Choose your Destination

☛ Central Thailand             Ayutthaya - Bangkok - Chainat - Kanchanaburi - Muak Lek - Saraburi - Samut Prakan - Sangkhlaburi - Wang Nam Keaw

☛ Eastern Thailand             Ang Sila - Bang Saray - Chantaburi - Chonburi - Jomtien - Koh Samet - Naklua - Pattaya - Rayong - Satthahip - Sri Racha - Trat

☛ North Thailand                Ban Khok - Ban Pak Nai - Bo Bia - Bo Klua - Chiang Klang - Chiang Muan - Chiang Mai Chiang Rai - Den Chai - Doi Ang Khang - Golden Triangle - Lampang - Mae Hong Son - Manipruek - Nan - Phayao - Phitsanulok - Phrae - Phu Phayak - Pua - Santisuk - Si Satchanalai - Sukhothai - Tak - Tha Ton - Thung Chang - Uttaradit

☛ North-East Thailand         Baan Phue - Ban Rong Khla - Bung Khla - Bung Khan - Buriram - Chaiyaphum - Chiang Khan - Chum Phae - Dan Sai - Kalasin - Khao Kho - Khao Yai - Khon Kaen - Loei - Lomsak - Mukdahan - Na Yung - Na Heao - Nakhon Phanom - Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) - Nakhon Thai - Nam Pat - Nam Nao - Nong Bua Lamphu - Nong-Khai - Pak-Chong - Petchabun - Phu Hin Rong Khla - Phu Luang - Phu Ruea - Phu Thap Boek - Pimai - Puay Noi - Roi Et - Sakhon Nakhon - Sangkhom - Sawaeng Deang Din - Si Thep - Sikhio - Surin - Suwwanaphum - Thap Lan - That Phanom - Ubolratana Lake - Ubon Ratchathani - Udon Thani - Yasathon

☛ South Thailand                   Hua Hin - Koh Samui - Krabi - Phuket

A sea of clouds in Nan, North Thailand

Yesterday we made a small trip in the early morning into the mountains of Nan provinces. The cool season is starting and it is a great time to enjoy the nature and fresh air.

Marriage in our village in Nan, North Thailand

Money & Gold
Besides cremations there are also marriages in our village. A local girl did marry with het boyfriend from Chonburi. Due to the 100 days mourn period there was no loud music or big party. But for the rest the the marriage was traditional with the groom coming to the house of the bride to ask the parents of her to marry her. And as proof of his love gives here money and gold. And of course everybody has to see that, so it is on show during the marriage. The all village was invited but I think there were about 250 people "only". There are tables setup for food & drinks. And with 250 people you need a big "kitchen".

The kitchen

Another cremation in our mountain village in Thailand

To begin with the end .... smoke going up from the crematorium of our village. There are many old people living in our village. So yes there a few cremations, actually 7 already in the 6 months we are living here in a village of about 1000 people.

I made a photo serie of the all ritual that starts from moving the coffin to the cremation area that is just outside of the village. Click on "CLICK HERE" for more photos.

Yao villagers waiting in line at "King Chulalongkorn Day" in Nan, North Thailand

Today is "King Chulalongkorn Day" in Thailand

From the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Singapore :
"23 October of every year is a national holiday in Thailand as it marks “King Chulalongkorn Day" or known in Thai as "Wan Piyamaharaj Day". It is the memorial day of the passing away of King Chulalongkorn, otherwise known as King Rama V." For more information see Royal Thai Embassy Singapore

And in our area that was celebrated this early morning with representatives from all villages from the tambon where we are living. That includes some Yao (Mien) hill-tribe villages. Well early morning was planned but we left 7:30am and while the ceremony had started already at 8:10 the last people would still arrive. There is a strict hierarchy with government officials at top and the common villagers at the bottom. And of course women and men are split into two groups.

If you click "CLICK HERE" you see some more photos I took. Also from the lovely dressed Yao / Mien villagers.

Mountain view in Pua, North Thailand

A view over the rice-fields in Pua with in the background the mountains of Phu Phu Kha.

Arriving at Don Muang Airport in Bangkok, Central Thailand

So you arrived at Don Muang Airport in Bangkok and are getting your luggage at one of the belts?

I was heading to downtown Bangkok and needed a taxi. As I thought it might be handy for some people I made photos. So you can follow it a bit when you arrive there first time.

You did come from upstairs, where in the old days was the immigration. Well you walk to the  exit gate and take a left turn. And then?

To see more photos click on "CLICK HERE"

This is Thailand in Bangkok, Central Thailand

I love this! The U-turn is closed by means of poles and a chain, so cars can not use it. But what about motorbikes? Well someone put 2 longer poles so the chain can go up. So motorbikes can ride under it. Yes, TIT.

Street view in Bangkok, Central Thailand

Photo taken from the SkyWalk to Platinum Mall.
After more as 15 years living in Thailand I still love the chaos of Bangkok. Although I am also happy to go home to the mountains again after 2 days. But I hope Bangkok will never become a Singapore.