Appon's Thai Travels

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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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April 5, 2019

Turtle Release, Thai Muang


It's March 1st and finally! Finally! I get to release a real turtle into the sea at Thai Muang's turtle release party.

Each year they release a new batch of turtles into the sea, and if you're lucky your name is drawn and you get to release a turtle.

I've never had my name drawn in the raffle, last time I released as mock turtle, but this time I had the baby for good luck, and put everyone's names into the draw... including the baby's.

She was drawn! She would get to release a turtle that evening! She's not two years old yet, so she probably won't remember this, but I will.

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March 9, 2019

Sawadee Camping Resort, Thai Muang


Thai Muang doesn't have a lot of hotels. The National Park has tents to rent and a few cabins, and there are two smaller places to stay in town. Sawadee Camping Resort is further out in the jungle and is more about tents and nature than beach and sunsets.

Use the map below to find this place, it's misplaced on lots of the booking sites. It is not in Phang Nga town, as many of the booking, trip-advisor and navigation sites, it's near Thai Muang. Use the map below.

Originally I wanted to stay in a tent, enjoy the lakeside wild noises and do something different. But the reality of going to the toilet in a shower block, sterilizing bottles and USB charging ports.... well I opted for the rooms with air-conditioning and bathroom. They're only a little more expensive anyway.

This resort is about 15 minutes drive from Thai Muang beach, so we had a beach day and a meal at George's Pizza on the beach. Don't order the pizza here, it's sweet and has mayonnaise on it, but the rest of the food is good. You can also eat at the resort, they have an all in price including an evening meal.

In the resort itself they have bikes to rent, you cycle up and down the back roads, this was the baby's first bicycle ride, she's been on motor-scooters before, but never a bicycle. She was fine, we've pushed her to new things so she'll be confident in life, and she knows it won't harm her.

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February 26, 2019

Waterparks in Phuket


There's quite a few small water-parks in Phuket, and it's about to get a big one in 2019. We'll have to that, it isn't quite finished yet, keep an eye on BlueTree Park web page for it's planned soft opening.

For smaller children Rawai has a mini-waterpark softplay and toy area idea for toddlers.

It's pricey, 350 baht for a child at the weekend, has a restaurant with reasonable food and reasonable prices, but the service is a bit slow, and I thought it was was small, but baby Pang spent the whole day there and didn't get bored. It's called Rawai Park, and there are villas there to rent if you want to make a holiday around it.

There's a park on the mainland at Coffee 360 in Phang Nga. I didn't know about it until I stopped there for a meal, and saw it! It's also small, but fun, with some slides and water jets to play in. It has a discount price of 60 baht, and naturally the hill top restaurants with views across Phuket are still open for food.

Locations for the three parks are below.

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January 26, 2019

Vegan Lebanese Restaurant, in Phuket


I've found an excellent, authentic Lebanese restaurant in Phuket! It's over by the Laguna complex, near Boat Avenue, in the west side of the island at . Levantine at Cherng Talay.

Lebanese food is a mixture of meat and vegan dishes. You can eat proper vegan dishes, alongside your meat eating friends and both of you can enjoy one cuisine that covers both extremes: Lebanese. I really don't like fake meat dishes passed off as Vegan. Lots of cuisines contain no-meat dishes, handed down over generations, so why try to copy a meat dish and make it vegan??!


Art, whose other restaurant is my go-to pizza restaurant for Naithon beach, and her Egyptian husband have hired experienced chefs, and opened a more upscale restaurant this time.

As you'd expect from seasoned professional restaurateurs, the food is high quality, faultless and fresh, cooked over charcoal grills, and served in clean stylish surroundings by friendly staff.

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January 22, 2019

Phang-nga Temple Rat Upatham


Heading south in Phang Nga province on the way to Phuket, and on a new road, I catch a glimpse of a pagoda on the hill. Well, I haven't done anything on this road trip, so now would be a good time to stop off and take a look.

It turns out there is a lot more to this temple than just the pagoda. There are quite a few steep hills here, and they've built Buddha statues on some, Pagodas on others, a Monk meditation refuge around the back.


There were quite a few tourists here too. It seems to be a tourist destination because it's near the beaches of Khao Lak and has great views across the jungle.

I'm never very keen on fixed pay to enter temples. It feels a bit commercial, but that only seems to apply to the pagoda, the main statues are donation up to you.

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January 6, 2019

Nong Khai, Mountain Temple


This famous temple is a staple on any visit to Nong Khai, in Northern Thailand. Only one slight thing, it's actually in Udonthani province not Nong Khai!

It's a very beautiful temple, perched on top of a hill with great views across the jungle. If you're visiting the Skywalk temple, this is only a bit further from Nong Khai.

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Appon's Travel Places

Nong Khai Skywalk

Nong Khai Sculpture Park

Nong Khai Nightlife

Nong Khai Rafting

Korat Mall: Terminal 21

Krabi Mini Trip

Bang Pae Waterfall, Paklok, Phuket

Quad Bikes, Paklok Phuket (All Family)

Ranong, Hotsprings, Nature, Food....

Driving off a moving ferry! Koh Kho Khao

Apsara Beachfront Resort, Khaolak

Thai Culture Park Phuket

Phuket Yacht Haven, "The Deck" Restaurant

Khao Lak, Daylife and Nightlife

Khao Lak, White Sand Beach and Apsara Resort

Khao Lak, Beaches and Adventures

Khao Lak in low season

Where to eat Rawai Beach, Phuket

Thamma Park, Pagoda #4, Spikey

Yolo Restaurant, Khao Sok Park, Surat Thani

Thamma Park Pagoda #3, "WhiteStar"

VT Restaurant in Udonthani

Phimai Historical Park

Khao Yai National Park

Regional Produce: Sausages

VT Restaurant, Vietnamese Food Phuket Town

Tummour Restaurant (Excellent Thai food Phuket Town)

Holiday Inn, Buffet

Phuket's Super Secret Beach Seafood

Khao Rang Hill, Restaurants with a view, Phuket

Afternoon Tea at The Garden, Phuket

Restaurant next to River, Krabi

Temple on Hill, Ao Nang, Krabi

Seafood Street, Ao Nang, Krabi

Boat Avenue, Cut (above the rest)

Boat Avenue Phuket, Kebabs, Gyros...

Restaurants at Laguna, 23 Restaurant

Himmapan Avatar Live Show, Bangkok

Show DC, Bangkok Mall with Shows!

Papa Market, Getting Better!

Bang Kung Camp, Amphawa

Dressing up in Amphawa

Wat Khao Takiab, Temple near Hua Hin

Little Home Beach Resort, Prachuap Khiri Khan

Paradise Beach Patong, Phuket

Laem Sak Temple

Pagoda 2/7, "Sky Oasis"

Cloud 47, Bangkok Sky Restaurant

Frost World, Pattaya

Laser Buddha, Pattaya

Pattaya Park, Tower Sky Drop

Sanctuary of Truth Pattaya

Fireflies, Nature and Boats, Surat Thani

Bungaloes on the lake, Khao Sok, Surat Thani

7 Pagodas for 7 Hills, Surat Thani

Toilets Toilets Toilets, at Chumporn

Temple Sinking into the Sea, Khun Samut Chin

Bangkok Islands, Ko Kret

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


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