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Artwell Project Street Art -Basingstoke 2024

Little did I know that during my 2 weeks return to my hometown that I would find such beautiful street art! You see most consider Basingstoke as dull and boring and colourless! Not anymore, my research shows that in 2022 a combination of two projects ‘Art is Calling’ and ‘Tell Me Stories’. This creative arts project aimed to create an outdoor art gallery, bringing vibrancy and colour to pieces of street furniture in the Top of the Town. Created by some of Basingstoke’s most talented artists and storytellers who have taken inspiration from local history, heritage, people, buildings and biodiversity to put Basingstoke on the street arts map. You can get a free map pf the Arts walk here: https://www.basingstokefestival.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/42804-Streets-Alive-trail-map-booklet.pdf I hope you enjoy this as much as I did photographing it. I hope this becomes something that continues in Basingstoke. Music free under creative commons licence from YouTube Music library Title and artist: Correle Carna- Cumbia Deli Cumbia Deli

Yeh Pulu Temple- Nr. Ubud - Bali 2023

One of the less visited places, it does not make it less at all. The walk there through the Indonesian countryside made it not just beautiful, but insightful into rural Indonesia. We were the only people there and loved it. Especially catching the boys flying their kites in the fields. Yeh Pulu Temple located at the Bedulu Village nearby Ubud. Inside the temple, you will find a wall that stretched along 25 meters with beautiful reliefs telling about the ancient Balinese’ life. There is also a cave in the area, believed as the meditation place of King Bedahulu at 1343. Therefore, it’s not strictly a temple, more like an archeological site, which does not make it a less interesting site to visit. The Balinese still come to worship the Ganesha Statue, that’s why probably people call it a temple these days or in Indonesian: Pura Yeh Pulu. The name of this temple was derived from two words Yeh means water and Pulu means as a container used as a place to keep the rice for locals. That is why we can find an actual container in a shaped like a barrel at the spring of holy water. During full moon or the anniversary of the temple, many worshippers from near villages come for praying. The Goa Gajah Temple is also nearby, therefore it’s very convenient to visit also Goa Gaja. Both are impressive and give you a deeper insight into the culture and traditions of Bali.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue or GWK in Bali

It took 28 years to build this massive statue of the Hindu god Vishnu riding a mythical bird. It is the tallest statue in Indonesia, the world’s tallest statue of a Hindu deity, and if you include its massive base. If you include the huge base on which the statue stands, its total height of 397 feet (121 meters) ranks it as the fourth tallest statue in the world. The entire structure was built from 754 modules, pieced together to form a gargantuan statue weighing more than 3,000 tons, with a steel frame covered in a copper and brass skin. On top of Vishnu’s head sits a 3.5-ton crown covered with gold-plated mosaics. This is set in an area of ​​ 60 hectares, and houses some other very large statues, such as the Garuda's head, and Vishnu and the dancing Garuda. I Hope you enjoy this journey round the park with me!

Pantai Duyung Bali

Duyung Beach is located not far from Sanur Beach and is actually part of the same coastline. You can even find a pedestrian path that connects the two beaches, with just a 5-minute walk between them. Duyung Beach is quieter and less crowded, making it suitable for those who want to enjoy a relaxing time at the beach. The peaceful atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for families with children to play in the sand and swim in the calm waters. Moreover, Duyung Beach is a great location for photography enthusiasts as many fishing boats often dock along the shore, providing a unique charm. Plus water sport of Paragliding. I got some beautiful Photos of the seascape and hope you enjoy them too! Music free under creative commons licence from YouTube music library Title: July by John Patitucci

Padang Galak Beach 2023

Padang Galak Beach is Sanur's northernmost beach, where experienced surfers can enjoy strong waves most of the year. It has a narrow shoreline with concrete wave breakers adjoining a beach footpath. The area enjoys strong winds (10–20 knots) from June to August, making it a popular spot for Bali’s traditional flying hobbyists. Also known as the black beach, on account of it's black volcanic sand. A truly bracing but wonderfully free-ing place to be. Padang Galak Beach hosts the annual Bali International Kite Festival, usually in July or August, depending on weather conditions. Hundreds of competing kite troupes gather from all over the island to pilot their traditional kites at a spacious grassy beachfront field. The troupes often compete against international teams flying modern kites of various shapes and sizes. We were too early in August for this event, but saw lots of kites all around The beaches on the Sanur coastline

Sanur Beach Bali

Sanur Beach-Bali 2023 Sanur Beach has a lengthy shoreline (about 7 kilometers) with a paved footpath that runs the length of it, making it ideal for an early morning walk, jog, or bike ride. Which is exactly what I did when i took these photos during my walk. It’s a beautiful course flanked by fishing boats, hotel gardens, and beach eateries, with views of Mount Agung volcano in the background on occasion. Although it was shrouded in heavy mist during my visit, so I really didn't get to see it at all. But as you will see from my photos the weather at the beach was stunning with a beautiful cool breeze, and lots of lovely small cafes and restaurants to stop and refresh at along the way. Music free under creative commons licence from You Tube music library Title: Lazy Laura by Quincas Moreira

Sun Beach

Hat Chao Mai National Park-Sun Beach 2023 Chao Mai National Park is home to several picturesque beaches, with white sandy shores and crystal-clear waters. As you will see from this slideshow video. I can only say it is the closest place to heaven on Earth I have ever visited! No people, no traffic, no dogs, no buildings, no anything except beautiful nature untouched. I visited here on my road trip to the southern part of Thailand in December 2023, I will after this visit be going again, if not just for the peace, the beauty of this amazing place. This is the most beautiful part of Thailand you will ever see! Please enjoy! Music free under creative commons licence, from YouTube music library Credits to: Quincas Moreira for writing -Nature Nurture

Samila Beach

The busiest part of Samila Beach is the eastern end nearest Songkhla Town centre. In front of the famous mermaid statue is a long promenade ending in front of roundabout bearing the name ‘Samila Beach’. Lining the promenade are restaurants, shops and market stalls. At the beach end of the promenade is a large concrete pavilion. Samila Beach is not a swimming or sunbathing beach. There are a lot of large ships in the bay. The beach is somewhere people walk along or sit around. People also come to exercise, ride bicycles, and even horses, up and down the beach side path. They also come at sunset to enjoy an ice cream, a sausage on a stick, draw pictures of the bay, or a drink. Looking westwards along Samila Beach from the mermaid statue the bay curves gently northwards for just under 3 km. For the entire length of the bay there is wide border of pine trees all the way to far tip of the peninsular marking the end of the beach and opening of large river mouth linking the sea to the vast Songkhla Lake. The famous statue on Samila Beach is the cat and mouse statue at the eastern end of the beach. This large statue was installed in 2000 to commemorate the local legend of the cat, the mouse, the dog and the magic crystal. According to the legend a Chinese merchant ship carrying a magic crystal was passing by Simila Beach when the ships’ dog, cat and mouse, working together as a team, stole the magic crystal and made a bid for freedom by attempting to swim to the shore. Neither dog, cat, mouse or magic crystal ever made it to the beach. The dog turned into Tang Kuan hill, the cat and mouse turned into the two islands in the bay, named Cat Island (Koh Maeow) and Mouse Island (Koh Nu).

Ang Thong Waterfall

This is a little Waterfall by the side of a main road. Very easy to access. We visited it on our December 2023 Road trip around the southern end of Thailand. The waterfall rock is dark greenish yellow color. The water in this waterfall looks like a pale gold color. This 10-meter-High waterfall are flowing all year around and the most significant to this fall is the color, the color of this waterfall is gold. There are many picnic tables and Trees around the basin of the waterfall where people can relax and enjoy its surroundings. There is also a path for people to walk up to the top of the waterfall, but we did not as we were on our way to Pak Meng, which was still quite a drive onwards. Music free under creative commons licence from you tube music library Frozen Lake by Ryan McCaffery

Wang Thep Tharo, Dragon Garden

The Old Man and the Dragons Part of my road trip in December 2023, in the districts of Trang and Songkhla, took me to this beautiful and quite spectacular "Dragon Garden" in some 48hectres of land there is a minimum of some 88 Dragons. In this slideshow you will see a good selection of what I saw on the day. The sign in the center of the sculpture park reads "Pay respect to the Earth" in Thai. Others scattered along walking paths offer words of wisdom in two languages, including "Be powerful like a dragon." I'm didn't feel so powerful in this tropical heat, just five minutes in the sun turning my shirt into a sweaty mess. Holding court in a shaded pavilion was the man behind all this, Mr. Jaroon Keawla-eiad. ("That's probably not a perfect spelling," my guide explained. "Some Thai words don't translate very well into English letters.") He is a retired local schoolteacher that took over this land of theptaro trees many decades ago and made a dragon from the curvy tree's roots. Then he made another, and one after that, then kept going. There are now 88 of them on the property. Music free under creative commons licence

Van Gogh Memory

Get ready to explore the world of Vincent van Gogh the first immersive art exhibition in Phuket at Tree O'Clock Gallery and Restaurant. "Van Gogh Memory" is an exciting exhibition that takes you into the life and art of this famous Dutch painter. You could take cool pictures at our outdoor photo booth. Be creative and snap photos with Van Gogh's famous art all around you. But the best bit was exploring the enchantment of his masterpieces with the tips of your fingers, and witness the art come alive in response to your curiosity. It's an immersive experience that seamlessly merges art and technology, bringing you closer to Van Gogh's work in a more engaging way than ever before. Tap the portraits and they change, touch the fields of corn and bees fly out, touch the grasses and butterflies flutter their way across the canvas. Along with an informative guide and a super free craft class (we painted small light globes inspired by Van Gogh) we had a fab time. Music free under creative commons licence

The Lebuh Pantai Fire and Rescue Station 2023

Built in 1908, the Central Fire Station is Malaysia’s oldest surviving fire station. Up until the late 19th century, residents of George Town had to rely on the police to help put out flames, tackle wildlife problems and other emergencies. In 1898, a fire brigade was finally set up, comprising 10 trained volunteers equipped with a steam power pump carted by four horses. It wasn’t until 10 years later, however, that the Central Fire Station was built. The largely Edwardian two-storey building was fitted with a Mughal-style watchtower - topped with a finialed dome - that was used for observation, training and to dry off water hoses. The Central Fire Station remains in operation 115 years later, with some new additions. The original louvred wood shutters were replaced by colonial grid windows, and at the back of the building, a three-storey barracks was added to house firefighters and their families. But perhaps most striking is the new red and white paint job that accentuates the building’s symmetrical beauty and classic features. So striking, in fact, that the building got an honourable mention in Accidentally Wes Anderson, the bible of nostalgia aesthetics. The fire station is one of 82 historic buildings listed as Category 1 in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. More recently, it was known as the Beach Street Fire Station up until 2019, when it reverted to its original name. To commemorate its storied past, the station’s squad - led by former station chief Mohamad Rafizi Arafpin - have set up a mini gallery on site. Items on display include old photographs, a vintage bicycle fitted with a water hose carriage, as well as different types of firefighter garb. Young visitors can even put on a kids’ uniform and sit in a fire truck - a front seat glimpse into the life of a hero.

Street Art Penang 2023

Penang, Malaysia is renowned for its vibrant street art scene. The island’s capital, George Town, is home to numerous captivating murals and installations that have become a major tourist attraction1. The street art history in Penang began in 2012 when Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic created a series of interactive murals for the George Town Festival2. Since then, other artists have contributed to the city’s street art landscape. To explore Penang’s street art, you can embark on a self-guided walking tour in George Town.

Seti Darma Houses of Masks #4-Ubud -Bali

Whilst in Ubud, I had planned beforehand to visit the Masks and Puppets Museum, always being fascinated by puppets as a child and into my adulthood, you can image the thrill and pleasure I got from this visit! EXHIBITIONS SPACES The collections of the House of Masks and Puppets are housed in four different traditional Javanese antique houses or commonly known as Joglo. These unique Joglos are mostly originated from East and Middle Java. They are made out of good quality teak wood and have been put up to help keep their preservation. All the exhibits are displayed and curated in English as well as Balinese. The collection of the House of Masks and Puppets currently consists of approximately 7000 items, of which 1300 are masks from Indonesia, Africa, and Japan; whilst the other 5700 are puppets from Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Although the House of Masks and Puppets has several objects from other countries, the collection mostly consists of items from various regions in Indonesia. The acquisition of various masks and puppets from other countries is intended for additional learning, appreciation, and understanding of other cultures. I have split the collection as in their displays in four houses. From full human sized costumes and masks, to face only masks, to shadow and screen puppets and finally wooden puppets! I hope you enjoy the collection. For all four videos I have used the same music and give credit to: PIXABAY LICENSE CERTIFICATE ============================================== This document confirms the download of an audio file pursuant to the Content License as defined in the Pixabay Terms of Service available at https://pixabay.com/service/terms/ Licensor's Username: https://pixabay.com/users/sergepavkinmusic-6130722/ Licensee: Polum2 Audio File Title: Evergreen Audio File URL: https://pixabay.com/music/beautiful-plays-evergreen-148008/ Audio File ID: 148008 Date of download: 2023-08-14 11:55:23 UTC Pixabay GmbH c/o Lacore Rechtsanwälte LLP Berliner Freiheit 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany Pixabay is a user-contributed stock content website. The above-named Licensor is responsible for this audio file. Pixabay monitors uploaded audio files only to a reasonable extent. Pixabay cannot be held responsible for the acts or omissions of its users and does not represent or warrant that any required third-party consents or licenses have been obtained.

Seti Darma House of Masks #3- Ubud-Bali

Whilst in Ubud, I had planned beforehand to visit the Masks and Puppets Museum, always being fascinated by puppets as a child and into my adulthood, you can image the thrill and pleasure I got from this visit! EXHIBITIONS SPACES The collections of the House of Masks and Puppets are housed in four different traditional Javanese antique houses or commonly known as Joglo. These unique Joglos are mostly originated from East and Middle Java. They are made out of good quality teak wood and have been put up to help keep their preservation. All the exhibits are displayed and curated in English as well as Balinese. The collection of the House of Masks and Puppets currently consists of approximately 7000 items, of which 1300 are masks from Indonesia, Africa, and Japan; whilst the other 5700 are puppets from Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Although the House of Masks and Puppets has several objects from other countries, the collection mostly consists of items from various regions in Indonesia. The acquisition of various masks and puppets from other countries is intended for additional learning, appreciation, and understanding of other cultures. I have split the collection as in their displays in four houses. From full human sized costumes and masks, to face only masks, to shadow and screen puppets and finally wooden puppets! I hope you enjoy the collection. For all four videos I have used the same music and give credit to: PIXABAY LICENSE CERTIFICATE ============================================== This document confirms the download of an audio file pursuant to the Content License as defined in the Pixabay Terms of Service available at https://pixabay.com/service/terms/ Licensor's Username: https://pixabay.com/users/sergepavkinmusic-6130722/ Licensee: Polum2 Audio File Title: Evergreen Audio File URL: https://pixabay.com/music/beautiful-plays-evergreen-148008/ Audio File ID: 148008 Date of download: 2023-08-14 11:55:23 UTC Pixabay GmbH c/o Lacore Rechtsanwälte LLP Berliner Freiheit 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany Pixabay is a user-contributed stock content website. The above-named Licensor is responsible for this audio file. Pixabay monitors uploaded audio files only to a reasonable extent. Pixabay cannot be held responsible for the acts or omissions of its users and does not represent or warrant that any required third-party consents or licenses have been obtained.

Seti Darma House of Masks #2 Ubud-Bali

Whilst in Ubud, I had planned beforehand to visit the Masks and Puppets Museum, always being fascinated by puppets as a child and into my adulthood, you can image the thrill and pleasure I got from this visit! EXHIBITIONS SPACES The collections of the House of Masks and Puppets are housed in four different traditional Javanese antique houses or commonly known as Joglo. These unique Joglos are mostly originated from East and Middle Java. They are made out of good quality teak wood and have been put up to help keep their preservation. All the exhibits are displayed and curated in English as well as Balinese. The collection of the House of Masks and Puppets currently consists of approximately 7000 items, of which 1300 are masks from Indonesia, Africa, and Japan; whilst the other 5700 are puppets from Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Although the House of Masks and Puppets has several objects from other countries, the collection mostly consists of items from various regions in Indonesia. The acquisition of various masks and puppets from other countries is intended for additional learning, appreciation, and understanding of other cultures. I have split the collection as in their displays in four houses. From full human sized costumes and masks, to face only masks, to shadow and screen puppets and finally wooden puppets! I hope you enjoy the collection. For all four videos I have used the same music and give credit to: PIXABAY LICENSE CERTIFICATE ============================================== This document confirms the download of an audio file pursuant to the Content License as defined in the Pixabay Terms of Service available at https://pixabay.com/service/terms/ Licensor's Username: https://pixabay.com/users/sergepavkinmusic-6130722/ Licensee: Polum2 Audio File Title: Evergreen Audio File URL: https://pixabay.com/music/beautiful-plays-evergreen-148008/ Audio File ID: 148008 Date of download: 2023-08-14 11:55:23 UTC Pixabay GmbH c/o Lacore Rechtsanwälte LLP Berliner Freiheit 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany Pixabay is a user-contributed stock content website. The above-named Licensor is responsible for this audio file. Pixabay monitors uploaded audio files only to a reasonable extent. Pixabay cannot be held responsible for the acts or omissions of its users and does not represent or warrant that any required third-party consents or licenses have been obtained.

Setia Darma House of Masks -Ubud Bali #1

Whilst in Ubud, I had planned beforehand to visit the Masks and Puppets Museum, always being fascinated by puppets as a child and into my adulthood, you can image the thrill and pleasure I got from this visit! EXHIBITIONS SPACES The collections of the House of Masks and Puppets are housed in four different traditional Javanese antique houses or commonly known as Joglo. These unique Joglos are mostly originated from East and Middle Java. They are made out of good quality teak wood and have been put up to help keep their preservation. All the exhibits are displayed and curated in English as well as Balinese. The collection of the House of Masks and Puppets currently consists of approximately 7000 items, of which 1300 are masks from Indonesia, Africa, and Japan; whilst the other 5700 are puppets from Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Although the House of Masks and Puppets has several objects from other countries, the collection mostly consists of items from various regions in Indonesia. The acquisition of various masks and puppets from other countries is intended for additional learning, appreciation, and understanding of other cultures. I have split the collection as in their displays in four houses. From full human sized costumes and masks, to face only masks, to shadow and screen puppets and finally wooden puppets! I hope you enjoy the collection. For all four videos I have used the same music and give credit to: PIXABAY LICENSE CERTIFICATE ============================================== This document confirms the download of an audio file pursuant to the Content License as defined in the Pixabay Terms of Service available at https://pixabay.com/service/terms/ Licensor's Username: https://pixabay.com/users/sergepavkinmusic-6130722/ Licensee: Polum2 Audio File Title: Evergreen Audio File URL: https://pixabay.com/music/beautiful-plays-evergreen-148008/ Audio File ID: 148008 Date of download: 2023-08-14 11:55:23 UTC Pixabay GmbH c/o Lacore Rechtsanwälte LLP Berliner Freiheit 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany Pixabay is a user-contributed stock content website. The above-named Licensor is responsible for this audio file. Pixabay monitors uploaded audio files only to a reasonable extent. Pixabay cannot be held responsible for the acts or omissions of its users and does not represent or warrant that any required third-party consents or licenses have been obtained.

Balinese Dance at GWK Pt3

Whilst at the GWK Park I was able to attend a performance of Balinese dance. In three main chapters, this is no.3 of the three. I considered them to long to put together for YouTube purposes. I hope you enjoy. Below is some information about Balinese dancing; Balinese dance is a variety of dances originating from the island of Bali. Balinese dance does not always depend on the storyline. The main goal of Balinese dancers is to dance each stage of movement and sequence with full expression. The beauty of Balinese dance can be seen in the abstract and beautiful movements. The most famous Balinese dances include Pendet, Gambuh, Baris, Sanghyang and Legong. Balinese dances are mostly religious in meaning. Since the 1950s, with the rapid development of tourism, several dances have been performed at activities outside of religious events with some modifications. Balinese dance is one of the attractions of tourists to come to this island of the gods. In this video, the Balinese dance in GWK shows a dance that we took pictures of at a tourist spot known as Garuda Wisnu Kencana or GWK.

Balinese Dance at GWK Pt2

Whilst at the GWK Park I was able to attend a performance of Balinese dance. In three main chapters, this is no.2 of the three. I considered them to long to put together for YouTube purposes. I hope you enjoy. Below is some information about Balinese dancing; Balinese dance is a variety of dances originating from the island of Bali. Balinese dance does not always depend on the storyline. The main goal of Balinese dancers is to dance each stage of movement and sequence with full expression. The beauty of Balinese dance can be seen in the abstract and beautiful movements. The most famous Balinese dances include Pendet, Gambuh, Baris, Sanghyang and Legong. Balinese dances are mostly religious in meaning. Since the 1950s, with the rapid development of tourism, several dances have been performed at activities outside of religious events with some modifications. Balinese dance is one of the attractions of tourists to come to this island of the gods. In this video, the Balinese dance in GWK shows a dance that we took pictures of at a tourist spot known as Garuda Wisnu Kencana or GWK.

Balinese Dance at GWK- Bali- Pt1

Whilst at the GWK Park I was able to attend a performance of Balinese dance. In three main chapters, this is no.1 of the three. I considered them to long to put together for YouTube purposes. I hope you enjoy. Below is some information about Balinese dancing; Balinese dance is a variety of dances originating from the island of Bali. Balinese dance does not always depend on the storyline. The main goal of Balinese dancers is to dance each stage of movement and sequence with full expression. The beauty of Balinese dance can be seen in the abstract and beautiful movements. The most famous Balinese dances include Pendet, Gambuh, Baris, Sanghyang and Legong. Balinese dances are mostly religious in meaning. Since the 1950s, with the rapid development of tourism, several dances have been performed at activities outside of religious events with some modifications. Balinese dance is one of the attractions of tourists to come to this island of the gods. In this video, the Balinese dance in GWK shows a dance that we took pictures of at a tourist spot known as Garuda Wisnu Kencana or GWK.

Camphuan Ridge Walk Ubud-Bali

During my stay in Ubud, I took the morning to walk along the Camphuan Ridge walk. A walk along a ridge that lifts you up above the rice fields and surrounding valley. The length of the Campuhan Ridge Walk is ~2km (~1.2 miles) from start to end. It follows a palm-tree lined paved walkway up over the hillside and will take ~30 minutes one way (if you don’t stop to take in the view and snap some photos, which of course I did!). There is no option to make this walk into a loop walk, and you will need to double back on the same path used on the way. The Campuhan Ridge Walk is an easy-moderate walk, with some gentle inclines up over the hilltop. Although paved, it can be a little uneven as not all of the paving is level, Otherwise I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of the path. We stopped at the end where there are a few cafe's. And took in a fresh coconut drink before returning to Ubud town. Certainly, was a lovely walk and quite popular with expats and Balinese.

Chandra Mati Ladies Orchestra and Dance Troupe

Please be aware that this video was taken during the performance, by hand without tripod. Taken during my visit to Ubud -Bali in July 2023 I am not a videographer, but a photographer who occasionally takes video. You will see four set pieces by the Chandra Mati Ladies Orchestra and Dance Troupe. These dancers are starting training from the age of 3 years old. Learning the complex hand and eye movements in tandem with their body and feet. It was a fantastic experience of Balinese dancing that I had to share with anyone who is interested. #Instrumentalia “Kebyar Ding Sempale” is an expression of heartfelt joy communicated in the form of melody and rhythm and extremely dynamic performance. This musical calls upon and is supported by the glorious sounds of the Gamelan Gong Kebyar with chorus. This piece was composed for Chandra Wati Group. #Puspa Wresti Welcome Dance This dance derives from the ritual dance: Pendet dance. Symbolizing of gratitude, respect and joy when welcoming the presence of gods who descend from khayangan (realm of gods) . a number of young girls in this Panyembrama represent member of the dance and music troupe to welcome the audience with deep appreciation and peace. #Cendrawasih Dance Cendrawasih is the beautiful bird from Papua island. It is also known as a bird of paradise. This choreography is about them having mate ritual. #Rabbit Dance This is the new dance choreography that portrays of the behaviour of the rabbit. This is performed by younger dancers. Thank you and please subscribe and share!

Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple - Bali

During my very recent visit to Bali, I visited Ulawatu Temple. Whilst there we managed to get tickets for the famous Fire Show. After having waiting for several hours, and in the pouring rain, we were seated in the amphitheatre at Ulawatu to watch the performance of the kecak fire dance. For me the sound of a 50 strong male choir, creating a "cak" in different tones and keys was a new experience. This performance did not disappoint on any level, from the costumes to the fine but deliberate dance movements narrating the story from the Ramayana. Not only a challenge to photograph, but to try and watch and immerse oneself in the whole experience. The Story and Elements of the Kecak Dance; The Kecak dance is performed by more than a dozen dancers; in fact, it might contain the most dancers on stage at any one time of all of Bali’s famous dances. The choir group consists of 50 or more male dancers who perform very basic routines. The main dancers, who play the most significant roles and perform countless dance routines, typically include around 10 to 15 dancers. Credit to :Bali life on the Island Now for the above piece.

Pandawa Beach Bali

Although I only spent a short spell here before making the onward journey to Ulawatu I managed to Get some beautiful photos of this wonderful beach. Which I would have loved to spend more time at. Another day! A popular beach destination located on the island of Bali, Indonesia. It is sometimes known as "Pantai Pandawa" in the local language. Here's some information about this beautiful beach: Location: Pandawa Beach is situated in the southern part of Bali, approximately 3-4 kilometers southwest of Nusa Dua and about 15 kilometers from Kuta. The beach is tucked away behind high limestone cliffs, giving it a secluded and picturesque setting. Scenery and Features: The beach is known for its stunning white sand and crystal-clear blue waters, making it an idyllic spot for swimming, sunbathing, and water activities. The surrounding cliffs offer not only a scenic view but also protection from the wind, making Pandawa Beach an excellent choice for a relaxing day by the sea. Pandawa Beach is relatively less crowded compared to some other famous beaches in Bali, which adds to its charm and tranquility. Additionally, it is lined with numerous small warungs (local eateries) that serve various Indonesian delicacies and refreshments, allowing visitors to enjoy a beachside meal. Activities: Besides swimming and sunbathing, Pandawa Beach offers opportunities for water sports like snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Many visitors also choose to take leisurely walks along the shoreline, taking in the picturesque scenery and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. Accessibility: The beach used to be relatively inaccessible due to the cliffs that surrounded it, but a road was constructed, making it easier for tourists to reach Pandawa Beach. There is a small entrance fee to access the area. Overall, Pandawa Beach is a beautiful and serene destination, perfect for those seeking a more tranquil beach experience on the island of Bali.

Duter Orchid Garden Bali

During my recent stay in Bali, I took time out to visit an Orchid Gardens, Duta Orchid Gardens just on the outskirts of Denpasar, in Bali. I took many photos of the beautiful Orchids to share with you. I hope you enjoy them. Below is a small description of how Duta Orchid Garden came about, courtesy of their own web site. Duta Orchid Gardens: Begining with a fondness of plants and an interest of orchids, Ni Wayan Sri Laba started a hobby as a collector of many kinds of native and hybrid orchids from Indonesia. In pursuit of this hobby and the desire to develop native orchids from Indonesia, an idea emerged to create a showroom named Duta Orchid for development and sales. This totally affected in orchids market in Bali because it developed rapidly and caused many people to become curious about orchids. In order to introduce all about orchids world to the society which can be entertaining and educating Ni Wayan Sri Laba built a beautiful garden where many people started their orchids world called “Duta Orchid Garden”.

Taman Festival Abandoned Theme Park Art-Bali

During my recent visit to Bali (two weeks ago at the time of writing) whilst staying in Sanur, I visited this old, abandoned theme park. Taken over by the local council after failing to even complete, it now sits idle with all traces of attractions removed (for safety reasons) leaving only some derelict buildings on site. These buildings along with the park itself have attracted many street artists, experienced and not so much. Creating a huge outdoor informal gallery of art. I was told by the ticket man on the gate (yes there is one) that once a year there is a big event when a lot of artists come together to produce new murals. I have included some photos of the park landscape to give this area context. Literally a stones throw away from the Black volcanic beach of Keramas. (I will be making a slideshow/video of that also very soon, so please subscribe to get notifications). SO sit back and enjoy some rather different street art from my other videos. and thank you for watching! Music free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music Library Title: The Stoic & The Sailor by Unicorn Heads

Serene Ko Lamphu เกาะลำพู-Surat Thani-Thailand

Ko Lamphu is situated in the Tapi River, which flows through Surat Thani. The island offers a serene and picturesque environment, surrounded by the river's calm waters. It's a great place to escape the bustling city and enjoy some tranquility in nature. We stopped there on our road trip into Surat Thani province in February 2023, it was a welcome break from the City and a good way to get some informal exercise. As a river island, Ko Lamphu may offer activities such as boat tours, kayaking, or simply relaxing by the riverside. During our walk round it we were struck by how much/many recreational facilities there were actually on the Island. Ranging from ball game courts, to outdoor gym equipment!

Stunning Phu Rhea National Park Loei-Thailand

Phu Ruae is a lofty table-top mountain overspread with pine trees. Its distinctive point is the overhanging cliff resembling a giant junk's prow. Phu Ruae national park covers an area of 75,525 rai (120.84 km.2) in Tambon Nong Bua, Amphoe Phu Ruea. Located in Nong Bua, Phu Ruea and spreading across into the Tha Li districts, the park covers a total area of 121 square kilometers, with the northern tip reaching the Thai-Laos border. This mountain and lofty plateau is dotted with rows of pine trees and an overhanging cliff that resembles the bow of a sailboat. The surrounded area is punctuated by sandstone and granite peaks and populated by wildlife such as bears, deer, hyena, pheasants and big-headed turtles. The high altitude means the climate is cool all year round, in fact it’s the coolest national park in all of Thailand, according to statistics. October to March are particular chilly and you can often see frost or frozen dew, known as ‘mae kaning’ in Thai, clinging to the plants and grass up near the peak. The park’s most interesting spots and attractions are as follows : -Decho viewpoint is an elevated spot perfect for watching the sun rise and on clear days visitors can see Loei’s mountain peaks in all their glory stretching as far as the eye can see. - Phu Ruea Peak is the highest point in the park at 1,365 meters above sea level and is surrounded by grassy plains, rocky areas and both natural and cultivated pine forests.

Amazing Sunset Beach at Ao Nang-Krabbe -Thailand

Seen here at Sunset.... About Ao Nang; Ao Nang Beach is the main beach in the town of Ao Nang, located in the Krabi Province of Thailand. It is a picturesque beach that stretches along the Andaman Sea, known for its soft white sand, clear turquoise waters, and stunning limestone cliffs. The beach is a popular destination for tourists due to its beauty and the range of activities available. Visitors can relax on the beach, sunbathe, and take in the scenic views of the surrounding islands. The water is generally calm and suitable for swimming, making it a great spot for families and those who enjoy water activities. Along the beach, you'll find a variety of facilities and amenities. You'll also find beachside bars and restaurants where you can grab a drink, enjoy a meal, or try some delicious Thai cuisine. From Ao Nang Beach, you can easily access various nearby attractions and islands. For example, you can take a longtail boat or speedboat to visit the famous Railay Beach, which is known for its dramatic cliffs and rock-climbing opportunities. Other popular destinations accessible from Ao Nang include the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Hong, and the Four Islands.

Hidden Gem in Thailand! Laem Prathap

Laem Prathap is a boarding point to see pink dolphins in the bay near Donsak Pier. You can stop to pay homage to Luang Poo Thuad Island stepped on the fresh water sea and see beautiful folding rocks. This side of the sea is considered very rich, clear green water / There are baby mullets jumping around beside the boat Not far from the wooden bridge (Jetty) at Ao Talet which you can see in another of my videos here: https://youtu.be/Sa8IlkHLrlE The boat ride out was filled with stunning coastal scenery, and we did get to see the Pink Dolphins as well, although they were a bit camera shy! you might see glimpses of a couple in the photos to follow!

Wat Khao Suwan Pradit-Don Sak, Surat Thani-Thailand

Wat Khao Suvan Pradit (Wat Khao Suwan Pradit) It was founded by one of the respectable Buddhist clerics from Southern Thailand. The temple stands on top of a 45-meter hill. Driving up in the car wasn't as bad as some temples I have driven too and even the car park(which is large) this a great viewpoint in itself. You can see the pagoda with relics. Although during my visit the temple was closed. The temple stands on a Cape crane, so that there are incredible views of the area and the Don Sak River, flowing into Samese Bay. And at nautical breadth, of course. The two stilted viewpoints one each side allow you to almost feel as though you are over the sea. Again the views are spectacular and well worth the visit, I could've spent all day there....

Vegetarian Festival (of the Nine Emperor Gods) in Phuket 2022

I am fortunate to live in Phuket and one of my years highlights as a photographer is the Festival of the Nine Emperor Gods! Here not only can I participate in such a stunning public spectacle by being blessed by those "carrying" the spirits of the Gods inside them, but I get a great position in the parade en route. Nine Emperor Gods Festival takes place in Phuket old town on the first nine days of the ninth Chinese month. Its dates vary in the Gregorian calendar, but usually it falls around October. although if I remember rightly this one fell at the end of September. The festival is extremely striking and exotic, with hundreds of spirit mediums competing in their efforts to mutilate themselves for the gods. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a colourful annual event held on the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, usually in September or October. The festival celebrates the Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. The festival is famous for its 'extreme' celebrations. These include acts that invoke the gods, from firewalking to body piercing. Acts of self-mortification are undertaken by participants who act as mediums of the gods. These have become more spectacular and daring as each year goes by. While the origins of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival are unclear, it is commonly thought that it was brought to the island by a wandering Chinese opera group that fell ill from a malaria epidemic. One of the performers was sent to China to invite the Nine Emperor Gods (known as the Kiu Ong Iah) to Phuket. The Chinese followed the tradition of refraining from eating meat, drinking alcoholic drinks, engaging in sex, quarrelling, telling lies or killing. This was to ensure the purification of the mind and body. The opera group made a complete recovery and the epidemic ceased. Since then, the people of Phuket have continued to celebrate the festival. The festival was meant to honour the gods and express the people's happiness at surviving what was, in the 19th century, a fatal illness. Subsequently, the festival has grown and developed into a spectacular yearly event in Phuket. It draws thousands of visitors each year, many of whom come from China and Asian destinations. For the next few days, the local Chinese/Thai community brings their household gods to the temple, along with offerings of food and drink. It is assumed that the household gods will benefit from an annual injection of spiritual energy that fills the temple. You can observe and even participate in the lighting of joss sticks and candles, before placing them around the various gods. Street processions often involve participants walking in a trance, running across a bed of burning coals, and climbing an 8-metre ladder of sharp blades. Apart from the visual spectacle of this festival, you can partake in vegetarian dishes, which are sold at street stalls and markets around the island. Many of these vegetarian dishes aren't easily distinguishable from regular Thai dishes. Soybean and protein substitute products are used to replace pork, chicken or fish – they even look and taste exactly like meat. Look for yellow flags with red Chinese or Thai characters to find vegetarian food stalls. The often-gruesome ceremonies during the Phuket Vegetarian Festival are definitely not recommended for the faint-hearted. Men and women puncture their cheeks with sharp items, including knives and skewers. It's believed that the Chinese gods will protect them from harm, resulting in little blood or scarring. Even so, most injuries are usually sustained from the indiscriminate use of firecrackers. It's a good idea to stay well away from this deafening and sometimes frightening aspect of the Vegetarian Festival. The ceremonies take place in the vicinity of 6 Chinese temples in Phuket. The main temple is Jui Tui Shrine in Phuket Town. The first event is called the Raising of the Lantern Pole, which notifies the 9 Chinese gods of the start of the festival. Once the 10-metre-tall pole is erected, celebrants believe that the Hindu god, Shiva, descends to bring spiritual power to the event. These photos are from the Guan Nabon Shrine/Temple in Chalong near to where I live.

