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  • On the motorbike to Pua, Sila Phet and Mae Charim in Nan
    I love early morning motorbike rides but due to the fog I left at 7:30am, bit later as normal. From Tha Wang Pha I took a short-cut road to Pua passing some hills, forrest and a small lake. In Pua I stopped at the 7/11 for the famous biker-breakfast (Ham Cheese Croissant Sandwich + Fruit juice). Now I did not consume ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The Wianglor Pagoda in Phayao
    While driving from Phayao to Nan we were passing Chun (in Phayao province) and saw a beautiful old pagoda, so we made a small stop. Research learned me that in this area has been an ancient city with many temples and even an city wall. Some parts are still to be seen. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Cat Cartoons Episode 109: 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 รู้อย่างเป็ด Narrator: Episode – ‘Roo yaang bpet’. วิเชียรมาศ: เป็ดจะเดินไปไหนน่ะ เดินช้าจัง Wi-chian maat: Where are the ducks going to? They’re walking so slowly. สีสวาด: เดินไปลงน้ำน่ะสิ Si Sawat: They’re going in the water. วิเชียรมาศ: เป็ดคงจะว่ายน้ำเก่งนะ Wi-chian maat: Ducks are probably ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Visiting Phu Sang Waterfall in Phayao
    It is not the most spectacular waterfalls but is conveniently located right along route 1093 to Phu Chi Fa. And there is a nice and well taken care park. And there are some Thai restaurants where you can rent a picknick set to enjoy a nice lunch along the water and even play in the water.And if you are really ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Official Prices and Release Date of iPhone X in Thailand
    Apple will be releasing their latest smartphone, the iPhone X in Thailand on Friday 24th November 2017. The official prices, including the packages offered by phone carries, have just been released. (1) The prices on the Apple Online Store Thailand website are as follows: iPhone X (64GB): 40,500 Baht iPhone X (256GB): 46,500 Baht (2) The prices on the TrueMove H ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • A boat along Kwan Phayao
    We stayed for night in Phayao at a new hotel right along Kwan Phayao, with great view over the lake and the mountains in the back ground. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The Rice Field Project Part 6 : Getting electricity
    As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land and preparing it for building our house. This is part 6. To read the other parts click on the tag Rice Field.While we are parallel working on the step of having a small bungalow build we were also busy with getting electricity. That sounds an easy ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Traveling in the remote mountains of Loei
    Reposting an a 2014 trip to Loei province in North-East Thailand. While traveling in the remote province of Loei we had a very relaxed lunch on one of the bamboo rafts in a lake between the mountains. We enjoyed it so much that we forgot we still had to go to Dan Sai. This lake has become one of my ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Live Photo Blog: Christmas Lights at CentralWorld in Bangkok
    Thai people love celebrating festivals. It’s doesn’t really matter if it’s one of their own or one from elsewhere in the world. A prime example of this are the Christmas trees that can be seen in malls and hotels at this time of year. Though for Thais this is more to do with new year festivities than anything religious. One ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • On the motorbike to Phu Tabeak, Dan Sai and Loei
    Another motorbike trip made in 2014. I was heading for the "Phi Ta Khon" festival in Dan Sai and left again very early in the morning and took route 12 to Lom Sak. High on the mountains of Nam Nao is this spirit house together with 2 or 3 other live-size spirit houses. They are all red and there are ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • WCW: Melinda Bell
    For November’s Woman Crush Wednesday and in honor of her birthday next week–  I am so excited to bring to you an interview with “My #1 Lady” as she is called in my iPhone contacts. This woman has raised me into the person I am today and I couldn’t be more proud of her and how far she has come. ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • On the motorbike to Lom Sak and Loei
    View over Nam Nao National ParkIn September 2014 I extended my Carbon Tyre Print with another 630 km, and it was again a wonderful trip. I left very early in the morning when it was still cool. As usual I had no plan but I took the direction of the least chance of rain .... in western direction from Khon ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Travelling along the Thai-Lao border in Loei
    Travelling along the Thai-Lao border from Loei to Nan we were passing Phu Soi Dao National Park and a bit further a waterfall from where you can make a short hike of 6 km thru the jungle of huge bamboo & pine trees. Along this route you will also find some centuries old temples with beautiful murals (see photo ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Traveling a few days to Loei
