The Mekong in Asia
In September 2009 my wife and me was traveling from Chiang Mai in Thailand to Luang Prabang in Laos PDR. The minivan picked us at our guest house in CM up and brings us over Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong in north Thailand where we slept one night at the Namkhong guest house near the Mekong River. On the next day we took a ferry to Huay Xai to get our Visa for Laos, after some hours here in this cozy village our slow boat starts for the first day of our Mekong trip.
A boat in Laos.
It was six hours on small wooden banks to Pak Beng in north Laos. Here we took a walk in the evening through this small town direct on the Mekong bank in north Laos. After one night at the Phetsokxai Hotel we took the second travel part: 7,5 hours from Pak Beng to Luang Prabang. On this day we just checked in the Vanechalearn Hostel and took dinner in a nice restaurant on the Mekong before we went to bed. Our Lonely Planet travel guide for Laos did a good job on this trip. The last days we spent in LP to explore this UNESCO listed city.
A street in north Laos
We visited many temples and markets but our highlight was for sure the Tat Kuang Si waterfalls about 32 km out of LP town. From Luang Prabang we took a plane of Lao Airlines back to Chiang Mai in north Thailand. It was a good travel trip, especially the tour over the huge Mekong River. I really can recommend to do this if you have time on your backpack trip through South East Asia.
Landscapes around Luang Prabang.
Ferry from Koh Chang
In 2009 my wife and I did two weeks holidays at Pai in north Thailand. From Koh Chang we traveled by ferry and VIP bus to Bangkok‘s Hualampong Train Station. From there we took the Train up to Phitsanulok where we arrived at 1:30 at night. Moun and I slept one night in a small guest house close to the bus terminal. On the next morning we took a public bus to Sukhothai where we watch the old temple ruins. Here at this historical destination in Thailand we checked in the “Old City” guest house as well just for one night because we took the bus to Chiang Mai in Southeast Asia on the next morning. From Chiang Mai we had a minivan connection to Pai in the Mae Hong Son province. We stayed around 10 days in this cozy village in the north of Thailand.
Train Station in Bangkok
One day we rent a Motor scooter to explore the Mae Hong Son province. First we went to the capital of the province where we watch some Asian temples. After we drive to a Longneck Karen Village where we meet the hill tribes. Our last destination on this travel day was the Tham Pla Fish Cave on the way back to Stone Free Bungalows in Pai. After the Songkran festival we traveled back to Koh Chang. We took the public mini bus to Chiang Mai at 08:00am. From there we had a good travel connection to Thailand’s capital Bangkok. We arrived at the Mochid Bus Terminal. From there we took a first class bus back to the pier. The first ferry at 06:30 we took back to Koh Chang Island and we arrived at about 9:00 am on the next day at or bungalow at Big Elk.
In 2008 my Wife and I was for a short Travel Tour in north Thailand to travel Chiang Mai and visit a friend at Pai in Thailand’s Mae Hong Son Province. We start on Koh Chang Tropical Island with a Taxi to the Pier at the north of the Island in the Gulf of Thailand. From Trat we took a Bus to Bangkok from were we took the Nighttrain to Chiang Mai. The Train Start at about 10 o´clock in the evening and arrived at Chiang Mai Railway Station at 12 o’clock noon on the next day. From the Train Station we took a Taxi to our Hotel “Winner Inn”. In Chiang Mai our highlight was the Doi Inthanon national park. After some Days at Thailand‘s 2nd biggest City in the North we Travel by Taxi to a TAT office to catch a Minivan to Pai in Southeast Asia. The turn from CM to Pai took us about three hours. We arrived at the Bus Terminal at Pai City and walked to the Guest House “breeze of Pai” which we found in the Lonely Planet Travel Book for Thailand.
A new bridge in Pai
After some days in the small village in the Mae Hong Son Province we Travel by Bus back to Chiang Mai. The Minibus bring us direct to the Airport from where we had a Air Asia flight to Thailands Capital Bangkok. From the new International Airport in BKK we took a Taxi to reach the last ferry back to Koh Chang Island. From the Ferry we enjoyed the nice view to the rising Sun behind the hills of Southeast Asia‘s Elephant Island. In the evening we arrived by taxi our Bungalow at Big Elk Steak House. This was my first Travel Trip to Thailand’s North, the landscapes at Pai and the Mountains at Chiang Mai with evergreen Jungle are incredible. It was for sure not my last trip to the north of the Kingdom of Thailand.