Prince of Chumphon Shrine-Chumphon-Thailand!

SHRINE TO PRINCE OF CHUMPHON (SADEJ TIA) He may not be well-known to people outside of Thailand, but Admiral HRH Prince of Chumphon (also written as ‘Jumborn‘) is the man who is referred to as the ‘Father of the Royal Thai Navy’. The prince has a fascinating story that involves military prowess, medical skills and magical powers and his enduring legacy means that he is still widely revered amongst Thai people today. This beautiful and aptly shaped "ship" shaped shrine is not only on a beautiful and stunning part of the coast but a fun and family friendly place to visit. you can see the super decommissioned Ship https://youtu.be/JMNGXx2T_Ng which sits next to the shrine in its own dry dock for people to explore!

Nong Yai Tang Chang Public Park & Nong Yai Train Track Wooden Bridge- Chumphon-Thailand 2023

On my road trip in December 2022/23 I visited Chumphon, this beautiful park has an interesting history and many Rusa Deer, as you will see they were very cooperative in having their photos taken but are essentially wild deer. Nong Yai Wooden Bridge, Nong Yai Development Project Community, Chumphon - Kaem Ling or Monkey’s Cheeks project is one of many royal projects created to control flood and preserve water. Nong Yai Wooden Bridge spans almost 300 metres over a large money’s cheek reservoir created to buffer the great inundation of Chumphon back in 1989. The park came about following the devastation caused by Typhoon Gay back in November 1989. 529 people were killed, 160,000 became homeless, with 7,130 km2 of farm land destroyed. Under Royal Initiative a system of flood control measures were implemented. The story of the Kings visit is depicted on a series of stones found on a mound in the centre of the park. The main flood management system is a diversion canal running from the Tha Taphap river in the west of the park to the Phanang Tak river in the east, which is near the sea. In times of heavy rain, water can be diverted through the canal preventing/reducing any flooding in the area around Chumphon town. At the western end of the pond is another bridge known as "Saphli Train Track Wooden Bridge" or "Nong Yai Train Track Wooden Bridge." This unique bridge was originally a railway track that has been transformed into a pedestrian bridge, offering a picturesque view of the surrounding countryside and rice fields. This has been installed to allow visitors to see Javan Rusa deer. These were a gift to the people from King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The story of the Kings visit is depicted on a series of stones found on a mound in the centre of the park.

Baan Nam Rad Pool- Surat Thani-Thailand

The Surat Thani Emerald Pool, also known as Ban Nam Rad, is a popular tourist attraction located in the province of Surat Thani in southern Thailand. It is known for its stunning natural beauty and crystal-clear emerald-colored water. The Emerald Pool is a natural hot spring located within the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve, which is part of the Khao Luang National Park. The water in the pool is heated by geothermal activity, resulting in a pleasant temperature for swimming and relaxing. The pool gets its name from the unique color of the water, which appears emerald, green due to the high mineral content in the surrounding rocks and vegetation. The mineral-rich water is believed to have therapeutic properties and is said to be beneficial for skin conditions and muscle relaxation. Apart from the Emerald Pool, the surrounding area is also home to several other natural attractions, including hot springs, waterfalls, and jungle trails. Visitors can explore the lush rainforest, take a dip in the hot springs, or enjoy a picnic by the poolside. It's important to note that due to the popularity of the Emerald Pool, it can get crowded, especially during peak tourist seasons. To fully enjoy the experience and avoid the crowds, it's recommended to visit early in the morning or on weekdays. Overall, the Surat Thani Emerald Pool is a beautiful natural wonder that offers a unique and refreshing experience for visitors looking to relax and immerse themselves in Thailand's natural beauty.

The EPIC Ak Baital Pass to Lake Karakul in Tajikistan 2012

During my epic journey along the Silk route from Turkey to China in 2012, one country became the most EPIC journey of the whole trip. Tajikistan, and the unforgettable Ak-Baital Pass on the way to Karakul Lake just before the border with Kyrgyzstan where our first town was OSH. This is a slightly longer than usual slideshow for me, but I did not want to cut the beauty and stunning scenery from any of it. When I look back at this part of the journey, I still am stunned at this World's natural beauty. I Hope you do too! About the Ak-Baital Pass Ak-Baital Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.670m (15,321ft) above the sea level, located in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikistan. It’s the highest road pass in the former Soviet Union. Set high in the Pamir Mountains, the road to the summit, also known as Pereval Akbaytal, is the defiant M41 road, known informally and more commonly as the Pamir Highway. At this altitude it's the highest point of this infamous route, sometimes referred to as “The Road from Hell”. This section of the road is barely passable. Throughout the area, the land is typically rugged and dry. Construction and maintenance levels vary substantially along the highway. The roadway is paved is some areas, but is mostly unpaved. The pass will get you closer to the moon than perhaps you’ve ever been, and not just because of the head-swimming altitude – the landscape is lunar barren and otherworldly, though a little wetter than the earth’s orbiting rock – beautiful blue water lakes bejewel the area, the best being the haunting deep of a lifeless Lake Karakul. Travelling through here is like a trip to a parallel world, where the landscape is bigger, bolder and infused with the eerie, all under the high, wide presence of a brilliant blue sky. Music Credit: PIXABAY LICENSE CERTIFICATE ============================================== This document confirms the download of an audio file pursuant to the Content License as defined in the Pixabay Terms of Service available at https://pixabay.com/service/terms/ Licensor's Username: https://pixabay.com/users/alex_makemusic-24186663/ Licensee: Polum2 Audio File Title: Mountain Audio File URL: https://pixabay.com/music/main-title-mountain-11699/ Audio File ID: 11699 Date of download: 2023-06-20 07:44:47 UTC Pixabay GmbH c/o Lacore Rechtsanwälte LLP Berliner Freiheit 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany Pixabay is a user-contributed stock content website. The above-named Licensor is responsible for this audio file. Pixabay monitors uploaded audio files only to a reasonable extent. Pixabay cannot be held responsible for the acts or omissions of its users and does not represent or warrant that any required third-party consents or licenses have been obtained. For any queries related to this document please contact Pixabay via [email protected].

Imam Asim shrine-Jiya Village-Taklaman Desert-China 2012

During my journey along the Silk Route to China, I was lucky enough to visit the Imam Asim Tomb in Jiya village, Xinjiang China. Set on the edge of the Taklaman desert, this shrine to the venerated Sufi imam and soldier who is said to have led the Muslim conquest of the region in around 1000 A.D. Serving under the khan of the Turkic Karakhanids, Imam Asim was part of any army that brought an end to the Buddhist kingdom of Hotan, ushering in an era of Islamic dominance of the oasis cities that ring the Taklamakan. Sadly during my research of this place I am aware that the mosque and most of the holy banners and merits have been razed to the ground, around 2016. I have photos, I was there!! it did exist! (In 2012) and I was/am honoured to have been one of the few westerners to have made it to that destination. I hope you enjoy these few images I have left of the mosque and surrounding area. They are all gone and all that is left is the mausoleum.

Afaq Khoja Mausoleum-Kashgar 2012

During my stay at Kashgar (China) in 2012, as part of my Silk Route journey, I visited as many sites as I could safely do so. This one was a sight of utmost reverence and people were so pleased to see us there. With glazed tiles shining in the sun, its tower points to the azure sky. A masterpiece of Uigur architecture, this is Abakh Khoja Tomb, 17th Century family cemetery of the Kashgar area Islamic leader. The Afaq Khoja Mausoleum is a mausoleum in Xinjiang, China; it is the holiest Muslim site in the region. located some 5 km northeast from the centre of Kashgar, in Haohan Village (浩罕村; Ayziret in Uyghur), which has is also known as Yaghdu. The shrine is heavily patronized by sightseers and locals alike and has been designated as a tourist attraction by Chinese officials.

Tash Rabat

One of those places that you must visit! I took in a visit when on my way from Narin (in Kyrgyzstan) to Kashgar (in China) during my Silk Route Journey in 2012. Tash Rabat is a historic caravanserai located in the At-Bashi District of Naryn Province in Kyrgyzstan. It is a well-preserved stone building that served as a resting place for travelers on the ancient Silk Road. The Tash Rabat caravanserai is believed to have been constructed in the 15th century, although its exact origins and purpose remain somewhat uncertain. It is built in a remote and mountainous area, which suggests that it may have served as a shelter for merchants and travelers crossing the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains. The structure itself is a large, domed building made of stone, with thick walls that provide protection from the elements and potential dangers. It consists of 31 rooms arranged around a central courtyard, with a smaller chamber on the second floor. The walls are about a meter thick, and the domed roof is supported by a central pillar. The design is characteristic of Central Asian architecture. Tash Rabat is now a popular tourist attraction in Kyrgyzstan, attracting visitors who are interested in history, architecture, and the Silk Road. The surrounding area offers beautiful landscapes, and the site provides an opportunity to explore the ancient trade routes and imagine the lives of the travelers who once passed through this caravanserai.

Kashgar-China 2012

Kashgar, also known as Kashi, is a city located in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China. It is one of the oldest and most important cultural and commercial centers in the region. Here are some key points about Kashgar: Location: Kashgar is situated in the westernmost part of China, near the borders with Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan. It lies at the foot of the Pamir Mountains and is surrounded by vast deserts and high mountain ranges. History: Kashgar has a rich history that dates back over 2,000 years. It has been an important hub along the ancient Silk Road, facilitating trade and cultural exchange between China, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Culture: The city has a diverse cultural heritage, with influences from various ethnic groups such as Uighurs, Tajiks, Kazakhs, and Uzbeks. The Uighur people, who are predominantly Muslim, form the largest ethnic group in Kashgar. Old City: Kashgar's Old City, also known as the Kashgar Ancient Town, is a major attraction. It is one of the best-preserved examples of traditional Islamic architecture in Central Asia. The narrow streets, mud-brick houses, and bustling bazaars give visitors a glimpse into the city's vibrant past. Id Kah Mosque: The Id Kah Mosque is the largest mosque in China and a significant religious site for Muslims in the region. Its construction began in the 15th century and has since undergone several renovations. The mosque can accommodate thousands of worshippers during religious festivals. Modern Development: In recent years, Kashgar has undergone significant modernization and development efforts by the Chinese government. The city has seen infrastructure improvements, such as the construction of a modern airport, high-speed railway links, and new residential areas. These changes aim to boost economic growth and improve living standards in the region. It's worth noting that the region of Xinjiang, where Kashgar is located, has also faced some controversies and international attention due to reported human rights issues and the Chinese government's policies regarding the Uighur population. These issues have raised concerns and prompted discussions on the treatment of ethnic minorities in the region. This is only a short look at it when we were there in 2012, much has changed now we are informed.

Kashgar-China 2012

Hannoyi ancient Town-Kashgar-China 2012

The ancient city of Hanoi is one of the towns to which Kashgar belonged in ancient times. On the Gobi Desert, about 30 kilometers northeast of Kashgar, is the abandoned ancient city of Hanoi. About 1500 years ago. The ancient city is the ruins of Buddhists in Shule Kingdom more than 1,000 years ago. It is about 3 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide. There are abandoned karez under the hillside outside the city, indicating that the technology of karez well sinking and water diversion has been used in ancient times. This ancient city was very prosperous during the Tang and Song Dynasties. It is said that it was the residence of some monarchs of the Lahan Dynasty when they came from the south. It is estimated that it was destroyed after the eleventh century. There are the ruins of the Mogao Buddhist Temple on the northern hillside, and the abandoned ancient karez below the hillside.

Wat Khao Rang -Phuket-2023

Wat Khao Rang, also known as Khao Rang Temple or Sumnak Song Khao Rang, is a Buddhist temple located in Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand. It is situated on the slope of Khao Rang Hill, which is the second-highest hill in Phuket. The temple offers a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding area, making it a great place for me to visit. The construction of Wat Khao Rang dates back to the early 20th century, and it has since undergone several renovations and expansions. The temple features a mix of Thai and Chinese architectural styles, reflecting the cultural diversity of the Phuket region. One of the main highlights of Wat Khao Rang is the giant golden sitting Buddha statue, known as Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri. This impressive statue measures about 45 meters (148 feet) in height and is the centerpiece of the temple. Visitors can climb a staircase to reach the statue and enjoy the breathtaking view from its platform. Not only does it look amazing, but it was also the first big Buddha image Phuket ever had until the giant Buddha in the Nakkerd Hills was built between Chalong and Kata. Apart from the Buddha statue, the temple grounds also include other structures such as pagodas, shrines, and smaller Buddha images. The serene atmosphere of the temple, surrounded by lush greenery, provides a peaceful setting for meditation and prayer. In addition to its religious significance, Wat Khao Rang is a popular spot for locals to exercise and enjoy outdoor activities. Many people come here for morning or evening to make merit and enjoy the surrounding area. There were quite a few on my visit.

The City Pillar Shrine in Surat Thani-Thailand 2023

The City Pillar Shrine in Surat Thani, Thailand is a sacred shrine that houses the city’s revered city pillar, which is believed to be the protector of the city and its people. The shrine is located in the heart of the city, near the Tapi River, and is considered an important spiritual and cultural landmark in Surat Thani. The City Pillar Shrine consists of a central structure, which houses the city pillar, as well as several smaller shrines and prayer halls. Visitors can enter the central shrine to pay their respects to the city pillar and offer prayers and offerings. The city pillar itself is a wooden post that is believed to embody the spirit of the city and its people. It is decorated with intricate carvings and engravings, and is considered a symbol of the city’s history, culture, and identity. Throughout the year, the City Pillar Shrine hosts various festivals and ceremonies, including the annual City Pillar Festival, which celebrates the city’s founding and heritage. During these events, the shrine is adorned with colorful decorations and offerings, and visitors can participate in traditional Thai cultural activities, such as music and dance performances, parades, and food fairs. Overall, the City Pillar Shrine is an important and sacred site in Surat Thani that offers visitors a unique insight into the spiritual and cultural traditions of the city and its people.

Chedi Phutthathambanlue at Wat Bang Riang

Following on from my slideshow of Wat Bang Riang, this is of the second structure in the complex at the top of the hill. Wat Bang Riang is a temple where Buddhist monks reside. The overall atmosphere is very peaceful but once in a while, buses with local visitors stop by to make merit and pay respect to a bell-shaped pagoda. Called Chedi Phutthathambanlue, this 109-metre-tall holy structure is said to house relics of the Buddha. The 2 enormous, mystical 5-headed Nagas (serpents) standing on each side of the staircase make quite an impressive entrance. Within the temple complex are the gigantic golden Buddha and the tallest statue of Kwam Im in South of Thailand (as well as many of her mini versions in the basement). You'll also get to see Buddha images of all sizes, in different postures and styles, throughout the premise. There are also Thai guardian figures such as lions, elephants and holy birds, as well as Chinese-style dragons. There are panoramic views of the district from the top of the hill, with vistas out over the hilly countryside of rubber plantations. On a clear day, you often have small villages and the Andaman Sea, as well as the famous Phang Nga Bay. Visitors to Wat Bang Riang can explore the temple grounds, which also include other structures, statues, and beautiful gardens. The Chedi Phutthathambanlue is a popular pilgrimage site and a place for devotees to pay their respects and offer prayers. It's quite beautifully adorned with reliefs and galleries of painting of the Buddha. When I was there, there was some restoration work going on with the paintings.

Street Art Alor Setar

Amazing Boat Shaped Wat -Bang Riang

On my way to Wat Bang Riang's beautiful Chedi and Temple up on the hill, in Thap Put, Muang, Phang Nga, Thailand. I decided to visit this part of the complex first. Set at the base of the hill, and quite often overlooked for the Wat that has the quite spectacular chedi on the hill further up from it. I decided to stop and take in the unusual and novel design of the Ubosot, set on a concrete boat, with a magnificent Naga head as the Bow. Surrounded by a small pond, making it appear to be floating on water! The walk round it was perfect. The Bow of the Boat so to speak is a stunning and strikingly large Naga Head piece. and the details all around the Wat are beautiful as well as colourful. The Chedi at the top of the hill is the main draw, but I enjoyed this bit and was glad I visited it first!

One of a kind- The Rock Fish Museum

From my road trip in February 2023 Set up in 1992 by a fisherman, this museum houses stone carvings and sculptures of marine life found in Thailand. It is a must see for zoologists and marine life enthusiasts. Stone Fish museum is the creation by Mr. Kitti Sinudom. It was inspired by his past career as a boat captain. He carved stone into different kinds of fish and categorized them in accordance with their habitat in the sea. Inside the Museum The rock museum is located in Donsak subdistrict, Surat Thani province. Founded in 1990 by Mr Kitti Si-Udom. His hometown is Park Aow Village, Bang Tapoon. After he and his family moved to Surat Thani, he began carving stones in 1943 with the purpose of conservation of all species existing in the Gulf of Thailand; therefore, the future generations would have a chance to know these species. These carved stones are supposed to be permanent artifacts for future generations and property of the country. Rock fish museum has been raised with skills and perseverance by carving stones into realistic fish, including many species in single and large group compositions. Most of the carved stones are marble, limestone, feldspar, sandstone, any gypsum. Currently, there are approximately 3,00 pieces of carved fish and growing!

Banteay Torp Pagoda

Whilst visiting the Banteay Torp Temple in Banteay Chhmar district, right within the same complex is the very new looking Pagoda. Beautifully adorned with exquisite paintings I had to do a separate slideshow for this building in it's own right.

Banteay Torp or ‘Fortress of the Army’-Banteay Chhmarr- Cambodia

Banteay Torp (pronounced Tor-op) Temple is a fascinating and interesting temple site. The name is thought to mean ‘Fortress of the Army’ and it was built during the same period as the Banteay Chhmar temple complex. It is believed to have been built as a tribute to the Khmer army for their defeat of the Cham army leading to Khmer control of the region. The temple is located about 12 km south of Banteay Chhmar. The site basically consists of three large (and very precarious looking) stone towers. Also, you can visit the nearby pagoda with its beautiful wall paintings. You can see it here: https://youtu.be/sw845Hvy468. The trip to Banteay Torp will take you through small villages, a large water reservoir and picturesque rice fields.

The Soieries du Mekong Silk Center

During my stay in Banteay Chhmar in December 2022, we visited the Soieries Silk center and were shown how they make silk in Cambodia. Providing meaningful work for some local women in Banteay Chhmar, it was a very interesting visit. The Soieries du Mekong Silk Center is a renowned organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the art of silk weaving in Southeast Asia, particularly in the Mekong region. Silk weaving has a long and rich history in Southeast Asia, and the Mekong region is known for its high-quality silk production. The Soieries du Mekong Silk Center plays a crucial role in supporting local artisans and communities involved in silk weaving by providing training, resources, and a platform to showcase their products. Silk weaving is not only a traditional craft but also an important part of the cultural heritage of the Mekong region. By supporting and promoting silk weaving, organizations like the Soieries du Mekong Silk Center contribute to the preservation of local traditions and the economic empowerment of communities involved in the silk industry. Silk Center The silk center began as a collaboration of two NGOs – Enfants du Mekong and Espoir en Soie. Soieries du Mekong has been training young Cambodian women in the art of silk weaving since 2001. Today, about a hundred people are actively contributing to the creation of Soieries du Mékong’s collections: weavers, seamstresses, embroiderers, and dyers. All silk products are entirely handcrafted and reflect the talents of the local Khmer women. You can receive a tour of the silk center, observe the silk-making process and maybe even get invited to lend a hand and try to weave yourself.

Street Art Alor Setar

I recently visited Alor Setar in Malaysia and found some beautiful and unexpected street art around the city. Alor Setar, the capital city of Kedah in Malaysia, is known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant arts scene. While Alor Setar may not be as renowned for street art as some other cities, it does boast a few notable pieces that add color and creativity to its streets. Here are a few examples of street art you can find in Alor Setar Remember that street art is dynamic, and new pieces may appear while others may change or be removed over time. These were seen and photographed in April 2023.

Rumah Merdeka -Malaysia

I had the pleasure of visiting this lovely, understated home when i visited Alor Setar in April 2023. The house is now a museum to the first Prime minister of Malaysia. About Rumah Merdeka Merdeka means a lot to every Malaysian. The word was chanting out seven times, profoundly, by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, at the ceremony of celebrating the independence day of Malaysia. The House of Merdeka or Rumah Merdeka, indeed, is the house of the first prime minister of this land, Tunku Abdul Rahman. He is also known as Bapa Malaysia and Bapa Kemerdekaan. The best option to see old Malay Mansion in fantastic condition. Tunku Abdul Rahman's house was built on a piece of land that was previously owned by his mother, Che Menjalara, who subsequently bequeathed it to him. The Tunku originally built a wooden house here during the Japanese Occupation, in 1942, called it Rumah Jalan Baru. He rebuilt the lower portion of that house with bricks in 1953, but retained the wooden top part. I hope you enjoy looking round it and its gardens as much as I did, very much a 'get away from it all," place..

Kuala Lumpur Walkabout

Every time I return to Kuala Lumpur, I just have to visit the Petronas Towers, and walk in the beautiful park that sits in front of them. But this video is not just the Petronas Towers, its also about my walk there from China Town and what I saw along the way. A vibrant and architecturally diverse city the reminds me in many ways of London. A feast for the eyes, and the senses. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy visiting it!

Istana Sepachendera, Alor Setar-Malaysia

During my visit to Alor Setar, or Alor Star as it is known locally, I was able to visit this sad and derelict Palace. No longer a school as per descriptor below, it remains in a sad state and only glimpses of bits of the front give you an idea how beautiful this building once was. I certainly enjoyed the walk round it and would love to see it restored. Istana Sepachendera is a grand palace hidden within the grounds of a school. It’s often compared to the Taj Mahal due to its intriguing backstory. In 1882, the 26th Sultan of Kedah – whose administration spanned from 1881 to 1943 – built the residence as a declaration of love for his Thai wife, Che Sepachendera. His devotion to her shines through the building’s stunning architecture, which blends together Malay and Thai influences. The royal couple gave birth to several royal princes in the palace too. Sepachendera’s death in 1907 led the royal family to vacate the house. But it remained inhabited for years after by various parties. In 1922, it was home to the first English girls’ school in Kedah – Kampung Baru Girl’s School, established by Sepachendera’s son, Tuanku Ibrahim. During World War II, the palace was occupied by Japanese soldiers. Following the war, the building became another all-girl’s school, but it closed in 1954. The palace was last in use in 2000, when it functioned as a prayer hall for students and staff at the nearby Insaniah University College. There were talks in 2014 to preserve the palace and convert it into a museum.

Street Art Ipoh Part 2

Ipoh, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Perak, is known for its vibrant street art scene. The city has seen a rise in the popularity of street art in recent years, with numerous murals and artworks adorning its walls. Here are some notable street art pieces and locations in Ipoh: Mural Art Lane: Located at Jalan Masjid, Mural Art Lane is a famous alley filled with colorful and creative murals. Artists from all over the world have contributed to this vibrant outdoor gallery, depicting a variety of subjects ranging from nature and animals to local culture and heritage. Old Town Ipoh: The historic Old Town area of Ipoh is home to several captivating street art pieces. Explore the narrow streets and alleys to discover hidden gems, including wall murals, quirky installations, and artistic graffiti. Concubine Lane: While not strictly street art, Concubine Lane is a popular tourist spot with a charming atmosphere and numerous art installations. The lane is lined with quaint shops, cafes, and vibrant decorations that make it a great spot for photography and exploration. Jalan Sultan Iskandar: This busy street in Ipoh features several eye-catching murals and street art installations. Artists have transformed the walls of buildings into colorful art pieces, often reflecting the local culture, history, and natural beauty of the area. Kong Heng Square: Situated in the heart of Old Town, Kong Heng Square is an artsy and cultural hub. The area is adorned with unique street art, sculptures, and creative signage that adds to its bohemian ambiance. Jalan Tun Sambanthan: Known as "Memory Lane," this street is filled with nostalgic artworks, paintings, and vintage items. It's a tribute to Ipoh's past, featuring retro-themed murals and installations that evoke a sense of nostalgia and history. Remember that street art is dynamic and constantly changing. New murals and installations may appear, while existing ones may be altered or replaced. It's always a good idea to explore the city on foot and discover the latest street art treasures Ipoh has to offer.

Street Art Ipoh Part 1

Ipoh, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Perak, is known for its vibrant street art scene. The city has seen a rise in the popularity of street art in recent years, with numerous murals and artworks adorning its walls. Here are some notable street art pieces and locations in Ipoh: Mural Art Lane: Located at Jalan Masjid, Mural Art Lane is a famous alley filled with colorful and creative murals. Artists from all over the world have contributed to this vibrant outdoor gallery, depicting a variety of subjects ranging from nature and animals to local culture and heritage. Old Town Ipoh: The historic Old Town area of Ipoh is home to several captivating street art pieces. Explore the narrow streets and alleys to discover hidden gems, including wall murals, quirky installations, and artistic graffiti. Concubine Lane: While not strictly street art, Concubine Lane is a popular tourist spot with a charming atmosphere and numerous art installations. The lane is lined with quaint shops, cafes, and vibrant decorations that make it a great spot for photography and exploration. Jalan Sultan Iskandar: This busy street in Ipoh features several eye-catching murals and street art installations. Artists have transformed the walls of buildings into colorful art pieces, often reflecting the local culture, history, and natural beauty of the area. Kong Heng Square: Situated in the heart of Old Town, Kong Heng Square is an artsy and cultural hub. The area is adorned with unique street art, sculptures, and creative signage that adds to its bohemian ambiance. Jalan Tun Sambanthan: Known as "Memory Lane," this street is filled with nostalgic artworks, paintings, and vintage items. It's a tribute to Ipoh's past, featuring retro-themed murals and installations that evoke a sense of nostalgia and history. Remember that street art is dynamic and constantly changing. New murals and installations may appear, while existing ones may be altered or replaced. It's always a good idea to explore the city on foot and discover the latest street art treasures Ipoh has to offer. Music free under creative commons licence

Street Art Alor Setar

From my recent trip to Malaysia starting in Alor Setar or Alor Star as it's known locally. I managed to squeeze in one of my street art walks. Alor Setar is a city in Malaysia that is known for its rich history and culture. In recent years, the city has also become a popular destination for street art. There are now many murals and other street art pieces to be found throughout Alor Setar, and they offer a unique and vibrant way to experience the city. Here are some of the most popular street art spots in Alor Setar: Lorong Setar is a narrow street that is home to a number of murals that depict the history and culture of Kedah. There are also murals that depict the everyday life of the people of Alor Setar, as well as murals that are simply for fun. Jalan Penjara Lama is a street that is home to a number of murals that depict the olden days of the state. There are also murals that depict the everyday life of the people of Alor Setar, as well as murals that are simply for fun. Dataran Alor Setar is a public square that is home to a number of murals and other street art pieces. The murals depict a variety of topics, including the history of Alor Setar, the culture of Kedah, and the everyday life of the people of Alor Setar. Perdana Botanical Gardens is a large park that is home to a number of murals and other street art pieces. The murals depict a variety of topics, including the flora and fauna of Malaysia, the history of Alor Setar, and the culture of Kedah. Alor Setar City Mosque is a mosque that is home to a number of murals and other street art pieces. The murals depict the history of Islam in Malaysia, the culture of Kedah, and the everyday life of the people of Alor Setar. Musi is free under creative commons licence from You tube music library

Zahir Square Alor Setar

In April 2023, we once again returned to one of our favourite neighbouring countries, Malaysia. We have travelled extensively throughout Malaysia, but this time instead of flying in, we travelled by train and bus. Our first stop was the wonderful city of Alor Setar, or Alor Star as the call it locally. The focal or center of Alor Setar is centered around Zahir Square and it's amazing Mosque and historical buildings. You will see in this short slideshow the buildings of interest and in the square many people gather to break the fast, during Ramadan, which is after sunset. It was a wonderful atmosphere, people sitting on picnic mats with little bags of food and drinks. The roller skates were there for people to hire and skate around if wanted. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Music is free under creative commons licence. Title: Stealth By Akash Ghandi

Garden center #2 In Phuket

So, Garden centers in Thailand tend to be roadside affairs. Usually, a small holding with various plants and assortment of soils and trees for sale. I have been driving about in my usual day seeing the astounding colours of these smaller roadside garden centers and decided to capture them in full bloom, here in Phuket. In this slideshow you will see a more commercial Garden center, but still on the road, just both sides of the traffic lights. Majoring in plants, aggregate, sculptures, and all manner of pots! I only touched on a fraction of the plants on this visit. I may return later to see what else I can find. I hope you enjoy the show! Music is free under creative commons licence from You Tube music library

Bougainvillaea Garden Center in Phuket

So, Garden centers in Thailand tend to be roadside affairs. Usually, a small holding with various plants and assortment of soils and trees for sale. I have been driving about in my usual day seeing the astounding colours of these smaller roadside garden centers and decided to capture them in full bloom, here in Phuket. In this slideshow you will see a gardener who has majored in Bougainvillaea's, carefully grafting some to create stunning bushes/trees of multi colour blooms. I hope you enjoy the show! Music is free under creative commons licence from You Tube music library Title: In Eternity We'll Meet by Aakash Gandhi

Ekman Garden Resort -Sichon- Nakhon Si Thammarat-Thailand

Ekman Garden resort is quite unique in this part of Thailand. Not only sporting a pool and many other relaxing facilities, but for the wonderful garden that was full of all the Thai favourite and indigenous flowers. Sichon is not far from Khanom and its stunningly long beach. If you want to escape from beaches and tourists this is a heavenly place to sit and read and smell the roses! Music free under creative commons licence from YouTube music library Song credits to: Emily A. Sprague and "floats"

Ao Talet -Khanom-Nakhon Si Thammarat-Thailand

Ao Talet or Ta Lhet Bay is a beautiful and secluded beach located in Khanom, a district in the Nakhon Si Thammarat Province of southern Thailand. The beach is known for its clear blue waters, soft white sands, and stunning natural scenery, making it a popular destination for those seeking a peaceful and relaxing getaway. It is the most stunningly beautiful and scenic bay I have been anywhere in Thailand, and there have been many! This one remains the top spot for me. Being out at the end of the pier, Invokes a sense of wholeness with your surroundings. Music free under creative commons licence from You Tube music library Song:Orient by SefChol

Prasat Phanomwan

One of my favourite places to visit when I lived in Korat. Always calming and serene. It is believed that Prasat Phanomwan was built in the 15th Buddhist century and was renovated during 18th and 19th century. The place was the Hindu religion and later became a Buddhist ritual site. Although most of the place was ruined, the main pagoda and a tiered pagoda are still remaining. Surrounded with sandstone walkway and laterite wall around the sanctuary, the southwest area is a sandstone pagoda called Prang Noi with the large Buddha statue inside. Outside the area comprises of Gopura (a sanctuary doorway or porch) situated in the form of tall tower in four directions. The east side of the sanctuary features the trace of a moat and hill called "Noen Oraphim". Clean Soul - Calming by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1300033 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Lions at the Mebon Temple-Banteay Chhmar-Cambodia

During my visit to Banteay Chhmar, I saw pictures of the Lions at the Baray (Lake). I have never seen anything quite like this before so this became a "must see" visit during one of our tours. We reached it at the peak of the day when it was very dry and hot, so we didn't cross the bridge to the Mebon on the Island. Instead we explored the steps and Lions at the edge of the Lake. Banteay Chhmar's baray lies approximately 7-800 metres east of the main temple site and measures some 800 metres by 1.6 kms. Alignment is as per Banteay Chhmar, so slightly north of east-west. The baray today is filled with paddy fields rather than water but a mebon temple is located in the centre of the reservoir. In 2020, the local authorities have restored the west terrace of the baray, where they discovered a large immaculate sandstone lion buried in the baray, along with a range of other carved stones. The stone terrace has now been restored using old and new blocks to replace those that are too damaged or missing. What you see in this slideshow is it's current restored state 2022.

Stonemason's garden - Cambodia 2022

On our return from Banteay Chhmar to Siem Reap, we stopped at this beautiful stone mason's garden. Whilst I see these as a common feature here in Thailand, and not too dissimilar is this Cambodian one. Quite often because I am travelling from one place to another I don't often have time to stop and take in the enormous amount of work and skill that goes into these sculptures. They do differ, especially when it comes to the Buddhas/Gods and other deities. I could have spent longer here, photographing them all, but I think this gives anyone a good flavour of what is there.

Wat Botum -Phnom Penh 2022

Starting my visit to Cambodia in December 2022, just around the corner from my hotel was this beautiful and auspicious Wat, Wat Botum. Wat Botum means “Temple of the Lotus Blossoms” is a colorful temple in the center of Phnom Penh. In Cambodian known as Preah Vihear Wat Botumvatey, the serene and peaceful temple has recently been restored. Wat Botum is one of the oldest temples in Phnom Penh. King Ponhea Yat ordered construction of the temple during his reign in the first half of the 15th century. The viharn, the assembly hall, has recently been restored. Inside the viharn a golden Buddha in meditation pose is seated on a pedestal. In front of it is a Reclining Buddha. The wall behind the image is adorned with a painting of a forest and the Bodhi tree the Buddha meditated under when reaching enlightenment. The ceiling is adorned with colorful paintings depicting Buddhist stories. Which you will throughout this slideshow.

