Thursday, 31 January 2008
January was nice this year, lots of sunshine and not too much rain. As a resident of Samui, I sometimes don't mind a bit of rain at all, it keeps everything green and is good for the water balance on the island. As a tourist, visiting Samui, it may be different, you probably prefer straight blue skies 24/24!
In general, January was good though. We, my family, had a lovely holiday with our trip to Isaan. It was very nice to meet my wife's friends and experience their hospitality and see a different part of Thailand. It was also an unexpected pleasure to be able to drive home in a new car!
Let's look forward to February and that this may bring us lots of good weather.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Monday, 28 January 2008
Has been on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1992. Ban Chiang is the most modern and well maintained museum I've ever visited in Thailand so far.
Having said that, it took us a bit of reasoning with the staff at the entrance gate, to get me in at Thai rates, as already discussed during our visit to Phi Mai on our way to Udon Thani.
Ban Chiang is located very near the highway and from Korat to Khon Kaen/Udon Thani and is definitely worthwhile stopping at. The museum itself consists of only one building, but this building hosts plenty of artifacts. There's loads of information on the web to be found on Ban Chiang, including on the website of the University of Pennsylvania museum.
The archeological site of Ban Chiang is important evidence of a prehistoric population that settled in Southeast Asia more than 5.000 years ago. The population was culturally developed, as well as sociologically and technologically advanced.
The site of this early agricultural community, with also of metal production and use, was continuously occupied for about 3.800 years. Artifacts, including implements and ornaments of bronze and iron, as well as pottery with sophisticated and unique designs, attest to the advanced culture of this prehistoric settlement.
In addition to it's academic value, the Ban Chiang archeological site is also important because of the local community's participation in preservation efforts. Laws were enacted to protect the site, and a museum was established to disseminate information about it. Because of it's importance, the Royal Thai Government requested the World Heritage Commitee of Unesco to register the archeological site of Ban Chiang as a World Heritage Site. In 1992 Ban Chiang was listed as World Heritage Site Number 359, following registration criteria;
It represents a rare and unique monument or it attest to a tradition or civilization that is either active or already extinct.
Outside of the museum are a couple of souvenir shops that sell copies of the pottery, found at the archeological sites. It's beautifully designed and well worth picking up some items. They also sell T-shirts which spell 'Ban Chaing', which I discovered upon arrival home!
As already mentioned before, if in the neighbourhood, try to visit it.
The Fine Arts Department has sought an investigation to establish if stolen artifacts uncovered following a crackdown in the United States belonged to the ancient Ban Chiang period.
Published on January 28, 2008
US authorities raided four museums in southern California last week, breaking an illegal network smuggling the items into the US.
The department wants the artefacts returned to the King-dom if they were found to be from Ban Chiang, the oldest known civilisation in the King-dom, which dates back to 1,000 BC.
Fine Arts Department director Kriangkrai Sampatchalit wanted clear proof about the artefacts. "We would ask Unesco's International Council of Museums to check whether they are genuine objects. If they are real we would provide historical evidence to prove they belong to Thailand," he said by phone yesterday.
Dozens of US federal agents descended on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pasa-dena's Pacific Asia Museum, Bowers Museum in Santa Ana and Mingei International Museum in San Diego.
The raids marked the first public move in a five-year undercover probe of the alleged smuggling network, The Los Angeles Time reported on Friday.
The detailed warrants gave agents broad authority to search the museums' galleries, offices, storage areas and computer archives.
They were looking for objects and records related to the primary targets of the investigation: an alleged art smuggler, Robert Olson, and the owner of a Los Angeles Asian art gallery, Jonathan Markell.
Markell's Silk Roads Gallery on La Brea Avenue was also raided.
No arrests were made, but legal experts say the surprise search warrants suggest prosecutors are collecting the final elements to seek criminal indictments against Markell and Olson, the paper said.
Many objects come from the ancient civilisation of Ban Chiang, which occupied northeastern Thailand from 1000 BC to 200 AD.
"The original location where the Ban Chiang culture was discovered was named a World Heritage Site in 1992 and is considered the most important pre-historic settlement yet discovered in Southeast Asia," the search warrants said.
The warrants allege that the Ban Chiang objects are probably looted because they were first excavated by archaeologists in 1967, six years after Thailand banned the export of antiquities.
