Walking along the busy Khaosan Road in Bangkok you will see dozens of shops selling handcrafts, clothes, pirated DVDs, books and useful backpacker items. This photograph was taken along this road of a huge display of sandals. The bright colours caught my eye and it looked to be an interesting pattern.
Some form of sandals (or thongs if your in Australia, jandals here in New Zealand) are must haves for any traveller. When I left the UK back in July 2012, I took a lovely pair of Birkenstock sandals. Sadly, one of them came off as I was getting on a boat on the island of Ko Phi Phi Don. It wasn’t until recently that I replaced them.
Walking down the steps from the top of Wat Saket I came across this exchange. The three men in orange are Buddhist Monks and the man talking to them was obviously a tourist. It was a quick snap shot that tells a story. Once captured I stopped for a second to watch the exchange.
At first it appear that the tourist wanted a photograph with a monk. It turned out that the tourist was the photographer. It was the monks who wanted their photographs taken. Notice how the tourists camera is over his shoulder and the Monks are passing their cameras to him to have their photograph taken together. Wat Saket on the Golden Mount is one of Bangkok’s most famous Buddhist temples and obviously very important to these men.
On the second day in Ao Nang, I went on a boat trip to explore some of the islands. The group leader explained that the first stop would would be a Railay beach, down the coast on the mainland. Keen to get to the islands I wasn’t expecting much from this beach. It was an wonderful surprise when this was the view from the shore. One of the nicest beaches I have ever been on. Not just a fantastic view. The temperature was in the high twenties and the water felt more like a heated pool than the sea. Paradise.
Otherwise known as the sacred lotus, I came across this pink flower in Bangkok. It was in a small public park, opposite the Grand Palace on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. As you can tell, it was in shade. This really helps make the photograph stand out. Generally speaking the brightest part of an image is what draws the viewers eye. The dark background here helps the flower stand out and gives the flower and more 3D look.