OXEN AND CART
When you are in remote places in Thailand that are far away from the city make sure your camera is on hand as you may come across something unusual such as these local farmers who are off to the fields to work. I believe that the photo was taken along the Mekhong between Nong Khai and Loei.Related to:
PHU CHI FAH OPEN BREATH TAKING VIEW
To look for a good advise to travel in public transport to Pu Chi Fa is very difficult. Because many Thais do not even been to this remote place. For those local visitors who visit Pu Chi Fa will made it in their own transport.
If you happen to visit Chiang Rai then is worth to turn into Pu Chi Fa. From Chiang Rai hop into a public bus to "THOENG" BHT 48 - 1 HR. Tell the driver that you want to catch a "SAWTHAW" to PU CHI FA, (Stop at the WAT in the town center. Beside the Wat a lane "Wiang Thoeng, Soi Pranangkaeo 5", turn in the street and walk about 70M you will see a few Sawthaws waiting for customers, ask which one going to Pu Chi Fa BHT 200 Distance 46km. Ask the driver to drop you at the stall opp the Tourist & District office which is located at the front of the village.(Remember to ask the driver to come back tomorrow morning unless you want to stay a few days, other wise you have to hitch a ride down hill because there is only one transport servicing the route). Ask the operator of the food stall for the info for the lodging. The room off peak BHT 200-300.For the summit view, the stall operator also can advise you how and where to catch a pick-up at 5.30 am the next morning to the climbing area, which is about 1 km from the village. At the hiking point there are a few stall selling drinks and light foot if you need something to eat. Pu Chi Fa is a farming town, just one street, but have a number of Cottage or guess house. Food is decent and price are reasonable. Travel up to the summit at 5.30 am is worth the effort. Cool, Breezy, Quite and over all the scene is beautiful.After coming down from Phu Chi Fah you can catch a direct bus back to Chiang Mai via PhayaoRelated to:
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Phu Kradung National Park
This is Thailand's national park on top of a mesa at 1200 meters (~4000 ft) elevation. It is 135 square kilometers of a cooler climate and the associated ecosystem. To reach its pine forests and grasslands, you must walk, or more specifically, climb the 1200 meters in a distance of 5.4 km. This is a non-trivial task and limits the number of visitors. Facilities are not bad at the top (bungalows, tents, restrooms, restaurants, etc.), if you survive the climb. I was in fair shape for my age (61) in 2004, but it took me 5.5 hrs. to go up and 4 hrs. to come down. See also my tips and travelogues on Phu Kradung under Northeast Thailand.Related to:
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The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
During the Second World War, the occupying Japanese began work on a railroad between Thailand and Burma in order to establish a supply line to Burma for an eventual planned attack on British India. They forced 250,000 Asian laborers and 61,000 Allied prisoners of war to work on 160 miles (258 kilometers) of railroad. Many thousands died of starvation, disease, exhaustion, and abuse at the hands of the Japanese.
The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery was established as the main cemetery for Allied prisoners of war who died during construction of the Burma Railway. There are 6,982 prisoners of war buried in the cemetery, mostly British, Australian, and Dutch. There are 11 Indians buried in a Muslim section of the cemetery, and two graves contain the ashes of 300 men who were cremated. The remains of Americans formerly interred in the cemetery have been repatriated to the United States.
The cemetery was designed by Colin Saint Clair Oakes, and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery was placed a short distance from the site of the former Kanburi prisoner-of-war camp through which most of the prisoners passed on their way to other work camps along the railway.
The Khwae Yai River
The Khwae Yai River is commonly referred to as the River Kwai, made famous by the 1957 movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai.
The Khwae Yai River has its source in the Tenasserim Hills (visible in the background) which form a natural barrier between Thailand and Burma. The river then flows for 236 miles (380 kilometers) through the Sangkhla Buri, Si Sawat, and Mueang districts of Kanchanaburi Province before it merges with the Khwae Noi River to form the Mae Klong River.
One of the bridges of the Burma Railway (the Bridge on the River Kwai), built by forced labor during the Second World War, crosses the Khwae Yai River in the Tha Makham subdistrict of the Mueang District. Up until the 1960s, the Khwae Yai River was considered part of the Mae Klong River, but the name of the section now called the Khwae Yai River was changed then to correspond with the fictional River Kwai depicted in the movie in order to attract tourists.
The Bang Pa-In Royal Palace
Located in the Bang Pa-In district of Ayutthaya Province, the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace is a collection of palaces and pavilions once used by the royal family as a summer retreat. It is sometimes referred to as the Summer Palace.