The Thai government never gave permission for the contested antiquities to leave the country.
Moreover, importing such objects into the US after 1979 was a violation of the US National Stolen Property Act and the Archaeological Resource Protection Act, the warrants state.
Other objects named in the warrants came from Burma, from which the US has banned imports since 2003, and China, which has strict export laws governing its antiquities.
The investigation began in 2003, when the undercover agent with the National Park Service posed as a buyer and began purchasing allegedly looted art from Olson, according to the warrants. Olson, the warrants say, specialises in Native American and Thai antiquities.
Olson allegedly told the agent he had been importing objects from Ban Chiang since the 1980s and had never received a permit from the Thai government. He said he got objects "as they were being dug up" and knew it was illegal to ship them out of the country, the warrants say.
The smuggled antiquities were affixed with "Made in Thailand" labels, and sometimes painted over to make them look to US customs officials like modern replicas, Olson allegedly told the agent.
Los Angeles Times
There's a fair bit of clouds this morning but also plenty of blue patches. Temp at 7 am was already 27.8C.
Yesterday saw a fair bit of rain in the morning but in the afternoon it heated up very much with a max temp of 28.8C only, but it felt a lot warmer!
Sunday, 27 January 2008
It's clouded this morning and at 7 am it was raining, current temp is 27.8C.
Yesterday was a warm day with sun and clouds battling it out and a max temp of 29.3C.
Am gearing up for my next IDC, which is about to start tomorrow, updates will be available at my dive blog on an irregular, regular base.
Last night we went out and had dinner at Zazen again and enjoyed a lovely dinner in great atmosphere. Highly recommended.
Saturday, 26 January 2008
There are bits of blue and the sun peeks through occasionally but in general it's fairly cloudy. Current temp at 7 am was 27.5C.
Yesterday was a nice day until 4 am when it started to rain which continued until about 9 pm. Max temp reached reached 29.5C.
Friday, 25 January 2008
Not just any monk, but the main monk of Wat Chaweng. Father and Mother in law came along and our own small family.
Blessing of new cars or motorbike or new houses is taken very seriously in Thailand and monks are always involved.
Here's the monk painting blessings on the roof of the car, which are for good luck.
This is how the painting looks like. It's done with a talcum powder in water solution. Monks sit at designated areas in their temples the whole day to complete such blessing.
As if this wasn't enough, we also stopped at Grandma's house to get her blessing as well, since the elderly are very well respected by Thais and having her bless the car is another good luck charm.
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
There are a few clouds here and there but mainly a blue sky is reigning with a temp at 7 am of 27.4 C.
Yesterday was the first day since we left Samui on 11th January, that we saw clouds again! Sure enough at midnight it rained for about an hour and my wife had a fair of laundry outside! It was also Full Moon party time again on Koh Phangan, so the dwellers got wet.
Yesterday's max temp reached 29.3C.
We had a bit of a relaxed morning, since we booked a space on the 11 am ferry to Samui and still almost managed to show up too late for the reservation!
Anyway, we're back home and we're all glad to be back home again, although we all tremendously enjoyed this holiday/trip.
It's foggy like there's no tomorrow, we're on the 14th floor of our Surat Thani city hotel (well, outskirts of Surat) and can't see the road. The sun is coming on hard though and soon the fog will disappear. At 7 am the temp is 22 C.
Yesterday was a long day's driving, we started at 9 in Bangkok and traffic was slow there, it took almost an hour to cover the 6 or 7 km's to the expressway.
From there on we had a blue sky all the way down to Surat Thani, 700 km's! We got to Surat around 5.30 am.
Tomorrow we will be back to the regularly scheduled program, folks. Daily updates from the Samui weather and some more stories from our travels, lots of beautiful temple reviews coming up.
Hope you enjoyed my travel tales a bit.
Monday, 21 January 2008
A blue sky reigns over Bangkok and it's already 23C at 7 am.
Yesterday we left Korat and before we hit the road, we went to see a statue of Thao Suranaree or Ya Moh.
She's a well known woman, all over Thailand and famous for her heroic battles to save the city of Korat.
On the way to Bangkok we passed an amazing Farm, Farm Chokchai.
