Reclining Buddhas in Thailand

A reclining Buddha is a statue that represents Buddha during his last moments and entry into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations (the cycle of death and rebirth). He is lying on the right side with his head resting on a cushion or relying on his right elbow, supporting his head with his hand.

The statues are often huge, and there is something exciting about them. Here are three big reclining Buddhas I have visited and the name of the temples that house them.

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Yong Waterfall in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province

Nakhon Si Thammarat, which is the largest province in southern Thailand, boasts quite a few national parks and waterfalls. Previously we have visited Tha Phae Waterfall, and last we stopped by at Yong Waterfall – a 10 minutes drive away from the town of Thung Song.

Yong Waterfall is part of Namtok Yong National Park, a 205 square kilometers tropical mountain forest with an average elevation of 600 meters above sea level. From the entrance where you pay the 100 baht fee (as a foreign tourist), walk the paths which follow the stream about 700 meters up to the 15-meters high waterfall.

I would not call Yong Waterfall a touristy place, but Thai people love to come here to cool off in the lovely pool under the waterfall and feed the fish.

The Best Rooftop Bars in Bangkok

When it comes to rooftop bars, Bangkok is probably the coolest city in the world! There are so many spectacular bars to choose from I can’t list them all. I have picked seven of the best rooftop bars in no particular order. Make sure to visit at least one of these on your Bangkok stay.

1. CHAR Bangkok

CHAR Bangkok is not by far the highest rooftop bar, but it certainly has the most spectacular skyline view of Bangkok.

Address:
26th floor at Hotel Indigo Bangkok 81 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330.

Lofoten in Norway – When I’m not in Thailand

Yes, this is a blog about Thailand, but I thought I should share some stuff from Norway where I live and work when I’m not vacationing in Thailand. Most recently we spent a weekend in Lofoten, an archipelago in northern Norway known for its dramatic spiky mountains, crystal clear arctic waters, and picturesque villages and harbors. This place is just too beautiful not to be shared.

Leknes

Stunning airplane view over Leknes

Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort in Nong Thale, Krabi Province

One early morning after taking pictures of the sunrise at Nong Thale Lake we went to Tubkaek Beach before heading back to Ao Nang for a quick walk on the beach. We parked the car opposite Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort because there was a small road leading down to the beach.

I thought I should share some pictures from the surroundings outside the resort as it might be useful for someone interested in vacationing in Krabi away from the crowds.

Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort. Looks pretty inviting.

Phuket vs. Krabi: Where to Go?

Phuket or Krabi? Personally, I don’t like to compare these two places since they are so different from each other. Phuket is an island famous for its long white sandy beaches and nightlife while Krabi, located on the mainland, is known for its natural beauty including limestone mountains, idyllic beaches, and mangrove forests.

Why choose when you can visit both?
 There is a bridge connecting Phuket with the mainland, and you can drive to Krabi via Phang Nga in two hours. But if you need to choose one place, you might want to know some differences between these two tropical paradises.

Development

First, the most obvious difference; Phuket is an enormous tourist destination and has been around longer than Krabi. Here are over 200 spas to choose from, world-class hotels and award-winning restaurants. And you can’t compare the nightlife – Phuket is a different world. This means Phuket attracts more people, which in turn makes prices a bit higher.

Water sport activities

If you’re into water sports like jet ski and parasailing, you’ll need to go to Phuket. Several national parks incorporate the beaches and offshore islands in Krabi why motorized water sports aren’t allowed.

Floating Markets in Thailand – the Old Style of Selling Goods

A floating market is a market where you buy goods from vendors straight out of their boats, usually by a river. In the past, most villages in Thailand were built on the riversides, and boats were mainly used for trade. As Thailand’s road and rail system developed, floating markets were forced to move onto the land, and today most of the floating markets are aimed at tourists.

It’s pretty cool to see how they sold things in the past, and a visit to a floating market should be on your list. Below are four floating markets I have visited in Thailand including the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (Ratchaburi)