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Taking the bus from Pattaya

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Pattaya has a few bus-stations, the most used by tourists is the "Roong Reuang Coach" bus-terminal at Pattaya Nua Road. It is basically the bus-station from just 1 bus company, just like the other few bus-stations in Pattaya. Yes, indeed Pattaya is one of the few cities in Thailand that does not have a public bus-station. So where are the busses going to? Well have a look at the following photos, but here is a short list of the bussen between Pattaya and : Ekmai Bus-Station (Bangkok Eastern Bus-terminal)Mochit Bus-Station (Bangkok Northern Bus-terminal)Southern Bus-Station (Bangkok)Suvarnabhumi AirportHua Hin Bus StationThis bus-station is also a stop for the yellow-bus between Rayong and Mukdahan. As you see there is no bus going to Don Muang Airport. You could take the bus to Suvarnabhumi Airport and the the shuttle-bus to Don Muang Airport. Or you could go to Ekmai or Mochit bus-station and then take a taxi to Don Muang Airport.






Evening and morning at the beach of Pattaya

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Pattaya is not really a place where you are going for a beautiful beach and crystal clear sea to swim. But still Pattaya beach and beach road are an attraction in itself. So in the evening I did walk to the beach and sit and relaxed with a beautiful sunset and enjoyed the evening and cool breeze. And early in the morning I came back, when speed-boats were lined up along the beach. And preparing for another day of transporting tourists to/from Koh Larn or for para-sailing in the bay of Pattaya. Life goes on 24hr a day in Pattaya.


Night view over Patttaya

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View over Pattaya city seen from the rooftop at the 32th floor of The Base Condo in Central Pattaya. What a city Pattaya has become .... The little sleepy fishing village is no more. High-rise buildings all around in Pattaya now. And still building ... will it ever stop?

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Ekmai bus-station in Bangkok

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When travelling eastbound from Bangkok at Ekmai busstation it is amazingly to see that nothing has changed here in the past 18 years. Although nowadays located in the middle of modern Bangkok the bus-station still feels and looks as 18 years ago. And you can still travel cheap for only 108 Thai baht in a comfortable 2 hour drive to Pattaya beach resort. The bus has changed a bit... All seats have now seat belts. And the passengers have also changed... 18 years ago it were mostly western tourists... Nowadays it are mostly young Chinese, Korean an Indian tourists.

Sunrise at Rong Kwang

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I love sunsets and sunrises, so when traveling in the early morning and passing Rong Kwang near Phrae in North Thailand I always make a stop along route 101. Because it is a great point for a stunning sunrise over the mountains and rice-fields. I always love it!

An old road roller in Nan

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I have an intrest in old mechanical things, might that be tools, motorbikes or just old machines. And at the parking opposite the Wat Phumin is parked an old read roller, unfortunately not a steamer but a little bit newer diesel. Made by Invicta. It looks like it can still be used.


Water Buffalos in North-East Thailand

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Last week we had been traveling to Buriram in North-East Thailand and along the way you will see many water buffalos. They love water & mud to cool down in the hot sun of North-East Thailand. Together with elephants this are my favourite animals to see in Thailand.

Sunrise at Rong Kwang

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While traveling in the early morning from Nan to Buriram I always try to stop along route 101 directly after Rong Kwang (20km north of Phrae) because that is always a great place for a sunrise shot over the mountains. This time we were a bit late and without the lens-flare this would have been an even better photo. The lens-flare of my Sony HX90V is really one of the bad things of the camera.

The Rice-Field Project Part 3a : Rice harvesting our rice-field

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As we bought our rice-field with rice the first step of clearing the land is cutting & harvesting the rice. The cutting (reaping) starts by hand, cutting the rice around the land so the small rice-cutting machine can drive over the field. Traditionally the work is done on the rice-field fully dressed as protection against sun. And wearing rubber boots as the ground is still one big mud pool. You (well my wife and another farmer) take a bundle of rice in one hand and cut it with a curved knife. Then you lay the bundle of cut rice on the land.



After the preparations (1 hour) the little rice-cutting machine comes in. It is managed by 1 person walking behind it. Under are moving knives to cut the rice and on top are rotating small "arms" that will move to rice to one side. Very easy and cheap. We pay only 200 THB for our small piece of land and it takes only about 1 hour. After the cutting of the rice it will have to dry for a few days (hopefully not too much rain anymore).…

Monk Mountains in Northern Thailand

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Mountains with a shaved head, like monks. This one is supposedly part of Doi Phu Kha National Park in Nan - Thailand. So did nobody see this or is it actually not against any regulations to cut the protecting trees of the mountains?

Visiting the Morning Market in Nan

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Nan is the perfect place to wake-up very early and make a walking trip in historic downtown and then walk to the morning market where locals sell their products. I always like this kind of walking trip. It is still cool in the early morning and there is almost no traffic in Nan.

The Rice-Field Project Part 2 : A Sala at our rice-field

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So we (well my wife) did buy indeed a small piece land. A bit more as 120 Tarang Wah ... so about 500 sqm. And it is rice-field, so within 2 weeks we are going to do some rice harvesting.

But as it is at the moment very nice to be there, the first thing I wanted to have is a sala to sit there and enjoy the nature. That sounds easy, at least here in Thailand. You see old simple sala's everywhere in the rice-fields. Farmers build them so they can rest in the shadow while at work on the rice-fields. So we asked a guy in our village.

"Takes about 2 or 3 days to build, costs 1.000 THB / day, I have 4 good pole for you only 1.200 THB / pole. And you need that, that,...." . Well that would become a expensive simple sala for about 15.000 THB. So we skipped that.

So we went to another village and found a shop selling cheap wood, or actually just cut trees. All the wood for the sale, except the floor, would costs 3.800 THB. That is better! And we talked to a local farmer who offe…

Hell at "Wat Phumin" in Nan

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Photo was taken during a tour in historic downtown of Nan city, where are many beautiful temples like the "Wat Phumin". On the temple grounds is a small building with a representation of hell. Historic downtown of Nan city is not big and the tour can easily be done walking or by bicycle.

Natural herbal products at the OTOP in Nan

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OTOP stands for "One Tambon One Product" where Tambon is a district. It was introduced many years ago with the idea to promote the special products from a district. And sometimes it really works, like here in Nan.

At a small district office is a OTOP where is made a product line of natural herbal products for the care of your body. They produce & sell Body lotion, Bath gel, Facial gel, Toner, Hair Tonic and Salt Scrub (from Bo Klua). And much more.

The products are used in some hotels in Nan, like at Nan Seasons Boutique Resort where we were introduced to these products. It was interesting to visit this place and to see how they make from leaves of a tree a shampoo. No chemicals! See OTOP Namkian