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  • The Elephant Temple or Wat Phra That Chae Kham in Nan
    Not to be confused with the Wat Phra That Chae Heang (5-km out of Nan town). Locally also know as Wat Chang (Elephant Temple), because of the elephants supporting the Chedi. Build in a mix style of Lanna and Tai Lue, probably around begin 1500. This temple is famous for its pure golden Buddha in Sukhothai style and for its… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • To Travel or not to Travel
    As you might notice the lay-out of the web-site has changed (again) a little bit. All thanks to new options of Blogger. And you will also see that most postings nowadays are about Nan province. Yes, the wonderful province I am living since 1 year. And I still love it!In the mean while I am also working on another website… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The “Identity of Nan Museum” in Nan
    I had passed this museum already many times and always thought "I should have a look next time". But next time always became next time. Until yesterday, when I did finally stopped and had a look.It is a modern & professional museum about the history of Nan province. It starts with the pre-historical time-line of the area of what we… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The Wat Suan Tan in Nan
    The just renovated ChediIn a serie about temples in Nan here the Wat Suan Tan. It a bit out of the ordinary tempel, as it has 2 Viharns, a large Chedi in Sukhothai style and a library building (Ho Trai). Although it is a 14th century temple, it is still in use as it is one of the only temples in… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway: PickUp Thai
    WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway… Welcome to the FIRST prize in WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers giveaway! Please read Vote THAI | 2017: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition to find out what to expect. And if you haven’t voted yet [wink][wink] clicking the red TLL logo to the right will take you there. PickupThai Podcast… To… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Eighty Four: Learn and Love the Thai Language
    รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons… เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language. ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน รำวง Narrator: Episode – ‘Ram-wong’. เก้าแต้ม: งามแสงเดือนมาเยือนส่องหล้า งามใบหน้ามาสู่วงรำ Kao Taem: ‘Ngaam saeng deuan maa yeuan song laa’ ‘Ngaam bai naa maa soo wong ram’. สีสวาด: มีความสุขเลื้อเกิน(เหลือเกิน)นะเก้าแต้ม ร้องเพลงเพราะเชียว Si Sawat: Kao Taem! You’re just beside yourself with joy, aren’t you?!… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • But I don’t have time for that…A lesson on Gratitude
    It’s easy to get caught up in life being too busy. Since going back to working full time for someone else here in New Zealand- something I haven’t done in a couple years my life has exploded with things I “have to do”. I am working with a very specific end goal in mind- my 10 week trip with my… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Shopping in Nan
    Nan town is a small and not yet full of shopping-malls and condos, life goes slow here. Walking is the perfect way to explore and see the real Thai way of living. Old fashioned shophouses were people are living and doing their business like selling eggs or drinks or watches. And opposite the Morning Market is the Fruit & Evening… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Taking the Orange Bus from Nan to Thung Chang
    OK first of all locals do not call it the "Orange Bus" (even not in Thai) some call it "Wan Yen" ("cold sweet" as a dessert). It is an old bus ... the bus we had to Thung Chang was put together with ropes and stickers and had an wooden floor. And in the bus were many unintentional air-flow holes.As… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Happy Birthday Bab.la! – Celebrating TEN Years and TEN Days!
    Happy Birthday Bab.la!… What better way to spend a lazy Sunday than by passing on birthday congrats? Ten years and ten days ago, Bab.la launched the Top 100 Language Lovers Competition (amongst other important things). About Bab.la: The language portal bab.la is a free online platform for language lovers and an online community of global citizens. We have… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Late afternoon at the beach in Bang Saray
    A late afternoon at the beach of Bang Saray, just 15 km south of the concrete and crowded jungle of Pattaya. With a group of friends we enjoyed fresh seafood, beer and of course a wonderful empty beach with a stunning sunset. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Please Vote THAI | 2017: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition
    Pleeeeease vote Thai… The Top 100 Language Lovers Competition is here once again! If you want to get straight to voting, just click the logo to the right. The Top 100 Language Lovers Competition, hosted by the amazing team from bab.la and Lexiophiles, is where WLT pits Thai against other languages such as English, Chinese, French, German, etc.… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • On the Tongle Sap River in Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia
    An "old" photo of many moons ago while traveling in Cambodia. My boat-girl showing me the floating village on the Tongle Sap River. I am missing traveling in Cambodia, a wonderful country. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • What to do + what to buy when you get sick in SE Asia
