Geschichten aus Thailand – Rezension

Geschichten aus Thailand – Rezension

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Diesen Monat hatte ich eine Kooperation der anderen Art: Ich freue mich, dir heute Geschichten aus Thailand vorstellen zu dürfen. Das Buch beziehungsweise Hörbuch ist im HELLER VERLAG erschienen und von dem mittlerweile verstorbenen Bauingenieur Günther Ruffert geschrieben worden. Die bereits vierte Auflage ist nach seinem Tod erschienen und wurde von Susi Heller überarbeitet, damit jene Details, die nicht zeitlos sind, sondern sich mittlerweile geändert haben, dennoch stimmig sind. Den humorvollen Ton hat sie beibehalten können, sodass der Lese- bzw. Hörspaß erhalten bleibt.

Der Autor Günther Ruffert

1927 in Essen geboren, kam Günther Ruffert in den 60er-Jahren nach Thailand. Er war Bauingenieur und beschäftigte sich während seiner Aufenthalte stark mit seinen Gastgebern. Er studierte ihre Art zu Leben und zu denken und lernte Thai. Als er das Rentenalter erreichte, machte er das Land des Lächelns zu seiner Heimat und lebte fortan in einem Dort im Nordosten des Landes an der Grenze zu Kambodscha in einer Region namens Isan.

Neben Büchern über Thailand (Geschichten aus Thailand ist nur eines seiner Bücher) hat er in Magazinen über seine Erfahrungen mit Land und Leuten berichtet. Auch in seiner Kolumne “Ein Fenster zum Isan” kannst du erkennen, wie er mit Witz und Charme, aber auch Verständnis über die Thais und ihre Eigenarten schreibt. Seine Themen umfassen alles, was mit Leben, Alltag und Kultur ganz allgemein zu tun haben.

2010 verstarb er im Alter von 82 Jahren in seiner Wahlheimat.

 

Das Buch Geschichten aus Thailand

In 34 Kapiteln und auf 184 Seiten beschreibt Günther Ruffert die Mentalität der Thais anhand verschiedener kleiner Anekdoten aus seinen vier Jahrzehnten in Thailand. Schon beim Lesen des Textes auf dem Buchrücken wird klar, dass wir uns bei der Lektüre darauf einstellen können, viel zu schmunzeln, zu lächeln, aber auch herzhaft zu lachen:

Kein Thai wird je verstehen, warum sich diese verrückten Europäer möglichst nackt in die pralle Sonne legen, wo doch in Thailand jedes kleine Kind schon lernt, dass man sich der sengenden Tropensonne so wenig wie möglich aussetzt. Umgekehrt fällt es den Europäern schwer, die für Thais so selbstverständlichen und allgegenwärtigen Geister zu begreifen, die doch ganz wesentlich alle Geschicke der Menschen beeinflussen. Man muss sich gut mit ihnen stellen, ihnen opfern und vor allem – sie ernst nehmen!
Mit viel Einfühlungsvermögen beschreibt der Autor in mehreren Kurzgeschichten diese und andere Differenzen zwischen östlicher und westlicher Welt sowie Stärken, Schwächen, Sitten, Gebräuche und Mentalität der Thais.

“Thais leben für das Heute, nicht für das Morgen und schon gar nicht für das Jenseits.”

Es fällt mir richtig schwer zu sagen, welche Kapitel mir am besten gefallen haben. Wahrscheinlich die mit den lustigsten Anekdoten wie zum Beispiel jene, wo die thailändische Frau eines deutschen Barbesitzers, die den Geist des verstorbenen Geschäftspartners ihres Ehemannes mit Leberwurst besänftigen wollte. Ärger auf jeder nur denkbaren Seite war hier vorprogrammiert. Dennoch konnte ich als Leser nicht anders als beinahe Tränen zu lachen.

 

Das Hörbuch Geschichten aus Thailand

Solltest du – wie ich – lieber zum Hörbuch greifen wollen, um zum Beispiel deine Augen zu schonen, kannst du dir Günther Rufferts Bestseller auch in 290 Minuten zu Gemüte führen. Leider ist das eine gekürzte Version. Das Hörbuch ist auf vier CDs aufgeteilt worden und hat mir meine letzte Fahrt nach Palermo versüßt.

Gelesen wird Geschichten aus Thailand von Henk Flemming, der es versteht, den Worten Leben einzuhauchen. Hörproben gibt es auf der Seite von My Thai Books. Alternativ kannst du auch gleich hier in eine der Geschichten reinhören:

Mein Fazit

Geschichten aus Thailand ist spannend geschrieben und als Hörbuch lebendig gesprochen. Ich habe mich köstlich amüsiert und wie nebenbei auch noch ganz viel über Thais und Thailand gelernt. Auch nach mittlerweile gut sechs Monaten, die ich im Land des Lächelns verbracht habe, war mir vieles neu. Bei einigen Anekdoten war ich mir nicht sicher, ob das so auch im heutigen Chiang Mai passieren würde, da seine Erfahrungen vor allem auf seinem Leben im ländlichen Thailand beruhen. Aber das ändert nichts an der Tatsache, dass sie die Kultur und Mentalität der Thais widerspiegeln.

Ich werde es mir nun zum Beispiel zweimal überlegen, ob ich im 7/11 oder im Restaurant immer und immer wieder den Wai mache – das ehrwürdige Zusammenfalten der Hände – und demütig khop khun-kah sage, so häufig die Worte meinen Mund nur verlassen können. Mir war nicht bewusst, dass das für Thais unheimlich befremdlich ist. Allerdings kann ich mir vorstellen, dass sich die 7/11-Mitarbeiter in Bangkok, Chiang Mai oder Koh Samui bereits an die mit strahlendem Lächeln Danke sagenden Touristen gewöhnt haben, die unheimlich stolz sind, dass sie sich drei Worte auf Thai merken können – da schließe ich meine Wenigkeit übrigens mit ein.

