photos. On the walls are murals of the destruction of the old temple after a storm and the building of the new temple. The new temple is designed by a local architect.
While being back in my home country I of course did eat some typically Dutch food, like poffertjes. It are actually mini pancakes served with butter and powdered sugar. They are sold in restaurants but also at a Poffertjes Kraam like at the photo above at the weekend market in Rotterdam. Poffertjes are freshly made (see photo below). But I did eat them at Pofferjes Salon Seth at the Hoogstraat in Rotterdam, already more as 40 years the best place for poffertjes in Rotterdam (see third photo).
Another typically Dutch food are Stroop Wafels (see photos below), and I did eat 1 huge fresly made stroopwafel at Markus Stroopwafels at the Hoogstraat in Rotterdam.
I was meeting a friend and together we did visit the Kunst Hal in Rotterdam where was the impressive retrospective exhibition ‘Joana Vasconcelos. I’m Your Mirror’, featuring the work of the famous Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos (1971). And there was also an the exhibition ‘Joost Swarte everywhere’ that pays homage to fifty years of drawing by presenting a cross section of Swarte’s body of work – from his first cartoons, original drawings, sketches, designs and objects to his most recent work.
We did start with Joana Vasconcelos. I’m Your Mirror, the photo above "Don't shoot the messenger" is a huge pistol made out of old telephones. The photo under is a small helicopter dressed like a bird.
After the first exhibition we walked into the exhibition "Joost Swarte Everywhere".
Traveling back from Saigon to Bangkok I did fly with Air Asia to Don Muang International Airport. I had a smooth flight, although we were a bit delayed already when leaving. And also most of the arrival was smooth. First a transfer bus from the airplane to the arrival gate. Then to immigration. In the airplane I had received my Arrival & Departure card that in Thailand is still used and still old fashioned has to be filled-out by hand (actually wondering what the use is of this arrival card). But as I did not have a pen with me I thought "I will do that just before immigration". Wrong!
Although just before immigration are desk where you can fill-out your Arrival & Departure card there are NO pens. And of course the nearby exchange boots are not going to borrow you one. I was lucky that a fellow traveler did just give me his pen. For the rest immigration was a breeze. Although only 50% of the counters were open it took me about 10 min to get thru immigration. And tha…
As usual when friends visit us in Pua we do visit the Wat Mongkul, originally named the Wat Kong, near Tha Wang Pha. About 45 km north of Nan town and 15 km from Pua town. Just 4 years ago it was just a local temple with a nice local style museum and a stunning view. Now it is one of Nan's temple highlights to visit. What results in many people visiting this temple to make photos, mostly selfies. But still a fun place to visit. Following are a few photos I made this time.
While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did stay for 1 night at the TTC Hotel in Can Tho, conveniently located right along the Can Tho River. A great location to explore the riverside and Can Tho town. Of course all rooms have air-conditioning, mini-bar, free drinking water, private bathroom with shower, private balcony and TV. The hotels offers a great breakfast buffet, restaurant for lunch & dinner, a swimming pool and a kind of casino. Be aware that if you have a room at the riverside you might hear some music or people in the begin of the evening as the riverside is a bit busy in the evening. For more information see TTC Hotels Can Tho.
Right next to the hotel is a supermarket and ATM. About 500m to the right at the old Municipal Market is a wonderful open-air seaside restaurant serving Vietnamese and Western food. The latter is highly recommended.