24 January 2013

Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand

After passing through Bangkok, I went round to meet up with my Uncle for a few days on Koh Chang (the larger island near Trat, more commonly known to holiday makers than the other little Koh Chang I visited last week).
Had a real good time catching up with him and his friend who owns Monkeys Bar & Restaurant, he also drove us around the island to some quiet waterfalls, where it was just the 3 of us having a swim, very relaxing.  Me and my uncle also borrowed scooters and went along the island to check out a few of the beaches, such as Chai Chet and Kai bay.

20 January 2013

Takraw, Ranong, Thailand

After getting a boat back from the islands we had a few hours to wander round the town of Ranong, before taking a nightbus upto Bangkok.  After passing by the local markets and the highstreet we stumbled some locals playing Takraw.
Takraw is a sport played across Southeast Asia, also known as Sepak Takraw in Malaysia or Chin Lone in Burma.  The game itself can be described as kick/foot volleyball, played using a rattan ball, players also use knees; chests or their heads to skilfully pass the ball and return it back over the net.  It was a fascinating watch and got a few action shots.

19 January 2013

Koh Phayam, Thailand

Only really had the chance to stop on Koh Phayam for one night, after having been lazing on small Koh Chang most of the week (and my friend having to get back to Bangkok for a flight).  Still a very tidy new looking beachhut bungalow was found for 400 baht complete with me lying in the hammock infront of it.
We had chance to explore along the beach and a few beers on the sand too.
Like I said though it was soon time to move on up to Bangkok, then I'll be going east this week to meet my uncle.

17 January 2013

Koh Chang, Ranong, Thailand

I had taken a comfortable sleeper train up from Penang, Malaysia, jumping off and back on along the way to get stamped into Thailand. The train got me as far as Chumphon, then a bus got me over to Ranong, on the Andaman Coast side of Thailand (very close to the base of Burma). I got there in time to catch the morning ferry (more of a large thai style long boat) to Koh Chang, which I have found to be a very pleasant relaxing little island.
I spent most of the days engrossed in a novel, venturing from my beach hut to eat or wander the 20 metres onto the sand. The island is not developed except the basic huts with electricity only in the evenings, so I am writing this post back on the mainland.
Koh Chang seemed to be popular among the more mature european travellers, some passing the afternoons playing chess, others just enjoying the peace and quiet. This was welcome when compared to many of the other thai islands that are nowadays highly developed and crowded with holidaymakers.
Anyway my photographs highlight the scenic (largely empty) long beach and the impressive sunsets as the beach faces west.

4 January 2013

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Visited the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia after KL, another place I have seen before but it is so green and lush it was worth seeing the tea plantations a second time.  As its in the hills though it is much cooler and wetter than the rest of the peninsula and I remembered that I don't really like the cold drizzly conditions, so I am back in the hot climate in Penang (again).  The main reason for stopping in Penang this time is to pick up a 60 day visa for my impending return to Thailand.

2 January 2013

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Have visited Kuala Lumpur a few times before (in 2011 for the Formula 1 Grand Prix), this time I had chance to get the train not far out of town to the Batu Caves, north of the city.
The Batu Caves are one of the most popular Hindi temples outside of India, with the huge golden statue infront of the caves being Lord Murugan.  After seeing this there was 272 steps to climb to see inside the cave where the main temple is and a prayer ceremony was being held, whilst my legs had a rest and got my breath back.  Sadly my camera battery died on the day so just a few pictures.