Thailand 9 until 23 November 2006
Amazing Thailand, a trip organised by Kras stervakanties.
In November 2006 we made a round trip in Thailand to discover new holiday grounds for the years to come. And we realised it was a very busy, very nice trip, lack of sleep, and terrific items to photograph, as promised by Kras travel agency.
Our group existed of 33 people. Within this group we were with Elly, Gilles, Marlies, Peter, Dennis and René. Certainly we must not forget to mention the fantastic guides Sam(pie) (ja!) and Olan (Singha beer, Singha beer, Singha all the time).
As said we had a very busy program but enough time to drink together to fight the thirst and heat.
The program in Dutch (Nederlandse reisbeschrijving) zie Kras Thailand 2020 / 2021 Veelzijdige reizen door Thailand tab: dagprogramma).
The first days we spent our time in Bangkok, made a boat trip on the Chao Praya river, visit the Wat Arun temple, Chinatown, the flower market, the Grand Palace with the beautiful Wat Phra Keo temple and the beautiful Wat Po temple with the immense reclining Buddha.
Leaving Bangkok we went to the famous River Kwai bridge and the war cemetery, before we visited the old capital Ayutthaya. The main city in the years 1350 to 1767 of Thailand. The famous Wat Phra Sri Samphet temple with the ruins.
Our next stop we had in the former kingdom of Sukothai, a very large kingdom with in the old times many different populations. The historical park with immense Buddha statues and ponds with lotus flowers is famous.
We went to Chiang Rai to visit the hill tribes of Akha and Yao and the famous long-neck, the Padong, in the Mae Salong mountains. A boat trip on the Mekong river to visit Laos for a few minutes completed this trip, the famous Golden Triangle. Famous for the opium but called this way because of the gold in the Mekong river.
From Chiang Rai we drove to Chiang Mai, famous for Thai massage, silk industry, the elephant schools and the transvestite shows. Of course we made a trip on an elephant (first and also last time) and of course we had to visit a transvestite show, “Simon Cabaret”, great play backing by the way. We visited the beautiful Doi Suthep temple on the mountain slope and took the elevator instead of walking the 300 steps to the temple.
The last days of this trip we drove via Ayutthaya and the Floating Market in Damnoen Saduak, to Cha-Am,a nice and rather quiet place with a very long sandy beach, tailors, Home Spa beauty & massage and the Mai Hom bar near to the Golden Beach hotel.
A short, fast, but very nice impression of a very beautiful country with very friendly people and terrific food, the land of the smiling people, amazing Thailand.