Let Me Take You on a Trip Through My Wife’s Hometown with Google Maps Street View

I love Google Maps; I can sit for hours looking for new places suitable for taking photos and flying drone — or just going back to places I miss. Most recently, I was looking if my wife’s hometown in Lam Thap, Krabi was added to Google’s Street View, and it was! You can visit my in-laws’ house, and when zooming in you can see a family member sitting by the door.

My In-Laws Cut down Their Rubber Tree Plantation in Krabi

Thai natural rubber prices have fallen from a peak of 179.25 baht ($5.41) per kg in 2011 to 45 baht ($1.38) per kg in December 2017 (36.95 baht as record low in Jan-Feb 2015). My in-laws, with a 3-hectare land, have waited a long time for the price to go up, but have now given up on rubber tapping. They recently cut down 1.000 rubber trees and sold it as rubberwood for around 200.000 baht.

Subject to Photograph in Thailand: The Macaque Monkeys

Monkeys are a lot of fun, and they are so photogenic it’s ridiculous. In Thailand, you will most likely run into a few macaques, so be ready with your camera — they’re such a great subject to photograph. Just don’t get too close them as they can be aggressive, which is why you should use a camera with a bit longer focal length lens. Below are a few shots of macaques I’ve taken in Phuket and Krabi.

Two macaques on a scooter up at Monkey Hill in Phuket Town.

10 Pretty Good Reasons to Visit Ao Nang in Krabi

Sure, Ao Nang is touristy — it is a resort town — and there are things I don’t like here. But this part of Krabi boasts some incredible features that you simply can’t miss when traveling in southern Thailand — and you don’t necessarily need to stay in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Here are ten reasons for you to visit Ao Nang.

1. This rooftop bar view

Thai Girl Sipping on a Drink.My wife enjoying a drink with the stunning town backdrop.

Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort in Nong Thale, Krabi Province

One early morning after taking pictures of the sunrise at Nong Thale Lake we went to Tubkaek Beach before heading back to Ao Nang for a quick walk on the beach. We parked the car opposite Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort because there was a small road leading down to the beach.

I thought I should share some pictures from the surroundings outside the resort as it might be useful for someone interested in vacationing in Krabi away from the crowds.

Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort. Looks pretty inviting.

Phuket vs. Krabi: Where to Go?

Phuket or Krabi? Personally, I don’t like to compare these two places since they are so different from each other. Phuket is an island famous for its long white sandy beaches and nightlife while Krabi, located on the mainland, is known for its natural beauty including limestone mountains, idyllic beaches, and mangrove forests.

Why choose when you can visit both?
 There is a bridge connecting Phuket with the mainland, and you can drive to Krabi via Phang Nga in two hours. But if you need to choose one place, you might want to know some differences between these two tropical paradises.

Three Years Ago Today I Married My Wife

Three years ago today my amazing wife Thiprudee and I went to the Amphur office in my wife’s home town with two witnesses – her parents – to sign the marriage certificate. Almost two years later we had the wedding party with nearly a thousand guests at my in-law’s house surrounded by a forest of palm trees in Lam Thap, Krabi. It felt like the entire village was invited and people parked cars and scooters everywhere between the palm trees. It was like what we in Sweden call a “folkparksfest.”

7 Beaches Along Krabi’s Spectacular Mainland Coast

Krabi is different to places like Phuket and Koh Samui where you’ll find long white beaches with an army of umbrellas lined up on the sand and water sports like jet ski and parasailing.

In fact, Krabi is a completely different story. With its natural beauty and incredible limestone cliffs, several national parks incorporate the beaches and offshore islands why motorized water sports aren’t allowed.

You will also not see any sun loungers and umbrellas on the beaches except those outside the resorts. Here are seven beaches along Krabi’s spectacular mainland coast.

1. Railay Beach