Kamis, 12 Agustus 2010

Nakhon Si Thammarat Beach and Wat Phra Mahathat temples

Nakhon Si Thammarat is a province in South Thailand while Nakhon Si Thammarat city is the capital of the province. The city is about 610 km (380 miles) south of Bangkok, on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula.

The province sits on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand and is bordered by Surat Thani to the north, Phattalung and Songkhla to the south and Krabi to the west.

Nakhon Si Thammarat is Thailand's fourth largest city, but lack of tourists although the city has a lot of tourist sites.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Tourism

Nakhon Si Thammarat is the land of predominant Buddhism during the Srivijaya Period, so many temples will be found in the city. Wat Phra Mahathat is the most famous temple of Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Wat Phra Mahathat was originally an old monastery which is believed to have been constructed during the Srivijaya Period. The building has a 77-meter pagoda which houses Buddha relics brought from Sri Lanka over 1,700 years ago.

Do not forget to visit the Old City Wall which is 460 meters wide and 2,230 meters long. The wall was constructed during the Phraya Si Thamma Sokarat period and was renovated at least two times during the Ayutthaya Period.

A place that is revered by all Buddhist is located in Nakhon Si Thammarat town near the City Hall. This is the Ho Phra Buddha Sihing. The Buddha image enshrined in this temple is believed to have been constructed during the Sukhothai Period.

Besides, there are a lot of other important archaeological places such as Vihara Luang, Vihara Khien, Vihara Khot, Vihara Pho Lanka, museum, etc.

Predominantly mountainous with substantial forest areas including the outstanding Khao Luang National Park, Nakhon Si Thammarat also has a selection of beaches along its long, largely undeveloped coastline. There are loads of attractive coastal villages great for camping and as already mentioned, downtown Nakhon Si Thammarat is a good, and very local, place to spend a couple of days.

Nakhon Si Thammarat is different with another big cities in Thailand. You will find no sex tourism in the city.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Culture and Show

A distinctive aspect of cultural life in Nakhon Si Thammarat is the shadow puppets shows, called here Nang Thalung. The puppets are prepared with dried hides and shaped as the protagonists of Thai mythological or historical tales. This type of art is very popular in Southeast Asia and can be found in several variations.

A good place for experiencing the art is the Suchat Sapsin House at 10/18 Si Thammasok Road, Soi 3. The house includes a museum and offers performances as well.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Beach

Thailand is very famous for its exotic beach, let's say Phuket, Pattaya, Krabi. Visiti Nakhon Si Thammarat is not complete without visit the beach.

Being in southern Thailand, beaches are a compulsory part of any visit. Nakhon itself doesn’t have beaches (though there are a few nearby); yet it is worth a visit due to its cultural and religious importance. A way to overcome this problem is to make a stop along the way from – or to – Surat Thani at the town of Khanom. In such a way it is possible to enjoy a nearby beach without making lengthy detours to bad connected towns.

Located an hour north of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Khanom is a fishing village with attractive beaches, two caves, a road leading to the Dat Fa Mountain and a few waterfalls. Long-tailed boats allow exploring the Khanom River, where Irrawaddy dolphins can be seen in the early morning, especially during the rainy season. Nai Plao Beach features a few guesthouses and restaurants. The town is connected during the day with frequent minibuses to Nakhon and Surat.

Moreover, it is just twenty kilometers south of Don Sak, the ferry pier to Koh Samui.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Photos and tourist pictures :

Nakhon si thammarat downtown

Nakhon Si Thammarat downtown

Nakhon Si Thammarat Street
"Nakhon Si Thammarat Street

Nakhon Si Thammarat City
Nakhon Si Thammarat City

Nakhon Si Thammarat Mosque
Nakhon Si Thammarat Mosque

Nakhon Si Thammarat Songthaew
Taking a songthaew (10-15B within the downtown district) is the easiest way to travel around Nakhon Si Thammarat. The pickup trucks are scattered throughout town - just wave at one to get them to stop. The sights are very spread out along the main road that runs through the town called Rajdamneon Road, so it's
best to take them in order to visit them.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Wat Phra Mahathat
Wat Mahathat is the most important shrine in Southern Thailand due to the Buddha relics in it. The big complex is impressive and easily recognizable as a big religious center; it includes a museum which displays a rich collection of artifacts and statues.