Alles in allem war es also ein erhellendes und amüsantes Hörvergnügen, das ich Thailand-Liebhabern und solchen, die es werden wollen, uneingeschränkt empfehlen kann.

Deine Barbara

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Things to do in Koh Samui – My Highlights in Koh Samui

Things to do in Koh Samui – My Highlights in Koh Samui

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In January, I went to Koh Samui, where I spent a week with a friend who is also a digital nomad. The island is located in the Gulf of Thailand and is very popular with tourists. The things to do in Koh Samui make sure that you won’t get bored…

Koh Samui – Paradise for Travelers of Any Age

Koh Samui is an island off the east coast of Thailand, on the Kra Isthmus. The island belongs to the province of Surat Thani, although Koh Samui has had a municipal status since 2012 and is therefore self-governing. It is the second largest island in the country after Phuket.

The origin of the name Samui is unknown. The theory that I personally like best is that it comes from early Hainan traders. It is said to be similar to the Hainan word for “first island” or “door”. Since Samui was the first island of Thailand the traders passed by, this word became its name. Koh (or Ko) is the Thai word for “island”.

Until the end of the 20th century, Koh Samui was rather an isolated community. Until the early 1970s, there were hardly any paved roads, and the 15 km from one side of the island to the other had to be covered by foot – through the mountainous jungle.

Today, Koh Samui is heavily dependent on tourism. But also the export of coconuts and rubber are primary sources of income.

Koh Samui is popular with travelers of all ages. The infrastructure is very good, there are four hospitals on the island and the inhabitants are prepared for the tourists. This is reflected in the high number of hotels and restaurants. Last but not least, the island is popular because it simply has a lot to offer. Breathtaking waterfalls and beaches around the island are a tourist magnet.

 

Koh Samui – How to Get There

If you are not already in the country, the journey to Koh Samui usually takes you to Bangkok. From there, there are three possibilities to travel to Koh Samui:

  • By plane: Koh Samui is the only island in the Gulf of Thailand with its own airport. However, it belongs to Bangkok Airways. Due to the monopoly position, the flights are correspondingly expensive. If you are willing to pay around 100 euros for a domestic flight, this is an option. Alternatively, you can fly to Surat Thani and continue your journey by bus and ferry.
  • By Bus and Ferry: The cheapest option is the bus. For my first trip to Koh Samui in 2015, I decided to take a bus. All in all, I paid around 30 euros back then. This is probably the cheapest, but also by far the least comfortable way.
  • By Train and Ferry: I have been a big fan of trains in Thailand since I first took a night train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 2017. That’s why I decided to take the train in January and didn’t regret it. From Bangkok to Koh Samui you pay 1400 to 1500 Baht (about 40 Euro), but you can sleep in the sleeping compartment and arrive early in the morning in Surat Thani, from where you take the bus to the ferry station and then the ferry to Koh Samui. When booking, make sure you get a lower berth: you will have much more space!
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Koh Samui – Things to do

Koh Samui has a lot to offer. Waterfalls, hikes and beautiful beaches await nature lovers. If you want to get in touch with the Thai culture, you can visit temples and stroll through the markets. I recommend a good mix of both to get to know the island better!

 

Waterfalls

There is an incredible number of waterfalls in Koh Samui. The best known are the Namuang Waterfalls. There are two of them, which is why they are commonly referred to as “Waterfall 1” and “Waterfall 2”.

Waterfall 1 is easy to reach by scooter and not even five minutes from the parking lot.

Waterfall 2, on the other hand, is a bit tricky. First, you have to get from the parking lot to the entrance of the waterfall. Either you walk (it’s one kilometer) or you take one of the jeeps. The cars leave every 15 minutes and act as shuttles.

Jeep Tour Koh Samui

Waterfall 2 Koh Samui

From there, you will have to hike up the hill to get to the top of the waterfall. I’ve seen travelers with flip flops, but I strongly advise you to wear sturdy shoes. Also bring enough water (you will get a small bottle when you pay 200 Baht for park entrance and jeep costs), as the ascent is very exhausting in the Thai heat and you can easily dehydrate.

Once you reach the top you will have a fantastic view:

Waterfall 2 Koh Samui

If you want a little thrill, you should make a day trip to the Tartain Waterfall. The waterfall itself is rather unspectacular and the hike of about 20 minutes is not very exhausting. But the ride with the scooter is quite a challenge. The roads in the interior of the island are not in good condition and some parts are extremely steep.

In my opinion, it is still worth it, because there is not only a river and the waterfall but also a natural pool – a tiny wellness retreat – that gives the feeling of having landed on another planet in the middle of nowhere. The entrance fee is 200 Baht and you get a soft drink of your choice.

Tartain Wasserfall Koh Samui

On the way back, the road is much less frightening and I actually wondered why I sweated with fear on the way there.

You also pass the Tar Nim Waterfall & Magic Garden on your way to Tartain Waterfall. The entrance fee is 80 Baht and even if the waterfalls are small I liked the short stop.

Tar Nim Magic Garden Koh Samui

In the east of the island, there is also the Hin Lad Waterfall or the Wanorn Waterfall. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it there.

Beaches

If you like beaches, you’ll find at least one in Koh Samui that you will love. The main tourist beaches are Lamai and Chaweng in the east. Personally, I preferred the more lonely, narrow sandy beaches in the west. However, the beaches in the west are also dirtier, as the inhabitants only clean up the beaches where tourists go.

Strand Koh Samui

Also, the beaches in the north are worth seeing. Maenam and Bophut – where I had my accommodation during my first Koh Samui stay four years ago – are much less touristy than Chaweng and Lamai. Why not combine a walk along the beach with a visit to the night market? There is only one row of houses between the two. You can either walk between the houses or through a restaurant or massage studio – ideal to get pampered for an hour.

