Koh Yao Yai To Koh Yao Noi + Room Tour – Thailand

Time to say goodbye to Yao Yai island and the next destination is the nearby neighbor Koh Yao Noi.
This time with the worry in mind about how much would the boat shake during the short trip due to the baby on board, I tranquilize any mothers to be by assuring you it is a soft ride(the taxi until the pier shook more😜), of course that may change during rough weather, be aware of that.
The 10 min (or less) ride cost 50 baht per person. It can be boarded on Chonglad pier, north of the island, you’ll probably need a taxi to get there unless you are staying nearby or dropping your rented vehicle nearby. Boats depart frequently during the day, it is not needed to worry about a schedule.

Arriving in Koh Yao Noi started well by being presented with much lighter taxi fees than Yao Yai.
The view on our way to the hotel also pleased us and our first impression was of a more structured place than Yao Yai.
Our hotel pick was Pasai Cottage, a budget beachfront bungalow with simple bamboo rooms and private cold shower.
Prices were around 600-700 baht at the time we stayed (high season).

Now, it’s time to explore Yao Noi, stay tuned for the upcoming adventures!

 

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Time To Say Goodbye To Thailand And Explore Guangzhou, China

We spent 3 beautiful months in the Land Of Smiles this time, it’s always an intense experience, one we will never forget.
From our loved Thailand we head towards new adventures on giant China, Guangzhou is our first stop and base during this trip.
First time I came to Guangzhou was in 2008, last in 2012, lot’s of things have changed since then.
We are ready to take the innovations all in and this time, share it with you.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Oasis
Vegan Restaurant
Address: 612/93 Sirikorn Market Paholyothin Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.905563,99.835135 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Open from 7 am to 7 pm.

Traditional J restaurant serving mostly pre-made affordable Thai food.
It’s slightly bigger than the average J, thus offering more dish options.
The traditional northern sausage was delicious, it’s a great chance to try northern Thai food that would otherwise contain animal products.

 

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar – เชียงรายไนท์บาร์ซ่า
Address: near old bus terminal, Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.905439,99.834672 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล เวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 6 pm to 11:30 pm.

The walking street is a traditional Thai night market style.
It’s not a big one, but has some charming hill tribe crafts and art, and can be a fun laid-back place to grab a drink.
Foodwise, for vegans there’s only fresh fruits.

 

Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport – ท่าอากาศยานนานาชาติแม่ฟ้าหลวง เชียงราย
Address: 404 Moo 4, Ban Du, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.954572,99.879057 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: https://airportthai.co.th/en/

Time To Say Goodbye To Thailand And Explore Guangzhou, China
On the way to the airport

 

Veganerie Concept
Vegan Restaurant
Address: Behind Benjasari Park, Sukhumvit 24, 35/2 Soi Methinivate, Klongtoei, Bangkok
Address in Thai: 35/2 ถนน สุขุมวิท 24 ร้านตั้งอยู่หลังสวนเบญจสิริ กรุงเทพมหานคร
BTS(skytrain): Phrom Phong station – Sukhumvit line, exit 2 or 6 (5min walk)
Website: http://veganerie.co.th
Open from 10 am to 10 pm.

Our favorite vegan restaurant in town offers a great variety of western and Thai cuisine.
Desserts are not a little page at the end of the menu, but a flagship on this fleet including milkshakes, ice-creams, pancakes, waffles, pies, crepes, scones, cakes, and many other finger-licking options.
If your focus is the main dishes, they don’t follow behind the dessert, flavorful unusual vegan creations that will leave you with only one problem; the hard job to choose one!

 

Lemon Farm
Organic Grocery Store
Address: 2nd floor, 84, Sukhumvit Soi 55, Watthana, Bangkok
Address in Thai: สุขุมวิท, 84 ซอย สุขุมวิท 55
BTS(skytrain): Thong Lo station – Sukhumvit line, exit
Website: http://www.lemonfarm.com/
Open from 10 am to 9:30 pm.

Time To Say Goodbye To Thailand And Explore Guangzhou, China

Great little store with a good range of vegans and organic options.
There are other locations around town.