    Hey, I’m on holiday! I don’t want to get sick! [Angkor Heart Bungalows, Siem Reap, Cambodia 2017] I was quite ignorant about sickness and health when I first moved to SE Asia back in 2009. Yes, I had gotten a nasty bout of food poisoning when I traveled to Thailand when I was 16, but I didn’t know that getting… ... read more
    Source: Life, The Universe and Lani
  • A day at Ao KaTiab in Hua Hin
    Beautiful beach just on the south side of Hua Hin called "Ao Katiab" of course just after "Khao Katiab" (a small mountain with a temple). Clean sand & water and a relaxed place to sit, eat & drink. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Eighty Three: Learn and Love the Thai Language
    รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons… เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language. ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน ไช้เท้า Narrator: Episode – ‘Chai tao’. เก้าแต้ม: นี่อะไรอ่ะ Kao Taem: What’s this? วิเชียรมาศ: ตีนแมว Wi-chian maat: A cat burglar. วิเชียรมาศ: นี่ล่ะ Wi-chian maat: What about this? เก้าแต้ม: นางกวัก Kao Taem: A Naang Gwak. วิเชียรมาศ: เอ่อ หัว เอ่อ เท้า เอ… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Staying up-to-date with my home country
    While I am living already an considerable time in Thailand I still have some ties with my home country. Besides family and some friends that are my passport and my driver license. So both have to be replaced once & while. Now my new passport is valid for 10 years, instead of 5 years like before. My driver license is… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Road Construction update : Route 101 in Nan province
    11 May 2017 : When traveling with your own transport (car / motorbike) be aware that there are multiple places where there are road constructions. At night or bad weather this might not be safe driving / riding.On route 101 between Rong Kwang and Wiang Sa there are road constructions going on to expand the road. Probably from 2 lanes… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • A weekend to Chiang Mai
    Living in Nan is great but there are some missing points. Like good western restaurants and a good supermarket (that sells good wines). So instead of flying back to Nan my wife did fly back to Chiang Mai (cheaper also) and I did drive to Chiang Mai. It is only 325km and a nice drive via Phrae, Den Chai, Lampang… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Trash Hero Kids of Thailand: Say NO to Plastic Bags
    How to say NO in Thai to plastic bags… Now, who watched that video without a smile on their face? No one, I’m betting! Here are two more possibilities for saying NO to plastic bags: ไม่ใส่ถุง ครับ/ค่ะ /mâi sài tŭng kráp/kâ/ Or ไม่เอาถุง ครับ/ค่ะ /mâi ao tŭng kráp/kâ/ Thailand has an awful problem with plastic bags polluting… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Street Food Walking Trip in Bangkok Noi and Thonburi
    Bangkok street food has been in the news a lot lately. In particular, the stories about the ban on street vendors. However, there’s been a lot of miscommunication and misunderstanding in this story. Which is why I decided to go out and see for myself. Along the way I spoke to food vendors and city inspectors. Joining me was my… ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Eighty Two: Learn and Love the Thai Language
    รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons… เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language. ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน แพ่ง – แพร่ง Narrator: Episode – ‘Paeng’ – ‘Praeng’. สีสวาด: อยู่ไหนน้า(นะ)เก้าแต้ม ฟังไม่ชัดว่าให้มาพบที่ไหน Si Sawat: Where can you be, Kao Taem? I didn’t really get where we’re supposed to meet up. เก้าแต้ม: ชั้น(ฉัน)อยู่นี่ ก็บอกให้มาเจอกันที่แพ่งๆ ชัดออกจะตาย Kao Taem: I’m here. I… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • The old city wall of Nan
    Nan is an old town that in the centuries passing has been moved a few times. Besides old temples you can see in Nan town the "remains" of the old "Clay City Wall" and what was once build on-top of that a "City Wall" of small red bricks (constructed in 1855). And on the outside of the city wall was… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Should you move abroad?
      This is probably the most common and repeated question I am asked. Should I study abroad? I was thinking about teaching overseas, what’s it like? What brought you to Thailand…Australia.. New Zealand?When I sense this reoccurring theme I think… blog post. That’s what happens when you’ve been blogging for this long. It’s easier to just get out all the… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Thailand Creative & Design Center is now open on Charoenkrung Road in Bangkok
    The brand new Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC) is now open at The Grand Postal Building on Charoenkrung Road in Bangkok. This new location for TCDC has 5 floors with approximately 9,000 square meters, covering six functional zones; three former zones with the expansion and improvement including Resource Center, Exhibition Gallery, and Creative Co-working Space, and three innovative… ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • When you see cow shit on the road ….
    ..... expect to see the creators of the shit!I did leave home at 5:45am when it was still not hot to make a "little" day trip with the motor. First to Pua to pickup breakfast at the 7/11 and then to the gasoline station for my hungry motorbike. From Pua via route 1256 to Bo Klua. Along the way I… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • A fish a day keeps the doctor away!