The original royal palace was constructed in 1632 by King Prasat Thong, but was soon thereafter abandoned and remained so through the mid-nineteenth century. King Mongkut began the restoration of the palace complex in the mid-nineteenth century, and his successor, King Chulalongkorn, continued rebuilding the complex during his reign. Most of the buildings currently located on the grounds were built between 1872 and 1899.
The Bang Pa-In Royal Palace consists of several palace buildings and pavilions scattered among the large landscaped parks and gardens. They include the Heavenly Light Temple, a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room (pictured here), the Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode ( a royal residence), the Sage's Lookout (a brightly painted lookout tower), and the Divine Seat of Personal Freedom, a pavilion built in the middle of a pond.
Nowadays, the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace is open to visitors, but it is occasionally used by the present king, King Rama IX, for state banquests and other special events.
The Bridge On the River Kwai
Almost everyone is familiar with the movie that popularized the real Bridge on the River Kwai. The film plot was largely fictional, but was based on the actual construction of a railway bridge over the Mae Klong River in 1943 at a place called Tha Makham near the town of Kanchanaburi. The famous bridge was but one of six bridges built along the length of the Burma Railway. Called "Bridge 227" by the Japanese, it was constructed by British, Australian, and Dutch prisoners of war, as well as Asian conscripts, who were forced by the Japanese to perform the work under horrible conditions. Thousands died during the construction of the railway.
The Bridge on the River Kwai was one of two bridges built at this site over the Mae Klong River. One was wooden and temporary, the other stills exists as the bridge tourists come to see and was made of concrete and steel. The bridge is 1,135 feet (346 meters) long. Its track runs along a wooden trestle placed atop concrete pilings and has sides of steel spans. (The curved spans are the originals from 1943, and the straight spans are replacements for those destroyed by American bombs dropped in 1945).
The Allies tried numerous times to destroy the bridge in order to cut Japanese supply lines. Finally in 1945, the bridge was bombed by American pilots and it was put out of commission, but not completely destroyed. After the war, the bridge was repaired with parts donated to Thailand by Japan as part of the war reparations they made to the country.
The author of the book on which the movie was based, Pierre Boulle, never visited the area where his story took place. He knew the railway paralleled the River Kwai (actually called the Khwae Noi River) for many miles and mistakenly believed the bridge crossed the River Kwai when in reality it crossed the Mae Klong River. After the 1957 movie became a big success, tourists started coming to Kanchanaburi to see the bridge and were disappointed to learn that it did not cross the River Kwai. Therefore, in the 1960s, the Thais changed the name of this branch of the Mae Klong River to the Khwae Yai River to correspond to the movie.
Nowadays, the Bridge on the River Kwai is a popular day trip out of Bangkok. Visitors can walk across the bridge, although trains cross it three times per day in each direction. The area adjacent to the bridge has become something of a tourist trap and features a museum, a cafe, numerous souvenir shops, and a couple of old locomotives.
Thonburi is a district of Bangkok that is situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It has remained relatively undeveloped compared to the rest of Bangkok, and contains many quiet backwater areas characterized by urban farms and small waterside villages.
Thonburi served as the capital of Thailand between 1767 and 1782 during the reign of King Taksin, after the previous capital, Ayutthaya, had been destroyed by invading Burmese forces. King Rama I moved the capital across the river to Bangkok in 1782, and Thonburi remained an independent town and province until it was annexed by Bangkok in 1972.
One of the main features of Thonburi is its klongs, or canals. Bangkok was once called the "Venice of the East" because it used to be crisscrossed by hundreds of klongs. Most of the klongs on the Bangkok side of the river have been filled in and converted into roads, but many still remain in Thonburi. They are used as transportation routes, and many people live on houseboats moored along the klongs, and in traditional wooden structures that open right onto the water.
A fun and relaxing way to spend an afternoon in Bangkok is to take a boat ride along the klongs of Thonburi. A converted rice barge takes visitors on a one-hour ride to see how the people still live in houses built right on the water. Complimentary drinks and tropical fruits are offered on the return trip to Bangkok.
THE FLOATING MARKET, the real deal
Well if you look at the floating market in general, they are nothing but street vendors on a boat. They cook, sell food and groceries, pots and pans etc. to people who live along Thai river front property owners. Some of the communities are large enough to make a living going to house to house. Then the tourist came and it became the show of everyday normal life of a Thai living on a silt house on their river front property. The idea that tourist needs to see this is a money thing and then there was more money to be made by selling tours to foriegners to see these vendors on boats. What gets me is in Pattaya, they made the village up like a amusement park such as Disney World. It's fake,built from the ground up but the other one near Bangkok was real everyday life. They had that in China and Venice before, but didn't make money from the tourist like the Thais' are making it an tourist attraction. It is kind of cool, and very picturest if you never seen it but with the band of tourist all over it's not the same with the camera in your face.
cheers tommy xRelated to:
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By far, one of our best experiences in Thailand was in Petchburi Area. We hired local guide , who was highly recommended by several Friends and coworkers from KK Univ. We had a fantastic tour of the Forest to the Seashore. Tom our guide pointed out amazing animals, birds, and plants... he was full of information about local customs. We had a picnic from the back of his pick-up truck, and took several walks along the road spotting wildlife. Includeing several "Great Hornbills" ( very rare ). The Forest Rangers have tremdous respect for Tom, so I knew we were in good hands, and felt completely safe.