 

Khun Churn – คุณเชิญ
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: G Floor, Bkk Mediplex Building, Sukhumvit Soi 42, Bangkok
Address in Thai: ซอย สุขุมวิท 42 กรุงเทพมหานคร (Bkk Mediplex ตึกเก๋ๆ เป็นโครงรูปตัว x อยู่ชั้น G) อ่านต่อได้ที่
BTS(skytrain): Ekkamai station – Sukhumvit line, exit 2 (2 min walk)
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KhunChurnSukhumvit42
Open from 10 am to 8:30 pm.

Time To Say Goodbye To Thailand And Explore Guangzhou, China

Delightful traditional Thai food with indigenous veggies and full flavors.
A huge array of dishes to pick from, our favorite is the traditional northern Khao Soi.

 

Refreshing Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 159 Linhe West Road, Tianhe, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.149611,113.323114 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市林和西路159号
Open from 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm.

 

Stay connected, loads of China adventures are coming soon!
Have you been to China? Let us know about your experiences in the comments below.❤️

Time To Say Goodbye To Thailand And Explore Guangzhou, China

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TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts You Have To Try

Today we come with a list to please your sweet tooth!
The delectable traditional Thai desserts, exotic pieces of heaven that everyone should try.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

 

1- Mango Sticky Rice – Khaoniao Mamuang

The simple look of the dish can mislead on how incredibly the ingredients compliment each other.
There’s just one way to understand it, you have to try it out!

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

2- Banana In Coconut Milk – Kluai Buat Chi

Once again, you’ll have to try it to understand this simple yet magical dish.
The coconut milk, often freshly made with the best coconuts in the world, hold outstanding taste on its own.
For Vegans: Some places may add cow milk, it is not a common practice but it’s possible, make sure to clarify your preferences.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

3- Coconut Ice Cream – Itim Kati

Served in a coconut shell with fresh slices of coconut meat, this finger-licking sweet is a must-try.
It has several toppings for you to choose from like corn, chia seeds, pumpkin, sweet potato, palm seeds, sticky rice, peanuts, pineapple, banana, and more.
For Vegans: Contrary to the original recipe, nowadays many sellers add cow milk to the mixture, this is the case in about 60% of the times, make sure to ask.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

 

4- Coconut Pancakes – Kanom Krok

These beauties are special from the way they are made to the final taste.
It can be filled with corn, sweet potato, taro, and even chives for a savory twist.
For vegans: So far I never came across a non-vegan one but I recommend to check every time.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

 

5- Grilled Bananas – Kluai Hak Muk

The site of them is so attractive, and so is the taste.
Sometimes complimented by some dry coconut shreds to delight even further.

 

6- Coconut Rice Custard – Kanom Tuay

With subtle taste, the beautifully presented dessert is a joy to the eyes and to the mouth.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

 

7- Coconut Biscuit With Pineapple Jam

The pineapple jam filling is to die for and it marries perfectly with the coconut biscuit.
This snack can be found everywhere in the country and the flavor is new and exciting, a party in your mouth.
For Vegans: There’s also version containing milk, make sure to always check the ingredients.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

 

8- Fresh Coconut Pancakes – Kanom Ba-Bin

When I first tried them, I couldn’t believe how incredible these taste.
Sometimes sweetened by dates and sprinkled with sesame seeds, they are the kind of thing you can give up a meal and just eat them instead.
For Vegans: They are mostly vegan but versions with eggs can be found, which gives a yellow coloring to it, always check the ingredients with the vendor.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

 

9- Thai Layered Jelly Cakes – Kanom Chan

The ancient dessert always counts with 9 layers, to bring fortune and prosperity.
Jelly-like, yet free of animals opposite from western jellies, the gluey texture is given by the tapioca and rice flour.

 

10- Thai Style Candied Pumpkin And Fruits

There are always street carts offering these sweets around the cities, they can also be found in street markets.
It can be found versions of banana, sweet potato, cassava, pumpkin, palm seeds, tamarind, taro, and more.

 

The best of all is that the 10 can be found naturally vegan, how awesome to be able to experience traditions and be kind at the same time!❤️
Don’t worry, if you want more, there’s plenty of awesome traditional desserts easily found around the country.
Have you tried any of these? Let us know in the comments below!🍬

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Exploring Mae Salong – Thailand

The cool weather, the silence, nature, the people; all bringing a very sweet feeling of peace.
Mae Salong is indeed a place for relaxation, an escape from busy cities and minds.
One day in the village and my wish was to rent a hut for a month. There’s just something about it, a purity, a sense of calmness, I can’t really put it into words.