Nakhon si thammarat National Museum
Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum occupies the area of the old Wat Suan Luang Tawan Ok on Ratchadamnoen Road. Opened in 1974, it displays artifacts found in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, and Chumphon – the last three are provinces adjacent to Nakhon Si Thammarat - as well as local handicrafts

Watch Dolphin at Southern Thailand, Dolphins, in Hat Khanom Mu Koh Talay Tai National Park, Nakhon Si Thammarat video

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Kamis, 17 Juni 2010

It is safe to visit Bangkok again after riots

Bangkok is on the international media highlight recently. Not because for its beautiful city and gorgoeus nightlife, but for a travel warning. Many countries had warned their people not to visit Bangkok. Bangkok is dangerous, a big riots happened after a protest from Red Shirt against the government. About ten thousands of Red Shirt protesters have gathered outside the army barracks in Bangkok where Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is holed up, demanding his resignation.

Fortunately, the riots ended with peace on each other side. Yes, the violent protests in Bangkok ended on 21st May 2010. And now it is the time to build up this beautiful city. While the threat of further protests still remains, it appears that for the time being Bangkok has started to return to normal. It is worth remembering that in Southern Thailand in the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla there is still a threat of insurgency. Luckily this is away from most tourist areas but it is advisable to speak to your travel agent just to be careful.

If you still don't dare going to Bangkok, let's consider another places in Thailand such as Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket, and so more. Thailand is not just one Bangkok.

Bangkok Tourism today. To Go Bangkok or not go ?

Many tourist had canceled their flight trip to Bangkok or Thailand cities. Some are reroute to another destination inside South East Asia such as Malaysia and Indonesia. Some are choose to refund their ticket. It is reasonable for tourist to avoid Bangkok, even today Bangkok has began to recover from the bloody riots protest.

The Australian government had issued its highest travel warning, Bangkok had a night-time curfew and thousands of people had cancelled their flights.

Now, actually in Bangkok, he curfew had just lifted and the Red Shirt anti-government protesters gone home. Thailand had begun a new campaign to woo back tourists after losing up to $US2.2 billion in tourism revenue during the crisis, which had begun in March and had left nearly 90 people dead.

Many tourist now had arrived at the tourist centre of Khoa San Road district and noticed the area was moderately busy. Every few minutes you can saw a backpacker walking around. So not everyone had cancelled their flights. But some hostel, which was considered to be popular, was only about 20 per cent occupied.

"It got busy from today," said Rao, one of the hostel workers. "But some hotels have only one guest."

Some of them had postponed their visit to Bangkok and had gone to other parts of the country until the curfew lifted.

"Last time I came here it was 24-hour party, party, party," said a Norwegian girl of the street where bars are open until late and street vendors spruik everything from "ping-pong" shows to pirated DVDs, to fake drivers' licences to women's clothing.

"At least it's not dead like it was last night," said a friendly Israeli backpacker.

Let's Visit Bangkok. It is safe

Many airlines now are tend to give a big discount for a direct flight to Bangkok. Let's say the low fare airlines, Airasia, give a free seat to Bangkok. Many hotels and travel service are doing the same thing. Bangkok is not that bad actually, there are still many things to see. So let's visit Bangkok again.

Bangkok Bus Hijacked
Bangkok Bus Hijacked

Bangkok Days after riot
Bangkok Days after riot

Bangkok Red Shirts Protest Riots
Bangkok Red Shirts Protest Riots. 52 killed, over 400 injured in Bangkok riots

Bangkok Red Shirts Protest Riots
Bangkok Red Shirts Protest Riots

Red Shirts march to Lumpini Park & Silom Road, 6 April 2010

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Kamis, 18 Maret 2010

Songkran Water Festival Phuket 2010

Visiting Thailand is a never ending journey. There a lot of attractions to visit, delicious foods to eat, thai girls and massage to enjoy, abundant nightlife show to watch and their unique Thai Festival to attend.

