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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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December 19, 2014

Swatstika Temple

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I'm calling this the Swastika temple, a temple covered in Swastikas, not for the Nazis but for the Hindu good luck symbol, that the Nazi adopted/hijacked for their own.

Phra Narai is a major Hindu god, and this archeology site was the location of a temple to this god. When the Burmese invaded Thailand in the 1785 they tried to remove this statue, but it was too big and heavy to move, so they left it up in the hills nearby.

Trees grew around it, the roots enveloping the statue of Phra Narai and a statue of servant Phra Lak, wrapping them safety, without breaking them.

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December 18, 2014

Train Market, Bangkok

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Tourists spend their time at the big attractions, and never go anywhere else. Even the major malls don't get many tourist visitors unless they're near the sky-train. But since I'm in Bangkok, I'm determined to explore around Udomsuk where I'll be staying for the next few weeks.

I found a great little place for night shopping and fun eating. Inside it's called the Train Market and the huts are themed like 19th century train wagons. But strangely the entrance has an unexplained wooden boat

My nearest malls here in Udomsuk, are Seacon Square, and Paradise Mall. Seacon Square is a mega-mall that's had a recent refurbishment, there's a lot of useful things here, but ultimately it's just a big building with shops. With no real theme, a sprawling layout, overcrowded parking, I would normally give this mall a miss. Paradise Mall, further down, I've covered before, it's got a terrific food hall and is one of my favorite malls: the right size, easy to find things, simple parking layout. Normally this would be my choice of the two.

That's changed now, since I've discovered the Train market, just after Seacon Square. It's one street down, so you can spend the day shopping in Seacon then move onto Train Market for an evening meal, live music and a bit of antiques shopping to finish the day. Suddenly Seacon Square looks a lot more appealing!

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December 17, 2014

Road Trip: Khlong Phanom National Park

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I'm heading to Bangkok, and the drive from Phuket to Bangkok needn't be a repetitive slog up the highway. Khlong Phanom national park is on the way, and I'm determined to take the back roads and explore more of this beautiful park.

The plan, head east along the 4240, through the villages, and then north on the 4090. Have lunch next a lake, and use the 401 to rejoin the main pan-asia highway. For once, my plan not only works as expected, I get to see some extras I hadn't planned for.

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December 16, 2014

Hot Spring (Khao Sok National Park)

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My road trip from Phuket to Bangkok is yielding lots more treats. Not far from the crystal canal, I find a hot spring. Thailand isn't that close to the edge of a tectonic plate, so we don't get full volcanoes and magma, but we do get hot springs!

After my visit to crystal canal, I have a few mosquito bites, and the hot spring water soothes theses, I find the bumps gone and the itching stops.

The hot spring itself if divided into 3, the main well, a lower pond that can be used for washing and the lowest pond, used for bathing.

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December 15, 2014

Crystal Canal

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My road trip from Phuket to Bangkok is long and boring, and normally takes a good 10 hours of slog. I want to make it as fun as possible, so I'm looking out for things to visit along the way.

Crystal Canal? That looks promising! I wonder what it is. Since it's only a few kilometers detour, I take the turnoff and go inquire.

There are lots of people here, all Thai, the car park attendant tells me it's a crystal clear water river with the water source to the left. You can bathe here and enjoy the clear cool water.

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Wat Khao Yoi Cave

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I'm heading south on the Pan-Asia highway, the main road that runs down the length of Thailand and into Malaysia. It sounds romantic when I call it the Pan Asian highway, but its just a rather long, boring two lane road. So on the way, I'm taking in sights to break the journey and Khao Yoi temple and the caves next to it, are one of my breaks for this trip!

There's really two parts to this cave. One is a small temple, with a reclining Buddha for worship and donation, the other a more natural cave that's far more effort, but has the potential for far more fun if you use your imagination a little!

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Appon's Travel Places


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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

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