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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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January 10, 2015

Ban Khao Ta-Lu, 'Holey' Mountain


As I headed south, I noticed a turn off for Ban Khao Ta-Lu. In Thai this means like pierced or passed through. What ever could that be? A mountain pass perhaps? Something else?

There is one way to find out, a small detour. My GPS might keep telling me to turn around when possible, but I'll take the longer route to see what is here.


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January 8, 2015

Kwan-Riam floating market, Bangkok


I've covered some other floating markets in Bangkok before (link to 3+ floating markets). None of them are the touristy floating markets of Samut Songkran that you tourists get taken too, and as a result they're really really good!

This one is in Min-Buri, an Eastern part of Bangkok known for factories, Mama Noodles are made here, so is Hel-bru-boy (Hales Blue Boy soda syrup). The factory workers are lucky to have a nice big bustling temple on a canal here, and the temple runs this market at weekends and special holidays.

To be a floating market it needs to have boats selling wares, and this one doesn't disappoint with two banks of food boats selling all manner of Thai dishes. You eat onboard, so you have some pleasant bobbing up and down while you tuck into Isan pork, barbecued fish or, like I did, noodles.
(Video after the break)

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January 4, 2015

Floating (Bobbing) Market North East Bangkok


This is a new floating market, part of Wat Prayasuren in north east Bangkok. I say floating, but it's not really a floating market, more a market next to the canal. That shouldn't put you off, there's plenty to buy and plenty to see at this market.

The most exciting thing for me, was the nut candy being made. I've always wondered how easy this is to make, because it's a recipe I haven't covered. I always thought it was made in a complicated factory process, but no! You can see from the video it involves a lot of hammering, a lot of nuts and not a lot else.

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Ranong Hotsprings, Raksa Warin


Ranong is one of these places rarely visited. It's next to Burma and is a major gateway for travel across the border, but not so much for foreign visitors, more for Burmese migrant workers.
There's quite a few hot springs in Ranong, Its not that we have volcanoes and magma, but the mountains here are being pushed up and the pressure squeezes the water making it hot.

That pool at the top, it's for looking not for swimming. A wall nearby has the only word you need to recognize, 65 Celsius will easily scald.

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Chumpon Best Beach


I'm visiting Chef Win, in Chumpon to see his new noodle shop, and while here I want to check out the local sights. He recommended this beach, it's not in the center of Chumpon, its to the north, but he says it would be excellent to catch at sunset.

Terrific, I hop in the car and set off ready to catch the sunset, imagining the photographs, the sun melting into the sea, a golden sunset, dramatic red sky, perhaps a palm tree in the foreground... wait a second! Chumpon is on the East coast, the sun sets in the West, so what is the point of a sunset on an east coast beach! No matter, I can spend some time on the beach and relax, maybe grab a drink and watch the sun go down behind the trees.

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December 26, 2014

Chonburi Fish Market


I opened Google maps and viewed Chonburi in the satellite image. There's a road that runs across the sea that's just screaming out to be explored! So I drove down to Chonburi and headed out across the bridge to this ocean going road.


This is a bit disappointing at first, the problem is you can see Chonburi to the land-side and so you don't get the impression that this road runs across the sea! Thankfully I did find something that made the whole trip worthwhile, a fish market.

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Appon's Travel Places

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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