The Baphuon-Angkor Thom Complex-Cambodia

During my first ever visit to Angkor Wat I tried to do too much and consequently missing great temples (like this one) at the expense of others. Thankfully on my return in December 2022, I was able to visit the ones I missed. This one is The Baphuon Temple. which quickly has become one of my favourites! Baphuon is a beautiful 11th century “temple-mountain” with steep stairs leading visitors to a terrace which offers one of the best views in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Archaeologists believe that this pyramid-style temple, located within the city of Angkor Thom, was probably among the most impressive of the Angkor temples in its day. Though it was originally dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, Baphuon was converted to a Buddhist temple in the 15th century. As a result of this conversion, hidden on the west-facing section of the third enclosure wall is a giant reclining Buddha. The brickwork forming the reclining Buddha image is nine meters (30 feet) tall and 70 meters (230 feet) long. The statue was built into the west side of the temple’s second level. You may be able to see in my photos about halfway through the slideshow. And no! I did not climb the stairway! it was too hot and too steep for me!

The Baphuon-

The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda- Phnom Penh

During my visit to Phnom Penh in December 2022, one of my "must do" visits was the Royal Palace. On my last visit to Phnom Penh in 2013 the Royal Palace was partially closed, because on 15 October 2012, former Cambodian King and Prime Minister Norodom Sihanouk died at the age of 89, in Beijing, China, after suffering health issues. had died the year before, meaning it was closed for a whole year. Home to Cambodia’s official royal residence, the grounds of Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are awash with regal structures, intimate temples, collections of gifts from foreign leaders and murals that paint a picture of the country’s past. Identified by the iconic high yellow walls that shelter the site, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

The Grand Palace -Bangkok

The dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace is undoubtedly the most famous landmark in Bangkok. It’s one must-see sight that no visit to the city would be complete without. It was built in 1782 and for 150 years was the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government. The Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of the Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom. Within the palace complex are several impressive buildings including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains the small but famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century. The robes on the Buddha are changed with the seasons by HM The King of Thailand – an important ritual in the Buddhist calendar. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the 20th century, but the palace complex is still used to mark all kinds of other ceremonial and auspicious happenings. The palace complex, like the rest of Ratanakosin Island, is laid out very similar to the palaces of Ayutthaya, the glorious former capital of Siam which was raided by the Burmese. The Outer Court, near the entrance, used to house government departments in which the King was directly involved, such as civil administration, the army and the treasury. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located in one corner of this outer court. The Central Court is where the residence of the King and halls used for conducting state business were located. Only 2 of the throne halls are open to the public, but you'll be able to marvel at the exquisite detail on the facades of these impressive structures. The Inner Court is where the King's royal consorts and daughters lived. The Inner Court was like a small city entirely populated by women and boys under the age of puberty. Even though no royalty currently resides in the inner court, it is still completely closed off to the public. Then there's the impressive Dusit Hall, rated as perhaps the finest architectural building in this style, and a museum that has information on the restoration of the Grand Palace, scale models and numerous Buddha images. Music free under creative commons licence, from youtube music library Title: Fern by ann annie

Kata canal street art -Phuket Pt3

In conclusion of this trilogy of street Art in Kata-Phuket, this area down the sidewalk to the small canal to the Kata beach, suns a wall with more modern and free form murals and wall art. This area was also earmarked for urban renewal, which as all things is slow. You can still walk down this canal path and see these murals, there were so many more but I think this gives you a good flavour of what's there. Life of Riley by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400054 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Kata Street Art Pt2

So following on from Pt1 ,Kata Palm Square Street Art- Phuket Pt1, I'll put the link in this video which will take you right to it if you've missed it. The photo project on this area of Kata was quite extensive , so I had to break it down into 3 pts, this is no.2! be sure to hit the like and follow button so you can be notified when they come out in the next few days! Part of Kata's regeneration scheme after coming out of Covid, this is a great way of brightening up the area for locals and visitors alike. Look out for pt3 coming soon! Music free under creative commons licence from You tube music library Titles;Bonfire by An Jone

Kata Palm Square Street Art- Phuket Pt1

I went to Palm Square, Kata Town in Phuket, you will love this place for two reasons, not only for the excellent food they serve but the amount of brilliant graffiti artwork in and around this huge complex called; Palm Square, and this got me excited for two reasons, I love good Thai food and I love great graffiti work so, I was definitely looking forward to seeing Palm Square in Kata Town and let me warn you there is going to be a overload of graffiti artwork in this post so, I hope you love brilliant graffiti artwork because here you will see some of the best graffiti artists work. I have broken it down into 3 parts this is Part 1, 2 and three are to follow to be sure to hit the like and follow button so you can be notified when they come out in the next few days! The Palm Square complex was at one point a abandoned building until a Thai group bought it out, and the builders and graffiti artist got very creative and today a large part of this complex has been completely restored and turned into a very famous restaurant which is called the Palm Square Restaurant. It is well known by the local, expats and many tourists and they Makes for a good place to stop and admire the work. On the top floor you feel like your working on a tropical island underwater scenes give this feeling, with the graffiti artwork around you, some of the window openings, in the back of the room have been closed up with bricks because the views were not great, they were just looking over people's roofs so they have been replaced with more aesthetically stunning Artwork. Making it look like your looking out at the ocean, how brilliant! and giving you that relaxed chilled out feeling of Island Life. It really was like walking through a art gallery, I loved this graffiti, also showing the old and the existing culture of Thailand, just looking at these paintings gives you a view into the culture , Old and new. Part 2 will focus on the street wall that runs across the road from Palm square. Stay tuned! Music free under creative commons licence from You Tube music Library Titles: Find Your Way by Nana Kwab

Kaluts- The Lut Desert- Iran

In 2012 near the start of my journey along the Silk route between Istanbul in Turkey and China, I spent a month in Iran. A beautiful country and actually very hospitable people. Following the journey of Alexandra the Great to Persepolis, or next stop was the Lut desert to see the amazing sand formations known as "Kaluts". The Kalut is said to a sand mountain created by the effect of the dominant erosional agent in desert, i.e., wind making fascinating forms and shapes. There are no threats, like scorpions or snakes, as the desert of Lut is an abiotic zone, which means that no single plant or creature can survive in such a harsh environment. Rising from the sand dunes, these natural and astonishing sculptures are a real shock to your eyeballs and, while walking among them, you are likely to feel you are wandering around Mars or even better, a Star wars film set. Music free under creative commons licence from Youtube music library Title: Dakar Flow by Carmen Maria

Wat Phra Borommathat Chaiya-Surat Thani-Thailand

Wat Phra Borommathat Chaiya stands as the most elaborate example of Srivijaya influence remaining in Thailand today. Built around an eye-catching Javanese-style chedi, the site is thought to have been established when Chaiya was an important regional centre of the Srivijaya kingdom around the eighth century CE. Today the chedi features on the Surat Thani provincial symbol and is mimicked by the provincial capital’s City Pillar shrine. Many scholars believe that the Srivijaya’s linguistic legacy can still be heard in the Old Malay derived languages spoken in modern Indonesia and Malaysia. Srivijaya subjects also may have been the first to introduce Buddhism to what’s now Thailand and Cambodia, though their Mahayana-dominated form would eventually lose out to Theravada Buddhism from Burma and Sri Lanka. The chedi at Wat Phra Borommathat is one of a handful of ancient Srivijayan monuments that can still be seen in the Chaiya area, with two others found at nearby Wat Kaeo and Wat Long. First constructed out of brick and vegetable mortar some 1,200 years ago, the chedi was twice restored in the early 20th century. Some alterations were made, including the addition of Thai artistic elements, but the original shape was largely preserved. Those who have explored ancient Javanese temple sites will notice a strong resemblance to the sanctuaries of Prambanan and others. Rising from a square base, its five patterned tiers include shelves, niches and points leading up to a lotus and topped by a slender spire. Buddhist relics are said to be enshrined inside. Surrounding the chedi on all four sides are ceramic-roofed cloisters filled with Buddha images of various shapes and sizes. Near a Bodhi tree on the other side of the cloisters, a trio of sandstone Ayutthaya-era Buddha images in the Subduing Mara posture sit side by side, exposed to the elements. Local lore claims that these images prefer to be outside, evidenced by a lightning strike on a building they were once placed in. The temple grounds also include a medium-size ordination hall which, surprising given the importance of the temple, has no murals and only a small collection of typical-looking Buddha images. Stroll to the temple’s northern section and you’ll find a cluster of attractive old wooden buildings that appear to hail from around a century ago. Music free under creative commons licence, from you tube Music Library Spirit of Fire by Jesse Gallagher

Natai Beach at Raipiang Phang Nga-Thailand

Have you ever heard of Natai beach? Imagine a stretch of white sands ten kilometres long that’s completely free of vendors and beach umbrellas. There are no big hotels, tailor shops or sleazy bars in the area, and absolutely no buzzing jet skis or speedboats. Where is this magical place? Natai Beach in Phang Nga province just over the bridge from Phuket. With its sands blissfully free of vendors and sunbed rentals, to spend a day at the beach is to be immersed in a Natai nature nirvana soothed by the sound of the waves. The balmy turquoise waters are ideal for swimming, surfing, stand-up paddling or kayaking. A bit like the Hamptons of Southeast Asia, with strict local building laws have shielded Natai Beach from all mass development. Instead of mega resorts and shopping malls, the beach is lined with a handful of boutique resorts, private villas and high-end restaurants. Except one, Raipiang seafood restaurant, which does cater to more normal budgets and offered delicious seafood. Sitting here watching for a sunset dinner, not as spectacular as it could have been, but oh so lovely all the same. Music free on creative commons licence from You Tube Music Library,

Ong Ang Street Art-Bangkok

During my recent visit to Bangkok, just after Songkran, I made sure not to miss this colourful canal walk between Chinatown and Rattanakosin If you know me, you must be aware of my fascination for colorful and fascinating street art. I love to visit places that are noted for their vibrant graffiti and murals. And I am always up for arty experiences. Trust me, it is a lot of fun when you turn around the corner and find a beautiful piece of art. Every artwork has a different story to tell, which is what makes this street unique. If you too enjoy stumbling on random art in nooks and crannies of different cities, this street will leave you mesmerized for sure. I had a great time clicking pictures of the countless murals, made by some of Thailand’s best street artists. And if you are looking for photo-ops, this is the place to find some!

Huahin Railway Station

A remnant of bygone times, the picturesque Hua Hin train station is one of the stops on the route from Bangkok to the South. The station is located in the center of town, in walking distance from attractions as the night market and the main beach. Its main attraction is the Royal Waiting Room which was used by Thai Royals when they visited the seaside summer Palace. Pictured on postcards and t-shirts, the building is one of Hua Hin’s most recognizable landmarks. A visit to Hua Hin railway station feels like a step back in time. The station is one of the oldest in Thailand and one of the few still in its original state. The main building in Victorian style dates back to the mid 1920’s. Old style light bulbs between the tracks are carried by mythological birds. On the other side of the tracks stands an antique steam locomotive. A little away from the main building stands the Royal Waiting Room, a beautiful teak wood building in bright yellowish and red colors. Originally part of Sanam Chandra Palace in Nakhon Pathom province, the building was moved to Hua Hin to be used as the Royal Waiting Room. The very well preserved building was once used by members of the Thai Royal Family when they visited the seaside Maruekhathaiyawan Palace. King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) built the teak wooden palace as a seaside summer retreat in 1923. Music free under creative commons licence from you tube music library Title:Orient by SefChol

Pran Buri Forest Park

Pran Buri Forest Park Walk In this video you will see some of the mangroves but mostly the local colourful Crab population that has been allowed to thrive here. Some were easy to see and some not so easy....... Founded in 1982 under the majesty of Queen Sirikit, Pranburi Forest Park is located 25 km. south of Hua Hin and encompasses over 3.17 sq. km. of protected land. The park is known for its vast and dense forests of mangroves and twisty trails that lead visitors to all corners of the park. With its pristine views and natural beauty, Pranburi Park is the perfect escape from some of the urban centres in southern Thailand. The nature reserve is an excellent day excursion from the Hua Hin area (and best of all, it’s practically free). Not only will you be surrounded by the tranquil and majestic scenery, but you’ll also get to see an abundant array of flora and wildlife, many of which are exclusive to Thailand. The forest floor in the mangroves is covered by muddy sediments formed by the tides, densely covered by horizontally grown tree roots above and below the ground. This muddy habitat is an ideal place for crabs, mudskippers and shrimps. During the low tides, many crabs and mudskippers can be seen from the boardwalk. Music free under creative commons licence from youtube music library Title: Bright Idea-Geographer

Wat Ban Thong

Recently finished, Wat Bang Thong was built with donations from the locals who wanted a beautiful temple in which to worship closer to where they live. With its glittering golden central tower reaching almost 70 metres in height, Wat Bang Thong is easily seen from hundreds of metres away. This Temple is just a beautiful on the inside as on the outside. Adorned with colourful paintings of Buddhas journeys. with a wonderful centerpiece focussing the worshipper on a magnificent Buddha statue. Clearly a huge undertaking, with its various buildings and encircled walls with magnificent gates x4. Having all the features recognised for a Wat ; Ubost, Viharn, Sala,Prang, Mondop, Ho Trai and of course Kuti (where monks live). You can read more about them here, in an article I wrote: https://true-travels.com/2019/01/27/whats-in-a-wat/ Along with the beautiful grounds this was a great place to visit. I hope you enjoy it too! Music free under creative commons licence from youtube music library Title: Mer-Ka-Ba by Jesse Gallagher

Somdej Phra Srinagarindra Park-Phang Nga

During my December break in 2021, I was in Phang Nga on my road trip around the province. I had seen there was this huge beautiful Limestone park and wanted to visit it. About mid morning was actually a good time to go and visit, still cool enough , but also busy enough. I say busy, but actually most of the visitors were locals doing their morning exercise and jogging. As we walked around the main pathway through the park, it became apparent why the locals stayed within the main pathway. There, are we found out for ourselves, in due course, two very large troupes of Macaque monkeys. With the lack of tourists and people they have made larger areas of the park their home. We did narrowly avoid a major skirmish between the two alpha males and their harems. Along with about 20 offspring. Nearly finding ourselves with our backs up against the locked railings at the other end of the park we stayed absolutely still and made no sudden movements or noise that might attract their attention. Thankfully they all ran like a river of water towards the limestone cliffs and disappeared into the trees. We carefully made our way back , keeping to the main paths. I did manage before that to get some interesting views of the cliffs, and the surrounding area, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Music free under creative commons licence from Youtube music library Title: Anomalous Hedges by The Mini Vandals

Wat Tha Sai-Phang Nga-Thailand

What a truly beautiful situation for a Wat, by the beach! A totally wooden Wat made of Thai Teak, intricately carved window shutters, each panel carved with devotion and great skill. Information translated from Thai; Religious place outstanding with the Ubosot, golden teak wood carved with traditional Thai carving patterns, located close to the beach, next to the Andaman Sea. The full name of this temple is Wat Tesk Thammanawa. It is located in the area under the supervision of the Royal Forest Department. Given permission to be established as Buddhism and Forest Demonstration Center under the supervision of Wat Prachathikaram In the past, the area around the temple was a forest area filled with pine forests and various tropical plants. They are therefore called "Pa Tha Sai" and this place. It used to be a “cemetery” before. due to the past This Tha Sai Forest Local residents and neighborhoods When someone dies, the body will be cremated or buried in this "Tha Sai forest". Which the villagers call it "Ao Rao" or a basin in the cemetery. Later, Phra Ajarn Winai Rattanawanno, a student of Luang Pu Tesk Tesrangsi, renovated the area and built a teak church at Wat Tha Sai. It is constructed in a Thai style building modeled after Phra Aranyawasee Ubosot, Tha Bo District, Nong Khai Province, to be built with golden teak wood. The church's bouquet is carved by Chiang Mai craftsmen. The outstanding work of Buddhist art is the window panes that have been carved in the most beautiful traditional Thai patterns. When the window is opened, it opens up to the sea. inside teak church with a wall covering with the chairman's altar Enshrined a Buddha image in the posture of preaching, carved from white jade stone, Indian style. His face is full of mercy. Music free under creative commons licence from YouTube music library Credit to: The Sleeping Prophet by Jesse Gallagher

Wat Tham Ta Pan Hell Garden-Phang Nga -Thailand

Wat Tham Ta Pan in Phang Nga Town is one of the weirdest original temples in southern Thailand. Located around 100 km northeast of Phuket, the site offers a journey through Buddhist Heaven and Hell. At first sight, the temple looks a bit abandoned and decrepit, which simply adds to the eeriness of the place. You’ll see a fountain at the entrance, where there are 5 sculptures of monks. Each holds a bowl that represents wealth, beauty, happiness, cleverness, and health. Try throwing a coin in the bowl of your choice. If you succeed in landing one in, your wish will come true. Heaven Cave Right next to a small shop, there's a huge Chinese dragon with a wide-open mouth waiting for you to enter. This is the beginning of your ‘journey’ through representations of Buddhist Heaven and Hell. The inside of the dragon has a long and dark tunnel, with just a few tiny windows lighting your path. At the end of the tunnel, you'll find the entrance to a deep cave. Pray at the small shrine on your left before heading towards the Nirvana section, right at the end of the cave. It takes about a 10-minute walk along a dark track with bridges crossing a river to reach the end, which has 2 Buddha statues symbolising Heaven. Buddhist Hell ('Naraka' in Sanskrit and 'Na Rok' in Thai) awaits you if you do not follow the 5 precepts of Buddhism during your life: Abstain from taking life (thou shall not kill). Abstain from taking what is not given (thou shall not steal). Abstain from sexual misconduct (thou shall not commit adultery). Abstain from false speech (thou shall not lie). Abstain from fermented drink that causes heedlessness (eschew drunkenness). A visit to Wat Tham Ta Pan can be a really scary experience, so it isn't recommended for young children. Scenes showing torture applied to sinners are vivid and straightforward, leaving no space to the imagination. An area behind these buildings offers a walk up a cliff through a garden dotted with statues of animals. The cliff displays sculptures and representations of Indian deities, such as Ganesh and Akhilandeshvari. Wat Tham Ta Pan is a one-of-a-kind temple that's well worth a visit, simply due to its weird originality. Music free under creative commons licence from YouTube Music Library Title: Mist- by Odonis Odonis

Sa Nang Manora waterfall

A great stop off on my road trip in December 2021, when the waters were quite low. In Thailand, however, every little trickling stream seems to be advertised as this or that “waterfall”, and more than once I’ve hiked several kilometres only to find something less impressive than a fountain you might find in front a three-star hotel. At Manora waterfall just north of Phang Nga town, however, you’ll be rewarded by something justly worthwhile. The multiple layers and refreshing natural pools of Manora are just a short motorbike ride away from Phang Nga town. Upon entering the trail visitors are greeted by a pristine swimming hole with cool, clear water that flows straight from nearby mountain tops. This is where Phang Nga comes to cool off, and if you’ve had it with Thailand’s tropical heat, it’s a welcome sight indeed. Just beyond the swimming hole visitors will find a wide and relatively deep stream bridged by a fallen tree. If it weren’t for the hundreds of small fish that thrive here, this stream would also be a good spot for swimming. At least it makes for a nice photo. A little further up the path from the fish stream the first of Manora’s waterfalls comes into view. With less of a roar than those further up, this is a tranquil little spot to enjoy the entrancing sound of water gushing over rocks. After passing another shallow swimming hole along the path, where you can swing like Tarzan on a vine over the water, Manora’s larger and more dramatic falls are found. Okay, so they’re not Niagara or Angel falls, but Manora is impressive, especially considering that six different sets of falls of different shapes and sizes thunder alongside a winding path of several hundred metres draped in lush jungle canopy. music free under creative commons licence from YouTube music library Titile:Vitality by Benjamin Martins

Suan Son Pradipat Beach (Hua Hin) Thailand

Suan Son Pradiphat is a sand beach in Tambon Nong Kae, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand. Suan Son Pradiphat is regarded as another popular and well-known marine attraction in Hua Hin, it is about 9 km south of town of Hua Hin. Khao Takiab hill bisected between these two areas. Its name literally translates as "oak pine garden", because there are many this species of pines in the area. The beach is located in a military zone under supervision by Infantry Center, Royal Thai Army, therefore, it is a quiet and less crowded beach compared to other beaches of Hua Hin or Prachuap Khiri Khan. There are restaurant, food court, coffee shop, restroom, and bathroom service. Along the beach is shady with oak pines. A Bryde's whale skeleton is displayed at the entrance to the beach. Music free under creative commons licence from You tube music library Music: Natural Light by Chris Haug

Prasae Frigate Memorial

On my way through Chumpon on my most recent short road trip we stopped by the very auspicious Prince of Chumpon Shrine. Or , Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse the man who is credited with establishing the Modern Thai Navy. A huge site set on Sai Ri Beach in Chumpon comprising of the shrine itself. If you walk down the ramp and look up, you will see that the entire shrine base is designed to be a duplicate of the HTMS Chakri Naruebet facing towards Sai Ri Beach. But this video focusses on the second attraction to the site; the Royal Chumphon Ship which has been put out of commission is exhibited with its bottom half embedded in the cement ground. The Royal Chumphon Ship was assigned on a mission to escort the landing crafts and patrol the coast. You can enter the basin it is set in via either of two sets of stairs on both sides of the ship, and board it via a stairway on the port side. I had great fun walking around and seeing how constrained space there was and how its engine and kitchen space were so compact for such a decent sized vessel. I will post a video of the shrine n due course, until then enjoy! Music free under creative commons licence from you tube music library Title; Early Avril by Unicorn Heads

Wat Phra Hin Wanaram smaller

Wat Phra Hin Wanaram

@watprahinwanaram Prachuap Khiri Khan province Imagine me driving along the road to Huahin, when I see in the distance this beautiful white Chedi/Temple. I am on a main highway looking for the entrance to what I know will be a treat of a Wat complex. As always here in Thailand the entrance comes upon you at short notice and short approach, screeching across loose gravel I safely make it into the compound, only to find a dirt track to drive along through several cows grazing. Amazing Thailand! The temple was established on August 23, 2014. Music free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music library Title: Icelandic Arpeggios by DivKid

Ao Nam Mao Beach

I know, I know, Thailand is the place of sun, right? Well not always, and apart from the well known rainy season, we do get what I call , Overcast days, from time to time. Well my visit in December 2021 was just that, but made this beach no less a pleasure to walk along. The tide was also out! Nether the less, it was still warm and what I call "grey bright", so come along and see what a beautiful place I saw! Only a few kilometres away from popular Ao Nang, Ao Nammao Bay is a complete contrast – a hidden gem not many people know about that’s still largely undeveloped. Ao Nammao (also known as Ao Num Mao) boasts no mainstream nightlife or shopping centres. Only a few shops and restaurants are dotted along the main road which then leads on into Ao Nang. It offers a quiet, private, relaxing, peaceful vacation where you can base yourself to explore the Krabi region or simply relax Ao Nammao’s deserted beaches. You can not walk along the full extent of Ao Nammao’s beach as it is naturally divided by trees and rocky outcroppings. This helps create smaller bays making each one more private and tranquil. The only noise may be a passing longtail boat taking people to Railay Beach ,Ao Nang or the prayer to call from the local mosque.

Sai Kaew beach

During my Christmas and New Year break i took advantage of being able to finally move around the Island of Phuket and off it back to the mainland. After my first hurried exit in December upto Phang Nga, I promised myself that I would stop on this beach before my next visit to the mainland. Shaded by beautiful trees I sat and picnicked whilst watching the beautiful scenery in front of me. I am so pleased i stopped the 2nd time passsing and hope you enjoy the views too!. Sai Kaew means 'glass sand'. Sai Kaew Beach is at the northernmost point of Phuket. It stretches from Mai Khao Beach around the northwestern corner of Phuket and all the way to Sarasin Bridge. There is no physical boundary between Mai Khao Beach and Sai Kaew. They are considered to meet around the area with the rustic restaurants where Thepkrasattri Road meets the west coast. The 600-meter long Sarasin Bridge is the link from Phuket to the Thai mainland. From Sai Kaew Beach, you look across the narrow channel to a similar beach on the Thai mainland. Sai Kaew Beach is a thin strip of sand that slopes smoothly into the inviting waters. Considering this channel is a boat passage, the water quality is remarkably good. You will see lots of small fish swimming in the clear water close to the sandy shoreline. The northern end of the beach within view of Sarasin Bridge has the benefit of being sheltered from the rainy season waves. Behind the beach is the sleepy village, Thachatchai. The friendly locals like to fish from Sarasin Bridge and from the beach at the area below the bridge. Music free under creative commons licence from You tube library Title and credits to: Floating Home by Brian Bolger

Thailand! Bang Tao Beach II

Its difficult to imagine a beach 6 kilometers long, but Bang Tao is just that! So here is Bang Tao II as the beach changes its beauty from one end to the other. Here is the North end of the Beach, much quieter, and fewer people. Somewhere to come and enjoy the sound of the Ocean! Bangtao was one of the tin mines that made the fortune of Phuket long ago. They abandoned it later, and the land was considered worthless. Laguna Phuket managed to transform it into a very profitable award-winning Eco-project. In the first years, Laguna started as a luxurious complex, but it was a little isolated. Music free under creative commons licence from you tube music library title; Stellar Wind by the Unicorn Heads

#Thailand! Ma doo Bua l มา ดู บัว ภูเก็ต

Sun, sea and sand is all Phuket is about? right? wrong, I bring you greetings from Phuket with one of those must see places that non one knows about! Ma Doo Bua Cafe is an incredible cafe that has become famous due to the incredible pictures you can capture of their beautiful on-site lilypad pond. Situated quite far north from the regular tourist spots like Patong, Karon, and Rawaii beaches to the south, the wonderful images we captured made the trip well worth it. The fantastic scenery is complemented by a rather extensive food and drink menu with plenty of options for various pallets. From the presentation and quality of the food to the breathtaking lily pad pond, the unique imagery will likely appeal to many travelers and locals alike. Ma Doo Bua Phuket is a relatively new café and restaurant which has captured the hearts of selfie-loving social media enthusiasts with their irresistible background and relaxed atmosphere. If it isn’t obvious to you already, the entire operation owes its popularity primarily to the giant circular Amazonica lily pad leaves. These being the largest in the species can allegedly hold up to 50kg! you can lay on their rows of pillows and relax while taking in the breathtaking views. The small lake or pond has traditional Lanna-style wooden houses lining the lake and really help complete the picturesque scenery. Music free under creative commons licence from YouTube library Music: 8th World Wonder By RKVC

Karon Beach 2021

On a short trip to Patong recently, driving along the coast road, down from the Patong hills. I saw these amazing seascape clouds. Stunning looking like oil paintings in the sky. Breathtaking but as the weather changed dark and almost frightening! Karon Beach in Phuket is one of the longest beaches on the island, spanning 5 km of fine white sand overlooking the Andaman Sea. The northern end of the beach is usually deserted, making it an excellent spot for those who want the beach to themselves. The southern end, close to Kata, tends to be busier but it isn't that hard to find a nice spot for yourself. There are very few waves during the high season (November–April), resulting in crystal-clear waters. However, Karon Beach experiences dangerous swells and riptides in the southwest monsoon season (May–October). While there are lifeguards on the beach, it's best to take note of warning flags and be very careful. Sea turtles often lay their eggs in the sand at night. If you see any turtles or their tracks, inform your hotel so that they'll contact the Phuket Marine Biological Centre. The organisation's Sea Turtle Conversation Project aims to help the population grow by rescuing injured turtles and incubating eggs in a safe environment. Sadly I didn't get to see any that day, but they are reported to be there. Music; Free under creative commons licence from YouTube music library Song; Pure Potentiality by Benjamin Martins

Blue Elephant Phuket 2021

Blue Elephant Phuket is not a casual Thai restaurant, but contrary to what most people think, it is not outrageously expensive (We didn’t say cheap though). Blue Elephant Phuket is perfect for a special occasion, a dining experience to share and remember. We wrote about this fantastic old mansion that used to be a governor’s house, abandoned for a long time in Phuket Town. Seen from the street, it always had the majesty of a place with a long and mysterious history. They returned the mansion to its original grandeur, and you can now drive up the immense garden alley, leave your car under the trees and proudly climb the stairs like a celebrity to enter the famous Blue Elephant. Dining in a hundred years old governor’s house adds a new dimension to the experience. The Blue Elephant is a long-established cooking school from Bangkok and a great place to invite your guests or for a romantic occasion. Take the time to walk around the park with your glass in hand and appreciate the majesty of the Sino-Portuguese architecture, shaded by immense trees that witnessed moments of Phuket fascinating history. As you explore, it becomes easy to imagine how the held parties and ceremonies within these walls. Then climb the stairs to the second floor and walk through the several large rooms with their dark wooden floors and the many windows so typical of this era. Then, it’s dinner time, and you will walk through the ‘Blue Elephant Gallery’ to the air-conditioned indoor or outdoor dining area. Service is as impeccable as you expect it to be, the restaurant and tables setting are beautiful. Music free under creative commons licence Title Lives-Unicorn Heads

Rawai Sunday Afternoon 2021

Every now and again I get the chance to experience some real calm in my life. Like in this slideshow of a warm sunny afternoon in Rawai Beach , a working beach, sadly quiet with all the boats tied up with no visitors to the out lying Islands. Local people and some of us that live here seek calm and freedom in the sea air and the views. Boats sail, pick up trucks drive across the sand banks to load their owners boats up with kit for Sunday afternoon fishing trips. Families with their children comb the sands for crabs and other small shell edibles. I can almost hear the sound of the sea, and feel the warmth of the sun, and the smell of the salty water.... Music free under creative commons licence from you tube music library Music: Timeless by Lauren Duski

Thailand! Abandoned Building- Kew Aung Tai Temple-Rawai

Also named as Kew Ong Tai De Am Rawai, I couldn't find anymore than the translation below about this place. What appeared to be a great vegetarian, community effort that ran out of funds. None the less an interesting visit and view of what might have been and what still might be one day! Co-construct the Kew Ong Tai Tam Temple Center of Dharma Practice And eat vegetables throughout the year. By Thewasan Kew Ong Tai Tam (Rawai) located at 60 Moo 6, Rawai Subdistrict, Mueang Phuket District It is a land belonging to the “Sukkaew” family, formerly owned by Father Lamead Sukkaew and Mother Lamead Sukkaew. And both of you Had a wish for this land to be the construction of the Kew Ong Tai Te Temple When he died, the said land became ownership of the heir. And the heirs who hold all rights have inherited the spirit of the parents And jointly hand over the said land of approximately 2 rai, almost 3 rai to the Kew Ong Tai Tam Temple (Rawai). And has been carrying out the ceremony to eat vegetables throughout the year 2006 until His Majesty Kew Ong Taitae He has assigned the Lord Oun Kong to climb Tae. As Lord Aam manages to build a temple And has appointed an official construction committee With the ceremony of laying the main pole on May 5, 2012 already Therefore immediately proceeded the construction Expected to be completed within 3 years, ie in the year 2558 By Thewasan Kew Ong Tai Tam (Rawai) located at 60 Moo 6, Rawai Subdistrict, Mueang Phuket District It is a land belonging to the “Sukkaew” family, formerly owned by Father Lamead Sukkaew and Mother Lamead Sukkaew. And both of you Had a wish for this land to be the construction of the Kew Ong Tai Te Temple When he died, the said land became ownership of the heir. And the heirs who hold all rights have inherited the spirit of the parents And jointly hand over the said land of approximately 2 rai, almost 3 rai to the Kew Ong Tai Tam Temple (Rawai). And has been carrying out the ceremony to eat vegetables throughout the year 2006 until His Majesty Kew Ong Taitae He has assigned the Lord Oun Kong to climb Tae. As Lord Aam manages to build a temple And has appointed an official construction committee With the ceremony of laying the main pole on May 5, 2012 already Therefore immediately proceeded the construction Expected to be completed within 3 years, ie in the year 2558, however, at the Shrine of Kyushu Ong Ah, the titration (Rawai) There is a story about the history. "Maha Pho Footprint" by Mother Lamed Which is a villager with good hearts Has a wonderful wisdom, touches according to beliefs To bring down the Bodhi tree growing on the Phrao Duan tree and plant it Mae Lamead brought the Bodhi tree to walk around, ready to plant many times until she found this point. Which is the point where Ong Ong Tai Tao has his footprint Therefore bowed to worship around the Buddha's foot as a preliminary And is the origin of "Maha Pho Footprint" said. While Mr. Arun Soros, Mayor of Rawai Sub-District, said that for the festival of the Yom Kippur Festival of Phuket residents Of the local government organization Has supported the tradition for a long time Both on facilitating the participants to eat vegetables To get comfortable Including supporting various factors To be used during the festival as well As for the construction of the Kew Ong Taiteam Temple (Rawai), the municipality invites the people of faith to donate money. Although the construction has progressed a lot. But people can still donate money When this temple is completed, it will be a beautiful place that will promote tourism in the Rawai area as well. Music free under creative commons licence from You Tube music Library Music: Voices-Patrick Patrikios

Skies over Chalong Bay- Phuket

I am incredibly fortunate to live on the beautiful Island of Phuket. I am aware that at this time of pandemic and restrictions and lock downs and hardship and much death, I can still for the moment walk fairly freely around my area. Even so with that I am also aware that the future has changed for me and many of us, and this can become a little overwhelming from time to time, usually resulting in me choosing to stay at home and not venturing out much. When I do, I try and go to places that I feel will help me feel a little better about my own future here in Phuket. Places where I can forget about the issues of the World and Life and try and breath openly and freely again. I hope this video helps you too , even if only for a moment. Music free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music Library Music Credit: Cold Blue by Astron

Thailand! Ton Sai Beach Koh Phi Phi

So during Chinese New Year we managed a short four day break to Kho Phi Phi, one of the few Islands still running boat services. This is one of the two main beaches we visited during our stay. The arrival point and central area of Koh Phi Phi, Tonsai Bay is a crowded busy area overlooked by Tonsai Village. Tonsai Bay is the main arrival and departure hub for Koh Phi Phi as it is deep water. The bay is stretched out along a 2km long cliff which, as it heads to the east, is punctuated with promontories and smaller beaches. Tonsai Bay is unsurprisingly flanked by the beaches of Tonsai East and Tonsai West. While it initially appears a scenic spot on arriving at Koh Phi Phi, the water at Tonsai Bay tends to have a fair bit of boat traffic continually coming in and out of the bay. As this is where the main Pier is for drop of and embarking on other Island Journeys. Music free under creative commons licence from You tube music library Music: The Future Ancient Now by Nathan Moore

Thailand! Phi Phi Walkabout at Ton Sai Village and Bay

In February this year (2021) I was able to take a short break to the beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi, not that I would say that hoards of tourists packed over every inch of sand is beautiful, BUT there are no tourists at this present time, except for local Thais from the mainland and those of us who are expats here from working or in my case retirement. So back to the beautiful Phi Phi, one of the few Islands still running ferries. This video is from the day I took one of my obligatory, walkabouts, and I was struck by two things, the intense colour and beauty of the sea around this area, and the sadness of so many boats tied up and not working. The streets empty and most businesses closed and shuttered up. There were a few places open and serving food and taking guests, but at this present time it is a shadow of it's former self. Still a Jewel of an Island and even more stunning with less crowds. One thing we did love seeing were all the cats, no dogs are allowed on the Island, but there were many cats, and friendly ones. The locals feed them as do the few tourists that come to visit, bags of kitty cookies are available in most stores. Tonsai Bay is the bustling heart of Phi Phi. The bay hosts Phi Phi Island's main village, and it is the main arrival port in Phi Phi. Here, there are no cars or roads, only footpaths. The village is located on an isthmus, for which Phi Phi is famous, with Tonsai Bay on the south side and Loh Dalum (Dalum Bay) on the north. Before 14:30, when the last ferry leaves, the streets are busier with day-trippers and people arriving/departing. After that, the island is more relaxed and the difference is tangible. In the evening the streets fill again with diners looking for a place to eat. Additionally, as most business is done at night, the tour shops, dive shops and every other kinds of shop come to life. Later on, some isolated nightlife areas heat up; especially on the east side of the village and of the bay. Phi Phi is a very bohemian type of place; after all, bicycles and long-tail boats are the only alternatives to walking. Music credit to :The Future Ancient Now by Nathan Moore Free under creative commons licence from You Tube music library

Thailand! Koh Hey Coral Island

Coral Island is the most popular of the group of small islands just south of Phuket. As its name suggests, it is well known for its shallow coral reefs and excellent snorkeling. During my recent Catamaran experience, along with visiting Racha Island, the afternoon was spent getting to and relaxing on Koh Hey. It was a welcome respite to sit under the shade of the trees and take a cool drink. With some energy to explore the crystal clear water of Long Beach. Where amongst other things I spotted a great hornbill flitting from tree to tree that lined the beach. The island's Thai name is Koh Hay (sometimes written Koh He, Koh Hae, or other variations). This does not actually translate to Coral Island. It means crowded island and the name is not totally inaccurate. The island does receive plenty of day-trip visitors throughout the high season. However, it is not always crowded and there are quieter spots. Coral Island is a 2.5km long, jungle covered, granite island. There are two nice beaches on the north side of the island facing Phuket and there is also a small but pleasant little beach on the south side of the island. There is nothing inland where the vegetation is too dense and the gradients are too steep to be suited for development or agriculture. Long Beach This 800-meter beach is the most popular on the island. It is where the majority of day-trip boats arrive. There are plenty of deckchairs for rent on the beach. There is beach volleyball and through the high-season, there are often jet-skis and parasails. There are several restaurants and bars. The only overnight accommodation on the island is nestled into the palm trees at the east end of this beach. The Coral Island Resort has nice little bungalows close to the beach and its own swimming pool. The snorkeling at this beach is not actually the best around the island. Most of the coral close to shore has been damaged by the constant activity. However, if you are happy to swim out around 100-meters then you will still see plenty of coral and colourful fish. As you will see from my pictures. Music free under creative commons licence from You tube music library Friendly Dance by Nico Staf

Thailand! Koh Racha Island-Phuket

The Racha Islands (or Raya Islands) are best known as among the best diving and snorkelling destinations in Thailand. Located some 12 km south of Phuket, Racha Noi is uninhabited, but there's some great diving in the area. Racha Yai has several bungalows and resorts if you want to stay on the island for a day or more. Racha Yai reveals itself in splendid fashion, with most arrivals landing onto a strip of fine white sand tucked deep into the long, U-shaped main bay, called Ao Tawan Tok or Ao Bungalow. The waters are clear and excellent for snorkelling, though the bay gets quite busy with visiting boats in the afternoons. Racha Yai is home to The Racha, a splendid getaway resort. The other large bay, Ao Siam, is a pretty place that's great for peaceful strolls. Music free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music Library Walking in the Sky-Nico Staf

What to see in Karakol-Kyrgyzstan

Located at the crossroads of Central Asia, the city of Karakol in eastern Kyrgyzstan is a fascinating gateway to the region's diverse history, cuisine, and nature. Many unique cultures contribute to the town's culinary history and cultural heritage: Kyrgyz, Tatar, Russian, Dungan, Uighur, Kalmyk, Uzbek, and more. And with both the Tian Shan Mountains and Lake Issyk-Kul nearby, you'll discover limitless outdoor adventure . This video will show you through some of the more "local" things and places I visited whilst there. Bearing in mind this was photographed by me back in 2012. I hope it gives you a flavour of the place....

