Frans Betgem

About the Author

Frans Betgem is from the Netherlands and graduated in contemporary history at the University of Amsterdam. Frans has more than 20 years experience in the region and has travelled very extensively. He has designed tours for a variety of travel agents around the world. After having worked for almost 20 years in the travel industry he has decided to devote his time and boundless energy and enthusiasm to Tiger Trail Thailand. Besides travelling Frans loves the outdoors, music and sports, in particular football. He is an enthusiastic hiker and cyclist.
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Salak Yom is a unique and very colorful ceremony, one of the many amazing festivals Lamphun in Thailand hosts every year!


A visit to Wat Kiuphraow (Kiuprao) and Prathat Sri Song Wiang made my day. They are located next to each other on a quiet back road in Chiang Rai province. Few people travel on this road. I interrupted a Lanna language class. A monk was teaching a group of people the old Lanna alphabet. This […]

things to do at kontmu - rong house - Vietnam

The Rong House is the symbol of Kontum and Gia Lai provinces in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It is the place where village ceremonies and festivals take place and serves as a court of justice and as a meeting place where important decisions are being made.


Yesterday afternoon I walked through downtown Saigon. It was a journey to the past. I spent more than three years of my life in this country, on and off. Most of the time was in the first half of the nineties, organizing and leading tours for a travel company from the Netherlands. In the early days […]


Compared to my last visit some five years ago, Dalat has a lot more people, motorbikes and cars than before and it’s definitely very noisy. It was great to leave the city behind for a hike in the pine forests that turned out to be one of the toughest hikes I have done in a […]