Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Visited, checked & reviewed by Chang Noi

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Monday, 12 January 2015

The Udon Tap Taste House (Udon Thani, Thailand)

Not my photo but from their Facebook page
While in Udon Thani we were invited by friends to have a drink & snack at TAP. It is not a bar, it is not a restaurant .... but they specialize in beer and have 150 different beers. Many beers from Belgium and Germany. But they also serve food, albeit not as main dishes but in tapas style.

We had a great evening and we enjoyed the food, drinks and service. I hope they will be able to maintain their beer quantity & quality of food & service.

The are located along the north-west side of the ring road. And of course they have parking. At the moment they have small indoor & outdoor seating, but in the near future that will be expanded.

Have a look at Tap at FB

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Faces of Asia ..... Young & Serious

Young & Serious
Photo taken in Dec'2015 in Vientiane at the "Patuxai" or "Victory Gate" but better called a ugly copy of the world famous  "L'Arc De Triomphe" in Paris.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Learning the game

Along the Mekong River in Pak Lay a mother learns her young daughter the game of the future

Friday, 9 January 2015

Getting lost in Vientiane (Laos)

The day after ....
While staying a few days in Vientiane (Dec'2014) I just left my hotel and started to walk without any plans or direction. Well getting lost in Vientiane is a bit difficult as down-town Vientiane is not so big and you will always end-up somewhere along the Mekong River. But I tried .... and succeed a bit!

Following are some photos I took along the way while getting lost in Vientiane down-town.

All photos were made during a Small Trip Along the Mekong River.

Angel on a Lion

Making merrit

In the afternoon

In the morning

The first photo is taken near the "Victory Gate" in Vientiane (Laos), the second photo is taken at a temple-shop near our hotel in Vientiane.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

A small Mekong River trip (Laos and Thailand)

Our journey started and ended in Khon Kaen (Thailand). First two days exploring Khon Kaen City and nearby area like Sight seeing at Phu Hin Chan Si. After that we did drive to Nong Khai (Thailand) where we would cross the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge to Vientiane. It is easy & straight forward but is takes some time. We had to apply for a Lao Visa (35us$) and arrange the temporarily export / import of our car. So we arrived in the afternoon at Mandala Boutique Hotel. When you would like to fly from Bangkok to Vientiane it might be much cheaper to fly with Nok Air from Bangkok (Don Muang) to Udon Thani and use the "Fly & Ride" service from Nok Air between Udon Thani and Vientiane.

Selling vegetable along the river

We did stay 3 nights in Vientiane and would spend New Year here. The evenings we did spend at the
boulevard along the Mekong River. The new park along the Mekong River at the east-side (or is that south side?) is a great place to relax in the late afternoon and then just stroll your way up and enjoy a beautiful sunset. Then just after sunset settle down at the small restaurants at the east side (or would that be north side?) for food & Beer Lao. In the day time we did visit the famous highlights of Vientiane like the Vat Sisaket temple (my favorite). Another afternoon I just started walking and tried to get lost in Vientiane. In Vientiane we did eat at a few places and also at 2 old hands of restaurants what was a bit of a disappointment. 

Would you like to make a trip like this yourself? Have a look at Beyond Highlights Travel or contact me.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Wat Si Saket (Vientiane, Laos)

Photo taken in 2002
The Wat Si Saket (Vat Sisaket) is my favorite place to visit in Vientiane. I think I have been there about 10 times in the past 18 years.

And my favorite part of the temple is the hallway around the temple with thousands of Buddha images. The photo that I use as logo of Chang Noi is made here.

This time I made about 20 photos from different Buddha images and I will show some here.

Nok Air Transfer Service

For their customers Nok Air is offering transfer service from Udon Thani airport to Vientiane city. It is called "Fly & Ride" service.

See Nok Air Fly & Ride

Thavyphet Guesthouse (Pak Lay, Laos)

As Jan'2015 a brand new guesthouse / hotel located at the main road along the Mekong River (although not at the river side). The hotel has private parking (but not covered) and free wifi. The rooms have airco, TV and private bathroom with warm water (shower only). The hotel has no restaurant but there is free coffee in the lobby.

The rooms are basic but clean and well decorated. For me personally the bed was too hard, but I would still come back here and recommend this hotel.

Tel. 030-57888444 and 020-59599951

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Sunset over Bung Kaen Nakhorn (Khon Kaen, Thailand)

Sorry I just love sunset's

Road Condition Update at Route 11 & Route 4 in Laos (Jan'2015)

Road Condition Update as of Jan'2015.

Traveling from Vientiane to Xanakham over route 11 along the Mekong River (138 Km)
  • The first 60 km is in perfect condition and easy to drive or ride.
  • The next 30 km the road changes to tarmac in less good condition, still easy to drive or ride.
  • The next 30 km the road changes to a gravel road in good condition, still easy to drive or ride.
  • The last 18 km is still a gravel road in good condition, although a bit less wide and more curves. And with some very steep parts in it. Still good to drive or ride, but not so easy anymore. You could even consider if driving a 4WD car would be better. In the rainy season this part might be not accessible.
Traveling from Xanakham to Pak Lay over route 11 (72 km)
  • Although a bit small road, the all road is in good condition (good tarmac everywhere). The road goes thru a mountain area with curves to a max. altitude of about 700m. Easy to drive or ride. But be aware that you will have to use a ferry to cross the Mekong River to Pak Lay. It is a big ferry that can handle about 10 cars at once.
Traveling from Pak Lay to Thali border-crossing over route 4 (70 Km).
  • The all route is in perfect condition (good tarmac everywhere). Easy to drive or ride.