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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

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Khon Kaen December 18th 2015

Geo: 16.42, 102.83Another fresh morning with our fellow breakfasters wearing fleeces and puffer jackets. Overhead is a clear blue sky and sunshine but it is not making its presence felt in our courtyard.We have decided to skip the early morning International Bus and spend the morning here in Vientiane. We have to check-out by 12:00 and the afternoon bus is due to leave at 14:45 so the timings work ou quite well.After breakfast we stroll down to the riverside again and walk about 1 mile along to the large King Sissavang Vong statue. Cutting back throug the pleasant park, past the Presidential Palace and That Dum we stop for a final Lao coffee and pastry at the small shop we have been using.Just along the road is a wine shop topped by an enormous wooden barrel ... read more
Goodbye Vientiane
KIng Sisavang Vong
My last Lao coffee for a long time

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Khon Kaen December 14th 2015

Geo: 16.42, 102.83Awake with the alarm at 05:00 and come round slowly with a cup of tea in bed. Whilst I check our documentation for the last time. Leave Khamnadie about 06:00 as it is just starting to get light. As usual I drop Jai off with the bags at the bus station then head across to town to leave the bike and walk back. The big pink bus arrives just before 07:00 and we decide to take the long route on this one rather than wait for another bus to arrive at some time later. Passing through Roi Et, Maha Sarakham, Kosum Phisai we arrive in Khon Kaen just after 10:00. Instead of taking a taxi out to the Laos Consulate we are going to try our luck on the local buses today. I believe ... read more
I have a Laos visa ... but someone isnt happy
The best policemen in Thailand
The best policemen in Thailand

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Khon Kaen November 24th 2015

Geo: 16.42, 102.83As we are not able to go to Laos this week as planned we are taking the day to go to Khon Kaen where there is an immigration office where I can extend my current visa without having to leave the country.Up with the alarm at 05:00 and at 06:00, just as daylight arrives, we are leaving to bike into Phon Thong and drop the bike off. Walk across town to the bus station. I usually drop Jai off at the sttion first with our bags and walk on my own but as we dont have any bags she has to walk as well today.There are no signs of any of the small minibuses this morning so we end up on a normal bus service. This bus goes the long way through Roi Et ... read more
Not an unpleasant experience today ...

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Khon Kaen November 3rd 2015

Geo: 16.42, 102.83Awake with the alarm at 05:00 and have a liesurely cup of tea in bed whilst we come to.Eat breakfast whilst it gets light outside then bike into Phon Thong. Drop Jai off at the bus station then go and take the bike to a relatives house on the other side of town and walk back to bus station just before 07:00 as we planned.There was always a bus just after 07:00 and we are told that one will be in 'soon'. 'oon' a word that can mean so much here. A small minibus for Khon Kaen comes and goes but Jai doesnt like these so we wait for the imminent bus. When it hasnt come by 07:30 I ask about it again to be told it will come 'later'. 07:45 it finally arrives. ... read more
Passport office, City Hall, Khon Kaen
Wat Nongwang, Khon Kaen
Top floor Wat Nongwang

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nong Khai June 21st 2015

The train chugs as it arrives at the station, the final stop after traversing the northeastern railway for almost 11 hours overnight. I quickly alight the train, a purple second-class sleeper, and make my way to the information desk. I am now in Nong Khai, a sleepy riverside town in northeastern Thailand more famous as an entry point to Laos than as a charming destination in its own right. But I have spare time so I might as well burn it exploring the town. Nong Khai is a multi-ethnic town that’s prospered since the construction of the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in 1994, connecting it to Vientiane, Laos’ capital, in the northern side of the Mekong River. Consequently, trade between here and Laos flourished, and made travel between the two areas easier. Notwithstanding the growth of the ... read more
Governor's House
Sala Kaew Ku
Mut Mee Guesthouse Garden




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