Appon's Thai Travels

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Here you can find articles on Thailand Travel & Tourism. Rather than list the normal tourist places, I'll be showing articles on events, pointless micro-detail, and anything that relates to a location. You won't tourist find things to do on your holiday, but you will find ideas for what to look out for to enrich your visit.
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September 21, 2018

Thai Culture Park Phuket

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This Thai culture park has only just opened, literally this month. It's not finished either, with only parts of it open, so its also heavily discounted.

Sounds like cheap fun! The best kind.

It was free to enter, and you load up a paper bracelet with credit to pay for things inside. Packets of activities can be added to the bracelet too, a cheaper way to do more activities.

Once inside, there are shops, food, shows, elephants to feed, fish to feed with your hands, fish to feed with your feet, boat trips, dressing up, lots and lots of things.

I didn't really have time to do it all in the afternoon, but I was surprised how much fun it was. The baby didn't like the fish tank, she didn't like candy-floss, she was scared of the elephants, but she loved shopping, she loved the Songkran water fight, she loved the boat ride, her ice-cream, floating a Kratong on the water, and she loved the staff and the staff loved her.

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September 8, 2018

Phuket Yacht Haven, "The Deck" Restaurant

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This restaurant was a lucky lucky find. I was coming back from Khaolak to Phuket, and always meant to visit Phuket Yacht Haven. They've built a fancy entrance on the main Phuket highway, and its so tempting to visit, I just never got round to it. Well today we're hungry, and tired, and this marina is bound to have a decent cafe, so lets visit!

We almost turned back, the road has a security gate, and that usually means its private property. But a chat with the guard, we'd hand over an ID card for a pass, and there is a restaurant, and parking for visitors on Soi 2.

I quickly learn a few secrets about this place. Firstly, there is a secret entrance without security guards, secondly, getting to the restaurant is a fun adventure itself... (read below).

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September 7, 2018

Khao Lak, Daylife and Nightlife

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Rainy season is low season in Khao Lak and that makes it cheap. But it also means there's a lot of fresh water pools, and a lot of mosquitoes around in the jungles. I decided against doing the waterfalls and nature trails right now, instead heading for the Navy Base.

There are two things to do on the Khaolak Navy Base, the "Turtle Hatchery", where they breed and release 4 types of turtle, and nurse sick adult turtles back to health, and the golf. A full sized well equipped golf course.

The soldiers guarding the entrance can seem intimidating, but don't worry. When you arrive at the Navy Base, park at the entrance, go the office at the left and swap your id card (or passport) for a gate pass, then drive onto the base showing the pass to the guards. If you go as part of a tour, this is all taken care of for you. When you leave don't forget to get back your ID or passport and hand back the pass!

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September 5, 2018

Khao Lak, White Sand Beach and Apsara Resort

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My quest to find a perfect beach in Khao lak, heads further North! So far in Khao Lak, I've been to down town Khao lak, and found the beaches have been washed away. I've followed my GPS and found a beach that long closed. Now I'm heading more North to see what I can find North of Khaolak.

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Khao Lak, Beaches and Adventures

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So, I'm visiting Khao Lak, along the coast, in low season, the rainy season, because it's cheap, and empty of tourists and ...well... because it's there.

There's a lot of erosion along this coast, and the sand next to the hotels is all washed away. You only have a beach at low tide, and since each hotel has built private access to the sand, at other times the sea is high and you cannot walk along the shore.

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A walk further North reveals beach bars and houses next to the sea, with heavy sea walls to protect them. A digger moves sand further up the beach, and piles of sand bags try to protect small sections of the beach. All futile. Nature will win.

This is not ideal, I search my GPS to see if it can find any nearby beaches and there is one, further South of Khao Lak town, a highly respected beach from the NOSTRE guidebook! I should have guessed from the lack of road markings that this was an out of date GPS location. The turnoff down a tiny road was narrow, and empty of cars, nobody goes here.

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September 4, 2018

Khao Lak in low season

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Khao Lak is North of Phuket, along the coast further North than Thai Muang. It's a tourist resort usually used as a base for trips to Similan Islands. Tourists would spend a week here, and include an overnight in the tents on the Similan Islands, scuba diving to see the reefs.

Right now, the Similan Islands are closed to tourists to let them recover from damage. Khao Lak continues, but it's quiet. It's also low season, raining season, when days can be grey and wet. Lots of the smaller hotels in Khao Lak close during this season, they don't get clientele and don't make money, so the owners shut up shop, surround their hotels with black sheeting and turn off the lights.

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The bigger hotels don't have the choice, they have professional staff they need to keep employed and so they stay open, and drop the price to get customers. The weather looked sunny, and Khao Lak is just up the coast, so away we went to find a hotel and stay for the weekend.


