Thailand is in the Southeast of Asia, with Laos and Cambodia to the east and the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysianextto Burma (Myanmar) on its west. The capital is Bangkok, the country's official language is Thai. In touristic resorts people also speak the English language. The history of Thailand is estimated to be dating 10,000 years, up to the paleolithic era. Visitors will encounter super-rich archaeological sites of cultural heritage. The temples of worship of Buddha abound in the region, contributing to the exotic environment of the place. Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that avoided colonization, thus preserving the history and cultural heritage. The ancient monuments, temples and deserted cities all attest to the magnificent past of Thailand, a wonderful destination for your holidays. The historical treasures match with the wonderful nature. Thailand has many picturesque islands and beaches as well as 90 national parks and an amazing wildlife. The Thais are renowned for their friendliness and smile .

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Grand Buddha Image of the Dvaravati Period

is situated at Wat Khon Sawan, 5 kilometres from Khon Sawan District. It is a laterite Buddha image in a standing posture, representing Dvaravati art. It was the Buddha image of the ancient Ka Long city with a height of 3 metres. Also, there are another 2 half-size ones from the same origin. It is assumed to have been constructed during the period when the Khmers were in power. It is called “Luangpho Yai” by the locals and enshrined in a small wihan which is open for the public to pay respect. Moreover, there are also many large sandstone boundary markers with bas-relief depicting the Jataka stories, as well as, the 9th century inscription in the Mon scripts. Outside lie many other boundary stones both with and without the bas-relief.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Wat Sila At Phu Phra

is located at Ban Na Kai Sao, Na Siao Sub-district. Within the compound of the temple is a rock shelter where the bas-relief Buddha images were engraved. It is the source of the name Phu Phra and has been respected among the locals for a long period of time. At present, there is a roof covering the bas-reliefs, comprising of a large Buddha image, sitting in the meditation posture with the width at its lap of 1.52 metres and the height of 2.13 metres. Its right palm is placed on his lap, while his left one is on his shank (the opposite of the subduing Mara posture). The large image is called Phrachao Ong Tue. Moreover, there is a small 17- centimetre high sandstone Buddha image in the similar posture at its front, while nearby are situated another 7 images around a sandstone column, 5 in the meditation posture and 2 in the same posture as Phrachao Ong Tue. These images possess the same characteristics as those of the U Thong style during the 13-14th century or at the beginning of the Ayutthaya period. There are ceremonies to pay respect to the images at Phu Phra twice a year and 3 days a time, on the 1st day of the waxing moon in the 3rd lunar month and the 13th day of the waxing moon in the 5th lunar month.To get there: From the centre of Mueang Chaiyaphum, take Highway No. 201 (Chaiyaphum – Kaeng Khro) for approximately 15 kilometres. Turn left along the Na Siao – Huai Chan route for 5 kilometres and turn left for 1 kilometre into the temple.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Second Banglamung Police Station Opens in Nongprue Subdistrict

Nongprue residents can now feel safer as the Banglamung Police recently opened up a new police office in the area. The new station is located on Nerbplapwan Road about 4 kilometers from Sukhumvit near the old Nopngprue government office and the new football stadium.      The new police station, located on Nunplubwarn is the latest station to serve the residents of East Pattaya
Police Colonel Somnuk Junkate, Superintendent of the Banglamung Police said, "We are following the policy set by the Thai Royal Police which is to improve the efficiency of local police stations as well as its officers by opening up a new police station in Nongprue. We chose Nongprue because of its rapid growth in the number of houses, apartments and residents. Not only that, Nongprue is also close to the heart of Pattaya and crimes and robberies occur on a regular basis with gold snatches and house robberies."

The Banglamung Police Station Nongprue branch offers the same services as other police stations. It is open 24 hours a day every with police officers ready to assist locals and foreigners during all hours. There are also police volunteers waiting to support the officers in emergency situations.

However, Police Colonel Somnuk Junkate has had to move officers from his main station to serve at the new station and he would really like to have funding to hire more police officers for the new station and would even consider becoming the Chief of the new station and give up his current post.

"Nongprue residents and tourists living in the are can ensure that security will now be even better," confirmed Police Colonel Somnuk.

The Banglamung Police Station Nongprue branch is located in the Nongprue Municipality. Call 038 249820 for any enquires or emergencies.

