Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Thongsai Time about Koh Samui (Thailand)

When I read something about "The Tongsai Bay Resort" in Koh Samui, Thailand I always think with found memories about the time I had the privilege to stay there in 1999. So I was just reading the "The Tongsai Times" first issue online. Yes, of course it is a advertisement for the resort. But a bit more as that and not in a shy way. Respect!

Respect for highlighting some issues people should be aware of when on holiday (in Thailand or elsewhere). About safety while riding motorbike and animal abuse. Thank you for taking the effort not to put it under the carpet. Good luck to the management & staff of "The Tongsai Bay Resort"!

You can download the PDF of "The Tongsai Times" HERE

E-Visa for Myanmar

Thailand is a great base to travel in South East Asia, to Laos and Cambodia. But now also to Myanmar (Burma). There are direct flights from Bangkok and Chiang Mai to several places in Myanmar. But until now you had to apply for a visa in Bangkok at the embassy of Myanmar. Since 1 September 2014 you can apply for a Tourist E-Visa via the web-site of the Myanmar government. As far as I know the only port of entry is Yangon (for a E-visa).

See E-Visa Myanmar

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Web-site thingies

You might have noticed some changes in the look of my travel-blog. A smaller header, left and right a side-bar, some advertisements and some personal recommendations. 

But more ... every posting now shows the labels for that posting. If you click on that label you will see all postings with that label. Easy if you want to know more about that place or event.

And every posting can now have a location tag. If you click that location tag you will be transferd to Google Maps with the location about that posting. Easy if you would like to visit that also. Of course I will not give away all secret locations, I keep some for myself.

Hope you enjoy the changes.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Krua Supanniga Restaurant (Khon Kaen, Thailand)

The restaurant is part of Supanniga Resort and we did saw the restaurant when I was there to have a look at the hotel (but that is another story). So yesterday we had dinner there. We were the only guests, but the staff was attentive and professional. The restaurant has both indoor & outdoor seating, and in the evening the location in the beautiful garden of the hotel is really great.

They serve classic Thai food and we had a starter (see photo), 3 main dishes, rice, a Thai sweet dessert and a bottle of wine. Price all together was 1700 Thai baht. Not expensive I think. We enjoyed our dinner and the food was delicious. And perfectly served.

Highly recommended ..... although .... my wife did get sick in the night and she did spend a part of the night on the toilet. The disadvantage of a restaurant that is not busy is that of course the do not have a high turn-over of the food. OK any kitchen can have a bad serving once & while. 

See Krua Supanniga

Thursday, 28 August 2014

New visa regulation in Thailand

As published in the Bangkok Post at Thursday 28 August 2014.

BTW this is posting 800!!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

W District (Bangkok, Thailand)

Food & Beer Garden
W-District is a new block between Soi 69 and Soi 71 of Sukhumvit road in Bangkok. It consists of 2 high rise condo buildings, a hotel, Art Exhibition Centre, small evening market and a Food & Beer Garden. O and of course a rooftop Bar& Restaurant at the 46th floor of one of the two condo towers. It is only 5 min walking from BTS station "Phrakanong". I liked it very much.

Staying here a day was a journey into memories for me as the area of Phrakanong at Soi 71 was where I lived for 2 years about 15 years ago. Wow what has it changed. In those days it was almost the end of Bangkok, on your way to Cambodia. Many things have changed, but it is good to see that some small shops are still there with the same people.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Walking in Phrakanong (Bangkok, Thailand)

Raining season
I love to walk in the small streets of any city in South East Asia. Not the highlights of a city, but real life. And there are always weird things you see.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Hof Art (Bangkok, Thailand)

My new motorbike?
"Hof Art" is a small exhibition centre at "W-District" at Soi 69 of Sukhumvit road in Bangkok, just 5 min walking from BTS station "Phrakanong". At the moment there is a exhibition of modern art. Although some of the art are clearly copies of existing art other pieces show that there is a free mind & imagination within Thai artists. All art is also for sale.

See Hof Art Bangkok
and BK Asia

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Zepplin @ Sukhumvit 69 (Bangkok, Thailand)

View from the Sky Bar at Zepplin located at the 46th floor of "Le Luk" condominium B Tower at W-District Sukhumvit Soi 69. Open from 18:00 to 2:00. Besides a great view of almost 360 degrees they serve a great cocktail collection and a small Thai & Western menu. Prices are not cheap ... actually expensive. But the service is great & the cocktails fantastic.

As of the food I have mixed feelings. I had "Duck Confit in Orange" and that was not really good. After that I had "Creme Brule" that was very good. Maybe I had just bad luck with the duck?

I loved the view & cocktails!

See Zeppelin Bar & Restuarant