A trip to Nakhon Nayok

We took a trip to Nakhon Nayok and saw a number of different things and going to a multitude of different places - not all of them I remembered.

We saw things from the car but we were not sure where we were...

Our first stop was at Suan Pa Inn Coffee Shop - great desserts and coffee and they sold plants outside.

Then there was a visit to Wat Sanititham...

Then the Buddhist Memorial Park / พุทธอุทยานมาฆบูชาอนุสรณ์ สวนพุทธชยันตี (ทางเข้า) - quite spectacular actually.

Then we popped quickly into Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam and we returned the next day to take a boat trip.

Time for some lunch and we chose to have it at the bottom of Nang Rong Waterfall - a nice spot. 

Then we found somewhere to stay - Reindeer Park Resort - all about reindeers And Christmas.

The next morning we were out into the water - visiting waterfalls

On returning I noticed that the water area was really quite small on Google...

Is there a Nazi insignia on the life jacket?

On the way home we stopped at a Rice Field - สะพานทุ่งนามุ้ย - quite lovely really - certainly worth the stop.

A shame rubbish was left discarded...

Then we found a wonderful white temple วัดธรรมปัญญา (Wat Thampanya) 

where there was also a Chinese Temple adjacent to it - there would be more photographs if I did not get a little too close to the dogs...

Lunch was at the Montreux Cafe and Farm - very nice.

Drove past a restaurant in the boat

and a lot more fields of rice

and field mice for sale by the side of the road - interested?

Bangkok Corrections Museum พิพิธภัณฑ์ราชทัณฑ์

Bangkok Corrections Museum พิพิธภัณฑ์ราชทัณฑ์ is somewhere that I came across when I was on a Bangkok Walk - here's the link.

Well it was closed when I visited - here is a review of a visit when it was open.

It was pretty creepy though - I wonder what they will do with it, open it again?

Swarm and Foursquare Apps

Swarm is a fascinating App to use and linked with Foursquare you can certainly find a few things to do. Here's a review. I never knew that I had been in so many different Cafe though...

Cost: Free
Ease of use: simple
Comment: 'checkin' easily

Baan Tong Luang Hill Tribe Village

Baan Tong Luang Village was certainly a different place to visit for me and I was left in confusion (still am) over the meeting of the long-neck karen - who have been refugees in Thailand since 1985 - from the Kayah State in Burma / Myanmar.

A full description of the tribes can be read here.

I could not come to the conclusion what sort of attraction this was - should we celebrate this OR should we avoid this. I am not able to tell you what to do BUT here is a review which describes ethical travel and the worst attraction.

I read that the neck rings are added from when the girl is 5 year olds - one a year - until they are 21.

Then I read this

"When the Thai government officials saw these women on their doorstep, they felt it was going to be a great business opportunity for Thailand. They gave Karen visas and work permits, they leased them some land and took pretty photos of the women standing outside of their bamboo huts. Then, they used these photos in shiny, colourful brochures, advertising the northern region of Thailand and told the women to smile to tourists, who were willing to pay money to see something different and exotic. Long Necks’ villages became an attraction, a human zoo, where for 300 Baht you can take a photo with women dressed in colourful outfits, with a neck so long that her head looks almost like a poppy flower."

I read more and am still left with incomplete understanding. Whether you visit or not is your choice - there is lots more here than simply the long neck tribe.

There is a Christian Church.

There are other Tribes scattered throughout and it is quite lovely.

And of course lots of children.

Trips to Chiang Mai
 1) 2016
 2) 2018