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    The Highest Mountain

    by limkahwan Written Nov 25, 2014

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    Doi is the name in Thai for Mountain, Doi Ithanon is the Thailand highest mountain. It can be visit easily, one can either joint the Chiang Mai local one day tour BHT800-900 incl. lunch, ride a motorcycle or self-drive. Roads are not very stiff or curvy. Just one hour from Cjiang Mai town to the lower station where one have to pay for entrance fees. There are many activities or sight-seeing in Ithanon. There are nice Water falls, villages,Temples, Gardens, Plantations and many more. The weather are very conducive and cooling. Many Westerners like to travel there with super bike which can be rent at Chiang Mai.%f

    Highest Point Doi Ithanon Mae Ya Waterfalls Temple at the Peak Queen's Garden at the Peak Surin Waterfall
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    SEE THE WEAVERS IN ACTION

    by davidjo Written Aug 3, 2014

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    Thailand is famous for weaving, silk or cotton and if you are in Thailand you should make an effort to visit a weaving village where they use traditional methods passed down through the centuries. Each hill tribe village will normally have a lady who weaves as in the second photograph but there are whole villages where the silkworms are fed on mulberry leaves and the silk is weaved.

    Ban Reng Khai
    Ban Khok Mo, Uthai Thani
    Chonnabot
    Ban Na Kha, 15 kms from Udon
    Ban Tha Sawang, Surin Province

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    BUDDHIST HELL

    by davidjo Written Aug 1, 2014

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    Throughout Thailand there are temples which have statues in the garden which depict what happens in hell, if you should end up there. The main difference between Christian's Hell and the Buddhist Hell is that in Buddhism you will only be there for an extended period depending on how virtuous you were. This is because they believe in reincarnation. You will see many statues of atrocities that makes Dante's Inferno look like dreamland. My particular visit to the Gardens of Hell was at a temple near Chaiyaphum but take a look at the link below to get a better understanding of their beliefs and the location of some of the gardens.

    Wang Saen Suk Monastery Garden near Bang Saen would be the nearest to Bangkok where you can see this for yourself.

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    LOI KRATHONG FESTIVAL

    by davidjo Written Jul 21, 2014

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    If you are in Thailand during the time of this festival you should make a point of seeing it as it is spectacular to attend. A "krathong" is a basket and Loi Krathong means to float a basket. The festival takes place on the full moon of the Thai calender which is usually in November. Krathongs were made from the trunk of a banana tree, but more recently they can be made from styrofoam or bread. The krathong is decorated with banana leaves, flowers, incense sticks and a candle, and on the full moon the locals go down to float their krathong on a the river or pond , saying a wish while they do this. The festival originates from an ancient custom of paying respect to the water spirits. During the festival there can also be beauty contests, fireworks and dancing. Originally it was a festival to honour Buddha, and the candle venerates Buddha with light while floating the krathong symbolises letting go of all your anger and hatred.
    One of the best place to see the festival is at the old city of Sukhothai.

    releasing one's hatred

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    Phuket

    by solopes Updated Jul 14, 2014

    Land of some good beaches, this large island connected to the continent, is plenty of complementary attractions.

    When we were there it was monsoon time, and some of the beaches were dangerous. A detail to have in mind, since monsoon extendS for several months in summer.

    Our agent advised Ko Samui, in the opposite coast, and maybe, that would have been safer, with easy access to the beautiful area of Krabi. But Phuket was great, and the additional precautions needed at the sea didn't spoil a good week.

    Phuket - Thailand Phuket - Thailand Phuket - Thailand Phuket - Thailand
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    Bangkok

    by solopes Updated Jun 9, 2014

    Is it possible to visit Thailand without going to Bangkok? Yes, it is! But the big city is something that no one should miss.

    Even after the injustice that kept the Imperial Palace out of the new seven wonders of the world, Bangkok is a place where I would like to come back (and, surprisingly, Fernanda too).

    If it wasn't so far...

    Imperial Palace - Bangkok
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    Chiang Mai

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013

    A visit to Thailand will not be complete if we don't add to Bangkok and the inevitable beach a trip to the north. Chiang Mai is the capital of the north, and the best located place to travel around.

    It is also, very interesting if you don't want to go elsewhere in the neighborhoods.

    Chiang Mai - Thailand
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    Happy Holiday in Bangkok

    by beka1121 Updated Apr 19, 2013

    Spend a short but happy holiday to Bangkok with friends. It was the birthday of His Majesty, the King of Thailand, the longest-serving monarch in the world, so the streets were busy and full of people. Buildings and homes were full of decorations, flowers are everywhere. It is the best way to go strolling together with the crowd with no traffic for a very memorable experience. In the evening they have fireworks.

