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Thailand 2012 – A Day with the Elephants

Today we spent a day trekking with the elephants in the hills.

Elephant Trek

Elephant Trek

Elephant Trek

Elephant Trek

Mahout with Tahlia and Bianca

Mahout with Tahlia and Bianca

Tahlia and Bianca on Elephant

Tahlia and Bianca on Elephant

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Thailand 2012 – Wat Chalong Fair

We spent the evening at the Wat (Temple) Chalong fair. They celebrate Chinese new year here for nine days straight, it’s one of the biggest events in Phuket.

Food Vendor Wat Chalong Fair

Food Vendor Wat Chalong Fair

Food Vendor Wat Chalong Fair

Food Vendor Wat Chalong Fair

Food Vendor Wat Chalong Fair

Food Vendor Wat Chalong Fair

Preparing Bamboo to Cook Rice

Preparing Bamboo to Cook Rice

Deep Fried Crickets

Deep Fried Crickets

Deep Fried Crickets and Bamboo Beetle Larvae

Deep Fried Crickets and Bamboo Beetle Larvae

Time for Prayer at the Temple

Time for Prayer at the Temple

Lighting Incense

Lighting Incense

It was a long day for some

It was a long day for some

Thailand 2012 – Day Three

Here’s a photo of Bianca and Tahlia having their feet nibbled by Doctor Fish. The fish have a feast on the dry and dead skin on the feet, but tickle like crazy. I had to bail out after just a few minutes.

Doctor Fish

Doctor Fish

Thailand 2012 – It’s All About The Food

Today was a shopping and exploring day. We started the day with a good walk around the Karon area, then headed off to Supercheap, which is an amazing wet/drymarket like I’ve never seen before. It would be easy spending a day walking up and down every isle.

The best way to start a big day is with a hearty breakfast. The Thais know how to eat.

Thai Breakfast

Thai Breakfast

Mmmm… Chillies at Supercheap.

Red and Green Thai Chillies

Red and Green Thai Chillies

It cost less than AU$9 to feed the family, including four canned drinks.

Dinner

Dinner

Another three dollars bought us these wonderful pancakes.

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

Thailand 2012 – Back In Thailand

After a long day of travel we’ve finally made it back to Thailand. We started out today at 4AM, driving to Sydney then catching our Singapore Airlines flight into Singapore. After an all too short stopover we flew Silk Air into Phuket.

This photo shows my view for most of the day. The wings on the A380 are huge, you could build a house on them!

A380 Wingtip

A380 Wingtip

The big Airbus Superjumbo was a great plane, it was very quiet and comfortable. This trip is the first time I’ve flown on one.

This is home for the next week. It’s the Pacific Club Resort at Karon.

Pacific Club Resort Karon Thailand

Pacific Club Resort Karon Thailand

It’s now around 2AM Canberra time and I’m well and truely ready to hit the sack.

I’m glad to be back on another adventure.

NT 2011 Day 8

The last day of our trip. We had a free morning and then flew home in the afternoon.

Today’s Picture Of The Day was taken just outside our room at the Holiday Inn on the Esplanade. I really loved all the converging lines and the patterns inside the atrium of this building. The motel was fine, lovely breakfasts and very friendly and helpful staff. Just don’t expect four and a half star as advertised and you won’t be disappointed. The property is starting to show it’s age and is quite dated, though clean inside.  Also be aware there are no views from most of the rooms. The location is great, it backs onto Mitchell St, which is the entertainment hub of Darwin.

 

NT 2011 Day 7

The end of our last full day in Darwin. We had a quiet one today, heading off to the botanic gardens in the morning and then spending a few hours at the Casurina Shopping Centre.

We enjoyed a lovely dinner down at the new Darwin Waterfront development. I had BBQ emu, camel and croc kebabs, they were a treat. The treat for the kids was the Trampoline Gelato shop.

Todays POTD is the Darwin Convention Centre also at Darwin Waterfront. In the foreground the wave pool can be seen. This part of Darwin has changed significantly in the last few years, but little else in this city has changed much.

 

NT 2011 Day 6 (Litchfield or Bust)

Well we finally made it. It was a long day, lot’s of spectacular scenery and lots of great photos.

Todays POTD is Tolmer Falls in the middle of Litchfield National Park. Being right at the end of the wet season, there is a lot of water around. Wangi Falls in particular is flowing really well. The falls haven’t been cleared of crocodiles yet and while photographing there, I was up to my ankles in water, when all of a sudden a wave came across the water towards me, I nearly jumped out of my skin!

The police are a bit more proactive here in NT. I was pulled over for a breath test in the middle of Litchfield National Park. I didn’t expect that, but I’m glad they are doing their best to keep the roads safe.

NT 2011 Day 5

The end of day five. We didn’t make it to Litchfield Park today, attempt number two tomorrow.

After another big hotel breakfast the family headed down to the wave pool at the new waterfront development. A few hours fighting the waves and the kids were exhausted and ready for a quiet afternoon.

Todays POTD comes from our walk around East Point while looking for a good spot to catch the sunset. The little bay this photo was taken in would have been a lovely spot to spend the next hour, but it was too difficult to walk the family to, and even harder to make it back to our car in the dark. We headed back to Mindil Beach again for the sunset. There are some lovely little spots down there and it’s relatively easy to get to. I’m looking forward to posting some of these sunsets on this webpage.

NT 2011 Day 4

The end of another full day in Darwin. We spent the morning walking along the waterfront and exploring the old WWII oil tanks that were dug by hand under the city.

After lunch Danielle and I took the girls fishing. It was great fun, we didn’t have to wait long to get our first bite. I headed to Mindil beach for the sunset and came back with some great shots. We rounded out the evening with some yummy barra’ for dinner.

Tomorrow we’re off to Litchfield National park for the day. It’s about one and a half hours drive from Darwin and promises some spectacular scenery.

Fishing At Crocosaurus