I spent two months traveling in Thailand, with quite a few adventures along the way. Here’s the photo album of my visit. You can also read more about my adventures in Thailand in the Thailand section of my travel blog.
Photos from Bangkok, the bustling capital of Thailand. I found it endlessly fascinating--you never know what's going to turn up around the corner. Elephants, tattoo artists working with a bamboo needle-holder and tiny cups of dye, street vendors selling fried grasshoppers and insects, or a thoroughly modern skyscraper with an embedded 7-11 store.
Very confusingly, there are actually two Ko Changs in Thailand. This is the one on the eastern coast of Thailand, near the Cambodian border.
"Ko" means "Island" in Thai, and "Chang" means "elephant", so this is Elephant Island. It's an unspoiled island being rapidly spoiled by commercial development--so go there soon, if you can. It is in a malarial region of Thailand, so you'll need to take antimalarials--but it's worth it for the unspoiled beauty, complete quiet, and tropical beach.
I stayed in a bamboo hut for most of my five days there--you can also stay in concrete bungalows complete with air conditioning, cable TV, and so on, but why? (Okay, if you want to impress your S.O., I can understand.) Still, I think much of the charm in Ko Chang is its simplicity, and the chance to get away from annoying Western intrusions. Living with TV, cable, etc. it's hard to get away from the Western sense of urgency and time. (The bamboo hut is also cheaper--I think my room and board for five days was maybe $25. Next time I get laid off, I'm coming here to spend an entire month just lazing on the beach.)
On one of my days here, I went on an elephant trek. For 1000 baht ($25), I got a three-hour tour, a swim in a tropical pool, and some great pix.
Silk weaving photos, showing the process from start to finish. (I'm reeling silk in the photo.)
I happened on a silkweaving demo site in Chiang Mai, and took lots of photos. If you are interested in the details of Thai looms, let me know and I'll send you the collection of detailed photos I took while trying to work them out.