Aug 22, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 34 – photo of the week – Vietnamese Markets in the mighty Mekong Delta

Our trip to the Mekong Delta was probably our favourite, well I’d say on par with the Halong Bay cruise out of the not very many organised adventures we took part whilst traveling.

Apart from paddling down the Mekong canals in a little boat and visiting a coconut candy factory (boy, were they the most amazing little sweets ever and so simple with only 3 things in them) the local markets were what mesmerised me.

week 34 - Vietnameese markets in the Mekong Delta

I took this picture rushing around a local market on one of the Mekong islands we stopped on for one of our short breaks during the day trip we were on. It was the sort of thing that I saw on several calendars. The bags were usually full of Indian herbs and spices while what I saw in Vietnam were pretty much the SE Asian staples – chillies, rice, corn and sugar.

The vendors did their thing shouting out what I could not understand but assumed where their daily specials and offers, while the locals greeted each other wandering around picking all their essentials for the day ahead.

I love the SE Asian market culture and how rich and colourful they are. The only UK place that resembles them still I guess is the Borough Market in London, but then again there’s more tourists than locals actually doing their weekly shopping on the crazily priced market stalls.

I’ve plenty of Asian market pics that would be enough for a series. I might even revisit some next week to your delight.

Aug 15, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 33 – photo of the week – angry skies on Koh Chang, Thailand

It looks terrifying but at the same time totally mesmerising… Without a proper camera and all photographer’s gear it’s easy to fully capture what you really see in front of you but when I took this picture…

 

week 33 - angry skies in Koh Chang

 

I could’t believe how amazingly it actually showed what was in front of us. We were sat on the deck in Cliff Cottage on one of our favourite Thai islands – Koh Chang, driking a Chang or a Singha and pondering the world. It was still early on during our travels. We might have even played cards or whatever else we spent our afternoons doing.

Then suddenly not long after sun set, these dark clouds started rolling in and we knew there was a big storm cooking. Nothing unusual for that part of the world but what was to come well and truly exceeded any Thai rain storm that we’ve ever experienced before.

There was thunder and lightning, torrential rain and huge gust of winds. You name it, we had it that evening. So we all sat back, hiding under the decking’s roof with our beverages, waiting for it to pass and hoping that all the fishing boats, that you can see in the background survived the nature’s madness and returned home safely.

Fair to say, an amazing experience to have from the safe shore of the Bang Bao bay but I wouldn’t have wanted to be out there in the sea that night… It was pretty scary – Mother Nature was clearly very angry at someone!

Aug 8, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 32 – photo of the week – back roads of Siem Reap, Cambodia

I said it last week and here’s the ¬†proof… From funky sky bars to Cambodian back roads.

week 32 - the back roads of Siem Reap

Most people visit Siem Reap for the most popular and well known place in Cambodia – Angkor Wat and all the surrounding temples. Yes we did see it, yes it was nice to have seen it but neither C nor I are big sightseeing fans in the sense of going on organised trips and seeing what’s meant to be seen in the place we’re at.

We’re both happy just wandering around and getting familiar with what local life is all about and generally just people watching till our heart’s content.

This week’s pic is just that. A random back road in Siem Reap somewhere. I loved the mixture of locals getting together for an afternoon meal and the little drink stands offering lost and clearly thirsty tourists a can of coke or a bottle of water.

Compulsory motorbikes and clouds of dust on the dirt track just added to the experience.

I could happily spend my days wandering around like that. After all this is what travelling is all about, isn’t it?

 

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