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Monday, December 14, 2015

Unseen Ko Klang เกาะกลาง:
The unspoilt Hideaway near Krabi

See the locations on Ko Klang Island เกาะกลาง Google Map

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Sunset over Koh Kai, seen from Koh Klang

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Approaching Koh Klang

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Koh Klang beach -pristine Thailand

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Longtail boat on Koh Klang beach during low tide

Unspoilt Krabi - something impossible? Not at all. But don't say it anybody! Only a five minutes boat ride from Krabi town you arrive in a different world, far away from the tourist masses in Thailand. "Koh Klang is one of the few areas in Krabi where floral Batik sarongs still remain more prevalent than candy-coloured bikinis and Speedos", writes Bangkok Post. Indeed, the only resort on the island is asking the guests not to walk around in Bikinis and hotpants, to be respectful towards the muslim community inhabiting the island. There are nearly no cars – we saw only one -, just motorbikes, Tuk Tuks and bicycles. In the four villages live about 5000 people, mostly Muslims who rely on fishing and rice farming. The island with the Andaman sea to the South is the birthplace of the Ruea Hua Ton Boat, the longtail boat, that is constructed here, and also well known for Sangyod Rice which is grown only in Koh Klang and Pattalung. This rice has a distinctive salty flavour because of the salinity of Koh Klang’s soi. Koh Klang is a combination of mangroves and rice fields, with goats and water buffalo grazing in the fields. A sand beach you find nearly on the whole southern coast, but not suitable for swimming.

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Koh Klang wetlands - a paradise for birds and birdwatchers

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Where you stay on Ko Klang

Islanda Eco Village Resort: Do not await a limousine taking you to this resort, await a longtail boat, to cross Krabi River from Thara pier in Krabi. Then you change into a motorbike-sidecar. During a twenty-minutes sometimes bumpy ride a cross a narrow street nearly to the southeast end of the island you pass villages and many peoples smiles, ricefields, mangroves, buffalos and geese. And then you arrive at this very well maintained oasis with a palmgarden as well as a garden with vegetables and spices, around 30 rooms in bungalow-villas on stilts, an infinity pool and an excellent kitchen. And from the verandas of the beachfront villas you enjoy the tranquility and the panorama of the Amdaman sea with limestone islands like Koh Kai (Chicken Island), for which Krabi is famous. And you know you will see a magical sunset.

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Seaview villa

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Bathtub on the balcony of seaview villa

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Beautiful nature in the garden

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Pool under palms

อัตราค่าที่พัก Home Stay:

Khlong Lu Homestay: Basic bungalows on stilts with direct sea views.

Where you eat on Ko Klang

Kanabnam View Seefood and Tours See Kanabnamview on Facebook

Baan Ma-Ying: กิจกรรม Home stay & Long stay

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Along the main lane women sit under thatch-roof huts to sell sun-dried fish along with a range of other snacks. "We stumbled on some delicious khanom jak, a mix of rice flour and coconut placed in long coconut husks and grilled to a crispy brown. You also might come across sarim (mung bean “noodles” in icy coconut milk) and khao tom mut (rice flour and banana or other fillings steamed in banana leaf)", notes

What you can discover on Ko Klang

Hua Tong’ Long Tailed Fishing Boat Group:
Since the early 2000s the group has been making models of the longtail boats as a souvenir representing the province of Krabi.

Patae Textiles Group

Birdwatching: The island is a prime birdwatching destination, with graceful herons and sea eagles continually swooping over the fields, writes "If you’re lucky, you might also spot a rare Chinese egret. Far less effort is required to glimpse one of the red-headed bulbuls that, as in much of Southern Thailand, are prized for their melodic songs".

Mangrove forest: You can arrange longtailboats, that take you alongside the roots and bushy lime-green leaves. Or you rent a Kayak.

How you arrive at Ko Klang

From Chao Fah pier in Krabi you walk south along the riverside promenade for a few hundred metres. Past the marina in Thara Park you find a floating pier, from where boats run to the island. From here or Chao Fah pier you can also book private crossings.