Next to the highway are two merchandise outlets and you can buy all kinds of milk, like yogurt etc in different shops. They also have s steakhouse and camping and you know it. A tour of the farm takes 2 and a half hours, for which we unfortunately didn't have time, next time!
If on the road around Saraburi, stop and visit!
In Bangkok we stayed another night at the excellent Legacy Suites again.
Today we're on the road for Surat Thani city and tomorrow over to Samui, back home!
Sunday, 20 January 2008
It's another blue sky, as we had throughout our travels sofar. Current temp at 7 am in Korat is 18.4C. We're on our way to Bangkok in a moment, so stay posted for more updates of our travels since Tuesday we'll be back home again and back to our regularly scheduled program.
Saturday, 19 January 2008
Two days ago (already!) was a busy day and we started early. After a bleak breakfast at the Karin hotel in Udon (we had to change hotels since we checked out of the nice hotel and that was solidly booked for a week) we headed off to the Ford outlet to pick up our new car. Unfortunately I didn’t have any internet access yesterday, so here’s my update now.
With a bit of sadness in our hearts we said goodbye to out Ranger Hi Rider and waited for the new Everest to show up.
At 9.09 am my wife drove out of the garage and everybody was happy. All of a sudden we have plenty of space in the car, in the backseats and for our luggage.
We continued on to Sakhon Nakhon and on the way and in Sakhon we visited various temples and a museum, which I will all introduce to you at a later time.
Sakhon is a nice city and we had some lovely dinner last night at a Suki Lao place.
Today we got back to Korat, on the way back home again.
First we were off to see the King’s Palace which he uses whenever he’s in Isaan and we were lucky once more, that Kob and Chot know so many people around here and we were allowed to see the actual palace together with one of the people who works there and who allowed us to take pictures of the actual house/palace, another privilege. Pix soon to come!
Than we were off to Khon Kaen through the mountains, a very nice drive and on to Korat again. This time we checked in to the Sabai hotel, not easy to find but well worth it. Another great tip by Kob and Chot!
Catch you later.
Thursday, 17 January 2008
First of all, there was no update this morning since the hotels internet service was down.
It was chilly though, this morning but very sunny and it soon warmed up. Mornings in the North East of Thailand bring about cold weather, like 15C.
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
It's a beautiful blue sky with the sun starting to heat things up since at 7 am it's only 15.8C.
Yesterday was a lovely day with sunshine all day long.
We just completed breakfast and are about to get on our way to Nong Khai, at the Thai - Lao border where a mini bus is waiting for us to carry us through Lao (Vientiane) for the day.
Catch you later,
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
After having hooked up with Kob, my wife’s friend , Chot, her husband and Plae, their daughter who’s just slightly younger than our daughter, we checked into the hotel and after some playing around in the hotels pool, it was time to head the showers and get ready for some food.
They took us to the Patchanee restaurant, inside Udon and it turned out to be a good choice. There is a nice outside garden, overlooking a lake and two air conditioned wings. The place looked also very busy, which is always a good sign.
The food we had was very good, like the Kai Pad Met Mamuang pictured here.
The Puu Cha (deep fried, stuffed crab) was also very good. We also had Puu pong curry (crab with curry powder), Tom Ka Kai (chicken coconut soup), some Som Tam nand Hor Mok Plaa.
A good choice, thanks to Kob and Chot.
After that, my wife had to get her daily dose of shopping malls, so we went to the local Robinson dept store. After that, it was direction hotel and sleep. Tomorrow will be an early day!
Today no early weather report, since the internet connection in the Korat hotel wasn’t on until noon!
We left Korat this morning around 10 am and our hotel was next to the road leading up to Udon Thani, so that was easy.
We didn’t get to see a lot of Korat but here’s a picture from our hotel room, so you get an impression of the size of the city, it is rather big.
Today’s trip wasn’t as uneventful as the other days. We first arranged for a stop at Phi Mai Historical park, near Korat, which we found without too many problems, however, once we arrived there that’s when trouble started. In Thailand it’s fairly common that national parks and the like have two layer pricing, so did Phi Mai.