One of most anticipated festival in Thailand is The Songkran Festival. The Songkran festival s celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day from 13 to 15 April. Of all the feasts and festivals in Thailand, which are many, the Songkran Festival is the most striking, for it is widely observed not only in this country but also in Burma, Cambodia and the Lao State.

The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. People roam the streets with containers of water or water guns, or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby. This, however, was not always the main activity of this festival. Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors.

Besides the throwing of water, people celebrating Songkran may also go to a wat (Buddhist monastery) to pray and give food to monks. They may also cleanse Buddha images from household shrines as well as Buddha images at monasteries by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai fragrance (Thai: น้ำอบไทย) over them. It is believed that doing this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year. In many cities, such as Chiang Mai, the Buddha images from all of the city's important monasteries are paraded through the streets so that people can toss water at them, ritually 'bathing' the images, as they pass by on ornately decorated floats. In northern Thailand, people may carry handfuls of sand to their neighborhood monastery in order to recompense the dirt that they have carried away on their feet during the rest of the year. The sand is then sculpted into stupa-shaped piles and decorated with colorful flags.

Songkran festival Phuket 2010

Famous across Thailand in the hot April weather, this riot of fun is equally enjoyed and avoided by foreigners since it involves a week long soaking. Full scale water fights break out in selected areas of the island and it’s impossible to travel anywhere without roadside kids drenching bikers and cars in buckers of water. It all originated from a gentler tradition of lightly watering neighbours to beckon the rainy season and is a time for Thais to gather with their families. Central Patong and Phuket city are the best places to be, along with the main beach areas, arm yourself with water pistols on sale, a sense of humour and waterproof bags for your valuables. Unique to Phuket is the Turtle Release at selected beaches, a merit making exercise. Phuket Songkran 2010 dates: April 13th to 15th.

Songkran Festival in Bangkok

In Bangkok, the Songkran Grand Celebration will be held between 10 and 15 April around the Rattanakosin Island district, sometimes called “Old Bangkok.”

The main celebrations, in the capital, focus on bathing rites of replicas of revered Buddha images originating from various provinces in the North, South, East and central regions, interspersed with traditional food and dessert-making demonstrations and cultural performances. The opening ceremony will take place, 10 April, at Phra Chetupon Wimol Manklaram or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Although Tour Travel always focusing Songkran Festival in Phuket, actually another cities in Thailand also celebrating the festival. There are also important celebrations through the country at various tourist destinations:

• Old City Songkran Festival, Ayutthaya
• Songkran Festival, Chon Buri
• Amazing Songkran, Suphan Buri
• Phra Pradaeng Songkran Festival, Samut Prakarn
• Songkran Festival, Chiang Mai
• Songkran Festival, Sukhothai
• Fantastic Northeast Songkran, Golden Shower Tree and ‘Kan’ Festival and Sticky Rice Road in Khon Kaen
• Grand Northeast Songkran Festival, Nong Khai
• Songkran Nakhon Phnom and Thai-Lao New Year Celebration
• Hat Yai Midnight Songkran, Songkhla
• Grand Songkran Festival and ‘Nang Dan’ Parade, Nakhon Si Thammarat
• Songkran on the Beach and Phuket Bike Week 2010

Songkran Festival Chiangmai
Songkran Festival in Chiangmai

Songkran Festival Elephant
Songkran Festival. Even a elephant also throwing the water

Songkran Festival from Tuk Tuk
Chiang Mai Songkran Festival – Water Fight on Tuk Tuk

Songkran Festival in Wat Kungthapao
Songkran Festival in Wat Kungthapao. Most Thai people go back to their hometowns to meet their elders.

Watch Songkran Festival 2007 @ Phuket Thailand video here

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Selasa, 05 Januari 2010

Nakhon Ratchasima Korat Festival and Nightlife

Nakhon Ratchasima (นครราชสีมา - usually referred to simply as Korat or Khorat) is the provincial capital of Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Nakhon Ratchasima is a city (thesaban nakhon) in the north-east (Isan) of Thailand and gateway to Isan.

