Author: Frans Betgem

View on a river and a city

Old aerial photography of Thailand

The first aerial photographs of Bangkok I would like to share some fantastic old aerial photography of Thailand on this page. Steve Darke, the founder of the Thai Aviation website, sent these five pictures...

Songkran Festival

The Chiang Mai Songkran Festival

The Chiang Mai Songkran Festival: love or hate? The Chiang Mai Songkran Festival (ประเพณีสงกรานต์): there doesn’t seem to be a middle way. You either love it or you have it. Let’s make one thing...

Wat Chedi Luang Chiang Saen history

Chiang Saen: some notes on the history

Some notes on Chiang Saen History Chiang Saen has a very interesting history.I have visited Chiang Saen Historical Park several times over the past few years and I keep going back there. It is...

Foreigner with Muslim women Deep South of Thailand

Travel to the Deep South of Thailand in 2021

Travel to the Deep South of Thailand in 2021 In 2004 the long-running conflict between the Thai government and the Muslim population flared up with the incidents at the Krue Se Mosque (Pattani province)...

Picture of river and buildings Sri Prakard Hotel

The Sri Prakard Hotel, Chiang Mai

The oldest hotel in Chiang Mai Construction of the hotel The Sri Prakard Hotel was built over 100 years ago by Por Srimo Vichai, the first Thai from Chiang Mai who visited the USA...

Wooden church first Christian Church

The First Christian Church

Daniel McGilvary and the First Church Reverend Daniel McGilvary and his family arrived in Chiang Mai in 1867. The American missionary family traveled from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by boat, which took three months. Reverend...

old picture Wat Phumin Nan

WAR Wood travels to Phre and Nan in 1919

Introduction William Alfred Rae Wood was British consul in Chiang Mai from 1913 until 1931. In January 1919 he undertook a consular tour to Phre (Phrae) and Nan. Below is the full report he...