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 4, 2019

Nong Khai Skywalk

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The Mekong river at Nong Khai is actually quite dull. There just isn't much to see, it's a river, the other side is rural, and most of the view is blocked! To see the Mekong and get a good view across Laos, you need to get out of Nong Khai, and higher up the mountains at the valley sides.

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Lucky for me, there is plenty to do along this route, including two famous temples, and a glass sky walk. The skywalk is a glass platform jutting out over the hill, letting you get a great view down to a fork where the Mekong departs Thailand, and a little thrill from the glass under your feet.

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January 3, 2019

Nong Khai Sculpture Park

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The last time I visited this park was almost twenty years ago with my dad. The circle of life statues are much more telling now that he's gone. But this place hasn't changed, it seems exactly as it was all those years ago.

Today is very hot, and lucky for me there are plenty of stalls selling hats to keep the sun off. You can easily spend two hours exploring this place and you'd be crispy and burnt by the end of it.

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Nong Khai Nightlife

Land is cheap in Nong Khai and everything is spread out. Nightlife too! Lots of nice places, but a journey to get from one to the next!

After a visit to Nong Khai Sculpture Park, we visited two places. A restaurant next to the Mekong river, called "Cafe de Hat Kham" and a night market, called Chic Chic.

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There isn't a lot to see over the Mekong at night. The Laos side is silent and dark and very rural. This restaurant has chill out areas and swings next to the river, but with the baby, we couldn't sit there in case she wandered into the water.

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December 29, 2018

Nong Khai Rafting

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A day spent on a lake, on a private rented raft. Eat, drink, swim, relax. The rafts are cheap, come equipped with life jackets, and some with a barbecue tray, decide on the raft you want, a boat will take your raft out to the middle of the lake, and you spend the day on a lake.

The rafts are cheap, a large raft cost is 1060 baht. Next to the rafts are food stalls selling plenty of food and drink. We ordered some grilled fish, and som-tam, for delivery later. We didn't need to wait, the raft owner came with us when we ordered, so they'd know who to deliver it too. Otherwise give them your phone number, or raft number, or simply take the food with you.

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When you're ready, a long tail boat pushes you out to the middle of the lake and anchors you with a slab of concrete. Off he goes, if you need him again call the raft owner you booked with, perhaps you need the toilet, perhaps you want to go back early? No problem, just call.

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(Video below)

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December 28, 2018

Korat Mall: Terminal 21

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Nakhon Ratchasima, better known as Korat in Isaan, has a Terminal 21! I was looking for a stopover on my way to visit family, and Korat seemed a natural stopover. But what to do during the evening? Something my baby can enjoy too?

Mega mall time!

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As with Terminal 21 in Bangkok, the whole theme is airport travel. With sections for Paris, London, a giant Eiffel tower, London busses, Egyptian bazaars and Tokyo stalls.

They make shopping really fun, but here Terminal 21 takes it to a new level.

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December 27, 2018

Krabi Mini Trip

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Mirri is visiting, and that means a quick one day trip to catch a few nearby sights. She hasn't done the Phang-nga Kayak Tours yet, and with the baby we cannot take her to go, but she can see the view across the bay.

This means road trip!

The plan is... a quick lunch at Phang Nga viewpoint, take the baby to see Dairy Hut Farm and let her feed the animals, get a nice hotel in Ao Nang beach, have some beach time, then an evening meal next to the sea. The next day, we'll do the Tiger Cave temple and maybe hot springs.

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Plans are nice, but when we're at the viewpoint, a tour arrives, and service is slow. The quick lunch becomes a slow slow lunch. As the tour gets a cooking lesson, and food tasting at the viewpoint.

OK, we do less.

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Appon's Travel Places

Bang Pae Waterfall, Paklok, Phuket

Quad Bikes, Paklok Phuket (All Family)

Ranong, Hotsprings, Nature, Food....

Driving off a moving ferry! Koh Kho Khao

Apsara Beachfront Resort, Khaolak

Thai Culture Park Phuket

Phuket Yacht Haven, "The Deck" Restaurant

Khao Lak, Daylife and Nightlife

Khao Lak, White Sand Beach and Apsara Resort

Khao Lak, Beaches and Adventures

Khao Lak in low season

Where to eat Rawai Beach, Phuket

Thamma Park, Pagoda #4, Spikey

Yolo Restaurant, Khao Sok Park, Surat Thani

Thamma Park Pagoda #3, "WhiteStar"

VT Restaurant in Udonthani

Phimai Historical Park

Khao Yai National Park

Regional Produce: Sausages

VT Restaurant, Vietnamese Food Phuket Town

Tummour Restaurant (Excellent Thai food Phuket Town)

Holiday Inn, Buffet

Phuket's Super Secret Beach Seafood

Khao Rang Hill, Restaurants with a view, Phuket

Afternoon Tea at The Garden, Phuket

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

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