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Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Phayao November 17th 2021

Our plan for today is not too strenuous, for a change. We started the day with a visit to a local temple, Wat Si Khom Kham, on the lake shore. There are actually two temples side by side here, in the same complex, each with large golden Buddhas in beautifully decorated buildings. One of the temples is built on stilts in a small artificial bay. All very nice, but the interesting thing about the place isn't the temples themselves but the gardens in the complex. One of them in particular. In one small area of the temple grounds are a collection of sculptures that depict a very graphic and gruesome version of Hell, complete with demons, tortured people being beheaded or boiled in a pot, creatures attacking people who are trying to escape by climbing thorny ... read more
Hell at Wat Si Khom Kham
Wat Si Khom Kham
Rice drying in the sun

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Nan November 16th 2021

Waking up to the view we woke up to is a treat! And we had breakfast at the hotel today too. Not a very good breakfast, true, but it included coffee and tea, mandarin juice, and fried egg and toast, so better than nothing. Besides, we ate on the main balcony overlooking the view! And once we left the B&B our first stop of the day was a complete hour long Thai massage in Nan. Just what the doctor ordered! We got rubbed and pounded, twisted and kneaded and totally relaxed. Oh, that felt good! A short drive from there took us to Wat Phrathat Khao Noi, located on the top of a small hill just west of Nan and overlooking the town. Besides the golden Buddha looking over the town, there are several trees where ... read more
Breakfast at Nan
Ohhh... massage!
Well massaged people!

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Phrae September 9th 2020

My trip to Phrae, Thailand with Mam was amazing. Besides the serene environment and welcoming people, we had time to bond and catch up on old times. From the food, scenarios, cultural heritage to hospitality Phraehas grown in tips and bounds. Below are some of the areas we visited. Pay attention to the detail in Thai culture and heritage. Wat Phra Non We visited the Wat Phra Non temple. It is revered due to its mythical connotation of a lying god. Besides the social ideology, the architecture and design of the temple are second to none. Mam was excited as we snapped the day away in traditional Thai colours. What really captivated us was the clusters of art on the building; Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Chiangsaen. One couldn’t he... read more
We are having fun
Wonderful day
Trip to Phrae

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Chiang Khong January 19th 2020

Friends for a meal are easy to find, friends until the end of life are difficult to find… ~ Thai Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling northeast from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong (via Chiang Rai). We were awake at 5:30am. We had an early start to Chiang Khong, and we had to organise our packs and pick up some breakfast beforehand. I headed out to a nearby 7-Eleven store to pick up some banana muffins and Thai milk tea, as it was too early to settle at a café. It was enough to get us started for the day. We checked out of the People Place Hotel (our accommodation for the past two nights in Chiang Mai), jumped into a minibus and sped off towards Chiang Rai at 8am sharp. It didn’t take long ... read more
white temple
white temple
white temple

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand October 31st 2018

Thailand is a beautiful country in which to live and work. I had an American friend who visited Thailand a few years ago during her vacations, and she found the country intriguing. When she found out teaching English as a second language in Thailand was a possibility, she start researching what she'd have to do to get certified. After listening to what information she found out, I decided to write this handy guide for people who want to know what they need if they're interested in English teaching jobs in Thailand, my beloved home country. What Is TEFL TEFL is instruction in English for non-native speakers or Teaching English as a Foreign Language. TEFL is also called: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - TESOL English as a Second Language - ESL English Lan... read more

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand October 22nd 2018

I had an up and down day in Bangkok today. Some things worked out well, others didn’t. I’ll concentrate on the good stuff. My first stop was Lumphini Park where I hoped to see monitor lizards that live there. As it turned out, there were a number of them in or by the little lake. They all about 3 feet long (including tail), so they were not as large or fearsome as the Komodo Dragons that I’ve seen in zoos. Nearby is the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute which specializes in producing snake antivenin and there is a “snake farm” with various species of snakes from all over the world, including a king cobra that seemed interested in a little girl who was touring the facility. There is a poisonous snake “milking” demonstration every day at 1100. ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand April 16th 2018

Hanoi, crazy and noisy but if you like city buzz that is the place to be. I had one day and night in Hanoi (8th April) after the group and had originally planned to stay in the hotel that the tour used. However as it was the worst hotel of the Vietnam trip I cancelled and splashed out on La Siesta Central hotel and spa. I got up early and decided to visit the Temple of Literature which was described as a quiet oasis. It was about a 1.5k walk but as I approached I could see a mass of coaches and groups of schoolchildren. I went in anyway and it was moderately interesting, it was the first university of Vietnam and was established to test potential mandarins. Vietnam was under Chinese control at the time ... read more
Queen Pagoda
Next stop Masterchef!
Banana steamed cake

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand February 18th 2018

Snow Birds -that’s what they are called here in Chiangmai........ the people who flee winter in the northern hemisphere and migrate to Northern Thailand. I don’t quite qualify as I’m only here for a month ......... but it’s certainly something to aim for. Over breakfast we chatted about the acupuncture. Nui thinks it’s really helping her to sleep well. I mentioned planning to have some sort of spa day treatment. But was told that Upin, the masseuse, can do coconut oil massage as well as Thai massage.....It will be booked! Michel and I express an interest in the Ayurvedic treatment centre ( Nui and Kung have tried everything!) We agree to have a nose detox and a foot detox. It is booked for us! It was the last day of my pottery class, so I got ... read more
Dear little BamBam at Baansong Jum
Chinese New Year in Chiangmai- I think this is the dog!
Dragon waiting to perform in Worarot market

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand February 12th 2018

That’s what it feels like -precious grains of time slipping through my fingers. And they slip through faster as I get closer to the end of the trip. There are so many new places to discover and familiar places to re-visit and so many interesting people to talk to. The icing on the cake is that I’m responsible only to myself and each day is a ‘jolly’! So on Tuesday morning I set off to the acupuncture clinic. I asked the acupuncturist how my pulse was performing and he said was about half, so I replied that I’d like 100% please. He was very amused by this so I’d like to know why. I’m still contemplating whether to go for a medical check up at one of the Chiangmai hospitals while I’m here.It seems like a ... read more
Chiangmai golden Wat doors
Chiangmai’s Wat
Painted shutters at the Nepal coffee shop

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand February 5th 2018

Tuesday again, and today I’ll have been here for a week. I reminded myself that my aim for this year’s winter break is to do as little as possible. Friend Carol had given me a book called’ Nelly Dean’ by Alison Case. It’s based on the character of the housekeeper in Wuthering Heights, and the untold stories in Emily Bronte’s book. It’s a long time since I read the original so I downloaded it onto my Kindle and set myself to reading it again before I attempted Nelly Dean. Well that kept me occupied for the day , other than a wander around Wararot Market across on the opposite bank of the river. In the evening I went to Woo cafe and had the most enormous and delicious Kaew Soi, a Northern dish of noodles and ... read more
Coffee and choc cake at The Blind Cafe’
Garlands at Chiangmai Flower Festival
Orchids at the Flower Festival

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