    Kartsten mountains near Wang Saphung Loei province, the most western province of North-East Thailand (Isaan) and a gem for traveling in nature & culture. My favorite area of the Isaan. The area near Wang Saphung and Phu Luang is dotted with beautiful kartsen mountains with caves and waterfalls. Traveling in this area there is always a surprise around the corner. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Cat Cartoons Episode 108: 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 เล่ม – ฉบับ Narrator: Episode – ‘Laym’ – ‘Cha-bap’. เก้าแต้ม: คุณพ่อพี่เก่งหาอะไรน่ะ Kao Taem: What is Pee Geng’s Dad looking for? วิเชียรมาศ: คงหาหนังสือพิมพ์ คุณพ่อพี่เก่งวางไว้บนโต๊ะ ไม่รู้ว่าใครหยิบไป Wi-chian maat: Probably the newspaper. Pee Geng’s Dad placed it on the table and ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • On the motorbike to Phetchabun and Loei
    This is a trip report of 2013, but not much changed and it is still a recommended route to ride motorbike. Together with some other bikers from Khon Kaen I made a 2 day tour in North-East Thailand. And it was a great trip! Our first destination was Phetchabun to tour the area of Khao Kho, in Thailand also nicknamed Little Switzerland. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Live Photo Blog: Chao Pho Nu Worship Festival
    On Samsen Road in Ban Phan Thom, there is a small Chinese shrine tucked away on the second floor overlooking Bang Lamphu canal. I never noticed it before and was only introduced to it recently during a local heritage tour. It is called Chao Pho Nu Shrine and it is near Norarattana Sathan Bridge. The story goes that about 50 ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • A small Mekong River trip in Laos and Thailand
    Our journey started and ended in Khon Kaen (Thailand). First two days exploring Khon Kaen City and nearby area like Sight seeing at Phu Hin Chan Si. After that we did drive to Nong Khai (Thailand) where we would cross the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge to Vientiane. It is easy & straight forward but is takes some time. We had to ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • A Slice of New York: Wait it’s a state?
    When I tell people that I’m from New York they immediately get so excited. “Wow, I loveeeee New York City!!!” But wait, it’s a STATE with 40 million people. I guess it’s kinda like when I just came and moved to England-  many Americans straight up act like England is only London. I’m like…. giant pause. I get it. I ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • What happened to creativity in music and the arts?
    The front door was open because we’ve been experiencing cool weather lately. But they don’t do screen doors in SE Asia so mosquitoes and other critters can fly in. It’s maddening, but there you have it. And since we don’t have a dining room table I was sitting on the floor, using our couch as a table to eat ... read more
    Source: Life, The Universe and Lani
  • Not the Usual Answers: An Interview with Soho Crime Author Colin Cotterill
    "A few months after my thirteenth birthday I said ‘fuck’. It wasn’t the first time I’d said ‘fuck’ but on this occasion it was ill-timed and traumatic because I said it in front of my mother. I’d learned the word from our neighbour, Hilda who had an absentee husband, three kids and hygiene issues." Colin Cotterill ... read more
    Source: Thailand Footprint
  • A Buddha in the early morning in Loei
    Riding in route 21 from Loei to Lomsak on a small hill between the mountains is this huge sitting Buddha image. It might not show on the photo but I think it is about 20m high. Photo taken in early morning with my Samsung J7 phone. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Andrew Biggs (Thai Memories):
    When I was a child one of my favorite literary characters was Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. Dressed in rags and barefoot, he was a 12-year-old vagabond who wandered around St Petersburg smoking cigarettes and getting into all sorts of mischief with his best friend Tom Sawyer. I never thought I would find common ground with Huck Finn. ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Art in a coffee shop
    Just a photo of a painting I did see at a coffee shop in Nan - Thailand. I like the colours and details of the painting. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Making tambon in our village temple
    Old ladies at village temple in Nan - ThailandA few months ago my wife was asked to join in at a tamboen making at the local temple in our village. That means together we a friend she would raise money to offer to the temple. My wife received a bundle of envelopes from the temple with a letter with all ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • On the motorbike along the famous 1148 from Nan to Chiang Kham
