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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Trip to Phuket for 30th King’s Cup Regatta 2016

Trip to Phuket for 30th King’s Cup Regatta 2016

The prestigious Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2016 started at the weekend and continues until 10 December. More than 1,000 sailors from around the world have come to Thailand to compete in this event which is now in its 30th year. Many of the sailors are repeat competitors and the event has become more like a big family reunion. Of particular note is the work that has been done over the last six years to encourage Thai youngsters to take up…

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Thailand’s crown prince proclaimed King Rama X

Thailand’s crown prince proclaimed King Rama X

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be crowned King Rama X of the Royal House of Chakri, succeeding His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, who passed away on 13 October 2016. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince is the only son, the second of four children, of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. He was born in Bangkok on 28 July 1952. After completing his primary education in Thailand, His Royal…

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Popular Tweets about Thailand in November 2016

Popular Tweets about Thailand in November 2016

The following are my most popular tweets about Thailand for November 2016. They are not necessarily the most retweeted, but they are the ones that got the most engagement on Twitter. ๑๓ พฤศจิกายน ๒๕๕๙ ลดธงครึ่งเสาวันสุดท้าย | 13 November 2016 Last day for flag at half mast pic.twitter.com/W0FVVqVsWd — Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) November 13, 2016 1. After the death of King Bhumibol, the national flag was flown at half mast across the nation for 30 days. My most popular tweet for November…

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Day 2 of Trip to Ayutthaya and Lopburi

Day 2 of Trip to Ayutthaya and Lopburi

Over the weekend,  I went on a road trip north of Bangkok to Ayutthaya and Lopburi. These are two good stops if you’re heading to Chiang Mai by train and you want to break your journey. During my second day I attended the annual Monkey Party. Lopburi is famous for the monkeys and on the last Sunday of November every year they throw a party for them. I was also hoping to visit some sunflower fields on this trip. But…

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