Mae Salong, Thailand

How To Get There + Village History

To see our first post about Mae Salong and understand a little more of their unique history click here.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Shin Sane Guesthouse & Bungalow
Address: 119 Moo 1, Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.165881,99.625559 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 119หมู่1 ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Website: https://www.shinsaneguesthouse.com/

Mae Salong, Thailand

The first guesthouse in Mae Salong established in 1970.
Great value for money, centrally sited, impeccably clean.

 

Morning Market
Address: Behind Shin Sane Guesthouse, Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.166035,99.625925 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Open from 5 am to 9 am, there are some fixed shops that will remain open until the afternoon.

Mae Salong, Thailand

An authentic market where real culture immersion happens.
The Akha people bring all sorts of exotic produce from their villages and even from neighbor Burma.
There’s a special energy about the little street market, a real sense of presence and happiness coming from everyone around.

Mae Salong, Thailand

 

Mae Toe Village – Akha Hill Tribe Village
Address: Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.175405,99.611967 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง

Following up the road behind the morning market, you’ll arrive at one of the Akha villages of the area.
It is a nice stroll around to learn more about their traditions and come in contact with it first hand.
When we stopped in a little convenience store-like place for a coffee, the big star of the village, we were surprised by it all being gifted for us in the end together with a bag of their family grown and roasted coffee.
It was fantastic to chat with them and be able to connect. If you wish to do the same, be aware that we spoke in Mandarin though, they couldn’t speak English.

 

Yang Ming
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 37/2 Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.164458,99.624246 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 37/2 ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Open from 8 am to 9 pm.

Mae Salong, Thailand

The mushroom with ginger and spices was heaven and the complimentary tea was the perfect balance for the chilling weather.
The restaurant is sited in a very simple yet somehow charming greenish wooden house where the family also runs a motorbike renting shop.

 

Xing Yang Tea Factory – ซิงหยาง
Address: Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.165725,99.629174 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Phone: 053-765037

When driving along the streets of Mae Salong you will see many tea factories, some which will be hands-on in the very time you are passing by and don’t mind curious tourists peeping around.
This was the case with Xing Yang, every time we passed by they were working and we just couldn’t go by one more time without having a closer look.
Even though they were busy and didn’t spoke English, they welcomed us really well and were happy to show us everything.
They also count with a shop just a few meters from their factory.

Mae Salong, Thailand

 

Wang Pu Tan – วังพุดตาล
Tea House and Plantation
Address: 1130 Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.165127,99.632916 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 1130 ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Website: http://www.wangputtan.com/tea

Mae Salong, Thailand

The tea house offers great quality and variety, it’s an enjoyable tea tasting and shopping experience.
The plantations count with giant decorations and are a pleasure to stroll around.

 

101 Tea Plantation, Factory and Tea House – ไร่ชา 101
Address: 83 Moo 6, Tambon Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.160544,99.660866 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 83 หมู่ที่ 6 ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Website: http://www.101teaplantation.com/101teasmaesalong.html
Open from 7 am to 6 pm.

Mae Salong, Thailand

You can’t leave this place without visiting a tea house and plantation, it is a must to truly experience Mae Salong.
The 101 Tea is one of the places which gives you the complete process, an absolute joy to visit.
One of the most famous factories in town, named after the homophone 101 = Yi Ling Yi which sounds like “The Best” in the owner’s Taiwanese dialect.

 

Manomai Garden – สวนมโนมัย
Address: Mae Salong Nai, Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.164931,99.708615 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล แม่สลองใน อำเภอ แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Always open.

Mae Salong, Thailand

An unusual space by the road standing alone about 12 km from Mae Salong center.
The name means “Spiritual Garden”, it features Akha traditional swings used for special celebrations and rites of passage.
The swings are available for anyone passing by without any charge.

 

Pa Tueng Hot Spring – น้ำพุร้อนบ้านป่าตึง
Address: Pa Tueng, Mae Chan
GPS: 20.117514,99.797318 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล ป่าตึง อำเภอ แม่จัน
Open from 6 am to 8 pm.