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Police Major General Thanet Phinmuangngam, Superintendent of the Chonburi Police (bottom row, fifth from left), Police Colonel Somnuk Junkate, Superintendent of the Banglamung Police (second from right), Former Public Health Minister Sunsak Ngamphichet (second from left), Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit (fourth from left) along with members from the Pattaya City Council and local police officers at the grand opening of the Banglamung Police Station Nongprue branch.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Chaopho Phraya Lae Shrine

Chaopho Phraya Lae Shrine is near Nong Pla Thao, 4 km. To the west of the Provinctal Hall on Highway No.205(Chaiyaphum:BanKhawao).
To the right is a sacred historical site which is where Chao Pho Phraya Lae was executed by Lao soldiers. Locals built the shrine to honor him and to have the spirit protect the Chaiyaphum and Thai people.Every year, beginning on the first Wednesday of May, a week long festival in his honor is held

Thursday, May 26, 2011

chaiyaphum thailand

The word Chaiya originates from the Sanskrit word Jaya meaning Victory, and the word Phum from Sanskrit Bhumi meaning earth or land. Hence the name of the province literally means Land of Victory. The Malay/Indonesian word Jayabumi is equivalent.
The history of the city of Chaiyaphum dates back to the Khmer Empire in the 12th century, when it was a small city on the route from Angkor to Prasat Singh (Kanchanaburi province). The Prang Ku still remains from this time. In 1817 the area was settled again by a group of Laotians led by Nai Lae, official from Viantiane Kingdom. At first they settled in Baan Nam Khun Nong E Chan (Nakhon Ratchasima province), but soon moved to the current site of Chaiyaphum, then called Baan Luang. When the Lao King Anouvong of Viantiane declared war on Siam, the local ruler Jao Phraya Lae changed allegiance and supported the Siamese troops. In 1826 he was killed by Laotian troops, before these were defeated and all of Laos became part of Siam. Jao Phraya Lae was renamed by the Thais to Phraya Phakdi Chumpon and is still a local hero.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lower Northeastern Cultural Centre

Situated in Buriram Rajabhat University on Chira Road. The Centre collects and exhibits artefacts and precious historical objects, folk arts, and archaeological evidence. It is also the resource centre for conducting research. There are various subjects of exhibition including ones on elephants, local folk, traditional textiles, mural paintings, ceramics, ancient kilns, traditional way of life of the Northeastern people, geography, and ancient communities in Buri Ram. The Centre is open everyday, except public holidays from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more details, call Tel. 0 4461 1221 ext. 159.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Big Buddha Image

Or Phra Phuttharup Patima Santayaphirom Satuek Udom Ratsadon Nimitmanin is a big standing Buddha image on the bank of the Mun River, opposite the Satuek District Office. The Buddha image is highly revered by local people in Amphoe Satuek and nearby provinces. During the long-boat races festival when a lot of people come to Satuek, they would go to pay respect to the big Buddha image.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Khao Kradong Forest Park

It is now a relaxation spot which was once an ancient volcano. The evidence of the volcano’s existence can still be seen until today. The crater is now a deep basin with water all year round. The top is 265 metres above sea level and it houses ‘Phra Suphattharabophit’ a large Buddha image that is the symbol of Buri Ram. There is also an ancient Prang Ku in which is located a duplicate Buddha footprint. The forest park has a lot of interesting indigenous plants. Getting to Khao Kradong can be done in two ways: on foot or drive up to the mountaintop. On the way, one can see Buddha images in different postures along the route.
To get there, take Highway No. 219 on the Buri Ram – Prakhon Chai route for about 6 km

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ku Suan Taeng

Located at Ban Don Wai, Tambon Don Wai, opposite Ku Suan Taeng Witthayakhom School. Ku Suan Taeng is also a Khmer architectural site, comprising three brick prangs lying from north to south, on the same laterite base. All the buildings face East, with only one front entrance. The other three sides are false doors. The central prang is large and quite in perfect condition, with a square shape and a front porch. The pediments above the three false doors are projecting, each supported by a sandstone slab. The other two prangs are smaller and situated on a square-shaped base with one entrance at the front, while the other three walls are made into false doors. On the ground in front, there are scattered fragments of the sanctuary such as the lotus–shaped finial base, and antefixes featuring a 6-headed naga. Ku Suan Taeng can be traced back from the lintels of the prang which are currently being kept at Phra Nakhon and Phimai National Museums. It is assumed to date from around the 12th century as the lintels show the same artistic features as those of the Angkor Wat style of Khmer art. For example, the lintels that were carved into Vishnu Trivikrama (a scene from Vamanavatara depicting the God Vishnu taking three steps: onto the underworld, earth, and heaven), dancing Siva, Churning of the Ocean of Milk, Vishnu Anantasayin (Reclining Vishnu), etc. Each piece presents interesting and beautiful work of art. To get there: Take the Buri Ram – Phayakkhaphum Phisai route on Highway No. 219 for 70 km, turn left into Highway No. 202 on the way to Amphoe Prathai for 40 km. There, one can see a junction to go to Ku Suan Taeng on the left-hand side, follow that route for 1.5 km. Or from Buri Ram, take Highway No. 2074 passing Amphoe Khu Mueang on the route to AmphoePhutthaisong, turn left into Highway No. 202 and drive for 20 km, turn left and drive another 1.5 km. to Ku Suan Taeng.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wat Khao Pra Angkhan

