Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand

April 26, 2009

“Mountains of Three Hundred Peaks” –  I have been to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park many times in the past years. However, apparently I have never made a destination to Phraya Nakhon Cave which is located in part of Limestone mountains of the National Park area. Well, I finally made a trip to there during the Songkarn holidays last week.

Taking a boat from the Laem Sala Beach is the easiest way to go to the cave. After 10-15 minutes riding a boat and landed on a beach, a short distant walking through the rainforest  leads you to a sign of another path to the cave. A 430m steep uphill mountain trek is the real way to take you to the cave. 

Approching a beach in front of the cave entrance

Approching a beach in front of the cave entrance

Phraya Nakhon Cave is actually two sinkholes whose roof has fallen in, letting in sunlight. If you could go through the rocky trek, there is the Subterranean sanctuary of the King Rama V’s pavilion which is well worth to your climbing effort to see. 
The Kuha Karuhas pavilion built for a visit by King Rama V in 1896.

The Kuha Karuhas pavilion built for a visit by King Rama V in 1896.

 

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The beautiful Thai-style Royal pavilion

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Limestone wall in the cave

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Songkran Festival 2009, unforgettable times in Thailand

April 17, 2009

The traditional Thai New Year is the Songkran Days, officially celebrated every year on 13-15 April and lasts between 3 to 10 days, depending on where you are in Thailand.  Though it seems to be well-known as the water-splashing festival for tourists nowadays, Thai people traditionally spend a time to visit and pay respect to the elders in their family, friends and neighbors. And also people go to a temple to pray and give food to monks.

In this year 2009, the Songkran festival had become notable periods for Thailand, not in a good way though. I will not go into details of the chaos in Bangkok and Pattaya. Those matters are not considered as the “Worth” in my own blog theme. 

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None of Thai people would like to experience the Songkran celebration like what we just had either in Pattaya or Bangkok recently, I dare to say this!  The only war we are keen and looking forward to is a battle of water gunfires, not tear gas…

“Sawasdee Pi Mai Chao Thai” = Happy New Year to Thai People.

May the force be with you-

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Distant Look in Black and White

April 12, 2009

A snapshot is one of my favorite photographs I like to do and still keep practising my own skill. When I snap people photos I always find myself pay attention to their eyes.  Looking at people eyes is such amazing moment especially when they are in thought.

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Boats on the water surface, Chiang Sean Lake

April 1, 2009

The following photos were taken when I was at Chiang Sean Lake in Chiang Rai. Besides the photos of boats on the water surface taken, a photographer – yes, it was me – was also floating… on the water surface on the boat, of course 🙂

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