We knew that due Mae Salong’s location the weather would be colder, still, we had only long sleeves no actual warm jackets.
Imagine how delicious after a few days feeling cold to just deep into a hot spring water filled bath.
We couldn’t wait for it and it turned out to be comfy and relaxing as anticipated.😉

 

Oasis
Vegan Restaurant
Address: 612/93 Sirikorn Market Paholyothin Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.905563,99.835135 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Open from 7 am to 7 pm.

Traditional J restaurant serving mostly pre-made affordable Thai food.
It’s slightly bigger than the average J, thus offering more dish options.
The traditional northern sausage was delicious, it’s a great chance to try northern Thai food that would otherwise contain animal products.

 

Akha River House
Budget Hotel
Address: 423/25 Moo 21, Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.916257,99.832216 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 423/25 หมู่ที่ 21 ถนน เกาะลอย 1 ตำบล เวียง อำเภอ เมืองเชียงราย
Website: http://www.akhahotel.com/

A budget riverside hotel run by the Akha people, prices go from 200 to 600 baht depending on the room.
The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe originally from China, they migrated to Southeast Asia in the early 20th century.
They are one of the largest hill tribe groups in Thailand.

 

 

What an amazing time we had in the northernmost province of Thailand.
What about you, ready to place it on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below! ❤️

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Is There A beach In Chiang Rai ??! – Thailand

Chiang Rai is a big mix of attractions and is always full of surprises.
After our first experience in a hot spring up in the hills by the Akha village, we decided to try out one more in the region.
After that, pause for the always flavorful Thai food, a picturesque temple, and some relaxation at the beach on a beachless city.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Parthom
Vegan Restaurant
Address: Thanalai Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.907969,99.827196 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ถนน ธนาลัย อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 6:30 am to 5 pm, closed on Sundays.

Is There A beach In Chiang Rai ??! - Thailand

Traditional J style Thai restaurant offering a few western style dishes as well.
Affordable prices and central location.

 

Pong Phrabat Hot Spring
Address: 1511, Ban Du, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.977888,99.832179 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 1511 ตำบล บ้านดู่ อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Admission: 20 baht for the communal pool, 50-120 baht private
Open from 8 am to 8 pm.

Located 10 km away from the city center.
Cheap Thai massage and street stalls available at the premises.

 

Lotus Leaf
Vegan Restaurant
Address: Phahonyothin Road, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.978047,99.859365 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ถนน พหลโยธิน อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย

We found a vegan restaurant on the way back to the city center that is not on the map.
It is a simple J restaurant serving cheap Thai food.

 

Wat Huay Pla Kang – วัดห้วยปลากั้ง
Buddhist Temple
Address: 553/3 Rimkok, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.949786,99.806401 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 553 หมู่ 3 ตำบลริมกก อำเภอเมือง จังหวัดเชียงราย
Admission: free for the complex, 40 baht to enter the white statue
Website: http://www.wathyuaplakang.org/

An impressive temple counting with 2 breathtaking main constructions.
One of them is the 9-tiered pagoda, beautifully done and with plenty of details to be appreciated on each floor.
The other is an even bigger construction, a stunning white statue representing the Goddess of Mercy.
Sited 7 km away from the city center, the temple is quite new, established in 2001 with the Guan Yin stature being added later.

 

Chiang Rai Beach – หาดเชียงราย
Riverfront
Address: Rop Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.917747,99.793693 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล รอบเวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย

There’s no actual beach in Chiang Rai, this is the way locals call a nice riverfront area on the outskirts of the city.
it is a nice place to grab a drink, have a picnic, and bath in the river.
If you have limited time in town, this can be skipped, it’s more of a relaxation moment after a tour day for those who have the luxury of time.

Is There A beach In Chiang Rai ??! - Thailand

 

Chiang Rai Rumleuk Kaffee Hub – เชียงรายรำลึก
Address: Thanon Baanpa Pragarn Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.907047,99.831324 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล เวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 6 pm to 12 am.

Cool cafe with the Clock Tower as a view.

 

Oasis
Vegan Restaurant
Address: 612/93 Sirikorn Market Paholyothin Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.905563,99.835135 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Open from 7 am to 7 pm.

Traditional J restaurant serving mostly pre-made affordable Thai food.
It’s slightly bigger than the average J, thus offering more dish options.
The traditional northern sausage was delicious, it’s a great chance to try northern Thai food that would otherwise contain animal products.

