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Khun Chef Restaurant in Wang Nam Khieo
Nov'2011 At recommendation of a friend of mine I took a left from route #304 in direction of Khao Yai to have lunch at "Khun Chef". A kind of bistro restaurant serving steak, pasta and Thai food. The "chef" had a restaurant in Belgium for many years and so of course there is a huge selection of Belgium beers for an reasonable price (at least in Thailand). The restaurant is located directly along the road (about 3km from route #304) with a beautiful view over the landscape of Wang Nam Khieo. There is a small parking lot in front of the restaurant and there is only outside seating. Be aware of the fact that the menu is for 90% in Thai and that the staff more or less does not speak any other language as Thai. So good that my wife was traveling with me!
We both did drink a really fresh fruit juice and we did order 3 dishes, my choice was duck in a sauce of Thai herbs. My wife did choose a much too spicy dish but also another dish that I liked very much.
The mighty Mekong River is one the most intriguing rivers of Asia. I followed the Mekong in Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. Someday I will go to China and Vietnam. But this sunset was at Chiang Khan, a small town along the Mekong River as border between Thailand and Laos. A great place to relax and make an sunset river cruise.
A bit late sunrise about 5 km east of Chiang Khan at "Kaeng Kood Koo", where the mighty Mae Nam Khong (Mekong river) makes a sharp turn. And in the water are many big rock, that according to a local legend are put in the water by an angry giant. From here you can make small boat trips over the river. And of course there is a market, restaurants and even a nice looking resort "Chiang Khan Hill Resort". Traveling along the Mekong River in Thailand, Laos or Cambodia is like time-traveling. Nearby is also accommodation.
We were invited to make a small tour in the city of Phitsanulok, to see a bit more of the old history of the city. With all the rain some temple complexes were a bit flooded, like here at the ruins of "Wat Chula Manee". It is supposed to be the oldest temple in Phitsanulok build in the Sukhothai era.
A Chedi where stairs are leading to the top where originally was a huge sitting Buddha image (now moved to Bangkok).
Early this morning I started my motorbike trip at Khao Mai Kaeo at the 331 in direction of Chachonsao. The 331 is a bit busy at Bo Win, no fun for riding the bike. So at the intersection of the 344 I took a turn in direction of Rayong, from here the road becomes more fun to drive. For more motorbike trip reports in Thailand see MOTORBIKE TRIP REPORTS
Bangkok ... Oriental city that never sleeps .... some people love it, other people hate it. I love & hate it. I love to walk in the small streets of China Town, I love the Chao Phraya River. But I hate the noise, I hate the traffic. So after 2 or 3 days I am just as happy to leave as I was to arrive.