10 of the Most Beautiful National Parks in Thailand

There are over 100 national parks in Thailand covering one-fifth of the country, some of which still have tigers and elephants roaming free. From the jungle-covered mountains in the north to the marine parks in the south, below are seven beautiful national parks I have visited followed by three famous parks yet for me to explore.

Doi Inthanon National Park

Nong Thale Lake, The Most Beautiful Lake in Krabi

Nong Thale Lake in the village of Nong Thale is quite off the beaten path 15 minutes north of the busy Ao Nang. The peacefulness during the sunrise is hard to beat anywhere in Krabi. While it’s not a tourist spot, it’s popular among Thai photographers — I’ve met photographers both early in the morning and late at night trying to capture the Milky Way.

7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Nakhon Si Thammarat in Southern Thailand

Nakhon Si Thammarat is the largest province in southern Thailand and compared to other southern provinces like Phuket, Phang Nga, and Krabi — which the beautiful Andaman Sea locates all — this Gulf of Thailand province has very little tourists. But with its interesting history, ancient temples and beautiful lush mountains, Nakhon Si Thammarat is one of the most exciting provinces in Thailand — and below I give you seven reasons to go.

1. The eco-friendly village of Kiriwong

A Visit to the Sunday Night Market in Chiang Mai

Something that is always mentioned as a must-do when reading about Chiang Mai is the Sunday Walking Street market (or just Sunday night market), and I can definitely see why. Stalls are lined up 1 km along Ratchadamnoen Road in the center of the old walled city with music and dance shows. Starting from 16:00 till midnight, Ratchadamnoen Road is always closed to traffic while the market is open.

The Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok – Thailand’s Largest Indoor Wholesale

The Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok is Thailand’s largest indoor wholesale with over 2,000 shops. If you like the typical Bangkok market but prefer air-condition, this is the place. On our last visit to the capital, I followed my wife to this enormous mall spread over seven floors separated into three zones, and after a couple of hours, I had to drag her out of the damn building. Below are some pictures I took.

Top Restaurants in Krabi – My Best Experiences

Although it can be nice to sit at one of the seafront restaurants along the tourist strips with a Singha beer waiting for the Tom Yam Goong to hit the table, I prefer going local. My best food experiences in Krabi has been in places outside the hustle and bustle serving genuine local food. I highly recommend trying at least one of these restaurants on your trip to Krabi, but count on paying more than the random sidewalk restaurant — it’s so worth it!

Bankolek Riverside, Ao Nang

Our Stay at Column Bangkok – the Apartment Style Hotel

Column Bangkok is a hotel in the area of Sukhumvit with ridiculously large rooms including a kitchen and laundry facility. And the best thing: it’s very affordable! We stayed two nights earlier this year and got a room with an amazing view over the high-rise buildings. The view from the pool is even more spectacular, but the pool area was not too exciting so we didn’t spend much time there.

Sukhumvit is probably the best area to stay in Bangkok and the hotel is located close to the sky train station, Terminal 21 shopping center and the famous red-light district Soi Cowboy. Below are some pictures of our room and nearby attractions.

17 Pictures from Chiang Mai’s Old City

The old city of Chiang Mai is a rectangular-shaped area of 3.6 km² with ancient ruins of a wall and a moat surrounding the wall as further protection from invaders. The fortification was built in 1296 when King Mengrai established Chiang Mai as the capital of Lanna Kingdom. It’s one of Chiang Mai’s main attraction and a must-see, but also a great place to stay when visiting Chiang Mai. Below are some pictures from when we took a lap around the city.