The province is located on the western end of the Khorat Plateau, separated from the Chao Phraya river valley by the Phetchabun and Dong Phaya Yen mountain ranges. Two national parks are in the province - the Khao Yai in the west and the Thab Lan in the south. The area around Korat was an important center already in the times of the Khmer empire in the 11th century, as can be seen by the temple ruins in the Phimai historical park.

Nakhon Ratchasima Named from the city of various Khmer ruins and the famous statue of Khun Ying Mo. The city is situated on a plateau, about 260 kilometres northeast of Bangkok. The city itself serves as the Gateway to the Northeastern Region.

Nakhon Tourism

Some of the main attractions in Khorat are Khmer ruins. Scattered around the province, these products of ancient wisdom shines through time. One of the Thailand’s finest Khmer ruins can be seen here next to Mon and Lao sites. In addition, Khorat has an abundance of natural attractions in its forests, hills, wildlife and waterfalls that are easily accessible in locations such as Khao Yai National Park .

Apart from the famous statue of Khun Ying Mo or Thao Suranari , Khorat is most well known for silk weaving (in Pak Thong Chai) and a variety of top-notch quality handicrafts such as clay pottery products of Dan Kwian .

Some of Tourist attractions in Nakhon Ratchasima are listed here :

1. Wat Phra Narai Maharat image of Narayana made of sand stone

2. Wat Sala Loi Chapel shape of Chinese Junk. Wat Sala Loi is located on the bank of Lam Takhong River, about 400 meters off the Northeast of the town. The main chapel, which received many awards from various architectural associations as a modern leading design of religious monument, is constructed in the shape of a Chinese Junk.

3. Maha Weerwong National Museum. Maha Weerawong National Museum opposite to the City Hall, exhibits various arts objects and artifacts donated to Somdet Maha Weerawong, e.g. sand stone Buddha images of Khmer and Ayutthaya period, Bronze Buddha images, different sizes ceramics and wood carvings from ancient monasteries.

4. Prasat Hin Phanom Wan Stupa built of sandstone. Prasat Hin Phimai is the largest sandstone sanctuary in Thailand almost situated in the center of Phimai Ancient city which carries a rectangular shape of 665 meters wide and 1,030 meters long.

5. Khao Yai National Park Thailand first national park. The Park comprises various mountains, two important rivers of Lam Takhong and Nakhon Nayok, with many rare species of fauna and flora and over 20 waterfalls. Camping sites in the park are available.

6. Phimai Historical Park Opens daily from 7:30 and costs 100 baht for foreigners. Parts of the park are older than Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Includes Khmer buildings, sculptures leading to the shrine, restaurant, and gift shop.

7. Dan Kwain Nakhon Ratchasima's main ceramics centre. Famous for its rough texture and rust-like colour pottery.

8. Lam Takhong Dam surrounded by shady trees. The Dam is located 62 kilometers before reaching the town on Highway No. 2. The construction had started in 1964 and finished 4 years later. The lake - like reservoir can contain up to 300 million cubic meters of water and irrigates 238,000 rais of paddy field.

9. Sai NgamLocated on the bank of the Moon River. Includes some of the largest banyan trees.

10. Prasat Nang Ram originally meant to be a nursing place during the 12th century in Khmer style.

11. Khao Chan Ngam Cave famous for pre-historic color paintings.

12. Archaeological Site At Ban Prasat Ancient bronze age artifacts in burial site that dates back 3000 years.

13. Muang Sema Buddhist Temple

14. Wat Ban Rai famous monastery of a well known monk, Luang Pho Khun Porisutho.

Nakhon Ratchasima Festivals and Events :

1. Thao Suranari Commamoration.
The annual event is held from March 23 to April 2 to commemorate the victory of Thao Suranari, the heroine who saved Nakhon Ratchasima from in evaders in the Reign of King Rama III. Cultural displays, exhibitions and fireworks are the highlight.

2. Phimai Boat Races
These popular races take place on the Moon River near the old Khmer city of Phimai during the second week of November. Besides the regatta there will be competitions of boats decorated to resemble the famous Royal Barges, entertainments, and stalls selling local products.

3. Phimai Festival
This colorful event is held at the same time as the Phimai boat Races in Phimai historical Park. Among the important activities are; the light and sound presentation; Buddhist, historical and cultural exhibitions.

