In Transit…

In Bangkok airport again, on our way to Ko Samui and some quality beach time. The Angkor ruins were magnificient — truly amazing. I took something like 6 rolls of film. The low-light of Angkor Wat? A flat bike tire about 2 miles away from help. ūüôā

Angkor in B&W

Just got my black and white film developed….¬† ¬† The children running through wasn’t intentional… but ended up really liking the symmetry of these two shots The above¬†door is a close¬†up of the following entrance.¬† ¬†

Ta Phrom at Sunrise

My favorite temple was Ta Phrom. We got there at about 7:15am (by bike!). The place was entirely ours: there were¬†(maybe) 6 other people there and it was cool (in contrast to the afternoon’s humid/sticky/unbearable afternoon heat). Unlike the other temples,¬†restoration efforts¬†did not remove the trees that had grown in and around the¬†ruins. The result was¬†a sensation¬†of stumbling upon an ancient¬†temple¬†in desolation¬†while walking through the jungle. ¬† The “Tomb Raider” tree.

Phnom Bakheng at Sunset

Phnom Bakheng is one of the recommended sunset sites.  As such, we were definitely not alone: You could see Angkor Wat in the distance.

Checking Mail…

Checking mail in the Bangkok airport.¬† Waiting for our flight to Siem Reap. The keyboard here are just crazy.¬† I feel bad for the little kids trying to learn to type… let alone spell.

Doi Suthep

This temple was beautiful…. The wat just shimmered with gold. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†

Dui Suthep & Angkor Wat

There were no flights out of Chiang Mai today…¬† So we’re staying an extra day.¬† ūüôā Heading up to the mountain temple Dui Suthep in a bit (highly recommended by fellow travelers as well as my friend Liane).¬† Tomorrow, we catch an EARLY morning flight out to Siem Reap, Cambodia¬†via Bangkok.¬† We’ll have 2 days to wander around Angkor Wat before we fly down to Ko Samui and the beaches! Very excited about Angkor Wat.¬† As one travel poster advertized:¬† “Angkor Wat:¬†Where you interface with God!” ¬† ¬†

Elephants!

My favorite part of the trek was the elephant ride.¬† The elephants we rode on seemed very well treated and fed… but it’s always hard to tell.¬† Elephants are no longer really being used in day-to-day manual labor like they were before.¬† As keeping an elephant is very expensive, the best hope for these amazing creatures in Thailand is (responsible) tourism. Some pictures… Feeding “Mae” some sugar cane: Headshot:

Chiang Mai Sunday Market

Lucked in to the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai.¬† (In fact, we thought it was the famed Night Bazaar…¬† After visiting the Night Bazaar, I think the¬†Sunday Market was a lot cooler.) We think things might have been even busier than normal because it was the first Sunday of the new year. ¬† The next morning, the street was empty. ¬†