    Our first day was spent visiting the different temples of Bangkok. Then our second day, we all had fun at the Dreamworld, the Snow Town, and the river cruise is a must. Temples at night beside the river were nice to see and the food they served during the cruise were delicious and with the live band playing, what else can i ask for. It was a very joyous evening and we all enjoy it.

    Our last day was to visit the tallest building of Bangkok, the Baiyoke Sky Hotel with 88 stories above the Bangkok famous Pratunam. Went to its 77'th floor, at the Observation deck where you can see the beauty of Bangkok. You can buy tickets at their restaurant with dinner and a good place to enjoy the view.

    Beautiful temples of Bangkok Dreamworld Snow Town from the Observatory Deck of Baiyoke Sky Hotel River Cruise
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    A day out at Dreamworld

    by beka1121 Updated Apr 13, 2013

    If HongKong has Disneyland, Bangkok have Dreamworld also. It is a huge amusement park not for children only but for grownups like us also who love to enjoy life. They have plenty of rides also like the roller coaster, drenching water rides, and a lot of family entertainment and fun activities. I love the cable car rides as you can see the good view of the place.

    The park is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Castles at Dreamworld Cable Car Sun Flower Garden Giant House @ dreamworld
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    Cooking in Chiang Mai

    by Merebin Written Feb 25, 2013

    Spending a day at a cooking school in Chiang Mai gives you not only a delicious meal, but a much better appreciation of Thai cuisine. Most cooking schools include a visit to the local market where your guide will explain common ingredients in Thai cooking. They will also generally give you tips and advice on how to substitute some ingredients for those found easily in your home country - which makes the cooking skills you develop a valuable 'souvenir' to take home.

    Thai meal Market visit Make your own soup
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    Chiang Rai uppermost City Of Thailand

    by limkahwan Updated Feb 24, 2013

    Chiang Rai city is not as robust as Chiang Mai or Hatyaai in the South. This city is a stop over for those who needs to travel to the North border to extend their Visa in Burma or Laos. The city is quite than Chiang Mai. When I was there at the Bus station to ask for direction to Pu Chi Fa, I was directed to one counter after another, and even I was avoided by the officer in the Information Office, which give me the impression that the people in Chiang Rai are not as courteous or as helpful as in Chiang Mai.
    The Night Market is very popular, plenty of eateries and singing entertainment. There are two section of food court, one with the yellow tables and the other with table cloth which is higher end and with classic and international music for entertainment and the foods are more expensive.
    One of the most popular attraction in Chiang Rai is the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun is a contemporary unconventional Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai, It was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat. Construction began in 1997 and yet to be completed, which is very beautiful, I feel it is more art than religion. I shall say it a must visit in Chiang Rai.(Rent a bike and you are on your way, if you travel by bus to Chiang Rai, before you enter the city about 10 km you will see the wat on your left hand side memorised the route it will be helpful if you intend to visit the wat by bike.
    There are few popular wats, Wat Phra Keaw, Wat Phra Singha, Wat Jedyod , Wat Klang Wiang. If one is interested in local foods visit the evening(4.00 pm) market beside the Wat Phra Keaw.

    Clock Tower Chiang Rai Wat Rong Khun Chiang Rai Ancient Copper Drum Wat Phra Keaw Chiang Rai Wat Phra Singha Chiang Rai Evening Market Chiang Rai
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    The Beautiful City of Northern Thailand

