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July 24, Bagan Ancient Temples in Myanmar

 

Bagan or Pagan is an ancient city in Myanmar packed with temples, pagodas and shrines. In total there are more than 3000 religious buildings in Bagan spread out over an area of 42 square kilometers.

 

Temples at Bagan at sunset in Myanmar

(The temples at Bagan at sunrise)

 

It is said that there are even more then 4000 temples, but some of them are merely piles of rubble. Bagan is actually the largest area of Buddhist temples in the world.

 

Lion statue at the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan Myanmar

(Lion statue at the base of Shwezigon Pagoda from the 11th century)

 

The city is built on a plane and when you manage to climb one of the temples you can see stupa's until the horizon. It is a spectacular sight.

 

June 21, Luang Say Slow Boat Northern Laos

 

Luang Say is a cruise company in northern Laos that offers a luxury slow river cruise on the Mekong River between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai. The standard cruise takes two days and makes a stop at the luxury Luang Say lodge in Pakbeng. 3 and 4 day cruises are also available.

 

On the Mekong with Luang Say Laos

(On the Mekong during the Luang Say cruise)

 

It is truly one of the best experiences you can have in South East Asia. The cruise travels through the virgin jungles in northern Laos. Along the way there are stops at the Pak Ou Caves and two rural villages.

 

Arriving at the Pak Ou Caves with the Luang Say cruise

(Arriving at the Pak Ou caves with with the Luang Say cruise)

 

On board lunch and snacks are provided. Around sunset on the first day you will arrive at the Luang Say lodge where you can enjoy a great Laos style dinner on the river. The next morning after breakfast you continue to your destination.

 

March 05, 2014 - New opening hours Thai Cambodian border

 

New opening hours at the Thai Cambodian border between Aranyaprathet (Thailand) and Poipet (Cambodia) It is now possible to cross the border between 06:30 and 22:00, which give travelers much more felxibility to travel between Bangkok and Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)

 

thai border office poipet

(The border crossing at Poipet)

 

The border used to close at 20:00 and it opened at 08:00; but the new opening hours make it even possible for travelers to stay longer at the temples on the day they want to travel to Bangkok. Traveling from Bangkok to Siem Reap.

 

February 15 – Lopburi, Monkey temple and sunflower fields Thailand

 

Lopburi is an off the beaten track destination for day trippers from Bangkok. This small city can be found 150 kilometers north of the Thai capital and it will take you only 2,5 hours to get there by train and 2 hours by bus.

 

Sunflower fields Lopburi Thailand

(Sunflower fields east of Lopburi town)

 

The main attraction at Lopburi is the colony of Monkeys that lives around Prang Sam Yot temple in the old city center. These monkeys basically control the city and you will see them everywhere.

 

Monkeys at the temple in Lopburi

(Troop of Monkeys at Wat Prang Sam Yot)

 

Between November and January you can visit the sunflower fields east of the city. It is an amazing sight to visit. These are the biggest sunflower fields in Thailand and they have a nice mountain backdrop.

 

December 15 – New visa rules for members of G7 that enter Thailand

 

Good news for the citizens of the nations that are a member of the G7. From November 2013 onwards the people who carry a passport from Italy, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States get a tourist stamp that allows them to stay up to 30 days in the Thai Kingdom when they enter Thailand over land.

 

ED educational visa Thailand

 

Citizens from other countries still get 15 days tourist stamps or visas on arrival. For more information about you country and Thai visas you can check our Thailand Visa Page. We verified this information at the Immigration Office complex at Chaeng Wattana in Bangkok.

 

 

September 21, New taxi service Pattaya to Siem Reap

 

We found some reliable taxi drivers in Pattaya in Thailand that can now bring people straight to the border with Cambodia at Aranyaprathet for 2500 baht. If you travel with 4 or 5 people we can also arrange a bigger taxi (SUV) for 2800 baht.

 

Taxi in Cambodia from Poipet to Siem Reap

(The type of taxi we use in Cambodia)

 

In Poipet in Cambodia a taxi driver can wait for you at a local hotel to bring you to your destination in Siem Reap for 50 USD. For more information you can sent us an e-mail at Jeroen@globaltravelmate.com Off course the taxi service from Bangkok to Siem Reap is also still available.

 

August 24, Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

 

You can not miss the Petronas Towers when you are in Kuala Lumpur. At a height of 451m. the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers is a world renowned icon of modern Malaysia. It is the center piece of Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) in the Golden Triangle.

 

Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur

(The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur)

 

The Petronas Towers comprises the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Suria KLCC shopping mall, star-rated hotels, a mosque as well as the immaculately landscape KLCC Park.

 

View from Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur

(View from the Petronas Skybridge)

 

One of the highlights of a visit here is standing at the Skybridge on the Fourty First floor for a breathtaking view of the city skyline. You can get tickets to the skybridge in the morning, the ticket window opens at 08:30 at the Concourse Level. It is free, but there are limited tickets available.

 

 

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