Visiting Phu Sang Waterfall in Phayao, North Thailand


It is not the most spectacular waterfalls but is conveniently located right along route 1093 to Phu Chi Fa. And there is a nice and well taken care park. And there are some Thai restaurants where you can rent a picknick set to enjoy a nice lunch along the water and even play in the water.

And if you are really boring you can take a little walk by taking the stairs right next to the waterfall to the plateau above the waterfall where you can walk a 900 meter jungle trail to the hot-water source of this waterfall. We did and while walking there you see some amazing huge trees. I love trees!

Visiting the Wat Rung Khun in Chiang Rai, North Thailand

Or better know as the White Temple. It is located about 13km south of Chiang Rai city.

Although it is a beautiful piece of art, personally I would not call it a temple. I did not see any monks, besides the fact that the main building is housing an beautiful Buddha image.

To quote the Wikipedia "It is a contemporary, unconventional, privately owned, art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple. It is owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it to visitors in 1997. It is open all year round and admission is free."

The latter might not be true anymore as there has been an announcement that starting of 1 October there will be a 50 Thai baht entrance fee (with free bag) for foreigners. Well that explains the 50 THB sign that I totally ignored.

Personally I think it is a bit in Gaudi style and I had the idea to see also some similarities to the "Sanctuary of Truth" in Pattaya. But well it is beautiful and a great opportunity for making photos and selfies. So ia made a few photos.

Booking your train ticket in Thailand in advance?

From 60 days in advance you can book your train ticket for a train trip in Thailand. Great! And when traveling by night-train (sleeper) that might be a good idea to do. When you are on holiday and want to travel on a planned day it would be a problem to find the train fully booked.

So just go to the web-site of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and book your ticket online! No, no, no .... they do not offer online ticket booking. You can book by telephone (call 1690 within Thailand) but you will have to pickup your ticket at a major train-station within 24 hours after making the telephone call. Well then you could as well just go to the train-station directly, right? That is what I always did as I was living near a major train-station in Thailand. But well, suppose you are not in Thailand and want to be sure that you will have a train-ticket. What to do?

Arriving early & tired at Don Muang Airport in Bangkok, Central Thailand?

Some people arrive very early in the morning in Bangkok and have to travel on that same day. Would it not be great to rest / refresh before travelling further?

Well at Don Muang Airport are "Sleep Boxes" where you can stay from 3 hours up-to an all day / night. Or you can just take a shower there. See Sleep Boxes at Don Muang Airport

Arriving early & hungry at Don Muang Airport in Bangkok, Central Thailand?

Some people arrive very early in the morning in Bangkok and have to travel on that same day. Would it not be great to have a good breakfast first?

Well enjoy a fantastic breakfast buffet at "Zeppelin" Restaurant at Amari Don Muang Hotel. The hotel is located directly opposite the airport and there is a walking bridge between the airport and the hotel. And if you would arrive by train you can just walk to the hotel. Very easy and convenient. See Breakfast at Amari Don Muang Hotel

Visiting That Ing Hang stupa in Savanakhet, South Laos

Hundreds of Buddha images
The "That Ing Hang" stupa is located about 15 km east of Savanakhet city. Follow route 9 for about 12 km and turn to your right and continue for another 3 km (passing Dong Natad protected Forrest). The stupa is one of the oldest in Savanakhet province and for that reason highly respected by the local people.

You will have to pay entrance fee of 5.000 kip and ladies will have to wear a sarong. Do not worry you can rent one there. The stupa is surrounded by a wall with a roof (like a gallery) with hundreds of Buddha images.
Struggling

Detail of the stupa



Living now 4 months in a small village along the Nan River in North Thailand

So we are now a bit more as 4 months living in a small village along the Nan River in Northern Thailand.

And we still love it. We have friendly neighbours who are always willing to help us. We made some friends in the village but also in some other villages.

We did find some more places to buy our favourite food. And we did find some nice small restaurants. As my wife is from North-East Thailand she was afraid of missing her food. But we found out that there are actually living many people from the North-East in Nan province. Even in our village! And we did find a few good Isaan restaurants / food-stalls.

