Category Archives: Thai Food

Phuket Thailand – Patong Beach

A final post on Phuket Thailand, tonight we are at Patong Beach and it is a show. This is where most come for a party, prostitution, and to get a glimpse of the beautiful Ladyboys (men) as they prance around the street. We park ourselves at one of the bars on the street, order some drinks and just watch the people, so much fun … ;)ThailandPhuket2013-265


I just love the expression on these peoples faces…

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If you want a picture of a Ladyboy you need pay them 100 Baht ($3). If you take their picture and don’t pay them you get chased down the street followed by screeching obscenities. This family did not pay and I thought a fight was about to breakout…ThailandPhuket2013-250

I don’t think this is a place for children but many tourists bring their kids here. After some time of trying to understand what she is looking at I’m sure this poor little girl will have years of enjoyable therapy and an ample supply of mood inhibiting drugs.ThailandPhuket2013-256

This is not legal, this is not okay – I don’t mean the prostitution or the Ladyboys, I’m talking about this guy in the hat with a protected endangered Loris. As cute as they are, resist patronizing the people with gibbons, Loris, or other endangered species.ThailandPhuket2013-248


Well this is enough silicon for me. Phuket is so much more than this and the place and people are very friendly, check out the previous few posts and you will see why. The Thai food, I can’t say enough about it, I’ll be back.

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Phuket, Thailand for Christmas Part 2

Rawai Beach on the South end of the island has a local fishing village called Gypsy ThailandPhuket2013-107Village. One side of the street are the fisher-women selling the days catch, the other side are the restaurants, souvenirs and local crafts.

No telling what you might see here. Families live out their lives along the shore, vendors sell just about anything and as we were eating our lunch a guy came through selling honey comb from a bucket he just harvested from somewhere…ThailandPhuket2013-80ThailandPhuket2013-181ThailandPhuket2013-93 ThailandPhuket2013-96HoneyThailandPhuket2013-116ThailandPhuket2013-105Oh yes, sauteed basil shrimp fresh from across the street and tom yum soup with stalks of lemon grass so big you could hit a baseball out of the park, So good.Peace

Back in town renovation on the old colonial buildings is an ongoing effort, some beautiful some not so much. Circa 1800’s to early 1900’s.ThailandPhuket2013-183 ThailandPhuket2013-189 ThailandPhuket2013-190 ThailandPhuket2013-192 ThailandPhuket2013-193Phuket 2

Next, one last post on Phuket, Patong Beach …

Phuket for Christmas

When you can’t go home for the holidays to visit with family and friends, only one thing to do. Go to Thailand, Phuket Thailand that is. The next few posts will cover some wonderful restaurants, one of the most beautiful beach’s I have ever seen, see some elephants, visit Big Buddha, and of course chat with some lady boys…ThailandPhuket2013-131Phuket 1ThailandPhuket2013-344

It’s a chilly 90 degrees outside and something surreal about lying under a palm tree and hearing Bing Crosby sing White Christmas, just not right but we will make the best of it. We stayed at the Avista Resort, quite nice with a great view and just south of the infamous Patong Beach. More on that place later.

From Kata viewpoint you can see the West side of the island, from top-down are Patong, Karon, and Kata beaches. Although somewhat crowded but still nice I wanted to see something pristine.ThailandPhuket2013-123ThailandPhuketBB2013-64ThailandPhuketBB-2ThailandPhuket2013-43

Talking with the hotel director she told me of a beautiful private beach not far from our hotel but it is only accessible by boat. Seeing my disappointment she smiled and said, “You could hike down the mountain, through the jungle and across private property but that’s not safe.”

“Hmm…” I pondered.

“If you go,” Miss hotel director pointing at the front desk,  “leave your name at the desk just in case.”

The next day I went off on my own, ignoring the no trespassing sign I squeezed through the fence to what is known as one of two entries down to Freedom Beach. There were maybe five people swimming and walking around, It proved well worth the effort…ThailandPhuket2013-331ThailandPhuket2013-281ThailandPhuket2013-291ThailandPhuket2013-320ThailandPhuket2013-315ThailandPhuket2013-322ThailandPhuket2013-326

Now in contrast to the above beach, later that night we went to the Boathouse for dinner in Kata Beach. Not bad for a French restaurant on the beach. Stuffed crab and lobster ravioli. ThailandPhuket2013-338 ThailandPhuket2013-339 ThailandPhuket2013-341 ThailandPhuket2013-343Phuket 2

Next, not so fancy. We get local with the locals at the Gypse boat village …

Chiang Mai Thailand – Wats and Markets

Your bucket list has to include Thailand, such a wonderful destination.

This past weekend I went back to Chiang Mai Thailand to participate in the yearly photography workshop sponsored by South East Asia Backpacker Magazine. Dylan and Andy, two wonderful photographers from Flash Light Photography Expeditions gave a three-day instructional course and the next few posts will cover some of the places and photos from that event.

