Traveling to Sukhothai historical park

Traveling to Sukhothai historical park

Hard time digesting my first Thai-Chinese breakfast Before I head off to the Sukhothai historical park, I order my very first Thai-Chinese breakfast, congee, a watery rice soup. Because of the slightly spicy herbs, I have a hard time to digest the meal; my – sober – stomach is accustomed to western food. Packed and […]

Multiple places of interest in laid-back Hoi An

Multiple places of interest in laid-back Hoi An

An old trading port with an architectural mix of influences In the morning I take the bus to Hoi An, and once arrived in the city a motorcycle taxi to my hotel. The rooms are well-kept, but mine doesn`t have hot water. This needs to get fixed, or I will have to move to another […]

Making fortune wishes at Wat Doi Kham

Making fortune wishes at Wat Doi Kham

Wat Doi Kham is famous among local people Those who have been in Thailand for a while, know that the Thai love to visit temples; not only out of religious beliefs but also to make fortune wishes to improve their lives. Wat Doi Kham is such a favorite place, located on a forested hill southwest of […]

The Big Circuit temples and the forces of nature

The Big Circuit temples and the forces of nature

A late start of our Big Circuit temples tour Today some of the Big Circuit temples are on our program. My travel mate has fallen back to sleep after I woke him up and only appears at 9 o’clock at breakfast, the hour when we would normally leave. Well, we cannot withstand to go out and […]

Miniature Buddhas in the Pak Ou caves

Miniature Buddhas in the Pak Ou caves

Early pickup to visit the Pak Ou caves The agreement was that I would be picked up at 8 am to go to the Pak Ou caves by boat. Already at twenty before eight somebody knocks on my door. Of course, I am not ready yet, but I say I will be in five minutes. At […]

Up the Irrawaddy river to Mingun

Up the Irrawaddy river to Mingun

More people needed to take the boat on the Irrawaddy river Today I am taking a boat to Mingun, an archeological place of interest that is located 11km from Mandalay up the Irrawaddy river. The boat trip almost does not take place. I register as the first tourist at the jetty where I hear that […]

Taking a rapid train to Phitsanulok

Taking a rapid train to Phitsanulok

Early wake up to take the rapid train The alarm clock goes off at 6 o’clock, as I will be taking the rapid train to Phitsanulok today. The journey will last about 5 hours. After breakfast, I settle my bill count and leave. The owner of the guesthouse advises me to stop a songthaew on the […]

The Marble Mountains of Da Nang

The Marble Mountains of Da Nang

A beach resembling a rubbish dump A somewhat quieter today, first I ride to Da Nang by bus, with a stop at Ca Loa Beach. Well, naming this place a beach is the overstatement of the year; it is one big rubbish dump on the bank of the sea. Da Nang is not a tourist city. […]