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Koh Samed

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Diamont Beach

Koh Samed or Ko Samet is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand which belongs to the Rayong province in central Thailand. Ko Samed is just 2.5 to 6 km big but the beaches especially on the east coast are awaresome. Because of the closeness to Bangkok come many tourists to fade their holidays. On weekend and thai holidays many locals come from the capital to Koh Samet to escape from the city. The main attraction of Koh Samed are the beaches. The main beach is Hat Sai Keaw or Diamont Beach which is dirct next to Samed village with good Seafood restaurants, cosy bars, hotels in all categories, massage shops and souvenir shops. Direct on the beach are various restaurants where you get seafood, Thai dishes and western food besides you can enjoy the small nightlife area in the village of Samed. Thereare some bars like the Old Amsterdamm. On the other beaches like Ao Cho, Ao Wongduan, Ao Wai and Ao Phai it is a bit quieter. Coconut palms and the white sands makes it to a paradise destination with tropical weather.


Buddha on Koh Samed

On the tranquil west cost of Koh Samed are as well some great beaches with accommodation where you can enjoy the Robbinson feeling. Leam Phra, Ao Kham and Ao Phrao are the greatest places on this side. On Hat Sai Khao you will reconize a statue which is dedicated to Sunthorn Phu, a Thai poet who makes Ko Samet to the location for the famous Phra Apaimani saga. There are many things to do on Samet island, scuba diving, jet ski, banana boat, excursions or jusl relax on the beach, this island in Thailand offers for all the right thing. Ko Samet offers as well great snorkeling sides, it belongs to the Khao Leam Ya Mu Koh Samed marine national park so enjoy the great underwater world around the paradise island. Play Scuba Diving offers diving couses, day trips an discover diving on the island. If you looking for a good hotel, resort or guesthouse on Samt look here and get the best accommodation deals for Thailand.

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Waterfalls in Thailand

Thailand is famous for unique nature, great temples and nice beaches. Waterfalls are popular travel destinations for traveler and backpacker who like to see some of the wild nature of Thailand. Here are some nice pictures of Waterfalls which i took on my travel trips through the Kingdom. Enjoy and maybe you will find the perfect spot for your trip to Asia.


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Nam Tok Klong Plu

This beautiful waterfall is on Koh Chang. The Nam Tok Klong Plu is the biggest and the beautifulest watefall on the island in the gulf.


Nam Tok Mae Ya

Mae Ya Waterfall

The Mae Ya is located at the Doi Inthanon national Park in north Thailands Chiang Mai province.


Nam Tok Mae Sa

Mae Sa Waterfall Mae Lim

The Mae Sa is located in Mae Rim and is easy to reach by motorbike from the province capital.


Mor Paeng Waterfall

Mor Paeng Pai

This small but nice waterfall is in Pai. The Nam Tok Mo Paeng is the most visited spot in Pai Mae Hong Sorn.


Mork Fa Waterfall

Mork Fa Chiang Mai province

The spectacular twin falls of Mork Fah are another attraction in Chiang Mai.


Na Muang fall

Nam Tok Na Muang

Nam Tok Na Muang is a great day trip destination for nature fans on Koh Samui.


Nam Tok Phlio

Phlio Chantanaburi

The Phlio Waterfall in Chantanaburi is a touristic spot which is popular for day trips from Pattaya and Koh Chang.


Nam Tok Wachiratan

Wachiratan Waterfall

Many bustours stop at the Wachiratan fall at Doi Inhanon in Chiang Mai.


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Koh Kood Thailand

Paradise Island with breath taking beaches in the Gulf

Koh Kood

Main Road on Koh Kood Island

Kho Kut is an island in the Gulf of Thailand which belongs to Thailand’s Trad province. The exotic beaches and the untouched nature are unique on the Koh Chang archipelago.  Koh Kod is a popular holiday destination for honeymoon and luxury vacations. The Peter Pan Resort Ko Kood and Soneva Kiri Hotel are luxury accommodations for lightly hearted beach holidays on Koh Kood Island. The main activities on Koh Kut are scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking or just read a book on the beach of Koh Kood Thailand. One of Koh Kood’s main attractions is the Nam Tok Khlong Chao Waterfall and the Ao Salad Fisherman’s village in the north. The best way to come around is by motorbike. There is no real city on Koh Kood, just some small mini markets and restaurants invite for go out of your Koh Kood Hotel. Ko Kut is one of the last quiet paradise islands in Thailand and very popular for couples and honeymooner. But as well for family tourism has Ko Kood many things to do and corners to explore. For hotel, resort and accommodation bookings and reservations on Koh Kood Thailand follow this link.

