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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 9, 2014

Wat Huai Mongkol


On the road to the south of Thailand, not far from Hua Hin, a famous beach resort, you'll find Temple Huai Mongkol, with a large monk statue on top and a lake and gardens.

It's a dose of religion for Hua Hin tourists, but this is really a celebration of one monk, not of Buddhism. Statues of him surround the large one, and you can gild these with gold leaf.

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January 28, 2014

Phuket Trick Eye, Bring your camera!


Phuket Trick Eye is a new museum of optical picture tricks. I'm sure you've seen the 3D painting on the floor, you stand in a certain place, take a photograph in a certain way and it looks like a realistic 3D scene.

The building is full of these 3d visual paintings, look around for a guide photo to give you a hint at what you can do, get yourself into position and get your friends to take a photo. Don't have a friend? There are plenty of staff around to take the photo for you, but you do need to bring your own camera.

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January 17, 2014

Raya (Racha) Island Phuket


I decided it was time to visit the famous Racha (or Raya) island, So I went down to Chalong bay in Phuket and asked around the pier. I quickly found that the price was 10,000 baht for a speedboat with no haggling! It made no difference if I rang the telephone numbers on the speedboats, or asked the stalls offering boats for rent, the price was fixed. For that price, a per-person tour would be a lot cheaper.

Eventually I found a cheaper option, the long-tail boat men offered a price of 5,000 for a long-tail. These are smaller boats and slower, but have more tradition and most of all, they're cheaper!

The boat ride the next day was choppy, 1 hour out to Raya island, I can't believe how far out this island is, Phuket is invisible across the horizon, but the long-tail boatman knows where he's going, he's done this journey many times before.

Raya island has a reputation as a beautiful island, overrun with tourists. This is far from the case! A short walk from the main beach and you quickly find quiet beaches teaming with fish! Oh and the sand and the blue blue water. What a delight!

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January 16, 2014

Aphrodite Cabaret Phuket


There are a couple of famous Katoey Cabaret shows in Phuket, Simon Cabaret is the oldest and their big show is based in Patong near the tourist resorts, the second and newer one is Aphrodite, based in the middle of the island not far from Central Festival mall.

A katoey is a ladyboy, either a transvestite or transsexual male. They're more lady than real ladies! The legs are more slender, the features more perfect, no cellulite, taller, more predatory. I dressed up for the evening to compete but felt a bit frumpy by comparison.

A friend of mine, a hotel receptionist, explained that the identity cards of a Katoey still show their male names. So they may be called Orchid or Bird or Lily, but their id card calls them Mr Somchai or Mr Suthep! Even if they've had the operation, their male names on the id card are a giveaway.

When a ladyboy comes with a one-night stand to check into the hotel, she reads their name on their id card, and she knows that the voice is a giveaway, so she tells them in Thai not to speak and sends them off to their room.

She said that modern cards even have the English name too. But perhaps it's better not to look. If your date for the evening is a sexy woman, what does it matter whether she's had plastic surgery on her boobs, or on his penis?!

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January 12, 2014

Ancient City, Bangkok


Ancient City is a huge park filled with traditional buildings, arts, crafts, history, boats, floating markets, serpents, monuments. It's just outside of Bangkok and easy to reach by Taxi. This really is a wonderful thing to see, and I wish I could find the words to convince you to visit this attraction!

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New Years Countdown, Bangkok


If you come to Thailand during the new year celebrations, then you really need to find a place to join the countdown. In Bangkok that was traditionally Central Mall, but now Asiatique is becoming the go to place for a good party!

A big-wheel gives a view over the river, and TV crews were ready with their cameras to film the countdown here.

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Appon's Travel Places

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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