Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hua Lamphong Railway Station, Bangkok

Hua Lamphong railway station is the main railway station in Bangkok and is operated by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT). ALthough it is known as Hua Lamphong it's official name is Bangkok Railway Station or Sathani Rotfai Krung Thep. The station took 6 years to build in Neo- Renaissance style and was opened in 1916. The 114 platforms operate trains to the north, north east, east and south of Thailand. The station is also connected to the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) system which has its own station with the same name - Hua Lamphong.

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Thale Noi Lake

Thale Noi lake is part of a Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve in Phatthalung Province, Southern Thailand. The lake is 5 kilometers wide and 6 kilometers long with an average depth of 1.2 metres. It is home to more than 180 species of waterfowl as well as many other types of birds. The lake also supports lots of reeds and bullrushes used locally for thatching and is often covered with lotus blossoms. The best way of seeing the lake is to go early morning just as the lotus blooms are flowering. Rent a boat complete with boatman. The trip takes 1 to 2 hours and as well as the birds and lotus blossoms, you will get a glimpse of locals life on and around the lake.

Lotus blossoms cover parts of the lake

Many types of birds 

Pathways through the reeds

Fisherman collecting his nets

Water buffalo are kept in shallow areas


Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between TinosSyrosParos and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometres (33.0 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 metres (1,119 feet) at its highest point. There are 10,134 inhabitants (2011 census), most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, which lies on the west coast. The town is also known as Chora (i.e. the Town in Greek, following the common practice in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town). Source:

Monday, July 04, 2016

Rocky Point

Rocky Point is the name of a small hotel which is, as the name suggests, situated on a rocky point otherwise surrounded by beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan province. It is very close to the small town of Thap Sakae which does have a railway station and some very old teak houses on its main street. About 25 kms away is Wat Tang Sai a rather beautiful temple perched on a hill overlooking Baan Krut. We have stayed at the Rocky Point hotel and can recommend it. It is not expensive, has a very nice swimming pool and serves very good (particularly Thai) food in its restaurant.

Rocky Point Resort and surroundings

Wat Tang Sai

Giant Buddha

Guardian statue

Wat Tang Sai

One of many stained glass windows

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The death of Surin beach

Surin beach in Phuket was arguably Phuket's most attractive beach. Visited by people in the know from Patong as well as local expats and even the rich and famous such as Kate Moss and Rihanna, the beach was famous for its beach clubs, the forerunner of which was Catch, and restaurants ranging from the local food of the Twin Brothers restaurant to the more upmarket Taste.

In truth, things had got a little out of hand with encroachment of the beach by nearly all establishments. It had got to the point where it was almost impossible to be able to walk unimpeded along the beach. Some businesses had more or less completely taken over the beach in front of them even to the extent that one beach club had declared the beach in front of them as a private beach.

Along came the coup and it was declared that everything on the beach side of the road along the beach had to be removed but the fate of the bars and restaurants on the other side of the road was unclear a first. This appeared to be a sensible move. However after protracted deliberations the powers that be decided that all the restaurants were illegal and eventually everything was removed.

Surin beach has died, of that there is no question. Maybe in the future, as the Thais promise, it will be resurrected but certainly not as a world class beach destination for the mainly young, rich and famous.

See for yourself.