Appon's Thai Life


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Welcome to my Thai Travel Blog

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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April 12, 2016

Rum Distillary Tour, Phuket (Chalong Bay Rum)

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Eating at a restaurant in Phuket, I noticed they had a display of Rum bottles from the "Chalong Bay Distillery". Very fancy bottles, all nicely presented. I wonder if they have a distillery tour? There was a url: chalongbayrum.com, and there it was, a distillery tour.

I've lived in Europe and done wine tours and brewery tours and so I know the score. They usually have a fancy area for tourists full of old oak casks, and dust covered bottles, and you're taken around that. They you see the factory and its modern and shiny and complies with all the heath and safety laws for every country in the world.


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March 28, 2016

Thankbok Koranee Sea Caves & Phantom Drone Crash

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So far I've had a morning in this national park, I've done the waterfall, explored the mountains with a drone, and done a recipe, which will make its way onto the food blog shortly.

But these park tickets are expensive, and I want to do the full thing! That means taking a boat or kayak out to the caves. I also wanted to do a drone flight in the lagoon. They told me the last person to do that crashed their drone, and they didn't recommend it. Why did their drone crash? I would learn why when I crashed my own in the exact same way!

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March 27, 2016

Thanbok Khoranee National Park, Krabi

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I originally wanted to go to Phang Nga national park. I found details of it, and they had a campsite, tents for rent and boat trips out to the islands, it sounded great. Sadly the telephone number didn't connect, so I took a chance, and headed up to visit in person.

When I arrived, no tents, only 8 bungalows, all full, and they have a pier but no boat trips, sending me out to the main pier to get one of the tourist boats.

Oh well, that's one to miss, I decided to head down the road to the next National Park: Thanbok Khoranee. As you drive south towards Krabi, you pass through a wall of rock, made up of limestone needles. It's very very impressive, and this has been made into a National Park.

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The woman at the National Park entrance, did her best to dissuade me from the tents, and pushed me to the resort next door. She says the tents are for students, I take her advice and 550 baht gets me a basic hut with air-conditioning. Can I barbecue next to the hut? Yes, but no cooking inside.

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March 17, 2016

ASEAN: Street Food Tour Ho Chi Minh

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With ASEAN coming, and the barriers between South Asian countries is falling. With Thailand being a developed country in the center of it all, with a large hub airport. Time for a food tour!

This time, a Vietnam food tour in Ho Chi Minh with Back Of the Bike Tours. The format is simple, students with mopeds take you from place to place tasting little dishes from each place.

Some are easy, some more challenging, some are savory, some sweet. Plenty of variety and plenty to see along the way. My guide was Niew. She learned her English from watching English movies.

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March 5, 2016

Exploring Thai Muang #2

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I'm taking time to explore Thai Muang, the area North of Phuket, along the Andaman Coast. So far I've been camping next to the beach, I've done a Salt Crusted Fish BBQ Recipe also next to the beach. I've visited pagodas.

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March 3, 2016

Exploring Thai Muang #1

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I'm exploring around Thai Muang, to see the temples, beaches, the Sea Turtle Release festival and tourist sites there. I passed this pagoda, at Wat Suwannawad, and decided to take a closer look with the drone.

There's beauty in decay, something nice about mould and lichen slowly taking apart concrete, layer by layer. With a gold painted pagoda, the faded gold and black mould, age it and somehow that sets it in place. When its nice, new and shiny, it could have been moved in yesterday on a truck, and moved somewhere else the next day. But let it age and mature into its surroundings, and it becomes more anchored in place.

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Appon's Travel Places

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