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Thailand, Thaton: Forgotten Town in the Shadow of Beautiful Mountains – VIDEO
In the very north of Thailand, there is the town of Thaton laying on the River Kok. The river flows here from Burma. It flows at the edge of Doi Pha Hom Pok National Pakr. Then, between the mountains it runs to Chiang Rai, and then to the borderline with Laos where it flows into the Mekong. If you are one for some adventure, take a small boat from Chiang Rai to Thaton. The journey is great. It is an adventure which can continue in Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park.
Let's start in the city alone. At first, it doesn't look like anything interesting. Ther are no wild night parties, or amazing cuisine – however, on the closer look the city gets more interesting. There is a Buddhist stupa. There you can see a small museum. At the museum, there is a observation platform with amazing vista over the landscape. You will see the Kok River winding through the valley to Chian Rai. What you will see are hundreds upon hundreds rice fields, and amazing mountains. I recommend to go there at the sunset.
Thaton will be great base for trips to the northern part of Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park There is Thailand's second highest mountain, and the largest geyser in the country. To get around in the park, you can rent a bike, a four by four offroad, or simply walk. There are amazing vstas to see, villages and its amazing and friendly villagers unaffected by globalization. small Buddhist temples, and wild nature.
When you are lucky you can see abandoned buildings of Thai borderline fortification. You can see those for free. Today, the area is secure. Before, however, the borderline with Burma had to be guarded. It is possible that you encounter some military patrols. Don't be scared about them. They control illigal imigrants, and they work against drug smuggling because drugs are smuggled here from Myanmar across the mountains. Well, if someone tells you to not to go to some area, just don't. If you do, soldiers will reach you. If they see you are a tourist, they let you go.
It would be fair to mention that even travellers who don't seek adventure can get there easily. Regular bus lines departing from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, or you can travel there by scooter in one day from both towns.
In the north of Thailand, tourists are not everywhere. For now. So here you can enjoy Asia as it trully is, and you will have amazing experiences.
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Ang Khang is an astonishingly beautiful area in the mountains slightly over three hours of ride from Chiang Mai. Thousands upon thousands of visitors from Thailand travel here. We didn't meet any foreign tourists during the whole day. Villages where ethnic minorities live, a botanic garden, tea plantation, and amazing vistas are all worth the long journey.
When talking about Thailand many think of beaches with snow white sand and never ending party in Bangkok. Only handful visit the north of the country and if they usually don't go anywhere beyond the towns of Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai. The entire north of the country has beautiful mountain ranges, wild nature, beautiful native villages, and best conditions for making a trip by bike. So let visit the northernmost national park in Thailand today - Doi Pha Hom Pok.
Countless shrines, dozens narrow streets with beautiful old houses, luxurious hotels, museums, omnipresent food aromas, and the best coffee in Thailand. You will fall in love with Chiang Mai instantly. There are kind people, international atmosphere, and it is really clean in there.
The night is setting upon the land, streets are going alive – with food. When I arrived at there, I was not hungry. But now I would eat just everything. Hundreds of variations of noodles and rice, various sea creatures, great grilled meat, lots of fruits and veggies. The Chinese Town in Bangkok chewed me and swallowed me.
When I was arriving at the center of Krabi province I didn’t expect much. Guidebooks don’t mention it at all and it is rather an obligatory stop for many travelers while transporting to local islands or to nearby Ao Nang resort.
Krabi province in south Thailand has been more and more popular. Ao Nang resort and Ko Phi Phi are its greatest attractions. They offer splendid sceneries around limestone cliffs, many great bars, restaurants, and nearby are beaches like Railay, Ko Poda, and Ko Hong which are among the most beautiful in all Thailand.
Ko Lanta island is an ideal place for peaceful rest, or to enjoy cool tropical atmosphere of southern Thailand. Half-empty beaches, bungalows, and small pensions scattered across coconut groves will enchant you. The same applies to sleepy bars, restaurants, and there are also great possibilities where to dive, or you can visit a vast national park in the mountainous middle of the island. It will take you mere three hours to get there from the Krabi airport.
The capital of Thailand belongs to largest cities in southeast Asia as there live 8 million people. Cheap flight transportation makes it a natural place from where to start travels to the region including countries like Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, or Malaysia. In my opinion, too bad than many travelers spend there a day or two and move on.
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I had never been particularly interested in Thailand. Yet me and my friend decided to give it a chance so we travelled to the land of smiles. When we got out of the airport to Skyline ground subway, Thais gave us adviced where to get a ticket, for how and they always smiled at us.