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24th April 2014

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Fruit Orchard Tours in the Thailand’s Eastern Provinces

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is arranging a special campaign called ‘Aroi Tuk Rai, Chim Pai Tuk Suan’ to promote agro-tourism in the provinces of Chanthaburi, Rayong and Trat, often referred to as the “Land of Fruits” by the Thai people. 
Tourists are invited to travel to the region’s fruit plantations to enjoy tours and taste fresh tropical fruits at participating orchards, take pictures and even post their orchard ‘selfies’ on the TAT’s social media sites, and help promote this innovative agro-tourism campaign.


From mid-April onwards, most of Thailand’s fruit crops ripen and farmers prepare for them to be picked and processed. This is why the Eastern provinces attract so many visitors at this time of year, as people come and taste the season’s new fruits which include durian, rambutan, mangosteen, zalacca, and the vibrant dragon fruit. 
TAT has joined forces with 40 fruit planters in the Eastern region to arrange these fruit tours, which will not only include a walk arou nd the trees and groves, but also include fruit buffets enjoyed in the very orchards where the fruit grew. These tours cost between 150-300 Baht per person, depending on which orchard is visited.

Source: Travel Daily News

Fruit Orchard Tours in the Thailand’s Eastern Provinces

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is arranging a special campaign called ‘Aroi Tuk Rai, Chim Pai Tuk Suan’ to promote agro-tourism in the provinces of Chanthaburi, Rayong and Trat, often referred to as the “Land of Fruits” by the Thai people.
 
Tourists are invited to travel to the region’s fruit plantations to enjoy tours and taste fresh tropical fruits at participating orchards, take pictures and even post their orchard ‘selfies’ on the TAT’s social media sites, and help promote this innovative agro-tourism campaign.
From mid-April onwards, most of Thailand’s fruit crops ripen and farmers prepare for them to be picked and processed. This is why the Eastern provinces attract so many visitors at this time of year, as people come and taste the season’s new fruits which include durian, rambutan, mangosteen, zalacca, and the vibrant dragon fruit.
 
TAT has joined forces with 40 fruit planters in the Eastern region to arrange these fruit tours, which will not only include a walk arou nd the trees and groves, but also include fruit buffets enjoyed in the very orchards where the fruit grew. These tours cost between 150-300 Baht per person, depending on which orchard is visited.
Source: Travel Daily News

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4th April 2014

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Cycling at Khung Wiman

Met this group of young cyclists with their adult tour leader today at Khung Wiman, stopped here for a group photo. Great way to spend time on their school holidays.

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3rd April 2014

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Latest issue of aboutChan magazine

I love their photography - the cover picture is taken from Khao Khitchakut, inland Chanthaburi.

Photos from my trip to Khao Khitchakut here

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2nd April 2014

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Volkswagen convertible in Chan city

Saw this nicely restored VW near the lake this evening - a few other Beetles around the city but have now seen this one before. No sign of the owner and I couldn’t find any confirmation of what year this car is.

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2nd April 2014

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Evening at Tha Chalaep
Facing inland from the pier at Tha Chalaep, later we dined at a restaurant about 200m from the shore, and decided we would’t go to that restaurant again - poor meals and service

Evening at Tha Chalaep

Facing inland from the pier at Tha Chalaep, later we dined at a restaurant about 200m from the shore, and decided we would’t go to that restaurant again - poor meals and service

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27th March 2014

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From National Geographic

Justine Jackson-Ricketts is an National Geographic Young Explorer studying a rare and elusive species of dolphin called the Irrawaddy dolphin. By taking a closer look at their diet, Justine can help determine whether or not Irrawaddy dolphins eat the same types of fish, squid, and crustaceans caught by fisheries in the Gulf of Thailand. This will help determine how vulnerable they are to the effects of overfishing. 

We planned to spend the field season surveying an unfamiliar area. Our regular field site ran along the coast of three Trat Province villages in the eastern Gulf: Laem Klat, Mairood, and Khlong Yai. Last year, we explored waters around the islands off of the eastern Gulf coast: Koh Chang, Koh Mak, and Koh Kood. This year, we would shift our focus to a stretch of coast farther north and west than our usual area, along Chanthaburi Province.

