• Sukhothai Historical Park

    Contrary to the people of Sukhothai, the town and the hotel, was the visit to Sukhothai Historical Park a highlight. Our third time here and while we rushed through the park on our first visit and we just did the Loy Krathong Light and Sound Show at night on the second visit, did we just leasurely enjoy the park this time. They rent-out bikes now, as well as e-cars (or something like that). However, I still find it most enjoyable to walk the park. And we did spend an entire day in the park from morning to after sunset! We just visited those places which we really liked in our…

  • Old Sukhothai town

    It had been a long time since our last visit to Sukhothai Historical Park. Actually 20 years since our first trip here. And what a wonderful experience we had, with many great memories. Naturally we stayed at Old Sukhothai town, which was just next to the entrance of the park. People were nice and friendly and not used to tourists yet. Even on our second visit a few years later, people were still nice, though tourism had detected this sleepy beauty and we came to attend the Loy Krathong festival in the park. Not surprisingly was I all excited to go back and re-visit the town and the park again.…

  • Sukhothai Garden Hotel

    What a big disappointment! I have never been so disappointed with a hotel in years of travelling through Thailand! Especially after two really nice trips to Sukhothai before, I was looking forward to stay at this hotel with so many positive ratings in my bookings app! The rooms looked perfect, the comments were perfect and the price was competitive! After arriving in Old Sukhothai, not far from the Sukhothai Historical Park, I arrived at the Sukhothai Garden Hotel and checked into my room. I was given room # 102, which was in the old wooden building above the office and which looked NOTHING like the rooms covered in the online…

  • A long drive in Northern Thailand

    It’s been a first time for me! Driving myself in Thailand. I have been driven around many times and I have been scared shitless even more times, seeing how some drivers in Thailand drive. However, after testing driving for a week in Chiang Mai and around, I decided to take the risk and undertake the long drive from Chiang Mai, through the provinces and mountains of Lamphun, Lampang and Sukhothai by myself. Basically following a route I choose along Highways 11, 1, 1048, 1327, 1056 and finally 1113. The drive itself was rather relaxing with a few stops at coffee shops and gas stations along the way. I purposeley wanted…

  • Mae Taeng Valley

    After the extensive visit to Wat Ban Den in Mae Taeng district of Chiang Mai, I would have gone back to the city if I was alone on this day trip. However, a local friend decided to come with me and show me some hidden spots in the area. Not really hidden, since there are plenty of tourists, 5-Star Resorts and restaurants up here, but I would not have been aware how to get there. Mae Taeng valley is a beautiful, almost serene place to visit and enjoying nature of northern Chiang Mai province. Even great lunch at Sang Wan Sri Restaurant by the river was a pleasure, despite the…

  • Temple superlative

    Friends recommended to take a drive north from Chiang Mai to Mae Taeng to see a huge temple and actually a collection of temple buildings in it’s grandest state! Often people call this place Wat Mae Taeng, but it is actually called Wat Ban Den. And grand it is! It is the ultimative temple superlative in size, colours and presentation. Not your temple for prayers and ceremonies and not your temple for contemplation or quietness! There are A LOT of people here at this temple, mostly thai’s but also tourists. We came at a good time and had several areas of the huge temple grounds to ourselves to explore. It…

  • A Doi Suthep Sunset

    Well, there actually isn’t a sunset visible from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, but several people we met on the way up to the temple in the evening expected to see the sunset from here. It is not possible due to the location and the mountain and it’s trees. But spending the sunset up here in the temple is a very special moment. The light is awesome, as is the atmosphere! Most tourists will have gone, and the entrance staff will not let people go up to the temple after 6pm. So, when the sun sets it is mostly for people who want to attend the evening chanting in the…

  • A quiet oasis in Chiang Mai

    Can that be? A quiet oasis in Chiang Mai? Well, not in the city and most likely not anywhere outside the city either, but I got lucky and was visiting the right place at the right time, almost without any visitors. However, it is already heavily covered in TripAdvisor and other travel sites, so I was just lucky! But I did run across some tourists from the U.S.A. who ignored all the posted signs at the entrance and entered without being properly dressed. Actually less clothes would have been naked and that is NOT acceptable!

  • A full moon in Chiang Mai

    One of my favourite times to be in Thailand, or in Chiang Mai, is during the full moon. A very special time is the full moon in November when the Loy Krathong festival is happening, here in Chiang Mai coinciding with the local Yee Peng festival. I have my own favourite temples and rituals during this time of the year, which I won’t make public here, to preserve it for my local friends and those who want to dig deeper into the Thai culture! For the usual visitor, be it Asian or western tourists, the festival mainly consists of launching sky laterns into the air and floating small krathongs in…

  • 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…