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  • 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
  • Making comments
    For all my 5 readers .... since today you can also make comments. But due to the strict laws of Thailand the comments will have to be approved by one of the moderators (me, myself and The Little Elephant).Still have to figure out how to block Anonymous comments. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Updating my Map of Thailand
    In the past days I have been updating "The Little Elephants Map of Thailand" and there are now 119 Hotels & Resort, 163 Tourist Attractions, 35 Transport Hub's and 70 Restaurants & Coffee shops.Click HERE to see the full map in Google Maps. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Names of places and provinces in Thailand
    Thailand is divided in 77 provinces (Changwats). And every province is divided in districts (Amphurs). And every district is divided in sub-districts (Tambons). Now there might be sometimes some confusing because a place name is only within it's district unique. And some place names look like the same. And some place names have multiple names (old & new).And to make… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Andrew Biggs (Thai Memories): Returning to Gor Gai (ก ไก่)
    This week I completed a circle that has taken me 23 years. I returned to my roots. I returned to GOR GAI (ก ไก่). That’s the first letter of the Thai alphabet, and if you’re unhappy about all those capital letters jumping out at you on Sunday morning, be thankful you’ve even got that. I have a great respect… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Regions and provinces of Thailand
    There are different ways of dividing Thailand in regions. I use the system of 5 regions, but there are different 5-region systems.North ThailandWith mountains, hill-tribes and culture from Myanmar and China and  provinces Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Uttaradit, Tak, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Kamphang Phet, Phichit, Phetchabun, Uthai Thani and Nakhon Sawan. Making a… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Flying within Thailand from Bangkok
    First of all Bangkok has 2 airports .... Don Muang (DMK) and Suvarnabhumi (BKK).Don Muang is the old airport and is mostly used for domestic flights but also has international flights. Mostly operated by budget-airlines. This airport is located on the north side of Bangkok.Suvarnabhumi is the new airport and is mostly used for international flights but also has some… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Nine: 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 ปลากะพง – ผัดกะเพรา Narrator: Episode – ‘Bplaa ga-pong’ – ‘Pat ga-prao’. เก่ง: โอ้โห อาหารน่ากินจัง Geng: Wow! The food looks great! ก้อย: มีปลากระพงกับผัดกระเพราด้วย Goi: There’s ‘Bplaa gra-pong’and ‘Pat gra-prao’ too. เก่ง: ก้อยกระดกลิ้นมากไปแล้ว กะพง กับ กะเพรา จ้ะ ไม่ใช่ กระพง กับ กระเพรา… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Songran 2017 in a small village in North-East Thailand
    We went to the home-town of my wife, what is a small village in North-East Thailand. Luckily we stayed at a nice resort with a comfortable room, air-condition and a swimming pool. From there we did visit the village of her parents. All her sisters & brothers had come also this year.So there were actually 2 parties going on, first… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Gop Turns Four Years Old Today – What’s Your Philosophy on Life?
    I have learned a few things about Gop in the past four years. He's not a worrier. His coconut shell is not turned upside down. It faces the world. As a result Gop's world is bigger than most. Of course it helps that he reads and we've never figured out, exactly, what his smoke blend consists of. As my wife… ... read more
    Source: Thailand Footprint
  • Successful Thai Language Learner: Tomas Drayton
    Interviewing Successful Thai Language Learners… Name: Tomas DraytonNationality: BritishAge range: 26Sex: MaleLocation: London, UK.Profession: BA South East Asian Studies Student at SOAS, University of London. What is your Thai level? Advanced. Do you speak more street Thai, Issan Thai, or professional Thai? In the beginning I tried to learn as much slang and ‘Thai-isms’ as possible in… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Young & Old Mien hill-tribe people
    The young kids are awaiting a performance to be given at a local OTOP day near our village in Nan province. The older ladies just continue their work of making their traditional cloths. Yes of course the kids & ladies are a bit dressed up for the party but in the villages in the mountains you will still seem some… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • 40℃ in North Thailand
    Not the temperature to do the wash but the outside temperature in the shadow .... for me that is Hot, Hotter, Hottest! Anything about 35℃ is too hot for me.Last night had a minimum temperature of 27℃ and now in the afternoon it is 40℃! Now I am not really a fan of air-condition so we have only air-condition in… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Eight: 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 ดินสอพอง Narrator: Episode – ‘Din-sor-pong’. วิเชียรมาศ: เค้า(เขา)ทำอะไรกันน่ะ หน้าขาววอกเลย Wi-chian maat: What on earth are they doing? Their faces are so overly white. สีสวาด: อ๋อ เค้า(เขา)เอาดินสอพองมาทาหน้าเล่นกันน่ะ Si Sawat: Ah, they apply ‘Din-sor-pong’ to their faces to have fun. วิเชียรมาศ: อะไรนะ!?… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • What is it really like to have ADHD and anxiety?
