Thailand 2008
Phuket-Beaches Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and development in the tourist industry has gone on unabbated since the Tsunami in 2004. Most of the 45 photos in this set were taken around Karon beach where we stayed. If you plan to goto Phuket here's a pretty good web site http://www.knowphuket.com/index.htm
Bangkok We only spent 2 days in Bangkok this trip and most of that time was spent in Jim Thompson's house (during a thunderstorm), Wat Pho and Wat Ratchanadda. Since the temples have their own sections there are only 12 photos in this set. Not to be missed though is the dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River.
Decidedly Thai Since I spent 2 weeks in a rural village with my in-laws far removed from normal tourist places this for me is more of the real Thailand. The 61 photos in this set are just your average everyday life in Thailand.
Flowers As an Artist I'm attracted to bright colors that pull my eye and snap my attention. Thailand is a garden of Eden and flowers are always in vibrant bloom. For example there are more than 1000 species of orchids. This set contains 23 photos.
People Thailand in known as the 'Land of Smiles'. Not everyone in this set of 28 photos is smiling but I'm thinking you will be after viewing them.
Songkran Festival Songkran Festival is the celebration of the Thai New Year. Since it comes during the hottest time of the year the best way to celebrate is to fill a 55 gallon drum up with water on the back of a pickup and drive into town and splash everybody. Since everyone else has the same idea total bedlam ensues. There are 44 photos in this set.
Temples Ida asked me near the end of the trip why I was so crazy about Temples and Monks. I'm not sure if it would ever be possible for me to give them a dull everyday acceptance. There are 43 photos in this set.
Wat Pho Temple BKK We had already been to the Grand Palace but had missed out on seeing Wat Pho on previous trips. Our saving grace was getting there right at 8:00AM when it opens. Around 8:45AM six tour busses emptied out and the noisey sight-seeing hoard they unloaded drove us outta there. There are 49 photos in this set.