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Appon's Travel Places

Where to eat Rawai Beach, Phuket

Thamma Park, Pagoda #4, Spikey

Yolo Restaurant, Khao Sok Park, Surat Thani

Thamma Park Pagoda #3, "WhiteStar"

VT Restaurant in Udonthani

Phimai Historical Park

Khao Yai National Park

Regional Produce: Sausages

VT Restaurant, Vietnamese Food Phuket Town

Tummour Restaurant (Excellent Thai food Phuket Town)

Holiday Inn, Buffet

Phuket's Super Secret Beach Seafood

Khao Rang Hill, Restaurants with a view, Phuket

Afternoon Tea at The Garden, Phuket

Restaurant next to River, Krabi

Temple on Hill, Ao Nang, Krabi

Seafood Street, Ao Nang, Krabi

Boat Avenue, Cut (above the rest)

Boat Avenue Phuket, Kebabs, Gyros...

Restaurants at Laguna, 23 Restaurant

Himmapan Avatar Live Show, Bangkok

Show DC, Bangkok Mall with Shows!

Papa Market, Getting Better!

Bang Kung Camp, Amphawa

Dressing up in Amphawa

Wat Khao Takiab, Temple near Hua Hin

Little Home Beach Resort, Prachuap Khiri Khan

Paradise Beach Patong, Phuket

Laem Sak Temple

Pagoda 2/7, "Sky Oasis"

Cloud 47, Bangkok Sky Restaurant

Frost World, Pattaya

Laser Buddha, Pattaya

Pattaya Park, Tower Sky Drop

Sanctuary of Truth Pattaya

Fireflies, Nature and Boats, Surat Thani

Bungaloes on the lake, Khao Sok, Surat Thani

7 Pagodas for 7 Hills, Surat Thani

Toilets Toilets Toilets, at Chumporn

Temple Sinking into the Sea, Khun Samut Chin

Bangkok Islands, Ko Kret

Bird Egg Islands Phuket (Khai Nui, Khai Nok, Khai Nai)

Rum Distillary Tour, Phuket (Chalong Bay Rum)

Thankbok Koranee Sea Caves & Phantom Drone Crash

Thanbok Khoranee National Park, Krabi

ASEAN: Street Food Tour Ho Chi Minh

Exploring Thai Muang #2

Exploring Thai Muang #1

Thai Muang Camping Trip #2 Beach BBQ

Thai Muang Camping Trip: #1 Khao Pi Lai Beach

Real Isaan, Real Ant Larvae, Phuket

Layan Beach with Toys

Big Buddha Chalong, Phuket (Updated)

Freedom Beach

Great Pizza, North West Phuket

Khao Rang Revisited, Phuket

Chalong Pier, The Journey Is the Reward

Kamala to Kalim, Millionaires Row

Sarasin Bridge by Drone

Chumpon Beach (Nana Resort)

Robot Restaurant Bangkok

Golden Pagoda Ranong

Kra Ismuth, Border with Myanmar

Bat Cave Ranong

Phuket Vegetarian Parade Preparation

Phuket Vegetarian Food

Ranong Vegetarian Festival

Hok Arn Dim Sum Phuket Town

Simon Cabaret Patong, Phuket

Cliff Jumping and Plankton Trip, Phi Phi

Phi Phi Don by Kayak

Nightlife at Phi Phi Don Island

Phi Phi Private Boat Trip

Phi Phi Don, Glass Blowing

Phi Phi Don, Island Trips

Hotels Phi Phi Don

Homestay with a View, Phuket Chalong

Phra Mahathat Chedi Phakdi Prakat

Monkey Island Sam Roi Yot

Sam Roi Yot Temple

Phraya Nakhon Cave, Near Hua Hin

Don Hoi Lod, Mudflat Fishing for Clams

ASEAN: Ho Chi Min City Food 2

ASEAN: Ho Chi Min City Food

Seafood, at Sea, Coconut Island Phuket

Coconut Island, more than pizza

Family Sauna, Laemin Hin, Phuket

Pizza Run to Coconut Island

100,000 YouTube Views!

Phuket Sunday Night Market

Chaiyaphum Dam Food

Tatton Park Waterfall

Elephant Temple Luang Pho Khun

Thailands Stone Henge

Wat Phut Thabat, Near Saraburi

Ancient Siam at Songkran Time

Bangkok Dinner Cruise

Upside Down House, Phuket

Cherng Talay Sauna & Spa, Phuket

Kanchanaburi Roundup

Temple on Prachuap Kiri Khan Hill

Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Mega Temple

Three Pagodas Pass

Flooded Temples By Boat

Wooden Mon Bridge, Sangkhla Buri

Sai Yok Noi, Go to the source!