However, there are also rules that if you have a work permit and pay tax as a foreigner, you’re supposed to get the same price as Thais. The extra charge is usually 4 to 10 (!) times as much as Thais. Here they charged 4 times as much, not really a lot in all fairness, but they didn’t want to budge down on accepting my tax card. This kind of racist attitude in my opinion, doesn’t go down too well with me, so I decided not to pay at all and leave again, which led to a bit of an argument with my wife. We solved this however and next time this kind of attitude occurs, I’ll ask for the cashiers name and possibly their superiors name as well and tell them that I’ll report this to the TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand). This may sound silly maybe to some of my readers, but it seems to work if enough folks complain, since the TAT just reduced all National Park fees nationwide by 50%! They decided to do this because they had received too many complaints about high entrance fees and not enough service and quality in return.
We’ll see, most of the time I do get the Thai price, so I hope that we don’t get too many situations over this and enough of my little rant!
This wasn’t enough however, since I was also stopped for speeding. From what I understood from the police officer, I was not supposed to drive faster than 110 km per hour however I did 119! The signs however said 90 is the max, so somewhere, something may have gotten lost in translation. What didn’t get lost in translation was that Thai people normally pay 400 Baht and I, as a Farang (=Westerner) would get away with just 200 Baht. Nice try Mr. police officer but a friend of us, who visited Kob, my wife’s friend, about three weeks ago got stopped and it cost her only 100 Baht! Ah well.
We made a little side tour to the Ubonrat Dam, near Korat on the way and had some lunch there.
During the whole trip through Isaan, we noticed how dry and brown everything was, up until we got closer to the Dam, the nearer we got to the Dam, the greener it turned out.
After the visit to the Dam we headed towards Udon Thani where we met Kob, my wife’s friend.
We checked into a lovely hotel, the Nakha Buri hotel, just outside Udon, on the way to tomorrow’s destination, the Thai – Lao friendship bridge, with at the other side of the bridge; Vientiane! Stay tuned for more!
Monday, 14 January 2008
Is our current stop over. Korat is the port to Isaan and currently world famous in Thailand for just having organised a very successful 24th SEA games during which Thailand won heaps of gold medals.
It was a fairly eventful drive from Bangkok to Korat and we were lucky to quickly make it out of Bangkok, leaving at 10 am helped as well, when the morning traffic peaks eased down.
We had a bit of a problem finding suitable accommodation in Korat but finally ended up at the Rachaphruk Grand Hotel, conveniently located opposite the road that leads to Kohn Kaen and Udon Thani tomorrow.
Unfortunately not too much to tell about Korat, since we checked into the hotel around 3pm and went on to visit the local zoo, only to find out that this was located some 20 kilometers away and closed at 5 pm, so instead we went to the local shopping mall, conveniently called 'The Mall' and ate at Fuji and shopped a bit more!
Today, when we were cruising the city, we noticed heavily armed police forces standing around the city, but this was due to a bomb that went off yesterday at a local politicians house or office.
Tomorrow as already mentioned, we'll be off to Udon Thani and the next day we're planning to visit Vientiane, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Laos, something I'm really looking forward to, so keep your eyes posted.
Yesterday saw us visiting three museums! One of them was the 'Ancient City' or Muang Boran!The other being the Erawan Museum or Chang Erawan. It's a 29 meter high, three headed Elephant or including the building a mere 43.6 meters and at last the Thai Naval Museum, both also located in Samut Prakan.
The Ancient City is located within 10 Kilometres of the Chang Erawan and is laid out over 800 Rai or 320 acres.
It's shaped in the form of Thailand and it has currently 116 downscaled monuments from all over Thailand on it's premises and more to come.
The monuments are about a third or quarter of the original size of the monuments. They're also located within the park in the direct vicinity where they would be located in Thailand itself.
You can enter the park by car or rent bicycles or golf carts. All over the place are restaurants conveniently located and shops to buy local products.
There are too many nice places to look at but one of them is a small 'Floating Market' as the original can be found in the North of Bangkok.
One of them was the Erawan Museum or Chang Erawan. It's a 29 meter high, three headed Elephant or including the building a mere 43.6 meters!
The other being the 'Ancient City' or Muang Boran and at last the Thai Naval Museum, both also located in Samut Prakan.
Chang Erawan and the Ancient city in Samut Prakan are owned by the same people.
It's a massive construction, as can be seen above, about a hundred meters away from the Elephant. It's located at the Sukhumvit Road, coming from Bangkok direction Pattaya, the 'old road' to Pattaya. It's located in Samut Prakan, a province and city by it's own rights, directly located next to Bangkok.
