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.

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.

Mountain View Bar – a Nice Hideaway Overlooking Patong

Even though my wife lived seven years in Phuket, she was never up to the hills of Patong. She didn’t even know there was a panoramic view of Patong until I showed a picture on the internet and suggested that we should drive up and take a look. There are a few restaurants and bars up here, but it is a very quiet area despite its closeness to Patong Beach.

View over Patong from Mountain View Bar

Where to Stay in Phuket – a Guide Through Thailand’s Largest Island

Phuket is bigger than many realize. In fact, Phuket is not only the country’s largest island with another 32 smaller islands off its coast – it’s a province with three districts grouped into 17 sub-districts consisting of 103 villages. Patong is the most popular resort town, famous for its nightlife with go-go bars lined up at Bangla Road and the 3½ km long beautiful beach. If Patong doesn’t suit you, don’t worry – Phuket has something for everyone which I will guide you through in this post.

Surin Beach

Surin Beach in March 2017

Our Stay at Paradise Koh Yao

Koh Yao Noi is a secluded island in the beautiful Phang Nga Bay. Located less than an hour away from both Phuket and Krabi, it’s amazing how untouched this island still is. My wife and I stayed at Paradise Koh Yao, and it was a real gem that we would happily return to. Here are some pictures from our stay in March.

Paradise Koh Yao with its private beach as viewed from a longtail boat.

Windmill Viewpoint Between Ya Nui and Nai Harn Beaches in Phuket

There is a white wind turbine (not windmill despite its name) standing on the hill between Ya Nui Beach and Nai Harn Beach in Phuket, catching the energy of the wind to generate power to the area. This hill is also a popular spot for model airplane enthusiasts as well as paragliders. At the top of the viewpoint, there’s an open-air pavilion where you can sit and enjoy the stunning views of the Andaman Sea.