A visit at Ho Chi Minh Historical Park and back to Bangkok

November 24, 2017 at 16:25

Ho Chi Minh Historical Park

The Ho Chi Minh Historical Park is about 10km west of the Udon Thani in Nong Pracham a bit away from the main road. It first opened it’s doors to the public in 2001.

Ho Chi Minh spent about 3 years in Thailand from the beginning of 1927 when he first arrived in Bangkok. For 3 months he lived in Nong Pracham. Most of the time he taught English, Thai and Vietnamese to local children. Also he connected to the local Vietnamese traders that had migrated from Vietnam to find support for his fight against the French colonialists.

Shrine in the entrance hall of the museum
Shrine in the entrance hall of the museum

Recreated houses at the complex
Recreated houses at the complex

Some tools
Some tools

Uncle Ho's room
Uncle Ho's room

Recreation of the sleeping room
Recreation of the sleeping room

Some personal exhibits
Some personal exhibits

Of course the famous Vietnamese thuốc lào
Of course the famous Vietnamese Thuốc Lào

Kitchen stuff
Kitchen stuff

Mangoes are one of the  fruits in the garden
Mangoes are one of the fruits in the garden

A map where Ho Chi Minh traveled from 1911 to 1941
A map where Ho Chi Minh traveled from 1911 to 1941 at the 1st floor of the museum.

Back to Bangkok

Had a bus from Budsarakam Tours. Departing Udon at 20:45 which was changed to 21:15. 470 Bath for a seat in a 1-2 configured VIP bus. Great!

Small people are more happy in a bus!
Small people are more happy in a bus!

If you do not speak Thai and do not dig their shows the TV is not for you
If you do not speak Thai and do not dig their shows the TV is not for you

Snack Pack included in the fare
Snack Pack included in the fare

Enough space for me
Enough space for me

Bangkok

On the way back to Europe I like to take a AC room. In April it gets so hot in Bangkok – and this April it was even hotter than the last few years. Went to my usual place at Soi Samsen 2. It is close to my water hole and all the places where I do the last-minute shopping. Dee and Gerben are in town and even Nadtharin was here to pay respect to the last king of Thailand.

My room in Soi Samsen 2
My room. Super quiet and in the middle of “my” neighborhood.

My room in Soi Samsen 2

Thank you for the coffee!
Big meeting at the coffee shop of Nadtharin’s friend

Nadtharin and her friend
Nadtharin and her friend

BKK skyline from the parking deck of a shopping center
BKK skyline from the parking deck of a shopping center

Friendly Farang
Friendly Farang – we could help a woman starting her car again. She left the light on and went shopping.

Quick pit stop
Quick pit stop

Bike trip on Bang Krachao

Bang Krachao is an artificial island in a bend of the Chao Phraya River and a canal. It is at the southern tip of Bangkok and still quite green. Some refer to it as the “green lung” of Bangkok. A lot of paths are elevated since the ground is close to the water-level is too wet to build paths. Of course the flooding does not help as well. There is a lake and some places to view birds as well. If you have nothing to do and like biking – go and have a look!

Pay attention to details - look at the lower left!
Pay attention to details – look at the lower left!

The gang at the start of our bike trip
The gang at the start of our bike trip

Taken with the back camera of the iPhone with a Selfi app. While riding the bike - worked quite good
Taken with the back camera of the iPhone with a Selfi app. While riding the bike – worked quite good

Bikes make happy people
Bikes make happy people

Mr. Cool
Mr. Cool

Big ships going towards BKK
Big ships going towards BKK

Mostly paths like this one round the island
Mostly paths like this one round the island

And not the best bikes
Not the best bikes

Temple on the Island
Temple on the Island

Since we are here - lets take the opportunity
Since we are here – lets take the opportunity

The fastest taxi in Bangkok
The fastest taxi in Bangkok

Back in the City

Now what?
Now what?

The Democracy Monument
The Democracy Monument

Art in The Queen's Gallery
Art in The Queen's Gallery

The temple of the Golden Mount from the museum window
The temple of the Golden Mount from the museum window

Big Boy
Big Boy

He has to touch everything!
He has to touch everything!

Best place in town!
Best place in town: นม ตั้ง เหล้า (Nom Tung Loaw)! And the Austrians where here as well!

Pad Thai
Pad Thai – 1 €

Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawihan
Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawihan – what a name!

