Appon's Thai Life

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Here you can find articles on Thailand, anything interesting, unusual, or eye catching that doesn't quite fit on the recipe blog. Over the years of writing 'Appon's Thai Food' there have been lots of articles that have come and gone from the site, simply because they weren't recipes and didn't have a place in the recipe archives. This blog is their new home!
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February 12, 2016

Ao Po Marina Boat Show (On Now 11-14 Feb 2016)

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Ao Po Marina has a boat show! Or should I call it a Yacht show! If you're a multi-millionaire who wants to buy a yacht, then by all means visit. As I was just looking, all I got to see was the backs of boats and a lot of "by appointment only" and "VIP only" signs!

They want to sell them, but they don't want to clean them! This really isn't a show for lookies like me, yet if you wanted to spend a few million dollars on a super-yacht, they'd give you a private viewing. So who exactly is supposed to go to these shows? People who like looking at the backs of boats? Some sort of boat-booty-fetishists?

I think they should sail the boats out, tie them on anchor moorings, and run guided trips on little launch boats around them. A guide can explain the price and features of each super-yacht so us lookies can enjoy these too!

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February 8, 2016

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

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While I was enjoying Freedom Beach, near Patong, I spied a Cruise Ship in the bay! Now that's a tempting target to explore! They always look huge when your eyes see them, but in a camera, they're a distant small object. Your brain sees things on the horizon much bigger than they actually are. But I can send the drone out take a look.

As I get closer, it looks very familiar. Same mini golf course, same pools, same climbing wall up the same smoke stack... it is! It's a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, remember the cruises that Indo Thai Tours had on discount last year? This is the very same cruise liner.

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January 24, 2016

Ko Siray (Phuket) Dirt Bike Races - Tomorrow! 24th!

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Ko Siray, is the island connected to Phuket town, and it has quite a few things to see. I've done the beaches, the temple, I've even dived off one of those long piers in the bay.

But until today, I didn't know it has a dirt bike track, and most weekends the bikes are out practicing for championships!

(Video Below)

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January 12, 2016

Water Pure As Can Be

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I finally gave in and got myself a water filter. It's easy and cheap to buy drinking water in bulk in Thailand, it comes in big 25 liter bottles, it costs 12 baht, about 40 cents. It's made just down the road in a factory using the latest reverse-osmosis process, and it's absolutely no hassle to buy.

So why buy an expensive filtering system? Honestly I'm not really sure why I did it! It's not like I have to purify water anymore. The days of growing up on the farm, drinking well water have gone.

I think it's because it's handy to have it on tap. For rinsing vegetables and fruit, its quite nice to be able to turn a tap and put them under running water.

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January 11, 2016

Ko Siray, Revisted

I've been to Siray Island before. On my first visit, there was one blue floating pier, now it has three!

There's still the big problem with this island, it has some wonderful beaches, but the access is terrible. Roads that don't reach the beach, no place to park, people sealing off access to the sea across their land and sometimes, simply a 'private property' sign.

(Map below)

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January 9, 2016

Royal Phuket Marina, Boat Lagoon by Drone

I've visited Boat Lagoon and the Phuket Marina many times. The marina is the starting place for my Pizza Run to Coconut Island.

It's also a very good place to go Yacht spotting. But the yacht in dry-dock really are too big to see, you see the hull, and not much else. So time to take to the sky for a better look!

(Map below)

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Ko Raet, Phuket by Drone

Bangkok Illuminations at Em District

Cookin' Nanta (In Bangkok's RCA Plaza)

Steam Punk at Train Market

Finding a Good Sauna in Bangkok

Traditional Thai Massage

Mosquito Massacre

Boat Karma

Sally Fish and Chips Silom Rd, Bangkok

Papa Market (Train Market)

Exploring the new Reservoir at Chalong

Sea Shell Table Lamp

Tranforming Typographic, Coca Cafe Ho Chi Min

Perfect Italian Food in Udom Suk

Paklok Food Festival

Guilding and Remembering

Phuket Food Festival (On NOW)

Fish in Phuket

100,000 YouTube Views

Labour Day Party (On NOW)

Exploring a Lake in Chiayphum

Spirited Away

Songkran in Chaiyaphum

Bangnarmphueng Floating Revisited

Harbin Ice Wonderland

Ink'd in Train Market

Making Cement Sexy from SCG

Imported Whiskey

Amphawa Fun Things

Train Market or Car Park?

The Google Maps Problem

Flying Chicken Giveaway

Win's new Noodle Shop, Chumpon

Isaan Fish, Exploring Udomsuk

Koren Style/BBQ 149 Baht/Paradise

Lady Pie, Phuket's Answer to the Witches Pie Shop

Bizzo, Take Your Time, Bangna Bangkok

Vareeya Revisted

Warm Comfy Bar, Bangna Bangkok

Sushi Hana, Central Bangna, Bangkok

Song Birds by Day, Song Birds by Night

iCondo Udomsuk 103 Bangkok

Monument Festival, Sisunthorn Phuket

Snake Ate my Fish

Wear White for Democracy

Custom Key Rings, Phuket

Jatujak Fans for Jatujak Fans

Wat Kowrang Dedication *happening now*

LED's Everywhere

Boom & Chef Win Wedding Wallpapers

Otop 2013! New! Dryer!

Supercheap, risen from the ashes

I broke my house roots

The dentist, what could be more fun?

Bug Control, The Natural Way

Light em up!

Our NSA overlords

Supercheap Phuket Homage

Sparkly Iron on Beads

Prison Product, Furniture, Phuket

Sequel: Villains, Heros and Victims

House Cancer

My First Geocache

Phuket Bike Week

Weapons of Splash Destruction

6 More To Go

Phuket Boat Show, Not just for the Rich

Siray Island Phuket, Decay

Phuket is Busy 2

Phuket is Busy!

