Road Trip to Phuket

Diary Date: 26th December 2013
Woke up, made coffee, had breakfast and now working on what to do today. Decide to take a trip down to local pier, hopeful of a few pictures.

Equipment: Nikon D3200, with the kit lens.
Out by a pier on the east coast, a small fishing village. Local sea gypsy fishing repairing their boats, nets and waiting for the evening to get out there and earn some money. Taken a few portraits of some great people, I asked before I shot. The fisherman repairing boat (picture attached) was more than happy to explain what he was doing. The job was to replace the string between the wood joints, this is to keep out the water. I learned something today about boat repair. Life is one big learning experience.

Passing rubber trees along the way and pinapple plantations makes this trip an enjoyable experince. 
Phuket has many beautiful places to visit and plenty of photo opportunities. 
Touring around the north of the island we meet up with protesters in convoy. Managed to take a few photos. Stopped at Surin beach for a quick liquid refreshment at a place named Nok Seaford, right on the front with a nice view of the bay, before moving on. The beach is a mass of umbrella’s and loads of tourists enjoying the sun and ocean. 
Stopped off at the new Villa Supermarket at Boat Avenue to check out the store.
Well that is it for the day, a successful day of photography.

Gibbon Project in Phuket


Gibbon Rehabilitation Program in Phuket is worth a visit. It must be around 12 years or more since we last visited the centre. The work the volunteers do there is fantastic. The nice lady at the entrance was very passionate and explained all the centre was doing in the plight for these primates and their safety.

This is worth a visit, and a reminder of why wild animals should be left to live their lives in their nature habitat. We were told that a majority of the gibbons are taken from unscrupulous people using these poor creatures as attractions for tourists.
If you would like to volunteer at GRP or adopt a Gibbon go to the web site or email them.
They would look forward to hear from you.

The National Park (BangPae), this where the GRP site is located. Unfortunately the entrance fee is two tiered, one for tourists and one for Thais. If you work here in Thailand remember not just to bring your driving license, but proof of the company you work for, this is a must. I gave in my driving license and then work ID, the my son in law ( who is Thai produced his work ID, he works for the Danish Embassy, for a free entry) remember the westerns who work here pay Thai Tax so lets make sure we have the benefits of the same prices the locals have, sore point maybe, but not all here are on the vast sums paid to expats.

Protest in Phuket

Here in Phuket Sunday 22nd December people mounted anti government protest, by traveling in convey around the island whistle blowing and with their flags flying in their disapproval of the government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s who now the caretaker until the election scheduled for February 2 2014.



This blog on Graffiti will be an ongoing project, with pictures and video of the art form found in location around South East Asia. I hope you will comment and add interesting stuff yourself.

Graffiti or Street Art as it sometimes called is found in most usual places and the colors are vibrant. These colors are what causes to viewer to turn their head and glance at the art works. At the moment I am spending Christmas in Phuket, searching the streets for graffiti.

Art or Vandalism? Well which one do you agreed with? Do we always think the artist who manufactured the graffiti with a can of spray are into destruction of property of others? Questions that spring to mind when the word graffiti is mentioned in any context. When the master of graffiti “Bansky” is mentioned the media and others take a different view. Why? Celebs own his work, Brad Pitt, Christina Aguilera ( Voice Coach) and a number of others, so they condone graffiti, yes? Keep It Spotless – $1,870,000 a Banksy went for that much money, so someone thinks it art.


Travel Photography

What is travel photography? Is the genre about taking photographs of tourist attractions, holiday snaps or is it more? With the onset of digital cameras, travel photography is everywhere, in adverts to part with your money going on luxurious locations, to seating in your armchair and daydreaming of what could be you. Professional photographers, need to up their work as the market demands excellent pictures for magazines advertising. Now that amateur photographers are able to create photographs, at times can exceed to pro’s work. This all makes an interesting point to discuss in a blog at a later date.

Travel photography is all about the photo, not whether you are a pro, amatuer, beginner or a casual photographer, the picture taken is important to all. So it all depends on what you want for your travel photography.

The Christmas Road Trip

The Christmas road trip to Phuket and Krabbi.
This blog features the adventures of the Edwards family on their road trip around Southern Thailand. The trip has already started so I will have to catch up to the present. Along the way I will add updates on day to day basis or a three day report. It is a diary which I hope will make interesting reading and to give advice on hotels, accommodation that may help you plan a trip.

The trip has already started and we are now at our first destination, Phuket. You may have already read the posts to date. Anyways here we go.

Diary Date: 21December 2013
Made it to Phuket Mission Hills Golf Course. Not much excitement except for the maintenance man trying to fix the door.

Stay tuned for more.