Leg 3 - Thailand
Pattaya and to the Thai-Cambodia Border
February 24, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014 Back in Thailand after our flight from Belgium. Landed at 6:30am and headed immediately south to Pattaya and our Junior Suite at the fabulous Amari Orchid Hotel, where we promptly crashed for the rest of the morning. That evening we had a lovely dinner with Sarah and Brendan at Mantra Restaurant. Probably […]

Pattaya
February 8, 2014

Saturday, February 27, 2014 We left the Khao Yai NP and this time opted for ‘fastest route’ to our next destination, which put us on highways (with even more manic drivers, truck and others). Also, somehow we found this part of the country not as appealing as what we’ve been driving through till now. Not […]

Khao Yai National Park
February 6, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014 The morning started with a failed search for the local Starbucks. We may have found the mall with the Starbucks, but it did not open until 10:00. So we pressed on without breakfast or coffee. Which in hindsight was not the best idea, as the road south to the famed National […]

Phimai and Nakhon Ratchasima
February 5, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Said goodbye to the lovely owners of P. California. They made us feel very welcome, almost like staying with family. Before heading out of town, we went back to the coffee spot we found yesterday. We were greeted with big smiles. We had a short day today, which allowed us to […]

Nang Rong and Region
February 3, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014 It was meant to be a short drive to Nang Rong along fast roads. Instead we started late, eventually found the Starbucks, visited some temples which weren’t really on our way, took a route that was about 90 kms longer than it needed to be (by accident) and finished the day’s […]

Ubon Ratchathani
February 1, 2014

Sunday, February 1, 2014 The drive out was not as bad as I remembered it from the day before. 90 minutes after setting off we regained a sealed road and glad for it. The road still had pot holes but we weren’t going to get stuck. We made a b-line to Ubon and once we […]

Phae Taem National Park
January 31, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014 (Chinese New Year) Got a bit of a late start, but it was only 35 km to San Phan Bok (or 3000 Holes’. Described as a rock formation on the Mekong resembling Swiss cheese and “you’ll feel as much like you’re visiting another planet as another country.” by the Lonely Planet. […]

That Phonom and Khemmarat
January 30, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014 Our hotel was very noisy. Other guests (‘locals’) arriving back late and making lots of noise – for hours. So, off to find “Good Morning Vietnam Cafe” for a much needed coffee. As we headed south we were not sure where we would finish the day, but we wanted to be […]

Nakhon Phanom
January 29, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Got up early, well early for us. Grabbed a coffee before heading in the direction of Wat Phu Tok. Along the way we stopped at Tesco for supplies, and where lucky enough to find booster cables. Hope never to use them. Wat Phu Tok was very cool. A temple set atop […]

Bueng Kan
January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 We almost stayed a second day in Nong Khai, but common sense prevailed and we continued our journey East. If Sterlin had failed to start, I think we would have stayed, but fortunately he fired up just fine. For a third straight day we had good roads, but started to lose […]

Nong Khai
January 27, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014 After our morning coffee we headed to Sangkhom some 120 kms East. The view of the river from the road continued to be spectacular. And we made very good time on the excellent road. After reaching Sangkhom for lunch and seeing that there was not much to this little town, we […]

Chiang Khan and The Mekong River
January 26, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014 (Australia Day) Before driving out of Phitsanulok we made a quick detour via the Starbucks in the shopping Plaza – everynow and then it’s nice to be able to simply order a ‘grande non fat latte’ and knowing that’s exactly what you’ll get 🙂 (the right coffee-to-milk ratio and no sugar […]

Phitsanulok
January 25, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014 We continued South in the direction of Phitsanulok. Along the way we had the good fortune to pass by Si Satchanalai Historical Park which is one of the “Associated Historic Towns” of the UNESCO World Heritage site “Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns”. And the visit did not disappoint. We […]

Lampang
January 22, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 The short 90 minute drive from Chiangmai was easy and fast with dual carriage way over the mountains. We arrived in Lampang as the sun was setting. We headed to the Lonely Planet “Top Choice Hotel” as they often suggest good places to stay. As we rounded the corner we saw […]

Chiangmai Revisited
January 21, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 We headed back to Chiangmai to pickup our Myanmar visas and get our teeth cleaned. The road was again quite pretty and we had a short day’s drive arriving just after lunch. Finding accommodation proved to be more difficult than we thought as we arrived in the middle of university graduation, […]

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