The Ancient City in Samut Prakan Just Outside Bangkok

The Ancient City or Muang Boran is one of the largest open-air museums in the world featuring replicas of Thailand’s most historic buildings from different kingdoms such as Lanna, Ayutthaya, and Rattanakosin. While most of the buildings have been scaled down to about one-third of the originals, some structures are life-size replicas.

The Ancient City was created by multi-millionaire Lek Viriyaphant (passed away in 2000), who also created the Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan and the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya. Founded in 1963, it’s quite remarkable how unknown this park is — at least I didn’t know about this place until recently when I saw some cool pictures on Instagram.

Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve: The Spectacular Lotus Lake in Phatthalung, Thailand

Phatthalung southeast of Krabi is quite an unknown province to foreign tourists but a popular destination among Thai people. Located between Songkhla Lake to the east and the mountains to the west, Phattalung is an excellent destination to see some of the country’s natural beauty without the massive crowds. The big attraction is the Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve in Khuan Khanun which is a protected freshwater wetland with millions of pink lotus flowers.

Visiting the Famous Bridge on the River Kwai and the Death Railway in Kanchanaburi

Located near the town of Kanchanaburi in Thailand, the lush and tropical setting around the rail bridge on Khwae Yai River makes for a beautiful location in contrast to the horrible history which took place here during WWII. Estimated 100,000 people died during terrible circumstances when the Japanese forced Asian slave labors and prisoners of war — most of them British, Dutch and Australian — to build the Thai-Burma Railway, a part of which is the bridge.

The bridge made world-famous by the 1957 movie The Bridge on the River Kwai, and although the movie was filmed at another bridge in Sri Lanka, the real one on Khwae Yai River has become a major tourist attraction and a symbol for the notorious railway.

The history of the ‘Death Railway,’ as the Thai-Burma Railway is called is also depicted in the highly successful film The Railway Man from 2013 starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

Thailand’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area which has been selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) unique as a cultural, historical or natural site that shows “outstanding universal value” and is legally protected by international treaties. There are currently five World Heritage Sites in Thailand and six other sites on the tentative list considered for nomination. Out of the 11 sites listed below, we have visited three (those with a checkmark), meaning we have lots of interesting places yet to explore.

WORLD HERITAGE SITES

1. Ayutthaya Historical Park ✓

Where to Stay in Krabi: Best Areas and Accommodation

Krabi is a wonderful province with a spectacular coastline formed by a mix of natural features including limestone mountains, mangrove forests, beautiful beaches, and paradise-like islands like Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi Don. It has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand and now has an airport which serves international as well as domestic flights. The following is a list of the best places to stay in Krabi Province.

1. Ao Nang

Places to stay in Krabi: Ao Nang

Check out This Amazing Thai Street Food Market in Berlin

Boy, are they lucky in Berlin! Every weekend (during good-weather months) the Thai community meets in a small park in western Berlin called Preußenpark, also known as the Thai Park to cook and eat authentic Thai food. The story goes back 25 years when a group of Thai women arranged to meet each other’s families for a food fest, and since they all lived in tower blocks with no gardens or outside space, meeting in a park was a natural thing to do. Eventually, park visitors started asking the families if they could buy some of their food, and the idea of having a Thai street food market on the weekends was born.

So, if you’re planning on visiting Berlin this summer, make sure to hit the Thai Park for some authentic Thai food — and don’t go for the classic Pad Thai or red curry. Instead, try something you won’t find in your ordinary Thai restaurant like the pork noodle soup as shown in the video below.

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Posted by Thaipark.de on Thursday, February 1, 2018

 
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My Experiences Being Married to a Girl from Southern Thailand

Since most ‘farangs’ meet girls from northeastern Thailand, a region known as Isaan, I thought it would be fun to share my experiences being married to a woman from the south. Now, every woman is different, so don’t take my words literally. Also, age plays a role, and the younger generation is more westernized, like my 30-year-old wife who speaks decent English and has a more liberal attitude.

Girl from Southern Thailand.Happy wife on vacation a couple of years ago.