Snapshots: Upside-Down in Pai, Thailand
So you may have figured out that I enjoy being upside down. Handstands, cartwheels, headstands, and hanging of of various trees and other grab-able objects is a great pass time of mine! Looking back through my photos I loved these few from Pai, Thailand.
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The big news of that day was the Queen’s birthday, but the rickshaw driver did not seem to care…
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In the streets of Bangkok, the perfect place to find inspiration for photography and writing
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Since leaving Phuket, we’ve traveled to Chiang Mai, Pai, and are now waiting in Bangkok to catch a train to Koh Samui.
Braydon’s sister, Ali, has joined us for the next few weeks around Asia as well, which has been a blast so far!
Here’s a quick view of the last week and a bit in photos.
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Helping With The Fishing Nets
Saw this young girl helping with the catch of the day.
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Photo: Chiang Mai…Today…
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Caught a water ferry
on the Chao Phraya
languid brown river
hemmed by something
mad and beautiful
of weathered wood shacks
and fading stone facades
the old custom houses
tangles of stained concrete
all of it feeding off this
jumping off jetty’s
their slick backs to the sun
shining like glass
and we speared up the river
past all that time
all those people
all those Buddhas
all those past
and future lives
stirred into being
along the Chao Phraya
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Larry doing karaoke with a friend in Bangkok
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Nice shot, looks like fun! :)
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Just before I left Bali, I shot some sound healing videos with Sun King Wallaki and Light Enchantress Radha Divine. Here are some great pics from the shoots.
Time stood still for me out there with no internet or phone signal I was forced into presence- such a present to become more in tune with the sounds of nature from gibbons to hornbills and spending hours swimming in the deep fresh water and attempting some balancing postures or floating on a massive log in the middle of the lake.
Jungle Yoga Surat Thani Thailand
Every afternoon involved several hours of intensive ashtanga practise as well as pranayama breathing techniques and satsang- open dialogue about anything and everything with Danny.
Photo by Bettina Heinze – Jungle Yoga Surat Thani Thailand
It was a massive learning curve and I immediately started to feel physically stronger, which I put down to engaging the mulabandha- contracting the entire core muscles whilst practising yoga and also the pranayama exercises of holding breath and contracting core muscles at the same time muscles. I’ve always loved the truth in the concept that building physical strength also increases mental strength and the same goes with both physical and mental flexibility- changes that take place on a yoga mat affect the mind, body and spirit.
Jimbo a superyogi from Nashville and my yogi sister hut neighbour Bettina Heinze from Germany- here they are doing some acro yoga.
Jungle Yoga Surat Thani Thailand
Love is…. the most wonderful fuel for creativity and connection as well as being the most universally understood, appreciated and pure feeling…. and well… it’s just everything really isn’t it? Loving the self, loving others, loving life.
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Originally posted November 24, 2013
Sawadee Kap & Chào, friends! We just wanted to post a quick update letting you guys know that we’re not missing :) We’ve been traveling throughout Southeast Asia and it’s been a blast! So far, we’ve been to Bangkok & Pattaya in Thailand and Bac Lieu Province in Vietnam. We’re currently in Ho Chi Minh City and it’s our last night here. Tomorrow, we’re headed to Hong Kong! Our last leg of our trip.
Lovely shot! :)
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The hustle and bustle of Hua Hin, this quintessential tourist town with every corner catering to farang, is actually quite relaxed (I was expecting a frantic Bangkok pace). I was able to enjoy Hua Hin under the guise of a teachers conference. Invited to attend a restructuring of how my nursing college creates lessons for students, I was told to go explore instead. My coordinator very resolutely stated that I wouldn’t be able to understand the lectures anyway, so what would be the point of me staying?
So, explore I did.
I couldn’t wait to get to the beach! I wandered down to the sands and was fixated on the trash, debris, and lifeless sea creatures that scattered the tide line. Oiy. Supposedly the winds and rain that pummeled the coast the night before was really nothing, something that’s a way of life, that you buckled down and rode out. The Thais were busy fixing, gathering, and telling the Westerns that there would be no food because it was all swept away, but, please, take a seat and enjoy the sun. Which I did.
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Once checked in we didn’t waste any time in heading to Tiger Kingdom. We went for the package where you get to see the smallest, small and big tigers – getting in to the cages with them. I loved this experience – tigers are my favourite animals and to be that close to them was a joy! Some people are skeptical about the tigers and claim that they are drugged but they say on their website that none of them are and from what we could see the majority of them were up and about, and all looked well cared for. In the evening, we went to one of the recommended restaurants from Nuy called Lemongrass – the BEST chicken satay we had ever had! It was so good we went back again a few nights later, and you know a place is good when there are handwritten comments covering all the walls from people all over the world commenting on how delicious everything is.
On the third day we visited the elephants at Woody’s Elephant Training – this was an amazing day! Interesting fact – did you know an elephant can smell things up to 400km away – so they could smell us coming and apparently we smell of mosquito spray – eau de deet! After learning how to care for the elephants and learning various commands that would come in handy when we would ride them later we went to feed them. Our favourite, was called Mai, and we were really pleased in the afternoon when we got her as the elephant we would look after and ride. We took our elephants out in to the jungle, and fortunately we’d written all the commands on our arm as holding on to a piece of paper while riding an elephant takes skill! After our ride, we got in to the water to bathe them and the cheeky things through water over us with their trunks!
We were very sad to leave Chiang Mai but are excited for the rest of our trip.
Thank you Thailand for your beautiful smiles, generous hospitality and we’ll see you again soon!
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Last weekend Emma and I joined our Thai friends in a quest to find some Naga fireballs-a phenomenon that occurs on the Mekong River once a year, every year, on the full moon in October that marks the end of Buddhist lent. During this night it is reported that hundreds of fireballs of various sizes rise up from the Mekong; some use science to explain it, many Thais believe it is the breath of the Naga, a serpent that lives in the Mekong and brings good luck.
Either way, we were keen to check it out, so Emma and I hopped in the back of a pickup truck with Bright (a student from our school who is also being tutored in English at Mundo Exchange) and P. Maew (who is also associated with Mundo) and made our way east about 23 km to wait along the river for the sun to set and the fireballs to rise.
Awesome group of people! :)
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