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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June 3, 2017

Papa Market, Getting Better!

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I completely missed the back of this market the last time I visited Papa Market! It's the market next to Train Market, the big famous weekend/night market behind Seacon Square shopping mall.

Papa Market is right next door, a 'little brother' market more than a 'papa'. Smaller, and quieter. As Train Market has become overcrowded and overpopular, so I've been looking around for other places to visit. I discovered Papa market has been extended at the back, and it's a nice set of bars and restaurants surrounding a fish pond with a Muay Thai ring in the middle. It's quiet enough to be nice to spend an evening, and busy enough to offer plenty of choice.

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I was about 6 months pregnant when I visited. My baby girl will have major surgery after she's born, to fix a large omphalocele. So I've been frantically searching around for a hospital I can afford with access to expert surgeons. Now I'm happy with my choice of hospital, I can relax more and spend time to catch up on my blog entries.

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May 29, 2017

Bang Kung Camp, Amphawa

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Amphawa is famous for it's weekend floating markets, and for it's firefly boat trips. But there's a lot more to Amphawa than just those two things. There's also temples, lots and lots and lots of temples.

Bang Kung Camp is one of the more famous of these temples, it's an old army fortress, next to a river, with an old temple. The trees have grown and consumed the temple, till now, the whole things is just a few windows looking out between a mass of tree root.

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April 11, 2017

Dressing up in Amphawa

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I've been to Amphawa before, several times, but I've never been to this park. Rama 2 Memorial Park in the center of Amphawa. I found it while looking for the Thai Sweet Museum, it turns out the sweet museum is inside the park!

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But really don't bother, if you want to see traditional thai sweets, go to Amphawa market any weekend and they sell them freshly made and edible. Here the sweets are made of wax and plastic and resin, and they're mouldy and you cannot taste them or try them. What is the point of a museum for food if you can't eat it!? It needs to be a Khanom tasting session!


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February 10, 2017

Wat Khao Takiab, Temple near Hua Hin

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There's a lot to do at this temple! My friend visited this temple when she was younger, now we're passing she suggests it and the beach below. It's a temple, full of fun things to do, and donations to make, and ways to pray. It's on a little mountain overlooking Hua Hin.

Khao means mountain, Wat means temple.

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The first thing I notice is the monkeys, they fill the road to the car park, one hops on the car and starts playing with the wipers, I try to take a photograph, but there's something unappealing about a large ugly monkey anus on the windscreen. I decide that is a photograph I can skip, and over time, a memory that I hope to forget!

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Little Home Beach Resort, Prachuap Khiri Khan

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This is a small bungalow beach resort in a quiet place, with some excellent cheap seafood restaurants on the beach next door. It's also undiscovered by tourists.

Maybe Paradise Beach resort isn't your ideal dream Thai beach holiday, burgers and coke on a busy tourist beach are fine, if you have children who are fussy eaters and don't want to travel far from your hotel. But for travellers who want a quiet empty beach, a cheap bungalow and freshly cooked tasty cheap seafood on a table with the sound of the sea in the background, well you need to look a little further.

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Since I'm heading up to Bangkok, I decided to stop off at one of my favorite cheap bungalows in Prachuap Khiri Khan, which is just south of Sam Roi Yot National Park.

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February 6, 2017

Paradise Beach Patong, Phuket

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When I first went to Phuket, the very first thing I did was find a quiet beach, down a long windy difficult road, and swam in the sea.

The beach was paradise beach, and it had private access, you paid 100 baht to enter, and very few people were there, it was clean, there were food and drinks and sun beds and it was great.

I decided to revisit this beach and see what's changed over the last four years and there has been a lot of changes!

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For one thing, it's now free to enter the beach. You can't really own a beach in Thailand, but you can own the access to it, which is effectively the same. Here the access to the beach means you cannot take your own drinks or food onto the beach, and drones are a no-no.

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Appon's Travel Places

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

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