Appon's Thai Life

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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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February 8, 2016

Freedom Beach


Another weekend, another micro-beach! I've decided to visit Freedom Beach, one of the small beaches around Patong, that tourists come to visit to get away from the crowds.

One of the earliest videos I did in Phuket was Paradise Beach which is on this very same headland, just across on the other side!

I thought this would be a good place to try out my new toy! A sea-scooter, an electric propeller to save you having to swim. It's very very heavy and by the time you've carried it down the hill, you realize that this isn't easier, its a lot lot harder! Swimming would be far less tiring on the arms!


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February 7, 2016

Great Pizza, North West Phuket


I've found a decent pizza place if you're on Phukets *east* side, although you need a boat ride to get there! Well, what if you're on in the North West of Phuket, like Naiyang or Naithon beach? What then?

Thankfully, a friend of mine has the answer, Macarona Pizza place, on Naithon beach. A proper crust, and 4 cheese pizza with some blue cheese on it!

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Khao Rang Revisited, Phuket


They've finished the viewing platform since I last visited Rang hill, and now that I have a drone, this is the perfect place for a dronie! A selfie taken with a drone.

They've done a really great thing with the viewing platform, it sticks out over the hill giving you a clear, tree free view.

I can also revisit the temple below. I've done a few things here, a golden ball, a few donations and a few dedications but I've always been unhappy with the photographs, always distorted views looking up at tall buildings and statues!

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February 4, 2016

Chalong Pier, The Journey Is the Reward


Most people don't visit the pier unless they're going somewhere, perhaps to an island, perhaps for a cruise. Well I decided I'd explore the pier itself, inspired by Aydin Büyüktas photography, I decide to try my hand at making my own Chalong-Inception photographs.

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February 1, 2016

Kamala to Kalim, Millionaires Row


Kamala beach is your typical family mainstream resort beach. Filled with reasonably priced, family friendly hotels, and with some excellent main attractions like Phuket Fantasea.

But if you head south from there, along the coast road instead of the main road, towards Patong, things get a lot quieter and a lot more expensive. I took my drone and my curiosity around this coast line to take a look.

The Kamala bay beach is the first thing you reach, if you can find a place to park, there's food, drink, a quiet beach, and ants! As you drive further on, the road twists up into the cliffs with glimpses of pools and salas from the rich villas on the cliffs below.


The people who live here want the sea view, access to the night life of Patong, a private pool, and privacy, and this little twisty coast road is where they find that.

But don't let that put you off, there are lots of little bays here, dirt tracks take you down to hidden beaches, where only you, a shack selling food and beer and a few other locals are found. You can enjoy rich peoples treats on poor people's money!

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January 20, 2016

Sarasin Bridge by Drone


I've visited Sarasin Bridge before. It's the bridge that joins Phuket island to mainland Thailand. The last visit, was by scooter and I was determined to find a road to the headland, but eventually gave up, one wheel drive is no substitute for 4 wheel drive! Now I have a drone! I can simply fly out and see that headland!

(Video Below)

Since I visited last time, there are a lot more tourist busses here. Chinese tourists enjoy a meal here, with a view onto the water and bridge.

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Appon's Travel Places

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


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

Big Buddha Chalong, Phuket

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