    Why are you thinking so much? Did you take your medicine? You’re in a great mood, why are you worrying about that? Why can’t you focus? Use some self control.. Come on. But you really should be starting this now instead….after you send that email and check on that load of laundry. Oh look, you forgot about that you started… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Visiting Prasat Phreah Vihear
    The Cambodian flag on top of "Prasat Phreah Vihar". Although this ancient temple complex is technically in Cambodia it is easy to visit it from Thailand.The Preah Vihear Temple is an ancient Hindu temple built during the period of the Khmer Empire, that is situated atop a 525-metre (1,722 ft) cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains between Thailand and Cambodia. For more… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • New Thai Course at the Andrew Biggs Academy: Sap Khao Ngai Nid Deow
    Although the Andrew Biggs Academy mostly focuses on teaching English, Andrew’s new course can be used by both Thais learning English and those learning Thai: ทราบข่าวง่ายนิดเดียว /sâap kàao ngâai nít dieow/. “Sap Khao” is a service for Thai learners of English as a second language … but it is also an excellent tool for anybody interested in learning Thai.… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Visiting Prasat Hin Phi Mai in Ban Phi Mai
    Or also called Phi Mai Historical Park is located right in the middle of the modern town of Phi Mai and it about 60 km north of Khorat (Nakhon Rachtasima). Just follow route 2 in direction of Nong Khai and 50 km after Khorat you take rout 206 to Phi Mai. See location tag.It is one of Thailand's most important… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Bo Bia Border Market along the Thai-Lao border
    Bo Bia Border Market is located in the district of Ban Khok in the province Uttradit. Every Sunday there is an very early morning market where Lao people come to buy things from Thai people. The market is located in a kind of no-mans-land between Laos and Thailand where both claim it is their territory. This twist goes back to… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • The Little Elephant’s Map of Thailand
    Today I started working on what I wanted to do already a longtime .... a map of all places I have been. I call it "The Little Elephant's Map of Thailand". It includes places like Airports, Bus Stations, Tourist Attractions, View Points, Waterfalls, Restaurants, Hotels, Coffee Shops or just any Point Of Intrest.I started with POI's in the province where… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Staying legally in the Land of Smiles
    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". In my first years in Thailand it was… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Flying Air Asia again
    A few weeks ago I some unpleasant experiences with Nok Air, so this week when I had to go to Bangkok I did choose Air Asia (from where I am living there are only 2 airlines flying to Bangkok). And it was a pleasant experience. First of all it was cheaper and they fly a bigger yet-engine airplane so it… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
    And thank God (or Buddha) I am only watching the game, controlling it. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Andrew Biggs (Thai Memories): The Boat Sinks in the Mouth of the Bay
    There is a billboard that caught my attention this week while sitting in a taxi flitting in and out of four lanes of traffic on the three-lane city expressway. It depicts a young man and woman sitting back to back desolately on a bed. It was clear they were desolate by the hang-dog expression on the man’s face, and… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Seven: 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 คู่ – ข้าง Narrator: Episode – ‘Koo’ – ‘Kaang’. วิเชียรมาศ: แน่(แน่ะ) เก้าแต้ม ไปเอาถุงเท้าใครมา Wi-chian maat: Kao Taem! Whose sock have you got there? เก้าแต้ม: ของใครก็ไม่รู้ตกอยู่ที่พื้น Kao Taem: I don’t know whose it is. It was lying on the floor.… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Songkran 2017
    The Songkran festival is Thai New Year and is celebrated on 13 April, although 14 and 15 April are also official holidays (each day has another function in the festival). Sonkran is also celebrated in Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and in some parts of India, Vietnam and China.Traditionally with Songkran people will sprenkel water over monks and elderly people.… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Finally rain in Nan province
    For the third night in a row it has been raining here in Nan province, North Thailand. The first 2 nights it was just a short rain, nothing worth to mention or any help in cleaning out the sky. But it is now almost 7:00 in the morning and it is still raining since about midnight. Lovely cool, but with… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Make your bed= Change your life?