Located on Khao Angkhan which is an extinct volcano and about 20 km. from Prasat Hin Phanom Rung. From Buri Ram, take the Buri Ram – Nang Rong – Ban Tako – Ban Ta Pek route (the same route to Phanom Rung). When arriving at Ban Ta Pek, turn right and follow the route to Lahan Sai for about 13 km., then one will reach a junction, turn right on the way to Wat Khao Angkhan and drive for 7 km. Inside the temple’s compound, there are ruins of ancient monuments and sandstone boundary markers of the Dvaravati period. At present, it is one of the most beautiful and significant temples in Buri Ram. The Ubosot, Sala (pavilion) and other buildings present various architectural styles. There are also mural paintings depicting the Jataka stories in English inside the Ubosot.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Prasat Wat Khok Ngio

 Situated on the Nang Rong – Pakham route (Highway No. 348), about 3 km before you reach Amphoe Pakham. It is a Khmer stone sanctuary located behind Wat Khok Ngio, which once served as an ‘Arogayasala’ or a hospital. It was built according to the initiative of King Jayavarman VII during the 13th century, following Mahayana Buddhism.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rao Su Monument

This is 107 km from Amphoe Muang. The monument is beside the Lahan Sai -Ta Phraya Road. It was completed in 1979 to commemorate the bravery of citizens, policeman and soldiers who died fighting insurgents who tried to stop the construction of this important strategic route. The name "Rao Su" was given by His Majesty the King. Lam Nang Rong Dam and Khlong Manao Reservoir About 200 meters from the monument lies the Development for Security Project Area of H.M. the King which includes the large reservoir Lam Nang Rong and the Khlong Manao reservoir, which are used for agriculture and relaxation. Visitors can rest aboard rafts on the reservoirs, swim, take boat trips to watch flocks of Teals.

Lam Nang Rong Dam (เขื่อนลำนางรอง): It is about 200 metres from Rao Su Monument (อนุสาวรีย์เราสู้). It is the area under a Royal Project for security development. Lam Nang Rong Dam is an earthen dam with an asphalt road along the crest where one can see the view. There are also restaurants situated around the dam. The dam is used for agriculture and is a good spot for relaxation.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Phrachao Yai Wat Hong

It is an old Laotian-style Buddha image in the posture of subduing Mara, which was built during the late Ayutthaya period, or around the 18th century. The lap is 1.6 metres wide and the height is 2 metres. It was made from laterite and features local folk arts. The Buddha image is located at Wat Hong or Wat Sisa Raet. People pay high respect to the Buddha image and call it ‘Phrachao Yai’ which in the northeastern dialect, it does not mean big size but means the great sacred power, especially when one makes a wish or vow. It has been said that those who fail to fulfil their promise would have an accident or face a bad event. A lot of people go there and promise that they would stop drinking and ask that the Buddha image always prevent them from having bad luck. Also, there was the discovery of “mixed posture” amulets made from bronze as well as Buddha images carved from rhino’s horn underneath the base of Phrachao Yai. On the 14th day of the waxing moon or 1st day of the waning moon of the 3rd lunar month every year, there is a big celebration for this Buddha image. A lot of people from Amphoe Phutthaisong and other provinces come to pay respect to the Buddha image. To get there: From Phutthaisong Market, turn right at the intersection. Take the route that goes to Phayakkhaphum Phisai for one kilometre. There is a junction to go to the temple which is 2 km away.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Buriram Thailand

