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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July 25, 2018

Thamma Park Pagoda #3, "WhiteStar"


Thamma Park in Surat Thani is a collections of hills on which they're building 7 pagodas. I've been here twice before, the first time by fate after I took a wrong turn and got lost. The second time to revisit and see the second pagoda, which I nicknamed 'skyoasis'. That second time I was pregnant and couldn't climb the steps, now I have my baby, the third pagoda will be her first, and I can enjoy it with her.

I'm nicknaming this one White Star because it shone when I first saw it on the hill. This is the highest one so far, despite that it's a lot easier to climb to than Pagoda #1, the stairs are wider and less steep!

I suggested to the monks they should have rope bridges (parcour style) connecting the pagodas. But they didn't make them. This time I suggested tarzan rope swings! I know they won't make those either, but if they're not going to use my suggestion, I may as well put a smile on the monks face.


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March 6, 2018

VT Restaurant in Udonthani


I've been to VT Restaurant in Phuket, its a small but excellent Vietnamese restaurant in Phuket town. But I've been told about a VT Restaurant in Udonthani and wanted to go see it.

VT started doing takeaway Nam Nueng packs in central Udonthani. It's a dish of lettuce, basil, and green leaves, pork meat skewers, spicey peanut sauce, and rice paper that you form into a wrap and eat. They did it fresh, clean, large and cheap, and that was a big winner. Their restaurant was always busy with long queues.

So then they built this, a mall sized 'VT Community' restaurant to the south of the city. It's big, much bigger than the photo shows, it extends a long way into a sort of factory building behind.


180 million baht was spent on this site, and it seems to be paying off. They'd only partially opened, and already lots of people were visiting.

I wanted to go see, and bought 3 packs of nam-nueng, Vietnamese pork wrapped in banana leaves, buns fill with meat and some other stuff, for 1200 baht. The whole family got several meals out of that, each pack was amazing good value.


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Phimai Historical Park


This is an ancient Khmer temple, some 900 years old. If you're heading north on Road 2 into Isaan, its a short detour off the highway North of Korat, to visit it. You can read about its historic significance on Wikipedia if you like, but for me it's a break from the driving and something to see.

It's nice to see these old semi-ruined building, but it's not something you'd set out to visit. The best way to see lots of these old monuments, is to go to Ancient Siam, the theme park in Bangkok, hire a golf buggy, drive around, see a lot of them all at once, have a nice meal, buy some souvenirs and head back to your hotel... all on the same day!


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March 4, 2018

Khao Yai National Park


To the East of Bangkok, about 2-3 hours away is a national park known as Khao Yai. Originally Thai people visited to see the natural beauty of the mountains, but it's changed over the years into a strange sort of theme park for Thai people.

Italian Tuscany themed villages, cowboy restaurants, horse riding, water parks, strawberry picking, chocolate factories, all totally non-Thai-fake-European, but still fun to do.

There are hundreds of little things all the way along this road, I just chose a few that caught my eye as we drove along. When the baby is older, I'll visit again and maybe then, we'll do the water park and some of the horse riding and fair-rides.


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March 3, 2018

Regional Produce: Sausages


They're famous for their sausages in Muang Phon, fermented, pork, beef, all kinds available along the road around the town of Phon. Since I'm heading through Isaan, and passing through Phon, naturally it means I will buy some.

These sausages are preserved and being out in the sun doesn't matter, don't worry that they're not refrigerated, that's OK.


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January 27, 2018

VT Restaurant, Vietnamese Food Phuket Town


I stumbled on this by accident, VT Restaurant is a famous Vietnamese style restaurant in UdonThani, and I recognized the brand when I drove past their sign in Phuket. They're famous for 'Nam Nueng', a self assembly roll with plenty of green leaves, meat, a little chilli, chopped sour banana (including the skin), all rolled up in a wet rice paper sheet and dipped in a peanut sauce.

It's messy to eat, and my fingers were too sticky to take photos, but they also do plenty of other dishes, mostly Vietnamese style, and the food is excellent, I'd recommend a visit.


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Appon's Travel Places

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


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