Thailand! Promthep Cape - Phuket-2021

Promthep Cape is the most South point of Phuket. The point is one of the most popular areas of Phuket and for this matter has an iconic status. Due to its location and southern facing views, it offers a picturesque view of the Andaman Sea. Promthep Cape is also known as the ‘God’s Cape’ and ‘Laem Promthep’. It is a rocky piece of land that sticks out into the Andaman sea. It has tall cliffs that shape the point of the most southern part of Phuket Island. Tourist flock here year in and year out to capture some of the finest pictures of sunsets seen in Phuket. Not only do happy snappers come to Promthep Cape for the views, but you will find artists and nature lovers. All of them head to this spot just to soak in the presence of being at the end point of Phuket – the Pearl of the Andaman Sea. Many people believe that Promthep Cape is the best spot in the whole of Thailand for spectacular sunsets. When the stars are out on a clear evening, Promthep Cape can be the perfect spot to star gaze and catch shooting stars. During the monsoon season, the Cape and surround sea can be very rough. It is great to head out to watch the large waves crashing into the side cliff walls of the Cape. The ocean can be very powerful here. The waves will give you an idea of how the Cape itself came to its shape after so many years. Promthep Shrine and Lighthouse From the car park, you will walk up a set of stairs to the actual viewpoint. Here you will find the main attraction, the Buddhist shrine and a lighthouse. The shrine, which is the Buddhists Altar, is surrounded by brass elephant statues and carvings which give the area a somewhat traditional atmosphere. Occasionally groups of monks can be spotted around the area although this isn’t too often. There is a small concrete wall that separates the pathway to the actual dirt path leading down to the Cape itself. If you are daring enough to venture to the end of the Cape, it is a rocky, somewhat slippy downhill walk and can be quite dangerous in certain weather conditions so just concentrate on your footing. It is not a very hard walk, only a few hundred metres to the very edge of the Cape. The walk is simply a declined dirt path, that can get slippery in the wet. Caution is always advised, especially on the cliff edges. At the lower part of the Cape, you can look back on the Island, or turn around and have the mass ocean beneath your feet. The walk back from the Cape to the concrete footpath can be fairly exhausting due to the nature of how the dirt path inclines and gradients. It’s downhill on the way to the end, and uphill on the way back. Guess it depends on your fitness level, but it is not too demanding for an average person, just not me! Music by :Patrick Patrikios title :Ocean View free under creative commons licence from YouTube music library

Thailand! Tha Rua Shrine-Phuket

One of Phuket's largest and most elaborate Chinese temples, the Tha Rua Shrine is also one of the most colourful, adorned with numerous brightly painted statues of dragons and deities. The Tha Rua shrine is one of the oldest Taoist foundations on Phuket, although the site has been greatly expanded and the present building dates from 2002. Located in the Thalang district, north of Phuket Town, the Tha Rua Shrine is an easy excursion for those visiting the island. It's certainly an unmissable and arresting sight, with its bright gold, red and green colour scheme and its outsized statues of mythical creatures and Taoist divinities. Visitors are greeted at the entrance by a pair of multicoloured Chinese dragons, while inside devotees burn incense and offer prayers in front of statues of Quan Yin, the goddess of mercy, and altars covered in statuettes of various gods. The Tha Rua Shrine is a popular and busy temple and visitors are welcome to explore the complex throughout the day. To avoid the crowds, it's best to visit in the early morning. It's a great place to take photographs, too. Statues, traditional Chinese paintings and carvings fill the interior and cover the façade, while outside stands a giant statue of Guan Yu, a revered Chinese general from the second century AD who was deified after his death. https://www.ivisa.com/india-visa-application?nationality=US&utm_source=true-travels

Thailand! Makham Bay-Phuket

Many people asked me at Christmas what I got as presents. When you get to my age presents become less important, and for me “experiences” have taken their place. So for Christmas I got to have a days “experience” at Makham Bay, Phuket. Not just a day at the beach, but a wonderful buffet brunch, served beautifully (at Crowne Plaza Hotel) and with the added bonus of unlimited use of the infinity pool, which also had direct access to the wonderful beach. A hideaway in Phuket, yet just a stone’s throw from Phuket Town and a short drive to Patong, Crowne Plaza® Phuket Panwa Beach is beautifully set in Makham Bay. Walking along the beach and spending a long time during the day gave me the chance to photograph the bay at high and low tide. So here is a taste of my Christmas present, and by the way , you can just go to the beach, you don’t have to go to the hotel, but it was a wonderful treat!

Thailand! Hat Patong Beach

I've never been to Patong beach in the whole two years i have lived here. Expecting the worst of heaving numbers of people during what is now high season. Imagine it like this, today, peak season, with only a few people here...… Patong Beach, or Hat Patong as it is called in Thai, is the main beach in Patong and is a wide 2,85 km long stretch of white soft sand. Patong's 3-km strip of golden sand is one of the most popular beaches in Phuket. The Beach has a row of coconut, palm and tropical almond trees separating the shore from the main road. The northern part of Patong Beach hides a small sandy creek where the water is very shallow and clear during high season. The southern part is the mouth of a river, where several fishing boats anchor. The bridge over the river leads to a small fishing village and the various bays and beaches around the headland that separates Patong from Karon. The best time to visit Patong Beach in Phuket is between November and April when the sea is very flat and calm. From May to October, the beach experiences large waves and dangerous swells. Music free under creative commons licence from you tube music library

Thailand! Ao Yon Beach and Bay

There are two small beaches in this bay south of Cape Panwa on the east coast of Phuket, separated by rocky headlands. It is about 10 kms from town and easily accessible by car and motorcycle. The road from Ban Bo Rare which takes you to Ao Yon is attractive and full of shady trees. The bay is tranquil, the sea is very blue, and the sunset here is also magnificent. Tourists like to relax by sitting under the coconut palms watching waves twinkling in the sunlight. Travelling to Ao Yon Bay There are two routes to this beach. From town, follow the road to Panwa Beach. There is a small soi to take you to Ao Yon pass Bor Rae Village. This road offers a nice scenery of beaches and a view point. The other route to Ao Yon is from Panwa Beach and Makam Bay. Follow the Ao Yon Khao Khad Road to the beach. This route is shorter than the other one.

Thailand! A view of Rawai beach from the other shore!

Paradise beach bar and restaurant is located Rawai Phuket Thailand. It is not that which is the focus of this video though, more a point where I started a beautiful walk along what at first appeared to be a very small part of rawai Beach, but as the tide went out during the morning gave me access to other more secluded parts of the beach, which curves round towards the cape of Panwa. Sometimes time is better spent waiting for better moments to present themselves to you. Music from You Tube Music Library Meditation Impromptu 03 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100161Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Thailand! Chalong Bay Extended Beach

Just south of Chalong, there is a long stretch of Chalong bay called, Friendship beach, also known as Mittrapap beach. The beach is not a great place for swimming as it becomes muddy at low tide. However, the view of the bay is delightful for walking and getting away from the hustle and bustle of Life. You get some lovely views across Chalong Bay to some of the offshore islands such as Koh Lone, Koh Bon and Koh Racha Yai, and there are hundreds of boats in the bay – everything from dive boats to catamarans to speedboats and a couple of huge sunset cruise boats. Certainly somewhere I love going to relax and practice photography. Music free under creative commons licence from You Tube music library Song title: Smooth and Cool by Nico Staf (Thank You)

Thailand! Chillva Market- Phuket

Chillva Market Phuket is a cool, trendy night market with a somewhat bohemian vibe and an impressive selection of food and fashion stalls. Hard to miss by the side of Yaowarat Road (which runs by Tesco Lotus, on the way towards Phuket Town), the market has a distinctive look created by the use of colourful shipping containers as shopfronts. At the heart of the market is a small stage with a pond behind and amphitheatre in front, both of which host live performances when the market is in full swing. There's even a full size go Kart track! Chillva Market Phuket is more popular among locals than tourists. Everything happening on stage is often completely incomprehensible to anyone not fluent in Thai. Food vendors make up around more than half of the stalls and permanent stores at Chillva Market Phuket. You'll find funky pubs, cafes, ice cream parlours, and a wide selection of street foods. Prices are generally very low. Large servings from the market's more popular shops rarely exceed a couple of hundred baht. Being quite small, taking a leisurely walk around Chillva Market Phuket won’t tire you out or take you half the night to explore.

Thailand! Naiharn Beach - Phuket

Nai Harn beach is located on the southernmost tip of Phuket, to the west of Promthep Cape facing the Andaman Sea. This is one of the best and most beautiful beaches on the southern coast. The actual area is an open front beach but surrounded by hillside on both sides.The surface of the beach under the shallow waters is pure soft sand and feels luscious to walk on. From around 11 am – 5 pm, the water can become very warm due to the sun shining on it. It is extremely popular with the locals, but not so much commercialised with tourists. The sea is absolutely fantastic to swim in between November and April. In the low season, it can still be nice, but the sea is much more unpredictable. Nai Harn has some great surf, and lovely clear waters to swim in. There are no rocks on the bay, it’s pure sand that so it makes it perfect for a beautiful swim. The rip currents can get very strong at times depending on the time of day and sea behaviour. Because of this there are always life guards. A lovely atmosphere, great for families, children, and in general people who appreciate a beautiful beach. Another part of the beach to the eastern side is a very shallow pool set about 50 metres from the actual sea. There is a stream of water that runs from this small pool to the sea. The pool is only knee deep, and perfect for small children to swim in and play. It has no current as it is not the actual sea itself, but joins on to it. In either high season or low season, the beach never seems overcrowded, as you can see from my photos. Music from You tube music library, appropriately called ;Staring at the Sun -by The 126ers

Thailand! Laem Ka Noi Beach

The beach part of Laem Ka Noi is minuscule, so tiny that one hesitates to call it a beach. The focus of Laem Ka Noi is its restaurant which attracts many Thai people on weekends with good seafood and local delicacies at fair rates. On my very recent visit it was shared by some locals fishing, and gave a stunning view of Chalong Bay and the elephant shaped Island of Koh Lone is also known as Koh Lohn or Lon Island, and is mainly populated by friendly Muslim communities that make a living from fishing, rubber tree plantations and coconut planting. Laem Ka Noi, a place to find your inner peace............

Thailand! Street Art and Art Village Rawai- Phuket

So finally able to get out and abut again, after heavy monsoon rains. I wander around the off beach road in Rawai to find a collection of street art and the Art Village. I think all types of street art are Art, so there will be a variety of "wall art shown in this video. Phuket Art Village is a creative community tucked away down a small lane in Nai Harn at the southern end of Phuket. Home to a diverse and growing collection of home studios and galleries, the village was built from the ground up by the artists themselves. The village is set on a small plot of land on Soi Naya 2 off Saiyuan Road, not far from Wilson's restaurant about two kilometres from Nai Harn beach. A large banyan tree shades a central courtyard, while the artists’ studios are set around the perimeter. The galleries are all open all day and visitors are welcome. There are usually at least one or two artists around to greet you, though you may need to wander around for a bit before you find them. Overall, the atmosphere is relaxed. friendly and welcoming. The village artists, currently all Thai, work in a range of mediums, mostly contemporary works of art.

RAwai Art Village

Kbal Spean-“River of a thousand lingas”

Spean is an ancient Khmer site in Phnom Kulen National Park, a remote place located at considerable distance from Siem Reap and the main Angkor monuments. The site stretches out over a length of about 150 meters through the jungle along the Stung Kbal Spean river, known as the “river of a thousand lingas”. In 2013 during my long stay in Cambodia I visited this site. An experience not ever forgotten and one of my favourites. As we were there during the dry season, the river was somewhat dried up. On several places, we saw beautiful images in the stones. You have to look carefully because sometimes an image does not stand out at all. The path is easily passable, but it can be rather hard at times, especially when it rains or immediately after it has rained. The whole climb is doable; you don’t have to be in great shape. From the starting point (parking spot with eateries) you walk to the top part of the river in about 45 minutes (it took me an hour). Most travelers combine a visit with a stop at Banteay Srei, another beautiful Angkor temple. we walked back down again; in the direction of the waterfall. which due to the dry season, was very small, but it still didn't stop me having a cool off underneath it before continuing down back to the car park. I hope you enjoy seeing a few of the carvings I saw, you will see it was well worth the effort! Music is free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music library. Title: Keeping Sacred by Emily A. Sprague

Kokkeriet – Copenhagen

Looking back through my collection of Images from my Travels and whilst this Covid lock down is still preventing many from travelling, I thought I would revisit and offer some of the experiences, which were highlights at the time. Reliving the moments and able to share them with you. Once again, the restaurant Kokkeriet is featured with a star in Guide Michelin Nordic Cities 2020. I remember it as an amazing gastronomic treat that I will probably never get to experience again. neither would I want to, a once in a lifetime experience ! This is a soupçon of what we had in 2014. it comprised of their taster menu and accompanying wine menu. The beautiful restaurant is located a bit off the hustle of the inner City in the cosy old quarter of Nyboder - the 400 years old housing blocks build for the navy. Kokkeriet's interior design is charming, and the atmosphere is personal and more relaxed than at other of the city's gourmet restaurants. The menu is modern European, flavoured with Danish finesse and old traditions. Music is free under creative commons licence and you tube music library. Title/Artist; Orb by Corbyn Kites

Ellora Caves

So I have had some time to look back at some of my previous journeys, and I realised that I haven't done many slideshows of India, even though I have visited it often, and for long periods of time. So for a change from my usual South East Asian shows I bring the the beautiful Ellora caves which I visited in 2010. One of the most awesome places in India I have ever visited, the scale of these monuments and the technique used to make them is mind blowing when you think they had nothing of today's technology. 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff, an is a Unesco World Heritage Site for good reason. The 34 caves are actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. Stunning detail and massive scale dwarf the people who know visit it. I think looking at these images, it makes me want to go back for a second look, I was not able to view all 34 caves(they are so many you can see in a day). And see the others I missed! This is just a small selection, if your looking to go your in for a treat, and if you can't get there then enjoy the awesomeness of it! Music free under creative commons licence from You tube music library Title and Artist ; Krishna's Calliope by Jesse Gallagher

Thailand! Sam Rock Art in Phang Nga

During the summer break and trying to dodge tropical storms, On my way home from Krabi we stopped at this much missed, but beautiful calm place . A real gem and worth the visit. We had the place to ourselves and felt like explorers! Lovely being able to take your time and look at all the paintings without feeling rushed or watched. So here is a record of what I saw, I hope you like it? It's in Tambon Tham Nam Phut, Muang District, Phang Nga province This cave is the lime stone cave. The paintings are all at the front of Tham Sam cave, a wide open space that’s essentially a large overhang. From this, a long, but not very large shaft cut by flowing water leads back into the limestone outcrop. According to the sign at the entrance of the cave, it is mentioned that this cave has presented the art in early Rattanakosin era during B.E 2394 - 2453. (Buddhist calendar). It is said that the painting of birds and flowers are represented as the heaven. Next is the Earth where man lives, lastly, is a guess it is hell, with monsters and ghouls. Made with natural pigments – probably derived from tree sap. These consist entirely of red, white, and black and the lively results from the limited palate are a testament to the great skill of the artist or artists. Music free under creative commons licence from You tube music library Title ;Night Snow by Asher Fulero

Thailand! Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua

One of the interesting places I visit during my summer break, down in Krabi. The walk up the stairs to the big Buddha footprint, was beyond me at the time of day we arrived, as it was beyond hot, pending the tropical storm heading our way some few hours later. Krabi Tiger Cave offers a genuine spiritual experience in stunning natural surroundings. Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua sits 5 km northeast from Krabi Town centre. It is one of Thailand’s finest natural wonders, and it's definitely worth a visit. The temple here is a warren of natural limestone caves formed inside at the foot of an impressive cliff. There are beautiful icons in the main temple cave as well. To get to this historic site at the top of the cast (Buddhas footprint) you need to hike 1,237 steps up the limestone tower. Krabi Tiger Cave offers you a challenging climb, especially in the Thai climate. Those who make it to the top are compensated with panoramic 360 degree views. The panorama encompasses the Andaman Sea, dramatic limestone cliff formations, and verdant rain-forests.

Thailand! Sarasin Bridge Phuket

I know I have been quiet of late, down to a busy summer trying to get a holiday and moving house. Todays video is taken from my first day of my two week holiday! As you can see it was fighting between, shall i rain? shall I not rain? overcast and windy was not the best way to visit the Sarasin Bridge, but it has been in my sights for some while now. I could not miss the opportunity on my way off the Island. I have always looked at it and thought "how Victorian", but actually it isn not at all, but quite modern. Unable to cope with the ever growing traffic, and the need to open up mainland Thailand to the Island, a second bridge/highway was built to take the traffic. In keeping with the Thais love of leisure, the bridge has been kept as a tourist attraction as well as servicing motorcycle crossing for locals and anyone who wants to walk it. I loved my whole experience of the Bridge and the views are outstanding! along with the busy fishing boats. I hope you enjoy my view of the Sarasin Bridge? Sarasin Bridge, Phuket Coming from the Thailand mainland in Phang Nga province on Highway 402, you will need to cross a long bridge to reach the famous island of Phuket. The bridge that originally took everyone over the ocean is named the Sarasin Bridge. It is 660 meters (722 yards) in length and was finished in 1967. This bridge was in service as the only bridge to Phuket until 2011 when two new bridges were erected beside Sarasin Bridge on the West Side – one going south, one north. After the new bridge was built, the Sarasin Bridge was then turned into a fishing pier and a place to walk around over the water. The old bridge still stands as a memorial to Phuket history. Music free under creative commons licence from YouTube music library Title ; Venkatesananda by Jesse Gallagher

Thailand! Ban Bang Niew Dam and reservoir Project

Bang Neaw Dam reservoir project (constructed in 2006) Another nice dam, inland from Kamala Beach is the Ban Bang Niew Reservoir, just south of the Anthem Wakeboard Park. This dam is larger than Bang Wad Dam I recently visited, and a whole lot emptier. This is due to an enlargement project due to finish next year to increase the Reservoirs capacity. The vegetation on this run is particularly lush, and there is good shade. There are water views in quite a few view point spots. A full 6k rive round this reservoir makes for a great days Photography. Phuket is not just beaches and sea, beautiful green interior awaits those who like walking. Music free under creative commons licence from you tube music library Credits to : Parzival by William Rosati

Thailand! Bang Wad Dam and Reservoir

You'd be forgiven for thinking that living on a tropical island where we’re surrounded by water, and with plenty of monsoonal rain falling on the island every year, it’s hard to imagine we could possibly ever be facing a water shortages. Phuket does, either to over usage, not enough rain fall, or poor maintenance of the reservoirs. Bang Wad Dam and reservoir, is from the three main water management areas I have visited so far on the Island, the best stocked one so far . Bang Wad reservoir is Phuket's largest source of fresh water, a large artificial lake in the hills in the Kathu. The dam is about 800m long and there's a small road winding for a total of 6.5km around the reservoir. Not really a tourist destination you might think, but if you want to "mix with the locals" then Bang Wad is a good place to come in. Many people come up here to get some fresh air and exercise, walking or jogging along the dam, or even doing a loop around the reservoir. It's quiet and green up here, making a nice spot for a picnic too, and there's a large grassy area at one end of the dam which is made for just that! I drove round the 6.5km road, it was way to hot, and I am way to unfit to walk it, but I was able to walk the length of the dam itself and back to my car. Just under 2 km, not bad for me! I hope you enjoy the stunning views of the interior of Phuket, I just had to share.... Music is free under creative commons licence from You tube Music Library Title; Pure Potentiality by Benjamin Martins

Thailand! Chalong Pier and Marina - Phuket

Living in the South of Phuket I get to visit some of the less touristy areas. Well maybe Chalong pier is not one of those, except just before the covid restrictions on movement came in in March 2020. Which is when i had a chance to go and photograph this interesting and usually thriving /busy place. Chalong Pier is located southeast of Phuket Island on the border with Rawai. This pier is more and more frequented: sailboats are not the most numerous but motorboats for offshore fishing trips, diving trips, canoe trips and finally many speedboats that take you to the islands a little further away in a short time. It is also a very active area with shops, restaurants, and a breathtaking beach. The pier offers many boat trips around all the nearby islands, including Racha Island and Koh Hae. In Chalong Bay, there is also a dive site for underwater enthusiasts and many activities like sailing and cruising among other fun endeavors. It was completed in about 2002 and is around 700 meters long. Before this new pier, which was built to serve the countless tourist boats that depart from Chalong, there was only a rickety wooden jetty, barely wide enough for 2 people to pass each other. Now shored up as a concrete version of its bigger brother, I walked that too! Music free under creative commons licence from Yo Tube Music Library: Everything You wanted- by Dan Lebowitz

Arslanbob to Bishkek and everything in-between

CAREC Corridor 3 (Bishkek-Osh Road) In 2012 I had an epic journey along the Silk Route to China and beyond. In this video you see one of my favourite countries visited at that time. Nothing can prepare you for the sheer scale and beauty of the Valleys and mountains in Kyrgyzstan. Arslanbob- This little mountain town is beautiful nestled below the biggest walnut forest in the World! It lies directly underneath the 4000m high mountains of Babash-Ata. Shortly before Osh, you'll enter the Fergana Valley, meaning that the mountains disappear and the grassy hills and valleys are predominant. This scenery is very different from the landscape before but no less beautiful. Music free under creative commons licence from YouTube music library. Title: Destination Unknown by Ugonna Onyekwe

Thailand! Khlong Katha Reservoir

The new Khlong Katha Dam, also known as the Chalong Dam, was recently constructed to ease water supply shortages to the people in Chalong, Rawai, Kata and Karon, and as supplemental water holding for the nearby Bang Wad Dam. The reservoir that was created by the new dam has erased some local roads, which, as of the time of this posting, still exist on Google Maps. These "Ghost Roads" can cause some confusion when navigating the area, but the new roads are clearly marked and driving is very safe. The reservoir is actually somewhat scenic, and a popular place for cycling and jogging, as traffic is quite light. It is also located very near to the beautiful Srisupharam Temple, with it's enormous, white Stupa, which is definitely worth a visit, all by itself. The B480-million project is located near Srisupharam temple among the foothills at the end of Chao Fa West Rd Soi 69 and funded by the Royal Irrigation Department (RID). The reservoir is up to 927 metres long and in parts up to 23m deep, with a maximum water storage capacity of 4.3 million cubic metres.The highest water capacity is 4.5 million cubic metres with emergency storage. Comparably, it will supply less water than the other dams in Phuket. It is expected to supply only about 14,000 to 15,000 cubic metres of water per day, as it is the smallest of the reservoirs

Thailand! Promthep Cape- Phuket

Promthep Cape is one of the most photographed locations in Phuket. Every evening, tour buses, scooters and private cars sweep through Rawai Beach and up the island's southernmost hill to watch the sunset, which can also be spelt as 'Phromthep Cape' (though it's said the same way). There's also a lighthouse displaying interesting historical maritime artefacts here. It commands spectacular views over the east and southeast of the island and its environs. The lighthouse/museum is air-conditioned, and if you go up to the outdoor terrace, you can see the distinctive shapes of Phi Phi Islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi on a clear day. Most of the time, you'll be able to see nearby islands, like Koh Kaeo Yai with its Buddhist monastery. Some people make the rather demanding trek down to the end of Promthep Cape's promontory, though most stay in the viewing part for sunset Music free under creative commons licence, from you tube music library. Un Requite Love by Sir Cubworth

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Thailand! Phuket Mining Museum in Kathu

Phuket Mining Museum (or Kathu Mining Museum) was built with unusual grandeur in a very remote and isolated location behind the Loch Palm Golf Club of Kathu, somewhere in the hills before Patong. Museums in Phuket are not precisely living spaces where artists exhibit their creations, but this one gives you a pretty good vision of what Phuket was famous for during the tin mining era. Driving through the Phuket Mining Museum massive double arch entrance gate and along the lake will lead you to a monumental Sino-Portuguese pink building. Once you walked through the whole Phuket Mining Museum building, which doesn’t take long despite its size, you can explore the park around and have a look at some other mining remains and machine spare parts as well as a beautiful view on the nearby hills. As shown in this video. Music free under creative commons licence from You tube Music Library Title; Delta Wave by Asher Fulero

taldyk pass kyrgyzstan

In 2012 I took the epic journey across Central Asia and into China, following Alexander the Great to the Jade Gate in China. One of the most draw dropping journeys was in Kyrgyzstan and the Pamir Highway. Stopping at many places and looking at the Untouched Earth. The mountain Passes were stunning. Taldyk Pass is a high mountain pass that separates the Fergana Valley from the Chon-Alai. The pass located in Osh Region, 160 kilometers south of the city of Osh. The Taldyk Pass is one of the most popular passes in Kyrgyzstan. The height of the pass is 3,600 meters and it is a kind of gateway to one of the highest and most beautiful roads in the world – the Pamir Highway. The northern slope of the pass is famous for its steep serpentine, from which spectacular views of the Ferghana valley are opened. The first road here was laid at the end of the XIX century and this event was an important landmark of one of the most interesting colonial confrontations of the Russian Empire and Great Britain for control of Central Asia, called the “Big Game”. A rare feature of Taldyk is that it is open all year round, despite the high altitude. On the roadside, through the pass you can see a monument built in honor of Yuri Frantsevich Grushko, an engineer who participated in the design and construction of the road through the pass.

Somphamit Waterfall or Li Phi Waterfall Laos

From my trip across the Silk route and South East Asia, here in Laos and following the Mekong River the most amazing Li phi Waterfalls. A reasonable walk will take you to the opposite bank from the falls and allow you to walk along to the freshwater lakes. A refreshing and cooling experience and on this visit people free! Info; Tat Somphamit is locally known as Li Phi Falls. Li Phi means 'spirit trap' and locals believe the falls is a trap for bad spirits (of deceased people and animals) as they wash down the river. Located off the western tip of Si Phan Don, between the two islands of Don Xang and Don Khon and no more than 3km away from the Cambodian border is a raging set of rapids called Tat Somphamit, but referred to by just about everyone as Li Phi Falls. Li Phi means 'spirit trap' and locals believe the falls is a trap for bad spirits (of deceased people and animals) as they wash down the river. Tat Somphamit is one of the most impressive waterfalls in South-East Asia. Consisting of a number of cascades as opposed to one major waterfall, Tat Somphamit is a dramatic sight and is a must for waterfall-lovers. Music free under creative commons licence from you tube music library Music title; - Clouds by Huma-Huma

Jewel at Changi Airport- Singapore 2020

You cannot help but marvel at this amazing domed indoor waterfall when you arrive at Changi airport in Singapore. Once you are clear of baggage collection and customs, you walk through what at first looks like a shopping mall,. Well yes and no, yes it is a shopping (duty free) mall, but the center piece is this stunning vortex of a waterfall from the top of the dome down to the bottom floor, three floors below! We spent around three hours here on arrival, juts taking it all in, walking the beautiful terraces full of greenery and mini waterfalls. Grabbing something to eat in the numerous restaurants on all the different levels overlooking the waterfall. Right to the very top, where you can look across the whole dome and see it all. There you can see the mono rail and its trains passing through. A wonderful experience I shall never forget and one that I would like to share with everyone! Music free from you tube music library, under creative commons licence Titled; Fortress Europe by Dan Bodan

Super Trees Singapore

on my recent trip in February to Singapore, I was wondering what differences I would see since my last visit in 2013! One of the most amazing sights /Changes that I wanted to visit was the Gardens by the Bay. Most significantly the Super-trees! I was not disappointed. I even took the sky walk (the same height as the Arc de Triomphe in Paris), between the trees which gave me the most amazing feeling of freedom and wellness. The man-made mechanical forest consists of 18 supertrees that act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the supertrees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that convert sunlight into energy, which provides lighting and aids water technology within the conservatories below. Varying in height between 25 and 50 meters, each supertree features tropical flowers and various ferns climbing across its steel framework. The large canopies also operate as temperature moderators, absorbing and dispersing heat, as well as providing shelter from the hot temperatures of Singapore's climate to visitors walking beneath.

Thailand! Friendship Beach

Part of the reason for me moving to Thailand, was to get away from People? Hahaha I hear you say, on a beach?but actually there are many places you can go to get away from direct contact with people. During these difficult times of World Pandemics, I am trying to show you that there are spaces for your body and your mind to heal. friendship Beach in Chalong, Phuket is one of them. Now I know you all can't get here , or have such a wonderful space to visit, especially at this time of year. So i have put together for you this video to enjoy in your own personal spaces wherever you are. Escapism can be such an important tool for our health, after all we watch TV series and shows to "escape" . These are not always pleasant places or good things, so much negativity, that I wanted to put some positive back into our view of the World around us. Trust me it is there, you just have to look! Music from one of my favourite writers/performers -- Aakash Gandhi with his piece called ; Kiss the Sky free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music library Thank you Aakash, this piece is perfect!