Buriram is located at the southern end of the Khorat Plateau, with several extinct volcanoes around the province. The Sankambeng Range mountainous area forms the southern limit of the province.
Almost a thousand years ago the present- day Buri Ram area was evidently subdued to Khmer Empire as many ruins from that time are still visible there. The biggest of them on an extinct volcano is protected in the Phanom Rung historical park. According to the inscription found, her ruler recognized the hegemony of Khmer Empire's king. Before the foundation of Bangkok, little was known about her. From early Bangkok Period, in the early nineteenth century, the town originally called Muang Pae, was renamed 'Buriram'. Then she became under Thai rule. After the administrative reform in the late nineteenth century, Buriram was incorporated into Siam or late Thailand as a province.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Doi Suthep Temple - Chiang Mai, Thailand

This jade Buddha at Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai seemed like a most obvious candidate for selective color removal in Photoshop. In a way it is representative of that day. It was raining like crazy and all the colors everywhere seemed all washed out except for the translucent emerald-like quality of the jade in this Buddha statue. The original is surrounded by the typical golds and reds found in any Buddhist temple. I find this depiction to be much more interesting, however.

It is good luck to ring the bells not just for the camera, most Thais do it. Not all people are fit enough to use the stairs on the way up but they do use the stairs coming down. This also generates money for the temple as the fee is 50 baht for the cable car and free if you use the stairs.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Suthewa Rusi Statue

In front of the Town Hall is the Suthewa Rusi Statue. Legend has it that the Rusi, or ascetic, was the actual founder of Hariphunchai. As an ascetic refraining from worldly affairs he invited Phra Nang Chamthevi, a daughter of the King of Lopburi, to ascend the throne and helped her to firmly establish Buddhism in the land

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lampang Horse-drawn Carriages

Lampang is the only province in Thailand still retaining horse-drawn carriages as a means of transport within city limit. Visitors can hire such vehicles to tour places such as markets, traditional houses along the river bank and the numerous temples in town

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wat Thamma Thipatai

Wat Thamma Thipatai at In Chai Mi intersection is where the door panels of the large and ancient Vihan of Wat Phra Fang are kept. The panels, made of wood, measure 2.2 metre wide x 5.3 metre high. The carved design is of the graceful style of the Late Ayutthaya Period. They are rated as the second best such creation next only to those at Wat Suthat in Bangkok. Located in town on the Nan River bank is Wat Tha Thanon, which houses Luang Pho Phet, the principal Buddha statue of the province. It is of the Chiang Saen style and cast in bronze.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wat Bang Pramung Floating Market

is on the bank of Bang Pramung Canal in front of Wat Bang Pramung, about 14 kilometers from the city on the Nakhon Sawan-Krok Phra road. Locals will paddle to the market to sell goods and agricultural produce every weekend during 07.00-16.00 hrs. In addition, there are other services like traditional Thai massage, boat tours of Bang Pramung Canal, tours of orchid farms, and boats and water bicycles for hire. For more information, please contact Krok Phra District Office at tel. 0 5629 1006.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bo Lek Nam Phi

Bo Lek Nam Phi is the source of the best quality steel which was used to fashion swords and weapons in the past. Today, there are still two "wells" in existence. Ores from these two sources are believed to have been used to make swords for kings only. This ancient site can be reached by going for a distance of 42 kilometres to Thong Saen Khan district and continue for another 14 kilometres on Highway 1245

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wat Khao Wong

Wat Khao Wong is a temple in a valley. It has a beautiful two-storey Thai-style convocation hall. The area has been exquisitely landscaped. The monastery is the 13th of 19 branches of Wat Sangkhathan in Nonthaburi that are in places such as Chiang Mai, Um Phang, the United Kingdom, and India. The monastery was built in 1987 and has a total area of 320,000 square metres. The surrounding area is mountain and forest.
The most striking feature of Khao Wong Monastery is the 4-storey Thai-style multi-purpose pavilion. Built almost entirely of wood, the pavilion has a pond in front with many fish. Around the pond is a garden of colourful flowers. The wood used in the pavilion’s construction was donated by locals and has been transformed into a work of architecture that retains natural qualities.
The monastery has a monthly meditation class for those who are interested.
To get there: Use the same route as Tham Phu Wai. It is about 3 kilometres before reaching the cave

Monday, May 9, 2011

Morakot Cave(Emerald Cave)

