• Chiang Mai Yee Peng Parade

    My fourth time to go to Chiang Mai for the annual Loy Krathong Festival, or as it is here called Yee Peng Festival. It used to be a real secret to come here and enjoy a few days of festivities but with online marketing and social media the word was out and it is now a mass-tourism event, sadly. A friend visited Laos during the same periond and told me that literally „everyone“ planned to go from Laos to attend the Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai. The parade is one of the key events during the three day festival and the last time I attended was in 2016, just…

  • Doi Inthanon revisited

    It’s been a while! We have been up on Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain of Thailand, several times. Mostly in really cold weather, where we even had to buy a jacket or a warm hat. Sometime we could not see anything due to the fog or the clouds. During this past trip the weather was perfect! Warm and sunny and almost weather for short sleeves! Luckily the traffic during the week was not too bad. Paying the ever increasing entrance fees for foreigners at the bottom of the mountain, we had a real nice visit with plenty of photo opportunities at the waterfalls and on top of the mountain. To…

  • A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS – BANGKOK

    Totally unexpected did we come across „Awakening Bangkok“, a festival of lights organized by TimeOut Bangkok. Light installations were exhibited in the old part of Bangkok along Charoenkrung’s heritage area, next to the Chao Praya river. So, we grabbed a map for the festival and visited all 29 locations where light installations were shown. Impressive! An unexpected for Bangkok!

  • On top of Bangkok!

    What a lucky day! I decided to take my chances to visit the new Mahanakhon Building in Bangkok and was there on the public opening day of the new observatory and rooftop.

  • The glittering world of Bangkok’s shopping temples

    A new mall in Bangkok? How can that be? There is so many already! Yet, I had to see it on my last trip to Thailand. I was just missing the grand opening by a few days, but most of my local friends had not yet been there themselves. Despite all the glitter and shiny floors, I was positively surprised and spent a few hours in the new shopping temple, before the masses pushed in and it was almost impossible to walk through them.

  • MY FAVOURITE TEMPLE IN LUANG PRABANG

    A good friend recently asked me what my favourite temple in Luang Prabang was. I had to think for a moment (because I could not remember the name) but then I told him and sent him a photo of it. Well, with all the hype going on in Social Media sites I am certainly not going to reveal my favourite places here, but Vat Xieng Thong comes pretty close to being one of my favourites! It is certainly the most significant and finest example of a Lao temple. It is worth to visit Vat Xieg Thong at various times a day, even though visitors have to pay an entrance fee.…

  • THE TEMPLES OF LUANG PRABANG

    Temples…temples…temples! And while most tourists actually think „another temple?“, I myself can never get enough!  On this trip I placed my hotel strategically close to the temples, so I can do walks up and down the streets of Luang Prabang at various times of the day. It was also rainy season, so I never really wanted to get too far from my hotel, depending on where the next shower would show up on the weather radar screen.  Having been in Luang Prabang a few times and for many days, I kept my walks pretty much open end and just strolled into a temple that looked inviting along the way. Due…

  • PHOUSI MOUNTAIN AND TEMPLES

    Phousi Mountain in Luang Prabang is where every tourist goes to watch the sunset. I have done that too in my first two trips to Luang Prabang and enjoyed the view on my first trip many years ago, despite the tourists. It was still an enjoyable experience and the sunset was awesome! On my second visit I came with 10 monks whom I took on a trip for a few weeks. Visiting Phousi Mountain was the end of a great day trip and we wanted to see the sunset before we headed back. My group of orange clad friends visibly stood out of the underdressed western tourists heading up the…

  • MORNING ALMS ROUND LUANG PRABANG

    My first alms round in Luang Prabang is a fond memory which I will always keep in a special place in my heart!  The monks came out of nowhere in the morning dust. It was almost still dark and suddenly you saw this line of orange dressed monks walking down the street in total silence. Local people gave alms and very few tourists stood in the distance watching this surreal scene like a movie you don’t want to end! That was a few years back on my first trip to Luang Prabang and something I was looking forward to experience again on this trip! Actually one of the reasons why…

  • THE APSARA LUANG PRABANG

    My third trip to Luang Prabang and as during the first two trips, finding a Hotel was challenging. There are plenty of Hotels! Actually too many! From walking around town this trip, I had the feeling that every secular building was either a hotel or a restraurant. But finally I decided to stay at the Apsara Hotel by the Nam Khan river which promised a quiet stay off the main tourist road AND it obviously had a nice restaurant with great reviews!  Last time I had stayed at a different Hotel at the start of the night market and it turned out too noisy (open stairways and banging doors) and…