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Trat Thailand

Trad Thailand is the main gateway to the eastern Islands. Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kood are reachable by ferry from Laem Ngop. The Trat province is located in eastern Thailand.


Trat Town in Thailand

The Hat Lek boarder is the main gateway to Cambodia and a popular place for Visa run for long stay tourists on Ko Chang or the other islands. Bangkok Airways offers direct flights to and from the small domestic Trat Airport to Bangkok. Another possibility to travel to Trad is by Bus from Thailand’s capital. The public busses are leaving from Ekkamai, Morchid and Suvanabhumi Airport. From Trat Bus terminal you can catch taxis to the ferry pier which is the onliest gateway to Ko Chan, Koh Wai and the other islands of the KC archipelago. If you want to get there by car than you can travel on the highway 3 which connects Trad city with Chantaburi, Pattaya and Bangkok. Trat town has some guest houses, hotels and resorts for a stay in eastern Thailand. The Pop Guest House is a good Thailand accommodation option for budget traveler in Asia. If you like a bit more comfort than is the Golden Cliff Beach Resort a good choice on the mainland of Trad Thailand. The main attractions in Trat are the market hall in the center, the white beaches, temples and the typical Thai lifestyle which you can see in Trad Town. Also Thai Massage and Sea Food Dinners in one of the widespread sea food restaurants are famous things for Thailand holidays. For tourists who like to explore the mainland of the Trad province in Thailand are Klong Yai and Mairood good traveling stops in east Thailand.

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Thailand, this country in South East Asia has for everyone the right destination. At north vales and mountains with evergreen Forrest dominate the landscapes.  North Thailand is the right choice for culture and temple fans. Many tourists come for rafting, hiking or to see the minorities near the golden triangle. My travel favorites in this region in Thailand are Pai, Phrae and Chiang Mai with great waterfalls at the Doi Inthanon national park.
The north east of Thailand as well knowed as Isaan offer traditional country life and beautiful landscapes with neon green rice fields. The right choice for culture tourists, traveler and honeymooner in Asia.


Bangkok Thailand

In central Thailand are many holiday and honeymoon destinations which are interested in old temple architecture. My favorite historical temple cities here in this part of Thailand are Sukhothai and Ayuttaya. As well many nature tourists and traveler come to central Thailand to visit the wild national parks like the Khao Yai or the Kanchanaburi province with nice hillsides and the river Kwai. Bangkok, the capital, is a good intersection for backpacker and tourist on an Asia round trip.
The Gulf of Thailand have some great tropical islands for beach life fans and Thailand beach holidays who like to hang around in a cozy beach hut direct on a paradise beach. Koh Chang, Ko Samui, Koh Tao or Ko Pha-Ngan is the top destinations for traveler and people who like beach holiday. Pattaya is the party and luxury resort center of this great country in SE Asia.
The south has many beaches and holiday areas at long the Andaman coast. My favorites are Koh Phi Phi which belongs to the Krabi province and Phuket, the party and tourist area in south Thailand. But wherever you go, you will find everywhere friendly and hospitable people. The prices for a cheap Guest House are about 100-250 Thai Baht and can reach up to 15000 or more for a five star luxury resort. In Thailand you have the choice! Here are travel reports of some destinations from my travel tours through Thailand in Southeast Asia:
North Thailand & Isaan:
Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Pai, Lamphun, Ban Nai Soi, Nong Han (Udon Thani), Phrae, Chiang Khong, Chiang Dao.
Central Thailand:
Sukhothai, Phetchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Ayuthaya, Bangkok.
The Gulf:
Trat, Mairood, Koh Maak, Koh Tao, Koh Samui, Koh Chang.
South Thailand:
Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Sichon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Patong Beach, Phuket Town, Chumphon, Phang Nga, Ranong.
Other Reports and Pictures of Thailand:
Padi Scuba Diving Courses, Diving on Koh Chang, Songkran Festival, Pictures of Wildlife, Travel Tour South and Central, Travel Trip to the north, Pictures of Temple’s.

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Nightlife in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Bars, Pubs, Restaurants, AGoGo and other Nightlife in Chiang Mai.