There are only three heads displayed, but it should be 33 heads, just to make things a bit easier, they only make 3 heads, as can be seen above. The weight of the heads alone is 100 tons.
There are three floors inside the Elephant, the lower one being a museum or the Underworld (Naga world), the ground floor one being the belly, as seen here, which is beautifully decorated (Human World) and the top one, the head, is decorated with tempera paintings depicting the solar system (Tavatimsa Heaven).
This hall is a fantastic view with the ceiling having western stained glass featuring the world map and zodiacs.
The main hall is decorated with pieces from broken or complete cups, ranging in price from a couple of Bath to a couple of thousand baht per cup! Here you can clearly see the spoons they used for decoration!
Have a read through the various links, this place is a definite must, I found it very impressing and it's located within an hour of Bangkok downtown (Sukhumvit area).
There's overcast and at 7 am it's 25.3C in Bangkok.
Yesterday was a nice and sunny day in the 30 tees.
We had a lovely dinner at Bei Otto in Sukhumvit Soi 20 with Crispin, who's tremendously enjoying himself being a free man again! The food was very German and very good, we had a 'Grossmutter' style poultry dish for two with Goose, Duck and Turkey, baked potatoes and Brussel Sprouts.
The previous day we had dinner at Bella Napoli Italian restaurant in Soi 31, also very recommendable, their pasta dishes come in a pot covered with a thin pizza dough layer.
Today we will continue our travels to Nakhon Ratchasima or possibly better known as Korat.
Sunday, 13 January 2008
Saturday, 12 January 2008
After an early start this morning, out of Prachuap Khirikhan, we headed first for Cha'am, for breakfast, which was just under an hour away.
How much we liked Prachuap, how disappointing the hotel was, the aircon was leaking in such a way that the whole area in front of the bathroom was drenched with water, which was rather not very safe and enjoyable with the kids.
Cha'am is very near to Hua Hin and I like the feel of Cha'am, although we just had breakfast there, definitely a place to look closer into. Just for the record, Cha'am is a beach resort, popular with both Thais and Westerners.
Around noon we entered Bangkok and it took us a while to find our way to Legacy Suites in Sukhumvit, Soi 29, with all the one ways, no right turns allowed and other traffic rules around Sukhumvit, but we managed at last.
The day followed up as predicted yesterday, with lots of shopping at Siam Paragon an upscale shopping mall and Central Chitlom. At Paragon it would have been nice to visit the Aquarium at Siam Ocean World but we just didn't have the time.
Tomorrow we're off to Samut Prakan and the three headed Elephant or Chang Erawan, so keep your eyes posted!
Friday, 11 January 2008
Today we left at 7 am for the car ferry in Nathon where we had a reservation waiting for us, which proved to be very helpful, since all the buses for the main land are on this ferry as well, so it was pretty jam packed in the car parking area.
The ferry trip was rather uneventful, as was the trip over to Prachuap Khirikhan, our first stop over of this trip. We try not to travel too much each day, so the children aren’t stuck in the car all day. It looks like today may have been one of the longer days.
Coming from the South, just before you reach Prachuap, Thailand has its smallest passage with just a few kilometers between the coast at one side and Myanmar at the other side.
There’s also nearby a point where the two coasts are just a few kilometers apart from each other
Prachuap is a lovely, sleepy little town which won us over immediately, which we reached by 3 pm. Very quickly we found a hotel, the Had Thong Hotel, where we got a Jr. Suite for just 1.100,-Baht per night.
During the Ayudhaya period (1350-1767), the town was known as Muang Bang Nang Rom, a small fishing village, this was later changed during the early 1900 to Prachuap Khirikhan meaning ‘A town among Mountain Chains’. There are some lovely views here and great beaches to be found in this province.
After having checked in to the hotel, we decided for a small tour to see what was up here and we discovered ‘Ao Manao’ or Lemon Bay. Funnily enough, this bay is located smack in the middle of a Thai Air Force base, but it’s accessible for non Navy personal and has a lots of charms inside it’s premises. First of all a couple of beautiful bays but also a lot of green with some pleasant, unexpected attractions. The picture above is 'Ao Manao' just before sunset.
The Air Force likes to show their heroes and this is one of them, in front of the Air Force museum on the base. Very heroic! It almost looks like a surfer but he's actually standing on a propeller blade.