Nakhon Ratchasima Nightlife
Nightlife in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) may be not as crowded as Bangkok or Pattaya, but still nice and varied. We can see many bars with Thai live bands and discos playing Thai dance chart hits. Other foreigners are not a common sight in those Thai discos, but are normally welcome.

Like another Big Cities in Thailand, Nightlife in Nakhon Ratchasima can not be seperated with Massage Parlors and Thai Girl. For those who want to see a crowded market, try Korat Night Bazar. Korat Night Bazaar, heavily frequented by the Thais in the late evening, is located close to the city center on Manat Road, which is between Chomphon and Mahatthai roads. It is open everyday from 6 to 10 p.m.

For tourist want to try Thai Massage, a lot of Khorat Massage Parlors can fe found. There are no beer gardens as known from Bangkok but Khorat has several fishbowl massage parlors ("Mandarin", "New Palace"), some of them offering "extra services". For example, the "Chaopraya Hotel" on Jomsurung has room service for THB 700.

Khorat freelancers and Thai girls are spreading anywhere in the city. Freelancers hang out in front of the Japanese restaurant around the corner of the "Chaopraya". Their going rate is around THB 700.

Some of Nakhon Ratchasima Pub, Bars, and Nightlife Restaurants here :

Pub & Restaurant

Bule Saloon (บูเล่ ซาลูน) 264 Yommarat Road, Amphoe Maung, Tel: 0 4425 6538, (open: 06.00 p.m. - 01.00 a.m.)
Tawan Dang Sad sang deun (ตะวันแดงสาดแสงเดือน( มหาซน) ณ โคราช 88/9 Suebsiri Road (Tel. 0442611594
Tawan See Thong (ตะวันสีทอง) Chainarong Road five junction Tel. 0 44257257
Korat Ban- eng (โคราชบ้านเอง) 309 Sabpasit Road Tel. 0 44265988
Dok Mai Kafair (ดอกไม้กาแฟ) Mahatthai Road Tel. 0 44241307
Happy Land (แฮปปี้แลนด์) Mahatthai Road
Nam Jun (น้ำจัณฑ์) Suebsiri Road
The Party House (เดอะ ปาร์ตี้ เฮ้าส์) Suranaree Road, (open: 07.00 p.m. - 02.00 a.m.)

Food & Music Entertainment

K.R. (เค.อาร์) Asdang Road, Amphoe Muang, (open: 07.00 p.m. - 03.00 a.m.)
Pailin Square (ไพลิน สแควร์) Suebsiri Road, Amphoe Muang, (10.00 p.m. - 02.00 a.m.)

Photos of Nakhon Ratchasima here :

Nakhon ratchasima Lam Takhong Dam
Lam Takhong Dam. Located on the edge of Friendship Highway (Mittraphap Road), forming a large reservoir with a capacity of 310 cubic meters of water, capable of helping a total of 238,000 rai of agricultural land, surrounded by and atmosphere of shady trees and beautiful views of nature, good to visit for recreation.

Nakhon ratchasima night Walking Street
Night Bazaar Korat: Night Walking Street. The most popular place at night in Korat downtown, walking around, do some shopping, looking for something delicious for dinner. Good atmosphere there and it is a place you can see life of locals at night.

Nakhon ratchasima Phimai Festival
Phimai Festival. This colorful event is held at the same time as the Phimai boat Races in Phimai historical Park. Among the important activities are; the light and sound presentation; Buddhist, historical and cultural exhibitions.

Nakhon ratchasima Wat Sala Loi
Wat Sala Loi Is located on the bank of Lam Takhong River about 500 meters off the side-road to Northeast of the town. The main chapel, which received many awards from various architectural associations as a modern leading design of religious monument, is constructed in the shape of Chinese Junk.

