Old things in Thailand

When I walked to the toilets of the school in our village I was not very impressed by the quality and hygiene. But when taking a piss I saw the old toilets and I was very happy they were not in use anymore.

What reminded me of the fact that you see many times a new building (house / temple / bridge / toilets) with the old one still next to it.

Why? Too lazy to take the old one away? Or is there a cultural thing about not demolishing the old one?

So I am now thinking of trying to make a photo serie of old & new buildings together. I know at least 3 old bridges right next to the new bridge. No problem you would think? Well in 1 case the old bridge is half collapsed and you could still drive on to it. And sometime it will full collapse of course ... into the river and blocking the waterway.

Train stations in Thailand, last station Hua Lumphon in Bangkok

Hua Lumphon train station in Bangkok
I love traveling by train, it goes slow and it brings you in contact with real life in Thailand. So I took the early day train from Bangkok to Khon Kaen. It was a wonderful trip and I arrived in the afternoon. Along the way drinks & food was sold and I could walk around in the train. Once after passing Saraburi the surroundings be become beautiful. Try it!

The mighty Mae Nam Chao Phraya in Bangkok

Photo taken from my hotel, probably in 2002. For me the Chao Phraya IS Bangkok. But maybe that is because I come from a city with a big river and a big harbor.

Sukhothai, the old capital of Siam

Since I first traveled to Thailand I always liked Sukhothai and in the years that I am living here I did return many times. Of course Sukhothai is famous for being the first capital city of Siam (as Thailand was known until 1932). Nowadays Sukhothai consists of 2 parts, the new little city and 12km west of it the ruins of the ancient city of Sukhothai "Sukohthai Historical Park" (an World Heritage Site).

The modern city of Sukhothai is still a upcountry relaxed small city with not much real big buildings or shopping-malls. And that is what I still like about it. Just to walk over the vegetable market or look people in the afternoon in the small public park. There are many nice guesthouses in the city to enjoy and experience real local Thai life. Just rent a bicycle or motorbike and explorer the city and its surroundings.

Road condition update : Route 101 in Nan province

13 January 2017 : With a deadline of 18 January they are working hard on the 18km road construction at route 101, just south of Tha Wang Pha. The 2 small bridges are more or less finished. The main bridge over the Nan River is far from being finished. This also means that about 900m meter of road is still not covered with asfalt. For the rest all the road is re-surfaced and some parts even have lines painted. But there are still no lights, reflectors or any other things that makes driving or riding this part safe at night.

And a stretch starting about 10km before Pua is partly being resurfaced ... that means that they first destroy the left & right side of 2 meters of asfalt. And for the moment this is it. That means that for motorbikes / scooters it is very uncomfortable to ride on the side of the road. So motorbikes / scooters will ride almost on the middle of the road. Watch out and be careful! 

On the bright side .... on multiple locations they are working on installing light-poles, reflectors and safety-guard-rails.

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Costs of living in Thailand over 2016

Sometimes people ask me how much it costs to live in Thailand. Well that all depends of course how you spend your money. Some people spend a lot of money on entertainment or holidays or do buy expensive cars & motorbikes. But lets start with the simple things in life.

The first 5 months of 2016 we were still living in Khon Kaen city, but then we moved to a small village in the mountains of North Thailand. We? Well that are my wife and our cat.

Housing = 8.000 THB
We live in a free standing house with 2 floors and 3 bedrooms and 2 bath-rooms. We have 2 air-cons but only use the one in our bedroom when we are sleeping. In the living-room we use a ceiling fan. We have free satellite TV and the village has no garbage collection. So this is cheaper as living in Khon Kaen city.

Making cotton for the traditional Thai Lue cloths at Wat Nong Bua

What is here being dried?

Well of course it is food ... Thai would not take all this effort if they could not eat it. It is weed that comes from the Nan River. You will see it for sale at the local markets, but not all year around.

And then finally a photo of the end-product being sold at the local market.