 

Buddhist Temples

Buddhist temples are an important part of Thai culture. No matter where you travel in this country, countless temples will await you. Here in Koh Samui, the Big Buddha at Wat Phra Yai Temple, which you can see on its small peninsula on arrival or departure by ferry to Koh Phangan, or Wat Plai Laem are especially popular. This complex, where the statues of the gods sit on platforms in an artificial lake, is located only 2 km from the Big Buddha, so that you can combine a visit to both temples very well with each other.

Wat Plai Laem Koh Samui

Wat Plai Laem Koh Samui

There are also temples in the south. In Wat Khunaram, for example, you can admire a mummified monk. The Laem Sor Pagoda is not far from there and is situated directly at the sea. Also nearby is Wat Rattanakosin.

 

Viewpoints

In Koh Samui, there are numerous viewpoints offering a wonderful view of the island and the sea. I wanted to have a look at some official viewpoints, but in the end, I never didi. I do not see it the point in paying an entrance fee for a simple viewpoint if I have at least an equally beautiful view completely free of charge from a waterfall or from the street in the hills.

If you want to visit the official viewpoints, take a look at the following:

  • Samui Viewpoint
  • Lamai Viewpoint
  • Jungle Club Viewpoint
  • Lat Ko Viewpoint
  • Wat Phra Yai Viewpoint

 

Hin Ta and Hin Yai

These two rocks, the Grandmother’s and Grandfather’s Rock, are called Hin Ta and Hin Yai in Thai and have the shape of a male and female intimate parts.

Legend has it that an elderly couple shipwrecked here and got petrified on the coast to be united forever. Although this is a tourist attraction, Hin Ta and Hin Yai are especially popular with locals. A visit is said to increase fertility and make the wish to have a child come true.

 

Walking Streets and Markets

Walking Streets and markets are as much a part of Thailand as temples and should not be missed during any stay in the Land of Smiles. In every city, there is a night market. The best thing to do is to ask at your accommodation when it will take place in the area. We stayed near Lamai Beach, where it’s especially big on Sundays. I went to the market at Bophut Beach twice. The biggest one is on Fridays.

What can you on such a market? Starting with Thai delicacies, with which you can fill your stomach for small money until you almost burst, clothing, decorative items, and souvenirs to electrical goods.

 

Koh Samui – Scoot Around the Island

If you feel safe on two motorized wheels, for me, there’s nothing better than exploring Koh Samui on a scooter. It gives you flexibility and you can easily drive to all the places I mentioned. In most accommodations, you can rent a scooter. For this, you should expect 150 to 250 Baht per day – depending on the model and the rental period. In addition, there is usually a special price for weekly or monthly rentals. I rented my scooter directly from a scooter rental company because there was no weekly price in the hotel.

If you are afraid to get lost: The orientation on Koh Samui is very easy. There is a main road around the island. From there, there are small roads leading either to the sea or inland. When you don’t know where you are, you just drive back to the main road.

You can either refuel at one of the few real petrol stations or stop when you see a cupboard with glass bottles containing a yellowish liquid – petrol – in front of a house.

I especially liked the quiet south of the island, where you can drive a while directly by the sea.

Rollertour Koh Samui

 

Koh Samui – Spots to See The Sunset or Sunrise

If you’ve been following me for a while (for example, on my Instagram account for Barbaralicious) you know how much I love sunrises and sunsets. For me, there’s nothing more beautiful than watching the sun spread its warming rays across the sea or follow the last seconds until it disappears behind the horizon. Therefore the following places were my personal highlights…

Beryl Bar

Located on the western tip of the northern coast, Beryl Bar awaits you with an exceptional view of the sunset. Because the coast is a little bent here, the sun does not set over the sea, but over the rocks of Koh Samui. Thus, it is best to be there at least one hour before the indicated sunset time in order to really see something. I didn’t know that and came just in time to photograph the last rays before they disappeared behind the rock, which was half an hour before the actual sunset time.

Beryl Bar Koh Samui

The food is super delicious and very cheap for Koh Samui and the portions are huge.

At low tide, you should consider coming even earlier. Then you can go through Beryl Bar and walk around the rocks. After about 400 meters you get to a temple in a cave where some monks live. However, I would like to ask you for moderation at this point! A temple is always a place of worship, a sanctuary. Dress accordingly and behave humbly, as is rightly required in every other temple.

Samui Sunset Garden

The Samui Sunset Garden is not quite as much of an insider tip as Beryl Bar. Here you should be there early to grab a seat or even a bean bag. The view is great, but the food… Well, let’s say the bar doesn’t need to score with the quality of the food. Apart from that, it’s tourist-expensive and the service, unfortunately, left a lot to be desired when I was there. Parts of the order were forgotten or misplaced. The best thing to do here is to plan on just enjoying a cocktail at sunset and go to another restaurant for dinner.

Sunset Garden Koh Samui

 

Four Seasons

Now it gets even more expensive…

After seeing great pictures of the Four Seasons in Koh Samui on Instagram, I thought I’d drop by and see if I could get in. The bar with pool and sea view is open to the public, even if you have to register at the reception and then get there with a buggy (the hotel area seems to be huge!). To be honest, that alone is worth it. To drive up and down the hills with the buggy with a pleasant wind and to see the wooden bungalows on your right and left, the staff on the roadside make way with folded hands and a cheerful “Sawasdee Kha”…

Arrived at the pool, you can relax nicely. Unfortunately, the pool is only available for hotel guests or for a fee, but if you are satisfied with the sight, you can spend a few relaxing hours here. My non-alcoholic juice cost 400 Baht. My friend had a cocktail for 650 baht. So the prices are quite high by Thai standards. But one afternoon you can treat yourself to it, I think.

Four Seasons Koh Samui

 

Lamai Beach

And now comes my tip for the early risers: Our hotel was right at Lamai Beach and it turned out to be perfect for sunrise photos. For me, getting up early was really worth it and I would do it again anytime.