Little India Street Art Singapore

Some of the Amazing street Art I saw on my recent trip to Singapore. There are three districts that this is most popular, Chinatown, Little India, And Kampong Glam. This one focuses on Little India I hope you enjoy it? Little India Street Art Walk 27 Chander Road – Jasmine Flowers by Nadiah Alsagoff (Artwalk Little India 2018) 60 Kerbau Road – In the Clouds (Park 22 Hotel) by Speak Cyptic (Artwalk Little India 2019) 67 Kerbau Road – Buffaloes by Eunice Lim (right next to Little India MRT exit E), Artwalk Little 2017 33 Kerbau Road – Diff/Fusion by Zul Zero (Artwalk Little India 2019) 34 – 50 Buffalo Road – not sure who these were I think they were from Artwalk 2015/6 20 Clive Street – A Scent of Lights by Song (Artwalk 2019) 212 Serangoon Road (at Baboo Lane) – Bus 181 by Didier Jaba Mathieu 1 Hindoo Road – Little India 11 Hindoo Road – Rajinikanth by Zero 109 Rowell Road – Miami Man by El Mac Plus many more... Music courtesy of you tube music library. Free under creative commons licence. Thank you; Vacay In Fiji Riddim by Konrad OldMoney

KAMPONG GLAM & HAJI LANE STREET ART 2020

I have just come back from a very recent trip to Singapore, for four days! Whilst there visiting the Gardens by the Bay and other amazing places that have popped up since my last visit in 2013, I took the time this time to capture and have a through look at the street art that was then in it's infancy! Kampong Glam is known as the heritage Arab/Muslim quarter in Singapore and one of my places to find street art in Singapore. It’s home to the beautiful Sultan Mosque and has quite an unusual mishmash of cloth merchants, Middle Eastern restaurants and hipster shops all rolled into one heritage district, and it’s also one of the few places in Singapore where you can find street art beyond your heritage murals. I’ve put together a Kampong Glam street art guide to help you uncover all the cool murals and street art in and around this funky neighbourhood Music free under creative commons licence from You tube library. Selfie Stick by Quincas Moreira

Chinatown Murals: Heritage In Street Art 2020

I have just come back from a very recent trip to Singapore, for four days! Whilst there visiting the Gardens by the Bay and other amazing places that have popped up since my last visit in 2013, I took the time this time to capture and have a through look at the street art that was then in it's infancy! In this Video you will see the street art from the China town district, there will be one from Little India too! So subscribe and wait for your notification when it's out! All the works have been commissioned by the Singapore cultural development agency made up of the three distinct cultures that make Singapore, Chinese, Indian and Malay. Below i have given you a Chinatown walk list of streets where you will find some of these wonderful murals. But you don't have to follow them verbatim, and to be fair I didn't either! Chinatown Walk 1 40 and 6 Everton Road – Barber and Amah by YC Yip. 8 Spottiswoode Park (at Everton Road) – Provision Shop and Soyabean Drinks cart by YC Yip 2 Blair Road (back of gallery located here) – Mardi by Alex Face To get there: Outram Park is the closest MRT stop Chinatown Walk 2 In the heart of Chinatown, cut through Pagoda Street connecting Smith and Temple Streets to see YC Yip’s Letter writer at 333 Smith Street adorning the Chinatown Complex Food Market building. This walk is 1.2KM. 83 Pagoda Street – Mid Autumn Moon cake and lantern festival by YC Yip Mohamed Ali Lane (at North Bridge Road) – a series of 4 murals: Mamak Store, Paper Mask & Puppet Seller, Lion Dance Head Maker and The Window all by YC Yip 158 Telok Ayer Street – Thian Hock Keng Mural: An Immigrant’s Story by Yip Yew Chong (immense 40 metre piece depicting history of the Hokkien’s migration to Singapore) Amoy Street Food Center (inside wall facing Muslim stalls) has a series of murals, includning the Samsui Woman THERE WILL BE FREE MAP AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD AT MY WEBSITE; https://true-travels.com Three pieces of music accompany this video all from Youtube music library and free under creative commons licence. Sao Meo by Doug Maxwell/ Zac Zinger Sao Meo Orchestral Mix by Doug Maxwell/ Zac Zinger Lau Tzu Ehru by Doug Maxwell

Sarangapani temple, Kumbakonam

During my 4 month trip round Southern India in 2015, I stayed in many Temple towns. Here is the Sarangapani temple, in Kumbakonam At a distance of 2 km from Kumbakonam Railway Station and 500 m from Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, Sarangapani Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Kumbakonam. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Sarangam means bow and pani means hand. The deity is having a bow in the hand. Also known as Tiru Kudanthai is the third of the 108 Divya Desams. The Sarangapani Temple is also one of the Pancha Ranga Khestras with the other four being Srirangapatnam, Srirangam, Appalarangam, Parimala Ranganatha Perumal Temple at Mayiladuthurai and Vatarangam at Sirkazhi. Sarangapani Temple is the biggest Vishnu temple in Kumbakonam. It is of great religious significance and considered to be second only to the Srirangam Temple in Trichy. The temple boasts of 5 prakaras and a holy tank which is known as Porthamarai Kulam. The rajagopuram has 11 tiers and has a height of 150 feet. This is the third tallest temple gopuram among the Divya Desams other two are Srirangam (236 feet) and Srivilliputhur (192 feet). Chariot festival is the most prominent festival of the temple, celebrated during the Tamil month of Chittirai (March-April). The twin temple chariots are the third largest in Tamil Nadu, each weighing 300 tons. Brahmotsavam, spring festival and Navaratri are the other important festivals of this temple I have included a pic of the chariots that are pulled by the devotees.... Music courtesy you tube music library Fusion of Dhol by Aakash Gandhi Free under creative commons licence

Thailand! Old Coconut Plantation

Sometimes , when out exploring this wonderful World, you happen upon some unique and almost forgotten places. Places still lived on, or in, but a shadow of what they used to be. Sometimes as in this case , the shadow gets bigger, or should that be taller! whilst out on a photography project , I saw this old Coconut plantation, dotted with Banana trees too, and went for a walk of serene calmness and natural beauty. A oasis of green in the busy town. Worth sharing, i thought so.... Music courtesy of ; Poured by Lauren Duski free under creative commons licence from you tube music library

Thailand! Phuket Philatelic Museum

Phuket Town has one that might interest you. The Phuket Philatelic Museum is located in an old district of Phuket Town in a building from the year 1920. Once inside the so-called Post Museum, you can see the same machines and layout of the office as it was nearly a century ago. There are old stamp and packing machines, and even telephones displayed as they were a century ago. There are post boxes for in-house mail and mailboxes for homes, mail scales, and some of the stamp metering equipment is still there. You can see some of the old stamps they used in the early part of the twentieth century. If inclined, there are stamps available for purchase as souvenirs of the old Phuket Post Museum (or Philatelic Museum). The Phuket Post Museum is located an 80-year-old building on Montri Road (the original signage still adorns the old Sino-Portuguese style building which was built in 1930, saved from demolition in the 1990’s and then opened as a museum in late 2004) close to the main Phuket Post Office in Phuket Town, on the east side of Phuket Island, and is open during regular weekday business hours starting at 9 am.

Thailand! Abandoned Villa Old Town Phuket

So another in my Urban exploration series, this time the abandoned Villa, in Old Town Phuket. Built around 100 years ago this sadly empty and decaying building is left. Surrounded by some out buildings and what would have been servants quarters. The building is securely padlocked at all entrances to the ground floor, I suspect that as much of the main roof section has gone the upper floors maybe rotten beyond repair and very dangerous! Windows are closed and I managed to push one open a little to get a peek inside. Tantalising glimpses of what was before. You can get around to the side and the rear of this building, the back, backs onto a water culvert so not practical to enter through there either. Judging by the undergrowth, i wouldn't want to bet on the local friendly snakes either. So instead I just looked at what I could and wishing I could restore it to what it used to be. On a prime piece f land in the center of the Old Town in Phuket, it looks like there will be a long wait before that if ever comes up for sale! This location is open and public; Shared route From Siam Commercial Bank, 59 Ratsada Rd, Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000 to 100 Ratsada Rd, Tambon Talat Nuea, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000 via ถนน รัษฎา. 1 min (200 m) 1 min in current traffic 1. Head west on ถนน รัษฎา toward ซอย ประดิษฐ์ 2. Turn left 3. Arrive at location: 100 Ratsada Rd For the best route in current traffic visit https://maps.app.goo.gl/EKF8YTPpEY2TFEwC6

Abandoned Villa Old Town Phuket

Thailand! Fruits de Mer

One of the things about living on an Island is that your diet options expand to fresh fish! I finally got to visiting one of my local food/morning markets and what a treat, not only the usual fruit/veg/meat but a fabulous array of shellfish and fish. Fresh from the mornings fisherman. There are a few of these in Phuket, this is not a tourist market but a real working market for local people in Chalong. A great place to see what there is ..... Music courtesy of ;Sixteen Twenty Five by Text Me Records / Grandbankss Free under creative commons licence from Youtube music library

Thailand! Friendship Beach street Art Gallery

You know sometimes Street Art appears in places you least expect it! Like this building on Friendship Beach near Rawai, in Phuket. Or maybe not, maybe its the perfect location for artists to express their feelings of being there. Either way I have here a collection of very talented artists, and where at all possible i have credited their work. I do a lot of research but as with all of this kind of visual art it is not always possible to find out everything about the piece or the artists. A large part of this collection is from the local Artist Amann based here in Phuket. I find a fair few pieces of his work spread around the Phuket Area. I hope you enjoy Music courtesy of : Drifting 2 by Audionautix free under creative commons licence from you tube music library

Thailand! Abandoned Chalong view villas

Another one of my "Abandoned buildings" collection. I actually visited this quite well known location when I visited the Phuravarna.. The Abandoned Retreat. Originally this complex was the brainchild by Gary Ebsen, a long time Phuket resident and director of Eco–Cool Thai Homes, a company that has won several awards for building energy–efficient homes, set about creating affordable freehold condominiums in a modern resort atmosphere with stunning panoramic views of historic Chalong Bay and the offshore islands. Using his experience and contacts he focused on the long over–looked but currently booming Chalong Circle area and located a choice 2.5 Rai (1 acre) plot of land within easy walking distance to the shops and restaurants of the Chalong Pier. This is where Chalong Bay Condominiums had to be! Sadly the same story is so common here, the non transfer of ownership deeds, because of "problems with repaying bank loans" left many investors out of pocket and only getting a 60% refund on their money. The project was abandoned and recent reports from the Thai journals suggest that the land and property is going up for auction. One can't help thinking... "Buyer beware!" Music title;Mist by Odonis Odonis Free under creative commons licence from you tube music library

Chalong view villas

Thailand! Phuravarna the Abandoned Retreat

Some of you may know I have a love of exploring old abandoned and unfinished buildings. This video is dedicated to my new explorer friend Celeste Hanson, who without her knowledge of this place I would never have found. I can see that it would have made a beautiful calm, peaceful and relaxing retreat in the Island of Phuket. Sadly it seems that it either ran out of money or possible investors. either way it stands as an example of what could have been. You will see what I mean when you watch it! Music courtesy of : Tea for Tat by Verified Picasso free under creative commons licence from you tube music ibrary

Thailand! Unfinished Phuket Provincial Hall

This incomplete government offices stand on ground located on Thakreng Rd, near Rama IX Park, in Chalong Phuket. Interestingly the Car park is completely finished and beautiful, but sadly inaccessible by vehicles as the road to it has not been finished either. There is also an event hall next door, also complete and used by government officers. After the new Provincial Hall is complete it will become home to over a dozen of official agencies, including the Provincial Labour Office and the Provincial Governor's Office. The current Phuket Provincial Hall on Narisorn Rd will be converted into a museum. The new Phuket Provincial Hall will be big enough to provide seats to some 1000 clerks. The administrative complex will have 295 indoor and 25 outdoor parking spaces for cars, 2 parking spaces for buses and 200 slots for motorbikes. Walking round it I could see how lovely it will be when it is finally completed. Hopefully the new contracts will be awarded and this building will be finished before it becomes too derelict. So for the meantime all we have is this! music from You tube music library Free under creative commons licence

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Thailand! Wat Chalong or Wat Chaiyathararam - Phuket

My first visit to Wat Chalong as a visitor, also known as Wat Chaiyathararam. Of the many temples found on Phuket island, the Wat Chalong temple is the largest and most revered. The temple complex was built in its current location in 1837. Some remains of older structures have been found, however it is unknown exactly how old they are. The large grounds of Wat Chalong that is officially named Wat Chaitararam contains a viharn, a mondop, a ubosot, a chedi containing a secret relic, a sala and a crematorium. The most recent building on the grounds of Wat Chalong is a 60 meters tall 'Chedi' sheltering a splinter of bone from Buddha. Walls and ceilings are decorated with beautiful painting illustrating the life of Buddha, as well as many donated golden statues. Wat Chalong Chedi is built on three floors so feel free to climb all the way to the top floor terrace to get a nice bird view on the entire temple grounds. Music courtesy of : Dreaming free under creative commons licence from you tube music library

Thailand! BIG BUDDHA PHUKET

One of the best attractions on Phuket Island is our Giant Buddha on Nakkerd Hill in the town of Chalong(where I live). Looking down on the town, i get a feeling of safety and calm when driving my partner to work, like he's watching over us all. When up there the came and quiet, and of course on sunny days the amazing views across to Chalong Bay and the Islands are in my opinion, un equaled. Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the most important and revered landmarks on the island. The huge image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and, at 45 metres tall, can be seen from as far away as Phuket Town and Karon Beach. The lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island, with sweeping vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon, Chalong Bay and more. Known among Thais as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha, the main statue was built in 2004 and is 25 meters across at the base. The whole body is constructed with reinforced concrete, layered with beautiful Burmese white jade marble that shines in the sun. The views, and the actual image itself are breathtaking. The road to Nakkerd Hills is in good condition, most parts are newly built but it has many curves and some steep climbs, which less-powerful scooters can struggle with. Some young tourists enjoy hiking up, even though it usually takes them over an hour to reach the top. Nakkerd eh? Music credits; Destination Unknown- by Ugonna Onyekwe free under creative commons licence from You tube library

Thailand! Phuket Town Street Art

Visiting Phukets Old Town is a camera-persons delight at the best of times. During my recent visit on one of my "Walkabouts" along with some architectural photography of Phukets Sino-Portuguese buildings, I took the time to capture some of the street art that now has become no longer the preserve of the "spray can tag crowd" , but serious artists too. The street art in Phuket Town has not appeared randomly, it’s part of an organised attempt to brighten up the town’s street administered by by a group known as the 4studio with the blessing and assistance of the Phuket Office of the Tourist Authority of Thailand. The street art in Phuket very much fits in with the themes of the broader South East Asian street movement. Like the street art in Penang and Ipoh, the street art in Phuket Town focuses on themes which are important to local people and relate to local life on the island, even if in an obscure way. Not all street art in Thailand is following this path. Music is ; Fix One Thing At A Time- Max McFerren Free under creative commons licence from You Tube music library

Thailand! Kri Bima Suci Indonesian Tall Ship

This 111 meter long tall ship from Indonesia docked at the deep port in Phuket. An invitation via the local press was given to members of the public to come and visit it, and so I did. It was in Phuket as part of the 2019 Nation Ambassador Sail (NAS), an annual program of the Indonesian Navy to strengthen Indonesia's commitment to regional security, peace and stability. The theme for this year’s program is "Maritime Fulcrum Brotherhood". It was a real treat fro anyone not having got close to one of these magnificent Ships. The KRI Bima Suci is one of the tallest ships owned by the Indonesian Navy, besides KRI Dewa Ruci. The vessel is 111.2 metres long, and 13.65m wide draws a depth of 5.95m. Its tallest mast stretches 49m from the deck surface. This ship – which can accommodate up to 209 personnel consisting of 35 officers, 73 sailors and 101 cadets who are 83 Indonesian Navy Cadets n opportunity to practice their capabilities in basic navigation and astronomical navigation. The program also aims to provide the 83 Indonesian Navy Cadets n opportunity to practice their capabilities in basic navigation and astronomical navigation. Music courtesy of Vibe Mountain-Clover 3 Free under creative commons licence from You tube music library

Thailand! Kri Bima Suci Indonesian Tall Ship

This 111 meter long tall ship from Indonesia docked at the deep port in Phuket. An invitation via the local press was given to members of the public to come and visit it, and so I did. It was in Phuket as part of the 2019 Nation Ambassador Sail (NAS), an annual program of the Indonesian Navy to strengthen Indonesia's commitment to regional security, peace and stability. The theme for this year’s program is "Maritime Fulcrum Brotherhood". It was a real treat fro anyone not having got close to one of these magnificent Ships. The KRI Bima Suci is one of the tallest ships owned by the Indonesian Navy, besides KRI Dewa Ruci. The vessel is 111.2 metres long, and 13.65m wide draws a depth of 5.95m. Its tallest mast stretches 49m from the deck surface. This ship – which can accommodate up to 209 personnel consisting of 35 officers, 73 sailors and 101 cadets who are 83 Indonesian Navy Cadets n opportunity to practice their capabilities in basic navigation and astronomical navigation. The program also aims to provide the 83 Indonesian Navy Cadets n opportunity to practice their capabilities in basic navigation and astronomical navigation. Music courtesy of Vibe Mountain-Clover 3 Free under creative commons licence from You tube music library

Thailand! Phuket Guan Nabon Shrine

Chinese style temples in Thailand are and can be called ; Sanjao, San Chao, or ( ศาลเจ้า ). They may belong to the community, perhaps donated by wealthy benefactors, or to private foundations of a pious and charitable character. Even when private property, they are normally open to the public on daytime. Their name is normally preceded by the title Sanjao ( ศาลเจ้า ), meaning shrine or spirit house. It is the same name given to miniature spirit houses Thai people love to keep in their gardens or homes. They consist of at least one small building hosting the main shrine. Often they include also one external shrine in the form of a concrete table, and an external incinerator in the shape of a small tower. More rarely, one or more additional buildings with accessory shrines and votive objects, including holy rolls, and a votive pole. When located inside internal courts, they are marked by one or more decorated portals on the main street. All those additional parts are normally decorated following the same pattern for each temple. For this particular shrine the History is as below, I would like to add that they have actually built an extension , a massive meeting and event hall, which appear in the last frames of this slide show. Info Around 1890 in the area that the shrine stands today was a inlet from the nearby sea. One day a Chinese man came ashore in a Junk bringing with him an image of the Emperor Guan Yu. The man built a small house and was seen to pay respects to the image of Emperor Guan Yu. After some time the Chinese man disappeared and the local villagers saw that he had left behind the image of Emperor Guan Yu. The villagers continued to worship the image and eventually gathered together enough money to build a better shrine. Guan Yu or Kuan Yuis also known as Kuan Ti and is often referred to as the God of War due to his military successes however he is revered for his loyality and justice and is worshipped as a guardian deity. Music courtesy of :You're Not Wrong by roljui free under creative commons licence

The Street Art in Prawirotaman

Yogyakarta, also referred to as Jogja, has long been a hub for culture and arts in Indonesia. Artists of all mediums and styles continue to flock to the city thanks to its creative culture and affordable living. Today, the central Javan city is the best place in the country, if not all of Asia, to discover street art. Even if the main purpose of your trip is to see Borobudur, Prambanan or to climb Mt. Merapi, no visit to Jogja is complete without sampling its amazing collection of public art. The Jogja street art scene, along with the numerous contemporary art galleries in the city, makes Yogyakarta an absolute must-visit for any art lover travelling to Java. To get a good overview of Yogyakarta’s street art scene, you will need at least a couple days in the city. Have a look at the photos and get inspired by this small fraction of what Jogja has to offer, and let me know what you think of the street art in Yogyakarta. The Jogja street art scene, along with the numerous contemporary art galleries in the city, makes Yogyakarta an absolute must-visit for any art lover travelling to Java. To get a good overview of Yogyakarta’s street art scene, you will need at least a couple days in the city. Have a look at the photos and get inspired by this small fraction of what Jogja has to offer, and let me know what you think of the street art in Yogyakarta. music courtesy of : Sunspots by Jeremy Blake free under creative commons licence from You tube music library

Thailand! Steam Machines!

It is known that tin was discovered a couple of millennia ago in the Kathu district of Phuket and was mined until 1992 when the last mine on Phuket closed. Cassiterite (the principal ore of tin) was found in abundance in Phuket and the neighbouring Andaman coast (noteably from KhaoLak to TakuaPa). In the Ministry of Primary Industries(which mining was) and Mines the campus which houses the current offices, has in it's grounds these old machines which were used during the mining in the 20th Century. Fascinatingly even steam engines sit aside the giant wheels and cogs of these machines, their belts and pulleys long gone! But it has been tastefully done and was a joy to see on my photographic journey around Phuket. Music courtesy of :You're Not Wrong by roljui

Phutthatham 31 Foundation Korat

Affandi Museum

There is so much info on Affandi on the Internet that I have decided to let the images speak for themselves, after all he was an Artist! Suffice to say that I got a great enjoyment from visiting his Galleries and home by the river in Yogya. A beautiful calm place where i understood his desire to create. I have also included the galleries that house his daughters work, Kartika, and the Gajah Wong studio where work in alluding to his style by modern artists is for sale. If you ever have a chance to visit , i would say it is a "must do" place. Even sitting in the cafe below his dwelling and sipping a cool drink taking in the city around you is a great experience. I have tried throughout this slideshow to identify each painting, where i have been unable i have left them blank. The Gajah Wong studio did not have identifiers like the museum part. Music courtesy of Max McFerren with the aptly named piece-The Boy Got Skills Free under creative commons licence from you tube music library

Horse Carriage Museum Kereta Kraton in Yogyakarta

During my visit to Jogjakarta, close to the Royal Palace within the area known as the Kraton (a grand complex that was meticulously planned to reflect the Javanese cosmos.). I visited the Royal Carriage museum. There are a variety of the carriages. In Museum Kereta Keraton Yogyakarta, around 23 carriages. The rooms of the museum which are actually quite huge, become a little bit narrow because of the big royal carriages. Every single carriage in the museum has a name and on the wall next to it, a picture that shows the time when the carriage in use. Not only that, the costumes which were used by the coachmen of Keraton also have been neatly organized in big old cupboards. Not far from those cupboards, there’s also a horse sculpture which is fully-equipped with carriage-pulling equipment. so you get a really good idea of how it would have looked during ceremonial times/use. In the center of the building, are two large rooms, which houses at least eight other carriages , all placed differently because of their greater size. Among them, there is Garuda Yeksa Kareta which is decorated with 18 carats of gold and was made by the Dutch in 1861. This carriage which is usually pulled by 8 white horses, has been used since Sri Sultan HB VI’s inauguration up until now. Then, there is also Kyai Roto Praloyo Kareta which is a carriage that used to carry Keraton’s noble remains to the funeral. A really stunning collection of Royal vehicles, that was lovely to see up close. Music courtesy of ; Traveller- The 126ers Free under creative commons licence from you tube music library Please subscribe to my channel; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Thank you

Thailand! Rawai Boats

One of my peaceful moments short videos that I have finally had time to get to making. Interestingly this was photographed this last Sunday after an unexpected visit to Rawai Beach . I spent quite a bit of time there on Sunday afternoon, and took , as I do, images to remind myself to remember a calm and enjoyable moment of life. enhanced even more by the tide going out leaving the local fishing boats stranded in the sand. Watching people picking their way through the rocks to find small crabs and shellfish. So for anyone who might feel like a breath of fresh air, have a watch, and lose yourself somewhere beautiful in your mind! Music free under creative commons licence from you tube music library Arms of Heaven by Aakash Gandhi

Taman Sari Water Palace

A recent trip to Indonesia, took me to a few places of interest, one of the coolest was here... Tamansari Water Castle: A Place for Princesses to Bathe and be ‘Hunted’ by the Sultan The Sultan loves to go hunting during his free time and The Umbul Pasiraman was designed to appease the Sultan of that desire. Different from the Panggung Krapyak which was designed to hunt deer, the Umbul Pasiraman (which means a place to take a bath) was designed for the Princesses to take a bath and for the Sultan to relax and ‘hunt’ for a wife. To catch his ‘two-legged prey’, it is said that the Sultan would throw a rose from the high tower on the south of the pool and the Princess who caught that rose will be his ‘wife’. Usually, the ones who would catch the rose would either be the Queen or his concubines. There are three different pools at Umbul Pasiraman namely Umbul Binangun, Umbul Muncar and Blumbang Kuras each a different area for the daughters of Sultan and his potential wives to bathe. Other than the Umbul Pasiraman, visitors can also explore an underground tunnel and mosque. The tunnel was once a hideout but now is not functional as it is partially used for local residences. Unlike most mosques, the mosque on this premise is a unique circle shaped building, with Sumur Gumilang beneath which was a place for the Sultan to pray.

Geraja Ayam The Chicken Church

During my recent trip to Indonesia I visited the Geraja Ayam or chicken Church and it's not hard to see how it got it's name! Hidden deep inside the Indonesian jungle lies an enchanted 'church' which looks like a giant chicken. The long-abandoned structure known locally as Gereja Ayam - or Chicken Church - attracts hundreds of curious travelers and photographers to the hills of Magelang, Central Java, every year. But according to the its eccentric creator, the majestic building is neither a chicken nor a church. Daniel Alamsjah was working in Jakarta - 342 miles away - when he suddenly got a divine message from God to build a 'prayer house' in the form of a dove. 'Perhaps because of my Christian faith, people thought I was building a church. But it’s not a church. I was building a prayer house... a place for people who believe in God,' the 67-year-old told Jakarta Globe. In 1989, he was walking through the Magelang, where his wife's family live, when he caught sight of the exact same landscape he had seen in his dreams. 'I prayed all night there and I got a revelation that I must build the prayer house in that spot,' he said. One year later, local land owners offered him the 3,000 square metres of land on Rhema Hill for just two million rupees - or £110 - which he paid off over four years. Now people of many different religions - including Buddhists, Muslims and Christians - travel to the remote 'prayer house' to worship in their own way. One of the several rumours surrounding the mystical building was that it was used as a rehabilitation centre. Alamsjah confirmed this to be true, saying: 'The rehabilitation that happened at this prayer house was for therapy for disabled children, drug addicts, crazy people and disturbed youth who wanted to fight.' The prayer house shut its doors in 2000 because the construction costs were too high, but many continue to visit the beautiful site in Indonesia. The head of the nearby Dese Gombong village was one of the 30 locals who helped Alamsjah build the prayer house. Today, Wasno is one of the people who directly benefits from tourists' curiosity about the famous Chicken Church.

Fort Vredeburg Jogjakarta

Vredeburg Fort was built by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I in 1760, based on the request from Dutch government, Nicolas Harting. The construction was first functioned as a fort in rectangle form. Each corner of the building had a guard post called seleka or bastion which was given a name; Jayawisesa (northwest corner), Jayapurusa (northeast corner, Jayaprakosaning (southwest corner), and Jayaprayitna (southeast corner). In 1762, Nicolas Harting was replaced by W.H. Ossenberch who later on, persuaded Sultan to construct the fort permanently. Sultan granted the request and the construction began in 1767 under the supervision of Ir. Frans Haak, the Dutch expert of construction. The construction was finally finished in 1787. The building was named Rustenberg that means “rest fort”. In 1867, earthquake in Yogyakarta tore down Rustenberg Fort. The building was renovated and the name was changed into Vredeburg fort that means “peace fort”. The name is used until today. Today, the function of the fort becomes National Struggle Monument that is called Vredeburg Fort Museum. It was officially launched on November 23, 1992. The museum often functions as a place to hold art and culture activities. Music courtesy of ; Nobody Calls It San Fran - Coyote Hearing Free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music Library

Prambanan Ballet Indonesia

A recent trip for my first ever visit to Indonesia, took me to Prambanan near Yogyakarta, Java. One of the best things I saw there was the Prambanan Ballet, not a conventional ballet, but Indonesian style. For the first time in my life I paid for VIP seats and trust me there was no regrets! The Ramayana Ballet is a beautiful art performance, amazing and hard to match. This show is able to unify the Javanese arts of dance, drama and music in one stage and one momentum to present the Ramayana story, the legendary epic of Walmiki written in Sanskrit. The music is not the accompanying music from the actual play as there is much narrative and singing and the quality quite poor from recordings. Instead I have used a piece of Javanese music called Gamelan, which consist largely of several varieties of gongs and various sets of tuned metal instruments that are struck with mallets.

Narin to Kashgar

Leaving Central Asia( Naryn) and crossing into China (Kashgar), we visited a few places on our journey. As we left Naryn to make our way towards the Tian Shan Mountains, we stopped at The Tash Rabbat, It is an extremely isolated Silk Road caravanserai in the middle of nowhere. Caravanserais were an extensive network of traveler’s inns along old caravan roads, either located at cities along the way or as outposts of civilization in isolated regions, providing shelter from the hostile natural environment and from bandits.Travelers who reached Tash Rabat have already crossed the dangerous Torugart Pass, giving them the chance to recharge their energy for the next leg of the journey through the Tian Shan Mountains, to pray for a safe passage and to restock on food and water. Kashgar- Well I have so much I want to tell you about Kashgar, it always sounded so exotic and far flung, I wasn't wrong, it is or was when I was there in 2013. Kashgar is a city in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in China’s far west. It was a stop on the Silk Road, with its history stretching over 2,000 years. Entering the old walled city is like taking a step back in time, hardly changed from it's 2000 year history, the old buildings held together by mud plaster and the slightly newer merchants houses, they are all there still, but for how much longer no one knows, as the residents die, or move on, the buildings are sadly demolished and brand new ones pop up! Ugh! Here the sights and sounds were a rush to my sense, the smell of street food cooing on spits and barbq's, the friendliness and welcome of the Uyghur people was second to none! I loved the Kashgar I visited then, it and much of this part of the journey changed my life, and in a very good way. Music , appropriately called ; The Emperor's Army-by Jeremy Blake Free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music library

Arslanbob to Bishkek and the Tuu Ashuu Pass (Kyrgyzstan)

The epic journey in Kyrgyzstan didn't finish in Arslenbob, but continued on our way to Bishkek. Through some of the most desolately beautiful World. One of the most exciting and scary tunnel journeys I have ever done, is the main Bishkek-Osh road, which passes over a number of high mountain passes – Tuu Ashu (Flag Pass) crosses the Kyrgyz Range at 3588 meters, but a tunnel under the pass means that vehicle do not have to climb right to the summit. The Tuu Ashu pass is kept open all year round – it is such an important route – the only route between the North and South of the country for much of the year. Other passes over the Kyrgyz range are closed right until the height of summer . The scenery I am sure you will agree more than makes up for it, and always I felt like an intrepid explorer doing this journey. Music courtesy of ; Lesson by Text Me Records / Hii.de Free under creative commons licence from you tube music library

Arslanbob

Arslanbob – Wild Walnut Forest & Waterfalls Arslanbob (Written and pronounced in Kyrgyz as “Arstanbap”) is one of the most famous places in Kyrgyzstan. Arslanbob is the name of the large wild walnut (Juglans regia) forest, but is also the name of the big Uzbek village nestled right at the base of some of the most spectacular mountains in Kyrgyzstan. In addition to the similarly named sub district, valley, and mountain range all located in the Jalal-Abad Region of Kyrgyzstan. The vast tracts of lush green woodland with nut and fruit trees in the valley of the River Arslanbob are actually the largest of their kind in the world. This scenery combined with some of the most welcome guesthouses in Kyrgyzstan make it one of the places not to miss on any visit to Central Asia. The suffix ‘Bob’ is commonly used in the region meaning “a traveler and explorer”; so COME be a ‘Bob’ to Arslanbob! Music courtesy of ; Remember by Anno Domini Beats free under creative licence from youtube music library

Altyn Arashan valley

With 90% of the country land above 1500m in elevation, Kyrgyzstan has some amazing valleys. Altyn Arashan is one of the most famous ones for its dreamy landscape and hot springs. It is even more enjoyable that it is not so easy to reach it! During 2012 during my journey across Central Asia and following the Silk route to China, I spent two months in Kyrgyzstan. This trip to the hot springs was a trip I shall never forget in the beaten up but bullet proof UAZ 452 (Commercial) Part minivan, a throwback to times long gone when things were made to last. The beginning of the road looked smooth but as you can see (although pictures cannot really show it), it quickly became rocky and bumpy, and sometimes unbelievably accessible! Many times we crossed animal groups that were being moved to higher grass fields for the summer. Other old soviet vehicles, and horse riders, it is a great place if you want to get around on a horse, hacking is one of the popular activities there. We went for the hot springs and they were worth every minute, we had one to ourselves and your hut will be next to the river(well not far), a concrete pool will have all the perfectly clear,clean hot spring water you need. Afterwards we had a perfect picnic nearby and then the return teeth juddering journey back! I hope you like my slideshow if so please subscribe, I am always working on new ones from my actually visited destinations. Music is courtesy of You tube music Library The Shining in Dubai by Unicorn Heads Free under creative commons licence

Arjuna's Penance

During my four month trip in late 2015 to Southern India, I visited the state of Tamil Nadu, here in Mahabalipuram I saw many of the wonderful Monuments there. This one is affectionately known as Arjuna's Penance, and competes with it's other title of The Descent of the Ganges. It is one of the magnificent monuments of Mahabalipuram. This wonderful bas air relief dates back to the mid-seventh century. Standing tall at a height of 43 feet, the monolith was carved on the face of two huge adjoining boulders, making its length around 96 feet. The subject of the massive structure is either Arjuna's Penance or the Descent of the Ganges, or possibly both. Historians and experts of archeology have never settled on one account as there are not sufficient sources or records. Music credit to The Geographer- Title; Away free under creative commons licence from You tube Music Library

Tam Thanh Mural Village

April 2019 I stayed in Danang and had heard about this wonderful Art decorated Village with it's famous murals. One of several Art villages to be seen in Vietnam. I nearly didn't get here because it is about an hours drive from Danang on the road to Hoi An . As luck would have it, i got a good price and went and don't regret it for a minute, I was rewarded with some of the most talented street art/Murals I have seen and very friendly people. As I did this trip independently I was not crowded by the "our buses " that come in from Hoi An around lunchtime, so had the whole place practically to myself. This gave me time to explore every nook and soi(tiny alleys) and get some of the not so frequently seen murals. Tam Than is a fishing village still and there are still fishermen , there boats lined up on the unbroken shoreline. A wonderful place to go....Tell me which is your favourite in the comments below! Music free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music Library The Emperor's Army by Jeremy Blake

Cao Dai Temple Danang

From my recent visit to this Cao dai Temple in downtown Danang in Vietnam, a great place to find sanctuary for the hustle and bustle of the City around it. Here you will find the concept of a "One World Religion" and I really liked that and the layout and un-fussiness of the whole building. Founded in Vietnam in the early 1920s, Cao Dai is based on the main religions of the East and West and takes as its saints characters from different cultures, such as Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo, Shakespeare and Lenin. Today the religion has approximately 1.5 million followers. The temple in Da Nang, the second largest in the country, houses representations of the Divine Eye, the emblem of the doctrine, as well as the founders of Islam, Christianity, Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. Caodaists believe that all religions are ultimately the same and seek to promote tolerance throughout the world. Worshippers at the Cao Dai Temple strive for world peace and harmony with beliefs steeped in a number of world religions. Followers must obey the five virtues of Confucianism – humanity, obligation, civility, knowledge and reliability and have belief in the Buddhist principles of rebirth and karma. Watching Caodaists pray is one of the major highlights when visiting the temple as they dress in long flowing robes of white for lay followers, yellow, blue or red for priests whilst bishops have the Divine Eye embroidered on their headpieces. During worship, men are seated on the right and women on the left with all devotees seated in orderly rows. The building is a combination of Neo-Gothic, Baroque and Oriental design and is very ornately decorated including dragon wrapped pillars, seven-headed cobras and ceilings of sky blue.

