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Again practicing for the famous boat race in Nan
Yesterday afternoon it was time again for practising for the boat races that will start next month. I was at the walking area near the main bridge in Nan city. There were about 6 boats. Each boat between 30 and 40 people in it. It seems that each boat has 2 boatsman (but there can only be 1 captain).
Going upstream it almost looks like they are not moving. They really have to go full power to go fast. Keeping balance, going the right direction and making speed. Many things to control.
At Thanon Talat Gao (the old market street) is Lampang's Weekend market when at every Saturday and Sunday the street is closed for traffic from 16:00 to 22:00 and is transformed into a lovely street market.
In the old days the street was called Kad Kong Ta (the market on the road by the port) or Talad Chin (the Chinese Market). Nowadays the street is home to many beautiful heritage buildings and Chinese shop houses. The perfect place for a market like this. Of course at least 50% of the market is food and 97% of the visitors are local Thai. See also Lampang's Kad Kong Ta Salking Street @ Sanuk
Nov'2011 While we visited friends of us in Mukdahan we were guided to a few points of interest. Well fist of all there is of course the "Indo-China market" along the riverfront at the center of town, starting directly south of the Immigration Office. Now there is a bride connecting Thailand and Laos (just north of Mukdahan city) but before that the main crossing point (by boat) was here at Mukdahan (Thailand) to SavannaKhet (Laos) and thus along the riverfront a market has developed with all the things imported from Laos, China and Vietnam (as from here it is not such along journey to Vietnam). Well I am not really an market-fan-boy anymore but if you like markets this is a fun market to visit. See Mukdahan_Province and Muk SightseeingPlace
As I travel a lot I also stay in many hotels. And with that comes checking-in/out at hotels. At the most hotels there is no problem with this at all. Especially at the simple (cheaper) hotels. At checking-in you just pay and get your room key. That is it. But at the "better" hotels it sometimes becomes a long story. Something I am not waiting for to happen after traveling the all day.
But when you check-in at a 300+ room hotel at the counter for Club-members it would be nice if there were actually people working at that counterit would be nice if checking-in would not take 20 min (checking everything like your are a potential criminal)Yes I know official the check-in time is 14:00 .... but are all rooms full so I cannot check-in at 11:00?In some simple hotels (where there is really nothing to steal from the room) they still want 1000 Thai baht (in cash) as deposit for the room-key. To me it looks more that the front-staff hopes you will forget the deposit when you check-out (…
Here a copy of the map of tourist attractions from the TAT of Loei.
I can recommend :
03 Have a lunch at Huai Krating lake
05 Visit Wat Tham Pha Pu
14 Walk in the Pha Ngam Rock Garden
16 See sunrise at Phu Kadung National Park
18 Watch wild elephants at Phu Luang Wildlife sanctuary
19 Swim at Pla ba Waterfall
23 Visit Phitakon museum
24 Wat Neramit Wipatsana
25 Phra That Si Song Rak
26 Wat Si Pho Chai Saeng Pa
27 Phu Suan Sai National Park
28 Phu Rua National Park
33 Phra Phut Mongkhon Lilatha Buddha image
35 Visit Kaeng Kud Ku at the Mekong River
36 Ancient wooden houses
39 Wat Phochai Na Pung
And although not mentioned :
40. A visit to Na Heao border to Laos
41. Walk in the Erawan Cave