 

Koh Samui – Hotel

I stayed with my friend at the Beluga Boutique Hotel*. This is located directly at Grandfather and Grandmother Rock on the east side of Koh Samui. Personally, I especially liked the delicious breakfast with sea view and the friendliness of the staff. I felt like home!

Beluga Boutique Hotel Koh Samui

Do you want to look at other accommodations? Then have a look at  Booking*Tripadvisor*Airbnb* or Hostelworld*!

 

Koh Samui – Where to go Next

If you’ve come from Bangkok, it’s a good idea to explore the south of the country. Possible destinations would be:

  • Chumphon: Chumphon is a province next to Surat Thani that is great for snorkeling, admiring nature in the mangrove forest or taking pictures of great photo spots. There is also a ferry between Chumphon and Koh Tao if you want to visit another island in the Gulf of Thailand before returning to the mainland.
  • Ranong: Ranong is a province bordering Chumphon. It is great for exploring secluded beaches and relaxing in hot springs and spas. From there you can easily travel on to Myanmar.
  • Phuket: Why not also explore the islands on the other side of Thailand in the Andaman Sea? The region around Phuket with Krabi and the islands Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi is a popular region for digital nomads.

Chumphon

 

Koh Samui – Final Thoughts

I think Koh Samui is very beautiful. For me personally, the island is a bit too big with too long distances, if you want to drive back and forth between the ends to watch for example sunrise or sunset. Maybe a hotel on the north shore of the island would have been strategically better so that one is in the middle and does not need that long to get to the sides. From our hotel, which was located on the east side and therefore ideal for sunrise, it takes a good hour by scooter to the next Sunset Spot. I would have liked it better to spend the time at the places instead of sitting on the scooter for several hours a day to get from A to B.

Nevertheless, I liked the island very much and I can only recommend it if you like waterfalls, temples and incredible sunsets!

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After the ITB – the International Tourism Exchange in Berlin – I got an invitation from the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways to two regions of Thailand that I had never heard of before: to Chumphon and Ranong. I have already written a post on Ranong. Therefore this article is about beautiful Chumphon. A small warning first of all: If you suffer from wanderlust, this post could lead you to book a flight to Bangkok with onward ticket to Chumphon.

Chumphon – A Province in the South of Thailand

Chumphon is a southern province of Thailand on the Gulf of Thailand. The neighbouring provinces are Prachuap Khiri Khan, Surat Thani and Ranong.

Chumphon, like Ranong, lies on the Isthmus of Kra, the narrow land bridge that connects the Malay Peninsula with the Thai mainland. To the west are the hills of the Phuket Mountains and its northern continuation, the Tenasserim Mountains. In the east, the coastal plain lies on the Gulf of Thailand. The main river is the Lang Suan River, which originates in the Phato District. With 222 kilometers of coastline and 44 islands, the Chumphon Archipelago, Chumphon has rushing waterfalls, secluded beaches, lush forests, impressive mangroves and numerous rivers.

Chumphon View Point

The province is best known for its coffee plantations, which produce 60 percent of Thai coffee.

Chumphon – How to Get There

Normally, the journey to Chumphon takes you to Bangkok first. Bangkok is a major hub in South East Asia. From there, there are three ways to travel to Chumphon:

  • By plane: Chumphon has its own airport. Thai AirAsia and Nok Air fly to the provincial capital’s airport CJN and connect Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) with the city of spas. From Souvarnabhumi, there are flights with Thai Smile.
  • By bus: Chumphon has a bus station from where you can reach Bangkok in ten hours. Tickets are available from 400 Baht (about 12 Euro).
    By train: If you went to the islands in the Gulf of Thailand before, you might have taken the night train to get there. Chumphon is one of the stops on the way south to Surat Thani. Personally, I’m a huge fan of night trains in Thailand and would always recommend choosing this option. It’s cheap yet comfortable.

 

Chumphon – The Coffee Region of Thailand

The Ban Panwal valley in the Tha Sae district is famous for its Robusta coffee plantations. More than 24 million tons of coffee are produced there every year. The Chumphon province contributes 60 percent of Thailand’s total coffee production. We visited a Robusta coffee plantation and were able to see for ourselves how the production takes place. It takes over a year from harvesting to several drying processes – with a dryer, in a greenhouse, and under the sun – to the packaging.

Chumphon Coffee Plantation

Dryer at a coffee plantation in Chumphon

At a coffee plantation in Chumphon

But what exactly is robusta coffee?

Robusta Coffee

Robusta coffee comes from the Coffea canephora plant, one of over 100 coffee plant species. After Arabica, it has become the second most popular variety in the world and it is the bean that is usually used to make the famous Italian espresso. The name says it all. The plant is much more robust than the Coffea arabica and can withstand high temperatures, for example. The reason for this is the deeper roots, which still find enough water in their depths to thrive happily even at an outside temperature of 30 degrees and the associated dry soil. Robusta plantations can also be found in the lowlands, while Arabica plantations are mostly planted in mountainous regions with temperatures between 15 and 24 degrees.

Coffea canephora tree at a coffee plantation in Chumphon

Robusta coffee tastes more earthy and stronger than its opponent and contains more caffeine (2.2 to 2.7 percent), but less sugar.

 

The Robusta Coffee Bean

The flowers are white and have a sweet jasmine scent. The fruit of the Robusta coffee plant turns deep red when ripe, which takes between six and eight months.

There are usually two coffee beans in each berry, and you can tell by the notch in the middle of the bean whether it is a Coffea arabica or Coffea canephora bean. In the former, it is curved and in the latter, it is straight.

Coffea canephora coffee beans

 

Chumphon – Islands, Beaches, And Snorkeling

Chumphon is a little paradise for you if you love lonely islands and white sandy beaches. Here you can snorkel or just relax in the sun in the sand.

