Author Archives: Frans Betgem

The Buddhist Temples of Phrae

Staircase to temple Burmese heritage lampang shan people

The Buddhist Temples of Phrae Table of Contents Introduction to the Buddhist Temples of Phrae I have divided the Buddhist Temples of Phrae in two sections: temples within the old city wall and temples outside. There is so much to enjoy for visitors. You don’t have to be a Buddhist or a religion freak to […]

Wiang Tha Kan, the forgotten Ancient City

bicycle in front of ruined temple

Wiang Tha-Kan , the forgotten ancient city Table of Contents A forgotten ruined settlement Wiang Tha Kan (เวียงท่ากาน) is an ancient settlement and archaeological site, about 35 km south of Chiang Mai. In and around the current village there are 22 archaeological sites, mostly ruins of temples. The settlement was rectangular, 500 by 700 meters […]

Lampang: the Louis Leonowens House

Horse cart in front of old house East Asiatic Company

Lampang: the Louis Leonowens House Table of Contents The Louis Leonowens House in Lampang The Louis Leonowens House is the former residence of Louis T. Leonowens and the office of the Louis T.Leonowens company. “Baan Louis”, as it is known locally, is in the “forestry neighborhood’ of Lampang. The location is not far from the […]

The Chiang Mai Songkran Festival

Ladies playing with water

The Chiang Mai Songkran Festival Table of Contents The Chiang Mai Songkran Festival The Chiang Mai Songkran festival in Thailand is the traditional Buddhist New Year. April 13 is the official New Years Day. It is the biggest festival in the country. The word “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti, which means transformation or change. Songkran is celebrated nationwide although […]

Chiang Saen: Wat Phrathat Pha Ngao

View over river and green country

Table of Contents Monks at the viewpoint Beautiful temple with great views There is surprisingly little information about this fascinating temple. Wat Phra That Pha Ngao (วัดพระธาตุผาเงา) is a Buddhist temple, less than 10 km from Chiang Saen. The temple offers spectacular views over the Mekong River and Laos. It is a community center as […]