Dawadung Cave, Bats are the least scary things

Sai Yok Yai Waterfall, Kanchanaburi

Gap in the Hills, Kanchanaburi

Hindad Hot Spring, Kanchanaburi

Temple on the Hill, Wat Ban Tham, Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi 'Beach'

Amphawa Fireflies Trip

Amphawa Homestay

Amphawa, Floating Market

Pornrung Hot-spring Ranong

Ban Khao Ta-Lu, 'Holey' Mountain

Kwan-Riam floating market, Bangkok

Floating (Bobbing) Market North East Bangkok

Ranong Hotsprings, Raksa Warin

Chumpon Best Beach

Chonburi Fish Market

Mimosa & Fish by the Sea Pattaya

Flying Chicken

Swatstika Temple

Train Market, Bangkok

Road Trip: Khlong Phanom National Park

Hot Spring (Khao Sok National Park)

Crystal Canal

Wat Khao Yoi Cave

Khuha Cave, Phang-na

Dairy Hut Farm, Phang-na

Bang Pat, Sells Seafood, Near the Sea Shore

Wat Peuch Udom, Near Bangkok

Road-trip Regional Produce: Steamed Buns

Road-trip Regional Produce: Cookies

Road-trip Regional Produce: Salted Duck Eggs

Road-trip Regional Produce: Sala

Road-trip Regional Produce: Pineapples

Road-trip Regional Produce: Coconuts

Road-trip Regional Produce: Bananas

Phutthamonthon Park, Near Bangkok

Wat Huai Mongkol

Phuket Trick Eye, Bring your camera!

Raya (Racha) Island Phuket

Aphrodite Cabaret Phuket

Ancient City, Bangkok

New Years Countdown, Bangkok

Buddism & Bangkok

Don't Forget Your Trowel, Patong, Phuket

Tuk Chang, Good Bad and Ugly

Khao Sok National Park

Phra Nakhon Khiri Palace

Big Bee Farm Phuket

Thai food delight, Vareeya, Paklok, Phuket

Wat Phra Thong, Talang Phuket

South of Sarasin Bridge

Andaman Viewpoint Phang-na

Flown on the 4th July

Rawai Beach, Seafood Sunset

Geocaching in Phuket

Tiger Temple Krabi, Wat Tham Suea

Hot Thermal Pool, Emerald Pool, Krabi

Krabi

Wat Kowrang Phuket

Monkey Hill Phuket

Anthem Wakepark

Phan-gna Viewpoints

Wat Maneesee Mahah Tad

Floating Pier, Visible from Space, Phuket

Siray Island Temple, Phuket

Monkeys Phuket Town

Eat like a local in Phuket

Ya Nui Beach Phuket

Phrom Thep Cape, Phuket

Ton Prai Waterfall

Lumpee Waterfall Phang Nga

Ta Pan Cave, Phang-Nga, Revisited

Miles of paradise

Wat Chalong, Phuket, Religion and Texture

Phang Nga Bay, Islands, Caves & Kayaks

Seafood in Phuket

Super Cheap, Retail Therapy Thai Style, Phuket

Pheung Chang Cave, Phang-nga, You'll Get Wet

Ao Yon Beach, My New Favorite Phuket Bay

View From Khao Khad Tower, Phuket

Layan Island (Swim from Phuket)

Loy Krathong in Phuket

Naka Yai Island, Phuket

Talang Shooting Range Phuket

Tonsai Waterfall, Phuket

Phuket Vegetarian Festival, Nice & Nasty

Vegetarian Festival Phuket Thailand

Phuket North East Coast

Boat Balloons Phuket

Yacht Spotting Phuket

Drive in the Phuket Hills

Phuket Secret Beach, Cape Yamu

Phuket Hidden Flip-Flop Beach

Xtreme Adventures Phuket

Fantasea Show Phuket

Ta Pan Cave, Phang-na

Dim Sum Restaurant Phuket Town

Elephant Trekking Phuket

Sarasin Bridge

Nai Yang - The Planespotters Beach

Nai Yang Beach - Tsunami and Texture

Unspoilt Beach on a Quiet Island, Near Phuket

Phuket Cashew Nuts

Gibbons, Waterfall, Bugs in Phuket

Phuket Aquarium

Phuket Orchid Farm

A Buddha With a View

Night Train to Phuket

Paradise Beach, Patong, Phuket

Thai Family Sauna

Mussel Fishing in Gulf of Thailand

Bell Temple in the Sea

Bell Temple in the Sea Part 2

Chonburi Bang Saen Beach

Koh Kood Island

Lotus Festival Banphliyainai 11 October 2011

Bangnarmphueng Floating Market Bangkok

Rural Home stay... in Bangkok?!

Fireflies Bangkok, Thailand

Floating Market Khlong Latmayom

Nightlife in Udonthani

Baiyoke Sky Tower, Bangkok

Tourists View of Thailand

Chinatown Bangkok

Monkeys Boats Guns Bangkok

Erawan Museum in Bangkok

Amphawa, Samut Songkhram