Many people disbelieve that Chiang Mai in north Thailand has Nightlife. Compared to the Party strongholds like Phuket or Pattaya they are right, here in Chiang Mai is the Night Life much quieter and with a bit more relaxer! But here at the “Capital of the North” are many possibilities to go out, clubbing or date a Bar Girl in one of Chiangmai’s numerous Dance Clubs, Pubs, Lady Bars, Karaoke Clubs and A GoGo Bars. The biggest Nightlife scene offers the area between Tha Pae gate and the Night Bazaar in the east of the city moat of Chiang Mai in Thailand. There are some nice locations for dancing, meet young Thai ladies or just drink a beer and listen to good live music in an unforced atmosphere.

Old Chiang Mai, inside the Moat:
Inside the moat are some great Pubs, Bars and Beer gardens which are worthwhile for a visit after dark. Mostly every Guest House of Chiang Mai has as well a small Pub, Beer garden or Restaurant where you can drink Beers and meet likes minded Backpacker and Traveler. Good Hostels with Beer garden are “The Garden GH” and “Baan Lansa GH” on the Ratchadumnern Road. If you’re looking for nightlife inside the moat than should be the Pub scene on the Ratchaphakinai Road the right choice for a pleasant evening in Chiang Mai. On the intersection to the Ratwithi Road is a courtyard with many small but comfy music Pubs with Live Music till late at Night. “Café Del Sol” and “Heaven Beach Bar” are great possibilities to overlap a Night with some Chang Beers, Cocktails and live band in old Chiang Mai. For great Cocktails and selected Wines with style I can recommend the “Kafe Del Klang Wiang” Bar and Restaurant near Wat Phan Ang. If don’t get enough Party than is the 24 hours Pub “Blue Sky” a nice alternative to go to bed.

Life Music @ "Cafe del Sol"

Life Music @ "Cafe del Sol"

Night Life around Tha Pae Gate:
The Nightlife on the eastern moat mostly consits of Music Pubs like “Sax Bar” or “Blues Pub”, rooftop Bars with pool table like “John’s Place” or “T.H.C.” and exalted Night Life establishments like “Brix” or “The Riva” which are perfect for a business meeting or a evening in respectable society. The cozy” Kafe Pub” which open from early till late serve a great Breakfast which bring you back in Life after a hard night around Tha Phae in Chiengmai in Thailand. For sexy entertainment near Tha Pae in Chiang Mai is the “Spotlight A GoGo Bar” with many lightly dressed Thai hostesses a nice address in CM’s A Go-Go scene. At “Inter Bar” is nearly every night which play Hard Rock, a nice Pub for Backpacker partys.

Bars and Pubs at Th Loi Kroh or “Little Pattaya”:
In the Th Loi Kroh Road you will find the best variety in Chiangmai of Girlie Bars with sexy Bar Girls. The hostesses Bars at Chiang Mai’s Red Light district are mostly appointed with a Pool Table where you can become acquainted with the Thai Girls. The unforced atmosphere of this Nightlife area of Chiengmai adduced as well couples and passersby for a Beer into the Bars. The Asian Girls at the Bars are friendly and easy to accost. “Blue Bar”, “Butterfly Bar”, “Dragonfly Bar”, “STH”, BaBa Bo Bo”  or “Cherry Bar” are just some of the widespread offer on Bars with young Ladies in this party area of Chiangmai in Thailand. A great A GoGo Club is “Foxy Lady” next to the Loi Kroh in the Soi 1 of the Arak Road. Foxy Lady A GoGo has a good variety of sexy Thai Girls who are dancing in sexy dresses and lingerie. In the same street are as well a couple of Gay Bars, the “Friendship” is the best address here to spend an evening with self minded. For more sinful late night entertainment in Chiangmai are the widespread Soapy Massages a nice alternative to watch TV on your Hotel room in Chiang Mai city. You will recognize Soapy Massage Studios because of the lightly dressed Thai Girls in front of the shop.

Hostesses at Loi Kroh Road

Hostesses at Loi Kroh Road

Nighlife around the Night Bazaar:
At long the famous Bazaar in Chiang Mai are some nice Restaurants and Bars who will escort you through the night. The most Pubs and Bars have a Restaurant too. The International Restaurants, Pubs and Beer Gardens like “German Hofbrauhaus”, “Dukes” or “O’Malley’s Irish Pub” serve in addition with imported Beers, western and International dishes. Here are for sure not the cheapest Nightlife locations in CM, but around the Night Bazaar you can accept a bit more of service and the coast performance ratio for the selected European dishes is still good. For Clubbing is the “Club Martini” a good address. This Club offer Live Music of a Dj and Shisha water pipes in a Chill out area.

