This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.
Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia is the world’s 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km (2,703 mi).It starts from the Tibetan Plateau & runs through China’s Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
A perfect place to relax & watch life on the Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia. A huge storm hit while we were there & the noise on the ancient tin roof was deafenning. 🙂
Seeing Phnom Penh by Tuk Tuk
An inexpensive way to get around the city, short rides are only $2 or $3 USD.
Many temples similar to Thailand
We didn’t inspect any of the Cambodian temples, we had our quota in Chiang Mai the previous week. 🙂
From the old to the new
There is a building explosion happening in Phnom Penh mainly due to enormous funds flowing in from China.
Modern buildings are multiplying
In a few short years you won’t recognise Phnom Penh.
Very little activity
The first thing we noticed around these modern buildings was very few people around. I’m guessing it’s out of the locals price range.
The “old” Cambodia is far more appealing
Which do you prefer? In my book the “old” wins hands down. 🙂
What a great surprise, full marks to the French owners for their unique idea.
Metro Hassakan restaurant
Located in the main street opposite the river, nice atmosphere & good food.
Farewell to the Mekong River
Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia & Sihanoukville are certainly changing rapidly, not necessarily for the good I’m afraid. However there are still many wonderful experiences to enjoy in this fascinating country.
Sadly this lovely coastal village is never going to be the same, just read THIS STORY.
This is mainly a vegetarian restaurant which would normally be off limits for me. 🙂
Lovely spot beside ferry terminal
From memory a local beer was only about 70 US cents.
We took the fast boat to Koh Rong for $22 USD return, certainly a worthwhile trip.
DAO from the beach
Put it on your Sihanoukville bucket list. 🙂
The beach lights up at night
A great atmosphere for drinking & dining
Food cooked to perfection
These charcoal fires generate enormous heat.
The fish was absolutely delicious.
Price around $8 USD.
Pasta & Ribs
These were our entrees.
There are two room sections at our hotel at the next beach, it was a terrific place to stay, we booked at the cheaper option, the Sokha Express. You still have full use of all the facilities, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.
Chiang Mai Province Sacred site, this temple is often referred to as “Doi Suthep” although this is actually the name of the mountain where it’s located. Perched on top of the mountain 15 kms from the city.
You have a choice
Climb the 300 steps to the top or take the tram. I compromised by taking the tram up & walking down. 🙂
At peace among the trees
Our driver told us there were 2,200 temples in Chiang Mai province.
Lots of gold here.
Featuring a photo of the new King.
Lots of Thai people paying respect.
As well as Thai there seemed to be a lot of Chinese tourists.
Lots of steps
Lots of steps & it was a very hot day, like most days in Thailand. 🙂
A view of Chiang Mai
The view from the Temple.
Posing with the bell.
My friend Steven Bates & I taking a photo opportunity at the Chiang Mai Province Sacred site.
Background on Thailand: A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US ally following the conflict.
Chiang Mai Province Sacred site
Steve has found a new friend.
Magnificent animals, magnificent statues. 🙂
Shame about the advertising.
The signs do seem out of place here.
It’s a long way down.
As I said earlier I took the steps. 🙂
I really like this shot. 🙂
The children look great in their traditional clothes.
Coffee time before heading to our hotel.
The coffee here is quite famous, sadly I prefer Starbucks. 🙂
Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand, even though we were only here 4 days we found some very good restaurants. I hope his photo blog takes away the guesswork for you. 🙂
Aiku was right beside our hotel above Starbucks, good Japanese food at a reasonable price. Our hotel the Dusit Princess was a terrific hotel in the very best location in Chiang Mai, book through THIS LINKfor a discounted room rate.
Out of 108 Japanese restaurants in Chiang Mai TripAdvisor rate Aiku number 5.
Whole Earth restaurant
Nestled in a beautiful garden setting this turned out to be a nice surprise, food & service were excellent.
Mushroom soup was delicious
Very filling & a great start to our meal.
A large menu & you can sit inside or out.
The staff were very obliging, the chicken above was very good indeed. Rated 51 out of 1,744 restaurants by TripAdvisor.