    With the cool season starting any motorbike rider in Thailand will feel the urge to go riding. Now  I have been riding a lot in North-Thailand already and I am always looking for new roads. So where to go? And how long? As I do not like planning I only did answer the first question when leaving home at 6:30 ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Loy Kratong 2017 in Nan
    A few days ago was Loy Kratong 2017. Nan town is a city village so if you were looking for a Loy Kratong as in Chiang Mai you would have been at the wrong place. Most of the people celebrating Loy Kratong in Nan town are locals. So the all celebration is local slow life style. And as there had ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Cat Cartoons Episode 107: 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 แมงมุม Narrator: Episode – ‘Maeng mum’. วิเชียรมาศ: เก้าแต้ม ทำอะไรน่ะ Wi-chian maat: Kao Taem! What’re you doing? เก้าแต้ม: กำลังไล่แมลงมุม Kao Taem: I’m chasing away a ‘Ma-laeng mum’. สีสวาด: เค้า(เขา)เรียกว่า แมงมุม ตังหาก(ตะหาก)จ้ะ ไม่ใช่ แมลงมุม Si Sawat: On the contrary, people ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Doi Pha Tang and Phu Chi Fa in Chiang Rai
    Sunrise at Phu Chi FaAt about 1600m above sea-level on top of the mountain range between Laos and Thailand are 2 main tourist attraction.  First Doi Pha Tang with Pha Bong view-point. And about 20km south is Phu Chi Fa with a stunning view-point over Laos and famous as place to see the sunrise over Laos. At busy mornings you ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • 93% of krathongs in Bangkok this year were environmentally friendly
    Loy Krathong is one of the most beautiful festivals in Thailand. It takes place towards the end of the year during the full moon in November. A krathong is a bowl usually made from banana leaves with the stem of the banana tree as it’s base. This is then floated on lakes, canals or rivers. The aim of the festival ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • 3 Little Monkeys in Chiang Kham
    I hear nothing, I see nothing and I speak nothing ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Live Photo Blog: The Royal Crematorium
    The Royal Crematorium on Sanam Luang was opened to the public on Thursday 2nd November. I am there on opening day. Please bookmark this page as I will be uploading photos here live during the morning. Click refresh to see the latest. See blog: How to visit the Royal Crematorium in NovemberGPS Coordinates: 13.755064, 100.493117 Referred to as Phra Merumas (Golden ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • Visiting the Wat Nantaram in Chiang Kham
    In the insignificant little town of Chiang Kham is hidden a beautiful teak-wooden temple, build in Burmese Shan style. See the location tag for the exact location. The all temple is decorated with fine wood carvings and in de main building is a huge solid teak-wood Buddha image in Mandalay style. At the backside of the temple is a small ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Popular Tweets about Thailand in October 2017
    The following are my most popular tweets about Thailand for October 2017. They are not necessarily the most retweeted, nor are they in the order of the most retweeted. But they are the ones that got the most engagement on Twitter. The most popular day for my tweets was obviously 26th October, the cremation day for King Buhmibol. My tweets ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • WCW: Jessica Rooney
    It’s November 1st but I had to wait till Wednesday to bring you October’s WCW I have a special treat for you. The Women Crush Wednesday hashtag and social media trend is nothing new. But I am trying to reclaim that title not just for half naked celebrities or women you actually know nothing about. The women I crush over ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Royal Crematoriums on Sanam Luang
    The open field in front of the Grand Palace has been used as a royal cremation site since the end of the 19th Century. It was originally called “Thung Phra Mane”, which means the royal crematorium ground in Thai. King Rama VI later renamed the field as Sanam Luang, which means the royal ground in Thai. To this day, the field ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • Strawberries, Coffee and a river near Chiang Kham
    Where route 1148 crosses the small river "Mae Lao" a small tourist attraction has been createdThere are 3 small restaurants and 2 of them also have a Coffee Shop. Along the small river are a few sala's where you can sit, relax and eat.A lovely place for a short stop. So going to Phu Chi Fa we stopped on the ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Grief: It means something
    Every year it’s hard to see October 30th on the calendar. I used to hate October in general. Last year, it was the 10th anniversary of losing my best friend Corey to suicide. Luckily, I created a small project which you can read about here and I felt very connected to all of those who loved her in planning this ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Live Photo Blog: The Grand Palace