     So the burning question? Should you make your bed? JK. Everyone is asking me…How is New Zealand? I know you are picturing me in wide open grassy fields with picturesque mountains, huge sparkly lakes and perfect flowers in the foreground. Maybe bungee jumping, diving into caves or sipping wine in sunny vineyards? Quintessential adventure traveling in New… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Morning ride in Nan province
    This morning I made a small ride with my motorbike, first via a side trip to Tha Wang Pha and then via Santisuk back to Nan town. In the early morning it is still cool, although starting from 9:00am it starts to be warm. And yes it is dry and most trees have lost their leaves, but some trees start… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Living in North Thailand
    It is March 2017, the Hot & Dry season of Thailand with temperatures of 35-39℃ in the afternoon. And since a few months without any good rain.But in North Thailand this time of the year is also called the Hot & Hazy season. The view is for sure not looking anymore like on this photo.So we are living in Nan… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Review: 5000 Thai Phrases – Seriously Addictive iOS + Android Apps
    5000 Thai Phrases: Learn the Thai Language for FREE… Last week I reviewed FunEasyLearn’s 6000 Thai Words App. As the 5000 Thai Phrases app is similar (and to stop you from having to bounce between the two reviews) I’ve duplicated parts of the post. Earlier I mentioned that the 6000 Thai Words app is “a seriously addictive smartphone app!”… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Dead Bangkok – A Novel of Thailand by J.D. Villines – A Book Review
    Are you a fan of G.G. Allin? Are you more likely to read Mike Fook than John Burdett or Lawrence Osborne? You remember how Chris Rock understood O.J.? Does your comedic sense of timing go more to Sam Kinison than Bill Cosby? If you answered yes to any of these questions than Dead Bangkok - A Novel of Thailand by… ... read more
    Source: Thailand Footprint
  • The new night train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
    Since about 6 months the State Railway of Thailand is using new trains for some of the night-trains between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Currently the 17:00 train leaving from Chiang Mai to Bangkok is still the old train, but at 18:00 it is the new train.So last week I travelled with the new train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok for… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Six: 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 คน – ศพ Narrator: Episode – ‘Kon’ – ‘Sop’. นักอ่านข่าว: เกิดเหตุรถสิบล้อชนกับรถทัวร์ มีคนเจ็บห้าคน คนตายสิบศพ เจ้าหน้าที่เก็บศพไปแล้วหกศพ Newsreader: There was a vehicle accident involving a ten-wheeler and a coach (bus). ‘Mee kon jep haa kon’, ‘kon dtaai sip sop’. (Five people were… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Visiting Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai province
    Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain of Thailand, with a top of 2565m high. The mountain range is located about 90km south-west of Chiang Mai city. Due to its height it is always cool and fresh / green. The mountain range is also home to Karen hill-tribes and nowadays coffee plantations that produce a fine arabica coffee. Of course there… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Hidden Chedi’s in Chiang Mai
    I love just walking in small soi's in any place in Thailand, this time in Chiang Mai. And in a small soi hidden away I saw this old chedi packed between town-houses and cars. Actually when walking in Chiang Mai down-town you will find a few of this old chedi's hidden in the modern city of Chiang Mai.History is everywhere… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Walking maps for Bangkok
    Via a friend of mine (thanks Koen) I was made aware of a wonderful posting (and work) of Richard Barrow who used and partly translated "Walking Maps of Bangkok" made by the Tourist Authority of Thailand.And it are wonderful maps, giving you a great way of exploring Bangkok on your own without getting lost (although I personally like getting lost).And… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Sunset at Singha Park
    Enjoying a wonderful sunset over the mountains of Chiang Rai in North Thailand while having diner at Bhu Bhirom Restaurant in Singha Park just 10km south-west of Chiang Rai town. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Visiting a hill-tribe in Chiang Rai
