Tag: Loei

Siam Tulips and Phi Ta Khon Festival Trip

Sai Thong National Park in Chaiyaphum

TRAVEL DATE: 24-28 June 2015
DESTINATION: Chaiyaphum Province and Loei Province
ACCOMMODATION: Thep Sathit View Resort and Phudara Resort

Towards the end of June 2015, I was invited by TAT Isaan (Northeast) to join them on a Thai media trip to take photographs at two major festivals. The first destination was “Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival” in Chaiyaphum. These are known in English as Siam Tulips and they bloom towards the start of the rainy season from about June to August. We next drove further north to Loei where we took photographs at the colourful Phi Ta Khon festival in Dan Sai district. During the trip I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click for embedded tweets for Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4.

The following map shows the places that we visited during the trip:

LIST OF PLACES WE VISITED:

Chaiyaphum Province สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว GPS
Sai Thong National Park อุทยานแห่งชาติไทรทอง 15.871042 101.514994
Thep Sathit View Resort เทพสถิตวิวล์ รีสอร์ท 15.387368 101.445027
Pa Hin Ngam National Park อุทยานแห่งชาติป่าหินงาม 15.632157 101.389733
Loei Province สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว GPS
Phi Ta Khon Museum พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านผีตาโขน 17.274388 101.14942
Wat Phon Chai วัดโพนชัย 17.274388 101.14942
Wat Somdet Phu Rua Ming Mueang วัดสมเด็จภูเรือมิ่งเมือง 17.454999 101.350166
Phra That Sri Song Rak พระธาตุศรีสองรัก 17.270085 101.141127
Phudara Resort ภูดารา รีสอร์ท 17.401667 101.296111
Chao Pho Kuan’s House บ้านเจ้าพ่อกวน 17.272814 101.150938
Dan Sai Morning Market ตลาดเช้า 17.279348 101.146291
Wat Neramit Wipatsana วัดเนรมิตวิปัสสนา 17.263800 101.141936

PHOTO ALBUM:

Tour of I-san Loei Classic

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TRAVEL DATE: 6-8 June 2015
DESTINATION: Loei Province
ACCOMMODATION: Loei Pavilion Hotel & Chic Chiang Khan Hotel

In early June 2015, I flew Nok Air to Loei province in Northeastern Thailand. The purpose of the trip was to take photos of the “Tour of Isan Loei Classic”. About 300 cyclists took part in the 70km long bicycle race. The starting point was the city hall in Loei. They finished at Phu Pa Po, which is a hill 900 meters above sea level. Nearby is the stunning Suan Hin Pha Ngam, which is known as the Kunming of Loei. We spent the last part of our three day trip in Chiang Khan alongside the Mekong River. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click for the embedded tweets for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

The following map shows the places that we visited during the trip:

Sharing a Mekong River border with Laos, Loei province has in many ways more in common with the north of Thailand than to the rest of Isan, even earning the nickname “the Mae Hong Son of the northeast.” Loei is an ecotourism region surrounded by undulating mountain ranges, abundant with various kinds of flora and capped with fog enshrouded summits. The most majestic mountains are Phu Kradueng, Phu Luang and Phu Ruea. Loei has unique cultures and traditions in addition to beautiful geographical surroundings, such as the colorful Phi Ta Khon Festival.

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LIST OF PLACES WE VISITED:

DESTINATION สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว GPS
Loei Airport สนามบิน จังหวัดเลย 17.445764 101.726713
Loei Pavilion Hotel โรงแรม เลย พาวิลเลี่ยน 17.494276 101.715512
Chao Pho Kut Pong Shrine ศาลเจ้าพ่อกุดป่อง 17.494623 101.725542
Krua Madua Restaurant ร้านครัวมะเดื่อ 17.496120 101.717957
Loei City Hall ศาลากลางเลย 17.486628 101.720234
Suan Hin Pha Ngam สวนหินผางาม 17.050620 101.743453
Phu Pa Poh ภูป่าเปาะ 17.038620 101.711527
Loi Da Nang Restaurant ร้านเลยดานัง 17.526054 101.723657
Chiang Khan เชียงคาน 17.896273 101.657264
Chic Chiang Khan Hotel โรงแรมชิค เชียงคาน 17.897197 101.660124
Wat Si Khun Mueang วัดศรีคุณเมือง 17.893563 101.652364
Udon Thani Airport สนามบินอุดรธานี 17.386494 102.775131

PHOTO ALBUM

GETTING THERE: Loei is 520 kilometers from Bangkok. There are no train services, though you can catch a train to Udon Thani in the neighbouring province and then change to bus. The trip from Bangkok by car and bus takes about 7-8 hours. Loei airport now has regular flights by Nok Air and Air Asia.

Dan Sai, Phu Ruea National Park and Chiang Khan

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TRAVEL DATE: 15-17 January 2015
DESTINATION: Dan Sai, Phu Rue National Park and Chiang Khan in Loei Province
ACCOMMODATION: Phunacome Resort

In January 2015, I flew Nok Air to Loei in Northern Thailand. The slogan for this province is “City of the Sea of Mountains, Coldest Place in Siam, and Beautiful Flowers of Three Seasons”. If you do decide to travel here during December or January, make sure you bring some warm clothing for the chilly nights. Highlights of the three day trip include visiting Dan Sai, home of Phi Ta Khon Festival, Phu Rue National Park, and the riverside border town of Chiang Khan. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click for the embedded tweets for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

The following map shows the places that I visited during the trip:

Sharing a Mekong River border with Laos, Loei province is in many ways has more in common with the north of Thailand than to the rest of Isan, even earning the nickname “the Mae Hong Son of the northeast.” Loei is an ecotourism region surrounded by undulating mountain ranges, abundant with various kinds of flora and capped with fog enshrouded summits. The most majestic mountains are Phu Kradueng, Phu Luang and Phu Ruea. Loei has unique cultures and traditions in addition to beautiful geographical surroundings, such as the colorful Phi Ta Khon Festival.

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LIST OF PLACES WE VISITED:

DESTINATION สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว  PHOTO ALBUMS
Chiang Khan เชียงคาน 17.896181 101.656782
City Pillar Shrine หลักเมือง 17.486704 101.728972
Kang Pla Weaving Village กลุ่มทอผ้าบ้านก้างปลา 17.528221 101.736681
Kitty Resort คิตตี้รีสอร์ท 17.456088 101.394024
Lan Chang Restaurant ล้านช้าง ร้านอาหาร 17.467933 101.726212
Loei Airport สนามบิน จังหวัดเลย 17.4458462 101.7267606
Phi Ta Khon Museum พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านผีตาโขน 17.274388 101.14942
Phra That Sri Song Rak พระธาตุศรีสองรัก 17.270085 101.141127
Phunacome Resort ภูนาคำรีสอร์ท 17.281391 101.162038
Phu Ruea National Park อุทยานแห่งชาติภูเรือ 17.4944925029 101.336435254
Phu Tok Mountain ภูทอก 17.868866 101.682213
Poinsettia Garden Phurua ลานคริสต์มาส อ.ภูเรือ 17.457074 101.361607
Thai Dam Cultural Village หมู่บ้านวัฒนธรรมไทยดำ 17.799993 101.733865
Wat Neramit Wipatsana วัดเนรมิตวิปัสสนา 17.263731 101.141943

PHOTO ALBUM

GETTING THERE: Loei is 520 kilometers from Bangkok. There are no train services, though you can catch a train to Udon Thani in the neighbouring province and then change to bus. The trip from Bangkok by car and bus takes about 7-8 hours. Loei airport now has regular flights by Nok Air and Air Asia.