Nakhon ratchasima Korat Nightlife
Speed Disco and Ginza Plaza: Nightlife in Korat. Used to be called Speed disco, before that Scorpion..guess it have change name again now... Ginza is more of a massage parlour, beside another newly Disco. Both Disco are popular among local (anyway Korat is lack of tourists) where live bands with dancers perform. Pay 100B for a entry.. get into small chats with the local school girls, there may be chance some of the clubbers are also tourists from other province:)

Nakhon ratchasima Statue Of Khun Ying Mo
Thao Suranari or Khun Ying Mo. Statue Of Khun Ying Mo. Apart from the famous statue of Khun Ying Mo or Thao Suranari , Khorat is most well known for silk weaving (in Pak Thong Chai) and a variety of top-notch quality handicrafts such as clay pottery products of Dan Kwian .

Nakhon ratchasima Dusit Princess Korat Hotel
Dusit Princess Korat Hotel is located on Suranarai Road near Korat city centre. One of the most important cities of north-eastern Thailand, Korat has much to offer the visitor: from the ruins of the Nang Ram Sanctuary and Muang Sema Historical Site to the shopping at the Korat Night Bazaar. The Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course at Khao Yai is also not far from the Dusit Princess Korat is only 45 minutes' flight from Bangkok.

Nakhon ratchasima Interchange Skyline
Nakhon Ratchasima, generally known as " Khorat ", is Thailand’s largest province situated on sprawling northeast plateau. Located approximately 260 kilometers northeast of Bangkok, the city itself serves as the gateway to the lower northeastern region.

Nakhon ratchasima The Phimai Historical ParkThe Phimai Historical Park Dotted about Thailand’s great northeastern plateau are numerous temples of varying sizes; most of these structures are believed to be about a thousand years old.

Watch Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima) in Thailand Video. The night view of Korat in Thailand. Around Statue of Tao Suranaree. Sanook sanook!

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Jumat, 04 Desember 2009

Ayutthaya Ancient Historic City Nightlife

Ayutthaya city is the capital city of Ayutthaya province in Thailand. The city is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Bangkok, and had served as for Thailand capital for 417 years before Athe city was destroyed by the Burmese army in 1767.

Ayutthaya is an ancient city found by King U-Thong or Ramathibodi in 1350. Now such ruins from Ayutthaya indicate that Ayutthaya was one of Indo - China's most prosperous cities. Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya a Historical Park, a vast stretch of historical site in the heart of Ayutthaya city, has been included in UNESCO's list of world heritage since 13 December ,1991.

Ayutthaya was originally known as "Ayothaya" which refers to the capital of King Rama (see Ramayana). Ayutthaya was named after the city of Ayodhya in India, the birthplace of Rama in the Ramayana (Thai, Ramakien).

Among Thai cities, Ayutthaya's English name is probably the least standardized - it is also known as Ayotaya, Ayothaya, Ayudhya, Ayutaya, Ayuthaya and Ayuttaya.

How to get Ayutthaya

By Car
Alternative I: Take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road.) then take Highway No. 32 to Ayutthaya.
Alternative II: Take Highway No. 304 (Chaeng Watthana Road.) or take Highway No. 302 (Ngamwongwan Road.); turn righ to Highway No. 306 (Tiwanon Road.), then take Highway No. 3111 (Pathum Thani - Samkhok - Sena) and turn right at Amphoe Sena to Highway No. 3263.
Alternative III: Take Highway No. 306 (Bangkok - Nonthaburi - Pathum Thani Road.) then take Highway No. 347

By Bus
Ordinary buses run between the Bangkoks Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal) and Ayutthaya's main terminal on Naresuan Rd. every 20 minutes between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. The fare is 30 bahts and the trip takes around 2hours. Air-conditioned buses operate the same route every 20 minutes from 5.40 a.m. to 7.20 p.m. (every 15 minutes between 7a.m. and 5p.m.) at the rate of 47 bahts, the trip takes 1.5 hours when traffic to north of Bangkok is light, otherwise it will take two hours. Time Table

By Train
Trains to Ayutthaya leave Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station approximately every hour between 4.20 a.m. and 10 p.m. The 3rd class fare is 15 bahts for the 1.5 hour trip. Train schedules are available from the information booth at Hua Lamphong Station. Alternatively, call 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020, or 1690. Time Table

By Boat
There are no scheduled or chartered boat services between Bangkok and Ayutthaya. However, several companies in Bangkok operate luxury cruises to Bang Pa-In with side trips by bus to Ayutthaya for approximately 1,500 bahts to 1,800 bahts per person, including a sumptuous luncheon. Longer two days trips in converted rice barges start at 4,800 baht. For further information please contact the following companies:

Ayutthaya Tourism

As a major city in the past, Ayutthaya had ever being the world's largest city at the time. But, in 1767 the city was completely burned during the war. Now many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in a city as the tourist sightseeing.