I believe it is by far , this was one of the best trips I've taken in Thailand.
Rabieng Rimnum Tours Guide was Chamlong Vilailert ( tom ) and his Wife runs a local Resterant and Guesthouse. Both were gracious and very friendly people.Related to:
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The other Thailand....Isaan
Bangkok is you oyster, Ko Samui and Phuked your vallet, you've done the Death Railway...but have you slept in a hut in a village in the middle of nowhere, where roads are still not paved, where in the morning you can see the chicken you are going to eat in a few hours?
Isaan, the northeastern part of Thailand is another world. It's not the place of the big sights, but it's true countryside, where ox-carts rule the paths and it's astonishingly friendly people will ease you down...so go there and simply relax...and besides, you will see where the girls from the gogo bars in Pattaya come from.Related to:
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I got sick while I was in Thailand ...
I got sick twice while I was in Thailand. The first time was with a Migraine on the flight over from Bahrain and the second time was when I ate at one of the local Hotel's in Pattaya.
Unfortunately for me I was ill, so ill in fact for the first three days my husband thought I was just constipated and maybe my tummy was trying to adjust to the yummy Cusine but no I actually had a terrible bout of Food poisioning and was very very sick and was loosing so much pottasium in my body that I had to be admitted to the Pattaya International Hospital (also known as the Hospital in the Park). From the moment I arrived I was promptly seen to by one of the porters who put me into a wheelchair straight away (I could hardly stand up) and then before I knew a Doctor was seeing me and asking me questions and had organised for me to have a series of blood tests etc... all which confirmed that my potassium levels were low and that I was extremely dehydrated. I was also told that they wanted to keep me in as well and after I had all the tests done and a drip attached to my arm I was then admitted and sent upstairs.
My room was lovely which over looked the park and I had my own private room with it's own bathroom and tolietres. I also had a nice little sofa and a television in where my bed was.
As I got better I was able to choose food from their restaurant as if I was in a Hotel and from what I saw they had a very comprehensive menu. Unfortunately for me I could only stick to their Chicken Noodle soup which I must say was very good as it had a nice broth and skinless chicken pieces in it with spaghetti noodles. I can only imagine what the rest of the menu tasted like but it all sounded very nice.
The staff here were excellent and I can certainly reccomend this Hospital to anyone who may unfortunately get sick whilst in Pattaya. The Thai people are beautiful people in my eyes anyway and going to this Hospital reconfirmed to me how lovely their culture really is.Related to:
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Visathai - Thai Visa Assistance in Thailand
I haven't used this agency personally but have looked at their web site and subscribe to the newsletter they send out.
They may be able to help you with visa problems in Thailand if you need assistance.
We really wanted to find a beach side place that was remote and peaceful but within budget and had some sort of local sensitivity/respect aspect to it i.e. not a club med (not knocking CM for those of you who don't mind that type of cultural removal) and not a full moon party like Koh Pha Ngan. In May 1999, we found it.
It is an island called Koh Jum. It is on the way from Krabi port by boat to Koh Lanta. You jump off half way into a smaller boat waiting for you. This takes you to the island. There are (were) only two establishments ready to take on travellers at the time - New Bungalow and Joy Bungalow. We chose the latter (http://www.kohjum.com/joy). A bit older looking, more rustic.
Our experience was thumbs up all the way. No money used as pretty much all was signed for a paid for at the end. Bungalows were thatch and ranging from 100-400 baht then. Few people, not many bungalows, no electricity but there was a generator that ran (quietly). Food was excellent, mainly Thai with some french fries and wings all done well. It was a bit pricey by Thai standards (still cheap by foreign standards), but understandable as most food was brought in by boat. Great seafood of course. Friendly staff. A nice touch - glass reusable water bottles used and returned for filling. No plastic bottles around - refreshing.
Weather was great, rained one night. Beach was beautiful and peaceful. Great sunsets. We got what we wished for. We were on the tail end of the season. It would be closing soon after that for the rainy season as seas are too rough to allow for consistant transportation from and to Krabi.
"bridge over the river kwai which isnt!!
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The food, scenery, people are stunningly beautiful.
Thailand, having traveled South America myself would be my first choice for a return Visit.
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