Drone Footage of Southern Thailand in Beautiful HD

It’s pretty amazing what an amateur with little experience can achieve with a Phantom drone. I test flew a couple of times in Oslo before making this video in Thailand with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K, and it was incredible fun.

Locations

The movie starts with the sunrise at Nong Thale Lake in Krabi. I have been here twice, and it was stunningly beautiful both times. The second clip of the oil palm tree plantation is from my wife’s hometown Lam Thap in Krabi.

The movie continues at Pak Meng Beach in Sikao, Trang where a street dog looking fascinated at the quadcopter. The clip of the little beach that is hidden in a bay surrounded by big boulders and rugged forest is Sunset Beach on Koh Kradan in Trang.

Then it was time to visit Phuket and the pier at Rawai Beach with the colorful longtail boats before the movie ends with the beautiful sunrise at Paradise Koh Yao — a fantastic secluded beach resort on Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay.

Songkran: Thai People’s New Year Celebration

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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.

But the Songkran is most known for its iconic water fight festival, attracting millions of tourists every year. In all cities, the streets become a water war zone; people occupy streets on foot, on the back of pick-up trucks and scooters with water guns and water containers. Locals including children and tourists have a blast throwing water at each other. Involving three days of celebration, Songkran is the longest public holiday in Thailand. Songkran is also celebrated in neighbouring countries like Laos, Cambodia, and Burma.

Here’s a video from last year when I was walking trough my wife’s small hometown with her younger cousin, Aiod. Not as crazy as it is in the resort towns, but a well-soaked session; and I will be back for Songkran 2016.

Featured image (at top) by John Shedrick, flickr.com

Thailand’s Elite Rangers Protecting the Siamese Rosewood Trees

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.

Thai Food: This is Pad Thai

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 chillies and palm sugar; served with lime wedges and chopped roast peanuts.

Take a look at this amazing 2-minute viral Pad Thai video by The Tourism Authority of Thailand. The video begins with the history of Pad Thai and then continues with each ingredient composed of beautiful pictures through various parts of Thailand.

Video: Exploring the Caves of Bor Thor With a Kayak

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, wich 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.

Map of Bor Thor in Ao Leuk District, Krabi Province.

Longtail Boat Ride to Phra Nang Beach and 4 Islands, Krabi

A thrilling longtail boat ride is a must-do when you’re in Krabi. I have previously taken a trip to the beautiful Hong Island, and most recently a ride to The 4 islands. I recorded a video with my GoPro, and as the snorkeling time flew by so quick, I totally forgot to save some memory in the memory card, so I couldn’t film the last stop on this trip. But I took some photos with my Nikon as you can see below the video. If you want to try a longtail boat trip, tour agents can be found every few meters along the street in Ao Nang.

A Day at My In-Laws Rubber Tree Plantation in Thailand

Thailand is the world’s largest producer and exporter of natural rubber, and
Southern Thailand is home to 70 percent of domestic output. My in-laws have a rubber tree plantation of 1,000 trees on 3 hectares, in Lam Thap, a district of Krabi Province, Southern Thailand.

They cut in the outer bark of the rubber tree, just deep enough to tap the vessels without harming the tree’s growth, and the milky-white latex is collected in small buckets. This process is called rubber tapping, and they have to do this in the middle of the night, around 2 a.m, so as to harvest as much latex as possible. The rubber trees are tapped six days a week.

Early one morning I visited my in-laws’ rubber tree plantation, and I recorded a short video. Sorry that the tree is out of focus. I had the camera on auto-focus.