The major sites are the Buddhist temples, Buddha Statues, Buddha Wat, and the ruined building.

There were three palaces in Ayutthaya: Grand Palace, Chantharakasem Palace or the Front Palace, and Wang Lang or the Rear Palace. In addition, there were many other palaces and buildings for royal visits located outside the city area of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, such as Bang Pa-In Palace at Amphoe Bang Pa-in and Nakhon Luang Building at Amphoe Nakhon Luang. out 30 Baht.

In addition to the ruins listed here, the inner city is also home to two or three museums worth a visit.

1. Wat Phra Si Sanphet
The three bell-shaped chedis of Wat Phra Si Sanphet have practically become a symbol of Ayutthaya. The temple stands almost in the center of the main area of the old capital.

2. Wat Phra Ram
Just across the street from Wat Phra Si Sanphet is the towering prang of Wat Phra Ram, an excellent example of a Khmer style temple from the begining of the Ayutthaya period.

3. Wat Ratburana
Closer to the current city center, Wat Ratburana was built in 1424 to hold the ashes of the king's two older brothers, who killed each other fighting over the throne.

4. Wat Mahathat
The temple was built in the early days of Ayutthaya in the late 14th century by King Borommaracha I. The story goes that the king had a revelation, and relics of the Buddha then suddenly appeared. The temple was built to house the relics.

5. Wat Phra Si Sanphet.
The temple was built in an original style within the compound of the Royal Palace, and goes back to the very first period of the establishment of the city The three Chedi at this Wat are some of the more complete remains in Ayutthaya and were the Royal Tombs for King Bormmatrailokanat and his sons

6. Wat Ratchaburana.
The temple was established in the 15th century and was built to house the ashes of the brothers of King Borommaracha II. In 1957 archaeologists uncovered a host of Buddha images and stone tablets in the temple crypts, during restoration. Also discovered were mural paintings which showed a strong Chinese influence .

Ayutthaya Nightlife
Nightlife in Ayuttthaya is pretty quite. There's not a great deal to do at night in Ayutthaya apart from having a drink in a couple of bars along Farang Street. The Jazz Bar has a little something else by featuring the talents of the Chaikawiphan Jazz Band who play drums, guitar, double bass and various percussion instruments (and sing) on the pavement outside the bar.

Bars in Ayutthaya consist mostly of those attached to specific hotels, and even those aren't open very late in the evening. The main traveller area lies in Soi Torgorsor between Naresuan Road and Pamaphrao Road. This lies west of the Chao Phrom Markets. This area contains a number of bars for you to check out that open slightly later than most of the other places in Ayutthaya. Some bars even contain projection screens perfect for watching the latest sports game.

But there's one area that becomes magical at night. And that is the 'Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park'. If you're a photographic buff, this is a good time to take some great photos!

Photos of Ayutthaya, ruined sites, Buddha Statue and temples here :

ruin ayutthaya
Ayutthaya full name Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya is an ancient capital and modern city in the Central Plains of Thailand, 85 km to the north of Bangkok.

ayutthaya nightmarket
Nightmarket at Ayutthaya. The night market sells all sorts of cuisines and means that you dont have to use the small restaurant attached to the bungalows which have "farang" style menus.

chaikawiphan jazz band Ayutthaya
Jazz Bar: Chaikawiphan Jazz Band

light show ayutthaya
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park: Catch The "Light Show"

chedi of watphra srisanphet
The three stately Chedi of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, a royal temple built in 1491 that honors three 15th-century kings.

viharn phra mongkolbophit
Viharn Phra Mongkolbophit

ayutthaya wat mahathat
Head of a Buddha statue that a tree’s roots grew around in Wat Mahathat

ayutthaya wat phra ram
Wat Phra Ram

ayutthaya wat phra si sanphet
Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wat Ratchaburana

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Rabu, 25 November 2009

Airasia Launches flight Medan-Phuket

Good news for low budget travelers and for Phuket lovers especially in Indonesia. Now Airasia Airlines, as the World’s Best Low Cost Airline is delighted to launch its two newest routes, Jakarta and Medan direct to Phuket, daily, in addition to its popular Jakarta–Bangkok and Bali-Bangkok routes.