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18th March 2014

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A Tough Job on Sukhumvit 3
I usually avoid cycling on Sukhumvit, but today a route included 14km of this major highway that runs through Chanthaburi from Bangkok and south to Trat; stopped for a drink at Tha Chuay and watched this man slowly hauling his cart along, collecting anything that could be sold for recycling from the roadside. 
Looked very heavy, and very hard work even on a slight incline. 
There is an outside lane on Sukhumvit shared by cyclists and motorcyclists (in both directions), I don’t recommend it for cycling. I was once stopped by Police Highway Patrol who told me it was ‘too dangerous for cyclists, please find another road’. 

A Tough Job on Sukhumvit 3

I usually avoid cycling on Sukhumvit, but today a route included 14km of this major highway that runs through Chanthaburi from Bangkok and south to Trat; stopped for a drink at Tha Chuay and watched this man slowly hauling his cart along, collecting anything that could be sold for recycling from the roadside. 

Looked very heavy, and very hard work even on a slight incline. 

There is an outside lane on Sukhumvit shared by cyclists and motorcyclists (in both directions), I don’t recommend it for cycling. I was once stopped by Police Highway Patrol who told me it was ‘too dangerous for cyclists, please find another road’. 

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18th March 2014

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Khung Wiman Cycling

From aboutChan magazine, promoting cycling on the Chan coast; more pics from Khung Wiman; the padlocks are at Kep Tawan Viewpoint where there is a fence for lovers to attache them as a symbol of commitment.

The annual Love 2 Ride cycle event starts here at Kep Tawan, held on or near Valentine Day. Romance.

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13th March 2014

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Chanthaburi Marine Life

Photos from aboutChan magazine and also chanthaburi.thailand site highlighting the marine life on the Chanthaburi coast

  • 1 and 2: Marine education Centre at Khung Kraben. Great place to visit (free entry) and hand-feed the fish, see rescued sea turtles and other marine life.
  • Fisheye view of boats at bridge at Laem Sing
  • Fish at Namphu market

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13th March 2014

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Chao Lao beach

Low tide at Chao Lao means a long walk to the water to swim; at the end of the pier on a day like this the water is less than 1m deep. I like the last photo, people enjoying evening sunset at the south end of the beach.

Photos from the wonderful aboutChan magazine

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12th March 2014

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Al Medina Beach House, Khung Wiman

Often cycle past this guesthouse at Khung Wiman, its style makes it a standout among the other buildings along the beachfront. Note the marked cycleway along the road, this is part of an approx 8km extension to the coast highway cycleway, going along the Khung Wiman waterfront (no exit both ends).

First photo is mine, today, others from their site - what a beautiful interior.

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12th March 2014

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Cycling Khung Wiman

The extension to the coastal cycling route is now complete, red asphalt and roadmarkings.  It turns off the main route then 2km to the coast and options left or right (both no-exit) along the waterfront. A real effort by local govt to encourage cycle tourism.

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12th March 2014

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Water Reservoir at Noen Sung
Chanthaburi was declared a drought region in February, and some local reservoirs such as this one at Noen Sung are at near-empty levels.
This week we have had three planes cloud-seeding above Tha Mai with no success.

Water Reservoir at Noen Sung

Chanthaburi was declared a drought region in February, and some local reservoirs such as this one at Noen Sung are at near-empty levels.

This week we have had three planes cloud-seeding above Tha Mai with no success.

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12th March 2014

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Khung Wiman

The first photo is from the northern end of the beach at Hin Krong Viewpoint; can be ok for beginner snorkeling here around those shallow reefs, but often on weekends there are too many rod fishermen (and sometimes spearfishing too).

On the highest point of the hill behind Khung Wiman, the Luangpho Phrayuen Viewpoint has recently been upgraded to include several sals (shelters), car parking area and extended viewing area.

Khung Wiman is developing so quickly; we first visited May 2010 and there was an unsealed road of clay/gravel. Now it is an extension to the coast highway, all sealed and with marked cycle lanes.

I saw a sign for condos being built - advertised as ‘from 4.9 million baht’ in an area that 5 or more years ago was virtually worthless and off the tourist track. Progress. 

Last photo, another from Hin Krong Viewpoint, facing up the coastline that leads to Rayong. Khung Wiman is the last sand beach of Chanthaburi - from here on the beaches are more like mudflats, ok for boating but now for swimming; have to be in Rayong province, past the Prasae river-mouth for the next sandy beach, about 30km away.

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12th March 2014

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Phra Sangkatchai at Kung Wiman

South end of the main Khung Wiman beach, this statue faces seawards and along the coast towards Rayong. The viewing area has had a revamp, now all sealed and paved.

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