    After being closed to tourists for nearly a month for the Royal Cremation Ceremony, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace have finally re-opened. I decided to visit on the opening day. My plan is to do three locations on a half-day walking and boat trip. The Grand Palace, walking to Wat Pho (The Reclining Buddha Temple), ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • How to post pictures with weather updates
    When I am away on trips, I like to start the day with a “Good morning from….” post on Twitter and Facebook. I do this by using two different apps which automatically add details like location and weather. The apps are Pro Weathershot by Instaweather (35 Baht) and InstaPlace (69 Baht). Both of these have free versions if you want to try ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • The Rice Field Project Part 5 : Getting chanot poles
    As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follow our journey of buying land and preparing it for building our house. This is part 5. To read the other parts click on the tag Rice FieldThe land we bought has a fully legal chanot (land ownership papers). Normally every land with a chanot has the so called chanot poles. This ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • On the motorbike to Manipruek
    I love to ride in the early morning, so I left home at a bit after 6:00am. It was still very foggy and a bit clouded. I did ride from Tha Wang Pha via a short-cut to Pua, from there to Chiang Klang and then to the Hmong hill-tribe village Manipruek high in the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. A ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The Rice-Field Project Part 4 : Preparing the land
    Well as our land was rice-field we will have to put some sand on it to make the land at least at the same level of the street. But although the land is right along a road, the land actually has no real road access. Weird? No, rice-fields have an water irrigation system and between our land and the road ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The Rice-Field Project Part 3b : Threshing & Cleaning our rice
    So the rice was removed from our land and put together on the land next to us. Then the next day a mobile Threshing & Cleaning machine did come to separate the rice from the straw. How does that work?Two ladies are putting the raw rice on a belt, 1 man is securing the belt and the machine so all ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Information for tourists about the Royal Funeral of the late Thai King
    The Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled for 25-29 October 2017. The actual cremation will take place on Thursday 26th October 2017. I have had literally hundreds of questions sent to me by tourists and expats wanting to know how it will affect their lives and holidays. Some wanted to be able to avoid ... read more
    Source: Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • Escape the crowds and travel in Nan – Thailand
    Some say "Once you have discovered paradise, kiss it goodbye". And guide books are great but thousands of people are reading & using them and with that 90% of people traveling make the same Mae Hong Son loop, visit the Doi Suthep, go to Doi Inthanon National Park and go eat in that famous restaurant. But If you are looking ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Cat Cartoons Episode 106: 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 ผัดไทย Narrator: Episode – ‘Pat Tai’. ก้อย: พี่เก่ง จะไปไหนเหรอ(หรือ)จ๊ะ Goi: Pee Geng, where are you going? เก่ง: พี่จะไปซื้อผัดไทยให้คุณแม่น่ะ Geng: I’m going to buy some ‘Pat Tai’ for Mum. ก้อย: งั้นก้อยไปด้วยคนน้า(นะ) Goi: In that case, I’m going with you too. ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • A cool coffee shop on the way to Buriram
    While traveling to Buriram we passed (more or less) this cool coffee shop along route 202. The coffee shop is setup by an retired manager from Bangkok and his wife. And they are serving delicious home made hot cacao of coffee. And the coffee shop is the decor of the private collection of old (but still working) things like clocks, ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Flying home with Air Asia
    Flying home with Air-Asia from Don Muang Airport, this time I had a window seat. And I love to watch the cloud formations created by mother earth as free gift to enjoy. Flying in Thailand is easy and cheap and there are almost everywhere airports! ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Taking the bus from Pattaya
    Pattaya has a few bus-stations, the most used by tourists is the "Roong Reuang Coach" bus-terminal at Pattaya Nua Road. It is basically the bus-station from just 1 bus company, just like the other few bus-stations in Pattaya. Yes, indeed Pattaya is one of the few cities in Thailand that does not have a public bus-station. So where are the ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi