I don’t mean to be rude. I don’t mean any disrespect, but I can’t do any more. Not for a while at least and certainly not when a group tour rocks up minutes after we’ve paid the entrance fee. I like temples, but there’s so many of them. I don’t remember ever visiting this many churches or cathedrals in the UK or wherever else. Possibly Chile on second thoughts, there were lot’s of them there; very proud of them they […]
Patpong, a minutes walk from the Sala Daeng Skytrain station, and an eye watering way to spend a couple of hours in the evening. Patpong is the oldest red light area in Bangkok and more of a tourist “experience” than it’s close neighbours in Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza. It’s pretty difficult to walk around, between the night market selling the “hello kitty” paraphernalia, next to vibrators, dildos and porno DVDs, and then the go go bars and their […]
Bangkok’s Chinatown extends along the Yaowarat Road like a dragon, from it’s head at the Odeon Gate to tail at Saphan Han. Around a mile in old money of businesses, restaurants, road side stalls and lights. We took a tour on our second night in Bangkok to get a taste of the food and to get our bearings, after which we returned another three times. Me: the river prawns and peppery pork soup, Debbie: the Tom Yum soup and ice […]
Tourist scamming- big business if you believe the reports on the web and travel sites. It’s statistically likely to happen, so do everything you can to minimize your risk. “Wear a money belt, don’t carry your camera in your hand, lock up your valuables”. It’s enough to stop you from going, or at the very least make you think twice about walking out unprepared. We were scammed a few times, we got to know when it was happening, and we’re […]
Heat, humidity, crowds and traffic- obviously. Smiling faces- hope so. Colour- everywhere, but I really like shooting black and white. All these preconceptions and much more: would I need to ask for permission to take somebody’s photo, or would a smile and raising a camera to my eye suffice? Before we left I’d considered taping phonetic phrases to the back of my cameras in Thai, Lao and Vietnamese to say, “Can I take your photograph?” I knew that taking pictures […]
OK, how did we go to South East Asia? We worked hard, saved and took unpaid leave. I’ve been self-employed for a while, so this was easier for me to do than Debbie. Were both in our early 40’s so this wasn’t a gap year kind of deal, this was a close to mid life, “let’s make a difference” kind of thing. Certainly not a bucket list, I’ve never thought that is healthy- you’ll change your mind, regret things too […]
The BTS Skytrain, Bangkok’s elevated metro system where you can travel quickly and cheaply without getting scammed- not a bad thing after the first few days of tuk tuks and walking amongst the traffic. Clean, fast, on time and comfortable. Our second hotel included one day passes for the skytrain so we used them as much as we could. Late night trips to Chinatown on the Yaowarat road, Patpong and Pathum Wan. Lots of opportunities for portraits.
This as good a starting point as any. We went on a trip to see Vietnam, stopping off in Thailand and Laos en route. We were there for 11 weeks and we had the time of our lives. Originally I had thought of doing a book about the trip, but whilst travelling I couldn’t get an angle on what it should be to differentiate from everybody else’s travels. So I’m going to put it up as a blog and see […]