Friday, February 20, 2009

Phuket!

We are in Phnom Penh, Cambodia right now... but I'm trying to catch up on images from our time in Thailand! When we landed in Bangkok we weren't exactly sure what our plan was going to be. The tentative plan was to spend some time in Vietnam but the visa takes too long to get (3-5 days), so it would have wasted a lot of time.
We ended up opting to head down the the South of Thailand because during our last trip, we absolutely loved it... and we never got to visit Phuket. We found flights from Bangkok to Phuket round trip for about $115 each, we booked the tickets and flew down for 7 days.
We spent 5 days exploring the island of Phuket on a moto-scooter, and and 2 days north of Phuket exploring Khao Sak National Park, which is basically a giant rain forest with lots of cool animal life. Khao Sak photos are coming later... but here are a handful of images from beautiful Phuket!
Phuket is extremely touristy but we managed to find some cool beaches and bungalows tucked away from that craziness. Bethany spent a lot of time laying out on the beach frying in the sun, while I cruised around on the scooter finding fun things to photograph.

Here are the images!
Our awesome little bungalow at Ya Nui beach-

Longtail boats & full moon-

When you go to the beach at night and turn on a flashlight, you realize these hermit crabs are EVERYWHERE! They are so cute.

Misc nice beach photos that are going to make everyone in the US jealous in the middle of winter!




This guy sells grilled corn to tourists on the beach-

Sirinat National Park has some amazing tidepools with amazing creatures hidden in the rocks!




I tagged along with a local Thai family who were happy to show me how they hunt clams and fish for their dinner-






I love these cute crabs so much!



Beach landscapes at sunset-




This is a Tokay Gecko that I caught in our bungalow, they are such gorgeous little creatures! Feisty though too!

More beach landscapes-










This was my moto taxi driver who was a little camera shy :)

This is the home of a little crab who digs sand out of his hole, then rolls it up in little balls, and throws it outside. I have a video too, it's quite amazing to watch the little guys work!

You always see some interesting sights when at tropical beaches-



When I lay out in the sun with Bethany, I get bored really quick... so that boredom resulted in these images-


This was a really cool island that I trekked out to one morning at sunrise. I was neck deep in water, holding the camera bag above my head. :) There wasn't any sand at all... it was entirely dead pieces of reef and shells!


The airport strip is right on the beach, so you can stand there and watch the planes fly right over you. So cool!



Another sunset in paradise, with my best friend. :)




Let me know what you think about the images and if you have any favorites... I always appreciate comments! :)
Next up is photos from Khao Sak National Park, and then onto Phnom Penh, Cambodia where we are right now... so check back soon for more. :)

17 Comments:

Blogger Chad Cheverier said...

"gorgeous creatures" you sound like steve erwin. If you see chad limn and anthony say hi for me.

2/20/2009 9:26 PM  
Blogger Christopher Raun Leth said...

Absolutely wonderful images:) I especially like the portraits of the locals as they show so much character.
Greetings from Denmark

2/20/2009 11:04 PM  
Anonymous wes and courtney said...

We absolutely envy you and bethany. Congrats on living your life the way it should be.

Wes and Courtney

2/21/2009 7:36 PM  
Anonymous jim said...

Blaine/Bethany..such beautiful images..I agree with Wes and Courtney..Congrats on Living life the way it should be...Love every moment :)

2/21/2009 8:11 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Your images are gorgeous and awesome! I think my fav is the one with the water being all blue. So many beautiful ones to choose from!

2/23/2009 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blaine & Bethany -
Thanks for the beautiful photos. I was struck by all of the circular patterns in nature: tidepools,gecko, the crab's sand balls, the trees, the sun. God's amazing creation! Sheila in Hood River.

2/24/2009 9:12 PM  
Blogger amancay said...

gah! picking favorites is nearly impossible.. what really sticks out to me (in a second viewing) is the HermitCrab? at night... muy awesome!

the roundness of the many tidepools, way cool...

the adorable local girl belly-sticking out, your camera shy moto-taxi driver is entirely endearing...

and I'm sure there was more I enjoyed!

2/25/2009 12:53 PM  
Blogger Rnormfoto said...

Can I get that amazing bungalow transported here to CT to plop in the woods by a lake somewhere?...

3/01/2009 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Nik Daum said...

Man, I wish I could be there right now too. It's cold and wet as a witch's teat here in Shanghai.

I miss Thailand.

3/02/2009 1:48 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Great shots as always! The people shots are usually my favorite because you seem to always capture the essence of what is going on and their character and personality can be seen through the photograph. I also absolutely love the last one-stunning!

3/02/2009 2:25 PM  
Anonymous noah Hamilton said...

your boredom pictures at the beach are classic. For some reason the plane shots really caught my eye.

3/10/2009 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Danica said...

I am sooo jealous of you guys!! Awesome pictures!!!

4/12/2009 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a fantastic photographer! They are ALL good! I am so glad to have stumbled onto a link to your photos!

Linda in Frickin' Freezin' Michigan

4/20/2009 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Gary Randall said...

Excellent shots. Thanks for sharing Blaine. :)

Gary =0)

12/08/2010 8:16 PM  
Anonymous Go to Thailand said...

Your pictures are really amazing !

12/26/2010 12:23 AM  
Anonymous Surin Beach Hotel said...

I love phuket, I love white beaches and crystal clear waters.

7/07/2011 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Phuket Villa Rental said...

Phuket in Thailand is also the best choice for a tropical beach vacation and this is affordable
and wonder place for enjoying holidays.

8/15/2011 2:48 AM  

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