An unseen Thailand which is located in the west of Muk Island, hidden in the jungle, among the cliffs is the awesome Morakot Cave;Tham Morakot in Thai. The cave entrance is a small passage on the islands western side that is accessible by boat during low tide. The cave itself winds for about 80 meters to the other exit, opening onto a clean white beach with an emerald color open pool which is surrounded by high cliffs.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Wat Chantharam or Wat Tha Sung

Wat Chantharam or Wat Tha Sung is at Mu 2, Tambon Nam Sum. It is an old temple from the Ayutthaya period. It was formerly called “Wat Chan” which is the name of an abbot. Wat Chantharam later was abandoned until 1789 when the monk Luang Pho Yai came here. Villagers asked him to become the abbot of the temple and he renovated it. The first location of the temple was on the bank of Sakae Krang River. The artifact of the place is a pulpit built by Luang Pho Yai that is opposite the temple. More buildings were later added by the monk Phra Ratchaphrom Yan Nen (Luang Pho Rusi Ling Dam). The new convocatin hall is beautiful with an ornately decorated interior. The inner windows and doors have pictures of angels. His Majesty the King presided over a ceremony to officially open the building. Surronding the building is a traditional columned wall. Images of Luang Pho Pan and Luang Pho Yai 3 times the actual size is at the corner of the front wall. Furthermore, the new site has a wide area as well as many pavilions with accommodation for meditation. The main hall is open during 09.00-11.45 hrs. and 14.00-16.00 hrs. daily.
To get there: From the city, take Road No. 3265 to the ferry at Amphoe Manorom, about 6 kilometres away. Wat Than Sung is on both sides.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Ban Loe Tong Ku

Lae Tong Ku is a village where residents still wear traditional clothes and continue to live a simple life. The Karen living in this village differs from other Karens as they worship a Hermit. They have their own rites which are chanted by the head of Lae tong Ku village. They also worship an image of the Lord Buddha crafted out of a sacred 400-year old tusk. To enter the village, permission from the 347th Border Patrol Police must be obtained. Call 055 561 008 for more information. Visitors are not recommended to travel on their own.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Coronation Day Will be Celebrated in Grandeur

The Pattaya Times congratulates His Majesty the King on the auspicious occasion of the celebration on May 5th as His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned as Rama IX, the 9th king of the Chakri dynasty, on 5th May 1950. In the present reign, Coronation Day is observed by a series of religious rites lasting for three days.
     On the first day, the 3rd of May, there is a Buddhist ceremony at Amarindra Vinichai Hall in the Grand Palace dedicated to the ancestors of the Chakri House, in which scriptures are chanted and a sermon is delivered by a high monk.
On the second day, the ceremony consists of two parts - a Brahmanic one and a Buddhist one.
The third day is Coronation Day. A feast is given to Buddhist monks and the king is dressed in full regalia. At noon, the Royal Thai Army and the Royal Thai Navy each fire a salute of 21 guns. Later this day decorations are bestowed on officials and civilians who have done meritorious services to the state and society.
Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul has ordered provincial governors nationwide to organize grand celebrations in honor of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej upon the Coronation Day on May 5.
Speaking in a video conference on Wednesday, April 25, the minister elaborated that HM the King has been upholding the Dasavidha-Rajadhamma, or the Tenfold Code of Moralities of the Ruler, with his wisdom and abilities throughout more than 60 years on the throne.
Mr Chavarat hence gave a guideline to all provincial governors that the celebrative events must be held in grandeur with the inclusion of parades by the monarchy protection volunteers in every province.
The minister also announced that he would attend the events in the central provinces of Pathumthani and Samut Prakan.
Mr Chavarat then asked government officials, monarchy protection volunteers and all Thai people to attend the event to express their readiness to protect, respect and safeguard the royal family.
May 5th is the annual celebration of the much loved King Rama IX becoming officially crowned King of Thailand in 1949. He is the longest ruling monarch on Earth and has achieved remarkable success in instilling community development programs which has benefited the people of Thailand, and elsewhere, enormously. He is loved by the people of the nation and has the utmost respect from everyone in Thailand. The celebration of his crowning is a much revered and important point in the Thai calendar.
His work is not limited to Thailand but has implications for people in need all over the globe. In May 2006, UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, presented the United Nations’ first and only Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award to the King for his magnificent charitable and inspiring work.

Live Snakehead at Fish Market Chiang Mai Thailand

the Channidae can actually stay alive outside of water for days at time. while they slither around, theyre not actually dying. the other fish are long since dead. it's just a way of life in Chiang Mai Thailand.

