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Golden hour

Sunset, Thailand, caught the light just at the right time as Ms. E was coming out the door…

1/60 sec, f4.0, ISO 320, 65mm…

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Kata Beach Thailand

Our dear friends Mickey and Amy came all the way from North Carolina (USA) to visit in WatChalong-29Malaysia, that is them over there –>. Last week we were in Singapore, this week, Kata Beach Thailand located on the island of Phuket, pronounced “Poo-Ket” not “Fuc-it” as Mickey phonetically pronounced it.

My friends have already been to Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, some Secret Service work in China and by the time of this post they are well on their way to Vietnam…

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Now where is our room…

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Wat Chalong is the largest Buddhist temple on the island, Buddha’s are everywhere…

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Amy getting blessed by a monk…

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“If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.”
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Next we have Stingray on the menu…

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

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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

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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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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 – Lantern Festival

We are in Chiang Mai Thailand attending a photography expedition with Flash Light Photography Expeditions and South East Asia Backpacker Magazine. This is the second of three posts for Chiang Mai and tonight, the Lantern festival.

Known as Loy Krathong monks and followers gather by the thousands to honor Buddha. Come nightfall the releasing of lanterns into the night bring together all in an amazing show of coherence and unity.ChianMaiLantern2013-45

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Next, one last post on Chiang Mai with a little food…

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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Wat Phra Singh

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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 …

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