Rock formations at Pa HIn Ngam

Rock Formations, Pa Hin Ngam National Park

Rock formations are what Pa Hin Ngam are known for, and what the name actually means. While I definitely enjoyed the Siam tulip fields a lot more, these rock formations are really cool and interesting. Erosion has worn the rocks down into different and interesting shapes. A small path winds through the field of rocks so you can see each one. There are some quite stunning views. I did manage to get a little turned around even though you can see the exit, the path is not always easy to find. That made it a little more interesting. =) Sadly, ...

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Siam Tulips, Pa Hin Ngam National Park

Siam tulip fields, Pa Hin Ngam

Perhaps one of my favorite places in Thailand, Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Chaiyaphum province is a truly wonderful place. The name mean Forest of Beautiful Stones. While there are really big and beautiful rock formations (an upcoming post), what I love about Pa Hin Ngam is the summer tulips, also known as the Siam tulip (the Thai call them dok kra jiao). These flowers are actually not tulips at all—they are related to ginger. In July, during the rainy season, the forest floor explodes with bright pink blooms. The forest is actually quite high up in the hills, so ...

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Trash in the Kingdom

Trash around Pa Hin Ngam National Park

For most visitors, Thailand is about beaches, culture, and more beaches. What few realize is that the Kingdom has quite an abundance of natural beauty as well. The beaches are certainly nice and the culture is wonderful, but the nature is spectacular as well. Thailand has a lot of natural beauty that is worth seeing. The difference is that most of these natural gems are not promoted to tourists. They remain largely hidden and out of reach to the average visitor. This is both good and bad. The good is that they are not overrun by the tourist hordes. There ...

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Wat Nong Wang, Khon Kaen

Wat Nong Wang, Khon Kaen

Officially known as Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon, Wat Nong Wang in Khon Kaen province is known by local Thais as “The Great Buddha’s Relics” or “The Nine Story Stupa Located in Wat Nong Waeng.” Wat Nong Wang was built to celebrate the king’s 50th anniversary of being crowned king of Thailand (known as a Golden Jubilee in monarchical speak) and to celebrate Khon Kaen’s 200th anniversary of being established as a province. The wat (temple) has nine stories that you can climb up through to get a great view of the surrounding city. It is worth spending a little time ...

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Thai Visa Runs Might Be Coming to an End

Yak, Grand Palace, Bangkok

Last month I was headed to Laos to get a new visa. I decided to do that instead of crossing a land border since Thailand has been in a tizzy lately about foreign visitors. They have it in their heads that foreigners are destroying the nation and that we should all just go home. Never mind that they contribute significantly to the economy. If things in Thailand are not great, it MUST be foreigners who are at fault. Thailand is mostly concerned with people working in the country when they should not be. That is completely fair and they should ...

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