Some old and outdated planes are on display throughout the whole base, which is right up my ally and me and the kids had a great time getting shots of all the various planes.
there’s also a monkey conservation program as well, for the Duskar Langur monkeys and they were all over the place, running around or sitting in trees and minding their own business.
There's also an Air Force museum, as already mentioned, which was closed unfortunately and just overall, it all has a great quiet and relaxed feel to it and we felt straight away at home. The interesting thing is however, that all the time you’re in this Air Force base. Very interesting!
After having checked the Lemon Bay and the various sights at the base, we returned to downtown Prachuap and had something to eat in a local restaurant.
Prachuap hosts a very nice and cozy ‘boulevard’ where again, everything is very relaxed and easy going. The restaurant we ate at was called Ma-Prow (coconut) and had some good food, Fried fish and squid, pork with veggies and glass noodles with curry powder and crab meat (pad Bunsen pong curry puu). It was a tad bit expensive for being located at the beach/boulevard I guess, but it was good nonetheless.
All in all a very nice and relaxed place, Prachuap Khirikhan and I can highly recommend stopping by if you happen to be in the hood.
Tomorrow we’re off to Bangkok. We will try to get an early start, since it’s children’s day tomorrow (only in Thailand?) and we want to maximize our time in Bangkok, since we only have two days there. This pretty much means shopping tomorrow at the various shopping malls Bangkok hosts, like Central Chitlom, Siam Paragon and who knows how many other ones the missus comes up with ;-)
It looks like there's some good amount of overcast and it's fairly warm this morning, over 25C at around 6.30 am.
I'm early today since at 7 am we'll leave for the ferry to the mainland, we're off for the next 2 weeks on a trip by car to Isaan, to visit a school friend of my wife who lives in Nakon Sakhon.
We're planning on driving not much more than 3 to 400 km's per day to take it easy on the kids.
Prachuap Kirikan, Bangkok, Korat, Udon Thani and Vientaine in Laos are on the program.
Hope you'll enjoy my trip reports but I can't promise internet access every day!
Yesterday it was warm and sunny with a max temp that must've broken 30C!
Thursday, 10 January 2008
Wednesday, 9 January 2008
Tuesday, 8 January 2008
A blue sky with lots of clouds in it, especially over the ocean. Current temp at 7 am is 27C.
Yesterday was nice and warm again but in the early evening there was a bit if rain again. Max temp reached 28.7C.
We also went to Nathon yesterday and had a very nice lunch at 'About art & Cafe' again.
Monday, 7 January 2008
The sun is trying to break through a rather cloudy sky. Current temp at 7 am was 24.7C.
Yesterday was another nice and sunny day with a max temp of 28.9C although it started to rain a bit in the evening, around 8 pm, but just for a short while.
Sunday, 6 January 2008
They're almost our neighbours and they serve some awesome Isaan food. Isaan is amongst the poorest part of Thailand and therefor Isaan people migrated all over Thailand, to do the 'dirty' jobs, the other Thais don't like to do and with them they brought their excellent food. Isaan food can be found all over Thailand on pretty much every corner. To find good and well cooked Isaan food, you gotta be lucky and that's what we are with Clok Lana. Pee Nee, the cook, is from Isaan and she cooks awesome.
One of the great things they have is BBQ'ed chicken (Kai Yang) or BBQ'ed pork chops (Muu Yang) and BBQ'ed catfish (Plaa Duuk Yang). I prefer the chicken which is served with a very nice spicy sauce (Naam Chim Teaw).
For the event loads of food was cooked, here on view, waiting to be eaten by the participants of the ceremony. Amongst other, Kao Niaow (Sticky Rice), Tom Cruangnai (a soup of intestines, very yummy), Naam Tok, Laab and various sweets.
Here's Pee Nee in action with the 'Clok', the big brown bowl in the middle, what's the shop is named after, that's used for making Papaya salad or the famous Som Tam.
When in Plai Laem, and you're hungry and in for some adventurous and spicy food, check out Clok Lana. If you plan to visit Wat Plai Laem and after leaving it on the main road, take a left and after a slight curve in the road, it's after about 400 meters on your right hand, pretty much opposite a road taking off to the left. Easy, isn't it?