Over the weekend I was in Chonburi to take pictures of the U-Tapao Ripley’s Run (see pictures here). I stayed in Pattaya and had a chance to check out the situation on the beach along the main strip. I also did site inspections at Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark and the Sanctuary of Truth. The following are some of the pictures that I tweeted during the trip.
The first haunted fun run at U-Tapao took place yesterday with several thousand Thai and foreign runners taking part. This wasn’t a normal run as with the help of Ripley’s the athletes had to run the gauntlet of hundreds of ghosts and zombies. The U-Tapao Ripley’s Run featured three endurance disciplines: a 21 km half marathon, a 10.5 km quarter marathon and a 5 km micro marathon. The trail featured a scenic route, lush forest, beautiful canal and hillside track, as well as old buildings and deserted aircraft hangars within the grounds of the Royal Thai Naval Air Division.
During the recent public holiday, I joined the train trip to the sunflower fields in Saraburi. These take place every year during December at the weekend and on the King’s birthday and Constitution Day. They are very popular and so you need to book your tickets at the station in advance. There were still some tickets left when I started tweeting, but they were completely sold out by the end of the day. So, if you still want to go, you will have to wait for next year. Unless you have your own car. The following are some of the pictures I tweeted during the day.
On Saturday I had a walking tour of the old quarter in Bangkok with Chin from Chili Paste Tour. Unlike other food tours I have done recently, this one was a private tour and so a bit more expensive. However, the day long tour was good value for money as you could go your own pace and make changes depending on your interests. Chin was really knowledgeable and taught me a number of new things. I also liked it how friendly she was with all the vendors along the way, chatting with them and even helping serve customers. A sustainable tour group is one that gives back to the communities they visit. The following are some of the highlights.
This is now the third day of my Phuket trip. On this last day I wanted to visit more of the beaches to see what they looked like after the crackdown. I also wanted to know if any umbrellas or deck chairs had made a comeback. My highlight of today was the Big Buddha & watching the planes fly over the beach.
This is now the second day of my trip to Phuket. I was last here three months ago and it is interesting that the beaches are looking just as good as ever. We are now going into the high season and the number of tourists is picking up.
This week I’m down in Phuket for three days to take pictures at the 4th Asian Beach Games. I’m also doing a few side trips and revisiting some of the popular beaches to see how they are doing after the vendor crackdown.
If it’s your first time in a city and you don’t have much time to explore, then joining a tour is usually the best alternative. However, the traditional tours are on mini buses and coaches and you are taken from point A to B with probably several stops along the way at shops where the tour guides make a nice commission. But the modern version of these tours are smaller and more personal. At the weekend I went on a walking tour in Bangkok with a guide from Expique (click to visit their website). There was only two Australians and myself which was perfect. With a tour guide you can get to see a side of the city that most normal tourists don’t get to see and you have the bonus of having a local explaining the things you are seeing. These kinds of tours are usually limited to no more than ten people. The following are some of the pictures that I tweeted during the tour.
The last few days I have been traveling in Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand. On Day 3 of my trip I left the city and headed back to Chiang Mai. We stopped for the night in Pai which has been called the Khao San Road of the North. Here are the picture highlights from Day 3 of my trip.
This week I’m on a trip to Mae Hong Son to take pictures of this beautiful province in Northern Thailand. Today I visited some of the landmark temples and also a Long Neck Hilltribe Village. The highlight was the parade through town in the evening to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent.
This week I’m on a three day trip to Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand. The purpose is to take pictures of activities marking the end of the three month long Buddhist Lent. The first day was mainly the journey along the road from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son. These are some of the pictures that I tweeted.
These are pictures of the third and last day of my trip to Phang Nga in Southern Thailand. It rained a lot during this trip and so I wasn’t able to see or do as much as I hoped. But it was nevertheless an enjoyable trip. For the best weather, you should visit between December and March.
This is now the second of my three day trip to Phang Nga in Southern Thailand. It’s the rainy season at the moment and although it won’t normally rain every day it’s been quite wet for us. This province is one of the wettest with eight months of rain a year. Best time to come is over Christmas and New Year. Though for many, Boxing Day will always invoke bad memories. On the morning of 26th December 2004, the Khao Lak coastline in Phang Nga was devastated by a Tsunami and thousands of people lost their lives.
This weekend I’m on a 3-day trip to Phang Nga province in Southern Thailand. It is located on the western side of the Malay Peninsula, and includes many islands in Phang Nga Bay. The most famous one is James Bond Island which was featured in the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun. The following are the highlights that I tweeted during the first day.
This is the third and last day of my trip to Chanthaburi. The weather wasn’t so good which meant I couldn’t take as many pictures as I wanted to do. Luckily, it was dry first thing in the morning and I was able to explore around town starting with the morning market. These are the highlights that I tweeted during the day.
This weekend I’m on a 3 day trip to Chanthaburi and neighboring provinces. Unfortunately, today we had a lot of rain which restricted how many pictures we could take. The pictures today are of the waterfront community and cathedral in Chanthaburi.
This weekend I’m on a 3-day trip to Chantaburi with side trips to Prachinburi and Trat. The first day was spent in Prachinburi visiting a hospital and a museum. The weather forecast hasn’t been good but day one was at least dry. Here are the highlights that I tweeted from the first day.