Thailand Journals

Extreme Points of Thailand

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A September 2008 trip to Thailand by SeenThat

Mae Aw Photo, Mae Hong Son, Thailand More Photos
Quote: On a few of Thailand’s extreme points.

Mae Aw

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Attraction | "Beyond the End of the World "

Mae Aw General View Photo, Myanmar, Asia
Quote:
On the far northwest of Thailand, the Mae Hong Son province provides to the traveler views of high mountains, forests and picturesque villages. Among the last there is one called Mae Aw; beyond being a point of geographical interest it offers also an insight into a less known, but fascinating, side of the Thai society. KuomintangThe Kuomintang – also known as Chinese Nationalist Party - was founded by Song Jiaoren and Dr Sun Yat-sen following the Xinhai Revolution. Afterwards, it ruled ...Read More

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That Phanom

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Attraction | "On East’s End"

The Main Road Photo, That Phanom, Thailand
Quote:
Isaan – the eastern lobe of Thailand – is vast and several extreme points – the topic of this journal - come to mind while thinking of it. Nong Khai is where Highway 2 ends and the Mekong River is crossed in order to reach Vientiane, the Laotian capital. ...Read More

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Had Lek

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Attraction | "A Salty Water Cocktail"

Koh Kong Photo, Cambodia, Asia
Quote:
Extreme points mean tough conditions. No luxury. The only available cocktails are of polluted water. In the case of Had Lek it means a rare combination between the most beautiful seashore with a total absence of accommodations or even a glass of water, excluding – of course - salty seawater.A point to keep in mind before reaching the area is that during the monsoons season it gets unusually windy for Thailand; the heavy rains penetrate all but the sturdiest clothing.Reaching Had LekHad Lek is the souther...Read More

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Mae Sai

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Attraction | "The Northernmost Scorpion "

Monks in Tachilek Photo, Myanmar, Asia
Quote:
Sixty kilometers north of Chiang Rai is the northernmost town in Thailand, as a big sign carved on black stone proudly states by the border cross. Reaching Mae SaiThe stretch of National Highway 1 from Chiang Rai (the nearest town of significant size and a major travel hub in northern Thailand) to Mae Sai passes inside a relatively narrow valley among the green hills separating the plains where these two towns are located. If arriving by bus to Mae Sai’s terminal (from Chiang Rai: 6 AM to 6 PM every 15 minutes, fan 25 baht, air 45 baht, one hour)...Read More

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Kra River

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Attraction | "Large Canoes, Mangroves and Sweet Chai"

Kra River Photo, Myanmar, Asia
Quote:
The Kra River (also known as Kraburi and Pakchan) is the boundary between Thailand and Myanmar at the Kra Isthmus of the Malay Peninsula; it flows into the Andaman Sea, separating the Thai town of Ranong from Kawthaung (Victoria Point) in Myanmar. Of all the points offering Thai visa renewals, this is the wildest. Moreover, the area is the rainiest in Thailand; regardless the season of my visits, the weather was constant: grey and rainy, hot and humid. These are perfect conditions for giving that attractive moldy look, that touch of classy grayish patina, to all exposed surfaces.Ranong"Ranong" is a Thai corruption of th...Read More

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