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, 2017

Boat Avenue, Cut (above the rest)


Yet again I'm exploring the restaurants around the Boat Avenue area in Phuket. This time it's 'Cut Grill and Lounge'. I've seen the signs next to Villa Market, but never seen this restaurant. If it's so difficult to get to, it must have no customers, and if it has no customers, it must be terrible, right? Nothing could be further from the truth, this is a superb restaurant, one of the best in Phuket.

It's next door to 23 Restaurant, but they might as well be worlds apart. While 23 needs to work on their menu and find their signature dishes and food style, 'Cut' has their signature dishes all worked out and perfected.


They're not the most inventive of dishes.... dark chocolate lava cake... panna cotta.... but there is one signature dish that you really need to try: "Sticky Toffee Cookie", shown at the top, it's cookie dough with toffee, cold vanilla ice-cream and creamy toffee sauce. It's hot, it's cold, it's crunchy, it's gooey, its absolutely delicious. This is a real must-try, a dish at the level of "lava cake" in my view.

It's also the reason my baby hates my husband.

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September 18, 2017

Boat Avenue Phuket, Kebabs, Gyros...


Some more exploring of the restaurants around the Boat Avenue area, next to Laguna. This time I'm trying the Kebab House, a East Mediterranean cuisine. Gyros, Shish-Kebabs, Falafel, Toubbouleh. Unlike 23 Restaurant, this one has really found is niche and concentrated on it, delivering exactly what you expect from a Kebab House.


The quality is there too, toubbouleh made with couscous, more western than Lebanese, the falafel was definitely made with chick peas, gyros served with a fries, and a good kick of spice to flavor the whole meal.

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September 13, 2017

Restaurants at Laguna, 23 Restaurant


I'm back in Phuket, with the baby healthy and happy from the hospital, I get to return home and celebrate the new baby. I hear about women being stuck inside with a screaming kid, afraid to go out. Depressed, miserable. That will not happen to me.

She's barely 2 months old and she's been out to 4 shopping malls, visited the beach, and of course visited quite a few restaurants.... speaking of which....

At Boat Avenue, near Laguna in Phuket, a whole street of restaurants has been opened up around the lake there. I only noticed when I parked at the car-park at he supermarket, saw a lot of lights and went to investigate. Places to try, things to do!

Lets start with 23 Restaurant.


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August 23, 2017

Himmapan Avatar Live Show, Bangkok


I accidentally discovered a great shopping mall, and it has two shows. Himmapan Avatar, a show about tree spirits, and "Ong Bak Live" a live action fight-love-grow show based on the movie. I've seen "Cookin with Nanta", another RCA show at their other mall, and thought it would be really great to catch Himmapan.... I was not disappointed, it was stunning.


There's two parts to this show, the first part is a stage show in a theatre, the second part is an exploration area, where the actors mix with the audience and you experience life in the forest all around you. The show has wheel chair access areas via a lift, but not for the best (gold) seats, and there are English and Thai language shows.

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Show DC, Bangkok Mall with Shows!


I've found, quite by accident, a new shopping malls in Bangkok that's worth a visit! Show DC, on Rama 9 is a Korean themed mall from RCA group. There are lots and lots of malls in Bangkok, practically every month a new one opens somewhere. They're pretty much cookie-cutter malls with the same shops and same ideas, so I usually don't review them. You can go to one, or another and they're the same.

Show DC is very different, RCA malls have an unusual twist to them, House RCA has, for example the "Cookin with Nanta" show, a slapstick comedy live show, and a second floor go-cart track!


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June 3, 2017

Papa Market, Getting Better!


I completely missed the back of this market the last time I visited Papa Market! It's the market next to Train Market, the big famous weekend/night market behind Seacon Square shopping mall.

Papa Market is right next door, a 'little brother' market more than a 'papa'. Smaller, and quieter. As Train Market has become overcrowded and overpopular, so I've been looking around for other places to visit. I discovered Papa market has been extended at the back, and it's a nice set of bars and restaurants surrounding a fish pond with a Muay Thai ring in the middle. It's quiet enough to be nice to spend an evening, and busy enough to offer plenty of choice.


I was about 6 months pregnant when I visited. My baby girl will have major surgery after she's born, to fix a large omphalocele. So I've been frantically searching around for a hospital I can afford with access to expert surgeons. Now I'm happy with my choice of hospital, I can relax more and spend time to catch up on my blog entries.

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Appon's Travel Places

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