24 March 2013

2013 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix, Sepang Circuit, Kuala Lumpur

After a day shopping in Bangkok on thursday, I flew down to Kuala Lumpur on friday.  It was 2 years ago I was fortunate enough to attend the 2011 grand prix here.  This year I hadn't really planned to go but luckily I was in the right place at the right time; being in Malaysia this week before flying back to Australia next week, so why not go watch the formula 1 grand prix cars racing.
This is a panoramic view from the slightly covered hill-stand where I sat this year.  Whilst not as close to the racetrack as the grandstand I was in the other year, it was still fantastic, being such a large hill there was views over a large portion of the race track.
Some early afternoon rain meant the race started on a damp track.  Fans on the hill got abit of shelter, but as soon as the racing started they where all back out cheering and the rain soon started to clear up.
 After a while the sun then came out, drying the track and meaning pit stops for dry tyres.
Here I am in the sun with the cars flying past in the background.  I have to say it was a brilliant day out,  having watched the race with several other english backpackers.

 More views from either ends of the hillstand during the race.  Evan with earplugs, the noise from the engines is immense as they speed around.

20 March 2013

Bang Saphan, Thailand

My last bit of beach time in Thailand (for the time being this year) has been on Luang beach of Bang Saphan, just a little further down the coast from Ban Krut last week.  Rather pretty beach with some cheap bungalows to stay in, and a few expats who live here.  Heres the beach:
Slightly random photo this next one, but I was trying to capture all the green lights from the numerous fishing boats out at night.  They use the lights to attract the fish, I think squid in particular but not certain.
And lastly here is me getting some sun.

14 March 2013

Ban Krut, Thailand

After leaving Laos, overnight bus-ing it to Bangkok and stopping there for the weekend (to watch the footy), I came down to the small village and beach of Ban Krut; its on the upper part of the southern gulf about 5 hours from Bangkok (100 km before Chumphon).
Its a long bay of a beach probably several kilometers long, lovely and quiet with a few cheap guesthouses and a few resorts that cater to the locals. A relaxing place with a range of good tasting, very cheap thai food aswell, heres views of the beach and the Som Tam (spicy papaya salad) that i had for my lunch.

8 March 2013

Pakse, Laos

The quiet town of Pakse has been my last stop in Laos.  Had a bit of a wander about yesterday, taking in the local market and a few coffee shops, evan had chance to go the barbers for shave and haircut.  Picked up a bus ticket for towards the border and then overnight to Bangkok for the weekend, leaving later on this afternoon.
In the mean time here are pictures of a few young locals that I met; a man busy chopping coconuts in the market and a building under construction (which just made a good photo I thought).

5 March 2013

Don Det, Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands), Laos

When I arrived on Don Det off one of these long-tail boats...
I wasn't really sure what to make of the place. Not a great deal to see or do, but then I think thats kind of the attraction for most of the backpackers here, just general relaxing or sitting in a hammock.
I did a lap of the island and got more of a feel for this little place in the mekong estuary, heres a view out into the river; you can see the greenery dotted about on the other islands/islets. The locals do swim and bathe in the river, I had a swim myself on one of the hotter days (its not totally clean though and I think swimming is better suited in the sea off a beach in Thailand where I am headed back to soon).
Here is a signature dish of Lao cuisine: Laap. I'd describe it as meat salad (mine was chicken) with lime juice, garlic, mint leaves, chilli, lettuce leaves to wrap it in and served with sticky rice. It was pretty good, if a little sweet with all the lime juice.
Don Khon is alongside Don Det and linked by an old railway bridge, I went over to see the waterfalls, but they were more like a huge set of rapids, i was more interested in the geology of the area though and had to have a look at the rocks.