Thailand - In pursuit of the perfect beach
Backpacking through Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Similan islands, Khao Lak, Phi Phi islands, Patong, Suratthani, Phun Phin and other strange places.
Early morning arrival at the train station. I have always loved train stations with the constant buzz of people on the move.
Hualamphong train station, Bangkok
Entering roach territory
The crowded street where every single backpacker in Asia seems to end up.
Khao San road, Bangkok
The place where the movie The Beach was shot can be quite crowded, but the water provides fine snorkeling and the surrounding limestone cliffs are nothing short of spectacular.
Maya Bay, Phi Phi Islands
Down the river
The Chao Phraya river divides Bangkok and provides excellent transportation.
Reine going down the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok
At the beach
Not your average morning shower. A great way to start the day.
Khao Lak beach
Longtail boat at Phi Phi Islands
Shiny happy people
A normal day in Chiang Mai, the biggest city of northern Thailand. Life is full of journeys and each one will take you somewhere. Better make sure to enjoy the ride.
Morning traffic in Chiang Mai
This was the "still dry" moment, before the bamboo raft got stuck on evil rocks and we had to get in the eel-infested brown water up to the hip in order to lift it off.
Kiss my feet
This statue of Buddha is 46 metres long and surrounded by large pillars, making it impossible to get a good look at it.
Wat Pho, Bangkok
The local spa
Refreshing showers along the way are very appreciated, especially after several hours of rough up-hill terrain.
Fancy a roadkill?
Impeccable street market in Suratthani
Rise and shine
As soon as I woke up, I started looking for the rooster that started in 4 AM and just wouldn't shut up.
Staying with the Karon tribe
Phi Phi Don is the largest of the Phi Phi islands and features impressive limestone cliffs. Notice the boat for scale.
Phi Phi Don
Reaching for the stars
This is a well-known temple in Bangkok with its spectacular Khmer-style tower, surrounded by four smaller ones. The temple once served as a host of the Emerald Buddha.
Wat Arun, Bangkok
How fragile we are
The vendors take pride in having something in store for everybody. Shurikens, butterflies and katanas - the perfect Christmas gift.
Streetmarket stand in Khao San road, Bangkok