Pai Plong Bay is a very sacluded beach just around the corner from Ao Nang in Krabi. The only way to access it is by boat or for the adventurous types the Monkey Trail. In 2006 the Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas were built in the rocks behind the beach and so I had to actually “sign in” with the security in order to get access to this view. Still it was worth the walk to have this 500 metre stretch of white sand all to myself. The resort’s guests seemed more interested in sun bathing by the pools.
From my after hours walk around the Khaosan Road area of Bangkok, taken on my last evening in the crazy city. This was one of the first times I have not used a tripod on a night shoot. Instead I relied on high ISO sensitivity as I needed speed as I walked around the busy streets. There are at least half a dozen tattoo studios in this very popular tourist area. In the end, I decided against the Mike Tyson style, tribal face tattoo seen in the movie the Hangover Part II – I am sure that is a great relief to my family!
Ko Phi Phi Lee is an island in the Krabi province of Thailand that has always been popular for diving. In 2000 it was the setting for the film “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and now attracts hundreds of tourists every day. The island consists of a ring of steep limestone hills (as you can see behind the two long tail boats). It is only in the morning that the tide is high enough for boats to come into the bay. The photograph above was pretty difficult to get with the volume of people on the beach (see below) and you can see a few large speed boats in the bay where people were snorkelling near the small coral reef. Below is the view directly to my right as I took the above photograph. This was the most popular beach I have visited in the area. Thankfully I was only there for about half an hour before I went on to my next location. Note that this is the quietest time of the year.
There are place name signs like this one in many corners of the globe. I always wonder who chose the place names. This example was found on the main street on the island of Phi Phi Don. In the past few weeks I have only been to one of the places on this list, but I am planning to visit at least two or three more in the coming months (only you can guess which ones they maybe). I felt that the hotel / restaurant in the background was a little distracting, so processed the final photograph in black and white to make the signs more readable.