Seeing the Giraffe Women is quite the awesome experience. The Padaung are part of the Karenni ethnic group, one of the Tibeto-Burman ethnic minorities. They consist of approximately 7,000 members. Women have a coiled brass ornaments around their neck which dangerously separates the cervical vertebrae and this happens from the age of 5.
This time we went from Phang Nga Bay and sailed through its channels to arrive at the floating village of Koh Panyee. The people of Koh Ko Panyee or Panyi are actually from a settlement which is a provision of the confluence of two Klongs (channels) artificially constructed by people arriving from Muslim Indonesia. These people came here 200 years ago and at that time, they discovered the marine life that excisted and so dedicated themselves to fishing. Over time this village has become a tourist destination in Phang Nga Bay with the famous Koh Tapu Island (James Bond). The platform was built on and secured by huge piles with restaurants and a market inside. At the docks we find homemade small fish farms where you see a variety of fish which are bred to be sold to other parts of the bay and to the south. Tourists have also become a source of income with which to cover the rest of today's needs as fishing alone is not enough to keep this settlement. Ultimately though, the fishing, not the tourism is what allows it to retain its essence because it offers tour packages that the big ones don't. Currently it is only in the local tours but not as luxurious offer a better view of the country and the everyday lives of the citizens.
The village of Phitsanulok is about 60 kilometers southeast of Sukhothai and less than 400 kilometers from Bangkok. It is the capital and dates from around the year 1400. It played a role in history because it is where one of the most important Thai kings, King Naresuan who was in charge of freeing the country from Burmese occupation in the 16th century. It became the capital during the reign of King Boromma Trailokanat. Phitsanulok Province covers more than 10000 square kilometers and has a population of more than 90,000 people. Like many provinces of Thailand it was a point for the Angkor empire at its peak. In the province are major institutions such as a university and a base of the Royal Thai Army. This province is particularly rainy during the rain seasons but has dry but humid climate. There are mountain areas, it is in a flat area with tiny hills. The city of Phitsanulok is crossed by the Rio Nan and you can find many houseboats and it has about 12 Theravada Buddhist temples.You will also find some of the country's biggest Buddhas as Wat Yai where the Phra Buddha Chinnarat, highly revered figure in Thailand. A city with a wall that in its time served as protection for visitors. We also find a chedi and the ruins of what was left after a fire in the 50s. This city has a night market and during the year many festivals in honor of Buddha, There is an airport and train station so access to this area is assured. An interesting city than it would have to take a look if we have time. Greetings.
Washed by the River Mekong, the small town of Nong Khai is a must if you want to cross the border into Laos or if you came there from Thailand. I had just thought of making a stopover before crossing into Vientiane, but its atmosphere caught my attention for several days. There are several Buddhist temples along the river, beside which they have built a modern walkway full of typical restaurants with terraces. It's a nice little town to walk around or take a bike ride, waving at the orange-robed monks or simply being hypnotized by the river.
All the charm of a lost Siamese villages. When I arrived I found only one person who spoke English, who was able to show me where to find the pension. A place full of simple people, whose central activity is a small alley that extend the market. Parks for walking in, small canals, crops, livestock, and in the center, the main tourist attraction: a temple from the time of the Khmer Empire.
Ban Thap Krit is a small village near the town of Nakhon Sawan. Its life revolves around the river and wetlands. Obviously water provides a livelihood such as farming. How could it be otherwise? The most important crop of this village is rice and it can be seen around the humble houses made of wood. The large fields are sometimes lost on the horizon. It is located in a flat area 23 meters above sea level. The population within 7 kilometers is around 17,000. The village is located about 170 kilometers north of Bangkok. You can reach it by train if you are heading to major cities such as Sukhothai, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, etc.. It's small town, not in the guide books, where you can get an idea of everyday life of the Thai people. Greetings.