Like previous years I have put together a little video of our vacation. The video shows only a fraction of everything we did; I filmed very little in Chiang Mai, and I didn’t even touch my drone — just like in Bangkok. But when we hit the south, I started to get the right feeling.
Last year I put together a video of our four weeks trip to Thailand, using a GoPro Hero3 White Edition. It was a lot of fun, so this year I decided to buy a GoPro Hero4 Black with better video and photo quality. The highlight of this year’s trip was the Similan Island and snorkeling in the turquoise waters. Please watch the video in HD 1080p.
The Songkran festival is Thailand’s traditional New Year, celebrated on April 13 – 15. There are many different symbolic traditions, like visiting local temples in the morning offering food to the Buddhist monks and pouring water on Buddha statues. Performing water pouring represents purification and is considered an iconic ritual for this holiday.
I love when people care about nature and animals, and some mean business. Thailand’s Siamese Rosewood trees are one of the world’s most endangered trees, but a group of elite Rangers is trying to put a stop to the extinct. This red “blood wood” is used for luxury furniture in China, and for these guys, protecting the forest is a matter of life and death. Here’s an article by The Guardian about the “blood wood” war.
Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish, hugely popular with tourists and locals alike. You can order Pad Thai everywhere in Thailand; on the streets, or in a fancy restaurant. Pad Thai is made with soaked dried rice noodles, which are stir-fried with eggs, tofu, bean sprouts; flavored with tamarind paste, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic, red chilies and palm sugar; served with lime wedges and chopped roast peanuts.
Ban Bor Thor, about 50 km north of Krabi town, is a small coastal village featuring mangrove forest, rivers, and spectacular limestone caves. This area, which belongs to the Than Bok Khoranee National Park, is one of the earliest sites of human civilizations in Thailand, and you can witness this by seeing cave paintings thousands of years old.
Many of these caves are only accessible by kayak, and you can hire one and have a guide with you in the kayak or not. My wife and I chose to paddle ourselves as we thought it would be more exciting that way, and it sure was a fantastic experience paddle down the river and into the caves. Take a look at the video I recorded below.