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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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February 25, 2015

Dawadung Cave, Bats are the least scary things


I'm visiting Kanchanburi's not so popular sites, this one is not far from Sai Yok Yai waterfall. I noticed a sign on the road, took the detour and then regretted it almost immediately, well sort of.

The first hurdle is the guard, he explains that its a walk about 500m into the jungle, then you get a guide to take you into the cave. Walk? Up hill into a jungle? I must be getting lazy, even 500m sounds a long way.

Fortunately there are rest places up the hill, its not a long walk. He assures me the cave has bats to see, so that will make a change from the usual cave visit.

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February 24, 2015

Sai Yok Yai Waterfall, Kanchanaburi


Kanchanaburi is famous for its River Kwai Bridge, a bridge built by the forced labor of captured soldiers during the second world war. Except its not the same bridge, its a new steel one. One thing is the same, the river!

The River Kwai is fed by two smaller rivers and I'm on Kwai Noi visiting a waterfall Sai Yok Yai, Yai means big, there a smaller Sai Yok waterfall I will catch on my way home. I'm staying overnight in raft houses that float on this river. It will be a new experience!

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February 22, 2015

Gap in the Hills, Kanchanaburi


I've visiting Kanchanaburi, and for me that means I'm skipping the classic tourist things of the River Kwai Bridge, Damnoen Saduak floating market and the rest. If you want that, book a tour (I'd recommend Indo-Thai-Tours who do a multiday tour of the main tourist sites) and the tour company will arrange it all for you. For me, I will explore and see what I can find that isn't so popular, off the beaten track, or things I've always wanted to do!

As I drove north past Kanchanaburi, I noticed a gap in the mountains, perhaps its a mountain pass, a secret hide-away for pirates, a home for fairies, who knows what I might find there! I won't know till I go!

Driving around the minor roads didn't get me close, the proper roads run the lengths of the valleys not into the hills, I would have to go down these dirt tracks.

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February 21, 2015

Hindad Hot Spring, Kanchanaburi


I like hot springs. Hot springs feature a lot in this blog. There's something about naturally heated water that's magical.

Well not so much with this hot spring. The last time I was here, the place was packed with Russian tourists and the water quality suffered from all the visitors. It was nowhere near as clear and refreshing as the Crystal Canal, and lacked the fish of Pornrung hot spring. But its one of only two hot springs in Kanchanaburi that I know of, so it will have to do!

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February 20, 2015

Temple on the Hill, Wat Ban Tham, Kanchanaburi


When I was at the beach in Kanchanaburi, I spotted a pagoda on the hill behind. When something catches your eye, it beckons you, you have no choice, you have to go! I only hope it isn't a huge climb, I have a long way to go today and don't want to exhaust myself. Memories of the Tiger Temple in Krabi flood back. That pagoda takes two hours to go up and down and two hours for your shaky legs to recover!

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Kanchanaburi 'Beach'


Sun, sea and sand. Well without the sea. This is not really a beach, Kanchanaburi is inland, well away from the sea! This sea-side scene is next to a wide part of the Mae Klong river, on the road just before Kanchanaburi. I spotted a lake on the map, and a little bit of exploring revealed the locals have a seaside-style resort here.

As a tourist you do the highlights, for Kanchanaburi, that's Bridge over the River Kwai, Damnoen Saduak floating market, with perhaps a stop-over at the Tiger Temple. But I'm determined to find less explored sites and this river doesn't even rate a mention on tourist map.

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Appon's Travel Places

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

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