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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August 3, 2016

Fireflies, Nature and Boats, Surat Thani

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Surat Thani is really a pass through destination, people pass through the airport on their way to the East Coast islands, or, as I did, when I caught the night train to Phuket.

But since we were dropping off friends, we had time to explore the town and there's one thing well worth doing here.

When the sun goes down, there is a night market along the river, and in the middle of that market is a pier where you can take a boat out and see the fireflies.

I've done similar tours before, the famous Amphawa Fireflies trip, and I've even hired a boat to see fireflies in Bangkok. But how does this compare with those?

Continue reading "Fireflies, Nature and Boats, Surat Thani" »

August 2, 2016

Bungaloes on the lake, Khao Sok, Surat Thani

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In Surat Thani province, there is a lake. Choew Lan lake is artificial, a damn was built in 1982, to supply water and electricity. The lake is inside a national park, and on the water, float raft houses.

The raft houses are out in the far reaches of the lake, and accessible only by boat. You book a raft house, catch the boat from the municipal pier next to the dam and from there you can see caves, treks and take boat tours.

It's a life experience.

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(Video below)

Continue reading "Bungaloes on the lake, Khao Sok, Surat Thani" »

July 26, 2016

7 Pagodas for 7 Hills, Surat Thani

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On my way south, I decided to follow the road signs instead of the GPS. After a while the GPS stopped asking me to turn around and instead took me down a winding road. Punishment perhaps?

Or perhaps fate! The scenery here is amazing, all rock spires, and on one spire I spotted a pagoda! But how to get up there? There must be a way, so I took out the drone, and looked around to find the road way and walkway up to the top.

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Continue reading "7 Pagodas for 7 Hills, Surat Thani" »

July 25, 2016

Toilets Toilets Toilets, at Chumporn

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North of Chumporn on the main highway there was a garden. You could visit it, and see fruit and flowers and buy some plants.

It got good reviews for the cleanliness of their toilets. So, sort of as a joke, they built more and more and more extravagant toilets. So now people visit them to see the toilets, and no so much the gardens.

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They have toilets shaped like pigs, they have Tarzan and Jane toilets, that need a bit of climbing to get to. They have a skywalk toilet, right up high.

Continue reading "Toilets Toilets Toilets, at Chumporn" »

July 10, 2016

Temple Sinking into the Sea, Khun Samut Chin

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Just south of Bangkok, in the Bay of Bangkok, there's a temple on its own little island, surrounded by tidal mud and water. To the north the land is all flooded. To the south the sea. This temple was once far inland, in the middle of a village! It wasn't that long ago either, 30 years, since the village was abandoned and the people moved further inland.

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Continue reading "Temple Sinking into the Sea, Khun Samut Chin" »

May 23, 2016

Bangkok Islands, Ko Kret

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The Chao Praya river snakes through Bangkok and along the way it creates a few islands. These islands flood frequently and so they're designed green areas. I've visited Bangnarmpheung island before to see the weekend floating market, and the fireflies, this time I'm visiting Ko Kret further north.

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Getting to the island is simple enough, ferries run every few minutes from the east bank of the river. There are two temples here, the ferry runs from piers at the two temples, and if you get there early enough you can park at the temples.

Continue reading "Bangkok Islands, Ko Kret" »

Appon's Travel Places

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

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