Day 3 Nong Kai Trip 2/23

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IMG_4152Before we left the Paradise – Kay wanted to get some shots at the pool.IMG_3032   Next we headed for Nong Khai and  made our first stop at Sala Keoku – Wow – huge statues and displays – quite impressive – and then on to the crocodile farm, next door, for a quick visit.   It wasn’t open but Kay was invited in and took some photos of the tanks –   Then on to the IMG_3026Friendship Bridge – Nong Khai , I think there are 3 such bridges to Lao along the Mekong River boundary.  Here the river looked quite wide but further up the way, going to our next destination, Chiang Khan, we were shocked to see how low it actually was.IMG_4254-PanoIMG_3105IMG_4257  I’ve been reading about the furor over the Chinese blocking the river with their dams and causing many problems down stream.  The sign above, not too far out of Nong Khai,  is one of the places where Mekong Naga Fireballs can be seen.  Next we visited Chiang Khan, a historic little town that the Thai’s love.  Lots of Teak buildings – nice, quiet, rustic and friendly place – IMG_4276IMG_3109and then on to Loei where we stayed at the Loei Palace Hotel for the night –  I stayed here 8 years ago on my first trip to Nong Khai – nothing changed but they did replace the carpet with tile – much better.


P.S.  Couldn’t do anything because I was with Kay –  But on my phone I have Grinder and Hornet, the 2 most popular gay chat sites, from Khon Kaen to Loei, I received calls from more than 28 local guys – maybe next trip I’ll go alone – meet some new friends.  Devil 

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Day 2 Nong Kai Trip 2/22

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Great breakfast at Anothai Hotel, on the road at 7AM – first stop – The IMG_2926 IMG_3792 Ancient City at Chum Phae – Interesting but leaves a lot to your imagination – they really don’t look like real bones,  I thought they looked IMG_3811-Panomore like reproductions but you can’t get close enough to really find out. The local area has no indication that any thing exist here and it’s hard to figure out how they knew how where to dig. –  you decide for yourself.

From here we headed to the King Cobra Village of Thailand past Khon Kaen on the way to Udon Thani.  Here’s where the Google Maps really helped – IMG_4111asked several locals for directions to the place and each sent us on a wild goose chase – they just didn’t know their own neighborhood.  They had IMG_4002IMG_4016boas and cobras and put on a hour free show, just asking for donations – nice.  Finally we stopped at the Paradise Hotel in Udon Thani.  We have been IMG_2998covering a lot of territory and so only stopped at a couple of venues – going off the main highways to get to these places takes a lot of time and I didn’t  want to drive at night but still make it fully around in the 4 days allotted.


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Day 1 Nong Kai Trip 2/21

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We started out at 7 AM passing  Lampang, Den Chai, Uttaradit, Si Satchanalai on the way to Sukhotai.   Didn’t stop for any photos until we IMG_2882got into the Sukhotai area –  Had lunch at The Legendha Resort – Great place , good food.   This is also a nice shot of Kay at the resort.

Before we left on the trip I had bought over 700 Baht of Atlas, and road maps and we also stopped at a TAT office ( Tourism Authority of Thailand) and got their maps.  They all were terrible – The only safe way to travel in Thailand is with GOOGLE IMG_3164MAPS running on your cell phone, here is my setup in the car, a LIFESAVER.  I also run a APP called TRACKS, it keeps a record of our path marked as the blue dot at the lead of the red line  – center right.  This photo was taken much later in our trip but It does shows the program working.   This also let me GPS the photos as my cameras don’t have GPS capabilities – Lightroom and Track’s GPX tracklogs did the trick, synchronizing with the camera’s date stamps when I get back home.       Side note:   They wanted 25,000 Baht to install an auto Garmin GPS system and it was SLOW – I mean slow – my 16,000 Baht Samsung Galaxy A5 was at least 5 times faster and I can take it from the car when I leave.  With DTAC I have full internet and phone capabilities.         Several times the maps showed road or highway numbers that were completely wrong and many times there were no roadside markers or signs to indicate what road you were on – leaving the main highways and trying to use shortcuts on lesser side roads would be impossible using the maps or looking for signs and at night – forget it.  With Google maps we drove right to each location – No Problem . 

Here are shots taken during the day – not in actual order as we were using 2 cameras I didn’t take the time to sort them out.  We did visit the Sukhotai Historical Park, Phara Buddha Chinaraj National Museum, and a small Wat next door with boys honoring  – Muay Thai.


