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Day 3 of Trip to Koh Phangan

Day 3 of Trip to Koh Phangan

This is the third and final day of my trip to the holiday island of Koh Phangan. Today was only a half day as we had to travel back to Bangkok by boat and plane. We didn't see much, but finally we visited the famous Haad Rin beach where the full moon parties are held. One thing I found on this trip is that there is a lot more to the island than the full moon parties. Also easy to avoid if you're not into that kind of thing.

Day 2 of Trip to Koh Phangan

Day 2 of Trip to Koh Phangan

I flew down south this week for the Colour Moon Festival on Koh Phangan. It continues until this Sunday. Two things I've learned so far on this trip is that Koh Phangan is bigger than expected and that there is more to the island than the Full Moon Party. The following photos I tweeted live during the trip.

Day 1 of Trip to Koh Phangan

Day 1 of Trip to Koh Phangan

This week I flew Bangkok Airways to Samui and then took a boat to Koh Phangnan to take photos at the Colour Moon Festival 2015. The following photos are what I tweeted live during the day.

Day 1 of Trip to Kanchanaburi for Light & Sound

Day 1 of Trip to Kanchanaburi for Light & Sound

This weekend I'm in Kanchanaburi, about two hours to the West of Bangkok, for the annual Bridge on the River Kwai light and sound show. I visit Kanchanaburi every now and then, but this is the first time I've been back to see the show in twenty years. The following are the photos I tweeted live during the day.

Day 2 of Trip to Surin for Elephant Round-Up

Day 2 of Trip to Surin for Elephant Round-Up

One of the last major Thai festivals that I've never been to is the Elephant Round-Up in Surin. So I was glad when I got invited to go and see this big event. On the first day I took photos of the elephant parade and their buffet breakfast (see here). The highlight of the second day was the actual show at the stadium.

Day 1 of Trip to Surin for Elephant Round-Up

Day 1 of Trip to Surin for Elephant Round-Up

One of the last major Thai festivals I've never been to is the annual Elephant Round-Up in Surin. So, I was really happy when I was invited by the Northeastern tourism division of TAT to go with them and other Thai media to this major event. The highlights of our first full day was the elephant parade which ended with a buffet breakfast for the jumbos. Then in the evening we went to a light and sound show.

Trip to Udon Thani with Miss International Queen Contestents

Trip to Udon Thani with Miss International Queen Contestents

Over the weekend I was invited to fly to Udon Thani with contestents from Miss International Queen 2015. The purpose of the trip was to publicize the opening of a new route by Air Asia between Pattaya (U-Tapao Airport) and Udon Thani on 27 November 2015.

Day 3 of Trip to Ho Chi Minh City with Nok Air

Day 3 of Trip to Ho Chi Minh City with Nok Air

This is now the third and last day of my three day trip to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. I came at the invitation of Nok Air to help promote their new route between Bangkok and HCMC. In December, they will also start flying to Hanoi. It's been a fascinating trip for me. If anything, just to compare the two cultures and food. I hope you enjoyed all of the pictures that I tweeted live during the trip. You can see the embedded tweets for Day 1 and Day 2 by clicking on the links.

 

Day 2 of Trip to Ho Chi Minh City with Nok Air

Day 2 of Trip to Ho Chi Minh City with Nok Air

This is now my second day in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Nok Air recently started flying between Bangkok and HCMC and they invited me along for a media trip. I normally only cover travel in Thailand, but with the approach of AEC and the opening up of the region, I realized I needed to diversify my travel blogs. As Thailand will become a travel hub for the region, it's important I start thinking about using the slogan “Thailand and Beyond” to reflect this change. During the 3 day trip we stayed at the Pullman Saigon Center. Click here for tweets from Day 1.

 

Day 1 of Trip to Ho Chi Minh City with Nok Air

Day 1 of Trip to Ho Chi Minh City with Nok Air

This is a new kind of trip for me. For the past 18 years I have been blogging exclusively about life and travel in Thailand. Even on Twitter, 100% of my tweets from the past five years have been about Thailand. I never tweet about other countries. But, this all changed when Nok Airlines invited me on a three day media trip to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. This is a new route for them which started on 1st October. In December, they will start flying from Bangkok to Hanoi. The following photos are from day 1 of our trip which I tweeted live.

Day 2 of Trip to Sukhothai & Kamphaeng Phet

Day 2 of Trip to Sukhothai & Kamphaeng Phet

This is the second day of my trip with UNESCO to see firsthand the results of the training course for guides at world heritage sites. On the first day we were guided around Sukhothai Historical Park (click here for the tweets). On the second day we visited Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, which is about an hour to the south. All of the guides are local people and it's great that UNESCO are lending their support to help Thais to preserve their heritage for future generations.

 

Day 1 of Trip to Sukhothai & Kamphaeng Phet

Day 1 of Trip to Sukhothai & Kamphaeng Phet

This week I've been invited by UNESCO to see the results of their training program to train cultural guides in World Heritage Sites in Thailand. The idea is to empower local people to not only teach tourists about their history, but also to help preserve this heritage. On day one of our trip with the UNESCO trained guides we explored Sukhothai Historical Park.

 

Day 4 of trip to Northern Thailand

Day 4 of trip to Northern Thailand

This is the fourth and last day of my trip to Northern Thailand. The trip was organized by TAT for local Thai media. The main audience is for domestic tourists, but I think some places will be of interest to foreign tourists as well. During the trip we visited Uttaradit, Lampang, Lamphun and Tak provinces. Click for tweets from Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3. Also visit Thailand Photo Map for GPS coordinates and more photos of the places we visited.

 

Day 3 of trip to Northern Thailand

Day 3 of trip to Northern Thailand

This is now the third day of my trip to Northern Thailand. On the first two days we stayed in Uttaradit and Lampang. Highlight of today was the horse and carriage tour around the old city. In the afternoon we moved onto Lamphun. The stop on the last day will be Tak. Click for tweets from Day 1 and Day 2. Also visit Thailand Photo Map for GPS and more photos of places we visited.

 

Day 2 of trip to Northern Thailand

Day 2 of trip to Northern Thailand

This week, I'm on a four day trip to Northern Thailand. We are visiting places in four different provinces. Day 1 was in Uttaradit (see here). The second day we drove to Lampang. Unfortunately we were a bit unlucky with the weather as it rained for most of the day. The last two provinces will be Lamphun and Tak. Visit Thailand Photo Map for GPS coordinates of all of the places we visited.

 

Day 1 of trip to Northern Thailand

Day 1 of trip to Northern Thailand

Over the next four days I'm traveling with TAT Northern Thailand to four provinces. I'm the only foreigner on this trip as all the other travel media are Thais. For me it's a good opportunity to see fellow bloggers at work. But also to be on an itinerary aimed at the domestic market. I'm looking forward to discovering new places. Though I think it might be a bit hit and miss. Our first province was Uttaradit, about 480 km north of Bangkok.

 

Day 3 at Grand Hyatt: Ratchaprasong Intersection

Day 3 at Grand Hyatt: Ratchaprasong Intersection

For three days and two nights I stayed at the Ratchaprasong intersection area as guests of the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel. They put me in the Spa Cottage on the 5th floor alongside the swimming pool. From my private verandah, I could look straight down onto the Erawan Shrine. On this last day, I just relaxed at the hotel and explored the immediate area. Here are the tweets I tweeted live during the day.