Telephone box on the beach, Bang Saray. Pattaya

You know you’ve lived in Thailand when you see a red telephone box on the beach. The waiters us this to call orders into the kitchen. You see some really odd things around Thailand and that’s what makes living here fun.



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A glorious sunset over Bang Saray Pattaya Thailand

A glorious sunset over Bang Saray Pattaya Thailand

This is one of my favourite beaches in Bang saray to sit and watch the sun go down in the evening.



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Doi Suthep Chiang Mai Thailand

Doi Suthep Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai means “new city” and was so named because it became the new capital of the Lan Na kingdom when it was founded in 1296, succeeding Chiang Rai, the former capital founded in 1262. Chiang Mai gained prominence in the political sphere in May 2006, when the Chiang Mai Initiative was concluded between theASEAN nations and the “+3” countries (China, Japan, and South Korea). Chiang Mai was one of three Thai cities contending for Thailand’s bid to host the World Expo 2020 (the others were Chonburi and Ayutthaya).[2] Ayutthaya, however, was the city ultimately chosen by the Thai Parliament to register for the international competition.

Chiang Mai has positioned itself to become a Creative City and is considering applying for Creative City status with UNESCO.[5]Chiang Mai was one of two tourist destinations in Thailand on TripAdvisor’s 2014 list of “25 Best Destinations in the World”, where it stands at number 24.[6]

Chiang Mai’s historic importance is derived from its close proximity to the Ping River and major trading routes.[7][8][9]

While officially the city (thesaban nakhon) of Chiang Mai only covers most parts of the Mueang Chiang Mai district with a population of 160,000, the city’s sprawl extends into several neighboring districts. The Chiang Mai Metropolitan Area has a population of nearly one million people, more than half the total of Chiang Mai Province.

The city is subdivided into four wards (khwaeng): Nakhon Ping, Srivijaya, Mengrai, and Kawila. The first three are on the west bank of the Ping River, and Kawila is on the east bank. Nakhon Ping district comprises the north part of the city. Srivijaya, Mengrai, and Kawila consist of the west, south, and east parts, respectively. The city center—within the city walls—is mostly within Srivijaya ward.[10]

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The reclining Buddha Chiang Mai Thailand.

The reclining Buddha is located at Wat Chedi Luang, also known as the Jedi Luang and “The temple of the Great Stupa”



 History of Wat Chedi Luang. The reclining Buddha Chiang Mai

King Saen Muang Ma (r.1385-1401) began construction on Wat Chedi Luang in 1391 to hold the ashes of his father, Ku Na. The building was expanded by later kings, reaching its final form in 1475.

It was then given the great honor of housing the Emerald Buddha, the holiest religious object in Thailand (now kept in Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok). At this time, Wat Chedi Luang rose to a height of 84m (280 ft.).

A century later, a severe earthquake (1545) toppled part of the great spire. The Emerald Buddha was kept in the chedi for another six years, then moved to Luang Prabang (in present-day Laos) by the king.

Five years later, Chiang Mai fell to the Burmese. The temple was never rebuilt, but even at its post-earthquake height (60m) it remained the tallest structure in Chiang Mai until modern times.

Several viharns were added to the temple complex in subsequent years; the largest viharn was built in 1928.

What to See at Wat Chedi Luang

The ruined brick chedi of Wat Chedi Luang now rises to about 60m in height. Its base is 44m (144 ft.) wide. It has four sides, each with a niche approached by a monumental stairway guarded by stone nagas (mythical snakes). Elephants stand guard midway up the platform.

Despite its ruined state, the chedi still has several Buddha shrines and remains an active place of worship frequented by saffron-robed monks.

The large viharn (assembly hall) next to the ruined chedi was built in 1928. Its impressive interior, with round columns supporting a high red ceiling, contains a standing Buddha known as the Phra Chao Attarot. Made of brass alloy and mortar, the Buddha dates from the time of the temple’s founder, King Saen Muang Ma (late 14th century).

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The Emerald pool Krabi Thailand


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The Emerald pool Krabi


Thailand is easily one of the most widely visited Asian countries. Renowned for its excellent shopping opportunities, beautiful beaches and lively nightlife, Thailand has everything one would want in a vacation spot. While places such as Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Phuket receive a lot of tourist traffic, Thailand has a lot more to offer. The often overlooked Krabi Province has been blessed with a series of amazing beaches and numerous natural attractions. The Emerald Pool is one such attraction.

Sra Morokot, which means ‘Emerald Pool’, is a large green lake located in Krabi Town. The pool is open throughout the year, although it can get pretty crowded during the peak tourist season, and one need only pay a small fee to swim in its deep, clear turquoise waters. The colouration of the water changes slightly with the weather conditions and the time of day, so those determined to witness the deep emerald shade that Sra Morokot is famous for should plan on arriving by dawn. The pool is just over two hundred metres wide and about one hundred metres long, with a maximum depth of about three metres.

The pool is situated in the Krabi District’s Klong Thom District. It is quite easy to find as there are plenty of signboards near the area announcing its presence. There are two trails leading to the pool and both are quite scenic. While the waters are extremely clear and plenty of fun to swim in, they are not potable due to extremely high calcium carbonate levels. The compound can also be found as white deposits around the pool, especially during summer. The colour of the water is caused by a combination of algae and bacteria. Visitors are advised not to use chemicals such as soap and shampoo at the Emerald Pool as they can destroy the algae. Tourists in Krabi should definitely try to visit this place.

Travellers looking for luxury Krabi resorts will find few as good as the Anantara Si Kao Thailand. The Trang resort is situated roughly an hour away from the Krabi International Airport. The hotel enjoys a gorgeous stretch of private beach and has facilities for a variety of watersports including scuba diving and snorkelling,

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Sunset over Koh Rin, Pattaya.

Sunset over Koh Rin, Pattaya.


This is probably one of the best sunsets I have ever seen in Thailand. Truly amazing.




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Koh Lan Pattaya one of the Eastern Seaboard Islands of Thailand

A day trip to Koh Lan Pattaya


A day trip to Koh Lan Pattaya My family came to visit me in Thailand a couple of months ago and after doing all the usual things, including the eating of copious amounts of delicious Thai food, temple visits and shopping I ran out of ideas for their penultimate day in Pattaya.

My wife came up with the idea of a day trip to Koh Lan, just off Pattaya. This is not far from where we live so we decided to go for it, so a quick drive down to Bali Hai pier and onto the ferry boat and we made our way across the bay. Upon landing with what seemed to be thousands of other tourists I really had my doubts about us having a good day relaxing on the beach. It was packed! My wife saw the look on my face and smiled then said follow me. We did just that and we walked for around 10 mins, turned a corner and then there it was Paradise. A beautiful quiet beach with white sand and clear blue water.

I have attached a few pictures that I took on that day just to remember a great day with my family in Thailand. They of course will be coming again next year.

Ko Lan (Thai: เกาะล้าน, pronounced [kɔ̀ʔ láːn]) is one of the eastern seaboard islands of Thailand. Ko Lan lies 7.5 km from the nearest shore, Pattaya. “Ko Lan” is the name of the island in the Royal Thai General System of Transcription. It is also known as “Koh Larn”. Koh Lan Pattaya.

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