Thailand and Indonesia (Bali)

Thailand; Our plan was simple, get there in time to photograph a destination wedding. What we did after that was to be decided over the next 2 months. Martina wanted to get to the climbing, and I just wanted to explore as much as I could of this part of the world. 

Enjoy!

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After 4 flights and 26hrs, we were on a boat heading to the wedding...

What a magical place for a destination wedding!

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Afterward we were off to see the sites around Koh Yao Noi.

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We saw the locals producing natural rubber products.

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Then went kayaking through caves and lagoons,

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and took a boat to Phang-Nga - floating village.

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Downtown Phang-Nga.

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After 4 days around Koh Yao Noi, it was time to head to the Krabi district (Tonsai/Railay Beach) for some rock climbing.

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...and tree house accommodations.

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The sun sets were okay as well...

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I don't think she can wait any longer for the bouldering...

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Steep overhangs,

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...tube climbing,
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Rappelling down to the climbing area, after spelunking right through a mountain.

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What to do between climbs? Visit a primeval lagoon!
Thailand_0186 Where are the Dinosaurs?
Thailand_0188 Definitely NOT a Fernie cedar tree...

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Touring the caves around Railay and Tonsai

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The bluest water I ever did see.

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Some local Thai kids enjoying their natural environment.
Thailand_0363 Only 1500 steps to the top,

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for the rewarding views.

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Through the eyes of an elephant.

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Some coffee with the locals...

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Last day in Tonsai, and time for some casual kayak relaxation.

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On to Ko Tao for more tropical sunsets, and world class scuba diving with elusive Whale Sharks!

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A long tail boat parked for the night.
Thailand_0600 With our 1 month visa expiring, it was time to leave Thailand.
Thailand_0642 A budget flight to Bali was found,
Thailand_0629 where rice harvesting is going strong,
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Thailand_0722 They also produce amazing coffee, roasted the old fashioned way!
Thailand_0742 Farming the rich soil from the volcano of Mt.Batur,
Thailand_1081 ... and weaving.
Thailand_0748 The local culture in the remote parts of Bali is still going strong.
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Thailand_0781 religion,
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Thailand_0891 A short hike onto the outer rim of Mount Batur,
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Thailand_0903 One town in the area still believes in open burial sites.
Thailand_0899 With plenty of cigarettes and coins left for the afterlife.
Thailand_1092 After the volcano, it was time to head to Amed for world class snorkeling and budget luxury accommodations..
Thailand_1128 Had to sneak this one in...
Thailand_1162 The snorkeling truly was amazing!
Thailand_1225 Checking out the Coral. Thailand_1235 1 fish, 2 fish, red fish, blue fish.
Thailand_1331 After Amed beach time, it was time to head to another beach.  With bigger waves...
Thailand_1312 and groups of locals that send offerings to the sea,
Thailand_1356 to bring good fortune to the tide harvesting,
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Thailand_1382 With one week left, it was time to return to Thailand to see some friends... and temples.
Thailand_1501 A school girl waits for the rain to stop.
Thailand_1390 North East Thailand.  Very different from the South.
Thailand_1394 With amazing caves...
Thailand_1404 full of bats that come out every evening to hunt

Thailand_1377 Delicious food is easy to find in Thailand!
Thailand_1444 After the remote Isaan region, it was back to Bangkok for the sights and smells...
Thailand_1470 .. and culture.
Thailand_1499 The end.

O ya,  there were some critters too.



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