Vietnamese Heroic Mother Nguyen Thi Thu

The Statue of the Heroic mother Nguyen Thi Thu Danang-Vietnam The Largest statue I have seen to any mother anywhere in my travels. I arrived here at about 12 noon so the sun was right on top of me, it was unbearably hot, but I wanted to do this woman justice with the light and the one colour granite that she is carved from. A great monument not just to this hero mother of the communist regime in Vietnam, but to all Mothers of the World, being here gave me a great sense of being a “Mother” and the size and grandeur is fitting to us all. Interestingly inaugurated on March 24th 2015, being my birthday day! I found it a very calm and restful place to be, huge gardens covering some 15 hectares in Cam Mountain, sadly it was so hot when I visited that I could only manage a small part of this great monument. Costing a little over VND 410 billion (US$19 million) contributed by local authorities and beneficiaries from inside and outside the country. Inside the actual sculpture is housed a museum honouring the lives and contributions of 50,000 Vietnamese heroic mothers nationwide. As you approach it from the massive roadside car drop off, you will be met first by it eight pillars sculpted with images of heroic mothers from across Vietnam as well as young volunteers who fought and died in the Truong Son Mountains. houses inside a museum honouring the lives and contributions of 50,000 Vietnamese heroic mothers nationwide. This is followed by four plateaus of steps, with a smooth path running alongside for those unable to manage the very easy steps Music credits free under creative commons licence from YouTube Music Library - A Quiet Thought- Wayne Jones

Làng Bích họa Đà Nẵng Da Nang Fresco Village

I have just come back from Danang in Vietnam this April 2019, One of the things I look for as a photographer is the unusual and artistic areas of anywhere I am visiting. Here in the heart of Danang is a community project to combine sustainable tourism and turn degraded houses into desirable homes for the local people. The project has commissioned more than 30 mural paintings, with the theme being; Culture, beauty and nature and the people of Danang. The project was started in early 2018 and is expected to expand to other localities across the country by 2019. Tan Thanh fishing village being the other better known project, which i also visited and will be posting the video of shortly! If I was asked which was my favourite, i would be hard to choose, but I think the butterflies and the simple images of children playing traditional games that are painting on the school wall. Please if you like what you see , subscribe to my channel here; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F... and have a look at my other interesting videos, thank you.

Fairytale canyon "Skazka" Каньон "Сказка"

During my two month visit to Kyrgyzstan, a good amount of my time was spent in the beautiful Lake Issi Kul area. Moving along the south coast of Issyk-Kul lake from Karakol town, before you reach the small village named Kadji-Sai, you have an opportunity to get into the most beautiful mountain landscapes. The canyon was named because of its bizarre rocky landscape, which for many years has been transformed by erosion into amazing sculptures and formations. Some formations look like The Great Wall of China and you can also find other formations that look like snakes, dragons, sleeping giants and even whole castles. From the canyon you can see a majestic panorama of Lake Issyk-Kul and snow caped mountains. Dedicated to my dear Photographer Compatriot; Natalia Arentseva! This would make a great place for a photo shoot! You can see Natalia's work here ; https://www.facebook.com/photographynataliaarantseva/

Stretch Limos Bishkek

Bishkek stretched Limos, Why? I hear you ask? well Bishkek is a popular place for the Kyrgz people to get married and no where is more popular than the Wedding Palace. A restored Soviet throwback (1987) which now serves as a very kich registry office, no religion here! Primarily because of the soviet ban on religious ceremonies. Instead they agreed to a multi faith building. A cross between a church, a castle and a Temple on the outside its brutal architectural lines belie the interior "fairytale palace" sadly on the day we visited it was closed as October is the popular month for weddings! On wedding weekends, (rented) luxury vehicles abound: decorated stretch limos and Mercedes lead the honking wedding convoys. During the quiet season(when we were there) we were able to walk round and see some of the stretched limos waiting for their bookings, a bit like a Limo car park. Again there are some others besides the Hummers/ Lexus/GMC/ etc that are to be seen, there is even reports of a fairytale carriage style car(which, sadly we did not see). Bishkek is an eclectic mix of cars many from the Soviet era, and they certainly like restoring and cutting and shunting some of the modern ones. Music credits to ; Text Me Records / Bobby Renz title:Hideout free under creative commons licence from You tube library

Temple of heaven

In 2015 I had a wonderful trip to Myanmar(just after the sanctions had been lifted). The flip side was we flew via Beijing . The plus side was we had a 15hr stop over in Beijing on the way home, what does one do for 15hrs in Beijing? one asks, well we went and visited the amazing Temple of Heaven! Much colder in March/April than Myanmar we found the 13 degrees a touch chilly, not withstanding the fact that most of our clothes were for a warmer climate. That didn't stop us, and donned with socks and sandals (to keep our poor feet warm) we had, what I can only describe as the best stopover of any flight ever! Of course it's not only popular with foreign tourists, but many Chinese tourists, and my images reflect not only the numbers but their pastimes. For example, the Temple was established by Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty, the annual Worship of Heaven ceremony by the emperor took place here. The ceremony was subject to special regulations for its preparation, place, time, procedures, music and dance. So during the walk to the entrance you saw people playing traditional instruments and in the surrounding park area (which is vast and apparently bigger than the forbidden city), there were groups of people , formation dancing, and one young girl I caught ribbon dancing, along with people playing games and fully participating in the cultural experience. I think it was one of the most enjoyable experiences I had, hope you enjoy it too, you will not be disappointed! Music : Free Under creative commons Licence; takanoniharuka-Fix

KodaiKanal The Coolest Hill Station Ever!

In 2015 I had the pleasure of stopping (well convalescing) in Kodai Kanal, I had got quite ill and need to get somewhere cool and calm, the nearest hill station was Kodai. After a couple of days I could see why this was such a popular place with the British, beautifully cool and wonderfully Landscaped I took advantage of my four day stop in Kodai and this slide show is a taster of what you can see there. Often referred to as the 'Princess of Hill stations', Kodai is one of the popular places to visit in summer . It is situated at an altitude of about 7000 feet (2133 m) on the southern tip of upper Palani hills. It has several scenic natural attractions which are enjoyed by its visitors and make it a popular romantic destination. Coaker's Walk, Silver Cascade and Kodai Lake are among the must include places in your visit. The earliest residents of Kodaikanal were the Palaiyar tribal people. Modern Kodaikanal was established by American Christian missionaries and British bureaucrats in 1845, as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. In the 20th century a few elite Indians started relocating to this enchanting hill station and it started becoming popular among nature lovers. Kodaikanal is not extensively commercialized like Ooty and it offers a pleasant experience to tourists with relatively less crowd. Please if you like what you see , subscribe to my channel here; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Music credits to; Fresh Fallen Snow by Chris Haugen Free under creative commons licence from You tube Library

Live Action at Sree Peralassery Temple- Kannur- India

In 2015 I spent four months vsiitng the Southern states of India. Whilst stopping in Kerela I visited Kannur, firstly to witness the Theyyam rituals and an added bonus to see the annual festival of Kodiyettam, which is celebrated in December This is live action video and is unedited or post production applied. The Temple is located at Mundalur, a 14 km short ride from kannur, on kuttuparamba road. and we were taken there by the same driver that took us to all the Theyyyam rituals we witnessed in the Kannur district. Main offerings at this temple are Mutta Oppikal (offering hens eggs to snake deity ) and Sarpabhali.Its believed that lord Sri rama has visited this place while he was going through in search of Sita.The main deity of the temple is lord Subrahmanya, but this temple also has deity of lord Sriram, lord Ayyappan and lord Ganapathy. The Temple Elephant is principle in this ceremony and is a growing sign of only auspicious Temples that now keep them.

Alappuzzah Beach Kerela

Alappuzha Beach Kerela

In 2015 I spent four months touring the Southern states of India, stopping in Kerela, not just for the famous town of Cochin, but some of the lesser well known destinations. Known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always basked a major place in the maritime history of Kerala. Alappuzha (Alleppey) is a landmark between a network of rivers flowing into it and the Arabian Sea. Tourists visit here to hangout and relax as it has tremendous and tempting natural beauty all around. This place has huge network of freshwater rivers, meandering lakes, and lagoons. Alappuzha beach is a famous picnic spot and so it's a favorite gateway for locals. It also still has its derelict 140 year old Pier! Music Credits: Lulu by Underbelly free under creative commons licence from You Tube Library

Mamallapuram Lighthouse and Museum

In 2015 I was on a four month trip round Southern India. In the state of Tamil Nadu is the town of mamallapuram, famous for many things but this slide show focuses on its wonderful lighthouse and it's recent new museum. Originally closed in 2001 during tensions between the country and insurgents, Mamallapuram Lighthouse has now opened to the public for exploration. The modern circular lighthouse (dating back to 1905) stands atop a rocky outcrop next to the country's oldest temple/beacon, built in 640 CE. Enter the lighthouse and climb its many stairs for spectacular views of the sea and the ancient temple carved into the rock face. Come prepared to climb and bring plenty of water. Mamallapuram Lighthouse has been open for public view since 2011. The circular masonry tower of the Lighthouse is made of natural stones . Climbing on the stones and atop the Lighthouse (yes, you are allowed to climb) can be a real treat. From the top, the view is capable of captivating its audience. music credits to : To Weather a Storm by Dan Lebowitz free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music Library!

Malabar Beach Kerela

One of the pristine and panoramic beaches in kannur- India. We stayed here to attend the Theyyam rituals particular to North Kerela. The bonus was the stunning Beach reached by the backwater pool left by the tide which was out. This was one of our most unexpected highlights of the trip which I did on 2015, but also one of the most welcome, it is fast becoming a popular place to go as more and more people discover it, I would highly recommend it before it gets overrun with holiday makers, oblivious to it's deeper beauty! Music credits ;Meditation Impromptu 02 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100162 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

The Sights of Trivandrum

In 2015 I spent four months travelling round the Southern half on India after having already visited much of the North in previous Years. One of my favourite places was Thiruvananthapuram or more commonly called Trivandrum. In this slideshow you will see a number of well trodden locations visited by many. You will see some of the amazing street art along with the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, which is built in an intricate fusion of the indigenous Kerala style and the Tamil style of architecture associated with the temples located in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century Gopuram Then you will see the Napier Museum-named after Lord Napier, then Governor of Madras, in 1880 it contains 550 exhibits, including many Bronze Images,Wood Carvings,Ivory Carvings,Stone Sculptures, and Coins. Oh and lets not forget the stunning architectural building it's all housed in! Then we move onto the Kuthira Malika (also known as the Mansion of Horses)- a palace built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma on the south-eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy temple. In fact you literally go out the entrance and turn left and the Temple is right on your doorstep! Constructed in 1840, it is made from teakwood, rosewood, marble, and granite. The place got its name from 122 horses that are carved into the wooden wall brackets that support the southern roof. And last but not least one of my favourite places is the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, wher eI was able to walk around the grounds and view the finished sculptures and wall paintings of the students. Info from: https://www.keralatourism.org/kerala-article/college-fine-arts/176 The present College of Fine Arts has a history of more than 100 years even though it changed its name and belonging many times. Founded in1881 by the then king of Travancore His Highness Visakham Thirunal Rama Varma as His Highness Maharajas School of Arts. Later on in the 20th century, administration of the school was transferred to The University of Travancore. In 1957 after the formation of first democratically elected government in Kerala, the School of Arts was brought under the Directorate of Technical Education. In 1975 the school was upgraded as the College of Fine Arts and got affiliated to the University of Kerala. From 1979 onwards the college started Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) courses in three disciplines - Painting, Sculpture and Applied Art. In the year 2001 the college celebrated its Silver Jubilee Year with exhibitions, seminars and workshops

HellFire Pass Wampo Viaduct (Wang Po),Tham Kra Sae Sation Bridge over the River Kwai

So my Journey in 2013 took me to Thailand, and Kanchanburi, one of the stops for the Death Valley railway. In this slideshow you will see; HellFire Pass Wampo Viaduct (Wang Po) and Buddha Cave Tham Kra Sae Sation Bridge over the River Kwai Just a point to note the river Kwai wasn't/isn't the river Kwai, its the river Mae Khlung. Because of the book that was written, people really wanted to see the Bridge over the river Kwai, so i 1960 it was renamed the Kwae Yai. I know the music to this slideshow is a little upbeat, and to be fair I didn't want something mournful (not that I am in any way irreverent) but I think i wanted to give a feel of a better place now, after all it does attract some 5 million tourists every year. Kanchan is a thriving and busy town. I hope you enjoy having a look around Music credit to : Arp Bounce by Geographer Free under creative commons licence from You tube music Library

Death Valley Railway

Erewan Waterfalls

One of the most magical, cooling, relaxing, fun places in Thailand and deservedly so. I only made it up to the third waterfall, but that was enough for me. Erawan National Park is another significant national park in Thailand. Located in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, it has received many awards, with the most prodigious being the award in the natural attractions category at the 6th Thailand Tourism Industry Awards in 2006. Here lies the biggest and most beautiful waterfall of Kanchanaburi, Erawan Waterfall, which runs from the Huai Mong Lai River down a 2100 meters tall mountain. The waterfall is 1500 meters long and has seven tiers, each of which is a great and safe swimming area. Moreover, you can take a 30 minute walk around Erawan nature trail to savor the beauty of hill evergreen forest and deciduous forest. Music credits to : Trap Juice by RalphReal- erewan waterfalls Free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music Library

Pai -Thailand

Pai and it's district has a wealth of places to visit and experience, it fast became one of my favourite places up in the North of Thailand whilst I was driving round the Mae hon son loop. From the spectacular viewpoints and the stunningly refreshing waterfalls, to the beautiful forests and the Historical Memorial bridge, and some.... you will never see everything, which is why Pai is firmly on my "go back to" place. Yun Lai Viewpoint;the Yun Lai Viewpoint situated in the Yunnan Chinese village about 4.5 kilometers from central Pai. Pai Memorial Bridge is establish in World War II ( 1942 ) when Japan is powerful in Thailand. Japan solider use Pai for is transportation route from Chiang Mai to Burma. This bridge is the route for transport the forces and weapon to Burma like River Kwai in Kanchanaburi province. Then World War II Memorial Bridge become the building be left over after the war. Huai Nam Dang Viewpoint at Doi Kiew Lom to overlook a stunning scene when the peak of Doi Chiang Dao emerges from the sea of fog in the morning hours. Mae Sa Waterfall Arguably one of the most photogenic waterfalls around Chiang Mai. This multi-tier waterfall consists of 10 levels that you can even climb up carefully. Alternatively, you can take a narrow and slightly demanding trail next to the waterfall that leads up to the top. Each level is different in size but just shallow enough to stay inside. It’s a popular weekend spots for locals and expats, therefore come in the morning and during the week to avoid the hordes of visitors. The Tha Pai Hot Spring is located in the area of Huai Nam Dang National Park in Pai. It has an average temperature of 80C. Steam from the spring permeates the site in the morning, creating fascinating sights.

Sunset at Pak Meng Beach

During my road trip down to the South of Thailand in December 2018, our first really southerly stop was at Pak Meng, here almost devoid of western tourists I was witness to a most spectacular sunset. Pak Meng is Trang’s most developed beach. It’s a long narrow strip of sand with beautiful views over a flat calm ocean and across to the islands of Koh Ngai and Koh Muk. No wonder there are numerous beach shack bars and restaurants cheek by jowl, designed for predominantly Thai tourists to enjoy the view while sipping a cold one in the shade of the numerous trees that line the beach. Directly behind the trees runs Pak Meng’s road, parallel to the beach and shoreline. There’s a second strip of more sturdy looking restaurants on the other side of the road, around 20 to 30 in total, so you’re spoilt for choice. Pak Meng beach is long – all the action is up at the northern end and the restaurants and beach bars extend for about a kilometre down the beach. Music credits to : A Quiet Thought by Wayne Jones Free under creative commons licence from You tube music library

Wat Bang Khae Noi "7-piece teak Wat"

Wat Bang Khae Noi "7-piece teak church" Samut Songkhram Wat Bang Khae Noi in Samut Songkhram Thailand. During my road trip down to the South of Thailand in December 2018, I stopped at Samut Songkhram, not only for the maeklong railway market but to visit some of it's original Wats. Of which there are many! Wat Bang Khae Noi is located in Tambon Khwae Om by the Mae Klong River. This temple was built by Khunying Chui (Noi) Wongsarot in 1868. Initially, the Ubosot (ordination hall) was built on the bamboo raft tied to a Bodhi tree on the river bank. At present, the temple is well restored. The most interesting thing is the ordination hall’s inside walls which are woodcarvings in Teak depicting the Lord Buddha’s history, birth, enlightenment, and nirvana, as well as stories of the Lord Buddha’s Ten Incarnations or Jatakas. The beautiful and explicit design was made by craftsmen from Phetchaburi province where woodcarving is famous for this style of work.

Muay Thai statues at Khai Bang Kung Wat and Naval fort

There are a lot of Buddhist temples in Thailand and there are a few unique and interesting ones – the Wat Bang Kung วัดบางกุ้ง is one of them. It is actually a temple built within a huge banyan tree! Wat Bang Kung is located in Amphawa district, Samut Songkhram. Within the Wat entwined tree, there is a large Buddha statue pasted with gold leaves by devout visitors who will walk around the Buddha It appears that a concrete structure had been built within the tree to house the temple. Within the grounds from Wat Bang Kung lies the memorial to Bang Kung Camp, once a strategic naval outpost. Back in 1767, after the defeat of old Siam capital of Ayutthaya by Burmese forces, general Taksin took his navy down to this area after Burmese ships blocked the route to the gulf. It was from here that Taksin led his troops to take back Ayutthaya from the Burmese and eventually becoming King of Siam. Besides statues of soldiers dressed in 18th century military wear, there are dozens of life-size statues of Muay Thai kick-boxers displaying different Muay Thai moves, which were added in the late 20th century. Music credits to : Yacht Stomp by Spazz Cardigan free under creative commons licence through You Tube Music Library and appropriate on so many levels!

Phra Ramrajnivet Palace or Ban Puen Palace

Phra Ramrajnivet Palace Petchaburi is a hidden gem, which I visited on my journey to South Thailand. Phra Ramrajnivet Palace or Ban Puen Palace was built by King Rama V in European style at Ban Puen village by the Phetchaburi river in 1910 to be his retreat in the rainy season. It was a model of the summer palace of Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, built in a mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau style. Originally called "Wang Ban Pun", the palace is situated to the south of the town. The construction began in 1909 at the command of King Rama V to be his rainy season palace. A German architect, Mr. Karl Deurring designed the palace, while Admiral HRH Prince Boriphat of Nakhonsawan and HRH Prince Damrong supervised the construction. The construction was completed in 1916 in the reign of King Rama VI. The palace was used to welcome and accommodate state visitors during the reign of King Rama VI. Nowadays, the palace is on the grounds of the local Army Base, and there are restrictions regarding entry because of this. The trees in front of the palace are remarkable and worth having a wander through, just so you can find where the roots begin and end! Music credits to : Watercolor Lilies by Aaron Kenny Free under creative commons licence from You tube music library

Maeklong Railway Live footage

On this years road trip down to the south of Thailand, I stopped at the Maeklong Railway market in Samut Songkhram, south of Bangkok. There apart from the healthy and thriving market, was the spectacle of a train traversing it's way snail like through the stalls along the railway track. Yes it was heaving, yes it was very very cramped, not at least when you have the stalls pull back their goods from the very edge of the track to let the train through. Maeklong is the end of the track here from Bangkok and there are trains run just for people to experience this journey. Trains run about four or five times a day and whilst many may bemoan the crampness, and "heaving people" this is also part of why the market thrives so well. There you will see typical Thai wares and foods and typical Thai market stall holders. For me now living here these are everyday sights and ones i know I would miss sorely if I was back in the UK. What I now take for granted is a real beauty for people to see.

Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)

On this years road trip down to the south of Thailand, I stopped at the Maeklong Railway market in Samut Songkhram, south of Bangkok. There apart from the healthy and thriving market, was the spectacle of a train traversing it's way snail like through the stalls along the railway track. Yes it was heaving, yes it was very very cramped, not at least when you have the stalls pull back their goods from the very edge of the track to let the train through. Maeklong is the end of the track here from Bangkok and there are trains run just for people to experience this journey. Trains run about four or five times a day and whilst many may bemoan the crampness, and "heaving people" this is also part of why the market thrives so well. There you will see typical Thai wares and foods and typical Thai market stall holders. For me now living here these are everyday sights and ones i know I would miss sorely if I was back in the UK. What I now take for granted is a real beauty for people to see. I also took live video of the train coming through the market and this will be posted along side this video , which I have chosen to focuss more on the market than the train. Music credits ; Free under creative commons licence from You Tube music library Fond Memories by SYBS

The Wakhan Valley

Welcome to my pictures from the Wakhan Valley. This was a journey through some of the most breath taking, unspoilt places on this Earth in 2012. We picked up our car in Dushanbe and took the Wakhan corridor to Khorog and then onto mugharb, then the epic crossing to Osh in Kyrgystan. This is a longer than my usually video but documents the stunning Valley and mountains of the great Pamirs and stunning views of the Hindu Kusch. A road totalling 440Km General info: Courtesy of; https://againstthecompass.com/en/wakhan-valley-tajikistan/ A guide to the Wakhan Valley in Tajikistan The Wakhan Valley is a mountainous region which belongs to the Pamir and Hindu Kush ranges, most of it being part of northeast Afghanistan. For centuries, the Wakhan Valley was an important principality of the famous Kushan, a great empire which extended from southeast Tajikistan to the Ganges Valley itself in India. For this reason, despite being a very mountainous area, in the valley you find several fortresses located on the top of very high hills, offering the most epic and impressive views ever. Historically, the region served as a division line between west and east Asia, so the valley became an important Silk Road route as well. In the 20th century, it also marked a clear border between the Soviet Union and the British Empire. With all this historical context, its incredible landscape, and awesome people, the Wakhan Valley is the ultimate adventure and a place you can’t miss in your journey through Tajikistan. By the way, even though most of the valley is in Afghan territory, the Lower Wakhan is located in Tajikistan which, unlike the Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor, is very easy to visit with just a bit of planning, a little money and following the advice shown in this comprehensive guide to the Wakhan Valley in Tajikistan. Music credits to : Eternity Link: https://youtu.be/50Deyoe3cFY Music provided by: xEpic Journey

Walkabout in Siem Reap

This is my video from my recent trip to Siem Reap, more famous for Angkor Wat , than the town itself. I have been to Angkor before and this was purely a getaway break and relax. This gave me time to relax and enjoy the ambience of Siem Reap itself. Siem Reap is one of those places that caters to every taste. It’s difficult to get bored in this ever-evolving city. The variety of cuisine, accommodation, shopping, modes of transport, and daily activities is quite astonishing for what is actually a relatively small – and new – city on the edge of the Tonle Sap lake. Whether it’s enjoy sipping a coffee and people-watching in the town, taking a quad bike out into the countryside, or bargaining for silks and silver in the burgeoning markets, there are plenty of reasons to extend a stay after becoming “templed out”. The central shopping and restaurant area is concentrated around the south of the city near the Old Market. Nearly every week a new bar, boutique, massage spa, or restaurant seems to open; such is the pace of development. What can seem a sleepy town by day (because everyone is at the temples) is teeming with people in high season after sunset, with tuktuks and motos jostling for space on the small streets. Perhaps the most famous street in town is Pub Street – no guesses where the name comes from. Dominated by two night clubs – Temple Club and Angkor What?, it is lined with bars and restaurants, and is the go-to place for travellers looking for a large night out. For those who prefer a quieter evening, the adjoining alleys are host to a myriad of smaller, idiosyncratic establishments – many of which are just as quaint to explore in the day time as at night. Music from You tube music Library Free under creative commons licence "Hanging Out" By Bruno E.

Shore Temple

This is from my journey to India in 2015, and I spent a wonderful time in MAHABALIPURAM . A World UNESCO site that is well worth a visit right as it says on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. The last in what is said to be seven temples built on the shore line.The other six are under the ocean! The shore temple, built by Rajasimha, is dedicated to Shiva in the form of ‘Somaskanda’. Although the beach is visible from the temple you cannot go to the water from the temple because of the wall in between. You have to come out of the temple campus and go by the side of the temple to get to the water. This temple was built during 8th Century by the Pallava king Narasimhavarman. That time Mahabalipuram was a port for trading purposes. Now the northern side beach is used for fishing and is known as fishing beach. Music credit: Indian summer Free under creative commons licence

Incredible 30 Wats Between Nong Khai and Tha Bo

The road between Nong Khai and Tha Bo is approximately 30 klms, and with Wats on average of about 1 klm apart this makes for a great road for Novices to find their "Pilgrim feet". The young boys can be seen early in the morning starting their journey to the next Wat in small groups of 4-5, sometimes just 2. Passing regular traffic can be seen leaving packs of water for the novices as they make their way, or any other traveller for that matter. Some of the Wats in this video range from the long established to the newly built and some in various stages of repair or rebuild. There are also a few with which I have taken the liberty of including more than one shot of , to give a different view or highlight detail. I hope you enjoy! I chose the music "Morning mandolin" as i felt this fitted the whole theme and atmosphere of this video Music credits : Morning Mandolin by Chris Haugen Free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music Library

30 Wats Between Nong Khai and Tha Bo

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Peaceful moments #churches

Peaceful moments #Churches from around the World on my Journeys..........enjoy and I hope you get some peaceful moments listening to this one.

Peaceful moments #churches

Lonar Crater

During my trip to Maharastra, in India, I had the highlight of visiting the Lonar Crater. Taking me an hour to climb down and back up, I spent a total of three hours in or on the crater. My young guide, Taj, was patient and strong when needed for the climb down. His knowledge of the crater and its inhabitants was very good. He told me about the twin eco system that thrives there both saline and alkaline in nature. I must admit the ground near the lake edge felt very "spongy" underfoot and smelled of rotten eggs, Yuk! More info here: Incredibly old at 50,000 years, the Lonar crater is the youngest and best preserved impact crater formed in basalt rock and is the only of its kind on earth. The crater was formed fifty-two thousand years ago, when a blazing ball of fire (a meteor that weighed over one million ton in dead weight) crashed into the earth at an estimated speed of 90,000 km per hour. It gouged a deep depression (1.8 km wide and 150 m deep) before erupting and spewing molten rock to create a magnificent crest on the rim. Over time, the jungle took over, and a perennial stream transformed the crater into a tranquil, emerald green lake. Located in the Buldhana District of Maharashtra, the Lonar Lake is an exceptional ‘bowl of biodiversity’ and a wildlife sanctuary with a unique ecology that is vastly different from the surrounding flat landscape. A land-locked water body which is alkaline and saline at the same time, the Lonar Lake supports micro-organisms rarely found elsewhere on earth. Fringed by a lush jungle, the lake’s surroundings are peppered with fragments of minerals like maskelynite, and centuries-old abandoned temples that are now inhabited only by insects and bats. Music credit: Moonquake by Nana Kwabena free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music Library

Mini Taj Mahal

Bibi Ka Maqbara: The "Mini Taj Mahal" Was one of those "must see places" when I was in Aurangabad in Maharashtra- India in 2010. Although many people call it the "poor man's Taj" I actually thought it was stunning in it's own right. With just a beautifully laid out gardens and intricate carvings on the building itself. Definitely not one to miss if you are there. Info courtesy of https://www.mapsofindia.com/my-india/travel/bibi-ka-maqbara-the-taj-of-the-deccan : A beautiful mausoleum made by a son for his mother. Prince Azam Shah (son of the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb) constructed this lookalike of Taj Mahal for his mother Rabia-ul-Daurani. Because of its resemblance with the Taj Mahal of Agra, it is often referred as the ‘Taj of the Deccan’. Music free under creative commons licence

The Five Rathas

This is from my journey to India in 2015, and I spent a wonderful time in Mamallapuram. These temples were never consecrated and were thought to be where the stone masons came to practice their Art! The five Rathas is a set of magnificent monolithic rock temples. Panch is a Hindi world which means ‘Five’. These fine rock temples are located in a sandy compound. These five Rathas are the perfect examples of the evolution of Dravidian style architecture. There are built in the shaper of pagodas and they look similar to that of the Buddhist shrines and monasteries. Rathas in English means carrots. There chariots are constructed with Towers, The cars of gods, multipillared halls, and sculptured walls which are chiselled out minutely. The Rathas have an association to the great epic Mahabharata which describes the heroes of Mahabharata with their wife Draupadi which is termed as pancha pandava rathas. The five rathas are (i) Draupadi’s Ratha, (ii) Arjuna’s Rath, (iii) Nakul – Sahadev’s Rath, (iv) Bhima Rath and (v) Dharamraja Yudhistar’s Rath. Music credit :https://www.freestockmusic.com/ India Bazaar under creative commons licence

Churches in Old Town Goa- India

On my four month trip round India in 2015 my starting point was Panaji in the district of Goa . From here I looped round the whole of the southern part of India back up to Chennai. So here in the old town of Panaji, are some of the amazing Churches. Goa, the party capital of India, not only lures party goers but is also thronged by visitors who are fascinated with its rich heritage. The Popular churches of Goa adds to its historical legacy and also offer a life-changing experience. Some of the tourists visit these churches for spiritual enlightenment while others find the desired seclusion. Many of them could be seen marvelling at the architectural splendour showcased by these holy places whereas a few of them simply come here to offer their prayers. Whatever the reason may be, here are some of the must-visit churches in Goa which are the centre of attractions for the tourists planning to visit the state. Although the best time to visit Goa is from October to March but one plan a trip especially in the month of December to see how the state and its churches becomes alive to celebrate Christmas. Music credit to: Anonymous_Choir_-_Amicus_Meus. Anonymous_Choir_-_Caligaverunt_Oculi_Mei Anonymous_Choir_-_Cantate_Domino Free under creative commons licence from: http://freemusicarchive.org

Korat Vegetarian Festival 2018

The Korat Vegetarian festival 2018 The Vegetarian Festival (‘Thetsaken Kin Che), also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, is celebrated throughout Thailand in the month of October. Thai/Chinese descendants, practice abstinence from eating meat and stimulants believing that it will bring about good health and peace of mind to the community. The event has its history in Taoist tradition, but it is clearly practised by Buddhists. The images I post here are from this year’s parade (2018) as it wound its way through the centre of the old city, Korat. On route businesses and people are blessed (and strangely) ritual mutilation is performed. Several men and women impale their cheeks with sharp metal and bamboo sticks decorated and undecorated. Cut their faces and light firecrackers close to their bodies. They also had evidence of cutting on their backs. They seem to appear embodied with the spirits and blessed people (including myself) kneeling at the side of the road, these devotees used their Temple flags which were wafted vigorously over the heads of the kneeling worshippers. No doubt to cast out evil spirits and bless for good health. Some even painted a red mark just between the eyebrows of the worshippers. Music credit: The Heist NEW 2:34 The Whole Other Free under Creative Commons Licence from You Tube Music Library

Mahan Gardens Iran

Whilst staying in Kerman in Iran in 2012, and about too visit The Arge e Rayen, I first called at the oasis which is the gardens of Mahan. The portal of this Persian garden as a clear structure frames the interior space of the garden so that when you stand under its arch, you face a beautiful scenery which comprises of the garden, the main pavilion and its fountains. The interesting point about the fountains is that no electricity has been used for making the fountains work. The stream of water enters some crocks and then after reaching one of these crocks arrives at another of them which plays the role of elbows in today’s plumbing systems. The water then erupts out in the form of fountains and after passing the stone and mortar paved yard and then after passing the ponds which are beautifully placed upon each other reaches the main pavilion. The choice and arrangement of plants and trees in Shazde Mahan Garden with its towering trees play a significant role in the identity of Persian Gardens. This garden with its fruitful trees paints colourful and scenic views during the fruit bearing seasons. All in all, this garden shines like a priceless diamond in the centre of desert. Visiting this relaxing attraction is highly recommended for curious tourists. Wish you a pleasant visit! Music credit to: Spring by HOVATOFF free under creative commons licence from You tube Music Library

Arge e Rayen- Iran

I wanted to visit Arg-é Bam on my trip along the Silk Route in Iran, but went to Rayen castle instead. When i saw a picture of Arg-e Bam I knew I would go there no matter what. To my regret the horrible earthquake of 2003 ruined it completely and many people told me that there is nothing left to see besides piles of rubble and few ruined walls (below the Bam castle before and after the earthquake). The medieval mud brick city of Rayen is similar to the Agr-e Bam but smaller in size. It is extremely well preserved, despite numerous natural disasters that have destroyed similar structures nearby, and it is one of the most interesting sites in Iran. Arg-e Rayen was inhabited until 150 years ago and, although believed to be at least 1,000 years old, may in fact have foundations from the pre-Islamic Sassanid era. The outer walls of the castle enclose the main governor’s citadel, houses and other structures around the latter. Most of the houses are dilapidated and just few still stand but you can easily imagine how the city looked in the past. Especially with some of the continuing restoration that was/is going on. Remaining walls and buildings were freshly covered with hay-mud mix in the course of reconstruction and you can see in one of the frames i took where this has been done, even the hay is still on the ground ready for mixing! The castle is quite small and you will need much time to walk around. The most interesting part is the governor’s citadel. It has a square shape and many buildings on its territory, which include a governor’s bedroom, his office, rooms for official ceremonies and guests The whole area of the citadel is covered with a roof, with several staircases leading to up. The citadel includes several yards similar to traditional Iranian houses which have square form and no roof above them for access of light to rooms facing these yards. We climbed up the roof and the walls and walked around the citadel. From up there you can see all around the castle and will have a better view of the houses surrounding the citadel. The yards, rooms and other structures in the citadel are freshly renovated. You can see that some more lights will be installed soon here and there. A big hall looks like a kitchen and there may be a restaurant in the near future. Besides that all the spaces are completely empty. Music credit to: Angevin - Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200110 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Nampan Village

Nam Pan Village is located in the south of Ywama village. The whole village is situated on the stilts over the water, which is a traditional way of building houses in Inle Lake. Alodaw Pauk Pagoda, which is situated in Nampan, is the oldest pagoda in Inle Lake. This pagoda enshrines a gem-encrusted Shan style Buddha stupa. In the Nampan, there are a number of cheroot (traditional cigarette) factories. There are also a few restaurants that serve delicious food at an affordable price on the edge of village There is variety of these floating gardens to the north of Nampan village, where the Intha farmers grow tomatoes, flowers, squash and vegetables on long trip of floating land. This is a naturally formed collection of tangled, old, decayed water hyacinth, weeds, reeds and grasses that formed around the rim of the lake. It takes years to form a thick layer of floating land around the rim. Inthas usually go and look for a good piece of light, deep trough around the rim of the lake. Once found, they cut them into long piece and towed them by boat back to their village. Here, they were tied down to the bottom of the lake by long bamboo poles. Called Kyun myaw, Intha women cultivate vegetable on this floating garden from boat, usually working on both sides. These vegetables are the main source of income for Inthas. They sell them all over Shan State and Myanmar. music credit: Selfie Stick By Quincas Moreira free under creative commons licence from you tube music library

Bung Ta Lua Public Park

Bung Ta Lua is a water park in Korat a large city 4hrs drive north of Bangkok. It has been continuously developed with cooperation of all the local government agencies, local government officers along with the Military base that is resident and local business interests and local people have worked hard to make this park a pleasurable place for everyone to share. . The waterfall inside the park was opened and dedicated to His Majesty the King Rama IX. In dedication and celebration of his auspicious Birthday Celebration, December 5, 1999. The Park is beautiful and clean, beautiful scenery, lovingly landscaped and has been developed with care of the environment in mind. Making it a welcoming place for anyone to come and relax or walk, often filled in the evenings with people spending time with family and friends, where stunning sunsets are to be seen. The Royal Development Projects have and continue to be carried out by military units of the 2nd Army Region based in Korat. Music credits: Living Voyage by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100594