Heroines Celebrations 13-16th March

Yamu Night Fishing Competition

OTOP Phuket City

Consecrating Wat Padungthamapotivad

Chinese New Year Failed

Escape from a Hangover

ISP Tektonic

Drifting Rocks Illusion

Gilding Buddhas

Bird Song Competitions

Phuket Triangle

Permits Revoked, Paradise Lost

Cassa Khiewchanta Indoor Swimming Pool

Cassa Khiewchanta, Snakes

Cassa Khiewchanta, Cleanup

Buddha Day 3/Aug/2012

Buddha Day, Candle Procession

Olympics Silver, 58kgs Womens Weightlifting!

Any idiot can drive a scooter

Rainy Day Fun: Soda Science

Rainy Day Fun: Wafer Biscuit Jenga

Vegetable Carving

Mall Wars Casualty : Siam Night Bazaar

Not Buddhism

Gang Hed on the Farm

Eat like a Thai: Phra Pradaeng

Superstar Monk, P.M.Sompong Talaphutto

Asiatique Night Market Bangkok

Mega Bangna Megarific

Hot today, time for the seaside

SpokeDark vs ZeFrank's Back

BIG+BIH Show Bangkok

Songkran in Chonburi, Sand and Crabs

Songkran in Bangsaen Chonburi, Seafood and Sunset

Songkran - Choose Your Weapons

Authentic Mang-Da Nam Prik, Bangkok

Liew Khiewchanta, Dead at 21

Bitec Thai Food Fair, January 2012

Chinese New Year, Bangkok

Chinese New Year

Home Made Acne Cream

Children's Day (2nd Sat in January)

Ekamai Bus Station Shortchanger

Sunken Markets

Ikea vs SB Design Square, Bangkok November 2011

Thai Red Cross Flood Relief

Lucky 235612, How the Thai Lottery Works

Flood Land, Phra-Khanong, Bangkok 30/10/2011

Terminal 21, Asok, Bangkok

Cassa Khiewchanta Street Cleaning Notice

Flooded Don Muang by Chihiro Train

How to Disinfect Fruit & Salad Vegetables

BIG+BIH Crystal After Shave

How to Clean Dirty Water

Flood Check 23/10/2011

BIG+BIH Wall Coverings

BIG+BIH I'm Not a Paper Cup

BIG+BIH Gift & Housewair Fair, Bitec, Bangkok 2011

Photos of the Floods

Flood Preparations 21st October 2011

Lightning Storm

Neck Warmer

A tale of two piers, Bangkok

Pork Chocolate Strawberry Crepe

Bituoy Flower

Chinese Buddha Temple, Samrong, Bangkok

Bangkok Island and the Flood Gates

Old Style Thai Candy

Womens Tonic

Handicraft Kit - OTOP

Dried Bananas with Honey Glaze, OTOP, Tak

Noni Juice & Galingale Health Drink -OTOP Nongkhai

OTOP - One Tambon, One Product

Bangkok is Sinking

Coiled String Bowls and Pots

When Localization Goes Wrong

Luang Por Waen Sujinno Model

Cardboard Model Books

Google Thailand, กูเกิลไทยแลนด์

Wok as a hand basin

Carved Coconut Duck

Familiar Photo??

Lacquerware Salad Bowls Jatujak

Dog Bottom Paper Dispensers

Walk through a Slum

Cable Noodles

Shy Plants

Cooking with Dog (It IS what you think)

Witches Pie Factory

Baiyoke Sky Tower, Bangkok

Sa La Pow - Cooking With Dog

Give up your seats for monks

I dare you

Say it with Chocolate

Jatujak Cock Fighting

Bullet Hole Decal

Food in Jatujak Market Bangkok

Jin-Joks Everywhere

Jatujak Little Find

Melonpan - Cooking with Dog

Bubble Blowing Penguin

Mystery Object Quiz

Mugging in Nakhorn Phanom

Seafood Filled Omellette Balls

Crazy Clocks Bangna Central City

Alien Statue Jatujak

Chopstick Shopstick

Huggy Bears

Clever boy plays the khene

Ghost Vendor

Handbag-ography

Custard + Cake + Cute = Corn Cob

Roasting Chestnuts, Bangkok

Lighting Thailand

Traditional Thai Nougat

Chinatown Ingredients

Fresh Chips/Crisps + Street Show, 20 Baht

Vibrant

English Taught To Thai Children

Thai Cut-less-lery

Black Thai Toothpaste

Another Jatujak Novelty

Bento Box Egg Moulds

Jatujak Market, Wooden Elephant

Iced Sweet Thai Tea

Big vs Little

Chinatown Fish Stomachs

Feeding Fish in Bangkok

Chinese Paper Funeral Possessions

Fortune Teller

Rainy Season Thailand

China Town Food

Jatujak Market Coffee Machines

Buddha by Day

A side order of democracy

70's Retro Chic Bangkok

Traditional Thai Condiments (Noodles)

Cooling Spray at MBK

Jatujak Horses

Clever Boy Plays Xylophone

Button Shoes at Jatujak

Viles Sold on the Street

Wan Assanhabucha, July 15th 2554

Dish Washing Soap Kit

Imperial World - Dynamo

Ice Crushing - Old Style

Centipede15" Scary, Ouiuuuwwww

School Supply Shop Bangkok

And the winner is.....Thailand

Red Light Jumping

Superstar Monks : Pra Mahasompong

String Wishes

Beansprouts Growing

Khiewchanta Wallpapers

My Father