Category: Random posts


Pai Lanna Resort

Every time I am in Pai I stay at a different place,  I haven’t yet really found somewhere i really like but the Pai Lanna Resort wasn’t at all bad for its price. This was Robin’s recommendation and we grabbed 4 Bungalows, we ended up paying 400 Baht/night after a bit of mild bargaining,I guess rates vary a lot depending on the season and this rate was a low season price and a fare bit cheaper than what is advertised on their website.

The resort is about 5 minutes walk out of town set on a little hill overlooking the Pai River and Pai town. The owners and staff were friendly, the little wooden bungalows were in good order and the grounds were immaculately kept. I will probable give this another go next time I am in town.

Pai Lanna Resort

Pai Lanna Resort

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Hua Hin

As mum was in town and wanted a bit of beach time before she went back home and Pinky was now at a age where she would really love the beach we decided to head to the seaside.  Normally Hua Hin wouldn’t be my first choice of beach destination I definitely prefer some of the laid back islands like Koh Chang and Koh Phangan with their palm fringed beaches but we choose Hua Hin simply because it was the easiest beach to get to  and we wanted to keep travel time to a minimum and avoid any unnecessary stress, and as long as there was sand, sea and ice cream  Pinky would be happy on any beach.

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We finally moved into our new pad around the middle of January. Although not 100% complete it was livable. Even now still loads to do but we are getting things done slowly.  Still no kitchen units but looks like this may have to wait a few more months as funds are getting low.  Here is a few  of shots of the outside.  Still a few bits unfinished but hopefully I can work on these through the low season months.

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Mum was in town for  6 weeks she arrived at the start of Feb and decided at short notice that she would escape the tail end of the British winter for the very agreeable  tropical climate of northern Thailand.  Mum mainly took it easy while she was here just spending some family time with Pinky but we did manage a couple of excursions. Mum had to do a visa run at the Burmese border so we thought it would be  a good excuse to spend a night in Chiang Rai and see a bit more of Northern Thailand.

Well thought it about time to post a few bits on the blog.  I’ve been real busy at the start of this year with getting the house finished, the high tourist season and starting 3 new website projects. Well things have calmed down a fare bit now so thought I will post a few bits about what I have been up to over the last few weeks.

Had loads of progress on the house in the last couple of weeks. So much  so that I hope to be spending my birthday in there on new years day! Many of the neighbours have been curious about what colour we are going to paint it but are then quite surprised when we tell them that the raw plaster is the finished surface. Actually at the moment it does look gray and imposing but we still have some wooden cladding to go on part of the front elevation so hopefully this should soften the look along with a bit of greenery once we have done the landscaping.

Plastering inside and out is nerly finished!

Bangkok

Been soooo busy over the last few weeks I haven’t had time to post anything on the blog, also mum and a few of her friends have come over for a visit so this has been taking up what little time I have had to spare.  Mum arrived in Bangkok last weekend and me and tack went down to meet her. We spent a couple of days shopping but also paid a visit to the Grand Palace which I hadn’t visited since my first trip to Thailand 12 years ago. It was good to get away from Chiang Mai for a few days.

Wualai House Latest

Latest progress at ou pad on Wualai Rd. Plastering the inside should start tomorrow.

Wualai House latest

Wualai House latest

Safety advice

Roadside Safety advice somewhere near Nan! Will be posting more of my Nan motorbike trip pics soon.

Useful Safety advice?

Useful Safety advice?

On the way to Pai we made a quick stop at Pong Duet Hot springs as this was only as short detour off our route. They have a pleasant 800 meter nature trail to the bathing areas but me and Tack were feeling lazy and the day was already hot so we skipped the nature trail and took the motorbike straight to the hot spring baths. At the bathing area they had a couple of nice looking hot spring swimming pools as well as private cabins or if you preferred you could just dangle your feet in the natural hot spring stream. As it was just after mid day and the day was already a scorcher the last thing I felt like doing was jumping in an even hotter bath of water so I gave the bathing a miss however I will remember to come back if I am making the Pai to Chiang Mai trip by motorbike in the cold season as this would be a great spot to warm up while crossing the mountains between Pai and Chiang Mai.