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The golden land of Thailand is rich and diverse in colours, culture and warm hospitality. I recently spent a couple of weeks exploring Bangkok, Chiang Mai and parts of Krabi and Ko Lanta. This series of photos documents some of the highlights.

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Busy in Bangkok

There's a certain rhythm to the traffic in Thailand's thriving heart. Lord only knows how they manage it, but the drivers and literally thousands of motorcyclists seem to effortlessly flow and weave down the jam packed streets with little incident. You can be sure it would be a different story if I was let loose behind the wheel.

People watching in Kao San

Avoiding the main drag as much as possible, the side streets and lanes around Kao San are rich for people spotting. The air is thick with the unmistakeable smell of Bangkok, mixed with whiffs of delicious food to tempt you every step of the way.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

The Sunday Night Market is a great way to experience local culture and explore the old centre of Chiang Mai. Ratachan road spans the whole width of the old city and brings with it a thriving and lively market, crammed head to toe with traditional wears, mouthwatering delicious food, colourful street entertainment and some of Chiang Mai's finest temples.

Tuk Tuk

No journey to Thailand would be complete without a white knuckle ride in a tuk tuk. Put your bargaining hat on before making your journey as you are guaranteed to be initially quoted much more than the going rate of a standard taxi, but they can't be beaten for novelty value!

Chinese New Year

We were fortunate (albeit completely obliviously) to time our visit to Chiang Mai with Chinese New Year celebrations, and they were big in Chiang Mai.

Once again, the streets of the old town where chock-a-block full and bursting with celebrations. Many of our old favourites from the Night Market were here again in full swing. The highlight was definitely the dragon, displayed in full glory with little to no concern for crowd safety as it fired fireworks and pyrotechnics from it's mouth.

Kayan Village in Northern Thailand

Originally from Burma and famous for wearing brass coils on their bodies, this small tribe is situated a short drive out of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.

The rings are applied to the female members of the tribe from as young as 5 years old and are suggested to be worn as protection from tiger bites. Other theories to the tradition are that they are worn to accentuate beauty, creating an elegant swan-like appearance.

Popular to contrary belief, the rings don't elongate the neck but rather compress the body by pushing the collar bone down and compressing the rib cage. Either way, I'll take a rain cheque on my set.

  • January 23rd, 2012
  • Canon EOS 450D
  • 98mm / f/5 / 1/125 sec
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Crab Eating Macaque

Keep an eye on your lunch box because these little devils are seldom happy chewing on the fresh fruits of the rain forest. This was taken whilst seeking refuge from the masses of European tourists in Railay, Krabi

Kantiang Sunset

Our remaining days in Thailand were spent on the beautiful Ko Lanta. If you're looking to enjoy paradise in peace and quite, this is the place to come, but be careful who you tell; we don't want everyone getting in on the action.

We stayed in a beautiful resort in Kantiang Bay. It wasn't the Ritz and the staff were far from your typical "professional" hoteliers, but they were certainly some of the nicest people I've met for a while, and the food was to die for.

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OliOviyam
Vijayalayan TR  almost 4 years ago
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Very beautiful!
marynkin
Alexandr Marynkin  almost 4 years ago
3
Very nice!
JonRista
Jon Rista  about 4 years ago
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Great story, great photography! I really LOVE the shot with the flowers in small bowls. What a beautiful arrangement!
JosephDWilliams
Joseph Williams  over 4 years ago
4
Great Memories. Oh to be in the Kingdom again. LOVE IT ALL.
mmhd
Moeed Mohammad (inactive)  over 4 years ago
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Very nice!
Mrmarkpeel
Mark Peel  over 4 years ago
5
Cheers good job, makes me want to go.
mikeofthethomas
Mike Thomas  over 4 years ago
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Thanks for the comment. I'm glad the post makes your feet itch :D
SvetlanaSunshine
Svetlana Sunshine  about 4 years ago
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loll