Sunset on Ko Chang
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Travel in Bangkok
I started on Koh Chang Island in the Gulf of Thailand. From there i took a public Bus to Bangkok. From Thailands Capital I was flying with Air Asia Airline to Kuala Lumpur. Malaysias Capital was as well my first point on my Travel Tour in the midle of 2007. After Some days I left to Cameron Highlands by V.I.P. Bus. From Peninsular’s Highlands I traveled by Mini Van to Ipoh where I had a Bus connection to Georgetown on Pulau Penang. On this Island in the Strait of Melakka i stayed some days before I took a ferry to Pulau Langkawi a bit south from the Thai Boarder. From Lankawi I Traveled over Kuala Perlis to Perhentian Islands which was one of my highlights on this Tour threw Peninsular (West Malaysia). From the beautiful Perhentian Archipelago I took a ferry back to Malaysia’s mainland. Kota Baru was my next destination on this Southeast Asia Travel Tour. From Kota Baru in North Malaysia I traveled by Train to Singapore. The turn took my about 30 hours threw Peninsulars Jungle. A nice trip by open doors of the diesel train. Late at night I arrived Singapore. From this Southeast Asian City-State I took a Bus back to Malaysia, over Johor Bahru I arrived Melaka. From there I go back to Kuala Lumpur to get my Air Asia flight AK904 to Bali in Indonesia.
Air Asia Flight
On Bali I spent round about two weeks. I arrived at Denpasar Ngurah Rai and Traveled from there 15 days around on Bali. My highlights on this Indonesian Island was Nusa Penida, Ubud, Tulamben and Lovina Beach. For more Information you can read the backpacker Report about Bali or buy a Lonely Planet South-East Asia Travel Guide. From the Dragon Island Bali I took a Plane back to KL. After one night in Malaysia’s Capital Kuala Lumpur my Flight leaving back to Bangkok Suvanaphumi Airport in Thailand from where I took a Taxi to the Sri Ayuttaya Guest House. After round about 80 days I arrived tired but happy at my home Thale Bungalows on Koh Chang Island. On this Southeast Asian Travel Tour I get a lot Inspirations and saw many sights, landscapes and meet many nice Tourists, Backpacker and Traveler from around the world.
Floating Village on Tonle Sap Lake
In the end of January till the beginning of February 2009 I was traveling with my Girlfriend Moun at Central Cambodia. We start at Koh Chang in the morning at 8:00 AM. We book a Minivan to Siem Reap. We was lucky, on this day we was the onliest one who go by this Travel Agency to Siem Reap. So we don’t go by Minibus, a private Car pick us up from our Bungalow at Big Elk Steak House. The Car bring us to Aranya Prathet the border city between Thailand and Cambodia on Thai side. The stop at the boarder took us three hours to get a Visa for the Kingdom in Southeast Asia. The boarder was busy, we wait and wait till we arrived Poipet in Cambodia. From here we had two options, go by bus or by Taxi. The Taxi was 400 Thai Baht for each and took us 2.5 hours to Siem Reap. The Bus Turn should be around 6 hours.
After two days at the City of Angkor Wat we book a boat to Phnom Penh. The Boat trip was 26 USD and six hours on the Tonle Sap. A Mini Van picked us up at 07:00 AM and brang us to the Tonlé Sap Lake where the famous floating village are. The Boat start in the north of the big Lake in Central Cambodia. After 2 hours traveling by bus we arrived the Tonlé Sap River which runs direct to the Capital of this Kingdom in Asia. We Travel atlong nice landscapes and small fisherman villages, a nice Trip on the top of the Boat. The Ferry stop at a pier in Cambodias Capital, from there we took a Tuk Tuk to our Hotel which we found in the Lonely Planet Travel Book. Here we was staying here as well two nights.
Fisherman's on the Tonle Sap River
We Travel back to the Island in the Gulf of Thailand by bus. The turn was all in all 7 hours on less developed streets. The Bus drive true green landscapes to Koh Kong, the boarder town to Thailand in south Cambodia. At the had Lek Boarder we was waiting about a half hour to get my Thailand Visa. From Had Lek we need one hour to the Center Point Ferry Pier were the Ferry leaves to Koh Chang Island. From the Center Point Ferry we had a nice view to the Sunset. From the pier a friend picked us up and brang us back to our Bungalow at Klong Prao Beach. This Central Cambodia Travel Trip was nice, we saw alot in short time.I think this was not my last trip to Cambodia, the people are friendly and Traveling with English is mostly no problem. Especialy not in the Tourist areas. This Country in South-East Asia is less developed but still it’s nice for Backpackers and Travelers to see how simple the life can be.
After we finish our high school a friend and I had two month for Traveling somewhere in World. We choose Thailand as our destination because the Land of many Smiles are cheap and easy to Travel. This was my second time in Thailand, some month before I was for holidays two weeks at Patong Beach on Phuket Island. On the 5th of July we had a direct flight with the Thai Airways from Frankfurt to Bangkok. Special thanks to Lonely Planet, the Travel Guide was a big help to find Timetables, Hotels, Guest Houses and Restaurant in this Southeast Asian Country.