Bars and Restaurants on the Mae Ping River:
On the eastern bank of the Mae Nam Ping are some night clubs and romantic Restaurants for a Candle Light Dinner in Chiang Mai. The best Restaurants for Couples are “The Good View” and “Brasserie”. Both serve well selected dishes in a great quality next to the Mae Ping in Chiang Mai in Thailand. These Restaurant’s with view over the Mae Nam Ping River are very popular and it’s recommended to reserve a table if you want to dine direct on the river. For clubbing next to the river is “The Riverside” a good and popular address.

Alternatives to Bars, Pubs and Clubs in Chiang Mai:
The alternatives to Clubs, A GoGo Bars, Irish Pubs and other Nightlife locations are nearly endless here in Chiang Mai in Thailand.
The Muay Thai Stadium in Chiang Mai has many international and Champion fights per week. The Stadium is on the eastern part of the moat and the entry fee is 400 Baht for a VIP seat direct on the Muay Thai ring. There are numerous Cultural and Transvestite shows around Chiang Mai which promise an amusing evening. Chiangmai has as well some modern cinemas where you can watch the newest Hollywood movies in English with Thai subtitles or in the other way around. Whatever you do, I hope you find your favorite in north Thailand’s biggest Nightlife scene to while away the night in Chieng Mai.

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Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai

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Thailand’s highest mountain is a great alternation to temples and markets in Chiang Mai. From Chiang Mai city you can take the public bus from pratu Chiang Mai to Chom Thong. From Chom Tong it’s easy to reach the Doi In by Sawngthaew. If you want to have it a bit easier than you can book a daytrip tour from CM town. Another option is traveling by car; the Doi In is about 80 km away from CM. Many tour operators drive to the most beautiful spots of the Doi Inthanon National Park in northern Thailand. The most magnificent sights are the 2509 meter high apex of the mountain, the Great Holy Relics Pagoda of Nabhamethanidol – Nabhapolbhumisiri, Karen and Hmog hill tribe villages, Doi Inthanon Royal Project and great waterfalls.

The highest Mountain in Thailand:
The highest spot in Thailand is very famous for the beautiful nature. About 400 bird species, moss, orchids and many rare animals like Gibbon Monkeys and Asian black bears are at home at the apex of the Doi In in Chiangmai. On the apex there is a visitor center and a coffee shop where you can rewarm yourself. If you come here than it’s recommended to bring a jacked or a warm pullover, the temperatures here at Doi Inthanon are around 10 degrees Celsius.

Wachirathan Waterfall

Wachirathan Waterfall

Waterfalls at Doi Inthanon:
The most visited waterfalls at Doi Inthanon are Wachirathan Waterfall, Nam Tok Mae Pan, Siriphurn Waterfall and the Nam Tok Mae Ya which is with 280 meters the highest in this 482 quadrate kilometer big national park in Thailand’s Chiang Mai province. My favorites are the Mae Ya and the Wachiratan which exhibit some shops for fresh coffee and other beverages.

The Great Holy Relics Pagoda of Nabhamethanidol – Nabhapolbhumisiri:

This spot was one of our highlights at Doi Inthanon National Park. The Royal Thai Air Force constructed the beautiful stupa to commemorate the 60th birthday anniversary of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej in December 1987. 5 years later the Royal Air Force builds the Phra Mahathat Naphapholphumisiri to honor HM Queen Sirikit’s 60th birthday in 1992. At the Great Holy Relics Pagoda are beautiful flower gardens which are really worthwhile to visit. The small restaurant invites tourists for food, drinks and to buy souvenirs. This place becomes very beautiful when the fog lying over this spot on the Doi Inthanon near Chiang Mai.

The Garden at The Great Holy Relics Pagoda

The Garden at The Great Holy Relics Pagoda

Karen villages:
Many day trips stop at one of the hill tribe villages of the Doi Inthanon, here you can watch the all day life of the Karen and buy some handmade souvenirs. For us it was not that interesting because we were already at a Karen village at Ban Nai Soi near Mae Hongson. But still, it’s a nice destination for all who want to see the traditional life of Karen minorities here in the northern Thailand.

Doi Inthanon National Park is a great trip for all Nature fans in northern Thailand. The tour prices are about 1000 to 1500 Thai Baht including lunch and drinks. For us it is one of Chiang Mais main attractions and a worthwhile trip for all tourists in Chiangmai in the North of Thailand.