 

Mu Koh Chumphon National Park

Mu Koh Chumphon is a national park consisting of about 40 very lush islands: Koh Ngam Yai, Koh Ngam Noi, La-Wa Island, and Lung-Ga-Jiw Island are the islands we have visited. The diverse landscape of each island makes the Marine Park unique, some have pristine white sandy beaches, others picturesque, though rough, rocks that rise dangerously and beautifully out of the water.

Mu Koh Chumphon National Park

Between the rocks, you can sometimes spot wooden huts that give shelter to the park rangers. If you look closely, you can see one of these huts in the next picture. Among other things, these rangers are there to take care of the nests of the birds that hide in the crevices. Our guide explained that the birds build a new nest as soon as they are finished with the old one. So they are rarely used for nesting. As soon as an old nest is finished and abandoned, the rangers come and collect it. Attention, now it gets a little disgusting: From these nests, soup is made! the Bird’s Nest Soup is a delicacy of this region!

Mu Koh Chumphon National Park

Here you can also snorkel. The rock islands are surrounded by coral reefs and offer a wonderful backdrop for the underwater world. Colorful fish cavort everywhere and come close to you. But be careful, because the water near the rock islands is often shallower than expected and you can easily be hurt.

Mu Koh Chumphon National Park

Thung Wua Lan – Chumphon’s Most Beautiful Beach

Thung Wua Lan is not only a beautiful sandy beach it is also incredibly long, so you can surely find a place here that you will enjoy. One section has bars and restaurants to enjoy the view with a delicious coconut or Pad Thai.

Thung Wua Lan - Chumphon's Most Beautiful Beach

As if it wasn’t enough to be at the most beautiful beach in the region, the weather (we were there at the beginning of the rainy season) and the sky rewarded us with a breathtaking rainbow.

Thung Wua Lan - Chumphon's Most Beautiful Beach

Before I went to dinner, I had a closer look at this photogenic palm tree. Don’t you think that such crooked palms have their own charm?

Thung Wua Lan - Chumphon's Most Beautiful Beach – Crooked Palm Tree

 

Chumphon – The Mangroves

I remember very well the trip to the mangrove forest, which is also part of the Mu Ko Chumphon National Park mentioned above. I was already in some mangrove forests, but I liked this one best by far.

Maybe we were just lucky with the tides here, while I was unlucky at the other parks. Because it was low tide here and we could marvel at the rooting of the trees.

Mu Koh Chumphon National Park – The Mangroves

In the places where there was no water at all, we could see little crabs scurrying quickly into their holes as they noticed our presence. In the water, on the other hand, there were little water monitors, most of them just curiously showing their heads. But not only flora and fauna were exciting to look at, but also the background noise. It cracked and clicked at an incredible volume. Unfortunately, I don’t know which animals make these noises, but it was somehow magical.

Mu Koh Chumphon National Park – The Mangroves

Mu Koh Chumphon National Park – The Mangroves

Mu Koh Chumphon National Park – The Mangroves

And I would like to add one comment: After we had returned from our tour through the mangroves, I bought something to drink at a small kiosk at the entrance. Normally, in Thailand, you automatically get a plastic straw with your drinks. Not so here. With hands and feet the lady who sold me the drink made me understand that she apologizes, but she wouldn’t give out any more plastic straws. She gets a thumbs up from me and this extra mention in my blog post. I am happy about every Thai (and tourist) who helps to make my beloved Thailand more environmentally friendly!

 

Chumphon – Accommodation

We stayed at the Loft Mania Boutique Hotel in Chumphon.

Loft Mania Boutique Hotel Chumphon

 

Chumphon – Onwards Travel

If you’ve come from Bangkok, you’ll be able to make a wonderful journey from Chumphon to Ranong or further the south of the country.

  • Ranong: Ranong is a province next to Chumphon that is great for exploring secluded beaches and relaxing in hot springs and spas. From there you can also easily travel on to Myanmar.
  • Koh Samui: Koh Samui is not quite around the corner, but is quite easy to reach from Ranong. If you’ve never been there before, it might be a good idea to combine these destinations.
  • Phuket: Also to Phuket it is still a good six-hour ride by car or bus from Ranong. Nevertheless, it is worth driving further south. The region around Phuket with Krabi and the islands Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi is a popular region with digital nomads.

 

Chumphon – Final Thoughts

I didn’t have Chumphon on my bucket list until I was invited on this trip. I must have traveled through several times because I was already twice in the south of Thailand and had taken a bus or train.

I am incredibly grateful that I got this insight into the traditional life of the Thais.

View Point in Chumphon

For digital nomads, I would recommend Chumphon for a stay of several days without hesitations. But be prepared that the internet here is not nearly as fast as in Chiang Mai. But if you want to take a few days off to snorkel and unwind and don’t want to spend a lot of time at one of the tourist spots, Chumphon is the perfect place.

PS: I was invited by TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) and Thai Airways to travel to Chumphon and Ranong. I did not receive any financial compensation. My opinion was not influenced by this collaboration.

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Ranong – Wellness and Island Paradise in the South of Thailand

Ranong – Wellness and Island Paradise in the South of Thailand

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In May, I was invited by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways to visit a region of Thailand I had never visited before: Chumphon and Ranong. The latter borders Myanmar (formerly Burma) in the west and on the Andaman Sea. Maybe you’ve heard of Koh Phayam or Koh Chang (not the Koh Chang I wrote about two years ago!)? Both islands belong to the region Ranong. The provincial capital of the same name has its own small airport and bus station.

Ranong – A Province in the South of Thailand

Ranong is one of Thailand’s provinces, located in the very south of the country on the west coast along the Andaman Sea. Ranong’s neighboring provinces are Chumphon, Surat Thani, and Phang Nga. To the west, it borders Myanmar. The country on the right behind the island is Myanmar.