The long & the short
My friend Patrick is around 200 cms tall, we just had to get a photo with this tiny waitress at Whole Earth restaurant. 🙂
This delightful restaurant is halfway between the city & Wat Ban Den which is the most spectacular Thai Buddhist Temple I have ever seen .
Fresh spring roles to die for. 🙂
My only criticism was the serving was so big. 🙂
Chicken sate & a Thai Omelette.
Beautiful country view from the restaurant.
Here comes the storm. 🙂
Rock Me Burgers & Bar
Watch the passing parade while enjoying the burgers , hot dogs & beer. Rated 38 out of 1,744 by TripAdvisor.
I settled for a hotdog
The best I have had in years. 🙂
Fabulous green pea soup
TripAdvisor rate David’s Kitchen the number one Chiang Mai restaurant. I’m not going to argue as the food was very good and the staff excellent.
Two of us ordered the lamb shank & were surprised when the bill showed a B200 price difference. It turned out there were 2 versions o the menu, my advice to David the very attentive owner is to ensure staff point this out rather have have an argument at the end of an excellent meal.
Talking about he owner
He makes an effort to interact with his customers & explained that his wife come in of a morning to make he deserts. Here are two fabulous old photos of them in their younger days. David looks like is stepped out of the role as the artful dodger in Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. 🙂
Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand
The staff singing happy birthday to some happy customers.
Dusit Princess good rooms & great location
A terrific hotel in the very best location in Chiang Mai, book through THIS LINKfor a discounted room rate.
Thanks for visiting my Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand photo blog.
Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Wat Ban Den is the most impressive I have ever seen. It was totally renovated in 1998 after the new Abbott Kru Ba Tuang raised huge amounts of money from people all over the country.
Work is still in progress
As you can see from the first 2 photos work is still in progress. 🙂
Incredible works of art
The detail and the beauty really takes your breath away.
They could be twins. 🙂
Patrick Taylor is an Aussie living in Singapore, he loves having his photo taken & is fully certified selfie expert. 🙂
The Tigers are here.
Everywhere you look there is another fabulous statue.
As I said before Wat Ban Den is the most impressive Thai Temple I have ever seen.
Absolutely brand new.
It’s a huge credit to Abbott Kru Ba Tuang & all the generous Buddhists who donated money to completely renovate the original structures as well as adding new.
In 1804, Kruba Thueang Natsilo, a former abbot, also had the temple renovated. It became far more exquisite with Lanna-style architecture. The abbot intended to turn it into a beautiful place of worship with religious teachings. He hoped this would attract more people to the temple so that they would have a chance to learn about the religion.
Ring the bell folks. 🙂
The temple stands prominently on top of a small hill and can be easily seen from afar.
Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand
As you can clearly see this Temple is a photographer’s dream.
Attention to detail…
Perfection is everywhere you look.
My favorite shot
I think I captured a special moment here.
Reach for the sky
Surely this has to inspire you? 🙂
Patrick & I enjoying Wat Van Den
As you can see Pat is a very tall happy character.
I have found a new friend.
Many thanks for visiting my Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand photo blog.
Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 gave me a welcome break from the relentless heat in Thailand. I offered to house sit & look after Sam the dog for my friends Tony & Nikki Murphy.
Melbas is still my favorite bar
Drinks with Geoff Robinson who traveled from Gosford on business.
Rebel without a cause
Grant Thompson taking his Harley for a spin to Mt Tambourine.
Fresh prawns from the trawler
The best in the world without a doubt.
Here is where you buy them.
located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, he’s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.
Friends from the 80’s
At La Rustica with George Hoult & Steve Bates who are friends from Sydney in the 80’s.
George & his lovely Thai lady.
George was on his way to spend a week sailing around the Whitsundays. La Rustica has been around forever & still serves very good food at the right price.
Flashback 30 years to November 1987
Here I am at La Rustica with Winnie & Allison in 1987, how time flies when you are having fun. I was lucky enough to have a fling with both of these ladies, Allison was only 18 at the time so I promised her the world & bought her an atlas. 🙂 🙂 🙂