22 Nov It’s Been a While I know but that is what Thailand does to you…No down time, Always moving
So where did we leave off? Oh yeah, I was heading to Bali to visit my friend Eddie and his wife in Densapar, Bali. He moved there about 5/6 years ago because he gave up on the BS of New York and wanted to live life easier, he has succeeded. He is 59 and his Balinese wife is just 23, yup, 23. They are happy and I was very glad to be able to stay with them for a few days and scooter around Bali (which is so damn busy). From Bali I went back to Kuala Lumpur to pick up my suitcase and head over with a bunch of people from my Meraki Remote Year group to see the Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is the city we are all staying in for the month of November but I opted out to do my own traveling this month but wanted to go back to Chiang Mai to see the festival this time. Unfortunately we could not purchase the tickets for $100 to be in the best spot to take photos and see the thousands of lanterns but it was still an impressive show to see.
From Chiang Mai about 45 of us from different Remote Year groups got together on an island in Thailand outside of Krabi, Ao Nang. This was planned months in advance and was a complete shit show of fun, drinking, boating and getting to know other remote travelers like ourselves. We all had so much fun and we were lucky enough to have our Program leaders party with us for these few days too. Having a few free days before meeting up with a new friend that I met in Buenos Aires back in June I decided to go to Siem Reap to go to see Angkor Wat in Camboida. I was there back in 2006 but didn’t have a great camera and was not as a seasoned traveler as I am now. This turned out to be another solo trip that was great. I rented a scooter most of the time to see outside of just Angkor Wat and found out both Google Maps and Apple maps do not work in Cambodia – so lesson learned…download Maps.me my friends before you head to certain countries that do not work with Google or Apple. Maps.me works offline and was a lifesaver. If you have not been to Angkor Wat it is just one of those places that you must see. Like I mentioned this was my 2nd time but like Machu Picchu this year there is no reason not go see it again.
We started our trip in Bangkok, my third time there, I was in Thailand last year too. Bangkok has lots to offer any photographer and anyone looking for a good time of any kind. The King of Thailand passed away last year and there was a large memorial set up downtown to commemorate his passing of one year ago, it was huge. As usual I took tons of photos in Bangkok. I am now in Koh Samui and have been here for five days and heading to Phnom Penh tomorrow for five days then to Bangkok for two days then to Hong Kong for three days then on to Kyoto for the last month of our trip. Koh Samui is another of the beautiful islands of Thailand and so easy to appreciate. The time here was spent boating one day, headed to the beach another day and took a scooter around the whole island another. One day we took a ferry to Ko Phangan and scooter-ed around the island all day too. This time of year the weather is kind of cloudy and it isn’t so busy which is fine by me. After being on a few Thai islands over the past couple of years I was a little bored, if that is even possible to get bored of beautiful beaches but I think I was. Phnom Penh was supposed to be our final month for Remote Year but the cpmpany changed it to Kyoto, Japan on us back in June. My next post will have a number of cities in it like this one, speak to you then.