This past January, I took a group of photographers over to Thailand and Cambodia for another Raddest Photo Trip Ever (RPTE). I’ve been doing these for about 5 years now and it’s truly one of the best parts of my year (aside from leaving Clive and Lindsay, of course). So I took myself, one of my best buds, Hank Martin, and 13 other strangers out on the trip of a lifetime…
Days four, five, and six are incredible. Day four is simply relaxing and enjoying (literally) my favorite place to stay in the world. We all get hour (or two hour!) massages for like 7 bucks and ate some of everyone’s favorite food on the trip. Some people go on walks to take photographs of the town of Kanchanaburi (my favorite city in Thailand). I’ve been fortunate enough to have stayed at some of the best hotels and resorts in Thailand, Fiji, France, Bali, Cayman Islands, and so on… and Kaan’s place makes them all forgettable, in my opinion. Without fail, people tend to have two favorite parts of this trip. Cambodia tends to be everyone’s favorite place overall with relaxing together at VN guesthouse with our dear friend, Kaan, as #2. It’s really something you can only experience. I was bleeding internally from my Crohn’s disease pretty extensively when we arrived to Kanchanaburi. Being a stress related disease, I was no longer bleeding by the end of our second day there — and I continued that throughout the rest of the trip. Kaan’s place is a slice of heaven, as far as I’m concerned. Her thai food and everything else she makes… it’s all soooooo good! Every year I go back, past RPTE’ers always tell me to have some banana pancakes for them at Kaan’s place.
Day five starts out wrestling elephants in the River Kwai (blogged about that here) and goes straight into tiger temple. It’s an amazing day for animal lovers (and shocks most non-animal lovers into being animal lovers :). Tiger Temple has a lot of controversy around it, but I’ve been going for 7 years and have seen the place transform to a tiny monestary to an all out resort. I’m against any and all inhumane treatment of animals — but I have friends who’ve worked there for years who have moved to Thailand to work there out of their love for tigers. None of us have ever seen anything sketchy. If I ever do, I’ll stop going — simple as that :)
The next morning, we head out to some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls — Erawan falls. It’s an all day wonderland of waterfalls. A must for water lovers :D
Let’s get right to it!
Kaan’s place — the VN guesthouse. Nowhere on earth like it :) iPhone + VSCO cam from my instagram feed.
Hank getting a lovely massage and Michael getting the most painful massage of his life :P Be careful when ordering a traditional Thai massage! iPhone + VSCO cam from my instagram feed.
Another set from Anna Jones’ ripping instagram feed.
It was a HOOOOTTTT day the afternoon we did Tiger Temple — and Tiger Temple has NO shade. That kind of heat without any break is really bad for my Crohn’s so I skipped out while Hank (who shot the above) took everyone. Here’s some proof the tigers aren’t drugged :P About 20 people are allowed to see the tigers playtime after they close down for the day. Tigers sleep as if they were drugged through hot days — every day in Thailand. In the evening, when we do this, they start to wake up quick and play. And they play exactly like cats!!! Nothing really separates you from them, either. It’s a unique, fun experience :)
The beginning of Erawan falls. Just testing out the water :) Another one from Lotta (I freaking love her images).
Luke’s rugged, brute strength causing Anna’s eyes to burn while also causing some random guy to dive away out of fear. That’s my take, at least.
Luke is a firefighter and a friendly giant :)
Anna (Jones) grabbed this one of me making the following images…
Josh and Jenny :)
Hank got a tattoo last year the night before we left Kanchanaburi for Cambodia. He wanted a traditional bamboo tattoo and found the raddest guy, Dang, on the main road in town. So when he wanted some more on this trip, he went straight to Dang :)
Tomorrow, we head to my favorite country in the world: Cambodia! Hands down, the best place of the whole trip — which is why we’re there a few days longer at the end of the trip :)
If you want to get a chance to go on the next RPTE, email me at email@example.com with “NEXT RPTE!!!” as your subject. Last year’s sold out within a day of posting it online so start getting your ducks in a row if you want to join me on the trip of a lifetime!!!