Hua Hin 2013 the 4th visit (preview!)

2nd visit to Hua Hin vineyard.

2nd visit to Hua Hin vineyard.

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2010 Hua Hin Vineyard

*** a little preview of things you can do in Hua Hin for a short 3D2N trip***

 

first visited in 2006. planned a 2 nights stay but ended up staying for 4 nights.

went back again in 2009 and 2010.

 

took a train!

took a train!

 

382 baht. heh. comes with meal also okie. really machiam aeroplane.

kopi, T, or kopi and T?

kopi, T, or kopi and T?

5 hours ride. so there was …

breakfast

breakfast

and LUNCH.

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all inclusive okie!!!!!!!!

everyone was sleeeeeeeping. but full-batt-forever T was busily looking for subjects to snap.

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and finally…..

the famous Hua Hin train station!

the famous Hua Hin train station!

shall let the photos do all the talking..

 

went to the beach and Khao Takiab as usual..

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went to the vineyard again…

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Quality wine and really good cakes + main courses. How can i return to Hua Hin and not visit the vineyard again!!

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this was the tasting set.  i’m a wine person but i really dont know whats what. so this set was perfect for me.

my first time so Atas okie. wine tasting leh.

they have really QUALITY wine. i can still remember how shiok i felt.

they have flagship range of wines. find out more HERE

 

besides great wine and delicious food, this place is also splendid for photo taking. hee hee hee

spent 3-4 hours there. and left just before sun sets..

visit in 2010

visit in 2010

visit in 2013.

visit in 2013.

there are also non alcoholic beverage for children. so it’s definitely a family friendly place to visit!

 

i also went back to Wat Huay Mongkol. with a Enormous Luang Por Thuad’s statue.

frequented by the devotees and locals from throughout the country.

frequented by the devotees and locals from throughout the country.

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and of course…

sunrise watching…

 

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the best thing? right in the comfort of my room.
even better? that room cost me only.. 700 baht. (32sgd)

envy much?

teehee, T.

 

 

 

Chiang Mai Loy Krathong: 2007

My first trip to CNX was seven years ago!

(low photo quality!!! paiseh ah)

wahhhhh big

wahhhhh big

was there for Loy Krathong as well.

my first time releasing khom loy!

my first time releasing khom loy!

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There was this booth set up by some uni students teaching people to make krathongs

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yay our first krathong! handmade!! took a pic with our aajans.

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let it goooooooo let it goooooooooo

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we arrived from a 5am bus. checked in at the guest house around 10am , then slepttttt till 4pm.

too tired. and hungry…

sibeh blur and sleepy

sibeh blur and sleepy

yay fireworks.

yay fireworks.

the boat ride along mae ping was SO SCARY. people were pointing all the fire cracker stuff towards the river!

the boat ride along mae ping was SO SCARY. people were pointing all the fire cracker stuff towards the river!

CHEAP until cannot youtiao. 3 pieces plus tao huay zui GUESS HOW MUCH

CHEAP until cannot youtiao. 3 pieces plus tao huay zui GUESS HOW MUCH

REALLY. GUESS HOW MUCH.

chiangmai has changed so much over the years.. it was all simple fun and personal. and one noticeable change was… tha pae gate.

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people could take the stairs and go up to have a nice view of the busy walking street.

but tourism has taken its toll on my beloved town. stupiak farangs took the advantage of the currency exchange and drank so much that someone apparently got drunk and fell off from here.

not forgetting tourists who had no awareness. throwing rubbish and dirtying the place…

well.. chiangmai is still one of my favourite 3 places in Thailand to explore.
i think i know chiangmai better than i know orchard road.

and also because….

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I LOVE KHAO SOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

find out what you can do in chiangmai here!

teehee, T.

ans: 30cents or 6baht.  ;D

Chiang Mai, Loy Krathong 2013 (2556)

 

 

releasing Khom Loy in ChiangMai

releasing Khom Loy in ChiangMai

Loi Krathong[a] (Thai: ลอยกระทง, IPA: [lɔːj kràʔ tʰoŋ]) is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand and certain parts of Laos and Burma(in Shan State). The name could be translated as “to float a basket”, and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river.

so says Wikipedia.

