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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 4, 2015

ASEAN: Ho Chi Min City Food 2


So far Vietnam food has been, well, a bit of a let-down, its like a Thai food made a bit bland! Food makes a holiday, it's how we remember places, it's the fond memory we recall, and bland is not how I wanted to remember Vietnam!

Time to go explore the cheap housing areas! The place where people are packed into side streets is usually a good start if you want to find authentic food.

So I picked a place on the map full of side streets and headed out to see what it contained.


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July 3, 2015

ASEAN: Ho Chi Min City Food


ASEAN is coming, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It's been around a long time, but more recently there is a drive to make it an Asian version of the European Union, with integrated trading, economy and free movement of people.

I decided to go visit some of our neighboring ASEAN countries to get a taste of their food. First off is Vietnam, Ho Chi Min city, aka Saigon is where I'm heading. The big food here is Pho , meat stocks used as the base for noodles, served with vegetables, meats and garnishes. Noodles are a familiar thing right across Asia, and there's nothing unique about these dishes, so I go searching for more exotic things.


Vietnamese fried spring rolls perhaps. Again a common dish of Vietnam, traditionally these spring rolls are served as wraps, not fried. The Chinese influence created this hybrid fried version. Served with a spicy dipping sauce, these are familiar fair in Thailand.

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May 24, 2015

Seafood, at Sea, Coconut Island Phuket


So far I've visited Ko Maprao, aka Coconut Island, twice already. For the pizza at the Village Resort, and even on a boat trip to walk around the island. This time, I'm visiting the Sea Food rafts between Coconut Island and Phuket Island.

The principle is simple, fish, seafood and shellfish are kept in pens under the rafts. You visit the rafts by boats from Laemhin pier, these boats are free, but the captains receive a commission for customers they deliver.


There are two main rafts, Kruvit Raft, and Black Crab raft. You can visit either, I chose Kruvit because it was nearer to the pier at Coconut Island. Since the boat man gets paid for my visit, he was happy to drop me off at Coconut Island first and wait for me to finish exploring the island.

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Coconut Island, more than pizza


I visited Coconut Island (Ko Maprao) last week, to try out the highly recommended pizza at The Island Resort. But there's more to this island than the resort.

This time, my plan was to catch a boat from Laem Hin pier, the pier just opposite Maprao Island and explore the island on foot. I read it was twenty baht to catch the boat to the island, but that is for the locals. Since I will be visiting the Seafood Restaurant Rafts, I can use the boats for free.

Well, not exactly free, the boat gets a good commission from the restaurant, which is why they're so keen to get you into their boat!

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Family Sauna, Laemin Hin, Phuket


There are quite a few fancy sports clubs in Phuket, where you can get a sauna or a session in a steam room. Even the municipal pools have a steam room for you... well when its working they do!

Usually these saunas are all European style wood cabins with a gentle electric burner in the corner heating rocks. You pour a little water on the rocks, perhaps with some added fragrance and gently let the steam and pine smell clear your head of the days worries.


Then there's the other kind. The no frills, this-is-what-your-lobster-feels-like-as-it-dies kind! As I was exploring Coconut Island for a second time, I discovered that near the pier is one of these more basic saunas, at 50 baht a person, naturally I just have to try it!

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May 17, 2015

Pizza Run to Coconut Island


Maprao Island (Coconut Island), is off the east side of Phuket, and on it is a large resort called 'The Village'. The village is pricey, very expensive full of large villas each with their own pools, or jacuzzis.

I was told by one of the boat captains that it has the best pizza on Phuket, cooked in a large stone oven with all the proper ingredients.


Finally an excuse for a trip! Time to do a pizza run out to the island, catch the live band, and return home. A little holiday and a night out away from Phuket. I check with the resort manager, boat tickets are 100 baht return, if you're not staying at the resort, and 400 baht a day to use the facilities.

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Appon's Travel Places

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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