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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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May 19, 2014

Wat Peuch Udom, Near Bangkok

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When I was a child, I lived a nomadic life. We lived wherever my dad was working. As a laborer he was building town houses outside Bangkok at Nong Chok, and we lived in block temporary houses made of steel sheeting, alongside the other builders and their families. A trip to this temple was a childhood treat then, it was the local famous temple, and with good reason... animatronics make this a playground for kids.

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May 18, 2014

Road-trip Regional Produce: Steamed Buns

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North of Chumpon, about half way between Phuket and Bangkok, is a very large service station which is a stopping off point for the buses as they make their way north.

Around this area, the famous regional produce is Se-La-Pow, the steamed bun filled with salted eggs, pork, red seasoned pork, beans and even sweet custards. There's lots of varieties of steamed bun, so you won't be spoilt for choice.

They're very cheap (mine were 7 baht a bun) and because of the high sales volume, very fresh. Steamed buns are perfect for road-trip food, they are ready to eat, and not messy, so they don't mess up your car.

On a trip from Phuket to Bangkok, Chumpon as about half way, which is the perfect snack time too. There's several of the larger service stations at Chumpon, the long distances coaches stop at these, to provide the free included meal.

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Road-trip Regional Produce: Cookies

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As I drive north, I'm taking time to experience all the regions have to offer, and it's getting late. I'm still hours away from Bangkok, the light is fading and need to fill up with petrol. I've stopped at this PT station many times before, but never turned around to see it has a huge regional shop!

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Candies and biscuits, every conceivable variation of cookies and snacks, are here! I'm heading up to Udonthani for the Songkran festival and I decide to shop here for gifts for everyone. Cookie crazy time ensures! I got carried away I think, I'm not sure how I'll carry them all on the plane.

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May 16, 2014

Road-trip Regional Produce: Salted Duck Eggs

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A road trip is nothing without regional produce, and with farmer stalls set up along the road, as you drive to Bangkok from the south, you can stop and buy/try each regions speciality.

This region is famous for salted duck eggs. The duck eggs have a bigger yolk than hens eggs, and are ideal for salting. This regions eggs are less salty than I make them, and they don't keep as long, so be sure to use them up within the sell by date.

I hard boiled the eggs shortly after buying them, and kept them ready in the fridge to be made into yum-eggs for rice porridge and as a side dish. Like that they'll last a month or two without problem.

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May 15, 2014

Road-trip Regional Produce: Sala

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Sala is a fibrous fruit with an interesting complex taste. Part sweet, part bitter, part smooth flesh, when it's good and ripe, I equate it to a sherry trifle, for the mixture of the bitter/sweet and creamy smoothness.

It's April, I'm heading north to Bangkok and stopping off at the produce stands along the road to experience local farmers produce. Sala can be found at stalls all around the map location below, be sure to stop off and buy some.

They had other things too, pickled stink beans, the large green bean used in stir-frys in the south. They pickle them to eat as a snack with beer, I bought a bottle of these to try for myself.

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May 14, 2014

Road-trip Regional Produce: Pineapples

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The road south has regional produce stalls along its full length, and each area has a group of stalls, all selling the same type of produce from the same areas.

This area is big on pineapple, with fresh pineapples for sale, together with dried pineapple, candied pineapples, pineapple cookies and crackers, lots and lots of pineapple themed goods. I can't eat these, I'm allergic to pineapple. I can only examine and buy them as gifts for others. They looks so nice, but not for me.

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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

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