 


 

T decided to go against the will of her bosses and took leave on crucial dates to attend Loy Krathong, afterall National festivals dont change dates to fit people’s schedule.  the bosses are still harping on it. but really, without me, the company can still function. so WHO CARES.

so T was thrilled when Thai Airways had a mastercard promotion. all in fares for $230!!!  THANK YOU THAI AIRWAYS AND MASTERCARD ❤ ❤ ❤

bjk7l

 

from Singapore Changi Airport, i fly to Suvarnabhumi airport then transit to Chiang Mai international Airport

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you know what that means? TWO MEALS

meal onboard Thai Airway SG to BKK

meal onboard Thai Airway SG to BKK

Meal onboard Thai Airway BKK to CNX

Meal onboard Thai Airway BKK to CNX

and FREE CHECK INs!!!!!! OMG!!!!!! neh mind the 1hr plus transit. i can eat Krispy Kreme while waiting. heh dont even need to queue okie.

 

TNMT doughnuts. DAMN COOL CAN

TNMT doughnuts. DAMN COOL CAN

 

easy.

next. stay where?

airbnb solved it all.

booked my accomodation with Zak Residence and stayed around Suthep area. peace.

View from the apartment. how ironic right?

View from the apartment. how ironic right?

 

that's doi suthep!!!

that’s doi suthep!!!

they were very nice to arrange for a pick up at the airport for only 100baht. (i chose to stay out of the touristy area)


 

 

Listen to this as you read on to get you into the mood!

 

very soon on arrival T and friends went to Mae Ping (Ping River) for the Loy Krathong Parade.

the famous Tha Pae gate.

the famous Tha Pae gate.

somehow, time seems to      S    L    O    W       D    O    W    N       in Chiangmai. we walked from  Thapae gate to Mae Ping and stopped along the way every other minute to snap snap snap…

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blur pic. too crowded. and people were pushing around. boo.

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so sad!! another blur pic!!!!  the police were shoving people aside la.

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had street side food for dinner,

the somtam from this stall is really SHIOK

the somtam from this stall is really SHIOK

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purposely put big big.

walked around to find the cheapest khom loys, released our own khom loys,

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walked along the river, friends made their own krathongs …

creative krathong

creative krathong

learning to make their own krathong along the street

learning to make their own krathong along the street

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release the krathongs….

ready to let it go let it gooooooo

ready to let it go let it gooooooo

Happy !

Happy !

achievement unlocked!

achievement unlocked!

and realised we only spent less than 2 hours!!!

SHIOK ONLY I TELL YOU.


 

next day, i made my own krathong!! the lovely lady who taught us is a friend, Miw, a cooking teacher at We Cook.

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Tadaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! my second time making my own krathong!!!

Tadaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! my second time making my own krathong!!!

went back to Mae Ping at night.

locals who are never shy to invite people to join in their fun

locals who are never shy to invite people to join in their fun

fire crackers they hang at the khom loys.  SCARY ok

fire crackers they hang at the khom loys. SCARY ok

i kena burn lor!

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VERY BIG LANTERN

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woahhh Mr Loy Krathong at Kad Luang (Chinatown)

woahhh Mr Loy Krathong at Kad Luang (Chinatown)

wahhhh see liao very shy one…  *blush*

 

getting creative at lantern designing!

getting creative at lantern designing!

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fire works on second night. laibuji take a good photo =[

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boat ride along mae ping

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unfortunately it rained. very heavily and lasted the whole night too.. and so the night ended wet and cold. i had to leave my motorbike and take a tuktuk back instead…

so that’s how it all ended…

 


beautiful lantern display along Sunday night walking street too!!!!

