• Loy Krathong Festival Day 3

    Finally the last day of the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai and the big parade! While we had watched (or rather tried to watch) the parade from the street level and we were mad at all the people walking right into the moving parade to take their selfies, we organized a private and undisclosed location this time to watch the parade from higher up. What a difference this made. We actually enjoyed the parade this time much more!

  • Loy Krathong Festival Day 2

    Loy Krathong Day is the day of the full moon and traditionally the day of the celebrating the festival in a ceremonial way. So, going to a temple for prayers and chanting and setting your personal krathong (floating device) into the river with prayers and good thoughts and wishes. I have my preferred temple to go to for an evening prayer and this year it was a very beautiful ceremony with chanting, praying and a short meditation with the monks. Unfortunately we have to go through all the trouble with the party tourists who are not really interested in any traditional way of celebrating Loy Krathong, so on the way…

  • Loy Krathong Festival Day 1

    Back in Thailand and again back in the North of the Kingdom for another year of Loy Krathong festival celebration! While this festival and the location become more and more touristy year after year, it is still something I like to attend. However, I do it selectively and only go to certain parts of the festivities and only to certain locations. While the opening ceremony at the well known Tapae Gate is now totally overrun by foreignerns and crazy selfie-takers, I found the opening ceremony at the Three Kings Monument more traditional. However, a lot of the ceremonies are done in Thai language and with very traditional Thai music and…

  • Hua Hin Beach

    The quiet(er) side of the bay of Thailand! Hua Hin is a small town with a nice selection of restaurants, few bars but tourism is also increasing here. I like the mix of attractions, like beaches, temples, palaces and monuments. Usually I am mobile in Hua Hin, so I go off to explore the beaches and temples south of the main Hua Hin beach. In March it was rather quiet along the beaches. Love the sunrise, early morning or late evening walks along the long beaches. A perfect relaxing time!

  • Hilton Hua Hin

    One of my favourite hotels all over Thailand! Love the location, love the rooms, love the service! I could stop right here – all said! However, the rooms are really big. The comfort of the beds has always been perfect. The view (depending on where your room is facing) is awesome. I could basically see the sunrise from my bed! I also like their balconies facing the ocean. What is also nice is the quiet side street the hotel is in. No through traffic. The location allows you to just walk through the pool area to get to the public beach. From check-in to check-out I have always had great…

  • ICON Siam at night

    ICON Siam is the new place everyone goes to in Bangkok. We covered the shopping mall a while back when we first visited it. This time we went back for the light show at night, which runs several times over the evening and is actually called „The ICONIC multimedia water features“. The place gets really really busy then. Not just for the light show but also because all the river cruise boats are landing at this spot and people wait for their dinner departure. The water fountain light and sound show was quite nice to watch, specially with the skyline of Bangkok in the background. It’s also nice that they…

  • Lumphini Park

    Bangkok can be stressful! Very stressful! The traffic, the people, the noise! I have a few quiet places which I love going to and to spend a few hours of quiet time in. Some places are temples and meditation gardens, which I won’t post here in order to avoid them to be too well known! I never post these „secret tips“ publicly 🙂 But one place which is well known already and is still good to spend a few hours in to relax and have a more quiet time is Lumphini Park. I usually visit it everytime I am in Bangkok, either for a short time or even for a…

  • Ginger Bread House Cafe

    Another perl of Bangkok’s reviving coffee house culture is something we found not far from Wat Suthat. Ginger Bread House is a real nice old wooden building with an excellent selection of coffees and cakes. Seating downstairs, upstairs or outside is available and it is at the moment my favourite old style coffee house in Bangkok. Most people sit inside because it is airconditioned, but we like the heat and weather of SE Asia, so outside was just fine. Service was great and the staff tries to speak English with western customers. The only criticism I have is that they still use plastic cups and lids for iced drinks, despite…

  • Bangkok 1899

    A new cafe and arts hub in Bangkok and a 19th Century „Palace“ which had been renovated and was finally opened to the public during our last trip to Bangkok. It had been abandoned for 20 years, we were told by the owners of the new cafe downstairs. Nice place to visit and have a coffee and enjoy visiting the ground floor only. Unfortunately the upstairs rooms are off-limits to visitors and are a residence for artists, but I like the idea that old buildings are being renovated and are accessible.

  • Walking Sukhumvit Road

    Yet another trip to Bangkok! I love and hate this city. It is always good for a 3 to 10 day trip in my opinion, but I can never stay longer. It is always good for a long enough stay to find out new things (yes, I still find new things) and see what has changed. Bangkok is changing so fast that I can hardly keep track of all the new buildings going up and new skytrain and subway lines being opened. One of the things I like doing is a walk along Sukhumvit Road, which turns into Ploenchit Road west of the Express Way. So, basically walking from Terminal…