    Near our village is a lake and I always wonderd why nobody was fishing there. Well simple because there is a law against it.But once a year it is open for fishing for 1 week.So a big group of people from Chiang Rai came to fish here (I assume the rent they lake?).Along the road near the lake people are… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Help Nominate the Top 100 Language Lovers of 2017!
    For the ninth year running, BAB.LA & LEXIOPHILES are hosting their inspiring Top 100 Language Lovers 2017 (#TLL17) Competition and need our help. Last year’s participants will be automatically nominated. Take a peek at last year’s competition here: TLL 2016. The blogs and social media channels can be nominated in the four following categories: Language Blogs: blogs… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Flying from Nan Nakhon Airport with Air Asia
     Flying with Air Asia from Nan Nakhon Airport (NNT) with Air Asia? Then be aware that since a few days they started with checking cabin luggage size and weight. Remember max. 7-kg per person!But when you do not have check-in luggage then at least checking-in is easy. At the entrance of the airport are a bit inconveniently placed 2 machines… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Introducing Tamago: PickUpThai’s E-Picture Book for Learning Thai
    It’s here! After putting in loads of time and having a heap of fun while she was at it, Yuki from PickUpThai released Tamago, a colourfully designed picture ebook for learning Thai. Tamago comes with a LOT of stuff! The book comes in two formats, PDF and Kindle. There are cute books for each version (Thai, transliteration, and… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Phi Ta Kon Festival 2017 in Dan Sai
    What   : Phi Ta Khon FestivalWhen  : 24 June 2015 till 26 June 2017Where : Dan Sai (Loei province)Phi Ta Khon Festival (Boon Luang Festival) is the famous Ghost festival of Dan Sai in the province Loei and is to honor the incarnation of Lord Buddha leaving the forrest monastery. And not only is the festival a colorful and joyful event… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Sunset over Bang Saray beach
    The last evening of our week in Bang SarayEveryday in the late afternoon I tried to make a small bicycle ride along the beach. It is such a lovely place, people enjoying sunset with food & drinks, schoolkids meeting each other and the sound of the waves. I love it! ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The Royal Cremation is set for 26 October 2017
    [2 May 2017] The date seems set for the Royal cremation of the late Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on 13 October 2016. The royal cremation ceremonies are scheduled for Oct 25-29 2017 with the cremation itself to be held on Thursday Oct 26, which has been declared a public holiday.The cremation will take place at the royal cremation at… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Imagine, if you will, the generated Worlds of Collin Piprell – MOM (Magic Circles Book 1) A Book Review
    All aboard for an embarkation to MOM, a mad comic Science Fiction mystery/thriller taking place in the year 2057 AD, written by Collin Piprell. Earth is a planet where few real biological persons are truly alive, never mind awake, and those that are must be confined to gigantic malls located on two hemispheres. ... read more
    Source: Thailand Footprint
  • Sunset along Bung Kaen Nakorn in Khon Kaen
    My favourite shot of the day at 17:16'31One of the best attraction of Khon Kaen city is "Bung Kaen Nakhorn", a lake in the city with a park around it. In the early morning and in the late afternoon people come here to sport and to be seen. And as you see it is also a great place for a… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Eighty One: Learn and Love the Thai Language
    รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons… เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language. ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน ลำไย – ใยบัว Narrator: Episode – ‘Lam-yai’ – ‘Yai bua’. ก้อย: พี่เก่ง เรามาเล่นแข่งขันตอบคำคล้องจองกันมั้ย(ไหม) Goi: Pee Geng, let’s play a rhyming game, alright? เก่ง: จะแข่งต่อคำอะไรดีล่ะ Geng: What should it be based on? ก้อย: ตอบคำจ้ำจี้ผลไม้ดีกว่า ก้อยขอเริ่มก่อนนะ จ้ำจี้ผลไม้ แตงไทย แตงโม Goi: Names… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • As a writer, how anti-social are you?