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This year’s Loy Krathong is damn early la. falls on the 5th to 7th November
Silkair and Tigerair flies direct from SG to CNX

let me know if you would like to find out more about spending Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai!

 


BUT BEFORE YOU CELEBRATE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO LEARN TO SING THIS PROPER!!

Loy Krathong Song

วันเพ็ญเดือนสิบสอง น้ำก็นองเต็มตลิ่ง

Wan-pen duean sìp-sŏng , náam gor nong dtem dtà-lìng

The full-moon day (of) the twelfth month, as water fills to the banks

 

เราทั้งหลายชายหญิง สนุกกันจริง วันลอยกระทง

Rao tang-lăai chaai yĭng sà-nuk gan jing wan loi grà-tong

We all both men and women are having fun in Loi Krathong day

 

ลอย ลอยกระทง ลอย ลอยกระทง

loi loi grà-tong, loi loi grà-tong

float float the Krathongs, float float the Krathongs

 

ลอยกระทงกันแล้ว ขอเชิญน้องแก้วออกมารำวง

loi grà-tong gan láew,kŏr chern nóng gâew òrk maa ram-wong

We have already floated the Krathong already, I would like to ask you (beloved younger lady) to come out and dance (Thai folk dance)

 

รำวงวันลอยกระทง รำวงวันลอยกระทง

ram-wong wan loi grà-tong, ram-wong wan loi grà-tong

dance in the Loi Krathong day, dance in the Loi Krathong day

 

บุญจะส่งให้เราสุขใจ บุญจะส่งให้เราสุขใจ

bun jà sòng hâi rao sùk-jai

making merit will give us happiness

 

now let’s sing along~!

(purely for entertainment purpose. lyrics in the above video is not 100% accurate!)

teehee, T!

Khao Takiab, Hua Hin 2010 Dec

first visited Hua Hin in 2006.

have been back there about four times now. (okie i must resort to blogging in singlish!)

my first trip was via train. wah.. arrived at 3-4am and the whole town was sleeping. okie neh mind. this one i will write another post when i find the old photos.

anyway this trip.. was more of a.. ‘show you around’ trip. brought my fellow traveling partner there.

it’s easy to navigate. rented a motorbike, allll the way straightttttttttt and yeah i will end up in cha-am <—- this is a gem. still quiet and much less touristy. but also mean less sites to visit, less beautiful beach, less english speaking…

 

one of my MUST go is Khao Takiab. South of Hua Hin town, along Thanon Petchkasem. 

clean and beautiful beach. with the water coming up only to my chest even after i’ve walked… like… REALLY far… 

occasionally and sadly, there will be dead jelly fish along the coast during low tide. tried rescuing one before. but it was already too dead…

feast away! all these for 700baht!!!

feast away! all these for 700baht!!!

mid hill of khao takiab

mid hill of khao takiab

cheap seafood sold by the beach

cheap seafood sold by the beach

the Big Buddha that faces the sea

the Big Buddha that faces the sea

horse riding along the beach...

horse riding along the beach…

selfie was already trendy back then ok

selfie was already trendy back then ok

wahhh angmohs/farangs everywhere....

wahhh angmohs/farangs everywhere….

 

photos were all taken via camera phone la. dont blame me for the bad photography. better photos all in the “hiding” memory cards. heh

 

LATEST UPDATES about HUA HIN: apparently the restaurants are no longer operating (most) due to the junta dunnu what dunnu what. there was a beach clean up recently. some are operating at another designated area nearby. will keep you updated when i get more news!

 

to get to Hua Hin: mini bus, local bus, trains, plane. 
takes about 2-3 hours on mini bus  and about 4 hours via train.

 

LESSON TIME
SO!!! Takeaway for this post!

Khao Takiab, เขา ตะเกียบ means Chopsticks Hill. Takiab means Chopsticks. pronounced (very closely) Kao2 大Giap (like you giap something that giap).

so next time you want chopsticks, tell them, Khor Takiab noi ka/krap.

 

teehee, T.