Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Side Street

GR, f2.8, 1/125, ISO 4500, RAW

Monday, 22 May 2017

Texting

GR, f2.8, 1/125, ISO 5000, RAW

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Just a Landscape

GR, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 100, RAW, 21mm
What this photos shows more than anything is that my Ricoh GR is in serious need of a sensor clean.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Hoi An Motorbike Touring


The last tour preparations got me all around Monkey Mountain, over the Hai Van Pass, to Lang Co and back.


Today, I went south to Marble Mountain and Hoi An with the surrounding area.


While Hoi An is quite touristy, its still worth a visit and as soon as you get out of the town, you'll be riding across rice fields and through small villages.


Hoi An is mostly pedestrianized these days so you have to park your bike and walk but it also makes walking around the old town a bit nicer.


Outside of Hoi An, you can find small villages specializing in pottery and other handicrafts.


There are nice temples everywhere and it's worth a stop to see some of them up close.


The most interesting part is however being out in the countryside and watching the locals work in the fields.


Monday, 8 May 2017

Motorbike Tour


I spent the day taking photos and driving around Da Nang and all the way to Lang Co to check some routes for my upcoming motorbike tours.


I started off with a drive to Son Tra and around Monkey Mountain in the morning.


Monkey Mountain is great, it has some great roads, it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere at times and there are many different sights scattered around the mountain. You can spend the whole day (and more) exploring all the different roads and paths here.




After a lunch break, I continued to the Hai Van Pass. The Hai Van pass is the must-do for every visitor to Vietnam and especially for everyone renting or buying a motorbike here.


It's a great road (despite he fuel and pig trucks you'll encounter) with even better views, no matter if you get here on a sunny day, a rainy day, a cloudy or foggy day or even at night.


You'll also find some roads to explore here if you don't stick to the main road to go up and down the mountain only.


There are plenty of photo opportunities and it's worth taking your time and not rush too much.


Lang Co again provides great views over the sea, the lagoon and also over the local life if you explore a little bit.

While I usually take my Honda Wave around everywhere I go, I had a Honda PCX for the day to try it out. It's a bit more photogenic and it's good to have a different bike in my photos so they don't all feel the same.


My tours will start soon and there will be plenty of different routes to take and explore with some fully individual tours coming up, too.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Waiting

X Play, f2.0, 1/230, ISO 50, JPG
I don't really like flying, not because I have anything against being in a plane but because flying these days is mostly just waiting around.
You wait in line to get your ticket, another line to go through security, waiting at the gate, more lines to et into the plane, waiting for the plane to move and take off, waiting for the drinks to be served, waiting for the plant to land, waiting to taxi to the gate, waiting to get off, lining at immigration and so on.

All that waiting meant that leaving my hotel in Chiang Mai at 8 am, I only arrived in Da Nang at 8 pm so a whole 12h of mostly waiting around.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Doi Angkhang to Chiang Mai


Doi Angkhang is a great place to visit and even stay the night, it's tiny and there is nothing to do because everything closes at 8. Still, that makes it very nice and different from other places you might find yourself in while in Thailand.



The views in and around Doi Angkhang are also amazing and invite to take the time and explore the are a bit.



Drivng from Doi Angkhang to Chiang Mai you have two options, one is to go down towards Fang over a really great road but then have to continue on the highway or continue on the mountain road.



The mountain road is both great to drive and great to take in the views.



Since we had plenty of time, we took our time and enjoyed the scenery.


A quick stop by a river was ideal to refresh before tackling the traffic while getting into Chiang Mai.

This also marked the end of the Thailand trip and it will be back to Vietnam tomorrow.