Thursday, 13 April 2017

Songkran in Ban Phe

Due to a booking mistake we had to leave Koh Samed and stay overnight in Ban Phe. At first it seemed like a missed opportunity to spend more time on the island but then it turned out to be the better choice.

We started off by driving around Ban Phe, along the beach and then between Rayong and Banh Phe also along the beach road.

Being not just a holiday but also a very nice day, the streets were full of people enjoying the beach, picnics but also throwing water at each other and especially at passing cars and motorbikes.

It was all great fun and a nice atmosphere, kids in particular loved this and had lots of fun throwing water around.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Waters of Koh Samed

 After the drive yesterday, it was nice to be on the tiny island and just relax and go for a swim in the blue waters.

Not having snorkeling gear didn't exactly allow me to take great underwater photos but I did get some lucky shots and it was nice to just swim and enjoy the beach for a change.

I've been in Thailand a few times but never on the islands so this first time was nice but it reminded me a lot of Phu Quoc.

Koh Samed it very quiet and tiny but quite nice and not far from Bangkok, it's also not full of tourists partying so that's another bonus.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Bangkok to Koh Samed

This post could also be called, "The Most Boring Roads in Asia" or "F**K the F***ing Traffic Lights" but I decided for a more neutral title.

After picking up the motorbikes at the train station, the plan was simple, to head out of Bangkok and to Koh Samet, about 250km away.

Unfortunately you don't just head out of Bangkok, it takes hours of sitting mostly idles in the baking heat, waiting for the traffic lights to count down from 400 seconds so you can continue on to the next traffic light while navigating the cars in your way and wait again anther 350 seconds.

Once you do get out of Bangkok and are happy to have made it out without dying in the heat, you are greeted with the world's most boring route, driving mostly straight next to an elevated highway, seeing mostly concrete and some petrol stations along the way.

If after seeing this for hours you are still driving, you get rewarded with some nice views from Ban Phe to the Koh Samed island and over the sea. A short ferry ride later, you and your motorbikes are on the island and you can start to forget the road that lead you here and enjoy the island (and speed bumps every 10m).

Monday, 10 April 2017

Across the Bridge

TG-4, f2.8, 1/30, ISO 2500, RAW, 25mm

Back in Bangkok, not my favorite place to be but had to be done and at least it's not bad for photography.
Will be a short stay though as usual, Bangkok is more of a stopover place for me now.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Exchange Corner

TG-4, f3.5, 1/1000, ISO 160, RAW, 38mm

A quiet day in Chiang Mai, mostly hanging out with a friend so photography came short today.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Motorbikes in Chiang Mai

Another day without too much photography but I decided to go for a walk around some of the markets in the afternoon.

Markets are always nice and a place where people mingle so good for photography.

For this post I ended up selecting more photos with motorbikes since I found they do fit better in a series.

Chiang Mai is quite nice but there are definitely too many foreigners here and at times it's difficult to find the Thai people.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Wat Chedi Luang

After a night in the comfortable but freezing train, I arrived in Chiang Mai in the morning and tok it easy for most of the day, only went for a walk in the afternoon.

Having seen most places already 3 years ago, I just went to the Chedi Luang temple and took some photos on the way there.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

People in Bangkok

Back in Bangkok, not my favorite city so the plan was to get out as fast as possible with the night train.

Bangkok is nice for a few hours and even a few days if you've never been here but I spent more than enough time so now enjoy it as a stopover place if I have to.

It's a big city with lots of traffic and a lot of people everywhere, good for some photography and good if you know where to go and don't need to rely on taxis or tuk-tuks.

I planned to take the overnight train to Chiang Mai and almost didn't get a seat so had to spring for a first class ticket but it's worth to get away for a while before I have to get back here again.