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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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September 24, 2014

thailand: damnoen saduak floating market - still worth a visit?


Smiling fruit vendor

Mention "floating market" when you are in Thailand and one place floats to the top of the list: Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi province, some 2 hours away west of Bangkok. But travel-savvy folks, and those probably on the jaded side of things, would be quick to retort: "touristy!", "fake!".  So is this floating market still worth a visit?

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September 18, 2014

doi inthanon: a day trip to the roof of thailand


Strolling on the roof of Thailand

Doi Inthanon towers above the other peaks in the mountainous northern Thailand, and at 2563 MASL, it is the highest point in the country. Its one of the most popular destinations for both local Thais and foreign tourists, offering attractions like waterfalls, bird watching (home to nearly 400 bird species), hill tribe villages, and forest trails.
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September 15, 2014

thailand: chiang mai's wat phra that doi suthep


Dusk

Located near the peak of Doi Suthep, this Theravada Buddhist temple is one of the most iconic temples in northern Thailand and a sacred site to many Thai folks.

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September 11, 2014

thailand: chiang mai's wat chedi luang


Chedi Luang at dusk

Standing at around 82 meters during its glory days, the chedi (or stupa) must have been the tallest structure in ancient Chiang Mai. A great earthquake in 1545 toppled the spire, reducing its height to 60 meters, but this brick chedi is still a marvel to look at.

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September 10, 2014

chiang mai, thailand: hill tribes at baan tong luang


Kayan Lahwi lady

They are known as Thailand's "hill tribes" or "chao khao" which literally translate to mountain people. Most of them are originally from parts of Tibet, Myanmar (Burma), Laos and China, and today make up less than two percent of Thailand's total population. Most still live in small villages in scattered in the northern and western parts of Thailand, a good number of them are technically "outsiders" -  have refused to assimilate or refused Thai citizenship, or have been refused citizenship.

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September 4, 2014

chiang mai, thailand: upclose with the big cats at tiger kingdom


Up close

If you like cats, getting really close to a big one like a tiger without ending up as their afternoon snack,  is maybe one of the things in your bucket list. Sure some zoos offer you a glimpse of these apex predators, but in Thailand,  you get to sit near one and pat it on the back, and still retain both hands.

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September 2, 2014

chiang mai, thailand: of elephant camps and elephant riding


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When I was researching for a trip to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, a visit to an elephant camp always seem to come in every material (mostly blog articles and travel websites) I read. Its not just in Chiang Mai, it seems that when you visiting Thailand, your trip will not be complete without some form of interaction with an elephant.

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