Ranong lies on the so-called Isthmus of Kra, a strip of land only 44 kilometers wide that connects Thailand with the Malay Peninsula in the west of the Phuket Mountains. The province, together with the province of Trat, is known for being one of Thailand’s wettest places, with a rainy season lasting about eight months.

The most sparsely populated province in Thailand consists of around eighty percent forest area and 67 percent mountains. In earlier years the main source of income besides fishing was tin mining, but since about 20 years most of the mines are nearly exhausted. On our trip, we could get an idea of how hard the everyday life of those who dug tin was. For this, you have to separate sand and stones from tin with a bowl and rotating movements.

Nowadays, the mining of white clay for the production of porcelain and the processing of cashew nuts is the main focus. We were also able to get to know these two crafts better. The nuts are roasted and then cracked. The shell contains toxic oils and must, therefore, be removed. All this is done here by hand, and tourism is also becoming increasingly important.

Former fishing boats are rebuilt and used for tours and hot springs are gradually designed for western tourists. In addition, more hotels are to be built in order to accommodate the hoped-for vacationers.

 

Ranong – How to Get There

Normally, the journey to Ranong takes you to Bangkok first. Bangkok is a major hub in South East Asia. From Bangkok there are three ways to travel to Ranong:

  • By plane: Ranong has its own airport. Thai AirAsia and Nok Air fly to the provincial capital’s airport UNN and connect Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) with the city of spas.
  • By bus: Ranong has a bus station from where you can reach Bangkok in ten hours. Tickets are available from 400 Baht (about 12 Euro).
    By car: If you have a rental car, you can, of course, enjoy the picturesque scenery of Bangkok down to the south. Alternatively, you can fly with Thai Smile to Chumphon and drive from there. This is especially worthwhile if you want to combine the two regions during your visit. From there you can also take a minivan for 200 Baht.

 

Ranong – Sightseeing

Namtok Ngao National Park: This national park is ideal for hikers. The Ngao waterfall with its 300 meters is a real attraction and a total of 13 hot springs provide the appropriate recreational factor.

Koh Chang (Ranong): This is a jewel of the Andaman Sea! Peace and relaxation await you here. Scooters are not rented to westerners and there are only a few cars, so traffic is limited.

Koh Phayam: This is probably the most touristic place in Ranong province. But it’s also justified! Koh Phayam has dream beaches and a jungle that invites you to hike.

Der Nationalpark Laem Son: covers a total area of 31.5 hectares. It also includes islands in the Andaman Sea, namely Ko Khangkhao and Mu Ko Kam. The following beaches are particularly worth seeing: Hat Bang Ben, Hat Laem Son, Hat Praphat, Hat Hin Thung. In addition, these smaller and uninhabited islands are to be recommended: Koh Khang Khao, Koh Kham Tok, Koh Yipun, Koh Kam Yai, Koh Kam Nui.

 

Ranong – Disconnect With Wellness at the Spa

On our journey, we visited three hot springs. They are all for very different target groups and have their own charm. The first of the hot springs we visited opened just a few months ago. Now you may be a bit confused. I too actually thought that hot springs are always of natural origin. But they are! Just in the case of the hot springs of Ranong, the people had to dig about 150 meters into the ground to get to the hot water. The Hot Springs culture in Ranong goes back about 100 years.

Taryn Hot Springs: The Taryn Hot Springs offer several pools that are reminiscent of typical round whirlpools. You can also book a massage to complete your relaxation. The whole resort is geared towards tourists and I can call the standards Western without hesitation. There are decent, clean toilets, changing rooms that are in no way inferior to those in German swimming pools, and lockers so you don’t have to worry about your belongings while relaxing. As if that wasn’t enough, at Taryn Hot Springs sustainability is an important factor! Plastic straws? Nope… Here you drink from metal straws. Thumbs up from me for that!

Pornrung Hot Springs: These are the hot springs mentioned above, located in the Namtok Ngao National Park. These are the only hot springs I had time to swim in myself. And I can say: Rong, rong! (Thai for hot, hot!) The coolest pool had over 40 degrees Celsius and even for me as an avowed heat lover, I could only endure it with great concentration. If you like to switch between hot and cold, you can simply jump from the pools into the nearby river and cool down. In a small shop, you can buy forgotten swimwear or get snacks and soft drinks at the bar next door. The toilets and changing rooms are more in sync with Southeast Asian standards. But if you want to combine a visit to the hot springs with a trip to the national park, this is the ideal choice.

Raksa Warin Park: Raksa Warin is quite a magnet for locals. The reason is simple – there is no entrance fee. At least not at the main area. Small stone pools with up to 65 degrees hot water are waiting here. There is a suspension bridge leading over the river right next to the hot springs, on which Thais make happy smiling selfies. And between the suspension bridge and the freely accessible pools, there are more pools. Although they are also made of stone, they look more like the whirlpools at the Taryn Hot Springs. The entrance fee here is 40 Baht (about one Euro) and I learned that this part is privately managed and called Tinidee. Towels are included in the entrance fee. On the other side of the street, you can get an oil or Thai massage in the spa.

 

Ranong – Island Paradise

Apart from the already mentioned pearls of the Andaman Sea Koh Chang and Koh Phayam, there are numerous small islands waiting in Ranong. Our trip took us to Koh Khang Khao, Koh Kam Tok, and Koh Yipun, where we stopped for lunch.

There is a breathtaking viewpoint. But beware! The ascent is quite a challenge. There are ropes and the way seems to be well maintained though. But you still have to climb. I would recommend sturdy shoes, which you don’t necessarily have with you on a snorkel or boat trip. I had my sneakers with me, because I had blisters from my flip flops and was more than grateful. But it’s worth it, because at the end this fantastic view is waiting:

The other islands we have visited are also quite beautiful. But they are smaller which is why they seemed packed with eight tourist boats mooring. On Koh Kham Tok on the other side, you don’t really notice the presence of all those people and you can enjoy the view, sunbathe at the beach or have lunch.

