Thailand

A History Lesson at the JEATH War Museum

A History Lesson at the JEATH War Museum

World War II history lessons Today I want to visit the last places in my travel schedule here in Kanchanaburi. I rent a bicycle near the guesthouse. The program includes the Wat Khao Pun cave and the JEATH War Museum. Wat Khao Pun was used by the Japanese during World War II as storage space […]

To the Erawan Falls near Kanchanaburi

To the Erawan Falls near Kanchanaburi

A sole passenger in a mini-van to Kanchanaburi Visiting the Erawan Falls is the last destination of my Thailand journey. At the tourist office, it appears that I am the only one who wants to travel from Ayutthaya to Kanchanaburi by mini-van today. I am on my guard, the driver hardly speaks English, so I […]

Visiting the Khmer-style temples of Ayutthaya

Visiting the Khmer-style temples of Ayutthaya

Heading for the ancient city of Ayutthaya After waking up, I take an extended breakfast. After all, there is a travel day ahead, a six-hour drive to Ayutthaya, an ancient city famous for its Khmer-style temples. The owner of the guesthouse is such an incredibly helpful lady: she drives me to the bus station, buys […]

The temples at Si Satchanalai historical park

The temples at Si Satchanalai historical park

Visiting another World Heritage Site A visit to Si Satchanalai historical park is on my agenda today. Si Satchanalai is located 80 km above Sukhothai. Both are Unesco World Heritage Sites. The owner of my guesthouse drives me together with a French couple to the bus station. She provides all the information I need to […]

Stress during the Sukhothai Loy Krathong parade

Stress during the Sukhothai Loy Krathong parade

A late start of the day My second day in Sukhothai. My plan to wake up early does not work out as intended. The alarm goes off at 6 o’clock, but I stay in bed a while longer. It is already past 8 am when I get up, and I will regret that during the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Watching elephants in a responsible manner

Watching elephants in a responsible manner

Early wake-up to visit the Elephant Conservation Center Around 7 o’clock in the morning, I wake up. That is because today I want to go watching elephants. I need to calculate enough travel time if I do not want to miss the show at the Elephant Conservation Center. Yesterday when I was heading to Lampang from […]

Rural Lampang: a tranquil town

Rural Lampang: a tranquil town

No issue to leave your backpack unattended The tuk-tuk driver from the guesthouse brings me to the Arcade bus station. As I still have to buy a ticket inside, my bag remains unattended in the meantime. No problem according to the driver, so I take the risk. Apparently, this is entirely possible in Thailand. His […]

Afternoon relaxing at the lake

Afternoon relaxing at the lake

An appealing offer to go relaxing at the lake The girl working at the bar of my guesthouse asked me yesterday if I wanted to join her and some friends on her free Sunday. The prospect of relaxing at the lake sounded appealing to me, so I agreed.  She arranges a tuk-tuk for me. We drive to […]