These new routes will be operated from its newly opened hub, Phuket International Airport in Thailand. This is a great deal. Now every travellers from Jakarta and Medan is easier to visit Phuket.

Phuket, is the biggest island in Thailand, is long knowed for its exotic beach : Patong Beach. Now visiting Patong beach is not an expensive dream anymore.

Airasia give the Special fares start from THB 1,499 one-way for Jakarta-Phuket (249.000 in Indonesia Rupiah) and THB 999 one-way for Medan-Phuket (99.000 in Indonesia Rupiah), for travel from 3 December 2009-30 April 2010.

Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, is a fast-growing tourist and commercial center, while Medan is the commercial center of Western Indonesia. With a history going back to 1590, Medan is one of the original Straits Settlements, giving it the same kind of Chinese cultural influence as is seen in Melaka, Singapore, Penang and Phuket.

Special notes to book with Airasia flight to Phuket :

- Booking Period: 4 Nov 2009 – 9 Nov 2009,  25 Nov 2009 - 27 Nov 2009
- Travel Period: 3 Dec 2009 – 30 Apr 2010
- Travel Notes: Advance booking required, fares not available during embargo period

Phuket Island
An exotic beach in Phuket

Thai Airasia Airbus A320
Thai Airasia Airbus A320

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Rabu, 04 November 2009

Sungai Kolok Thai Malaysia Border Nightlife

Sungai Kolok (Sword River) is the border between Thailand and Malaysia, located in Narathiwat, southern province of Thailand. The town on the Malaysian side of the border is Rantau Panjang which is in the state of Kelantan.

Sungai Kolok (Sungai Golok) is famous for Malaysian for its cheap shopping and nightlife. Many indutries worker from Malaysia always visit and enjoy Sungai Kolok, especially the bars and local girls such as at Sumtime Bar.

But recently Sungai Kolok difficult to get more visitors. Sungai Kolok has suffered a series of bombings, arson attacks and killings as a result of the ongoing trouble in Thailand's far south and while none of these attacks have specifically targeted westerners. Since the Muslim riot in 2004, there are at least 4000 peoples died in South Narathiwat Province, Yala, Pattani and some places in Songkhla.

How to access Sungai Kolok :

Direct air-conditioned buses to and from Bangkok are the best bet for getting to Sungai Kolok. The border is also served by rail although there is no crossing. Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the closest major airport to Sungai Kolok, a 10-hour bus journey away.

Sungai Kolok Attractions :

1. Pa Phru To Daeng:
this large peat swamp near Sungai Kolok is better than it sounds, with some stunning scenery and waterfalls.

2. Sungai Kolok transportation hub:
the main attraction for most visitors who are just passing through, featuring a train station and buses and minibuses to destinations all over southern Thailand and Bangkok.

3. The usual stop after Sungai Kolok is either Hat Yai, or Rantau Panjang in Kelantan (the northernmost province of east coast of Peninsular Malaysia). You can also head to Pattani to expore Thailand's southern Muslim provinces.

Sungai Kolok Photos :

thai malay border sungai kolok
Sungai Kolok, border between Thailand and Malaysia.

Hala Bala National Park Sungai Kolok
Hala Bala National Park at Sungai Kolok

Train Station Sungai Kolok
Awaiting Train Station at Sungai Kolok

Sungai Kolok Shopping Nightlife
Sungai Kolok Shopping at Nightlife. Sales of Narathiwat's famous dishes, a local food contest, batik painting , shows and a tourism exhibition will be featured.

Sungai kOlok thai girl
Sungai Kolok is famous for its nightlife bars and local Thai Girls

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