Ranong – Accommodation

We stayed at a place called Numsai Khaosuay Resort Ranong.

Ranong is in the process of making more hotels available, as a lot is currently being invested in tourism.

 

Ranong – Your Onward Journey

If you’ve come from Bangkok, you’ll come from Ranong to the south of the country. Possible destinations would be:

  • Chumphon: Chumphon is an adjacent province that is great for snorkeling, admiring nature in the mangrove forest, or taking pictures at great photo spots. From there you can easily get to Koh Tao for example.
  • Koh Samui: Koh Samui is not quite around the corner, but is quite easy to reach from Ranong. If you’ve never been there before, it might be a good idea to combine these destinations.
  • Phuket: Also to Phuket it is still a good six-hour ride by car or bus from Ranong. Nevertheless, it is worth driving further south. The region around Phuket with Krabi and the islands Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi is a popular region with digital nomads.

 

Ranong – Final Thoughts

I had never heard of Ranong before getting invited on this trip. Looking back, I am very glad that I was able to experience this still traditional part of Thailand and to get a little insight into the local culture. Whether it was the mining of tin or the production of porcelain, visiting the islands or getting to know the culture of the hot springs: I experienced a completely different Thailand than I know it from the north. For this I am grateful and I am very happy that I got this opportunity.

For digital nomads I would recommend Ranong for a stay of several days without hesitation. But be prepared that the internet is not nearly as fast as in Chiang Mai. If you are looking for a few days with wellness and nature though, during which you leave the computer turned off, Ranong is a little heaven on earth.

PS: I was invited by TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) and Thai Airways to travel to Chumphon and Ranong. I did not receive any financial compensation. My opinion was not influenced by this collaboration.

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Numsai Khaosuay Resort Ranong

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Nachdem ich auf der diesjährigens ITB – der Internationalen Tourismusbörse in Berlin – mit dem Tourism Board von Thailand ins Gespräch gekommen bin, kam prompt eine Einladung nach Chumphon und Ranong. Dieser bin ich gerne gefolgt, sodass ich Ende April und Anfang Mai eine wundervolle Woche in dieser noch nicht so bekannten Region Thailands hatte. In diesem Artikel möchte ich dir das Hotel vorstellen, in dem unsere Reisegruppe in Ranong übernachtet hat.

Das Numsai Khaosuay Resort Ranong – Das Hotel

Das Namsai Khaosuay Resort verfügt über moderne, klimatisierte Zimmer mit Balkon und kostenlosem WLAN. Du kannst dich am Pool entspannen oder eine Massage an der Rezeption buchen, die rund um die Uhr geöffnet hat.

Das Resort ist nur 500 m vom Busbahnhof Ranong entfernt, sodass du die kurze Strecke auch zu Fuß zurücklegen kannst. Wenn du lieber fliegen möchtest, anstatt den Bus zum Beispiel aus Bangkok zu nehmen, liegt der Flughafen Ranong ebenfalls ganz nah: er ist nur eine 15-minütige Fahrt entfernt.

Das Resort ist mit Konferenz- und Wäscheservice ausgestattet. Kostenlose private Parkplätze stehen zur Verfügung.

Das Lela Restaurant serviert thailändische und europäische Küche. Getränke und leichte Snacks bekommst du in der Ka Yu Bar und frischen Kaffee im Mountain Café.

Das Numsai Khaosuay Resort Ranong – Die Zimmer

Die Zimmer im Namsai Khaosuay sind mit einem Flachbildfernseher, einer Minibar und einem Kleiderschrank ausgestattet. Mein Zimmer hat mir zwar von der Ausstattung und Größe sehr gut gefallen, aber ich habe dennoch zwei Kritikpunkte:

  • Mir persönlich waren die Zimmer viel zu dunkel. Es gibt keine Lampe an der Decke und fünf Lampen, die über die Wände im Zimmer verteilt sind, haben nicht mal annähernd für genug  Helligkeit gesorgt. Natürlich ist das Geschmackssache. Aber ich mag Licht. Auch die Sonne schien leider so gar nicht rein, was ich mehr als schade fand.
  • Leider herrschte in den Zimmer eine hohe Feuchtigkeit, die man auch durch die Klimaanlage nicht herausbekommen hat. Mal abgesehen davon, dass ich diese nicht rund um die Uhr laufen lassen möchte, lag auch damit ein moderiges Gefühl in der Luft und nach drei Nächten dort waren meine Kleider muffig und klamm. Sowas habe ich in dieser Form bisher nur in Bali in der Regenzeit erlebt.

Der kleine Balkon war zwar einladend und ich war sehr dankbar, tagsüber die Tür aufmachen zu können, um Licht und frische Luft hereinzulassen, aber leider lag mein Balkon direkt gegenüber der Wand des Haupthauses mit der Lobby. Einen schönen Ausblick gab es also nicht.

Das Numsai Khaosuay Resort Ranong– Das Frühstückszimmer

Das Früstückszimmer befindet sich im ersten Stock über der Lobby. Besonders gut hat mir gefallen, dass es an zwei Seiten offen war und somit hell und freundlich erschien. Auch die zwei Essbereiche fand ich super: Du kannst entweder an diesen tiefen Tischen essen und auf Sitzkissen sitzen oder in westlichem Stil an einem normalen Tisch mit Stühlen. Wenn du es lieber klimatisiert magst, gibt es einen kleinen Raum mit Tür.

Das Frühstücksbuffet ist leider ein wenig enttäuschend: Es nur eine kleine Auswahl an thailändischen Gerichten aus Reis und Gemüse oder aber Toastbrot mit Marmelade, Cornflakes und ein wenig Obst.