 

Loads of adventures in Northern Thailand are coming, stay tuned!🇹🇭

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Staying With The Akha Hill Tribe – Chiang Rai, Thailand

Located 24 km from Chiang Rai city center, 1500 m above sea level, the Akha village can be found.
The scenic ride couldn’t be more pleasing passing by rice fields, hot springs, mountain, rivers, temples, villages, and lush greens.
When arriving in the village the theme is kept, it’s placed in a valley surrounded by tea plantations.

The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe originally from China, they migrated to Southeast Asia in the early 20th century.
They are one of the largest hill tribe groups in Thailand.
We had the pleasure to spend some time with them and their beautiful surroundings and here goes some tips for you to do it too.

 

The Hotel

Luckily, for those who wish to stay, the Akha run a budget hotel inside their village.
Prices go from 200 to 1200 baht depending on the room.
The bamboo bungalow fits perfectly with the environment and creates a magical light effect when the sunrise comes.
Everything is very simple, more suitable for those who don’t mind budget stays.
Here their website: http://www.akhahill.com/

 

How To Get there

Sited 13 km away from the city center, some kind of transportation will be needed to access the village.
To better explore Chiang Rai, we recommend renting a motorcycle( 200 baht per day) or a car during your stay(if you are an experienced driver).
If that is not desired or possible, free transport (on limited hours) is offered for those staying at their hotel.
Another option is grabbing a taxi or booking guided treks on the surroundings.

GPS: 19.943575,99.672874 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://www.akhahill.com/

 

Here other addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Full Moon Wellness Cafe
Address: 118/9 T. Sang Khong Noi, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.901473,99.823570 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 118/9 ถนน สันโค้งน้อย ตำบล รอบเวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fullmoonwellnesscafe/
Open from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.

Cool space with healthy options, counts with vegan choices.
Just one of the granolas doesn’t contain honey, be aware of that if you are vegan.

 

Boonsita – บุญสิตา
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 1041/7 Sathorn Payabarn Road, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.901521,99.830462 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 1041/7 ถ.สถานพยาบาล ต.รอบเวียง อ.เมือง จ.เชียงราย
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/boonsitahealthyfood/
Open from 7 am to 4:30 pm, closed on Saturdays.

 

Click here to have a look in our first video visiting the Chiang Rai Akha village and here to see our visit to the Akha in Chiang Mai.
Stick around for more of our stay with the Akha!☀️

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The Black House and Doi Tung Mountain – Chiang Rai, Thailand

So many stunning and unique things to see on Chiang Rai and its surroundings!
How wonderful to be able to experience all these new places and sensations in one day!

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Tamachat
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: Sanambin Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.906253,99.828596 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ถนนสนามบิน อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 7 am to 3 pm, closed on Sundays.

Traditional J style veggie restaurant serving simple Thai food with several booths in one location.

 

Baandam Museum – The Black House – พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านดำ
Address: 414 Moo 13, Nanglae, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.991623,99.861111 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 414 หมู่ 13 ตำบล นางแล อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Website: http://www.thawan-duchanee.com/
Admission: 80 baht
Open from 9 am to 5 pm.

The part museum, part home created by the national artist Thawan Duchanee is a popular site in Chiang Rai.
It can be found 11 km from the city center and features work that mixes modern and traditional Thai art.
Together with the main black house, there are several other buildings arranged on a quiet garden.
The artist interpretation of Buddhist philosophy is controversial but nowadays mostly accepted by Thai people and representing their culture around the world.
IMPORTANT: For vegan,s it is a hard walk around, we completely respect the work of the artist but the scenes can be very strong for vegans and we recommend skipping it.

 

Give Green Farm
Organic Restaurant
Address: 300 Moo 13, Near Baan Dam Black House Museum, Nanglae, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.992426,99.859063 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 300 หมู่ 13 ตำบล นางแล อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 7 am to 7 pm.

The Black House and Doi Tung Mountain - Chiang Rai, Thailand

 

Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens – สวนรุกขชาติแม่ฟ้าหลวง – Doi Tung – ดอยตุง
Gardens, Royal Villa and Arboretum
Address: Mae Fah Luang District, Chiang Rai
GPS: 20.289688,99.810313 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล แม่ฟ้าหลวง อำเภอ แม่ฟ้าหลวง เชียงราย
Website: http://www.maefahluang.org/
Admission: 90 baht each or 220 for a combo
Open from 7 am to 5:30 pm.

Found 60 km from the city center and 18 km from Burma, the beautiful place is also history rich.
Doi Tung was once a dangerous area, where opium was produced and trade.
The Princess Srinagarindra, who was given the title of Princess Mother by the hill tribe people, organized a Royal project to help the local villagers to have a new source of income and thus not depend on the opium production starting in the late 60’s. It was part of the government efforts to eradicate opium in the country.
Nowadays the problems are in the past, the villagers switched crops, they sell their produce and crafts, and work at the princess project.
The coffee and macadamia from Doi Tung are now famous and well appreciated all over Thailand.
Plants from many climates and regions can be found at the impeccable gardens, the Royal villa where the princess used to stay can now be visited as well.

 

Hill Tribes Street Market
Address: Mae Fah Luang District, Chiang Rai
GPS: 20.290986,99.811622 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล แม่ฟ้าหลวง อำเภอ แม่ฟ้าหลวง เชียงราย
Open from 7 am to 5:30 pm.

The Akha people and other hill tribes have a street market just outside the Mae Fah Luang gardens.
It is an awesome place to see exotic fruits and seeds, tribal clothing and accessories, and to taste and stash tea from their plantations.

The Black House and Doi Tung Mountain - Chiang Rai, Thailand

 

Choui Fong Tea Plantation – ไร่ชา ฉุยฟง
Address: 97 Moo 8 Pasang, Maechan, Chiang Rai
GPS: 20.199877,99.816431 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 97 หมู่ 8 ตำบล ป่าซาง อำเภอ แม่จัน เชียงราย
Website: http://www.chouifongtea.com/en
Open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Located 40 km from the city center holding a stunning view.
It’s perfect for those who want to relax in a peaceful environment.
Sited in the way to Doi Tung, perfect to fit in a day itinerary to explore that area.

 

J Vegetarian Restaurant – ร้านอาหารเจ ป้าพลอย
Address: 17/1 Moo 2, Pa Tueng, Mae Chan
GPS: 20.148871,99.849527 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 17/1 หมู่ที่ 2 ตำบล ป่าตึง อำเภอ แม่จัน
Facebook Page: ร้านอาหารเจ ป้าพลอย
Open from 6 am to 6 pm.

 

Chiang Rai Saturday Night Walking Street – ถนนคนเดินเชียงราย
Street Market
Address: Thanalai Road, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.908752,99.830763 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ถนน ธนาลัย อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open Saturdays from 6 pm to 12 pm.

The coolest market in town!
If you happen to be in Chiang Rai on a Saturday we definitely recommend you to visit it.
In case you are lucky to spot the dates and coconut pancake stall, make sure to try it, they are extremely delicious and vegan!

The Black House and Doi Tung Mountain - Chiang Rai, Thailand

 

 

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Ancient Pottery Village, Sunset Temples, Archaeological Park Night Market – Old Sukhothai, Thailand

The pottery used by the ancient Sukhothai that still exists today, a lively night market with an unbeatable view, and blessings from the magical hilltop are some of the adventures of today.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Ban Thung Luang Pottery Village And Community Center
Address: Ban Thung Luang, Khiri Mat, Sukhothai
GPS: 16.875536,99.790695 (entrance of the village, the location of the first sign to follow to the community center)
Address in Thai: ตำบล ทุ่งหลวง อำเภอ คีรีมาศ สุโขทัย
Website: http://www.otoptoday.com/en/wisdom/8188/Baan%20Thung%20Luang%20Earthenware
Open from 8 am to 4 pm.

The people from Ban Thung Luang produce earthenware for centuries. A tradition that has passed down the generations and is available for us today famous for its beauty, quality, and durability.
The ancient unglazed pottery, regardless of its uniqueness, can be purchased for extremely low prices in the village.
A small learning center is open for everyone offering traditional skills and information.
Most of the tourist who comes to visit are in tour groups.
Sited 18km from New Sukhothai, this is a nice interaction with local culture for those who have extra time after visiting the Historical Park.

 

K Shop Coffee House
Coffee House and Bicycle Rent Store
Address: Near Historical Park main entrance, Old Sukhothai
GPS: 17.019094,99.707034 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล เมืองเก่า อำเภอเมืองสุโขทัย
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KshopBicycleForRent/
Open from 6 am to 6 pm.

A quick stop for a drink with the Historical Park as a view.

 

Wat Chang Lom – วัดช้างล้อม
Address: Old Sukhothai
GPS: 17.020279,99.719683 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล เมืองเก่า สุโขทัย
Website: https://www.tourismthailand.org/Attraction/Wat-Chang-Lom–782
Admission fee: Free entrance
Open from 8 am to 5 pm.

Located on the Si Satchanalai Historical Park, the Ceylonese style temple was built in the 15th century and features unique elephants compared to the other temples in the area.
It is placed just a few minutes away from Sukhothai Historical Park entrance.

 

Wat Traphang Thong – วัดตระพังทอง
“Temple Of The Golden Lake”
Address: Highway 12, Old Sukhothai
GPS: 17.017712,99.709008
Address in Thai: ถนนทางหลวงหมายเลข 12 อำเภอเมืองสุโขทัย
Website: http://www.traphangthong.org/
Admission fee: Free entrance

The excitement of seeing the several ruins just in front may put you off at first from visiting this undeniably beautiful temple but I will suggest giving it a try.
It also has 14th-century ruins even though there are new constructions coming together to complete the only temple in the old city that still active.
With peaceful environment, the first impression will be strong when you actually get to walk across the wooden bridge while the lanterns gently waving with the wind in a welcoming sign.
Located on an islet where the peace and quiet reign, the main attraction of the temple is an artifact called Buddha’s Footprint beautifully created in 1359.

 

The Coffee Cup
Restaurant
Address: Highway 12, Old Sukhothai
GPS: 17.018517,99.707968
Address in Thai: ถนนทางหลวงหมายเลข 12 อำเภอเมืองสุโขทัย
Website: https://the-coffee-cup.business.site/
Open from 7 am to 10 pm.

Will cook vegan food when requested.
Not a great vegan meal, would try somewhere else next time.

Ancient Pottery Village, Sunset Temples, Archaeological Park Night Market - Old Sukhothai, Thailand

 

Old Sukhothai Night Market
Address: Sukhothai Historical Park
GPS: 17.021874,99.703513
Address in Thai: อุทยานประวัติศาสตร์สุโขทัย
Admission fee: Free entrance
Open from 5 pm.

The night market at the Historical Park, apart from the Sunday one, seems to be a new addition.
It was distributed on a space north to the park, coming all the way inside the old city walls, on the street in between Wat Sa Si and King Ramkhamhaeng Monument.
It was phenomenal, with a breathtaking view of the temples dancing with the sunset, traditional Thai dance, delicious flavors(with enough vegan options!).

 

Wat Saphan Hin – โบราณสถานวัดสะพานหิน
“Temple Of The Stone Bridge”
Address: West zone, Old Sukhothai
GPS: 17.023299,99.675184
Address in Thai: ตำบล เมืองเก่า สุโขทัย
Admission fee: 100 baht for whole west zone
Open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

With a rock pathway to the top of a hill, stand a 12 meter high Buddha directing its blessing towards the Historical Park.
This is the main temple in the west zone and on account of its positioning holds a spectacular view and distinguish itself from most of the other temples in the park.
It’s easier to access the temple by motorbike/car, it’s located about 4 km from the Historical Park main entrance.

 

Wat Khao Phra Bat Noi – วัดพระบาทน้อย
Address: West zone, Old Sukhothai
GPS: 17.019182,99.671420
Address in Thai: ตำบล เมืองเก่า สุโขทัย
Admission fee: 100 baht for the whole west zone
Open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

During its time, it was a meditation monastery, the monks would take advantage of being amidst nature to focus.
There is an incredible energy at this place, the temple will likely be all yours, you can meditate seated right in the middle for an hour without interruptions.

 

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Sukhothai Vlog: Night Market and Getting Things Done – Thailand + How To Get From Ayutthaya To Sukhothai

We arrived in the beautiful ancient Sukhothai city!
Time to get work done and rest for the upcoming adventures.

Sukhothai Vlog: Night Market and Getting Things Done - Thailand + How To Get From Ayutthaya To Sukhothai

How To Get From Ayutthaya To Sukhothai

By Bus

Buses from Ayutthaya to Northern Thailand depart from the new Bus Station, located out of the city island on highway 32.
In the majority of cases, your hotel will be far away from this station(not be confused with the Bus Terminal just in the city center and walking distance from many hotels), a songthaew or moto taxi will be needed to get you there.
For a 2nd class bus + songthaew ride from our hotel, we paid 341 baht per person. If you wish to book a 1st class bus it will cost you 420 baht WITH the transportation to the Bus Station.
We suggest booking through your hotel or any travel agency in town (if the price is in accordance) because the bus station is far away and going all the way there to book the tickets is a huge waste of time and money. There’s a stall from the bus company selling the tickets on Narusean Road(near the old Bus Terminal) but it can be hard to find, still, if you buy it yourself you will need to book the songthaew which will cost 100 Baht (per car not per person). Knowing that, booking everything through your hotel can save time if the price is matching.
The trip will take around 6 hours.

Ayutthaya Bus Station – สถานีขนส่งอยุธยา (สายเหนือ)
Address: Highway 32, 55/5 Moo 1, Tambon Tha-nu, Amphoe Uthai, Ayutthaya
GPS: 14.352049,100.612343 (copy and paste ain map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 55/5 หมู่ 1 ถนน สายเอเชีย ตำบล ธนู อำเภอ อุทัย พระนครศรีอยุธยา
Website: www.transport.co.th
*It’s important to note that there are 2 BUS STATIONS in Ayutthaya, this is the new one, that is found out of the island about 20 min by songthaew from the city center.

Sukhothai Bus Terminal – สถานีขนส่งผู้โดยสารจังหวัดสุโขทัย
Address: Tambon Ban Kluai, New Sukhothai
GPS: 17.014673,99.813121
Address in Thai: ตำบล บ้านกล้วย อำเภอเมืองสุโขทัย

Sukhothai Bus Terminal Songthaew To Our Hotel
By Train

The trains departing from Ayutthaya don’t run to Sukhothai, the nearest stop is Phitsanulok taking 4-5 hours(depending on the train type), located 60 km from Sukhothai. Tickets can be bought at Ayutthaya Railway Station(see address below), which is centrally located, and will cost 58-455 baht and take 3,5-6,5 hours depending on the train and class (rapid/special express/ordinary).
Check timetables and fares at the website listed below.
At first, it wouldn’t make much sense to choose the train knowing that the bus goes straight to Sukhothai, but Phitsanulok is also a historical city, for those who are interested in visiting it, it’s a great option.
Arriving early, you can spend the day at Phitsanulok and then head to Sukhothai at night if staying in the city is not on your schedule.
If Phitsanulok is not in your plans and you prefer traveling by train, after arriving at the train station, directly pick a tuk-tuk to the bus station where you should transfer to a min bus or regular bus to Sukhothai. It will take about 1 hour costing from 30-70 baht depending on the coach.

Ayutthaya Railway Station – สถานีรถไฟอยุธยา
Address: Ho Rattanachai, Ayutthaya
GPS: 14.356727,100.582995 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล หอรัตนไชย อำเภอ พระนครศรีอยุธยา
Website(Thailand Railway): http://www.railway.co.th/home *In this website you can check timetables, fares, and seating options with pictures of all trains in Thailand.

By Air

There’s no airport in Ayutthaya.
A nearby destination that flies to Sukhothai would be Bangkok.

 

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Ban Thai Guesthouse – บ้านไทยเกสท์เฮ้าส์
Budget Hotel
Address: 38 Pravet Nakhon Road, New Sukhothai
GPS: 17.007564,99.818205 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 38 ประเวศนคร สุโขทัย
Website: http://banthaiguesthouse.wixsite.com/banthaiguesthouse/
Price: 250-450 baht per night depending on the room

Nice and quiet guesthouse, we would stay again.

 

Sukhothai Night Market
Address: New Sukhothai, near the bridge, around Jarodvithi Thong, Ramkamhaeng, and Rat Uthit Road
GPS: 17.009377,99.819131

The market consists of street food stalls and some fresh produce, it’s not the usual night market with all the knick-knackeries that are found around the country.
For vegans buying fresh exotic fruits are the only attraction, the day we visited we couldn’t find any vegan-friendly stalls.
If you happened to be in the city on a Saturday, the Saturday Night Market is a bigger and more attractive one starting from 6 pm taking place at Nikorn Kasem Road.

 

This beautiful city will unveil itself in the next posts!☀️
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