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Inner Pier of Koh Klang

Read more:
A walk on the wild side by The Nation
Koh Klang in Krabi, Thailand | A Photo Essay of An Island Life by
Koh Klang Village Life by
Reviews of Ko Klang on

Friday, December 4, 2015

Authorities downplay IS Terror Warning for Phuket and Thailand, but beef up Security

It has emerged that the Russian Intelligence Service FSB has warned Thailand, that terrorists could have arrived in Phuket and travelled on to other places in Thailand. According to FSB 10 Syrians connected to Islamic State (IS) entered the Kingdom in October with a possible plan to attack Russian interests, reports The Nation. Thaiöands security authorities boosted safety measures in the capital and many provinces. PM's Office Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana said that Russia had exchanged information with Thailand and wanted the Thai side to check the accuracy of the information on whether the Syrians had entered Thailand. "Thai authorities looked into the information and as of yesterday, we found no clues on Russia's concerns," he said.

The Governor of Phuket, Jamleran Tipayapongtada, said that all military, police and other authorities were aware of the reports and had intensified security precautions, as reports. "Everybody who lives on Phuket or is visiting Phuket can help," he said. '"Please let police know if you see something that is not quite right."
Also in Malaysia police have beefed up security, particularly around places associated with Russian and Western interests, which the reports indicated the militants were likely to target, writes Thai PBS.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Beaches and Resorts in Cha-Am, Hua Hin and
Prachuap Khiri Khan: Through the Views of Guests

See the locations on Cha-Am and Hua Hin Google Map

The beaches and resorts of Cha-Am and Hua Hin from north to south: That's how you read this guide. How does the beach really look like? Is your hotel at the beach or is a road in between? How do the resorts look like through the view of guests? This blog gives you answers: through pictures not taken by the resorts, through comments of guests. And you are invited to add your comments at the bottom. Please unterstand: This blog is not complete yet - more will follow.

Chao Samran Beach:

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Fisherman's Village *: 29 Garden Villa, 4 Beachfront Villa and 27 Superior rooms. Very good reviews on See picture1, picture2, picture 3.

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Samran Beach near Fisherman's Village

Seasky Beach Resort ซี สกาย บีช รีสอร์ท: 5/2 Moo 2, Hat Chao Samran. Villas.

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Pool of Seasky Beach Resort

Capstone Resort: See picture 1. Capstone Resort on Facebook. Good reviews on A guest mentions music noise from a nearby parking in the evening.

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Puk Tian Beach (also: Puk Tien) หาดปึกเตียน:

Puk Tien Cabana Beach Resort: 141 Moo 3, Tambon Puktien. See picture of private beach and picture 2. Quite good reviews on

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Veranda Resort and Spa: See picture of pool. Good reviews on, but some guest leave critical comments.

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The Regent Chalet: See picture 1

Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort and Spa:

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Blue Lagoon Resort Hua Hin:

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Dusit Thani Hua Hin Hotel: See picture of Saltwater Pool, sunrise.

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Main pool

Boat House Hua Hin:
Picture of sunchairs, picture 2, picture 3.

Haven Resort Hua-Hin: See picture and picture of beach 1 and picture of beach 2.

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Naresuan Beach

Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa: See picture of beach 1 and beach 2 and lagoon pool, picture of house.

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Majestic Beach Resort: See picture.

Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa:

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Baan Talay Dao: Lush, natural surroundings and an authentic 90-year old Thai teak house as centerpiece of the resort. A family-owned and operated resort with 32 rooms. Quite good reviews on

Away Hua Hin - Pranburi Boutique Resort: 83 Moo 1, Sam Roi Yot. 5 villa types ranging from the Garden Villas up to the two bedroom original 60 year old Thai House. You can have your dinner across a small road under a big tree at the seaside. Very quiet strip of beach. On there have been some mixed reviews in the past months, some critival about the quality of service.

La A Natu Bed and Bakery: 234 Moo 2, Prajuab Kirikhan, Samroiyod. 12 Houses and cottages at the beach in Thai-Lao style with ricefield terraces around. And homemade bakery. See them on Facebook. A real hideway. See picture of the beach. Many guests found their paradise here, but some were not happy according to the reviews on, they felt disturbed by day guests of the bakery and groups.