Wat Nong Ya Ngam

Sometimes I think that we are so consumed with "ticking boxes" when we travel, that we miss the things that are right in front of us! Like this Wat, I know I have photographed many Wats, probably over 100 now, but It never ceases to amaze me when I discover another gem hidden away in plain sight. There isn't a lot of information on this particular Wat, what I can say is it a fully working one with a small monastery attached. In Thailand being a Buddhist country, temples play an important role in everyday life for Thai people. People go to the temple for merit making, prey to the Buddha for things such as good health, good fortune and wealth and to seek advice from monks. It is customary for young boys to ordain as a monk and live in the temple for a while, some for a short time, some for longer. It is believed that Buddhism was introduced to Thailand about 2,200 years ago when the emperor of India, Ashoka the Great, send monks to a great number of countries including Thailand to spread Buddhism. Nowadays, the vast majority of Thai people is Buddhist. Although Thai temples area called “Wat”, meaning temple, this term refers to the temple complex consisting of various buildings like the Ubosot (ordination hall), the Viharn where important Buddha images are kept and a Chedi, where Buddhist relics are enshrined. Music credit: Sky Scraper By Geographer Free under creative commons licence from You tube music library

Wang Matcha - Korat

Wang Matcha Restaurant - Nakhon Ratchasima- Thailand Wang Matcha* Restaurant is in Korat city about four km from the city centre, Korat. I don’t usually write about wining and dining but this is one place you will want to write home about and share with your friends. I haven’t come across a restaurant like this in Thailand. *wang - palace, matcha – fish Matchachat – Pisces, the 12th sign of the zodiac Matchanu – the son of Hanuman the monkey god and a female mermaid, Suvannamatcha in Ramakien, the Thai version of the Ramayana epic The layout of the restaurant Wang Matcha Restaurant consists of a huge lake about 150 m x 100 m with pavilions all round the lake that serve as dining rooms. The main restaurant building, where the kitchen is located, has both indoor and outdoor dining facilities. The small pavilions around the lake are suitable for small groups of friends who would like some privacy and to be away from the crowd. The whole place has a natural ambience with lots of trees, plants and garden lighting. There’s a windmill in the middle of the lake that’s lit up at night. Plus a pavilion of live music! The distance of the pavilion at the southern corner of the lake to the kitchen in the main building is about 150 m. How then are diners going to get their food in time? Simple, food is delivered by speed boats racing across the lake. Music credit to : Andrew Huang with Upbeat From you tube music library Free under creative commons licence

Clandon House 2015

In April 2015 this stunning country house at Clandon was ravaged by a fire, completely gutting the building and destroying many of the treasures in the house, all that was left was this shell, which I shot images of in the October of 2015. Clandon Park was one of the country’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion, built for the Onslow family in the 1720s. Given to us in 1956, the house showcased a superb collection of 18th century furniture, porcelain and textiles. Hinemihi Maori (meeting house) comes to Clandon Park 1891 William Hillier, 4th Earl of Onslow, was approaching the end of his term as Governor of New Zealand and wanted a souvenir of the country he loved, to take back to his family home in England.A sum of £50 was swiftly agreed by the son of Chief Aporo, to purchase Hinemihi. An official hand-written bill-of-sale was drawn up and dated January 27 1892. Easily dismantled and transported, Hinemihi was shipped to England. At the end of the slideshow you will see; The Dutch Garden This sunken garden was created between 1897 and 1902. The garden was originally modelled on the Sunken Garden at Hampton Court. The garden is formed by clipped hedges and topiary, centred around a small statue in a circular pool. Music credits to :Asher Fulero with :Reconciliation

Faces of Myanmar

In 2015 I spent three weeks in Myanmar, one of the best journeys I have ever done. One of the things that became apparent was how easy it is photographing people. I found the Myanmarians a very welcoming people and their faces caught my eye again and again. Connecting with local people is probably one of the greatest joys I derive from travelling. I love the learning and sharing that stem from unexpected conversations, or, when language barriers prevent words, to communicating with mime and smiles and gestures. Much to the amusement of many and the in credulousness of my partner My journey took me through three distinct areas, Yangon, Bagan and Inle, although I would say that Inle has two areas Inle, and Inle North. I found the faces did differ, and besides helping me expand my personal photography in “people and street photography” I feel is a journalistic look at the faces of Myanmar. Some of the images are of working people, some of people going about their daily lives, all I think you will find will give the viewer a unique look into people’s lives. Music credit:Tiptoe-Jeremy Blake Free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music Library

The two Sisters-Seinnyet Nyima and Seinnyet Ama Paya Myanmar

A series in Annette's Shorts" on the Temples of Bagan In Early 2015 I spent three weeks in Myanmar. No part did I fall more in love with than Bagan, and archaeological, modern day historical site. True many of the local people were relocated a mile away, but they still all benefit from the visitors that come here to see what I believe is arguably the largest collection of Temples and Pagodas in South East Asia . Info:The Seinnyet Nyima is a phato or pagoda built in the 12th century by Queen Seinnyet’s sister. This pagoda is believed to be older than the Seinnyet Ama temple. The pagoda is solid with a square floor plan. cSeinnyet Nyima and Seinnyet Ama Paya meaning "The Seinnyet Sisters Pagoda". Nyima meaning younger sister and Ama meaning elder sister. They are two pagodas standing side by side, donated by two sisters of the Bagan monarch. Also know as the "two sisters" temples, they were constructed by two Seinnyet Queen sisters during the 11th century. Music credit to: Lovely Afternoon Breeze-The 126ers under creative commos licence From You Tube Library

Apeyadana Temple Myanmar

Another "short" in my series of Bagan. In Early 2015 I spent three weeks in Myanmar. No part did I fall more in love with than Bagan, and archaeological, modern day historical site. True many of the local people were relocated a mile away, but they still all benefit from the visitors that come here to see what I believe is arguably the largest collection of Temples and Pagodas in South East Asia . Info:Apeyadana Temple is best known for its frescoes inside that depict the Brahmanism gods and divinities of the Mahayana pantheon. Unfortunately, it's quite dark inside and very hard to photograph in there. There is space inside that was meant for a number of statues, but most of those that survived have been moved to the Bagan Archaeological Museum a few miles up the road.2 Music credits: Realization-Hanu Dixit Free under creative commons licence from You Tube Music Library

Ywa Haung Gyi- Bagan

In Early 2015 I spent three weeks in Myanmar. No part did I fall more in love with than Bagan, and archaeological, modern day historical site. True many of the local people were relocated a mile away, but they still all benefit from the visitors that come here to see what I believe is arguably the largest collection of Temples and Pagodas in South East Asia . We will start with Ywa Haung Gyi, there isn't a lot of information about this Temple, apart from the wonderful arches and many people come here to watch the sunset!. My pictures were actually taken in the morning, given the temple itself this beautiful deep, rich, red glow. Music Credit : White Hats -Wayne Jones Free under creative commons licence from Youtube music library

Siam@Siam Bangkok Boutique

Having stayed twice now at this most most Unique and funky, not to forget Arty, hotel. I would be remiss in not sharing the interior for you to see. The last time I stayed in this Hotel , before this occasion was back in 2008 on my Honeymoon, those were the days of well paid employment and being able to treat yourself without feeling guilty. On this very recent stay it was once again on the Anniversary of my Wedding, times have changed and I could not have even considered this if my significant other had not spotted it for a much lower than usual price in one of their promotions. Spoil again? Why not. Know perhaps that I may either never be able to afford this Hotel for some considerable time, or just may want to stay somewhere else, I decided to photograph everything that I loved about this wonderful work of Art! ‘Unique’ is possible the most overused word in hotel marketing. So much so in fact, one might be tempted to question translation proficiency within the ranks of the Bangkok hospitality industry. Siam@S ram is one property that shies away from such grandiose claims however, subtly allowing guests to appreciate the hotel’s distinction qualities without screaming it from the elegant rooftop terrace. The hotel itself may hate graced Rama I opposite the National Stadium for the past seven years, the Phornprapha family behind the propel' has owned the land for decades. In fact, the very land the boutique hotel stands on was once the head office of the family's successful motor business. is a homage to the family’s history, local artists were contracted to infuse the hotel with industrial elements that created the familv’s fortune. From the moment one vis through the front doors, it’s plain to see that the talented artists have developed the concept with panache, leaving you in no doubt that this is anything but an average hotel. Borrowing inspiration from fairytale, each door of the 25-storev property marries an elegant combination of dark, sultry red tones with earthly, vibrant woods and artistic façades. Indeed, artistic consideration has been deli v red with enthusiasm at every turn. From exposed wooden beams within the welcoming, comfortable bedrooms to the elegant menus at flagship French restaurant La rue (which contain carefully considered poetry, hand-drawn illustrations and dish descriptions from Executive Chef Gilles Poitmin that inform and enlighten), the hotel’s purpose is as layered as the deep artistic ethos. It’s this attention to detail that demonstrates the passion that went into creating Bangkok’s first art concept hotel, even before the word ‘boutique’ made it’s invasive appearance and became the buzz word for 21st century hospitality Music Credits : Heaven and Hell Jeremy Blake Free under creative commons licence from You tube music library.

Lawkananda Paya

In early 2015 I pent three weeks in Myanmar. One of my favourite places was the ancient city of Bagan. Here you can see the Lawkananda Pagoda and it's beautiful outbuildings. The Lawkananda Paya is a beautiful golden pagoda on top of a small hill on the banks of the Irrawaddy river. Its name translates to “Joy of the world” in ancient Pali language. The pagoda, also known as the Loka Nanda pagoda was built in 1059 by King Anawrahta, founder of the Bagan empire. It enshrines a replica of a tooth relic of the Gautama Buddha, that the King obtained from Sri Lanka. The pagoda, located a few kilometers South of old Bagan marked the Southern boundary of Bagan’s capital. The cylindrical pagoda somewhat resembles the much older Bupaya pagoda, located further North in old Bagan, which is more bell shaped. From the Loka Nanda’s platform visitors have good views of the Irrawaddy river and the mountain range in the background. At night the pagoda is lit up. Although an attractive place with the river breeze and serene atmosphere, the Lawkananda is a little visited Paya, mainly used by Burmese people as a place of worship. In the middle of the rainy season late July, Early August depending on the lunar calender the Lawkananda pagoda festival is held to celebrate the rain in the very dry Bagan region.

SHWE OO MIN PAGODA

During my visit to Myanmar in 2015 after the famous Bagan, we journeyed by train to Kalaw. A beautifully cool hill station town, with it's own cool caves at Shwe Oo Min Paya. The cave system here is full of many golden Buddha's, mostly donated by visiting pilgrims from all over the world, and there are some 8,700 of them festooning the cave interiors according to Lonely Planet's 2011 Guide to Myanmar, (The oldest date back about 275 years.) It's an extensive complex, with small meditation caves still used by monks, and there are stalactites with water dripping away which add to the atmosphere. A splendid 40' sitting Buddha was found in another cave pavilion reached by a covered walkway. A real highlight of any visit to Burma.

Korat Candle Festival 2018

The Candle Festival is held every July in towns and Cities across Thailand, to celebrate the start of Buddhist Lent. This one is from the city where i live, Korat, here in this video slide show you will see images of the wax carved floats, form the night time parade held in the centre of the old city. The night time lights and sky make for interesting and sometimes dramatic features on the faces and bodies of the wax figures. Music credit : Enchanted Journey by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100799 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Korat Candle Festival 2018

I currently reside in Nakhon Ratchasima, or Korat, in Thailand and one of the wonderful spectacles /festivals you can see is The Candle Festival. Traditionally Held in July it marks the end of three months of Buddhist Lent. Each float will come from it's own designated Wat/Temple, and is lovingly and with great respect , hand carved. Each year new additions/repairs are made and this is reflected in the differing shades of wax. This year was poignantly added to with a Boar to represent the 11 football team members that were rescued from the caves in Udon Thani District. Along with miniatures of the boys and their rescuers. The images in this daytime video were taken the day after the weekend , where the floats are "parked" outside the major shopping malls/Centres . Then people who may not have been able to go to the evening ceremonies, can view them and make merit(donation). The money then goes back to the designated Wats/Temples. Music credits: Title; Lost Time By Eveningland Free under creative commons Licence from You Tube Music Library

Wat Pa Salawan

Looking at the City I live in here in Thailand, I found this wonderful and quite modern Wat. It is still a quiet place but there is almost no trees left. The temple belongs to the Thammayut section and the chedi displays statues of their well known meditation teachers and monks. This is one of the high Buddhist places in Nakhon Ratchasima city. Once located in full the forest, it is now in the city but it retains a small part of forest and is located on the banks of a pond where it is pleasant to walk or have dinner on the restaurant terrace in front the temple chedi which has an uncommon architecture. Wat Pa Salawan houses the ashes of three highly revered monks in Thailand: Acharn Man, Acharn Tim and Acharn Sao.

The Fann Mountains

During my Silk Route trip across Central Asia I spent some of the best time I had in Tajikistan. In the North there are the Fann mountains and the seven lakes of shing, which are stunning. Here in this show you will see my view of these awesome mountains form my stop in an unmapped village called Sargob. Breathtaking views ans stunning blue skies (yes they really are that blue!) are worth the effort. Unlike most of the mountain ranges in Central Asia, the Fann showcases a unique blend of barren and verdant outlooks. Nestled amidst high mountains you will come across traditional villages and picturesque green meadows, turquoise lakes, gurgling rivers, and scenic valleys. Tajikistan is a paradise for mountain lovers, and as the Fann range is only a few hours driving from the Tajikistan capital, Dushanbe, you can combine trekking with an immerse cultural experience. On a footnote the music entitled "fond memories" was a perfect match and did remind me along with the images of "fond memories" of my time there. Music credit to : SYBS Titled:Fond Memories Free under creative licence from you tube library

Chiang Khan Crafts

Chiang Khan in Northern Thailand, is better known for its traditional wooden houses, but it's arts and crafts is alive and kicking with these wonderful recycled plastic bottle lamps. Created with marker pens, soldering iron and paint these are truly recycling at it's best. The "wooden house" for the plastic bottle craft is in the "Walking street"of Chiang Khan and open every evening. Anyone can come and create their own version of these unique lamp shades. Music credit: Licorice Song by Endless Love Free under creative commons licence through you tube music library

Aeroplane Park

just outside Korat, there is an aeroplane park where you can get up close and personal with a ten year old decommissioned Boeing 747 from the Orient Thai Airways. Rebuilt from the ground up, and minus it's insides, you can feast your eyes on this "giant" of the airways whilst sipping a cool drink from the aptly named "Take Off Cafe" and then stroll around and photograph or walk round to your hearts delight. Music Credit:Welcome Anno Domini Beats free under creative commons licence From You tube Music library

Muang Ya 100 Years Market

This is a popular night spot for eating in Korat. This place has with retro and vintage look, but it is not 100 years old. It was build around 2011 on 3 Rai of land. Beside many food stands, there are kinds of “antiques” at the back, from old cellphones behind a glass, to old pedicabs and old cars. It still has an historic value:during the Vietnam War, the owner built wooden bungalows for American soldiers to rent. These bungalows were about 100 years old and remained until 2011. Later, the land was sold and transformed into that market. You can still see them now! It’s covered, so even during the rainy season, you can eat outside without any problem. In the last years (2017-2018) more or more seafood and fish on BBQ are available and seems to be a trend. I personally like the “pla tap tim” on BBQ, or Pla Ka Pong. With sauces and vegetables, it’s normally 180 baht and you have enough for 2 people. The best stand, for me, is the one around the back of the market, near the Chang Bar.Snails are nice at 100 baht, beer Singh is currently 70 baht. Chang and Leo are cheaper… Music :In Every Way Freedom Trail Studio From You tube Library Free under creative commons licence

Gaochang

Here from my epic journey on the silk route in 2012/13 is my look at Gaochang in China. It was one of the highlights for me of the trip, I am a bit into ancient sites, I have a great connection with them, and I don't know why? Anyway I hope you get a taste for what out there and how the Chinese are trying to restore it! Located 30 kilometers southeast of Turpan City, Gaochang, is an ancient city built on the northern edge of the Taklamakan Desert and to the south of the Flaming Mountains. Built in the 1st century BC, Gaochang, was an important area along the Silk Road. It was burnt down and destroyed in the 14th century due to increased warfare. The old palace and city ruins can be seen today as they’ve been well-preserved. Gaochang was once a fertile and prosperous city serving as capital for three western states in ancient times. The location of Gaochang was ideal as it was located in the middle of the Turpan Basin and the city’s layout was designed with high walls and deep moats, making it a significant military fortress for the Western Region for centuries. With an area of about 2 million square meters, the Ancient Ruins contain the outer and inner cities, along with a palace. The layout of the city is similar to that of Chang’an (capital of the Tang Dynasty at that time, today’s Xi’an). It is said that, “If you want to learn about the prosperity of the Tang Dynasty, Gaochang Ancient Ruins will show you.” The outer city is surrounded by 11-meter high and 12-meter wide mud walls and nine city gates. The inner city is a 3-kilometer long rectangle that shares its southern wall with the Palace in the northern part of the inner city. A pagoda called, “The Castle of Khan” (meaning “Imperial Palace”) stands on a high stage there. With a history of about 1,300 years, Gaochang, has witnessed many ups and downs in the Turpan region. These delicate ancient ruins have been listed as precious cultural relics under state protection. Music credit to :Ibn Al-Noor by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100706 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ from the You Tube Music Library!

Yardang National GeoPark

Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark is sited in China's Gansu Province, 108 kilometers (67 miles) to the northwest of Dunhuang city. It extends 25 kilometers (15 miles) from east to west and 13 kilometers (8 miles) from north to south. The park is well-known for Yardang landscape, which is a typical wind erosion landform. Yardang in Uygur language means a small mound with steep walls. The area contains 77 ruins and huge rocks formations in sculpted shapes. These images are from my visit in 2012 on my silk route journey, which finished at the Jade Gate in China. Music credits to:Intentions Anno Domini Beats free under creative commons licence and from You tube music library

Matisi The Hanging Temple

In 2012 near the end of my Silk route journey, I crossed the border from Kyrgyzstan to China. Once deep in the heart of the Chinese state of Gansu , on the outskirts of Zhangye are the Amazing Matisi Cave Temples. Carved out of solid rock face a group of 7 grottos hold holy relics and wonderful wall paintings and beautiful sculptures of the Buddha. Surrounding the Mati Temple are beautiful hills, peculiar caves, unusual peaks and green waters. Tourists can get the chance to interact with the people of Yhugur Minority tribe, try the authentic stewed lamb and learn more about their cultural characteristics and their unique lifestyle as true nomads. Music credit to : Weirder Stuff By Geographer Free under creative commons licence In You Tube Music Library

Sanjao Sa Wang Metta Thammasatan Lak Seng Saeng Tung

The Sa-Wang-Metta-Thammasatan-Lak-Seng-Saeng-Tung Foundation SANJAO I Have found Sanjaos around Korat before and many are historical, but on my many rides around exploring Korat I found this brand new and not quite not yet finished Sanjao in another district of Korat . It looks like it will have a grand opening in about a months time and I am hoping to attend that and photograph and witness the amazing spectacle I think it will be. Meanwhile a little more about Sanjaos follows. They may belong to the community, perhaps donated by wealthy benefactors, or to private foundations of a pious and charitable character. Even when private property, they are normally open to the public on daytime. Their name is normally preceeded by the title Sanjao ( ศาลเจ้า ), meaning shrine or spirit house. It is the same name given to miniature spirit houses Thai people love to keep in their gardens or homes. They consist of at least one small building hosting the main shrine. Often they include also one external shrine in the form of a concrete table, and an external incinerator in the shape of a small tower. More rarely, one or more additional buildings with accessory shrines and votive objects, including holy rolls, and a votive pole. When located inside internal courts, they are marked by one or more decorated portals on the main street. All those additional parts are normally decorated following the same pattern for each temple. Music: Chinese traditional Free under creative commons licence

Wenmiao Temple & Dayun Si - Wuwei

During my journey across the Silk route into China, we travelled to the ancient city of Wuwei, here we visited the Wenmaio Temple . Beautifully ornate and spread over a large area. The ancient Bell tower Dayun Si built during the Ming dynasty, also in the city of Wuwei . Houses a Tang dynasty bronze bell, which I had the pleasure of striking! The pictures speak better for themselves. Info taken from:https://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/gansu/wuwei/confucian-temple.htm The Confucius Temple is known also as the Wenmiao Temple in Chinese, and is situated in the southeast of Wuwei City. This ancient complex dates from the Ming Dynasty having been established in 1439 on instructions from the reigning emperor and with the strong backing of public subscription. The construction of the original temple took just two years but various extensions have been added over succeeding centuries. The complex covers an area of a little over 1,500 square meters and is the largest and best-preserved temple dedicated to Confucius in Gansu Province. Music ; https://archive.org/details/FamousAncientChineseTunes free under creative commons licence

Calico Ghost Town USA

on my road trip in USA I drove from Zion to Las Vegas...on the way I came across the Ol wild west Abandoned town of Calico! Very hot! and very old but beautiful to visit and spot the stunning scenery ;-) Calico in Southern California is the ghost of an Old West mining town that boomed in the 1880s, and went bust only 12 years later when the price of silver plummeted. At its height, this town in the Mojave Desert had 3,500 residents, over 500 silver mines, and produced over $20 million in silver. That’s well over half a billion dollars in today’s dollars. Thank you for the music: Hiiltop By Dan Lebowitz Free under creative commons licence and from youtube music library!

Barcelona

In 2006 I took my daughter on her very first trip outside the UK, in fact her first aeroplane flight anywhere! The destination? Barcelona, we stayed in Vilinova La Geltru, but it was so very close by train to Barcelona we could not resist showing her the amazing sights of Gaudi's Barcelona. This video will show the Casa Mila. When Gaudi built the Casa Milà in 1912, most people had no idea what to think of it. The shape of the building is completely unique and like nothing the city had ever seen before. It is covered in limestone, glass and marble, and shaped by several waves that have an amazing effect on the interior of the building. Originally it was built as an apartment complex but now it functions as a museum and a venue that hosts several different art and cultural events. Music credit: Cycles By Density & Time Free under creative commons licence from the you-tube music library

Kellies Castle

In 2013, I visited Malaysia for two months, here in Perak one of my favourite provinces, on being so close to Ipoh , I visited kellies Castle. An amazing concept that never quite got finished, a shame as I suspect it would have been stunning even today! Overlooking the picturesque view of Batu Gajah, Perak, is the unfinished castle of William Kellie Smith, better known as Kellie’s Castle. The brainchild of the Scottish rubber plantation owner to celebrate his child’s birth, the castle and surrounding ruins bear signs of Smith’s grand vision for his family home. Originally, the castle would have boasted a 6-storey tower, an indoor tennis court, an entertainment area on the rooftop, a wine cellar, plus what would have been Malaya’s (later Malaysia) first elevator. It was designed in a Moorish and Indo-Saracenic Revival style with top quality craftsmanship in mind. To realise his dream home, Smith brought in 70 workers and imported bricks and marbles from India as well as exquisite tiles from Italy. Besides its beautiful exterior, Smith had also instructed the construction of secret exit tunnels speculated to be utilised in case of emergencies. There is also a small secluded room near the wine cellar which people have dubbed as a secret room though it was reportedly planned to be a photography room. Construction was halted however when Smith suddenly passed away at the age of 56 from pneumonia while he was on his way to Lisbon to pick up his elevator. His grief stricken wife, Agnes, sold the castle to Harrisons and Crosfield and the castle was left abandoned before being made into a tourist attraction years later. Music :Distant Lands By Hanu Dixit Free under creative commons licence from youtube library

Dalat Flower Garden Sculptures

During my visit in Vietnam I 2013 , Like many visitors I sought sanctuary from the heat in a the wonderful Hill town of Dalat. During my stay I visit I walked around the beautiful Dalat Lake to the very comprehensive Flower Garden. Whilst there and towards the end of the Garden I spotted these wonderful and unique garden ornaments/sculptures. It makes fr a great visit if your ever there, showing there is a whole lot more to Dalat apart from Dalat Crazy House; https://youtu.be/g1KzHvX2da4 Please subscribe to my Channel for the latest video releases and to view my other slideshows. Music ; Name- Requiem Cello Artist: Hanu Dixit Free under creative commons licence from You tube music library

Yarkand

Country no. 6 on the Silk Route is Yarkand in China. Mind you the distances are so great you would think the region that Yarkand sits in was a country in itself! Yarkand was a great trade centers on the Great Silk Road, and was famous for its markets, where goods from all over the world could be bought. In modern times it is still a major transport hub for this region of China. The Bazaar unlike other Bazaars is not within city walls but streets on and around Mausoleum of Ammnaishan and the Altun Mosque. music credit;Angel’s Dream By Aakash Gandhi From you tube music library

The Registan

After having travelled through Turkey, Iran, and Turkmenistan, we entered our fourth country on our journey along the Silk Route, Uzbekistan. I recall it being a very dry and dusty country, or maybe that’s because most of my destinations in Uzbekistan were like this. It just seemed that Tashkent (the capitol) was the only place to have full and free flowing water and grass and trees. Outside of Tashkent it seemed like time had stood still and you could still get a feel of the days of the Caravansary that used to dot the country along the Silk route. Here a slide show of one of the most beautiful and iconic places in Uzbekistan, The Registan, in Samarkand. Yes it really is that blue. Thankfully the Russians although supressing any kind of Religion during their occupation, did have the foresight of restoring after many earthquakes much of the Registan as you see it today. Working as recently as 1987, twenty years of hard work and money and people with patience and the eye for the historical detail have made The Registan great again! Music Credits: You tube Music Library= Title; Clover 3 Artist:Vibe Mountain Free under creative commons licence

Stockholm

Back in 2006 when I had a owned a Canon EOS Rebel XT / 350D camera I had a short weekend trip to Stockholm and I am so impressed with how crisp and clear the images are, but then again the air is super clean there! You will see The centre /Palace/Government buildings as well as a ferry trip out to Skansen and the Islands. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ http://bit.ly/2AM7HBT Music: Seven Lives to Live by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://www.twinmusicom.org/song/270/seven-lives-to-live Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org

Chiang Saen

In December 2017 I took a three week road trip up and around Northern Thailand to visit some of the places I had missed in 2013 during my epic silk route and South East Asia journey. Chiang Saen is the most Northerly point in Thailand where the three borders meet of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, and the confluence of the Mekong River mix. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ http://bit.ly/2AM7HBT Music:Wishful Thinking By Dan Lebowitz Free under creative commons licence from Youtube Audio Library

Baan Dam Black House Museum

In December 2017 I took a three week road trip up and around Northern Thailand to visit some of the places I had missed in 2013 during my epic silk route and South East Asia journey. This slide show is to give you a taste of what might be waiting for you in Chiang Rai famous for it's white Wat Wat Rong Khun, what is actually equally as famous is the great Bann Dam or the Black House Museum, some 40 buildings of various sizes made by the renown Thai Artist Thawan Duchanee who used them to house his large collection of sculptures and artist creations. An Amazing place not to be missed! Music credits to my favourite music guy: Intuit256 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100193 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ Please take some time to have a look at some of my other slideshows from around Thailand and my journies Thank you

Srirangapatna and it's sights

In this slide show you will get a look at some of the wonderful places to visit when you are in srirangapatna, starting at ; Masjid-i-Ala (also called Jama Masjid) Colonel Bailey's Dungeon Ragantha Swamy Temple Dariya Daulat Bagh-Summer Palace Srirangapatna was the scene of the last and decisive battle fought between Tipu Sultan and a combined force of 50,000 men provided equally by the Nizam of Hyderabad and the East India Company under the overall command of General George Harris. This battle was the last engagement of the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War. The Battle of Seringapatam, 1799, was truly momentous in its historic effects. At the battle's climax, Tipu Sultan was killed within the fort of Seringapatam, betrayed by one of his own confidants; the spot where he ultimately fell is marked by a memorial. For the last time in history, Seringapatam had been the scene of political change in the Sultanate of Mysore. The joint forces of the victorious army proceeded to plunder Seringapatam and ransack Tipu's palace. Apart from the usual gold and cash, innumerable valuables and objects d'art, not excepting even the personal effects of Tipoo Sultan, his rich clothes and shoes, sword and firearms, were shipped to England. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ http://bit.ly/2AM7HBT AND HIT THE LIKE BUTTON IF YOU LIKED THIS VIDEO!

Mysore Palace Karnatica

In 2015 i spent 5 months in Southern India, and photographed the Mysore Palace during the day. This huge area has four gates and many temples inside the grounds. What follows is some historical info ; Mysore Palace is the central piece of Mysore's attractions. The sprawling Mysore Palace is located in the heart of Mysore city. Rather the roads out of Mysore city appears radiating from the palace. The interior of Mysore Palace is richly carved, intricate, colorful and architecturally thrilling. It is from this palace the erstwhile rulers , the Wodeyars, ruled the Mysore Kingdom (see Maharajas of Mysore ). Though Mysore is often referred to as the "City of Palaces", the term Mysore Palace refers to the largest and the most opulent of all its surviving palaces located in the city center, called the Amba Vilas Palace. Mysore Palace history spans for more than 500 years. But what you see now in Mysore is the modern palace built in 1912. As mentioned earlier the first palace was built during 14th century by the then Wodeyar kings. After the fall of Vijayanagar , and the subsequent power shifts in the region, Raja Wodeyar moved the capital to Srirangapatna from Mysore in 1610. The palace in Mysore however continued to serve as a royal residence. The palace is basically a three storied structure with a 44 meter ( 145 feet ) central tower. Pinkish marble domes adorn the number of towers configured in perfect symmetry. The first attraction is the Doll Pavilion as you enter the museum. Antiques made of gold, silver, marble , ivory from around the world are on display. Some of them as old as 900 years. The central portion of the palace is a huge court open to the sky. Beyond is the royal Marriage Hall (Kalyana Mantapa ) , the most awe-inspiring portion of the palace. The five storied tower of the palace makes a majestic dome over this hall. The walls along the corridors are decorated with oil paintings of royal themes. A host of ceremonies and festivals of the bygone era is depicted in these painting in all its vividness and details. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ http://bit.ly/2AM7HBT So that you get notifications of my new slide shows as they are released Music title :; You're Not Wrong By roljui Free under creative commons licence and downloaded from Youtube music library

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

In 2015 I spent 5months travelling around Southern India. One of the things that struck me the most was there were so many Temples! This one in Mysore is the second in my video collection. Chamundi Hill is about 13 kms from Mysore, which is a prominent city in Karnataka State of India. Chamundi Hills is famous not only in India but also abroad. ‘Chamundi’ or ‘Durga’ at atop of the hil, the famous Sri Chamundeswari Temple is the fierce form of ‘Shakti’. She is the slayer of demons, ‘Chanda’ and ‘Munda’ and also ‘Mahishasura’, the buffalow-headed monster. She is the tutelary deity of the Mysore Maharajas and the presiding deity of Mysore. For several centuries they have held the Goddess, Chamundeswari, in great reverence. In ‘Skanda Purana’ and other ancient texts, it is mention a sacred place called ‘Trimuta Kshetra’ surrounded by eight hills. lying along side of west is the Chamundi Hills, it is one among the eight hills. In the earlier days, the hill was identified as ‘Mahabaladri’ in honour of God Shiva who resides in the ‘Mahabaleswara Temple’; this is the oldest temple on the hills. You can also find me At www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or Fine Art America: https://4-annette-johnson.pixels.com/ Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ http://bit.ly/2AM7HBT Music by:Bapu Flute Meditation with Bamboo Flute by Bapu Padmanabha

NOVITIATION PARADE IN MYANMAR

When an opportunity to see a major cultural event came my way in Bagan, Myanmar, I jumped at the chance. I was at the right place at the right time, to witness an important rite of passage, the Buddhist Novitiation Ceremony in Myanmar. The Shinbyu, or Novitiation ceremony, is a coming of age ceremony as in other religions, for boys under 20 years old. The Novitiate ceremony is when boys do their service to Buddhism and are entered into the order of the monks for a week or longer. This incredible event turned out to be one the highlights of my entire trip to this incredible country. The Novitiate Programme for the day 1)Blessings in the homes The festivities of the day started with visiting some of the young boys’ family homes. We paid respect and offered blessings and donations to the father and mother of the household. Novitiation is the obligation of every parent and the most important gift to their sons. It is believed that this deed will prevent the parents from having an evil afterlife in Buddhist tradition. The boys started getting dressed for the occasion. Earlier in the day their heads are shaven. Then elaborate green, yellow, blue and pink satin costumes with colourful make up of the same colors filled the village. These intricate costumes are symbolic of the look of a royal prince. 2) The Procession Early on in the day, a procession of the over 20year old monks begins, a ceremony that enters these boys into full monkhood. It starts with a short alms offering of money to the men. These men have now become fully ordained monks, to fulfill more years in the monastery if they so desire. Next, the procession started toward the monastery. It was a spirited, happy spectacle. As far across the fields as we could see, colourful families paraded to the village joining the long colourful train. The decorated Pandal or bamboo chairs, were hoisted over the shoulders of the men of the family while the boys were ceremoniously carried above their heads, shaded with gold umbrellas. In larger cities, and depending on stature, boys may be riding horses, oxes or elephants. Here the Pandal was painted to resemble a horse. To pay respect to the Buddha, the parade circles clockwise around the monastery. Following the boys are the fathers, mothers and sisters are given the duties of carrying the Alms bowl, the monk robes and ceremonial lotus flowers. We saw a beautiful array of the traditional tribes and the finest colourful formal wear, particularly from the Danu and the Pa-O tribe communities. An enthusiastic group of musicians on chimes, drums and bamboo sticks followed the procession as many joined in with dancing and singing. Wow! What a spectacular event! 3) The Feast No celebration is complete without a satisfying feast. Hundreds of low round tables set on fine bamboo mats and rugs set the stage for the welcoming traditional feast of soup, curried salted fish, vegetables, rice, fermented green mango and bean sprouts. 4) The Monastery Ceremony Once the procession was over, the families were brought into the monastery. Boys were stripped down of their colourful costumes and left in their white undergarments. After the senior monks perform alms and prayers, they are transformed, by receiving their maroon robes. The residing monks help them into the robes showing them how they are to be worn. It was one of the most amazing spectacles I have ever seen and I feel extremely honoured not only to have seen it but to have photographed such an auspicious event. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY CHANNEL SO YOU GET TO HEAR WHEN I POST NEW VIDEOS!! JUST CLICK THE LINK BELOW https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ http://bit.ly/2AM7HBT Music Title;Nimbus By Evening Land Free under creative commons licence at You tube music library

Yangon

In early 2015 I visited Myanmar. During my three weeks I travelled from Yangon to Bagan, to Kalaw in the mountains and then down to Inle Lake. This is the first slide show showing you Yangon and some of the wonderful colonial and modern buildings along with some of the religious buildings too. Yangon stands on the east bank of the oceanic River Yangon, about 30km from the Andaman Sea. It came to prominence in the latter half of the 19th century when the British made it the capital of their new imperial possession. The colonial port area is still the commercial centre, though the heart of the city remains the gigantic gold Shwedagon Pagoda, visible from most places and so the main focal point. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ http://bit.ly/2AM7HBT Music :Sone Taw Myaing Classical Burmese Harp

Itthi Military Base

If you’re looking to learn a bit more about the local history, check out Itthi Military Base. It tells the story of the times when the mountain was at the centre of violent clashes between Communist insurgent and the Thai Army. You can see vehicles, guns, and other weapons that were used during the fighting, as well as maps, reconstructions of bunkers, and other exhibits and displays. The nearby Khao Koh Sacrificial Monument, made from marble, honours police officers, members of the military, and local people who tried to protect the area during time of trouble. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ http://bit.ly/2AM7HBT Music title:Destination Unknown By Ugonna Onyekwe You’re free to use this song in any of your videos. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTJiB0YjYyrximbFeXsQz3A

KHAO KHO SACRIFICIAL MONUMENT

The Khao Kho Sacrificial Monument was constructed as a monument for civilians, soldiers, and police who lose their lives to protect the border between Phitsanulok, Petchaboon, and Loei from communists from 1968-1982. The monument is a triangular slab of marble that is 24 meters in height, signifying the Buddhist year of 2524 or 1981 when civilians, soldiers, and police held a joint operation to crack down on the communists for good. The interior wall is inscribed with a description of the fight and the names of those who lost their lives. The Khao Kho wind farm is located on an area of 350 rai and uses GE Thailand Company’s technology. There are a total of 24 windmills that are 110 meters in height. The windmills do not create much noise pollution since each emits less than 50 decibel of noise and can produce 60 megawatts of electricity or 140 million units a year. It has been in operation since May 2016 and apart from generating electricity for the province, it has also brought in tourism revenue. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ http://bit.ly/2AM7HBT Music;Overcome By Ugonna Onyekwe Free from Youtube music Library under creative licence

Rickshaw Challenge 2015

When i was in Cochin in 2015 I saw these wonderfully coloured Rickshaws in the grounds of a Hotel waiting for their start of the now famous Rickshaw challenge India. 1st January 2015, they start the rally in Cochin, Kerala on the southern part of India, and driving up India’s west coast to reach Jaisalmer, Rajasthan in northern India two weeks later (hopefully). Along the way, they pass through the beautiful beaches of Goa, the mountains of Nasik, the chaos of Mumbai, and many other parts of India. The Rickshaw Run is the brainchild of a UK company called The Adventurists. They are most famous for the Mongol Rally, a race that brings participants from London all the way to Mongolia. Every adventure they run raises money for some charities. So far teams on their adventures have raised a total of 5 million GBP! To quote them, “Here at The Adventurists we don’t want sunsets and ‘finding oneself’ we want danger and adventure, the clue is in our name. Our adventures are all hard-core and pose great risk to individuals health, however that’s the way we like to live. The Rickshaw Run is no exception.” Their motto in life: fighting to make the world less boring. Well they certainly do with these Rickshaws! All these images can be seen and bought as stills at : https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/albums/72157692398536954 Music free from Youtube Library Title:Beat Your Competition Dance & Electronic | Funky You’re free to use this song in any of your videos

Sam Saeng Tham Beauru of Monks

Images from this video can be purchased here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/albums/72157692402558714 On my recent Road trip round Northern Thailand I was driving to Khao Kho park when just out of nowhere appears this wild and weird shaped building. I screeched to a halt, well actually there wasn't any speed to screech with, so i pulled in and very kindly got shown round by the custodians of the Wat and it's buildings. Sometimes it's good to slow down and take a look at what's there. I'm afraid I couldn't find out much about the place as I don't speak Thai and they don't speak English and there is not much on the internet on this place. So I hope you like it for what it is, a record of the World around us! Three Monks founded this place in 2000; it used to be an outdoor ornamental cemetery, with its own odd shaped crematorium. There are several buildings to the complex, all in the same eye-catching style. The main Building is made up of three floors, or three realms in Buddhist belief . The basement houses the Ocean and Alcoves with many photographs and memorabilia to the war with the communists in that area. A Remembrance place The top floor houses the Buddhist Heaven or Tavatimsa Heaven as it’s called. The ground floor represents the Earth.

