Koen Olie

About the Author

Koen Olie Manager, Phuchan Travel - Koen came to Thailand in the mid-80's having traveled overland from his home country, The Netherlands, he fell in love with the Land of Smiles and decided to stay. He joined the travel industry in 2003, where his unabated sense of discovery finds him often on the road, creating new great travel experiences for Phuchan's clients. Besides traveling his other passions are drawing & photography.
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Most people consider coconut island Koh Samui as very touristic, mainly known for its beaches and water based activities. However last week we went of a special nature hike, operated by Laurence (a French, living here for 2 years already) and a good Thai friend of hers, Gitar. Gitar usually joins Laurence on the treks […]

990Mahachai Harbour 2

Last Saturday morning we went to Wong Wian Yai Railway Station, to take the train to Mahachai. This line is a bit of an oddity in as far as it was never physically connected to the rest of the State Railway of Thailand network. The station too is from days gone by, surrounded by small […]

WFFT-Elephant scrubbing

Last Wednesday, we visited Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) for an agent inspection. This foundation’s main objectives are rescuing wild animals, educating people, prevent hunting and promoting conservation of the animals and their living environments. Upon arrival we were welcomed by one of their volunteers, Ms. Nicole Vooijs from Holland, who did an excellent job of […]

Fighting cocks

Last Sunday morning we tried out a new half day bicycle tour in Sukhothai of which we had heard some positive stories. Our guide, Khun Jib, came to the hotel exactly on time and drove us in his pickup to Ban Greay, a quaint village in Sukhothai. After a short drive we arrived at his head […]

Samprang 5

Last December I went on a spontaneous walking trip in the Rattanakosin area with two good friends passing Samprang District: an old shophouse area, which served as a trading and service center mainly for government officials in the past. The 100+ year old shophouses are similar to those found in Singapore and Malaysia and have been […]