Thailand

History Lesson at JEATH War Museum

History Lesson at 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. The Japanese used Wat Khao Pun during World War II as storage space for ammunition […]

The Erawan Falls near Kanchanaburi

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 […]

The Khmer-style temples of Ayutthaya

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 visit the Khmer-style temples of Ayutthaya, a famous ancient city famous just above Bangkok. The guesthouse owner is such an incredibly helpful lady: she drives me to the bus […]

To Si Satchanalai historical park

To 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 […]

Sukhothai Loy Krathong parade stress

Sukhothai Loy Krathong parade stress

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 […]

To Sukhothai historical park

To Sukhothai historical park

Hard time digesting my first Thai-Chinese breakfast Before I head off to the Sukhothai historical park, I order my 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 sacked […]

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 responsibly

Watching elephants responsibly

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 […]