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Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nong Khai January 25th 2020

Today is our last here in Phon Phisai (the 'h's are silent) with Jeremy and his family. Our paintings are finished and drying in the sun. We're off to local restaurant The White House tonight for dinner. So I thought I'd share with you a few miscellaneous aspects of life here including a visit to the Sala Kaew Ku sculpture park in Nong Khai. Nong Khai is the largest town in the region about an hour away from Phon Phisai. The sculptures tell the equivalent of morality stories in the Buddhist and Hindu religions and is dominated by a huge Naga sculpture - 7 headed snake. Waree took us to a Vietnamese coffee shop on the riverfront for a welcome iced coffee. Back in Phon Phisai (pop >100,000) we found some paper to roll our paintings ... read more
73Ian and Cody feeding pigeons
Feeding huge catfish...
Waree and Cody emulating the snake lady

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Ban Chiang January 23rd 2020

We certainly did all our steps today, all 6000 of them, climbing up to Wat Phu Tok a temple at the top of 'lonely mountain' 359m high up very rickety steep steps. The temple is in a wide open cave at the top, actually level 5 on the map, so not quite at the top. The skeleton of the original monk is there in a glass cabinet. Jeremy and Waree's son Adam (15) was our guide. He's been up lots of times. Jeremy was OK to walk up but coming down is a bit hard on the knees. A kindly monk recommended we turn right and go the scenic route when we were almost got to the top. Ha!! It was the one that goes round the mountain by way of a fragile-looking wooden walkway that ... read more
The rickety steps
Some steps were stone
The handrails were a bit tricky too

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nong Khai January 20th 2020

There has been lots of fun and anguish. Ian is OK. He can draw. But me. I only pretend. Give me a computer any day. For the first piece we had a look around our local area. Ian chose the house next door which had a great big power pole in the middle of it. But it turned out ok even after he painted over it with violet ink. Mine is from a photo. Of Tuscany from Fiesole looking back towards Florence. I took it in 2018. Strange I think, coming to Thailand to draw and doing a scene from Italy. Jeremy's style is very loose and scribbly. We started off with small thumbnail sketches. I wasn't much good at them either. One was chosen to put on paper. Very good, expensive paper. We're supposed to ... read more
Jeremy doing mine
Still needs some work
Cheating

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nong Khai January 19th 2020

Picture a hot Sunday sitting on a raft in the middle of a lake sipping wine, watching fish, chicken and prawns cooking on a bbq, eating them with green papaya salad, then having a swim to cool off. That was yesterday's activity. We've had quite a few 'pinch me' moments on this trip and this was one of them. The Ford Ranger was packed in the morning, Jeremy, Ian, Waree (pronounced Walee) , Cody and me inside and Jitt, Adam and Toby in the back sitting on cushions. Off to Lake Pan about 30 kms south of Phon Phisai, near where the house warming was the other night. On he way we stopped off to buy fresh whole fish. We met Nee and Robert there (they of the house warming) with her sisters Nam and Num. ... read more
The jetty
Lighting the bbq
Lots of rafts

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nong Khai January 17th 2020

We finally made it through our long flights none the worse for wear, and were very glad to arrive in Phon Phisai, at Jeremy Holton and his wife Waree's house on the banks of the Mekong River. When they're not here they live in Perth, together with their three sons, the youngest of whom is Cody aged 4. We're getting in practice for when we see Alexander again in a couple of weeks, who is also 4. Jeremy teaches a particular drawing technique using oil pastels. Quick thumbnail sketches of scenes, choose one, transfer it to a large piece of paper and colour it with thick layers of oil pastels beginning with light colours. It is supposed to be done quickly without thinking too much and looking for patches of colours. Covering it all over with ... read more
Tiny Orchids
White orchid
Another orchid

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Khon Kaen July 9th 2018

Retour à Chiang Mai, je commence à bien la connaître cette ville, capitale du nord de la Thaïlande, et pourtant, je suis surpris en permanence par son dynamisme, son expansion, sa capacité d’accueil touristique en recrudescence. Je jette mon dévolu sur l’hôtel Nanya (520 THB (14 €) sur Agoda, 650 THB en direct), piscine et petit déjeuner compris. L’hôtel est situé dans la partie ouest de la vieille ville, les guesthouses y poussent comme des champignons les soirs d’orage, tout près du Wat Phra Singh que nous ne manquons pas d’aller visiter, incontournable. Chiang Mai se parcoure facilement en vélo, c’est tout plat, location 50 THB pour 24 heures. C’est moi qui fait le guide à ma petite thaï (de petite taille comme il se doit), c’est sa première visite dans le nord. Je me débrouille ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nakhon Ratchasima January 13th 2018

After the sess pit that was Pattaya we drove south near the Cambodian-Thai border to Trat. Along the way, we stopped at the seaside town of Rayong for the best seafood lunch we've ever had in Thailand. Yummy fish and huge prawns in the Tom Yum soup. Rayong is popular with Thai tourists and much much quieter than Pattaya. We then got to Trat and boarded the barge to the Island of Koh Chang. Luckily our mini van was the second last car to get on! A short 30 min whizz across the ocean we were at Koh Chang. This is only the second time I've been on a Thai island ( the first was Koh Samui when I was 15). A different look to say, the picturesque Phi Phi island down south. No limestone casts ... read more
Koh Chang
Koh Chang White Sand beach
A Chang beer in Koh Chang

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Khon Kaen February 24th 2017

Geo: 16.42, 102.83Awake with the alarm at 05:00. Have some breakfast, get our things up together and we are leaving the house still in the dark just before 06:00. With the three of us on the bike and all our bags we are well loaded down this morning so take my time on the dodgy roads.Drop Jai, Fin and bags off at the bus station then go to park the bike up at a relatives house across town. Bus leaves at 07:00 on the dot. Once again we are taking the bus that goes the long way, through Roi Et and Maha Sarakham, before getting to Khon Kaen. It is a nice comfy bus and no-one is ever able to tell us what time a direct bus will be leaving so ...Fin is a bit excited ... read more
I'm off on holiday ...
Enjoying the view out the window !!
That's not all for you !!

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nong Khai November 20th 2016

As I anticipated the last 2 weeks + blogging went out the window, blame it on the Chang, the partying, friends or the heat or maybe them all but I will now attempt a quick re cap. Up north section 20-28th November'16 First of all, we had an amazing time!!!!! Big big thanks to Andrea and Wan for being such amazing hosts, tour guides, food advisors, driver, clothes suppliers(!), party organisers and for enabling us to get a glimpse of real Thai life. Thanks also to Debbie, Karen and Liam for just being there and sharing the experience with us and making us The Magnificent Seven! :) We all rendezvoused in the departure lounge at Bangkok airport and flew up to Udon Thani together, at this point I have to mention the inflight snack, a BLACK ... read more
Nong Khai
In the minibus
Stalker alert!

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nakhon Ratchasima December 21st 2015

The brilliant Homtel gang and I were settled on our next episode, we'd head down to settle in Khao Yai national park from the farm. A big goodbye and thank you to the family, such a special place. It felt strange to leave our home of the past two weeks. Swinging into Pak Chong early morning, on one of the few village buses out, we soon found stalls for our jointly craved potion of Iced Thai Tea, '4 coming right up.' We passed elephants that were walked through the streets by the market's only aggressive sellers (no thanks, we didn't want anything), and soon grabbed a hearty breakfast - various dishes, which were assured of our desired spiciness 'real spicy, honestly', including the delicious morning glory (wonderfully seasoned and spiced water spinach). From here we were ... read more
Arrival in Pak Chong
Some ride..
Picking tents with locals




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