Friday, January 29, 2016

World Travels 8: Thailand

Made two separate trips to Thailand and visited the small island of Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Everywhere was hot. It was an interesting transect from a small fishing village to major metropolis to a more relaxed city that gave me access to the hill tribes of the highlands.

Images of the royal family were ubiquitous but I saw more photos of the Crown Prince than in previous visits, perhaps getting the public ready for the death of the current King. The reigning monarch is popular but the Crown Prince has long had a bad boy reputation.

Small fishing boats in Ko Samui (© John Rennie Short)

Bangkok (© John Rennie Short)
Elephant sanctuary outside Chiang Mai (© John Rennie Short)

Young girl from hill tribe (© John Rennie Short)