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  • Tom 5:41 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , accommodation rates, backpacker, backpackers, , fashion icon, , , luxury room, , Pai, , , , , , ,   

    Pai: The changing face of a northern charmer 

    Pai, Thailand

    Pai, Thailand: Flickr.com

    PaiPai, a small district in Thailand’s northernmost province of Mae Hong Son, has become a favourite destination for travellers in the last several years and, like it or not, the once idyllic town has changed almost upside down.

    The past two years have seen more than half a million tourists flock to the mountainous district following word of mouth recommendations, whether backpackers or more well-off travellers, who described it as a “must-visit” spot to get close to nature –the mountains, a lazy river, cool breeze, fresh air and stunning views.

    Vorathep Gantadee, chairman of the Pai Tourism Association, said the small town had less than 30 guesthouses and hotels some eight years ago but the number has currently increased to over 200 outlets, owned by locals and outside investors alike. (More …)

  • Tom 12:32 pm on September 13, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Chiang Khan, coffee mugs, , guest rooms, homestay, Kaeng Khut Khoo, , Loei, , , , natura, Pai, postcards, residents, , , , , touristy, , tuktuks, village   

    Lost in time at Chiang Khan, Loei, Thailand 

    Chiang Khan, a quiet border town in Loei opposite Laos, oozes with a feel reminiscent of Pai not long ago

    Chiang Khan, Loei, Thailand

    Chiang Khan, Loei, Thailand

    Chiang Khan is a backwater town in Loei Province where time seems to stand still.

    This oasis of tranquility sits by the mighty Mekong River that separates Thailand and Laos. Rows of old wooden houses lining its banks present a beautiful natural backdrop to the town while friendly locals make tourists feel welcome, especially those looking to get away from overdeveloped touristy destinations.

    The feel of yesteryear still hangs heavy on Chiang Khan, and to city slickers it may well even seem like ghost town, but a string of guesthouses and homestay facilities that have sprung up by the river’s banks in recent years is evidence enough that a more tourists are visiting the town, generating in the process extra income for its residents and their families. (More …)

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