Nakhon Si Thammarat, the largest province in southern Thailand, is located on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula with Krabi to the west. My wife studied traditional Thai dance here when she was a young girl and still visit the town from time to time when some errands need to be done.
Most recent, she needed to meet a dermatologist, and before we went back to Krabi, she wanted to show me Kopi 1942, which is a famous breakfast place in the center of Nakhon Si Thammarat Town serving old-style coffee, traditional tea, dim sum and other Chinese/Thai food.
Although it’s known for being a breakfast place for the locals, you can come here for dinner as we did or simply have a coffee and enjoy the old colonial style restaurant – highly recommended if you are in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Kopi, which is a Malay/Hokkien term for coffee, was established in 1942 and little has changed since then.
Three years ago today my amazing wife Thiprudee and I went to the Amphur office in my wife’s home town with two witnesses – her parents – to sign the marriage certificate. Almost two years later we had the wedding party with nearly a thousand guests at my in-law’s house surrounded by a forest of palm trees in Lam Thap, Krabi. It felt like the entire village was invited and people parked cars and scooters everywhere between the palm trees. It was like what we in Sweden call a “folkparksfest.”
Even though my wife lived seven years in Phuket, she was never up to the hills of Patong. She didn’t even know there was a panoramic view of Patong until I showed a picture on the internet and suggested that we should drive up and take a look. There are a few restaurants and bars up here, but it is a very quiet area despite its closeness to Patong Beach.
Most people don’t like to go up early in the morning, and if it weren’t for my interests in flying drone during the early hours of the day, I wouldn’t haul my ass out of bed before the rooster crows.
But every time we do get up early, I’m fascinated by the incredible light that you do not see at sunsets. And the breakfast buffet tastes so good when you get back to your hotel after a little morning adventure.
If you’re staying at a west-facing beach, it can be hard to find a good spot, but if you have the opportunity to get to a good location, I strongly recommend it – especially if you’re flying a drone.
Below are a few places I have visited during sunrise.
Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay
Food from Isaan (northeast Thailand) is my favorite food in Thailand. I wish I could say that southern Thailand has the best food since my wife is from the south, but I just can’t. BBQ pork neck with tamarind sauce (kor moo yang nahm jim jaew) and larb moo are two dishes I order whenever I get the chance. Other famous dishes from Isaan is papaya salad (som tum) and Isaan fermented sausage (sai grok Isaan).
When we were in Koh Samui a couple of days earlier this year, we were driving around hungry looking for a place to eat. Eventually, we stopped at a place called Tumlai By Copacabana. Boy, are we happy we ended up here! We loved the food so much we decided to come back the next day. I also brought my camera.
Searching the internet for a list of the largest island in Thailand gave me zero results, so I have done the homework for you. With 926 islands scattered along the coast provinces, there are six islands larger than 100 km².
#1 Koh Phuket (514 km²)
Bangkok is an amazing city at night boasting spectacular rooftop bars, impressive temples, neon signs, and colorful tuk-tuks slalom through the traffic. Below are just a few examples of what to photograph in Bangkok by night.
Krabi is different to places like Phuket and Koh Samui where you’ll find long white beaches with an army of umbrellas lined up on the sand and water sports like jet ski and parasailing.
In fact, Krabi is a completely different story. With its natural beauty and incredible limestone cliffs, several national parks incorporate the beaches and offshore islands why motorized water sports aren’t allowed.
You will also not see any sun loungers and umbrellas on the beaches except those outside the resorts. Here are seven beaches along Krabi’s spectacular mainland coast.
1. Railay Beach
I stumbled across a website about fishing in Krabi and Gillham’s Fishing Resorts with a 12-acre lake stocked with 52 species from around the world including monsters like Arapaima 250 kg (560 lb), Mekong Catfish 135 kg (300 lb), Siamese Carp 90 kg (200 lb), Giant Freshwater Stingray 90 kg (200 lb), and Chao Praya Catfish 70 kg (160 lb).
The resort offers 14 luxury 2-bedroom bungalows situated within 12 meters of the lake set in stunning Krabi landscape. Who’s up for some fishing in Thailand?
Drones are so popular now for both aerial video and photo capture, and you might be thinking about getting one when traveling in Thailand. If so, there is a Phantom store on the second floor at Siam Discovery Shopping Center in Bangkok. The guys working there were so knowledgeable and helpful I decided to blog about them.
I choose to go for the DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K, and they helped me out with updating to the latest firmware, which took a while, so we asked if we could come back later. I also bought a Phantom backpack and asked if they could put the drone in the backpack instead of the original box ready for me to just put on my back and start the journey.