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Sunrise at Phu Kho at Nam Nao National Park

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While driving from Chumphae to Lomsak over route 12 you are more or less going thru Nam Nao National park. And while following this beautiful twisty road thru the beautiful mountains you are passing a "Sunrise viewpoint" at Phu Kho. Going to Lomsak it is on your right hand side and there are some (small) signs. Don't drive to fast and you have to come very early! You can park your car down at the beginning of a short but steep walking path up-to the actually view point.

Sunrise from Wat Phuket in Pua

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This morning we went to the Wat Phuket in Pua to make tamboon (offering to the monks). Unfortunately we were just to late to see the sun climbing over the skyline of the Doi Phu Kha mountains. With the name of this temple you might be thinking of a famous beach resort in South-Thailand but Phu means mountain and Ket is the name of the village nearby. I love the early mornings in the mountains of Nan in North Thailand.

A fresh morning and almost golden rice in Pua

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I love the be out in the early morning and although we are still in the raining season the mornings start to feel like in the cool season with some fog and clouds around the mountains of Doi Phu Kha in Pua. The rice is growing fast now and in 4 weeks it will be harvesting time.

Following the Mekong River in North Thailand

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The Mekong River is at 2 parts the border between Thailand and Laos. Photo above is where the Mekong River starts to be the border at Chiang Saen in North Thailand, also infamous called the "Golden Triangle".

The photo under is where the Mekong River flows into Laos and stops to be the border between Laos and Thailand. In Laos this creates a weird part of Laos, a kind of peninsular with on the west side a mountain range and border with Thailand (no border crossings) and on the east side the Mekong River (no bridges). I love the Mekong River.

There is a kind of military base & police station with a beautiful garden and a Coffee Shop of course. At the end of the road there is a little walking path that will lead you to the real border-line with Laos (or you end-up in Laos).


Sangkhlaburi a hidden gem in Thailand

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Although it is already a long time ago that I did visit this place a few times it is still in my memories as a very special and beautiful place to go. Located along the huge "Khao Leam Lake" and almost at the Burmese border it is about 200 km from Kanchaburi. And it is famous for its "Thailands longest wooden bridge"  (400 meter) connecting Sangkhla on one side of the lake with Wankha at the other side of the lake.

Mae Salong Nok in Chiang Rai

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The officially Thai name is actually "Santikhiri" but most time it is referred to as "Doi Mae Salong" while the real Chinese name is actually "Mae Salong Nok". The term Doi actually refers to the all mountain area. The village is located high in the Dean Lao mountain range in Chiang Rai province at about 1100m above sea-level. And it became famous for the inhabitants as being ex-KMT soldiers. And of course it was also famous for the poppy fields as part of the opium trade in the Golden Triangle.

Nowadays it has become an tourist destination with the help of the Royal Project to turn the poppy fields into tea & fruit plantations. And it is a wonderful area to travel and see the cultural heritage of the former KMT people. Thai tourisme mainly goes there in the "winter" to enjoy the cool climate and the sea of fog between the mountains (Talay Mok). Highly recommended to go there!

For more information see Wikipedia and Tourism Thailand

Having dinner at Poom 3 Restaurant in Nan

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Not much traveling this week, so yesterday we had dinner with a friend from Chiang Rai and finally had the opportunity to have dinner at this restaurant. It is a typically Thai style restaurant where you not go for a cozy dinner but you come for good food. And that is what we had, delicious Thai food. Simple but good.

Airport Bus to Don Muang Airport in Bangkok

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Going from downtown Bangkok to Don Muang Airport? Normally I take a taxi but this time I was early so I took the BTS to Mo Chit for max. 40 Thai baht and then the A1 bus to Don Muang Airport for 30 Thai baht. A quick and cheap way of getting to the airport..... If you are alone and do not have much luggage with you. Otherwise I would advise to take a taxi. Tollway would cost 120 Thai baht and taxi meter about 220 Thai baht.

On the motorbike in Nakhon Thai & Phu Hin Rong Khla in Loei

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Travelling in the beautiful area of Lomsak, on the mountains of Phu Hin Rong Khla and Phu Thap Boek at a hight of 1800 meter.


Having lunch at Ped Pa Tong Restaurant in Sila Phet

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We were just passing from Pua to Sila Phet and my wife was hungry so we stopped at this small almost hidden restaurant along the road (just 300m from the road to Sila Phet Waterfall).

The sign and name suggest that they are specialised in duck and indeed delicious duck! It is really amazing here in Thailand, that small not so good looking restaurants do serve sometimes very good food. And not expensive, even cheap. We had 2 dishes with duck, 1 isaan food dish and one big bottle of coke and the total damage was under the about 325 Thai baht.

This is why traveling in Thailand is good!




A knife, a fork, a bottle and a cork in Den Chai

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But lets start with the knife .... sold along the road in the area of Den Chai, Thailand. Of course not only 1 shop selling the same product but a dozen shops. All knifes in all sizes and shapes. Along the highways in Asia are always somewhere little shops where the sell "local" products.

Hotel & Restaurant Reviews in Thailand

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When I started this travel-blog I also did write about hotels and restaurants where I did stay. Later I did made a special review-blog about Hotel & Restaurant Reviews. But to consolidate my efforts for better exposure & promoting traveling in Thailand my experiences of Hotels & Restaurants will come back again to this travel-blog. And the other 2 web-sites "Reviews of Hotels & Resorts in Thailand" and "Reviews of Restaurants & Coffee Shops in Thailand" will not be updated anymore. And their Facebook pages will be deleted soon. This goes for all reviews except of Hotels / Resorts / Restaurants / Coffee Shops in Nan province in North Thailand. They will also be mentioned in my new web-site Everything About Nan - Thailand.

The photo above is my comfortable room with big relaxing bathtub at Novotel Chumphon Beach Resort along the beach in South-Thailand.

A night at Sangthong Resort in Chiang Klang

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We just stayed for 1 night at Sangthong Resort in Chiang Klang. It is located in between the rice fields and even for Nan province in the middle of nowhere. But for us it is not far and they have a good restaurant serving good Thai & Western food. So after a wonderful dinner with friends we did stay here instead of driving back home. I was here about 5 years ago for the first time when they only had a few room and had just build a swimming pool.

Now there are about 40 rooms and they are all a bit different in style and location. The resort is a bit build like a theme park, so perfect for Thai people making selfies. The resort & restaurant are popular in the area to make a marriage or anniversary parties. We had a Deluxe Corner room with private balcony. The room was perfect with stunning view over the rice fields and the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. Breakfast (set) was served at the restaurant. The breakfast was a bit simple but OK.

All together a great place to stay if you want…

Meaningless borders in Loei

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This is the border between Laos and Thailand at Na Heao (Loei province). The border follows here the Hueang River. On the other side of the border is Muang Pheir (Laos). But as there is no temple or school the Lao people come daily to Na Heao. At the day we were there it was Wan Phra (once a week it is Buddha day). So many Lao people were crossing the border to go to the temple together with Lao children to go to school.


From Thailand to Laos were also brought new construction materials like roof parts. And it seems that in Laos there is no recycling opportunity as old steel (old motorbike parts) was brought from Laos to Thailand. Sometimes there is a market at the Thai side. Although there is a immigration office this border is (officially) of course only for locals  (Thai and Lao).


Exploring the rice fields of Pua in Nan province

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Randomly a few photos made when exploring Tha Wang Pha and Pua in Nan province (North Thailand).