The high water of the Nan River was a bit exciting but a good lesson. Luckily the water stopped about 100m from our house. There are a few small things I did never thought of or did forget.

First of all humidity. So in the raining season there is a very high humidity. Even into the house. In the early morning the all village is surrounded by clouds. Laundry is not going to dry very well. Wardrobes get a bit smelly (better open de doors).

Nan Nantaburi Massage in Nan, North Thailand

My favorite thing to do on a hot afternoon is a massage. Not a traditional Thai massage or a "happy ending" massage but a oil massage. And when at "Hot Bread" in the morning I had seen an advertisement for "Nan Nantaburi Massage", so in the afternoon I went for a oil massage there.

It is a located along the street of what I call the old bus-station (Thanon Anatana Woraritthi Det) in a double 1 store shop-house. It is clean and the staff is friendly, but nobody speaks English.

They do traditional Thai massage, oil massage and foot massage. They have 6 or 8 places for full massage and 3 chairs for foot massage. I enjoyed it very much and felt very sabaai afterwards. Highly recommended!

Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee in Nan, North Thailand

This weekend there was a "Coffee Market" being held opposite the Wat Phumin. I am not a coffee lover so to me it did look more to a Coffee Machine Sales Market. And wow they are expensive! How can all those small Coffee Shops make money? On the other hand it was nice to see how Nan province is being promoted as coffee plantation area. Although also must be said that all those coffee plantations are in the mountains above 1200m. And well there used to be once a beautiful forrest there.

And there are still some small privately owned coffee plantations with their own brand-name and sales. Most times this are former hill-tribe people who are supported by Royal Projects to setup a meaningful life in the mountains.
Hand-made coffee bags















Overnight in Pak Lay, Central Laos


Just after arriving at Pak Lay (Laos), we stopped at what is supposed to be "Pak Lay Harbour" from where you have a nice view over the Mekong River while sitting in the shadow from trees or the sala.

Pak Lay is the cross-road of the road going to Luang Prabang or to Vientiane. The Mekong River is until now only to be crossed by ferry. But within 5 months that will be over when the bridge is finished. I am not sure if this is a blessing for Pak Lay but that is another story.

I like Pak Lay for it's remoteness and being nothing ... just a sleepy town along the Mekong River. We did stay overnight here at one of the about 10 Guesthouses that are in Pak Lay. In the evening we had diner at one of the restaurants along the Mekong River. We loved it! Slow boats are still going between Vientiane / Luang Prabang and Pak Lay. But you will need some time ... 4 days going up to Luang Prabang.


Traveling from Hongsa to Sayaboury in Laos


Two photos of my motorbike trip in Laos from Sayaboury (also written as Xaignabouli, Xaignabouri, Xayaboury, Sayabouli, Sayabouri) to Hongsa. This road is route 4A and it is about 83 km. And about 40 km of that goes thru steep ever-green mountains with small hill-tribes villages along the road. I assume that it is this route that the new bus-service from Nan to Luang Prabang will take.

This part of Laos is part of Nan district, that once was a kingdom together was we now call Nan province in Thailand. For more about my motorbike trip see On the motorbike from Khon Kaen to Nan


Another sunset in Pua, North Thailand


Yes I do love sunsets in combination with some clouds. This photo was made at our little hide-away near Pua. While sitting between the bamboo and teak-trees you have a stunning view over a small valley with a river and green rice paddies. Sunset is a bit to the left. So I think there must be a great sunrise view.

Tree of Life in Nan, North Thailand

Opposite the Wat Phumin in Nan city is and Amazon Coffee Shop. Brand new but build in colonial style. And they also have a kind of small art gallery, where you can sit and enjoy your coffee.

There is a changing exhibition of local artists. This time about the Tree of Life, a steel tree symbolising our life.

There are also some black/white drawings on show, all about trees. I love trees. And I love art. So this is a perfect combination so sit relax, hear nice music (not Thai pop music) and drink my hot Chocolate and eat my Stroofwafel.

Green rice paddies in Pua, North Thailand


The early morning was foggy and cool, the start of an early cool season? So after breakfast I took the motorbike for a ride to nowhere. And I always find it!