Sunday, August 20, 2006

Back from the East - Part 2: Sweating in Thailand!

I know, I know...we've been back since April, but I promised to show the Thailand portion of our Asian adventure. (And if anyone thinks they might know why I can't get some pics to enlarge in this bloggy thing, PLEASE fill me in on the secret!)

Oddly enough, this is the very first photo I took in Thailand...and it represents the imagery of Bangkok so well. Motorbikes lawlessly flit around the larger vehicles like mosquitoes. I wondered why Fawn was paranoid about me walking into an intersection when the light was's cuz she's used to dodging these bikes once her feet leave the sidewalk.

It's hot in Thailand. Always.

The Grand Palace in Bangkok.

You can find at least one stray dog per city exaggeration. If you missed a dog on one street, walk to the next and you'll find TWO fighting each other.

Happy Thai New Year! It's a tradition to sprinkle water on each other for good luck. Over the generations, this lovely act of kindness became warped into a week-long water battle. The modern holiday consists of people piling into the back of a pickup with a giant barrel of water and some buckets. Their mission: to soak dry people (and to make wet people wetter). You don't have a truck? That's ok! Grab a Super Soaker and become a water-wailing foot soldier. To push the game even further, people have discovered that if you create a flour and water mixture, you can shoot white, pasty crap from your gun and mark people with white blotches.


Don't jump, Poo Bear! Thailand's not THAT bad!

There are certain times that a photo opportunity begs you to shoot. This is one of my favorite images of the trip.

Ancient ruins in northern Thailand.

(From left to right) Mr. Buddha, Brother Vee, Fawn, Pah (father), Sister Tiff, Sister Gig, Meh (mother).

Fawn, after I've mentioned the heat a few too many times.
This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. We stayed at a floating resort on the River Kwai. Looking downstream, you can see the cabins, chained together, all floating in the middle of the river. We had a great time jumping into the water from our upstream cabin and floating down to the lower ones. The first time was actually pretty scary as I reached a certain part of the river and felt like I was being carried farther and farther from the huts no matter how hard I swam. At the end, though, the river suddenly turns back towards the last few sections of cabin. You don't want to miss that last latter to safety or you'll be carried down the river to play with the water buffalo.

Behind the cabins is a village that lives without electricity. We took an elephant ride to the far end of the village where we could see a monks' temple being built from caves in a rocky wall.

Fawn and me on the back of an elephant.

These gentlemen are resting at a WWII memorial site. Many soldiers were killed while trying to build the bridge (seen in the distance) during the war. Tourists are allowed to cross the bridge, but at their own risk. There are two thin strips for you to walk on...and when you pass people, you have to take extra effort to keep your balance.

Me with my 250 baht hat, purchased at the famous Floating Market.

"Hi, up there." Naruk jung!

This zoo is insane. You can feed deer, nuzzle giraffes, run free with monkeys, and even scratch the back of a freakin' rhino! It's like an exotic petting zoo. Here I'm being attacked by an ostrich that craves Adidas.

Thai Fawn and Thai Ronald thank you for viewing our photos. Lah gohn.


Dustin A. Foust said...

Nice website to! I'm glad to see you have done well for yourself.

kelpdip said...

HEY! Looks like you guys had an AMAZING trip! I posted a cross country photo entry on my blog but its not quite the same. haha. Love the hat. Hope you kids are doing swell in big apple country. BTW-i lol'ed at the pooh pic. Or maybe more the comment that goes with it. ;)