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The old city wall of Nan
Nan is an old town that in the centuries passing has been moved a few times. Besides old temples you can see in Nan town the "remains" of the old "Clay City Wall" and what was once build on-top of that a "City Wall" of small red bricks (constructed in 1855). And on the outside of the city wall was a "City Moat". Although big parts were still intact begin 1900, there is not much left of it and I assume that what you can see nowadays is not much original. As far as I understand even in the late 1970's parts have been destroyed.
Now there is a part of about 1000m long with a kind of park along it. This photo was taken at the east-side of the wall. At the corner of the west-side has probably been an fort. In the evening people sell food there.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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