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Wat Phan Tao

The second largest city in Thailand, Chiang Mai is old, surrounded by an ancient moat, filled with temples, traditions, customs and some of the nicest people in the world. Today we visit a few temples and a local market.ChiangMai

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Wat Phan Tao

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Three Kings Monument


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This is our host from South East Asia Backpacker Magazine, Tyler. She was on spot with coordinating this event. I like this picture because it shows some of the technique we are learning in the photo sessions and besides what is a blog without a beautiful woman.

Next we visit the Umbrella Factory …


Bangkok and sites along the Chao Phraya River

As mentioned in the previous post I’m here in Bangkok to get some extra pages put in my passport. We have been here for a couple of days and I can tell you I’ll definitely be back.

Bangkok is a maze of rivers and the best way to get around the area are the river boat taxis, just get to the river and your day will be complete. Combined with the great train system you don’t need any other transportation except maybe the Tuk tuks but these are more for inner city and tourist,  of course we used them. The following are some sites along the Chao Phraya River that cuts through the middle of Bangkok …


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For less than two dollars you can ride the river taxis all day long and see the major sites, a great way to get around, I loved it.

Temple of the Dawn

Wat Arun

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We stopped at one pier and walked into the alleyways to find lunch. I don’t even know where it was but we found a local restaurant packed with patrons and although the menu wasn’t in English they did have a picture menu. Spring rolls with fresh basil, local Singha beer, and Tom Yum soup, yum.

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The Flower Market

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The Giant Swing

The Giant Swing is a good walk from the river but we did it. Built in 1784 and used for ceremonial occasions The Giant Swing  was removed In 1935 due to the mounting death toll. (ya think?)

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Wat Pho

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Wat Pho holds one of the largest Buddha’s I have ever seen. Smiling, laid back, cool, untroubled, he looks so serene.

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    1. Le Meridian Hotel
    2. Red Light District – Patpong
    3. Grand Palace
    4. US Embassy
    5. China Town
    6. Flower Market
    7. Wat Pho
    8. I think we had Tom Yum here
    9. The Giant Swing

Next, Bangkok’s Red Light District…

Chiang Mai or how I survived Dylan and Shawn’s Photography Class. Episode I

South East Asia Backpacker Magazine sponsored a photography seminar in Chiang Mai,CMMap1 Thailand. Along with myself and seven wonderful people from around the world we convened in Chiang Mai to experience three days of instructions, concepts, and theory from two of the best photographers I have met thus far, Dylan and Shawn. You can see some of Shawn’s wonderful photography here:

On our first day we all meet at the World Wide Corporate Headquarters of the South East Asia Backpacker Magazine office. This is Nikki (left) the owner and director of the magazine.

ChiangMaiF1Chiang Mai has been listed as one of the 25 Best Destinations in the World.

Our assignment on day one is the market but first some “Professional” instruction.

Dylan (S. Korea), John (Norway), April (USA), Kat (UK), Iris (Netherlands), Shawn (Canada/USA), Alex (USA), Jeehe (S. Korea), and Beernend not shown (Netherlands).



April getting into the shot.


One-eye dog

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Alex got some nice ink

Wat Pra Singh – constructed in 1345


It’s Lantern festival time in Thailand and the town is wired for a party. Fireworks are going off at every corner, people are dressed in traditional costumes, and the streets are bustling with crowds waiting for the full moon of the 12th month to give thanks.


Dylan and Shawn continue our lessons through the night and into the wee hours of the morning. Such dedication. We stopped for dinner and listen to a band before I headed off to my dragon painted walls of my hotel.


Next, a whole-hearted attempt at night photography. 

Man Defies Chinese Military Tanks – Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

By the time we get to the Forbidden City we have been in Beijing for a few days, getting the feel for the city so to speak, but we still get lost everyday, i love it. Tiananmen Square is the largest public area in the world. The photo to the right was taken 23 years ago in Tiananmen Square and we happen to be here on the anniversary of this ill fated event. An unknown man defies the Chinese military to run him down. (taken by Jeff Widener of the Associated Press.)

We start with the Tiananman Square Front Gate, The Main Entrance Gate, Monument to the People, Performing Arts Building, and on to the Forbidden City. Bring your bike.

Built during the Middle-Ages (1300’s) the Imperial Palace or Forbidden City was home to the Chinese Emperor’s for centuries, some living out their lives and ruling China without ever leaving the walls that surround this vast complex. During the Cultural Revolution the mini-city was vacant and grown over with only a few soldiers protecting this Heritage site. In the 1980’s it was renovated and for the first time opened to the public.

Later that night we take our bikes up to the Lake District to an old neighborhood known as Yingingqiao, so beautiful are the streets I’m surprised they don’t film movies here. We ate at a Thai restaurant as we watched boats try to maneuver the small canal that connects the two lakes.

The Chinese beer is not bad, crisp and clean, I can’t say what brand it is but i see on the label 5.2%.

Next Temple of Heaven and Pinking Duck …