Lao New Year Festival San Francisco 2011

The Lao community all over the US gathered in San Francisco to celebrate the Lao New Year 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wat Phra Boromthat and Ancient Tak City

 Wat Phra Boromthat is located in Ban Tak district of Tak Province in the northern part of Thailand. The location of the temple was once upon a time the site of Ancient Tak City. The temple lies on the bank of Maenam Ping, which is approximately 25 kilometers north of Tak city.  Wat Phra Boromthat is considered to be quite an archeological find. It is a magnificent temple with wooden door panels and beautifully decorated roof. The Ubosot of the temple has beautiful carved wooden door while the wihan has a high ceiling with double tiers. The wihan also has ventilation channels which ensure that the inside of the temple are always cool. In the wihan, you can see a gilded stucco Buddha image. The entire story of Lord Buddha is depicted by way of images which are present on the temple’s wooden window panels. These panels are covered in real gold.The Ancient Tak City has many ruins that you can visit one such ruin is a famous pagoda, which is built in Phum Khao Binth style of architecture. The pagoda is situated right next to Wat Phra Boromthat. It is believed that the pagoda was built by King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai kingdom when he won in hand-to-hand combat riding an elephant against King Khun Sam Chon, the king of Muang Shot. The pagoda has many features of Chawedagong of Myanmar and inside it you can see the holy relics of Buddha. The locals call the pagoda Royal Pagoda, or Chedi Yutta Hatthi in Thai.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tham Mae Usu

   If you are looking for history couple with natural wonders and ethnic diversity, then Tak Province in the northern part of Thailand is the place to visit. The province is known for its mountains and lush green forests. It covers an area of 16,406 square kilometers and is around 426 kilometers north of Bangkok. The province borders Myanmar and is considered to be a gateway not just to Myanmar but also to major Thai cities like Lampang and Chiang Mai.One natural wonder that you must visit when you go to Tak Province is Tham Mae Usu. This cave is famous for its magnificent and beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Tham Mae Usu is located on Mae Soy-Mae Sariang Highway, at about kilometer 95-96. From the highway, you will have to walk 2 kilometers to get to the cave. Make sure that you do not try to visit the cave during the rainy season as you will not be able to reach it. In order to enter the cave, it is necessary to the Mae Usu stream that flows right in front of the cave.The entrance of the Tham Mae Usu is 20 meters wide and 5 meters high. On one side of the cave is sink hole. You have to follow a large stream to reach a wooden ladder that takes you to a fossil chamber located within the cave. This same route then takes you right back to the entrance and this is what makes the cave so unique. Once inside the cave, you will see ventilation holes on the roof through which the rays of the sunlight enter in the afternoon lighting up the cave. The water in the cave is quite warm with temperature reaching up to 30 degrees Celsius. It is believed that this heating of water occurs due to geothermal activity within the depths of the Earth.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Taksin Maharat National Park

This national park is located at tambon Mae Tor and Pa Wor, 2 kilometers off of the km. 26 marker on the Tak-Mae Sot Highway No. 105. The Park was previously known as Krabak Yai National Park, after the name of Thailand's record-holding tree which has a height of 50 meters and a circumference of 16 meters. With an area of 37,250 acres comprised mostly of high-altitude mountains, the park features several stunning attractions including the nine-tiered Nam Tok Mae Ya Pa, a natural stone bridge and giant Kabak trees. The stone bridge is a 25-meter high stone strip that bridges two cliffs with a brook flowing below the bridge. Approximately 78.5 meters further from the cliff is a cave with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Bird lovers, should not miss the opportunity to see both resident and migratory birds in the park.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tham Takhobi

 A spacious cave naturally and beautifully decorated with stalagmites and stalactites is located in Ban Mae Klong Mai, approximately 3 kilometers from Umphang. The cave itself is 3 kilometers deep with a large chamber inside the cave with a walkway connecting to Ban Mae Klong Mai.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hilltribe Market

This shop is located along the Tak-Mae Sot Highway No. 105 approximately at the km. 29 marker. A wide range of local fruits and vegetables, silverware and clothes are on sale from early morning until late afternoon. Market offers a wide range of local fruits, vegetables, silverware, clothes and other products from the local area. The market opens from early morning until late afternoon. The market and area offer a unique atmosphere which is created by the hill tribe local community in Tak province. Located in northern mountainous region of Thailand, the region offers a very beautiful and scenic trip.