Pai – Conserve Natural Forests – Ethical Viewing of Elephants Thailand

Ethical Viewing of Elephants Thailand – Conserve Natural Forests Dates: 13 Mar Alongside doing a cooking course another must-do thing for me in Thailand was to go and see elephants. The ethical viewing of elephants is fairly difficult to do in Thailand. A lot of riding camps still exist, and lots of “sanctuaries” still treat their elephants badly, beating them to do as they’re told for tourists. You should never ride an elephant, their spine is not the same as one in an animal like a horse and with them being wild animals they are beaten and tortured into submission …

Pai – BeBe Spice Wok n Roll, Best Thai Cooking Course in Pai

Best Thai Cooking Course in Pai Dates: 12 Mar I love cooking and I also love Thai food, so one of my must-do things in Thailand was a Thai Cooking Course. I looked at some in Chiang Mai and in Pai and found that BeBe Spice was the Best Thai Cooking Course in Pai, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a long day, starting at 8.30am and finishing at around 10.30pm – so you learn lots and get chance to ask Thom (the woman who runs the class) any questions you have throughout, there’s certainly no rush. Thom was great, it’s …

Pai – Lod Cave

Lod Cave Dates: 11 Mar The only cave I have ever been to is Tiger Cave, during my road trip around Koh Lanta, and I didn’t go into the cave much at all there because we didn’t get the guide. I’d heard lots about Lod Cave and none of it bad, so when I planned my trip here I made sure to plan to get a proper guide to show me through (though I did find out when there that you have to go in with a guide anyway). I’ll never forget the first proper cave I went into, it …

Pai – Baan Santichon Chinese Village & Yun Lai Viewpoint

Baan Santichon Chinese Village Dates: 10 Mar 10-15 minutes drive outside of Pai is Baan Santichon Village, a traditional Yunnan chinese village which was settled in the mid-20th century by a mix of Thai hill tribes, Chinese and Yunnan tribes. It’s an interesting part of Pai and totally different to the rest of the area with the buildings looking much more traditional than the rest of Pai. It was very quiet when I went, but it was at the start of low season in Pai so that’s not surprising. I prefer that in a place like this though as it …

Pai – Sai Ngam Secret Hot Spring

Sai Ngam Secret Hot Spring Dates: 8 Mar There are a couple of options in Pai where hot springs are concerned, but for me there is only one to consider – the hot spring known as the secret hot spring. It’s much cheaper than the resort hot springs and from what I’ve heard it’s also much nicer (I didn’t go to the resort hot springs so cannot say from first hand experience) They can be a bit tricky to find directions to, but they’re actually really easy to find. Take the 1095 road out of Pai, cross two big concrete …

Pai Land Split, Pam Bok Waterfall & Bamboo Bridge

Pai Land Split, Pam Bok Waterfall & Bamboo Bridge Dates: 7 Mar After a couple of days relaxing in Pai I rented a scooter to explore the area. I started with Pai Land Split, Pam Bok Waterfall & the Bamboo Bridge – all of which are on the same road so it’s a quick and easy day out with a variety of places. I started with The land Split, a farm that overnight somehow cut in half because the earth split, strange right? The owner of the farm didn’t despair though, instead he turned it into a tourist attraction where …

Chiang Mai Temples (1)

Chiang Mai Temples Dates: 27 Feb – 1 Mar Chiang Mai is a wonderful place. It boasts over 300 temples so there are endless days of walking around photographing them, I spent 3 days just walking around exploring them and there were still a few of the major temples that I missed out – most notably Wat Doi Suthep, the big temple on the top of a hill outside of Chiang Mai centre. And I only missed this out because of transport! I honestly can’t remember which temple is which due to taking photos of so many of them, but …

Phuket – Phi Phi & Shark Point Dive

Phi Phi & Shark Point Dive Dates: 24 Feb While in Phuket I did a dive around Phi Phi islands, including Koh Doc Mai, Koh Bida Noc & Shark Point. I did the dive through Dive Asia at Kata Beach who were good, I would recommend them. I don’t yet have an underwater camera but I did shoot the islands from the boat. Luckily it was a pretty quiet dive site so there weren’t many pesky boats sneaking in the photos. During the dive I didn’t see anything too exciting other than a big school of barracuda, a sting ray …

Phuket – Phuket Night Market & Town

Phuket Night Market & Town Dates: 13-22 Feb I arrived in Phuket from Koh Lanta and had quite a few days in Phuket Town, it’s very quiet and not much going on but it’s a nice enough place to stay if you have the time to burn. Most of the activity is on the weekends at the night market near Wat Nakaram, and on Thalang Road on Sundays. I walked up to Khao Toh-Sae viewpoint one of the days which was ok, nice enough view but not much of an angle to look around, I wouldn’t walk it again – …

Phuket – Rawai

Rawai Dates: 20 Feb I took the local bus down to Rawai and had a walk around the lake & viewpoints there, beautiful sights of the beaches and smaller islands off the south of Phuket. Windmill viewpoint was a great place to sit and read a book for an hour. The local buses here are 30-40 baht so if you’re ever in Phuket town do not take a taxi until you check if a bus runs there first! In comparison taxis can cost a few hundred from Phuket Town to the beaches. The busses all run from the road that …

Koh Lanta Road Trip

Koh Lanta Road Trip Dates: 7 Feb After finishing up in Malaysia I travelled up to the border over to Thailand, going through Padang Besar & Hat Yai, all the way to Koh Lanta. I learnt to dive here and was ill for a few days so while I was here for a while I only did one day of taking photos, when we hired a car and went for a road trip around the Koh Lanta islands. During the road trip we visited Tiger Cave, the Sea Gypsy Village, Old Town, and the end of Koh Lanta Noi where …