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.
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.
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 ✓
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
A world of possibilities is awaiting you in the municipality of Bangkok. This urban oasis is the capital as well as the most populous city in Thailand hosting one of the world’s most sought-after sites for people of all cultures. With over 8 million people within its boundaries, this delta-based metropolis is far from your average city and should be thoroughly explored. The sights and sounds of the city will entrench visitors inside a paradox of exotic cultures.
If you are planning on going to Chiang Mai to see beautiful nature and doing some adventuring, don’t miss Mae Rim just north. With beautiful valley sceneries, waterfalls, and exotic hill tribes, this district will make every nature enthusiast thrilled. The following are some of the attractions in Mae Rim you cannot miss.
The hills of Mae Rim
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.
Happy wife on vacation a couple of years ago.
When we are traveling in Thailand, I take lots of pictures, and I have noticed that my favorite ones happen to be pictures of old women. Now I’m going to be a bit cliché, but every picture tells a story, and old people are amazing with wrinkles representing years of experience. Below are four different old women from different parts of the country each of them telling a different story.
A long-neck woman in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai