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Mekong Tourism Forum 2018: Thematic Village Experience

During the last week of June, I was invited by Destination Mekong and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) to attend the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 (MTF2018) in Nakhon Phanom, a small city in north-east Thailand that borders with Laos, the Mekong River separating the two countries. It was my first time travelling to Nakhon Phanom – a destination that I never knew before – and attending MTF2018. The conference was held from 25th till 29th June but I was only able to attend from the 27th onwards due to prior engagements in Kuala Lumpur two days before. Although I

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4 Reasons to Visit Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

When I first learnt that the location of the 2018 Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF 2018) was Nakhon Phanom in Thailand, I wondered where this place was. Nakhon Phanom is a small city in the north-eastern region of Thailand called Isaan and it borders with Laos, the Mekong River separating the two countries. Being geographically close to Laos and Vietnam, the population of Nakhon Phanom – roughly 700,000 people – is a diverse mix of Thais, Thai-Vietnamese and Thai-Chinese. The main languages spoken here are Isaan and Thai but culturally, the city is more Lao as it was once part of Laos

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Guest Post: How To Go To Mae Klong And Back For 140 Thai Baht

This guest post was written by my friend Jack Lee who loves trains in Thailand. He contributed his first guest post sometime ago about his experience travelling from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by train over the River Kwai Bridge. Here’s another one about Mae Klong and how you can do it cheaply..for 140 Thai Baht 🙂 Jack doesn’t have a travel blog but you may follow him on Instagram. Enjoy! ***** The famous railway market at Mae Klong (pronounced as Meh-Gong) is located at Samut Songkram province. Located just about an hour (or more depending on traffic situation) drive from Bangkok, it

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A Quick Guide to Chiang Mai: Part 1

A number of my friends have been to Chiang Mai and they sing praises of this city which made me feel excited about my trip but at the same time, a little concerned that I might have too high expectations of the city. Chiang Mai is known as the “Rose of the North” in Thailand and during the short drive from the airport to the hotel, I instinctively knew that this “rose” was going to be pretty. My initial reaction was how small the city was. Forgive my ignorance, I knew Chiang Mai was a smaller city than Bangkok but

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3Cs of Chiang Mai: Scenes From The City

Thailand is a beautiful country. It’s a great country for food, shopping, islands and beaches, jungles, mountains and wildlife, and not to mention, magnificent Buddhist temples. I was in Chiang Mai for a couple of days at the end of January, and some of the activities I did were temple visits, night markets and a day tour to the Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai province. Chiang Mai is situated in northern Thailand and also known as the “Rose of the North”. It’s a smaller city than Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, and is surrounded by the countryside and mountains, thus the city

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In Pictures: Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok. It is also the birthplace of Thai traditional massage. Located only 10 minutes walk from the Grand Palace, most visitors would visit Wat Pho as well, and is mainly to admire the Reclining Buddha. If one is awestruck by the grandeur of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, then the experience is also mind-blowing at Wat Pho. The temple is open daily from 8.30am till 6.30pm and the entrance fee is THB100. The Reclining Buddha is about 160 feet in length and is made of solid gold. The feet of

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In Pictures: The Grandeur of the Grand Palace, Bangkok

The Grand Palace is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok. A trip to Bangkok would be incomplete without visiting the Grand Palace, in fact, it’s a must-see for any first-timer to the city. Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace is an architectural symbol of Thailand. The palace was constructed in 1782 during the reign of King Rama I, the founder of Chakri Dynasty, and it served as the royal residence of the Kings of Siam until 1925. The Grand Palace is now used for official events such as royal ceremonies

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Bangkok Buzz

I had been to Bangkok a few times but they were business trips which never really gave me time to explore the city. I didn’t see much back then except for the hotel and office. And so this recent long weekend, I made the effort to spend a couple of days in this amazing city and to see what it has to offer. The flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok was only 2 hours. Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, I travelled on the Airport Rail Link (the Express Line) which connected me with downtown Bangkok, Phaya Thai Station. It

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A Laidback (But Cloudy) Weekend in Krabi

Krabi is situated along the Andaman coast in Southern Thailand. It’s different from Phuket – Phuket is crowded and has lots of entertainment. Krabi, on the other hand, is quieter and more laidback. I didn’t make any plans on what to do or what to see in Krabi – all I wanted was a quiet weekend by the pool and the beach, perhaps go for a massage – just to relax and to rejuvenate. Here’s Ao Nang Beach, the prime beach resort of Krabi – these photos were taken on the first day in the afternoon. Because it was August,

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