    by limkahwan Updated Feb 24, 2013

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    After the humid and buzzing of Bangkok, book a evening train to the north. It leave 7.00 pm and arrived Chiang Mai the next morning 9.00 am Bht 791 with sleeper a/c for 2nd class. Meal on board, diner Bht 180, Breadfast Bht 120. You can buy Beer at the dining coach too. At Chiang Mai Railway station remember to get a city map, and hop on to the Red Taxi to the Old Town Bht 50-70. Recommend Kristi Guess House at 14/2 Ratchadumnern Road, Soi 5 A. Muang,Bht 200-300 per double with bath and fan.
    After settle down with a budget guess house walk around and look for a Motor Bike Bht 150-200 or Bicycle Bht 50-70 rental. It is quite safe to roam around with bike or bicycle, you never get lost in old town. There is a Sat & Sun night market which is very popular for local and tourist, very interesting, plenty of handicrafts, foods stalls, massages, etc.etc..
    Chiang Mai with glorious Lanna Kingdom at its heart ,rich in history, culture, and romantic appeal, There are hundred years old temples,magnificent natural scenery, Lanna architectural.
    Chiang Mai was found in 1296 by King Mengrai. Burmese conquer Chiang Mai in 1558 and was over thrown by King Naresuan of Ayutthaya. In 1774 King Taksin joint forces with Phraya Chaban and Chao Kawila captures Chiang Mai. North & West of Chiang Mai has more Burmese influence.
    Down South of Chiang Mai you can visit Doi Inthanon, Lamphum and Lampang. Doi Inthanon is a must stop for the South. The highest mountain in Thailand.
    To the North you can visit Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle, Pu Chi Fa. In Chiang Dao District you can visit the Chiang Dao Cave, Doi Luang Chiang Dao (third highest peak 2,195 M).
    In the North Western side you can travel to Pai-Mae Hong Son-Mae Sariang then back to Chiang Mai.
    Beside these few places there are many other destination to satisfy different taste of travel. There are plenty of White Water Rafting, Elephant Center, Handicraft Center, Hot Spring, cave, tracking etc.etc....
    The best to travel in the Northern Thailand is backpacking travel.
    The Thai Local Government has done a good job on reducing smoking in Northern Thailand

    Wat Lokmolee Chiang Mai Wat Chediluang Chiang Mai Wat Phan On One of the few Western Style Building Fully Decorated Thai Tour Bus
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    Long-Neck Kayan Women

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 24, 2013

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    Long necks were considered to be a thing of beauty in traditional Karen culture. The girls started wearing brass rings on their necks at a very early age. It has now been shown that the rings do not lengthen the neck but in fact lower the shoulders. It is said that the original purpose of the rings was to protect the women from tiger attacks but this is not true. The practice was becoming less traditional but the Kayan realized that tourists would pay to photograph the women. The Kayan women are very kind and try to be patient about all the picture taking. The elderly lady in the picture even had rings on her calves. In March 2001 at 73, she was the oldest woman in the village of Huay Pu Keng.

    Oldest Lady in the Kayan Village Kayan Woman and Daughters Kayan Village Weaver Another Kayan Village Mother & Daughters Three Generations at Huay Pu Keng
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    The Sign Says Long-Neck Village (Kayan)

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 23, 2013

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    The Kayan are a subgroup of the Red Karen (Karenni) people, a Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Myanmar (Burma). Padaung (Yan Pa Doung) is a Shan term for the Kayan Lahwi (the group whose women wear the brass neck coils). A 2004 estimate put the Kayan population at approximately 130,000 in Myanmar. About 600 Kayan reside in the three villages open to tourists in Thailand's Mae Hong Son Province, and in the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp. They refer to themselves as Kayan and object to being called Padaung (or "Padung" like in Frommer's Thailand 4th edition, 2000), which means "copper neck."

    In Mae Hong Son you can get a tour to Huay Pu Keng, which is next to Ban Nam Pieng Din (called "Nam Plong Dim" in Frommer's Thailand 4th edition, 2000). A few of the approximately 100 long-neck Kayan women in Thailand live there (note that this may not be by their choice). I did not know before I visited, but there is much controversy about visiting these villages. Some say you should visit because the village depends economically on the income generated by tourists (the 250 baht fee includes letting you take photographs), but others say that you should not visit since the girls and women have no choice about what they do. A Thai middleman no doubt gets most of the tour fees, so buying things in the village may be a better option.

    To get to Huay Pu Keng, you take a long-tail boat from Mae Hong Son down the Pai River. In March 2001, it cost 500 baht for the boat and 250 baht fee for a foreigner. We went a little later in the morning and passed all the boats coming back with the early morning visitors. By the time we got to the village, there were maybe 6-7 other tourists there. At that time, there were many forest fires during the dry season and that was why the air was smoky.

    Long-Neck Kayan Village Entrance Huay Pu Keng (Long-Neck Kayan Village) Long-Neck Kayan Lady at Huay Pu Keng Approaching Huay Pu Keng (Kayan Village) Huay Pu Keng Riverfront
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    Long-Neck Kayan Girl

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 23, 2013

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    As you climb up the hill at Huay Pu Keng, almost every house has handicrafts for sale. Some were quite good and reasonably priced. This young girl was minding the family table in front of the house. However, you could hear that she was getting tips from inside the house about how much to charge. It was March 2001 when I was there. She was tiny then. By now, I am sure she is a strikingly beautiful young woman.

    Long-Neck Kayan Girl Am I Big or Is She Tiny?
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