Sunday, 21 September 2014

Strange trees

Unfinished construction, a typical sight in Thailand

Saturday, 20 September 2014

A afternoon to Ubolrat lake (Khon Kaen, Thailand)

Taken from the Buddha viewpoint at Ubolrat lake
Yesterday we did go to Ubolrat lake, about 50km North-west of Khon Kaen city. On the east side of the lake is a mountain range with with "Nam Phong" National Park and "Hin Chang Si" viewpoint. Along the lake are a 3 small villages and there are rice-fields and cattle farms. And also "Bang Seang 2" and small peninsular with many small restaurants on big bamboo rafts anchored along the shore. That is where we had a early diner with fried fish, friend rice and BBQ Pork.

That is also where my wife dropped her sunglasses in the water. But the owner of the restaurant called her son and he did jump in the water and recovered the sunglasses again. A great "Only in Thailand" moment!

After that we did go to the Buddha viewpoint to watch sunset ... walking up a few hundred steep steps! I am really too old for that, next time I will just drive up!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Chachanat Woodland Resort (Loei, Thailand)

A resort build in a 50 rai sized forest of teak trees, flowers, birds and vegetables. There are 24 wooden bungalow rooms, but only 2 have aircon. So the best time of the year to stay here would be from November to February. Each room has its own private verandah.

The rooms are not too luxury but clean and well taken care of. Each room has private bathroom with shower.

The resort has a restaurant for breakfast and pre-orderd lunch or diner can be arranged.

The resort is located along the road to "Phu Luang Wildlife conservation" in the mountain range of Phu Luang. So if you like to stay in nature this is the place to stay. Although I think it is more suitable for groups. But if you are looking for a swimming pool this is not the place to stay (or you should consider the small lake to be your swimming pool).

See Chachanat Woodland

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Inwa Cafe & Restaurant (Loei, Thailand)

A brand new coffee shop & restaurant serving Thai & Western food for a very affordable price by a sous chef that has worked in the big hotels of Phuket.

I had a Rib-eye steak served with french fries and salad. It was good but for a price of 159 Thai baht you can not expect much more as that. Good value for money.

Staff was friendly and the chef speaks very good English. Unfortunately no cocktails or wines but only beer (and I do not drink that stuff).

I loved it and I will be back next time when I am in Loei city (so I can try the pasta).
Highly recommended!

See Inwa Cafe Loei

Wat Pa Phu Kon (Na Yung, Thailand)

The "Wat Pa Phu Kon" temple is located in the mountains (Phu Kon) along the Thai-Lao border in the north-west of Udon Thani province. In the middle of nowhere! It is a kind of meditation temple that is also visited by many Thai & Lao people. I would call it a tourist attraction. Beautiful build on a beautiful location. If you are travelling with your own car, be aware that the last part of the road leading to the parking place is steep, very steep.

See Wat-pa-phu-kon

Phu Loei Coffee (Loei, Thailand)

A small coffee shop in Loei city serving of course coffee, tea and choco in all kind of different versions. They also have cakes and simple Thai food.

Good drinks and yummy cakes!

Friendly (but shy) staff. Only indoor (aircon) seating. Daily open. I loved!

Highly recommended!

See Coffee Phuloei

A few days to Loei Province (Thailand)

Kartsten mountains near Wang Saphung
Loei province, the most western province of North-East Thailand (Isaan) and a gem for traveling in nature & culture. My favorite area of the Isaan. The area near Wang Saphung and Phu Luang is dotted with beautiful kartsen mountains with caves and waterfalls. Traveling in this area there is always a surprise around the corner.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Don Mueang Airport (Bangkok, Thailand)

Since Thai Airways flying from Khon Kaen to Bangkok is expensive and Thai Smile Airways is flying on Don Mueang instead of Suvarnabhumi I now fly again on Don Mueang when going to Bangkok. That brings back good old memories of the old days when travelling to Thailand. It was in 1985 that I landed for the first time on Don Mueang Airport and walked over the tarmac. No gates, you just walked to a main entrance door. Total chaos is what I remember. But that was 1985!

Airport code Don Mueang : DMK (not BKK)

Monday, 8 September 2014

Dee Lite Restaurant at DoubleTree (Bangkok, Thailand)

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It is the main restaurant of "DoubleTree Sukhumvit Hotel" at Soi 26 of Sukhumvit road, Bangkok. In a stylish decoration, friendly staff and with a huge lunch buffet. They do serve breakfast, lunch and diner. Daily open from 6:00am to 10:30pm. Lunch buffet is 750++ but they also have a a-la-cart menu. On Sunday they have a Sunday brunch.

I had a-la-cart "Reuben Sandwich" with is said to be served with "sauerkraut" but I did find only a salad. But never mind it was delicious and a bit big as snack. As drink I had a fresh apple juice. Total price was about 500 Thai baht ... not cheap but for the location & service a acceptable price.

Highly recommended.

See Dee Lite @DoubleTree

Flying with Nok Air to Bangkok (Thailand)

The airplane's of Nok Air really do look like a smiling bird! And indeed the staff is also always smiling. For the first time I did fly Nok Air. A short flight from Khon Kaen to Bangkok (and the next day back). Going to Bangkok it was a bit older airplane, but flying back we had a brand new airplane. The design of both airplanes is to get as much people in the plane as possible so you sit a bit tight. But for a short flight that is no problem, as they are much cheaper as Thai Airways (what is actually not much better seating).

Inflight service is simple with only a simple snack. Drinks are not free. The good thing with Nok Air is that you have 15 kg free check-in luggage (as with Air Asia that will cost you 300 Thai baht extra). All together a good and smooth flight and I will use them again (price depending).

See Nok Air

DoubleTree Hotel (Bangkok, Thailand)

DoubleTree Sukhunvit Hotel by Hilton is located in Soi 26 of Sukhumvit road in Bangkok, about just 200 meter from Sukhumvit road. Within easy walking distance to BTS (Skytrain) station "Phrom Phong" and Emporium Shopping Mall. Behind the hotel is their mother "Hilton" at Soi 24.

The hotel has private parking, swimming pool, fitness and a very good (but not cheap) restaurant. There is a direct connection between the hotel and the Hilton Hotel behind, so you can use one of their restaurants also.

The staff is super friendly and service minded, the room was very comfortable (although not spacious). Our room at the 16th floor had no bath tub, so shower only (with also rain shower). Breakfast buffet was really very good, I enjoyed it very much. Good selection, good quality.

All together one of the reasons why I love it to stay in a hotel managed by a hotel-professional!
Highly recommended!

See DoubleTree Sukhumvit 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Donations in Thai temples

A donation for every day of the week. This photo is take in a meditation temple in Dan Sai (Thailand). People can donate money for the day that they are born. Every day has it's own Buddha image.