Das Numsai Khaosuay Resort Ranong – Der Pool

Der Poolbereich liegt im Erdgeschoss direkt neben der Lobby. Ich fand ihn wirklich sehr schön. Tagsüber habe ich häufig Familien mit Kindern dort gesehen, aber abends konnten wir uns meistens noch entspannt auf die Liegen legen und den Tag rekapitulieren.

 

Das Numsai Khaosuay Resort Ranong – Fazit

Mir persönlich hat es im Numsai Khaosuay gut gefallen. Auch wenn die Zimmer zu denkel und etwas muffig waren, fand ich den außenbereich einfach wunderschön und einladend. Wenn du also nach Ranong kommst, um mal abzuschalten, die Gegend zu erkunden oder es dir mit ein bisschen Wellness gut gehen zu lassen, ist dieses Hotel dennoch eine gute Wahl.

PS: Ich wurde von der TAT (Tourism Authority Thailand) auf die Reise nach Ranong eingeladen. Eine finanzielle Vergütung habe ich nicht erhalten. Meine Meinung wurde von dieser Kooperation nicht beeinflusst.

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Das Loft Mania Boutique Hotel Chumphon

Das Loft Mania Boutique Hotel Chumphon

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Auf der diesjährigen ITB – der internationalen Tourismusbörse in Berlin – bin ich mit der Tourism Autority Thailand ins Gespräch gekommen. Es dauerte nicht lange, da flatterte bereits eine Einladung zu einer kurzen Reise in den Süden Thailands ins Haus: nach Chumphon und Ranong sollte es gehen. Und da ich diese beiden Provinzen noch nicht kannte, sagte ich umso freudiger zu.

Das Loft Mania Boutique Hotel Chumphon – Das Hotel

Das Loft Mania Boutique Hotel hat drei verschiedene Zimmerkategorien: Die Suite mit 54 Quadratmetern und Doppel- sowie Einzelzimmer mit je 27 Quadratmetern. Über sechs Stockwerke verteilt, sind diese über das Treppenhaus oder zwei Aufzüge zu erreichen.

Jedes Zimmer ist ausgestattet mit

  • einer Klimaanlage
  • einem Safe
  • einem Fernseher
  • einem Föhn
  • kostenfreiem WLAN

Außerdem stehen jedem Gast folgende Services und Einrichtungen zur Verfügung:

  • ein Pool
  • Frühstück
  • ein Fitnessstudio
  • Wäscheservice
  • ein Spa
  • das Restaurant
  • ein Café

In der nahen Umgebung des Hotels kannst du dich auf zahlreiche Beauty Salons, Massagestudios und Restaurants freuen. Ich habe ganz wenige Falangs (Thai für “Westler”) gesehen und allgemein den EIndruck, dass man hier in der Gegend noch gut das traditionelle Leben verfolgen kann.

 

Das Loft Mania Boutique Hotel Chumphon – Die Zimmer

Ich hatte eines der Einzelzimmer und empfand die 27 Quadratmeter als sehr geräumig. Die Einrichtung und Wandfarbe sind leider ziemlich dunkel gehalten und tagsüber, auch wenn wir kaum da waren, habe ich gar nicht mitbekommen, wie schön das Wetter draußen war. Das war sehr schade!

Ansonsten habe ich nichts an dem Zimmer zu bemängeln. Es ist modern und hat mir mehr als gereicht.

Das Loft Mania Boutique Hotel Chumphon – Das Frühstückszimmer

Das Frühstückszimmer befindet sich im Erdgeschoss und du kannst entweder im klimatisierten Innenbereich oder im überdachten Außenbereich essen.

Du kannst zwischen internationalem Frühstück mit Eiern, Toast und Cornflakes oder aber Reis mit Gemüse & Co. ganz im Stile der Thais wählen. Natürlich darf frisches Obst nicht fehlen. Alles in allem ist es aber eher ein durchschnittliches Hotelfrühstück und kann leider nicht mit dem mithalten, was ich sonst so von Thailand gewohnt bin.

 

Das Loft Mania Boutique Hotel Chumphon – Pool- und Fitnessbereich

Der Pool ist direkt neben dem Frühstücksbereich. Allerdings liegt er ein bisschen höher, weshalb du vom Frühstücksraum keinen Poolblick hast. Morgens habe ich den Pool immer leer gesehen – bereit, um dort ein bisschen Entspannung zu finden. Allerdings war er in den Nachmittagsstunden immer voll. Vor allem Familien mit Kindern tummelten sich im Wasser und um das Schwimmbecken herum.

Das Fitnessstudio befindet sich hinter dem Frühstücksraum und ist dank der Fensterwand schön hell und lichtdurchflutet. Durch die Klimaanlage kannst du auch bei hohen Temperaturen deinem Workout nachgehen und kommst nicht aus der Routine…

Leider hatte ich keine Zeit die Geräte zu testen, aber als ich reingeschaut habe, war es sauber und machte einen recht modernen Eindruck.

 

 

Das Loft Mania Boutique Hotel Chumphon – Fazit

Das Loft Mania Boutique Hotel war ein guter Ausgangspunkt für Trips durch die Provinz Chumphon. Das Internet war recht gut – wenn auch kein Vergleich zur Geschwindigkeit in Bangkok oder Chiang Mai – und die Lage innerhalb der Stadt war wunderbar, um auch zu Fuß weit zu kommen. Die Zugstation, der Night Market von Chumphon sowie zahlreiche Geschäfte und Restaurants sind prima zu erreichen.

Alles in allem kann ich das Hotel empfehlen und würde es wieder wählen, wenn ich für einige Tage in Chumphon wäre.

PS: Ich wurde von der TAT (Tourism Authority Thailand) auf die Reise nach Chumphon eingeladen. Eine finanzielle Vergütung habe ich nicht erhalten. Meine Meinung wurde von dieser Kooperation nicht beeinflusst.

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