Famous for its horse drawn carriages and Temples, Nakhon Lampang is the third largest city in northern Thailand but with a population of less than 63,000 it has a similar charm to other small cities not yet tainted by tourism in Thailand’s north. It’s bus station, train station and airport are all located less than 4 km from the city centre, which speaks not only its accessibility but also to the compact size of this charming city.
Reaching new heights in impediments for the visually impaired?
Indonesia in general, does not really encourage dual use of its pedestrian facilities, where they do exist. In fact pedestrians are actively discouraged from using them. Where will cars and motorcycles park if they are expected to keep footpaths free for pedestrians?
UPDATE: Feb 2017 – Jetstar now have a monopoly 😦
When Virgin Australia pulled out of flying from Adelaide to Denpasar in March 2016, the route was handed to partner airline TigerAir Australia. The only other competition for direct ADL to DPS flights is Jetstar.
How do the 2 compare and does TigerAir offer anything that Jetstar doesn’t?
The Lai Reua Fai festival at Nakhon Phanom is spread over the final week of Buddhist Lent in October (varies based on lunar calendar) each year. Bamboo scaffolds are constructed on pontoons and wire frames of elaborate religious designs are fastened to the scaffolds and thousands of candles added to the wire frames which are then lit and the boats slowly floated down the Mekong. The boats are released as thousands of small candles, floated from upstream, reach the launching point on the Nakhon Phanom riverfront. Spectacular!!
There is now just the 1 bus a day between Nong Khai and Nakhon Phanom. The ancient, but well maintained bus, covers the 320 km trip along the Mekong River in around 7 hours. It is air conditioned with good leg room and represents great entertainment at 200 baht for the experience, transportation thrown in.
Nong Khai has a lot to offer including; ease of access from Bangkok or other regional centres, a laid back feel, some great local foods, colourful markets, stunning river views and its easy to find a suitable bicycle to make use of the 8 Km stretch of riverfront bike paths.
An interesting conversation over breakfast, the staff member summarising succinctly, the plight of his home town.
On my first visit, Candidasa seemed underdeveloped with a slight shortage of facilities. Everyone seemed to be running at about 50% to 60% capacity and there was a feel of prosperity.
Fast forward 25 years and there is an oversupply of both accommodation and food outlets and a sense of desperation amongst the local inhabitants.
Choosing the best airfare has so many components, the cost being an obvious one but other factors can be equally as important. Some times the cheapest fares have the worst schedules and also have hidden extra charges at the very end of the booking process.