Appon's Thai Life

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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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May 2, 2015

Chaiyaphum Dam Food


I've swam in Tatton Park waterfall, I've seen rocks be rock-like, so now it's time to eat, and for that I head over to the dam across Khuean Bon.

This really is the same fun that's been had over the centuries. You eat freshly barbecued food next with a view over the water, followed by some playing in the water itself.


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May 2, 2015

Tatton Park Waterfall


Chaiyaphum continues to show promise, well apart from the disappointing Stone Henge, Tatton Park is a nature park North West of Chaiyaphum city and it's got an excellent waterfall in it.

It's Songkran, and all the locals descend onto this waterfall in their hundreds, a big line of traffic at the gate and large overspill car-parks means the place will be packed.

At the high part of the waterfall, children play in the relatively slow shallow water. I head for the bottom part, past the danger signs and into the water below. Don't jump off the the top into the bottom, its not deep enough, hence the danger signs!

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April 30, 2015

Elephant Temple Luang Pho Khun


I've been visiting Chaiyaphum (south Isaan) for the Songkran festival and on the way back looking for sights to see. I can't believe I passed this in the dark without noticing it on the way here! In the daylight this thing is massive, its really difficult to miss! Well that sorts out my find for the return journey.

There are two parts to this temple, the religious part full of monks and prayer, and this giant elephant part which is more a day out. They don't charge to enter, but it really is a way to fund the temple. Before you enter, you care grouped together with a guide, the guide explains how donation cards work, and how to operate the chants and receive your gifts.


You wave your card where indicated, a gift drops out, a chant is heard and the credit on the card is debited. It isn't long before you've spent 500-1000 baht. The cards make it too easy to donate. Oh well. (Video after the break).

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April 17, 2015

Thailands Stone Henge


Thailand has a Stone Henge, well kind'a. Chaiyaphum's tourist magazine shows many photographs of this place and so I just have to visit it!

I know what you're thinking, Stone Henge is a man made structure in Britain, and this is a natural rock formation, not man-made at all!

No no no! This is definitely man made, the proof is here:

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April 16, 2015

Wat Phut Thabat, Near Saraburi


I'm heading North East to spend Songkran in Isaan, Bang Sean has a good Songkran, Phuket has a good one day only Songkran at Saphan Hin in Phuket town, but nothing compares to the party atmosphere in Isaan.

Along the way I'm visiting sights to break up the journey and an accidental wrong turn took me past this temple.


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April 12, 2015

Ancient Siam at Songkran Time


I've visited Ancient Siam before. It's a huge complex of reconstructed buildings, traditional markets, pavilions and mock monuments.

It's Songkran and they're having a free entry day. Some four letter words are nice to hear, and free is one of them! So off I head to visit Ancient Siam and catch all the things I missed the first time.

This time I'll take a bike and use the trolley buses. They are not free, 100 baht buys you the use of the buses all day, but you can hop off at the bike sheds, pick a bike, blow up the inevitable flat tyres and cycle around at your leisure.

(Video follows)

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Appon's Travel Places

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