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Three Day Trip to Nakhon Pathom

Three Day Trip to Nakhon Pathom

This is a continuation of my road trips to provinces in Central Thailand. Over the next few months I am looking to visit destinations that are about 2-3 hours away from Bangkok and then spend about three days exploring that area. My destination last weekend was to Nakhon Pathom which is about an hour and a half to the West of Bangkok. I have been there quite a few times on day trips, but I haven’t stayed in the city…

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Three Day Trip to Ratchaburi

Three Day Trip to Ratchaburi

I’ve been doing road trips around Thailand for about 18 years or so now. I love the freedom of having your own wheels and being able to stop where and when you want. Having a car also helps in reaching those places which are not so easily accessible by public transport. However, my car was getting a bit old and I felt it too risky to go on any long road trips. I was also worried about breaking down in…

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Four Day trip to Koh Tao and Koh Phangan

Four Day trip to Koh Tao and Koh Phangan

Over the long weekend, a group of us were invited by the TAT to visit Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui in Southern Thailand. The purpose of the 4-day trip was to see the efforts by local tourism businesses on how they try to minimize their environmental impact. These days it is all about sustainable tourism. And this concept is of particular importance on islands where everything has to be shipped in and waste shipped out. We visited several…

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Four Day trip to Buriram and Surin

Four Day trip to Buriram and Surin

Over the last four days, I have been visiting some of the major tourist attractions in Buriram and Surin provinces. These locations are in Northeastern Thailand. I was invited to join the winners of the Thailand Bloggers 2017 competition. We flew Air Asia from Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok to Buriram. Our return flight was with Nok Air. Both of these airlines have daily flights to this city. I haven’t been to Buriram for about fifteen years and so I…

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Trip to Phuket with Happy Yacht Charter

Trip to Phuket with Happy Yacht Charter

The other weekend I was in Phuket at the invitation of Happy Yacht Charter. Boating is one of the popular activities for tourists in Phuket. But it usually involves fast speedboat rides to places like Phi Phi island. Not very enjoyable at the best of times. However, a new experience for me was a couple of day trips aboard a catamaran boat. This kind of thing is becoming more afforadable these days. Particularly if you hire one as a group….

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Street Food Walking Trip in Bangkok Noi and Thonburi

Street Food Walking Trip in Bangkok Noi and Thonburi

Bangkok street food has been in the news a lot lately. In particular, the stories about the ban on street vendors. However, there’s been a lot of miscommunication and misunderstanding in this story. Which is why I decided to go out and see for myself. Along the way I spoke to food vendors and city inspectors. Joining me was my friend Chin, who is a private tour guide and owner of Chili Paste Tour. She takes customers on walking tours…

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Trip to Phetchaburi for the International Kite Festival

Trip to Phetchaburi for the International Kite Festival

A popular beach destination for Thai during weekends is Cha-am in Phetchaburi province. It is about two hours to the south of Bangkok. Most foreign tourists skip Cha-am and head further south to Hua Hin instead. Although Cha-am beach can get very busy during long weekends, it is very quiet during the week. It is worth taking a look. During March of every year, the beach in Cha-am is host to the popular kite festival that attracts fliers from all…

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Day 3 of Family Friendly Trip to Pattaya

Day 3 of Family Friendly Trip to Pattaya

For two nights and three days I stayed in Pattaya exploring family friendly attractions. Even though I visited a dozen different attractions, I only scratched the surface. There is enough to do here to keep you busy for several weeks. Click to see where I visited on Day 1 and Day 2 of my trip. I tweeted the following photos live during the third and last day of my trip. Good morning from the beach in Pattaya. It's expected to…

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Day 2 of Family Friendly Trip to Pattaya

Day 2 of Family Friendly Trip to Pattaya

For three days I am in Pattaya, on the Eastern seaboard of Thailand. I am staying at AVANI Pattaya Resort and Spa. Everyone knows this city as a center for nightlife. But, really there is more to see here than just Walking Street. So, I set myself a challenge to see if I could find alternative tourist attractions that are suitable for families. Click here to see where I visited on Day 1. The pictures on this page were tweeted live…

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Day 1 of Family Friendly Trip to Pattaya

Day 1 of Family Friendly Trip to Pattaya

Pattaya has been getting a lot of bad press recently by the international media. The Daily Mirror tabloid proclaimed that Pattaya is the sex capital of the world. They also claimed that there are 27,000 prostitutes here. I am not sure how they came to that number. Did they go around counting them? I am not going to stand here and say that there are no prostitutes in Pattaya. I will leave that to Thailand’s junta leader. However, I do…

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Trip to Songkhla and Saturn with Miss International Queen contestants

Trip to Songkhla and Saturn with Miss International Queen contestants

This weekend, contestants from Miss International Queen flew from Pattaya to Hat Yai in Southern Thailand. MIQ is a transgender beauty pageant that is taking place at Miss Tiffany on Friday 10th March 2017. I was invited to travel with them for this trip to Hat Yai, Songkhla city, and the islands of Koh Khai and Koh Lipe in Satun province. We flew by Air Asia from U-Tapao airport which serves people in both Pattaya and Rayong. The following photos…

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Day Trip to the Giant Dragon in Nakhon Pathom

Day Trip to the Giant Dragon in Nakhon Pathom

A highlight of any trip from Bangkok to Nakhon Pathom is surely the giant dragon that climbs up a tall tower building at Wat Samphran. I took a friend there at the weekend as well as to five other places of interest. We visited two riverside markets for food stops, an air orchid garden center, a temple where they specialize in traditional tattoos, and a transportation museum. None of these places had an entrance fee. The following photos were tweeted…

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Trip to Chumphon for the Phato Rafting Festival

Trip to Chumphon for the Phato Rafting Festival

One of the areas that was hit hard by the recent flooding in Southern Thailand was Chumphon Province. The people in Phato district said it was the worst flooding in living memory. Although the flood has now receded and the water in the river has returned to a normal color, the scars still remain. I met the owner of Malin Rafting Service in Phato. Her house & rafts were washed away in a flash flood. She spent the night in…

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Free Boat Trip to 9 Temples and Shrines in Nonthaburi

Free Boat Trip to 9 Temples and Shrines in Nonthaburi

During February, there’s a chance to join a free boat trip to visit nine temples and shrines in Nonthaburi province. This is mainly of interest to Thai Buddhists, but foreigners can join as well. When I went last weekend, there were about 1,500 people taking part. To register, go to the pier in Nonthaburi between 6:30am and 9:30am on either 12th or 19th February 2017. If you miss it this year, try again next year. The photos here were tweeted…

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Walking Tour of Central Rattanakosin in Bangkok

Walking Tour of Central Rattanakosin in Bangkok

During Januay, TAT Bangkok published a series of eight walking maps for the city. At the moment these are only in Thai language but they promise an English version soon. In the meantime, I’ve started working on my own English version using Google Maps. I’ve used their map as my inspiration but will add my own places if I can. The photos on this page were tweeted live while I explored this area. I’ll be back again as I only…

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Weekend Trip to Samui after the Floods

Weekend Trip to Samui after the Floods

Last week, Samui and much of Southern Thailand faced some devastating floods due to the northeast monsoon. On Samui they had continuous rain for nearly a week which made it difficult for the water to drain away. Some people say it was the worst floods they’ve had in 30 years. Once the floods had finally gone down, I flew to Samui to give morale support to the local people. This should have been their high season. I spoke to some…

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