Category Archives: Chiang Mai a la Carte

Chiang Mai a la Carte blogs

It is hard to give an overview of the Chiang Mai a la Carte blogs. There is a very wide range of subjects. Many of the blogs are about Chiang Mai history but there are also many about Buddhist temples. Frans Betgem has written all the blogs for this website. Some of the blogs are very special to him such as the ones about the temples Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai. He keeps on adding content to these blogs.

Horsecart in front of the temple
Horsecart in front of the temple

The Monk’s Trail to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Some Chiang Mai a la Carte Blogs are continuously under construction. Wat Pha Lat, the temple on the trail, has become more popular and has been under construction itself for a long time. This wonderful temple has been neglected for many years but has now become a very popular tourist attraction on Doi Suthep. The abbot is very active so the temple attracts many donations for Thai Buddhists.

The Teak Industry in North Thailand

Frans has written a number of Chiang Mai a la Carte blogs about the history of the teak industry in North Thailand. These cover subjects such as the Louis T.Leonowens House in Lampang and the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation. Other interesting blogs are about the East Asiatic Company and the Burmese teak trader Luang Yonakarn Phichit. More blogs are to follow! We are not done yet. Frans wants to publish at least one blog per month.


Return to Tachileik in Myanmar

Statue of a man in traditional dress

Magnificent Shan-style Buddha image at Wat More Nyin Update December, 2023: Currently, the border crossing at Mae Sai/Tachileik is closed to foreigners. We will keep you updated. The border crossing at Mae Sai/Tachileik The border crossing at Mae Sai/Tachileik has been an important gateway to Myanmar for at least a century. It was here that […]

Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple

White temple with tree leaves Temples Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun, the amazing White Temple in Chiang Rai Wat Rong Khun (วัดร่องขุ่น) aka the “White Temple” has become the most popular attraction in Chiang Rai. It is not an active Buddhist temple because it has no monks residing. It is prominently in our list of “things to do in Chiang Rai“. In its […]

Amazing cycling in Sukhothai

Sukhothai Historical Park

Cycling in the Sukhothai Historical Park has always been a popular activity for visitors to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sukhothai was Thailand’s first capital  and flourished from the mid-13th century to the late 14th century. Thai people regard Sukhothai as the cradle of their civilization. Table of Contents Sukhothai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site […]