Pong Dueat Geyser

In 2013 whilst driving around the Ma Hong Son Loop we stopped off at Pong Dueat Geyser and hot springs. The geysers were not blowing very high but the hot springs were lovely and i would definatley go again! This place also offers you the hot springs with great facilities situate amid the picturesque views of the mountain forest. There are tents and bungalows offers for visitors who want to stay overnight. Music: courtesy of Puddle of Infinity Title: Porches and Universes Youtube Audio Library

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

In 2013 I had the great delight of visiting the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden. I would firstly like to thank and credit the Artists and creators of these wonderful Sculptures and apologies for not knowing their names. Heralded as the first of it's kind in the UK, The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden has been proudly exhibiting contemporary sculpture in a unique and magical environment for over 30 years. You can find out more about Hannah Peschar's Garden at this link: http://www.hannahpescharsculpture.com/ Music: Song: I wonder Licence: The song is permitted for non-commercial use under license “Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) http://www.orangefreesounds.com/

Havelis of Shekhawati, Rajasthan

In 2007 I visited India in the Rajistan region. During my search for the famous Hevelis I visited Shekhawati, Nawalgarh, Mandawa, Jhunjuno, Fatephur and Dunlod. This slideshow is the collection from all these locations. They were all in different conditions ranging from derelict and falling down to part lived in to completely restored. I have tried to reflect this in my selection of images and even put a couple of images of the restoration drawings put on the walls to guide the artists during restoration. Haveli- Is a huge private mansion in India or Pakistan. The Rajasthani havelis were constructed by the wealthy Marwari community in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan in the 19th century. A haveli typically has two courtyards one for the men and the inner one for the women, the walls were adorned with beautiful colourful frescoes painted by commissioned artists. The themes were usually images of Gods, Goddesses & animals. Mandawa, Ramgarh, Fatehpur are dusty little towns in the Shekhawati area that have many old havelis, which in their glorious days would have been a treat to the eyes, but even today have not lost their timeless beauty. A handful of these havelis are being restored and given a new lease of life by private organizations, historians & architects. Some of them have been converted into heritage hotels. Music courtesy of :Vinod Prasanna × Okey Szoke × Pompey Title: Raag Under the creative commons license.

Janta Manta-The Maharaja's Observatory in Jaipur, India

Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is one of the five observatories constructed by Jai Singh II. Ujjain, Delhi and Varanasi are the other cities that house the remaining Jantar Mantars but there remain no traces of the one at Mathura. Among the many instruments that are part of this observatory is the world’s biggest sundial. Jantar Mantar is located just a stone’s throw from City Palace and Hawa Mahal and features instruments made of stone and brass that were built using instrument design principles from ancient texts. In all there are 19 instruments that help observe astronomical positions with the naked eye. Jantar Mantar is a fine example of Ptolemaic positional astronomy and has instruments that operate in each of the three main classical celestial coordinate systems: the ecliptic system, the horizon-zenith local system and the equatorial system. When it suffered some damage in the 19th century, Major Arthur Garrett, an amateur astronomer who was posted as the Assistant State Engineer in Jaipur, undertook the first major restoration work on Jantar Mantar. As of 2010, Jantar Mantar has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites and remains a gem of Jaipur that cannot be missed. Music thanks to: Jingle Punks Title: Mumbai Effect Free under the creative commons license and from Youtube music library

Taj Mahal 2007

Taj Mahal: Shah Jahan’s Romantic Gesture Shah Jahan was a member of the Mughal dynasty that ruled most of northern India from the early 16th to the mid 18th-century. After the death of his father, King Jahangir, in 1627, Shah Jahan emerged the victor of a bitter power struggle with his brothers, and crowned himself emperor at Agra in 1628. At his side was Arjumand Banu Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal (“Chosen One of the Palace”), whom he married in 1612 and cherished as the favorite of his three queens. Did You Know? According to one gruesome (and most likely sensational) story, Shah Jahan had his minions cut off the hands of the Taj Mahal's architect and his workers after the structure was completed, ensuring they would never build another of its kind. In 1631, Mumtaz Mahal died after giving birth to the couple’s 14th child. The grieving Shah Jahan, known for commissioning a number of impressive structures throughout his reign, ordered the building of a magnificent mausoleum across the Yamuna River from his own royal palace at Agra. Construction began around 1632 and would continue for the next two decades. The chief architect was probably Ustad Ahmad Lahouri, an Indian of Persian descent who would later be credited with designing the Red Fort at Delhi. In all, more than 20,000 workers from India, Persia, Europe and the Ottoman Empire, along with some 1,000 elephants, were brought in to build the mausoleum complex. Design and Construction of the Taj Mahal Named the Taj Mahal in honor of Mumtaz Mahal, the mausoleum was constructed of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones (including jade, crystal, lapis lazuli, amethyst and turquoise) forming intricate designs in a technique known as pietra dura. Its central dome reached a height of 240 feet (73 meters) and was surrounded by four smaller domes; four slender towers, or minarets, stood at the corners. In accordance with Islamic tradition, verses from the Quran were inscribed in calligraphy on the arched entrances to the mausoleum, in addition to numerous other sections of the complex. Inside the mausoleum, an octagonal marble chamber adorned with carvings and semi-precious stones housed the cenotaph, or false tomb, of Mumtaz Mahal. The real sarcophagus containing her actual remains lay below, at garden level. The rest of the Taj Mahal complex included a main gateway of red sandstone and a square garden divided into quarters by long pools of water, as well as a red sandstone mosque and an identical building called a jawab (or “mirror”) directly across from the mosque. Traditional Mughal building practice would allow no future alterations to be made to the complex. As the story goes, Shah Jahan intended to build a second grand mausoleum across the Yamuna River from the Taj Mahal, where his own remains would be buried when he died; the two structures were to have been connected by a bridge. In fact, Aurangzeb (Shah Jahan’s third son with Mumtaz Mahal) deposed his ailing father in 1658 and took power himself. Shah Jahan lived out the last years of his life under house arrest in a tower of the Red Fort at Agra, with a view of the majestic resting place he had constructed for his wife; when he died in 1666, he was buried next to her. The Taj Mahal Over the Years Under Aurangzeb’s long rule (1658-1707), the Mughal empire reached the height of its strength. However, his militant Muslim policies, including the destruction of many Hindu temples and shrines, undermined the enduring strength of the empire and led to its demise by the mid-18th century. Even as Mughal power crumbled, the Taj Mahal suffered from neglect and disrepair in the two centuries after Shah Jahan’s death. Near the turn of the 19th century, Lord Curzon, then British viceroy of India, ordered a major restoration of the mausoleum complex as part of a colonial effort to preserve India’s artistic and cultural heritage. Today, some 3 million people a year (or around 45,000 a day during peak tourist season) visit the Taj Mahal. Air pollution from nearby factories and automobiles poses a continual threat to the mausoleum’s gleaming white marble facade, and in 1998, India’s Supreme Court ordered a number of anti-pollution measures to protect the building from deterioration. Some factories were closed, while vehicular traffic was banned from the immediate vicinity of the complex. Music credits to : Bensound Title: India : http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-musicmple: Music: https://www.bensound.com

The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun, better known as “the White Temple” is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. The temple outside the town of Chiang Rai attracts a large number of visitors, both Thai and foreign, making it one of Chiang Rai’s most visited attractions. Unique temple Wat Rong Khun is a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings. The Wat Rong Khun was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous Thai visual artist. To date the temple is not finished. Eventually there will be nine buildings including an ubosot, a hall to enshrine Buddhist relics, a meditation hall, the monks living quarters and an art gallery. On May 5th 2014 a strong earthquake hit Chiang Rai. Although the white temple was badly damaged, Chalermchai Kositpipat decided to restore and further expand the Wat Rong Khun. History of the Wat Rong Khun Towards the end of the 20th century, the original Wat Rong Khun was in a very poor state of preservation. Restoration works on the temple started, but had to be halted due to a lack of funds. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a artist born in Chiang Rai, decided to completely rebuild the temple and fund the project with his own money. The artist built the temple to be a center of learning and meditation and for people to gain benefit from the Buddhist teachings. Today the works are ongoing. Music :Artist: Alexander Blu Song: Above the clouds - ambient music License: The song is permitted for commercial use under license “Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License“ http://www.orangefreesounds.com/

Classic Hot Rods and Pick up Trucks - Phayao- Thailand 2018

During my road trip Last year in December 2017 I took a road out from Phayao toward the Doi Phu Nang National Park. About 10klm out there is a place edged by huge plastic sunflowers and a giant entrance and you can't fail to see these amazing restored and fully working Classic cars and pick ups! They all have their papers in and some you can open the doors and sit in and have your photo taken. I have in my past been a great classic car fan and restorer, these I could not pass by and the quality of the restoration is as good as anywhere in Europe or America. I hope you enjoy looking at them and if you do please subscribe to my YouTube Channel, thank you Annette Truetraveller Subscription: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ http://bit.ly/2AM7HBT Music: Rock Tune by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/

Wat Ban Rai-Thailand

My 1st new video for 2018 I hope you enjoy! Wat Ban Rai (วัดบ้านไร่) is a wonderful and marvelous elephant-shaped Buddhist temple, located between Korat and Chaiyaphum in Nakhon Ratchasima, northeastern Thailand. Located in the middle of a lake comprising an area of 48,562 square meters, it is one of the most fascinating temples in Thailand. Besides its stunning design in the shape of an elephant, Wat Ban Rai features amazing paints and statues. The temple was conceived by the revered monk Luang Phor Koon Parisuttho พระเทพวิทยาคม (คูณ ปริสุทฺโธ), who passed away at 92 on Saturday May 16, 2015. Wat Ban Rai is one of the most significant temples for Isan people as well for all Thais. Worshippers from across the country come there to pay their respect to Luang Phor Khoon. Wat Ban Rai is a 100 million baht temple (around 2,626,000 euros) which was built from donations and personal contributions. You can purchase images from this video here at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/albums/72157684171451922 IF YOU LIKE THIS VIDEO PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ http://bit.ly/2AM7HBT Music by:THAILAND Chill Out Relaxing Music Dj Isaac

Historical Walk Round Ipoh

The amazing Heritage walk round one of my favourite Malay towns of Ipoh where the food is amazing too! The heritage walk is about 4 miles long covering most of the historically important places and might take approx. 2 hours to complete all the places. In fact I am so keen for you to find out about Ipoh, I am attaching a link for 7 free heritage walk maps and info on Ipoh. Yep FREE!! Please subscribe and go to the downloads below https://club-swift.com/IK https://club-swift.com/IM https://club-swift.com/IO https://club-swift.com/IQ https://club-swift.com/IR https://club-swift.com/IS https://club-swift.com/IT https://club-swift.com/IU Music : Universal by Vibe Tracks Youtube creative commons license and youtube music library -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

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Phu Phra Bat Historical Park

In 2016 I landed in Thailand after 5mths in India, for a rest, well I was far to intrigued with the natural beauty of Thailand to stand still and Phu Phra Bat Park was one of my favourite first visits to the North East of Thailand. I hope you enjoy it too and venture far enough up North to visit! Phu Phra Bat historical park in Udon Thani province in the North East of Thailand is a forested hill with natural rock formations shaped as caves with large rocky overhangs. The caves were used by ancient man as shelter and as temples where Buddha images were enshrined. What makes this site unique, is that it contains traces of several different civilizations and cultures spanning thousands of years. The hill contains traces of prehistoric man, the Dvaravati period and Khmer presence. The sandstone rock on top of the hill has been cut out during many centuries by glacier movement, wind and rain. Some of the rock formations provide natural shelter, others were carved into by man thousands of years ago creating cave like structures. Many of the rock formations harbour ancient Buddha images and served as ancient wats (Buddhist temples). A number of walking trails have been been made through the park and there are a number of view points, from where visitors will have great scenic views of the surrounding area. Phu Phra Bat is set in a beautiful, natural and relaxing environment. IF YOU LIKE THIS VIDEO PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL;http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user= https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Music courtesy of : Believer by Silent Partner Free Under the Creative commons license from Youtube music Library -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Zeravshan Valley and 7 Lakes of Shing- Northern Tajikistan

During my trip across Central Asia I journeyed to this amazing area of Northern Tajikistan. I will let the images speak for themselves. Yes the sky is that blue and yes the lakes are that colour! and glacial cold too! The Zeravshan Valley (also Zarafshan or Zarafshon) is situated in northern Tajikistan, embedded between the impressive mountain ranges of the western Pamir-Alai massive.“Zeravshan” – which means “Golden River” in Tajik –is the main stream which crosses the valley and which supplies its inhabitants with a most precious resource: water. The area is famous for its unique mountain landscapes and its beautiful lakes: the Alauddin lakes, the Kulikalon lakes, Iskanderkul Lake, the seven lakes of Shing among many others. While being an important tourism and recreation destination during the Soviet era of dispatch tourism, it is now an insiders' tip among those interested in mountain trekking, alpinism and the little travelled branches of the silk road. IF YOU HAVE LIKED THIS VIDEO PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Music by: Epic Soul Factory under creative commons license -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Chiang Dao

Chiang Dao lies above the Menam Ping gorge on the green slopes of Doi Chiang Dao Mountain. The name means "City of Stars", and derives from its earlier name Piang Dao, or "(at the) level of the stars". True to the name, limestone peaks reaching a height of 2,186 m (7,174 ft) make Chiang Dao an impressive area. Chiang Dao is the third highest mountain in Thailand. The village is a quiet little picturesque area, with a quaint northern Thailand feel. It’s located in Chiang Dao national park. Chiang Dao is cover by fog almost of the year and temperature is always cool in winter and rainy season. In 2013 when I was 2/3rds of the way through my trip across Central and South East Asia, I stopped in Chiang Dao for some rest and stunning scenery and It wasn't disappointing. I walked along the Lisu tribe village road and deep into the country side. Along with visiting the famous Chaing Dao caves and the Phare Mahajadee Rachsamjammadhevesrivechai Temple both beautifully surronded by stunning Landscape. Nthing of course out does the Peake; Doi Luang Chiang Dao (ดอยหลวงเชียดางว) PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY CHANNEL; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Music is traditional Thai music free under the creative commons licence Please feel free to share -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Hotan Bazaar

Hotan Sunday Market Hotan’ s bazaar is also called The Sunday market. Local people call it Chukubaza (meaning is low location market) located in the north-eastern corner of Hotan city. It is one of the biggest markets in southern Xinjiang. It has many special sections for the market. The Bazaar in Hotan is active every day, but the Sunday is special day, when it gets flooded by hundreds and thousands of people on Sunday. The kind of people who come to the market are people from seven counties of Hotan and some other prefecture of Xinjiang. They sell all kinds of special local Hotan such as beautiful styled dresses can be seen or bought and many sweet fruits and delicious dishes as well as snacks can be tasted. Minority Products and Souvenirs local made carpets and roll jade. local people say that it is possible to find everything accept Chicken milk, cows egg in Europeans style. While you are in the market, please remember the word “posh” that means get out of the way in Uyghur language, as soon as you hear this word, please watch yourself. The best time to go to the market is after 8:30 AM Xinjian time. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Music : Chinese traditional under the creative commons licence -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Ürümqi

In 2012 I crossed from Kyrgyzstan in the the Western corner of north China, along my one month journey across China, I stopped at many places and this is a quick snapshot of one of my favourite Chinese Cities, Ürümqi. A very big city that has managed to keep hold of it's historical architecture and modern buildings in an eclective mix. Along with three amazing and beautifully landscaped parks along with their own historical buildings which have been made central features to value them and where they can be appreciated by many. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Music: Traditional Chinese- Used under the creative commons licence -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

The Istana Leban Tunggal

In 2016 just before y return to the UK I could not resist visiting the beautiful Country of Malaysia. On this occasion I spent some time in Pekan, where there are many traditional Malay wooden houses and some traditional wooden palaces, some are in great shape and some, well they are more like this one, how could i not fall in love with it and want to record it's standing before it becomes so derelict that no one can see it's former beauty. If you like what you see in this slideshow and my other ones from my travels please SUBSCRIBE!! Thank you Music : Invincible by Aakash Gandhi Very kindly given to use under the Creative commons license from YouTube music Library -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Governers Mansion Nong Khai

In 2016 I lived in Nong Khai in the North East of Thailand for 9 mths. One of the few historical buildings there is this beautiful Governers Mansion built in 1915 and used between 1929 1nd 2000. In now stands empty as a museum of sorts. I have used photogrpahic license to give this slideshow and it's homage to the building some atmosphere,along with the music I hope you enjoy?! If you enjoyed this slideshow please subscribe to my You tube Channel :https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ And a very big thank you to Aakash Gandhi for composing the beautiful fitting music called:One Step Closer This is used free under the creative commons license from the You tube Music library -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Purton Hulks a 'Ship Graveyard' on the River Severn

So during my very brief visit back home to the UK in July I visited the Purton Hulks on the Severn estuary . The Purton hulks form the largest ships graveyard in the UK, beginning when several hulks were used in the early 20th century to shore up the bank between the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and the River Severn, there are currently approximately 80 vessels located along the riverbank at Purton. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE if you like my slideshows and You can also find me At www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or Fine Art America: https://4-annette-johnson.pixels.com/ Music is kindly:Thingamajig by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Dragon Coffee Korat

Based in Chachoengsao, about 40km from Korat in Thailand, this cool company creates absolutely unique life size statues based on movie characters. The collection includes life size predator/alien replicas, Transformers statues, Star Wars and Terminator Figures. Besides that, it also includes sculptures of superheroes such as Iron man, Captain America, Hulk and Spider man. Plus many many Cartoon favourites. Each scrap metal art statue is hand-made from recycled car parts. Car and motorcycle parts, screws and gears welded together to most original and unique sculptures. These expressive figures are produced according to hand made plans, polished and painted. Their strength lies in the detail. Up to 8 meter high sculptures are dismantled in up to 10 parts. Each object is unique. Music credits:Mario Bava Sleeps In a Little Later Than He Expected To by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/vendaface/ Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Bulls & Angels Christmas 2015 in Cochin

So during my trip round southern India in 2015, I spent Christmas in Cochin. What does one do in Cochin on Christmas day?? I hear you ask, well you go and watch the Bulls and Angels do their motorcycle stunts of course. Quote from their FB page Bulls Angels Motorcycle Club Welcomes you - a consortium of die - hard bullet enthusiasts, who swear by nothing but the bullet. If you believe that life is not about the air you breathe but what makes you breathless, welcome to a world where the road is endless, the nature is your best friend, and bullet is your machine. Say hello to fellow brethren, learn and exchange experiences, and relish the freedom to unshackle yourself. Welcome To The Royal Family.... Ride on...... Bulls Angels Motorcycle Club https://www.facebook.com/bullsangels/ PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL!! You can also find me At www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Kathakali live video

In 2015 I journeyed round the southern part of the Indian Continent. Starting in Goa and working my way round the peninsula to Chennai. In the beautiful state of Kerala I stopped in Varkala and after my amazing experience with the Theyyam traditional worship of the Gods in Malabar, I was keen to see the Kathakali. I took many still images but also some short clips which I have weaved into this short video. I hope you enjoy PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to my CHANNEL You can also find me at:www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ and Twitter= Annette Johnson @Annette081108 Thank you -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Live footage of the Bamboo Train Battambang

In 2013 i was in Cambodia as part of my bigger Central and SEA tour for just over a year. In Battambang I took what is fondly referred to as "The Bamboo Train", their proper name is a Norry or Nori and can get upto speeds of 50kmh. It certainly felt like it!! Norries have low fares, and are frequent and relatively fast, so they are popular despite their rudimentary design, lack of brakes, the state of the rails (often broken or warped) and the lack of any formal operating system. Its simple construction and light weight means that a norry can be easily removed from the track – if two meet on the line, the one with the lighter load is removed from the rails and carried round the other. At the end of the line the vehicle is lifted and turned. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO KEEP UPTO DATE WITH MY CHANNEL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ or visit me at: www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Wat Sala Loi-Nakhon Ratchasima-Thailand

Wat Sala Loi, built in 1827 by Thao Suranari and her husband. The highlight to visit here is to see The ancient convocation hall. The hall inside the temple is in an applied Thai style in the shape of a junk riding the waves, the buildings was decorated by local Dan Kwian clay tiles to tell the life of Lord Buddha. The door is made of metal with raised designs of the Buddhist tale and the hall houses a large standing white Buddha image. Music : Greedy by Vibe tracks from YouTube Audio library Under creative commons licence -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Shwedagon Pagoda

The elegant Shwedagon Pagoda is Yangon’s most famous landmark. The massive 99 meter high gold plated pagoda with the diamond studded spire set on top of a small hill in downtown Yangon dominates the area and is visible from much of the city. After dark there is a mystical atmosphere with the pagoda lit up by spotlights. The very impressive pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is Burma’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The main stupa enshrines sacred relics of the Gautama Buddha as well as the three previous Buddhas. I dedicate this slideshow to my dear photog friend- Fotoboy Burma Kyi Myint- Gee and the beautiful people of Myanmar Music is courtesy of: Infinite Perspective by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1500024 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Erawan Museum

During my stay in Bangkok during the funeral of King Rama 9 I visited the Erawan Museum on the edge of the city. A fantastic place with an enormous three headed elephant on an equally gargantuan pedestal. Beautifully ornate and stunningly detailed inside you find two dragons curling their way round the interior of the building creating the spectacular stair case. As you ascend through the three floors you are taken higher and closer to heaven where you can see a most amazing coloured stain glass ceiling. Above that yo reach the nirvana, or temple of Buddha with again such wonderful blue painted sky and gold adornments. Half way down yo can look out through a window (the elephants stomach) and see across Bangkok. The Gardens are full of not only beautiful plants and flowers but also detailed Thai sculptures and water features. The Elephant itself weighs a hefty 250 tonnes and stands at 29 meters high and 39 meters long and made from Bronze. Music : Copyright Royalty Free Music #8 Sad Persian Melody - one way road by WarfareArts Published on Apr 11, 2015 Free under creative license -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Vinh Long Food Market

In 2013 I was on my last leg of my year out in Central and South East Asia. Vietnam was my penultimate country on this epic journey. Today's slideshow brings you a taste of Vinh Long in the southern Mekong Delta. It actually sits on the Cổ Chiên River,a branch of the Mekong. It is widely visited and quite famous for it's Cai Be Floating Market , but it also has an amazing food market on Land, so here it is... PLEASE subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Or visit me at : https://www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or Flikr :https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ Music under creative commons licence -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Xieng Khuan Buddha Park Laos

I visited this weird and quirky place in 2012 when spending time in Laos near vientiane. It caught my imagination, I hope it does yours! Buddha Park is more curious than spectacular – which makes for a curious spectacle. A rogue monk is said to have attempted to reconsolidate Buddhism and Hinduism into his own brand of mysticism through a prolific collection of sculptures depicting various deities and scenes from both religions. The information provided at the park is less dramatic, simply stating that Bunleua Sulilat constructed this sculpture garden in 1958 before fleeing across the Mekong to Thailand in 1978 and building a sister park across the river in Nong Khai. -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Theyyam Muthappan 1

In 2015 I was fortunate to be travelling round the Southern part of India on a 6mth Journey of Indian Culture and discovery. In the place of Malabar in the state of Kerela I was deeply honoured to meet Kierian from "Costa Malabar" who arranged for me to not only visit but film and photograph openly some 3 Theyyam ceremonies. Lasting from a couple of hours to all day and all night and most of the next day. A tiring experience for the onlooker but a marathon for the participating Gods. The people of Malabar and the Gods made me feel most welcome and it was a deeply touching cultural experience I will never forget. I can only hope that these images and videos give you a taste of what I witnessed. The worshipping place of Muthappan is called Madappura.Many Madappuras are there in North Malabar .Of all such Madappuras; Parassani Madappura is the most prominent. Here Muthappan devotees of Muthappan who throng here being supplied with Tea, steamed pear and a small piece of coconut. Relief and consaltion is accorded to all devotees of Muthappan who come here and conolation is accorded to all devotees of Muthappan who come here and after the lighting of the lamp called Deeparadhana.Devotees are blessed with the ‘Holy Darsan’ by both Cheriya Muthappan and Valiya Muthappan when they conduct Thirivappana Vellattom -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Aydar malikmadove Traditional Musician in Tajikistan

Ayadar Malikmadove is the leader of the village of Yamg near Langar in Tajikistan. During my tour through the Wakhan Valley we stopped in Yamg and were treated to Ayadar's famous hand crafted Guitars used for traditional folkk music of this area. I was very honoured to be allowed to video him performing, and to have been a part of this moment. He also is curator for a small and personal museum of the history of the area and it's people. If you are planning a trip through the Wakhan Valley Ayadar's place is a must stop point. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Or visit me at : https://www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or Flikr :https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Theyyam God Thottam of Vishnumoorthi Live Action

Live footage of a Theyyamm ceromony in Malabar 2015 which I had the honour of filming. Even when the God stared me down! More about him below: Vishnumoorthi is a ubiquitous theyyam, with the Narasimhavatharam as its essence. It is a theyyam of the Malayar people, and is performed in the daytime. A Vellattam is conducted the night prior to the actual theyyam, where the thottam paattu is sung describing the origins and history of the theyyam. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Or visit me at : https://www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or Flikr :https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Sanjao Posuea

Sanjao Posuea ( ศาลเจ้าพ่อเสือ ) 171, Soi 5, Thaosura Rd ; Tel 044 259246 This is clearly the biggest and most richly decorated Sanjao you can visit in Korat. It is made up of a main building, quite spacious and with several internal shrines, plus five or six more external shrines (one of them placed on a second floor), a votive pole, an incineretor, and other votive objects and accessories. It is found outside the eastern city gate, on a lane extending to the east into the homonymous community. Internal decorations, ornaments and objects in the main building are gorgeous and they, alone, deserve a visit. If you are lucky you can assist a particualr religious ceremony taking place inside. The full name includes also the words Tung Swaang ( ทุ่งสว่าง ). Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Or visit me at : https://www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or Flikr :https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ Music: linjian- Under Creative commons licence -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Necropolis at Naqsh e Rustam

During 2012 following the Silk Route of Alexander the Great I visited Iran, and persepolis and this great Necropolis; Naqsh-e Rustam where the great kings of Persia, Darius and Exercese and Artaxerxes I Makrocheir, Darius II Nothus. A beautiful landscape and a place I will always remember.... Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Or visit me at : https://www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or Flikr :https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ Music: Persianbeat by Warfare works under creative licence -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Persepolis

During my "Silk Route" journey in 2012 I travelled through Iran and of course the route Alexander the Great took to Persepolis the ancient City of Persia. Now in ruins, this UNESCO World Heritage is one that you really need to see to understand and get a feel of. The area of the site is vast and seems to just keep going and going. It is pretty amazing to walk around and imagine how it would have looked in the 4th century. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Or visit me at : https://www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or Flikr :https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ Music: Angevin - Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200110 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Graffitti and Street Art Singapore

In 2013 I was in the amazing city of Singapore where I sought and found some of the wonderful street art you will see here in this slideshow. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Or visit me at : https://www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or Flikr :https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ Music Titile: Greedy by Vibe Tracks Under the creative commons licence- Thank you -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Street Art in Kuala Terengganu

An amazing selection of street art in this old China town in Kuala Terengganu in Malaysia. This are a great place to wander around and take photos and eat amazing food and meet lovely people. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Or visit me at : https://www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or Flikr :https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ Music: Sunny by : http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-musicmple: https://www.bensound.com Frre under creative commons licence -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Bokor Hill Station and the Abandoned Casino

Please hit the subscribe button after viewing! Bokor Hill Station in Preah Monivong National Park, Cambodia was built in the 1920s by French colonists wanting to escape the heat and humidity of the capital Phnom Penh. The main feature of the resort was the Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino. Because of the remote mountain location, building the resort was labour intensive and nearly 900 people lost their lives during construction. Besides the Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino there was a post office, shops, church and royal apartments. At the time of its operation it was known for its luxury and grandeur and was one of the crown jewels of France’s South East Asian colonies. You can also find me At www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ or subscribe to my Youtube channel to keep up to date with my recent released slideshows Title music Heart of Nowhere by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

Sri Chamundeshwari temple is the most famous temple in Mysore, a city in the Southern state Karnataka. It is located on the top of Chamundi hill which is about 3,489 ft. above sea level and situated at a distance of 13 kms from Mysore. Named after the Goddess Chamundeshwari or Durga, this temple is considered as one of the Shakti Peethas. It is known as Krouncha Pitham. I was visiting it on my 5mth tour round southern India. Please enjoy the slideshow and don't forget to Like or SUBSCRIBE! Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Thanks for the Music Doug Maxwell @https://goo.gl/PCLRRS, and (https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/.. -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Da Lat Crazy House

One of my favourite places in Vietnam was the hilll station town of Da Lat. Cool and friendly I enjoyed the atmosphere of the town and this utterly crazy and weird guesthouse. Yes you can stay in it and you can just look around if you want to. Very Hansel and Gretal! Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Or visit me at : https://www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or Flikr :https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ Music Credit to Kevin Mcleod Title :Air Prelude yes you can use this in yourslideshow - see my site for details. site = http://incompetech.com/ License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed) -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Turkmenbashi Gypjak Mosque

The mosque was built in 2002-2004 on the initiative of Turkmenbashi and named after him. Its word-for-word translation means “the mosque of Turkmenbashi spirituality” or “the mosque of spirit of Turkmenbashi”. By the way the mosque is located in Gypjak – the Turkmenbashi native village which i visited in 2012. You can also find me At www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ or subscribe to my Youtube channel to keep up to date with my recent released slideshows Music Credit to Kevin Mcleod Title :Cartoon_Battle_Vadodara yes you can use this in yourslideshow - see my site for details. site = http://incompetech.com/ License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed) -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Anau Fort Turkmenistan

During my journey along the Silk Route in 2012-2013 I visited Turkmenistan, here are my pictures from the Anau Fort just before we entered the Karakum desert. Both stunning places that I had to share. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6F5tRsao7N2FRyv4n2CZQ Or visit me at : https://www.facebook.com/Annettejohnsonphotography/ or Flikr :https://www.flickr.com/photos/103402419@N08/ Music: Instinct by : http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-musicmple: https://www.bensound.com Frre under creative commons licence -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Wat Ban Rai-Thailand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPHTOJb5OiA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

Darvarza Gas crater at night/ Turkmenistan

Night time video which I took with my Canon 1100D camera whilst on our trip to Turkmenistan and this is one of the three Darvarza Gas craters.