    No this is not how the children normally walk around in the village. This was for a special celebration.It is a Hmong village about 30km west of Chiang Khong with stunning view over the valley of Chiang Khong and the Mekong River with Laos on the other side.The older people stay home, take care of the babies and do some… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Exploring an Alternate Realty with Collin Piprell, author of MOM (Magic Circles Series)
    The internet and 24/7 connectivity by way of our gadgetry can give us a godlike feeling that we’re parked at the hub of the universe with all that is right there at our fingertips. If you’re a working freelancer, for example, you can’t understand how anyone ever got along without it... Of course there are also all the distractions. Many… ... read more
    Source: Thailand Footprint
  • Train stations in Thailand, next station Wang Pho
    I love traveling by train, especially in Thailand where it is like traveling in time. It is like an open-air museum. Not only the trains itself but also the train stations. They look like they have not changed since they build the first railroad lines in Thailand in 1889.This is a bit ordinary station, but along an extra-ordinary line Bangkok-Nam… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Trees in Sukhothai
    It is the hot & dry season, in the north also called the smoggy & burning season. Everything looks dry but some trees start to blossom in this time of the year and it is stunning beautiful. I love trees! ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Visiting Sukhothai again
    I have been many times in the Historical Park of Sukhothai (first capital city of former Siam). But it is still a lovely place to bicycle around and make photos of the ancient ruins that once  marked this remarkable city. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Review: 6000 Thai Words – A Seriously Addictive Android and iOS App!
    6000 Words: Learn the Thai Language for FREE… If your motivation to study Thai is wavering, you really should try FunEasyLearn – it’s a seriously addictive smartphone app! It’s free (except for removing ads – up to you) so all you have to lose is your time. But before you start wading through this lengthy review … if… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Seeing the Peace Within
    I always judged my experiences based on the thoughts, sensations, and feelings these experiences produced. This made it difficult to discover the infinite peace already inside of me. I looked inside expecting to discover positive feelings, sensations, and deep ideas, so I missed the unconditioned peace that was always there. It was my thoughts about what this peace should look… ... read more
    Source: Life, Health, and Addiction Recovery in Thailand
  • Train stations in Thailand, next station Mae Klong
    I love traveling by train, especially in Thailand where it is like traveling in time. It is like an open-air museum. Not only the trains itself but also the train stations. They look like they have not changed since they build the first railroad lines in Thailand in 1889.Not a nice old station but at the end (or beginning) of… ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Changing time in Bangkok
    When I lived in Bangkok about 19 years ago I would not have thought to see something like this but last week when walking near Charoen Krung road in Bangkok I saw & heard this young boy playing classical music on his violin.Yes Bangkok (and Thailand as a whole) is changing, and many times for the better. ... read more
    Source: Walking in the Footsteps of Chang Noi
  • Should you book the flight?
    I can’t let my streak be blown completely by my travels. I’ve spent two glorious weeks in Bali and the best way to describe my feelings are recharged.  I have tons of tips, photos, stories, and videos to come in the near future on my blog but tonight I am singing a different tune. Honestly, I’m not sure how this… ... read more
    Source: Explore, Absorb, Cherish
  • Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Five: 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 ขี้แพ้ชวนตี Narrator: Episode – ‘Kee pae chuan dtee’. เก้าแต้ม: มาวิ่งแข่งกันมั๊ย(ไหม)ล่า(ล่ะ) Kao Taem: Want to have a running race? วิเชียรมาศ: เอาซี่(สิ) ใครชนะได้กินปลาก่อนนะ Wi-chian maat: You’re on! Whoever wins gets to eat the fish first, OK? เก้าแต้ม: เธอเอาเปรียบชั้น(ฉัน)นี่ ออกวิ่งก่อนชั้น(ฉัน)อีก Kao Taem:… ... read more
    Source: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too
  • Judgement
    How could I stop other people judging me when I couldn’t even stop me judging myself? ... read more
    Source: Life, Health, and Addiction Recovery in Thailand