Day 3 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

Day 3 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

This is now Day 3 of my trip to Isaan to take photos at the Christmas Star festival in Yasothon. Click here for Day 1 and Day 2. Also visit Thailand Photo Map for GPS coordinates of all the places that I visited. The highlights today were a 20-meter high seated Buddha and Khemmarat Walking Street. The follow photos were tweeted live on Twitter. 

Day 2 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

Day 2 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

This weekend I’m in Northeastern Thailand for four days. The highlight is the Christmas Star Procession in Ban Son Yae in Yasothon province. St. Michael’s church is the largest wooden church in Thailand. This building dates back to 1947 but the Christian community started the first church here in 1908. The following are the photos that I tweeted live during the trip.

Day 1 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

Day 1 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

When tourists come to Thailand, they only see the temples, and so most think that all Thais are Buddhists. But there are also large Christian communities. At this time of year it is more obvious as they are celebrating Christmas. In Isaan, there is a big Christmas Star Parade in Sakon Nakhon. I visited this community five years ago. This year, I’m in Ban Songyae in Yasothon for their celebration in the run up to Christmas. The following photos were…

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Updated Information about 10 Year Thai Visa for Senior Tourists

Updated Information about 10 Year Thai Visa for Senior Tourists

The Thai government has approved the extension of long-stay visas for senior tourists from one year to ten years. The new visa will cost 10,000 Baht. The Ministry of Public Health reported to the Cabinet on 22 November 2016 that the number of foreign senior citizens seeking to stay in Thailand for a long period is on the rise. As Thailand aims to develop itself as a Medical and Wellness Tourism Center, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of…

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Day 2 of Trip to Chiang Mai to visit the Royal Projects

Day 2 of Trip to Chiang Mai to visit the Royal Projects

Over the weekend I was in Chiang Mai to visit some of the Royal Projects as well as some new and notable tourist attractions. I travelled to Northern Thailand on the new sleeper train (see photos here). These are the photos that I tweeted live on Day 2 of the trip (Click here for Day 1). On this day we visited Doi Inthanon which is not only the highest peak in Thailand but also hosts some important royal projects. Good…

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Day 1 of Trip to Chiang Mai to visit the Royal Projects

Day 1 of Trip to Chiang Mai to visit the Royal Projects

Following the passing of King Bhumibol, there has been a renewed interest in the royal projects around Thailand. The TAT has produced a book about 70 of the most popular and accessible of these projects which are open to tourists. Starting this month, I will be visiting many of these projects. However, please be warned, many do not have easy access by public transport and you may need to rent a car or driver. The following are the photos that…

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Trip to Chiang Mai on the new Sleeper Train

Trip to Chiang Mai on the new Sleeper Train

The overnight express sleeper train to Chiang Mai has always been popular. It’s even more so now because of the new carriages from China. If you want to go on it you will have to wait until at least the new year as it is fully booked. I was lucky to be able to ride it on Sunday night at the invitation of the Minister of Tourism. We took the 2nd Class sleeper. The lower bunk was 881 Baht and…

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Trip to Chiang Mai for Elephant Parade 2016

Trip to Chiang Mai for Elephant Parade 2016

This weekend I flew to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand for “Elephant Parade 2016”. Their story started ten years ago with a chance meeting with Mosha, a 7-month old elephant that had stepped on a landmine. Now Elephant Parade founder Mike Spits has helped raise more than 12.5 Million Baht for the Elephant Hospital in Lampang where Mosha is a permanent resident. They have done this through producing beautifully decorated elephants that have either been auctioned or received sponsorship. You…

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