The East Coast of Koh Chang – Rural Idyll (Part II)

I reached Salak Kokh after a few kilometres. As mentioned before I expected another tourist trap and lots of souvenir stalls. But to my surprise this was really a very traditional fishing village. The first thing I saw was a little shipyard, the only one on the whole island providing repair service to the local fishermen. There were two old vessels which looked like in urgent need of maintenance. I then came across an old boat wreck that … Read More

The East Coast of Koh Chang – Rural Idyll (Part I)

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After driving down all the busy and beach plastered west coast two days ago I could not refrain from the nightlife that day and needed some rest yesterday. Now after full recovery today I went down the east coast. I had some doubt whether I should do the 100 kilometres trip at all because everything I was reading about this part of the island was not really very exciting. But this is not a leisure trip! I am … Read More

Koh Chang – Another Paradise Island

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For quite some time I have been thinking about spending six to nine months in a year in Asia. And Phuket has always been my favourite place to stay. After having seen Koh Samet first doubts came up. But now being on Koh Chang Phuket is loosing even further ground. Koh Chang! What a beautiful island! Koh Chang, the name means elephants island, is the second largest island in Thailand situated at the eastern coast of the Gulf … Read More

170 KM – A ten Hours Trip to Kho Chang

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When I travelled from Pattaya to Koh Samet it took me one hour by minivan and one hour by ferry to reach my destination. All in all for the roughly eighty kilometres it was only two and a half hours from door to door. From Koh Samet to Koh Chang it is around 170 kilometres. My mathematics capabilities have never been my strength, but I could still make the simple calculation that for about twice the distance I … Read More

Koh Samet – The Beach Paradise

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Have you ever dreamt of going to one of those beautiful tropical postcard like beaches you have seen in magazines or on television? White sandy beaches, palm-fringed with turquoise crystal clear water? And have you ever asked yourself where to find those paradise places? Ok, the answer is simple now: Go to Koh Samet. This small island is a true beach paradise with not only one such dream beach but lots of them lined up on the east … Read More

Sightseeing in Pattaya – The Floating Market

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Last day in Pattaya! And I am definitely not sad about it. Today I visited the floating market, a must see in this town. Floating markets in Southeast Asia have a long tradition and usually reflect the way of life and the culture of the local people. Foreign visitors get a good insight into the life on a river or the coastline. Farmers and fishermen flock in early in the morning to trade their goods like vegetables, fish … Read More

Sightseeing in Pattaya – The Sanctuary of Truth

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As I mentioned in my last post I am a bit tired of temple viewing, but Pattaya does not have so much else to offer. So I went to the Sanctuary of Truth, a large temple completely constructed of wood and only wood. It is about five kilometers away from the northern end of the beach road, situated right on the coast. When you arrive at the complex you have to pay 500 THB (12€) entrance fee which … Read More

Sightseeing in Pattaya – The Big Buddha

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Can one like Pattaya? The answer to this question is pretty simple NO! Why? Because it is hard to develop a differentiated view on Pattaya. You probably either love it or you hate it. So, who could love this fast growing city with its just over 100.000 citizens? Maybe people love the beach, stretching over 4 km but being only 4 meters wide, with a questionable water quality and packed with sunshades and looking like this: Or people … Read More

The Protesters´ Camp at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok

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Protests and demonstrations against the incumbent, now caretaking government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have been ongoing for weeks now and will continue. I abstain from trying to give a comprehensive or brief insight into Thai politics here. It is much too complicated, I do not understand enough about it and in the end this is just a travel and photography blog. But today I had a mission. And this was to bring peace to this country by … Read More

Visiting the Temple Wat Arun on New Year´s Day

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Wat Arun is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Bangkok. And to visit it on New Year´s Day is a special experience on top of the temple as such. Thousands of Buddhist believers follow the tradition of “Merit Making at Nine Temples” in Bangkok. In other words, every Buddhist should visit nine defined temples in Bangkok on this one day with the objective to uphold Buddhist principles and thereby to find spiritual happiness. If you consider … Read More

Banjasiri Park and Soi Cowboy in Bangkok

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Do you know the real Thai name of Bangkok? Of course you do not! But don´t worry! I guess not even the average Thai or even Bangkok citizen knows it because it is long. Very long: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Actually this is the longest city name on earth. And that is probably why the Thais just call it Krung Thep … Read More

Day Trip over Phuket

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Well, after ten days of more or less doing nothing apart from lying on the beach it was time now to rent a motorbike and make a little tour around Phuket. The only problem was once again that my driving license actually does not allow me to drive the 125 ccm engines which is standard here. My license is limited to ridiculous 50 ccm only. The friendly hotel owner recommended to me that in the case the police … Read More

Never mess with Thai beach boys

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Although Patong is the main tourist hot spot on Phuket and consequently you encounter a few more people on the beach, a pretty peaceful and cheerful atmosphere prevails. Essentially contributing to this atmosphere are the Thai beach boys, who rent out Jet Skis, work as lifeguards or generally take care of the well being of the tourists. They collect the fee for the beach chairs, place your parasol just as you like it, serve you a coffee or … Read More