Tag: cities

Everything you want to know about Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai is a city of approximately one million people. The town spreads at the footsteps of Doi Suthep mountain. It is a charming town, big enough to find anything you need, and adequately small to let you breath. The local people are gentle and smile a lot, the streets are jammed with cafes, live […]



Surat Thani: theater, dance and good people

When King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) decided to baptize Surat Thani as the city “City of Good People”, back in 1915, he must have known Thepsin Pongkaew’s ancestors. Thepsin works for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and also helps the local radio and television stations, plus he manages a school where 40 young people learn about […]



What to do in Surat Thani. The fireflies show on Tapi River.

If Christmas were to be celebrated in Surat Thani, then its fellow residents wouldn’t have to spend a thin dime on Christmas trees and lights as they already have it all natural, all ready-made, all for free. Mr. Panu is the king of all boatmen working on Tapi River. I wasn’t thrilled at first when he […]



Surat Thani. The city hidden from the blind men’s eyes.

If I were to write a list of the most unjustly judged destinations, Surat Thani would make it to top ten. Lonely Planet considers the city solely as a transit point for the better promoted Koh Samui or Koh Phangan. In other words, a large bus station. Nothing to see. Wikipedia, in turn, reports it is “a town […]



Cities in Thailand: Satun

Open your mouth as you would say “A” and pronounce an “U” instead. Sătooon. This is the name of the strangest little Thai city I ever visited. I am tempted to call it “mysterious”, but I will not let my ignorance label it. The first odd thing about Satun is the definition the locals give […]