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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January 27, 2018

VT Restaurant, Vietnamese Food Phuket Town


I stumbled on this by accident, VT Restaurant is a famous Vietnamese style restaurant in UdonThani, and I recognized the brand when I drove past their sign in Phuket. They're famous for 'Nam Nueng', a self assembly roll with plenty of green leaves, meat, a little chilli, chopped sour banana (including the skin), all rolled up in a wet rice paper sheet and dipped in a peanut sauce.

It's messy to eat, and my fingers were too sticky to take photos, but they also do plenty of other dishes, mostly Vietnamese style, and the food is excellent, I'd recommend a visit.


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January 15, 2018

Tummour Restaurant (Excellent Thai food Phuket Town)


I've found a gem of a Thai restaurant, quite by accident, in the middle of Phuket town. Tummour. It serves mostly Isaan food, and at a quality and low price that make it worth visiting as a night out.

The above is Yum Salmon, raw salmon served as a Thai spicy salad, but I ordered a lot of dishes to try and they were all excellent.


Som Tam (spicy papaya salad) is pretty standard Thai food, but it's quite rare to get a proper plate of SomTam with trimmings. In Phuket a lot of the southerners like it sweet, and I do not! This is what I think is the proper taste for Som Tam.

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December 30, 2017

Holiday Inn, Buffet


It's nearly Christmas, and like last year I would like to celebrate it like farangs do. That means a big meal, too much drink and a shiny tree! Last year I was in Bangkok at the Pullman in Asok, and there was plenty of choice and it was excellent value for money, this year I'm in Phuket and the choice is more limited. Only some hotels offer a Christmas buffet, and Holiday Inn Mai Khao is one of them.

Holiday Inn also do nightly buffets, which are cheaper at 995 baht per head, so I head out for a night out and to experience their Friday 'International Buffet'.

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December 1, 2017

Phuket's Super Secret Beach Seafood


There's a place in Phuket, where you can eat cheap fresh seafood next to a near private beach. Where could such a place be? Perhaps some distant island off the coast of Phuket? Some windy road through a jungle?

No. It's right in the middle of Phuket, on the West coast, not far from the popular Laguna complex!

Right in the middle of Phuket, there's a long beach called Bang Tao. At the North end is Layan Beach, a very popular beach among Thai people and a national park, at the south end is expensive restaurants, hotels and night-life.

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November 11, 2017

Khao Rang Hill, Restaurants with a view, Phuket


Khao Rang (Rang Hill), is a hill in the center of Phuket, it's a tourist viewpoint that I've made a video of previously.

There's more than a viewpoint here, there are two restaurants, both serving Thai cuisine. Tunk Ka Cafe, is a popular Thai restaurant I visited during the day and Khao Rang Breeze I visited during the evening.


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November 3, 2017

Afternoon Tea at The Garden, Phuket


"The Garden", is a failed mall near Talang. It opened with a big sign "Luxury Brands", I drove past it many times, never sure what it sold, but confident that whatever it sold, it would be expensive. It didn't get many visitors. Rich people shop in Bangkok, and relax in Phuket. They're not looking for some vague mall selling some vague branded goods!

It's been reopened as a jewelry museum. There are lots of these museums in Phuket, two in Talang alone! The huge one next to monument has many tour buses going in, full of Chinese tourists. The reason it's popular is, the people who sell the package tours in China, also own the jewelry museum! Tourists visit to the 'jewelry museum' as part of their tour package, and the museum is really about selling them jewelry, This museum, doesn't have that advantage, but it does do very very nice afternoon tea and scones.


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Appon's Travel Places

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


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