    Ever since I moved to Siem Reap I’ve been fairly anti-social. That is to say, whenever I’ve been asked to be part of a group, an outing or even a casual meal, I’ve thought about it a great deal because: 1) I’m such a homebody, and 2) I’m working on my second memoir. Despite what people think, I’m not… ... read more
    Source: Life, The Universe and Lani
  • The summit of Phu Tok at Chiang Khan
    Sunrise at 6 in the morningOK everybody seems to call this mountain "Phu Tok" (in English) but hearing Thai saying the name I think you should not write it this way (and there is actually at least one other Phu Tok in the North-East of Thailand). But never mind. It is located about 3 km South-East of Chiang Khan. Following… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Staying legally in the Land of Smiles part 2
    I love living in Thailand, it feels like my home. But although I am now living here more as 15 years, I still not have (and probably never will have) a permanent residence status or Thai passport. So that means that every year I will have to apply for an new "visa". I apply for an "Extension of Stay" (EOS)… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Tables ready for food & drink along the Mekong River in Bueng Kan
    A beautiful evening in Bueng Kan along the river-front of the Meanam Khong (Mekong river) in north-east Thailand. Many small restaurants are setting up for the evening to serve food & drink. Bueng Kan thanks its existence nowadays to the ferry-crossing to Laos (Pakxan) what is an international border crossing point. Although there is an immigration office in town the real… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Nan Memories at the “Khum Chao Bua Khiao House” in Nan town
    Photo take June 2016Nan Memories, to show you old photos of Nan province and to try to reproduce this photos now.This house was build in in 1954 and currently still owned by the same family. It is located opposite the postoffice.Update 28 April 2017Sadly the house is gone .... but there is an sign that the house is move as… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Travelling along the Mekong River in Loei province
    Clearing sky after a small rainAfter visiting "Phu Phrabat Historical Park" we did travel along the Mekong River to Chiang Khan. We did follow the Mekong river along the mountains and there are many stunning views, small villages, temples and waterfalls. What a stunning landscapes!Golden rice fieldsIt is that time of the year that the rice is ready to be… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The mighty Mekong River at the Golden Triangle
    My beloved Mekong River again, this time seen at the Golden Triangle. Looking north over the Mekong River in direction of China (only 250km). On the left side you see Burma (now called Myanmar) and on the right side you Laos. This is the point where the Mekong River becomes the border between Laos and Thailand for the first time.The… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Successful Thai Language Learner: David Algeo Smith
    Interviewing Successful Thai Language Learners… Name: David Algeo SmithNationality: AmericanAge range: 50-60Sex: MaleLocation: Wisconsin, USAProfession: Violin/fiddle teacherWebsite/blog: I have a couple start-stop travel blogs which may have some interesting writing, not exclusively about Thailand, but I’d rather share my music here (there are 2-3 Thai traditional tunes on the album including Khang Khao Kin Kluay–“Bats Eating Bananas”): ค้างคาวกินกล้วย What… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Golden Triangle and beyond in North Thailand
    Happy Buddha at the Golden TriangleWe made a beautiful trip along the Mekong River from Mai Sai to the point where the Mekong River starts to be the border between Thailand and Laos. And then following the river until the point where the river enters Laos for the first time.You will need your own transport but traveling east of Mai… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Sunrise in Nan
    Early mornings are the best moments of the day, and still not hot. So I like to make little motorbike trips in the early morning. I love Nan! ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The HTMS Prasae in Klaeang
    Lets shoot!This was originally posted in 2011 when I made a motorbike trip along the Eastern Seaboard to Chanthaburi.The second HTMS Prasae was build in the USA as the "USS Gallup 47" and was water-born at 17 September 1943. It survived WO2, being leased to the Russians, the Korean war and was in 1951 transferred to the Thai Navy. And… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Eighty: Learn and Love the Thai Language
    รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons… เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language. ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน อ่าง – กะละมัง Narrator: Episode – ‘Aang’ – ‘Ga-la-mang’. สีสวาด: วิเชียรมาศ เคยได้ยินพี่ก้อยเค้า(เขา)ท่องคำคล้องจอง ก ไก่ มั้ย(ไหม) Si Sawat: Wi-chian maat, have you ever heard Pee Goi recite Gor gai rhyming words? วิเชียรมาศ: เคยจ้ะ แต่ชั้น(ฉัน)จำไม่ได้หลอก(หรอก) Wi-chian maat: Yup, I sure have… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • A note from someone left behind
    Do you understand what losing someone to suicide is really like? Do you know what it’s like to be someone left behind? Do you think you have a better idea after watching the latest TV show? Well, I watched it. And my best friend killed herself when I was 15. Here’s my two cents. The latest Netflix series “13… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Chiang Mai versus Siem Reap: an expat’s guide
    Chiang Mai ,Thailand (L) versus Siem Reap, Cambodia (R) roads.Folks have been asking for this one for a long time, but I never felt ready until my latest Thailand visit. Originally, I was going to do a Thailand versus Cambodia post, but then I realized both countries can be quite varied depending on where you are at. So, it made… ... read more
    Source: Life, The Universe and Lani