So DJ is always doing cool time lapse sunsets from his house, so I wanted to give it a try. It wasn’t the greatest sunset ever, but it was pretty cool. I started late and finished early… only about 15 minutes worth, but I’m excited about doing time lapses in general. Particularly when we catch the sunrise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia! That’ll be a good one :)
Good news is that we FINALLY booked a bus out of Phuket!!! We will be on our way to Kanchanaburi – land of Tiger Temple and the Erawan Falls. Definitely my favorite region of Thailand.
Here’s some photos from the last couple days…
This floating bridge would move with the waves – so if you jumped at the right time you’d get catapulted. Really fun.
So, we’re still stuck in Phuket. The situation in Thailand doesn’t look to be getting any better any time soon. We’re COMPLETELY safe. Both the government and the anti-government movement like foreigners. I just spoke with an anti-government person today who felt so bad about me not being able to move on as planned. The only way anything bad could happen to us is if we just happened upon some huge protest and stuck around. That’s not going to happen :)
We’re trying to rent a car to drive across the country to our next spot (Kanchanaburi) since everything else is sold out (train and bus). Hopefully we get something figured out in the next few days. Either way, being stuck here just ain’t so bad :)
Here’s a cool video I made during our down time…
My friend, Brandon Owens, made the ripping music. Go buy his EP for a few bucks here. I just can’t say how many times I’ve listened to this song. It’s sort of like the Lay’s potato chips commercial (betcha can’t eat just one). I’ve not one time listened to it once. I always have to do it at least twice :)
Wowzers! This place was GORGEOUS!!! This is where the movie “The Beach” was filmed (with Leonardo DiCaprio). We went to several little islands – all were beautiful.
Pretty picture :)
There’s an island with all these monkeys appropriately called “Monkey Island.” Obviously, this was one of my favorite stops…
Dane snapped this one :)
We found this private beach with it’s own cave (with soft sand inside). It was shielded on both sides by rocks so we were ALL to ourselves. Very romantic :) Be sure and click the pano shot below to see the private beach better…
Well, the political situation isn’t getting any better in Thailand at the moment. The anti-government movement has taken over two more airports in Thailand – the only one left being here in Phuket. We are basically stuck here – but being stuck in a tropical island paradise just isn’t that difficult :) We’ll just wait it out.
Real quick, here’s another one Dane grabbed from yesterday. Lindsay and my mom were walking back to the car after we just played in the waterfall… and it was POURING rain (as you can see). Cool photo, huh?
We rented a car today. Lots of fun driving on Thai roads (notorious for their near non existent traffic laws) on the left side of the road – something this yank isn’t accustomed to. It’s really not that hard. The most difficult thing for me to get over was turning the wipers on when I meant to turn my blinker on :)
We went to another restaurant on the sand, but just before we played with Nadia again. Amazing. She just might be the most beautiful animal I’ve ever spent time with. The owners welcomed us nicely again (as they remembered us from last time). It was nice to see them so fond of us and not so fond of others that came along. I think they could tell that we didn’t just want a little photo with the baby elephant since we’re in Thailand. I think they could sense that we genuinely love and appreciate their elephants. Honestly, this part of our trip will be one of those things that I will continually miss. I just kept telling myself to really enjoy this experience. I mean, how often do you get to spend serious quality time with elephants?!?!
My mom playing with Nadia :)
Mom and Dad.
Afterwards we went and played in a waterfall! Also very fun :)
Mom and Lindsay at Bang Pae falls.
On our way home, we saw all these elephants walking home with their owners in a pretty heavy rain. It’s just so amazing to drive right by such a huge animal.
So Bangkok has sort of gone haywire. The above was taken at the airport in Bangkok. My parents missed this stuff by a matter of hours. Not only that, as of a few days ago, we were going to fly back to Bangkok today and meet up with my parents, but we decided to have my parents fly down to Phuket as we didn’t want to leave the island just yet. We would have been stuck at the airport with all of this. Talk about a close call!
Here’s the breaking news video. Lindsay’s mom and dad, don’t worry :) These people have nothing to do with foreigners. No innocent people are targeted – specifically no westerners. We’ll wait it out here in Phuket if we have to. But it looks like the PAD (People’s Alliance for Democracy) will be moved on in a few days. We’ll just tan and snorkel ’till then.
It is pretty nice knowing that we almost got stuck at the airport with all of this. The Bangkok airport has entirely shut down with no entrance or exit, so I imagine people are left there to themselves at the moment. That’s no place for a guy to be with his wife. Can’t help but wish a little bit to have been there alone to photograph some of it :)