Inspired by the biblical Mount Sinai in Egypt, Z9 (Zinine) Resort in Kanchanaburi similarly want to present the peaceful shelter with the philosophy: Recharge your life energy, renew your spirit. And that is what this place is all about — getting away from it all for a weekend and just enjoy the calm surroundings.
Z9 Resort is a floating resort located in a remote area at Srinakarin Lake’s southern end 20 km north of Erawan National Park, and we decided to stay here with the aim of visiting the beautiful Erawan Waterfall the next morning. We went here with our friends from Bangkok, not only because it’s a tradition to meet once a year, but also to celebrate that two of them are getting married in May.
Completed its unique design building in 2017, awarded for its hospitality in 2018, and known for being eco-friendly, Z9 Resort is really something else!
Below are some of the pictures I took during our stay in early March.
Khanom is a quiet, yet beautiful coastal town in Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. With sandy beaches, lots of exotic coconut palms and rare pink dolphins swimming just off the coast, this hidden gem could be the next big thing in Thailand. My wife and I brought the whole family to stay overnight one night at the beautiful Nadan Beach with the aim of seeing those pink dolphins the next morning.
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