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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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July 20, 2015

Homestay with a View, Phuket Chalong


I decided to explore what looks like a new reservoir being built above Chalong Bay in Phuket. As I drove around the backroads, I stumbled upon this place.

It's a homestay, (the Thai version of a guesthouse, bed and breakfast, or gite), with a view across Chalong bay, and Chalong temple below.


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July 15, 2015

Phra Mahathat Chedi Phakdi Prakat


I was tired, it was a long drive and I needed a rest. Perhaps a cooling sea breeze? Some shade by the beach? Thankfully it's not so hard to find the beach when driving south on the main highway, the beach is only a few kilometers east of the road, a short drive is all it takes.

And sure enough, I found a long stretch of under-developed beach, with plenty of trees for shade, and the perfect breeze.


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July 14, 2015

Monkey Island Sam Roi Yot


Off the shore at Sam Roi Yot, there are a group of small islands, one of which, Ko Kho Ram, is better known as monkey island. In the tourist season, tourists come out here by kayak and fishing boat to feed the monkeys, and during the off season, the fishermen feed them.

This is not my first visit, I've kayaks out to this island before and fed the monkeys, so I know the drill.


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July 13, 2015

Sam Roi Yot Temple


If you've just visited the cave at Phraya Nakhon, then nearby there's a temple with some big monk statues set against the hills.

This one is Wat Hub Ta Khotar, set in Sam Roi Yots many peaks, for some nice moody photographs.


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July 11, 2015

Phraya Nakhon Cave, Near Hua Hin


I'm visiting Sam Roi Yot, which is a hilly area of coast just south of Hua Hin, in South Thailand. Sam Roi Yot literally means 300 peaks.

There's plenty of caves here, and this is one of the most famous, Phraya Nakhon Cave, famous because its huge and has a pavillion built into it. It's a lot of chambers that have collapsed ceilings, letting light stream down into the caves below.


As you can imagine this is very photogenic, but you need to work to get the shot. The entrance to the cave is 500m up the side of a hill, and even before you get there, there are two hills to walk across from the nearest beach entrance. Fortunately there is a shortcut, a boat ride around the coast, but at 400 baht per boat it's not cheap, but at least its there and back! More expensive boat rides from hotels around the coast take you direct from the hotel to the cave entrance.

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July 10, 2015

Don Hoi Lod, Mudflat Fishing for Clams


As you head South West from Bangkok, there's a turnoff to a bay on the gulf of Thailand. It's shallow, and muddy and perfect for clams. Don Hoi Lot literally means mound of straw-seafood, or as you know them, razor clams.


It's a full tourist thing, complete with seafood restaurants, picnic areas, seafood markets and resorts to stay at. The idea is you arrive as the tide is going out, with this bay being so flat, the tide is very fast here, half an hour sees the bay go from mud to sea. With miles of mud flats, you could not outrun this tide, let alone crawl through mud as it comes in.

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Appon's Travel Places

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