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Chiang Dao in north Thailand’s Chiangmai province

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Landscapes near Chiang Dao

Landscapes near Chiang Dao

Chiang Dao in Thailand’s Chiang Mai province is a small village which is very famous for the holy caves “Tham Chiang Dao”. Many day visitors and traveler come from Chiang Mai to see the long cave system with many holy Buddha images here in north Thailand. On the entry of the Chiang Dao cave are many shops with food, drinks and herbals. The entry fee was in 2009 20 which is used for electricity for the caves. Some caves like the Thum Pranon have lights so you can walk easily through the old and mystic paths. If you are lucky you can see some bats. For other caves you will need a guide with a gas lamp. The guides here in Chiang Dao know the history and speak good English; the price was 100 Thai Baht for a cave conduct.

Chiang Dao Caves

Chiang Dao Caves

On the way to the main attraction here in this town which is about 80 km away from Chiang Mai you can visit many nice Buddhist temples which invite you for meditations and to make some great holiday pictures of your travel trip through northern Thailand. Accommodation is widespread here in Chiang Doa, direct in town are many guest houses. We slept at Rim Doi Resort a bit out of the city which had clean rooms for a good backpacker price of 350 Baht per night. If you stay longer and want to explore the environment around Chiang Dao in north Thailand than are the Pha Dang National Park and the beautiful Wat Pla That Doi Mornjing nice options for pleasant day trips. The best way to come around is by car or motorbike. You will enjoy the landscapes and the charm of Asia in this non touristic and travel area in Thailand.

A mystic lake in front of the caves at Chiang Dao

A mystic lake in front of the caves at Chiang Dao

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Bor Sang handicraft village near Chiang Mai

Bor Sang village near Chiang Mai

Bor Sang village near Chiang Mai

The Borsang village is pleasant daytrip destination from Chiang Mai in Thailand. In this small village are many manufactures and companies for handicraft products like Asian umbrellas, Thai Silk, Silver Art, Jade sculptures and many more. Bor Sang is easy to reach by taxi or Bus from the bus station in Chiang Mai city. At the manufactures you can see how the workers make from cocoon’s beautiful Thai Silk products like Suites, Bedcovers… At the umbrella company you can see how the locals produce from bamboo and other natural basic materials nice Southeast Asian umbrellas in many different colors and designs. All here is handwork from Asia. After you inspected the production you can buy in a huge sell rooms handicrafts products like umbrella’s from Bor Sang direct from the producer, the variety of the handmade goods are amazing and the prices are ok. If you forget your money in your Hotel you will have a second chance of one of Chiangmai’s handcraft markets to buy the products. After your shopping trip you can relax by a cup of coffee or tea. Nearly every company here in Borsang near Chiang Mai in Thailand has a small beverage shop in front of the handcraft production. The visit here at this village in Thailand was very interesting and I can recommend this trip to all tourists who are interested in local artwork.

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Phrae in North Thailand

Phae Meuang Phi National Park

Phae Meuang Phi National Park

The Phrae province in the north of Thailand is one of the less visited provinces in the Kingdom. Just some traveler, backpacker and culture tourists come here to watch the beautiful Asian temple and the Phae Meuang Phi, which is one of the landmarks of Phrae in Thailand. The oldest temple is the Wat Luang from the 12th century. My favorite temple of the Phrae province was the Wat Phra Suthon Mongkon Kiri. You will recognize this great holy place because of the huge reclining Buddha image witch you can see from the highway to Phrae.

Wat Phra Suthon Mongkon Kiri Temple

Wat Phra Suthon Mongkon Kiri Temple

The Phra Suthon Mongkon Kiri temple is a nice daytrip with by motorbike if you stay here some days. Another nice destination for temple fans is the Wat Phra That Cho Hae temple about 10 km out of town which is famous for the Phra Jao Than Jai Buddha. But our highlight on this travel trip to Phrae was the Phae Meuang Phi national park with his pillars of earth and stone which look like huge mushrooms. The Meuang Pi park is easy to reach by taxi, if you want to save money you can go as well with the bus from the bus terminal at the center. Some view points and rest stations invite for a picnic. Inside the town are some possibilities to stay. Thip Vong Place, Paradorn Hotel, Maeyom Palace Hotel and Nakhon Phrae Tower are just some of the accommodation options here in this city in north Thailand. We sleep at a friend in a wooden house a bit out from the historical moat near the market. Prae is a great destination for all people who like temples and beautiful landscapes and a nice travel stop for backpackers on their way through SE Asia. From here you can easy travel to: Lamphun, Chiang Mai, Laos… Have fun and enjoy your backpack tour!

A Buddha @ Phra That Cho Hae temple

A Buddha @ Phra That Cho Hae temple

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