We arrived tired at the International Airport in Bangkok. A taxi bring us to “Sri Ayuttaya Guest House” in Thewet. We don’t spent long time in Bangkok, after one night we Travel by Tuk Tuk to Khao Sarn Backpacker Road where we changed in a VIP Travel Bus which go to Surat Thani. In Surat Thani we had a Ferry connection to Koh Samui. The turn from Bangkok to the Island in the Gulf of Thailand took us all in all 19 hours. 15 hours by bus, two hours waiting and two hours from Surat Thani Pier to Na Thon on Ko Samui.
Tuk Tuk in Bangkok
From Na Thon we took a share Taxi to our backpacker Destination New Hut Guest House at Hat Lamai Beach. All timetables at the Lonely Planet Thailand was up to date. Here on Koh Samui we spent nearly one week than we Travel by Ferry to Koh Tao. The Boat arrived the Island at Ban Mae Hat Pier, we took a taxi to Ban Hat Sai Ri, from here Marius and I walked to Laem Nam Tok to the “Here and Now” Guest House where we spent one Night. On the next Morning we Travel to the south of this small Island in the Gulf. Here we checked in the Sunset Hotel, after two days Koh Tao we Travel back by Night Ferry to Surat Thani.
From here we had a Public Bus Travel connection to the small village Sichon in south Thailand. At Sichon we spent just one Night, on the next morning we was leaving to Nakon Si Thammarat. After two nights at the Thai Hotel we go by Minivan from Nakhon to Krabi Town. We was two days at the Cha Hostel in Krabi Town before we took a Ferry to Koh Phi Phi Don. We spent three days on our Thailand Travel Tour on the beautiful Island.
Public Bus in Thailand
Our next Destination was Phuket Town where we check in for two nights at the On On Hotel in the center of the Town on Thailands biggest Island. We go by Bus to Patong Beach where I meet some friends from my holidays in April. We was about one week in the “Touch Villa” Guest House before we leaved by public Bus to Phang Nga. After one night and two Days in Phang Nga. From this Southeast Asian City we took a Bus to the Bus Terminal in Ranong. After two nights at the Spa Inn in Ranong in South Thailand we Travel to Chumphon where we did a Travel Stop of two Nights on the way up to Phetchaburi. In Phetburi we sleep two Nights in a old Chinese Hotel before we go by Bus back to Thailand’s Capital Bangkok. This trip was about 3.5 hours.
After about one week at the Sri Ayuttaya Guest House we was leaving Bangkok from the Hualamphong Train Station to Ayuthaya. The Royal Thai Railway needed 2.5 hours to the Train station in Ayuthaya.
Hualamphong Train Station
From the Railway Station we took a River Ferry over the Chao Phrom River and walked to our Guest House in Central Ayuthaya. After two nights in this historical city in Southeast Asia we Traveled by public Bus to Suphanburi. From Suphanburi we had a nearly non stop connection to Kanchanaburi. The Bus took us out somewhere in Town, we walked to the Pong Phen Guest House wich we found in our Lonely Planet Travel Book.
From Kanchanaburi we took the Train to Bangkok. We took one Night rest at the Sri Ayuttaya Guest House. On the next morning we Traveled from Ekamai (eastern Bus Terminal at BKK) to Trat. In Trad we spend one Night at “Pop Guest House” in Trat’s Th Thana Charoen Road. A Taxi bring us to the pier in Laem Nop. It’s about 30 km out of Trat in Southeast Thailand. From there we go by “Center Point” Ferry to Koh Chang. Marius and I was going by Taxi to the Klong Prao Beach on the Island at the Gulf of Thailand in Southeast Asia.
With this Landrover we travel from Koh Chang to BKK
Here we stopped our Thailand Travel Tour for three weeks because we found that what we looked for, a nice Tropical Island to relax. And with Thale Bungalows we had a great Guest House to Chill Out and rest after five weeks traveling in South and Central Thailand. Our Plane back to Germany was leaving from Phuket. A friend bring us from the Island to BKK, from there we took a Bus to Phuket Town. This trip was about 17 hours in a VIP Bus from a Travel Agency. We sleeps one more night at the On On Hotel in Phuket Town before we Travel by Bus to the International Airport on Phuket. The Thai Airways Boeing 747 was landing in Frankfurt, from there we took a train back to our Hometown.
We enjoyed this Travel Tour, old Siam is easy to Travel for Backpackers and Travelers. With the public Bus you reach easy every Destination in this Asian Country. The transport, Guest Houses and Food is really cheap compared to country’s in Europe. Thailand is beautiful, we don’t was wrong with our adjudication to Travel the Kingdom! Try out this Country, it offer a lot for Backpackers Tourists and Traveler from around the World!
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