A road less travelled, Thali Noi Lake

Thali Noi Lake Travel Blog

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Lotus in Blooming, Thali Noi Lake. The blooms are only open in the AM Best show is in April.

Thali Noi, is not on the beaten track of most "western" travelers. It is popular with Malaysians who make a day trip to the area.

There are few places to stay (I was fortunate enough to stay with a Thai family, during my visit in January 2007) I actually stayed in a small village, called Ban Khaw, which is about 16 kms or roughly 7 miles from Ranot. To get to the town of Thali Noi, it's a long boat ride of about 2 hours from Ban Khaw,  leaving around 9 am, and returning by about 3 pm. If the 70 year old long boat driver is paid a few extra baht, you'll get an extended tour of the lakes! It's really quite interesting, seeing all the different birds & Water Buffalo en route.  The area is very much like the Florida Everglades, without the Allegators! But the mosquitoes are as bad.

Bird on Buffalo head... a good view!
.. make sure to have some Deet, especially in the morning or at sunset!

If you do the area by road it's by taxi or motor bike, or car, to traveling around the lakes. In Thali Noi, there are a number of longboat drivers who will tour you around the lakes... but you are best to do this in the morning, when the Lotus flowers are open!

From what my Thai friends tell me, the lakes are in full bloom with Pink or white Lotus flowers in April, when I was there in January, there was a few lotus blooming (in the morning, by afternoon the flowers close!) I am really looking forward to seeing the lakes in full colour next April.

Much of this area does not have much in the way of tourist services, if you are looking for a party & night life, you'll be out of luck, however if you are looking for a quite peaceful place with friendly people this is it.

The pink hoi snail eggs, you see often, grow & eat the rice crops.
.. be sure to have a Thai phrase book, as very few people speak English!... but you'll survive with sign language & patience!

Always show patience in Thailand, I have found if you "give a Thai an inch, they will give you a mile" just don't try to rip them off  or haggle over prices... especially in the outlying areas, they are not as used to tourist as say in Koh Samui or other tourist "hot spots"...

They do not have "farang prices" in the out lying areas... I found most things 30 to 50% cheaper than they are in the more touristy areas, of Thailand.

Getting to the area can be done by public bus, or train... if you do the bus as I did, from  Suratani, it's probably better having a "Thai buddy" with you the first time! Unless of course your Thai language is reasonably good.

 

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Lotus in Blooming, Thali Noi Lake.…
Lotus in Blooming, Thali Noi Lake…
Bird on Buffalo head... a good vie…
Bird on Buffalo head... a good vi…
The pink hoi snail eggs, you see o…
The pink hoi snail eggs, you see …
Side channel, most homes in this a…
Side channel, most homes in this …
Through the reeds of Thali Noi Lak…
Through the reeds of Thali Noi La…
Beware of Mask men! Just kidding h…
Beware of Mask men! Just kidding …
Water Buffalo, roam by the thousan…
Water Buffalo, roam by the thousa…
Sacks drying on the road!
Sacks drying on the road!
View from an abandoned Temple...ne…
View from an abandoned Temple...n…
a beach with only the locals!
a beach with only the locals!
More water buffalo.
More water buffalo.
Boat service...along the canals fr…
Boat service...along the canals f…
Bird drying its feathers...
Bird drying its feathers...
Thali Noi Lake
photo by: Thaijim