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Dolphin Bay, Phu Noi Beach, Sam Roi Yod Beach

7 km long of powdery sand, deserted and peaceful in comparison to its northern counterpart of Hua Hin and Cha-am beaches.

Baan View Talay - บ้านวิวทะเล: A house 50 meters away from the beach for rent for short or long term, also on

The Privacy Beach Resort & Spa: Mixed reviews on

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Dolphin Bay Beach Resort: A heaven for families with children. With bikes and mopeds, that can be rented. Very good reviews on

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Dolphin Bay

Sam Roi Yod Beach Resort สามร้อยยอด บีช รีสอร์ท: See homepage.

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Ko Ko Ram Island. Read about monkeys on Ko Ram Island. And see Project Sea Monkey

Koram Resort: A basic resort with no pool and a bar (Monkey Bar) with loud music and good thai dishes according to reviews on

Anchana Resort and Spa: From 4200 Bath. Beach across the road. Some guest was annoyed by Karaoke next door with loud music, some minded about group tours. Mixed reviews on

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Seefood stalls near Anchana Resort

Blue Beach Resort: Simple but clean bungalows and good food according to reviews on

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Near Blue Beach Resort

The Green Beach Resort: See video by The Green Beach Resort. A two minute walk to the beach. Bicycles available. Very good reviews on, but it can be difficult to keep mosquitoes out of the rooms, therefore you should protect yourself with repellent..

Baan Jeen Hotel Samroiyod Beach: Small hotel with just 16 rooms and a pool at the beach. The staff does not speak English well, as comments on note.

Brassiere Beach Resort: 210 Moo 5, Sam Roi Yot. Twelve cottages. Shower/toilet areas are open-air, but private. Quiet location with own beach. Good reviews on Not for people who get angry when service is slow. See picture.

Stella Resort: 245 Moo 5. Not at the beach, but with pool. Bicycles available. Excellent reviews on For people who want to chill, be close to nature. See video. See them on Facebook.

Nom Sao Beach:
This beach is very private and has great views of Ko Nom Sao and Ko Ko Ram. Read about legends. See picture.

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Brassiere Beach

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Ko Nom Sao seen from the beach

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

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Phraya Nakhon Cave

King Mongkut (Rama IV), who was interested in science, invited guests on August 18 in 1868 to watch a solar eclipse. Two weeks later he died - after he had caught malaria in the marshes of Khao Sam Roi Yot. Also later kings visited Sam Roi Yot, especially the Phraya Nakhon cave. For the visit of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1890 the Kuha Karuhas Pavillon has been built.
Der Name Khao Sam Roi Yot means mountain with 300 peaks. This describes the landscape: Limestone hills up to 605 Meter above the Gulf of Thailand. The western part of the park is dominated by freshwater marhes (ทุ่งสามร้อยยอด) measuring 36.8 square kilometers and you will find mangrove woods along the coast. Inside the park there are two beaches: Hat Laem Sala and Hat Sam Phraya near the park headquarter near Ban Khao Daeng.

Read more:
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
Attractions and maps
Wildlife of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

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The harbour of Bang Po

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Picture by Nicolai Bangsgaard Bang Po Bay

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The bay of Bang Po

Hat Laem Sala หาดแหลมศาลา:

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Drying squid in Kui Buri

Hat Sam Phraya:

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See more pictures of Sam Roi Yot

Vartika Resovillas Kuiburi: The penthouse suite has a private outdoor bath and a nice view of the sea. Seefood restaurant nearby. Very good reviews on See picture of beach. See Facebook.

X2 Resort: See picture. Quite good reviews on

Wat Ao Noi:

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Ao Manao อ่าวมะนาว
Ao Manao ("lime bay") is suitable for swimming. Opposite the beach stands Khao Lom Muak. At the summit there is a replica of the Buddha’s footprint. At the foot of the mountain stands a shrine of Chaopho Khao Lom Muak. Ao Manao lies on a military base. Here you find

Ao Manao - Khao Tanyong National Park

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Picture by Troup Dresser
Khao Lom Muak

Read more about what's to discover:
Prachuap Khiri Khan Province