Vegetables with tofu
Vegetables with tofu

Birds on a wire
Birds on a wire on the way back from the small vegetarian place. Now back to the hotel and off to the airport. Good Bye Bangkok – see you again in the winter!

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Hanoi – Bangkok – Udon Thani – Kut Chap

November 19, 2017 at 20:13

The last few days in Asia for this trip. Hanoi International or Noi Bai Airport as they call it here. I have a VietJet flight to Bangkok. And a bus ticket a few days later to Kut Chap to see Nong and the girls.

My plane to Bangkok
My plane to Bangkok

VietJet from the inside
VietJet from the inside. I had enough space and was quite happy with VietJet. Booked my 2 flights in 2018 already with them.

Adios Hanoi
Adios Hanoi

Over the clouds - over Laos
Over the clouds – over Laos

Bangkok

Two nights in BKK – visited Melanie and Scott – that was all.

Bangkok Architecture
Bangkok Architecture

Bird of Pray? Not really
Bird of Pray? Not really

Coffee
Coffee

Off to Udon Thani

My VIP bus to Udon Thani
My TCK Rungroj VIP bus to Udon Thani. Left Bangkok at 21:00 for 454 Bath. Quite a good deal. There are snacks and food vouchers included.

Enough space for the night
Enough space for the night

The usual 2-1 seating arrangement
The usual 2-1 seating arrangement

Gave my food to the lady next to me
Gave my food to the lady next to me

Breakfast in Udon
Breakfast in Udon. Had to wait for Nong to pick me up and give me a lift to Kut Chap

Kut Chap

Good to be back but it was bloody hot there. Nong arranged a room at her neighbors place. They build a small house to rent apartments. Mine was not really finished but the bathroom worked and there was WiFi – what more do you need??

My room
My room

At the coffee shop
At the coffee shop

What you do?
What you do?

Evening with the girls
The best part of the day – the evenings with the girls

Evening with the girls

The fish market
The fish market part of the market. The market is behind the bar and there is a public toilet. Way more space to take a leak. I never tried the toilet in the small restaurant.

Breakfast
Breakfast – Nong cooked for me in the morning – great when you wake up and find some fresh food on your doorstep! Thank you Nong!!

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How to get from Vientiane to Udon Thani and Bangkok

April 9, 2015 at 15:36

The cheapest way to get from Vientiane to Udon Thani

So you want to travel from Vientiane to Udon Thani or Bangkok? You can do it easily and get a bus from one of the travel agents. To Udon Thani they asked 60.000 Kip in March 2015. No clue why that is so expensive. At the bus station in Vientiane, a ticket to Udon Thani is 22.000 Kip and you have the choice of 8 different departure times.

In Udon Thani you can choose from a big variety of buses to Bangkok. I had a VIP 1 + 2 for 583 Bath from Udon Thani to Morchit bus station. 1 + 2 means you have one seat on one side of the bus and two on the other. Thus resulting in wider seats and yes they where massage seats as well.
There are 24 Seat VIP buses so you have a lot of leg room and there are some with more seats. The more seats the less space!

The Tuk Tuk drivers wanted 30.000 Kip to haul me to the bus station. After I was laughing he dropped the price to 20.000 Kip. Sound still a lot for 1.3 km! After 15 minutes – not including a Baguette and shake stop I arrived at the bus station and got my ticket.

Bus Station Vientiane
When you enter the bus station you see the ticket counter on the left. And on the right of the picture, you see the bus that will take you to Udon Thani.

Ticket Window Bus Station Vientiane
It is the right window where you get your ticket.

Bus Times Station Vientiane
Here are the bus times – they do change from time to time so you might check the day before if you think to have the last bus. And if you check – get that ticket anyhow.
Beware – the first and last bus, as well as all the buses at the weekend, require you to get an extra ticket for customs at the Lao side of the border. They do not do anything – at last, I could not see them doing anything else – than selling you that ticket.

The Border Bus Thailand Laos
This is the border bus. Guess there are a few – yours might look different.

Inside the Border Bus Thailand Laos
Inside the Border Bus Thailand Laos

When the bus arrives at the border you have to take your all your luggage and proceed to the immigration. In case it is weekend or you are on the first or last bus – get the ticket for custom. Check out of Laos. Get back on the bus. The bus drives you to the Thai immigration where you get out with your luggage again. Then you pass immigration and get back on the bus. Next stop is the bus station in Udon Thani.
The trip took 3 hours but it could be longer – depending on traffic or how many people are queuing in front of the counters at the border.

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