Sunday, March 1, 2015

Thai Food at a Temple Festival


It is summer in Bangkok and getting hot!!  This is both good a bad.  It means that the rains are few and far between AND the Thais have many fairs and festivals.  The local temples often have their festivals this time of year because there is little chance of rain interfering with the planned activities.  The festivals are also great places to experience a wide range of temple festival foods.  While I didn't eat all the choices, I did capture a lot of them with my camera for you to enjoy.  :)









Saturday, February 28, 2015

Phu Chi Fa - 'the Mountain that Points to the Sky'


A place not often visited by Western tourists, Phu Chi Fa or 'the Mountain that Points to the Sky' is a wonderful place to experience the sunrise in Chiang Rai Province.  To get the best from the experience, you either need to get up pretty early and take a tour bus or stay overnight. There is a campsite available or you can opt for local village accommodation in Ban Rom Fa Thong.


From the car park at the base of Phu Chi Fa there is a steep 1.8 km climb to the viewing point at the top of the mountain. At the summit you will discover a large grassy plain, which ends in a small peak (that points towards the sky). The climb maybe steep, but it is worth it when you are rewarded by spectacular views over the Mekong River and deep into Laos. The sunrises here are particularly wonderful as in the early morning the valley is covered in a sea of clouds. As the sun rises the morning mist swirls and subsides and the green mountain tops below begin to peak through – the effect is incredibly breathtaking!




Because the mountain is so high it is can get very cold up there – even freezing in winter. So if you do go to watch the sunrise, be prepared to experience frost. The lower temperatures during February enable a white, wild orchid called Dok Siao to bloom.




Monday, February 23, 2015

The Road to Mae Hong Son and the Great Circle


This post recommends destinations for your trip to Northern Thailand. The trip begins in Chaing-Mai in Northern Thailand and takes you to Mae Hong Son on the Burma Border then down to Doi Inthanon National Park.  This is Thailand's "Great Circle" and the trip is full of absolutely amazing views.  I created the video playlist below with a mix of videos compiled from my trip on the Road to Mae Hong Son and the Great Circle.


The Blog List below takes you to my blogs and my photos of Norther Thailand...
Doi Inthanon National Park
Chaing-Mai Zoo
Chiang-Mai Zoo is just outside the city of Chiang-Mai to the west, at the base of Doi Suthep Mountain. The most famous of exhibits is the Panda, which are both interesting and cool to watch in an air-conditioned exhibit. READ MORE
Road to Mae Hong Son
Road to Mae Hong Son
The road (Highway 1095) from Chiang-Mai to Mae Hong Son via Pai, has stunning views around every corner and the road is reported to have over 1,864 curves, making it one of the most stunningly beautiful trips of a lifetime.    READ MORE
The White Temple - Wat Rong Khun
Pong Duad Geyser
Pong Duad Geyser is in Huai Nam Dang National Park Mae Tang district, Chiang Mai Province Kingdom of Thailand and a nice side trip from the windy roads to Mae Hong Son. The park has a well marked and well maintained trail to get to the geyser. The water is definitely hot coming out of the ground. - READ MORE
Mae Hong Son - Hamlet in the Mountains
Mae Hong Son - Hamlet in the Mountains
Mae Hong Song is a quiet little Thailand town in the northwest corner of Thailand, adjacent to the Myanmar Border and nestled in low lying areas within the Shan Hills. The Road to Mae Hong Song is tough drive, having more that a thousand curves as it winds through the mountains, but the drive is worth it!... READ MORE
Doi Inthanon National Park
Doi Inthanon National Park
Doi Inthanon National Park is probably the most well known of National Parks in Thailand most due to the park having the highest elevation in the country. The elevation affords amazing views of the mountain and surrounding area. The photos and video in this blog are from a brief day tripp to the King and Queen Chedi area ... READ MORE
Strawberry Farm in Chiang-Mai
Strawberry Farm in Chiang-Mai
Chiang-Mai is well known throughout Thailand for the Strawberries that are grown in the Province's fertile soil. The strawberries are very sweet and delicious. On a recent trip through the Province I stopped at a roadside stand adjacent to a farm and asked the farmer for a tour... READ MORE
Chiang-Mai's Wualai Road Saturday Night Market
Chiang-Mai's Wualai Road Saturday Night Market
Chiang-Mai's Wualai Road Saturday Night Market is a city street in Chaing Mai that is converted into a walking street on Saturday nights.  The walking street is an excellent place to unwind after a day of touring northern Thailand and buy gifts for friends and family.  Be prepared though, on Saturday Wualai Road gets very crowded... READ MORE

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bangkok's Skyline is Changing!

MahaNakhon Building is a luxury mixed-use skyscraper currently under construction in the Sathon central business district of Bangkok, Thailand. When completed, scheduled for later this year, it will be the highest building here in Bangkok at 314 meters. The MahaNakhon Building is located next to the Chongnonsi BTS Commuter Train Station and about a half a kilometer from the intersection of Sathon and Naradhiwas Roads.

My photos show the current state of construction of the MahaNakhon Building, along with a look at the surrounding skyline. I will try to update this blog as the construction progresses.








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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bangkok Celebrates Chinese New Year - Year of the Goat


Princess Sirindhorn attended the opening ceremony of Chinese New Year celebrations at Bangkok's Chinatown this evening. To bring in the Year of the Goat, Bangkok extended the main celebrations from the Chinatown Gate for several blocks along Yaowarat Road and it was packed with thousands of people enjoying the festivities. The festivities included cultural performances from China, dragon parades and lion dances, street stalls selling Chinese food, lantern decorations, and an exhibition telling the story of Yaowarat’s Thai-Chinese community.

Enjoy the video and photos of tonight's festivities:









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