That evening we stayed at the Anothai Hotel  in Phitsanulok  –  small but actually the best place we stayed for the entire trip – Amazing 600 Baht for IMG_3747IMG_3743the room, including breakfast – quite, clean and everyone very friendly   – I highly recommend it.

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Hmong Village–Doi Pui

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Just took a short trip to Doi Pui Hmong Village, farther up the road from Doi Suthep, to get some photos of the area .  When you get there ask for “Tony” – great guide and can tell you the history of the village.

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IMG_3561The last shot is of a great marijuana plant growing in the garden – they also have samples of poppy growing there too – that used to be the village’s main crop – now tea and tourist  Angry smile.


 

Next week I am planning on a trip, with a friend, to Uttaradit, Sukhotai, Phitsanulok and maybe on to Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Nong Kai if we have sufficient time left.  Should have some great photos –

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Past shots

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I haven’t posted or for that matter done any Photoshop work for a long time  –   so today I started editing some old shots I have in Lightroom. DSCF1835-Edit-2 I particularly liked this one of Nut.   I don’t have any more of him but am hoping that he will model for more in the future.   We’ll see.   Anyway this is a start and it’s amazing how I’ve really gotten rusty in editing – or maybe it’s the old age and memory settling in – Hope he and all like it.  Hopefully post more in the near future.

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Hmong–Bhubing Palace-Doi Suthep

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I got a surprise call from a old friend from Pattaya, Edty, that he was in town and Thursday we took a trip to Doi Suthep.  First a stop at the Hmong village at the top of Doi Pui, then on to Bhubing Rajanives Palace – Royal residence in Chiang Mai20151224_141225 – spent a hour there seeing the sights and then on to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep . From here you get a spectacular view of Chiang Mai City.  20151224_152332 On the right side is the International Airport and 20151224_150616the “Old City” about in the center of the shot.  We got a lot of shots and so 20151224_140206I put them in a Slideshow Gallery.  This shot shows me pretty exhausted – lot of walking, good exercise but never the less very tiring.  When you come to Chiang Mai be sure and visit these sites – we took  a  “songtaew”, the Red truck Taxi, and a Golf cart tour at the Palace – total transportation cost about  1000 baht or  $28 for 5 hour tour.   Can’t beat the price and convenience.  Then there’s always renting a motorcycle – but not for me.


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Love Art Park–Pattaya visit

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If your visiting Pattaya – this is another new tourist attraction you shouldn’t miss – Love Art Park – Erotic Sculpture park   Soi 13/1 Na Jomtien, near the Phoenix Golf Course and Minosa.IMG_0920  IMG_0877  The 200 Baht admission (100 Baht Thai) is reasonable – you should plan on spending at least 2 hr there taking photos – excellent.  Too bad someone chopped off all the penis – would really look better as they were created – Damn critics and censors, but still a real fun place to visit and have your photos taken – I will definitely bring some boys here in the future. 

They are also open in the evenings and light up the statues – I bet this would be a terrific photo experience and what I will try when I go the next time with someone.

Here is a Gallery of photos taken – not all of them but a good selection –


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Sergey back in Moscow

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Well Sergey is back in Moscow at his Clinic there and won’t return to Pattaya till end of month – IMG_1497-Edit-2I got some new shoes and had to put the inserts in them – thank God I had just enough Velcro tape  – Have to make sure to get some extras for the next emergency of changing the inserts – Gott’a have my Flying Step Arch Supports – no more back aches.

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Lakeland Water Cable Ski–Pattaya

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As I have always said – Photography is the only hobby you can take to any other hobby and have a great time.              He went water skiing, I went shooting. _MG_0342 


I have no desire to try Cable Water Skiing, yet I spent a great 2 hrs. with a friend, Dan, at Lakeland.  Located off Sukhumvit Hwy, between Soi 98 and Chaiyaphruek 2 Rd. – easy to get to and offers an exciting day for all._MG_0555-Edit


And the Gallery Slideshow


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"All at Sea" – Pattaya Players – Venue

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pp131122-383x512 Went to this show “All at Sea” last night – a very entertaining, audience participating, Cinderella-Blackbeard story presented at the Venue.   II t was a lot of fun and very engaging.  If you’re here in Pattaya now, make sure you catch one of the other performances. 

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New format for Gallery Slideshows

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This is the new Slideshow HTML Gallery format.   I believe it will show up better on mobiles and iPads -  At least I hope so.  Please comment if it is not working for your device.   Images are random ones posted before for something to use in testing. I am also going to test including videos to Gallerys. vi