Locacted on the northwest corner of Koh Phangan is Mae Haad Beach This beach is long with soft white sand. The best time to visit Had Mae Had (as with all beaches this side of the island) is between the months of Dec-Mar, as during the rest of the year the sea level becomes lower and swimming is not so good. Although it is still possible to enjoy the snorkelling and excellent coral reef during the whole year
The Big Jump
A day at the beach, Grote Knip,while on the cliff, we were buying some snacks, in the corner of my eye I saw these men getting ready to make a jump, so I got my camera ready and click click, what I did not know that these men were from the police academy in training. The 3rd guy was chicken, he did not make the jump. I did not crop the photo so you can see the depth of the cliff.
Once a year on the island of Koh Phangan they celebrate the " Water" it is a thanksgiving for water and all it is good for. There are stands with food,drinks and trinkets for sale,also there is a big beauty pageant for children from the age of 4 to 10. The children are all dressed up with the most beautiful dresses and jewelry . They parade is held on a gigantic high stage with music , so that is why this photo was taken from below.
Night Markt Yummy
Thong Sala has a food night market which consists of multiple food carts ranging from ready made curry stalls, made-to-order restaurant carts, noodle carts, chicken vendors, and desserts such as Thai confections and banana rotee (pancakes). Whoever invented night markets is a genius. You can get a complete meal for a few Bahts and delicious, if you don't mind sitting on a plastic table and chair.
Snackbar On Wheels
Yesterday I posted a photo of a sunset at at the ferry boat terminal in Thong Sala. This photo was taken also at the ferry on a rainy day. These vendors know exactly the arrival and departure time of the boats and they come on their little carts full of food, they are quite well stocked,drinks chips etc, and they can make a sate or chicken what ever you want on a BBQ, When the boats leave they just drive away, very handy, some of them are motorized and some just have a push cart.
The Shuttle Boat
The great thing about Thongsala is that it has the best amenities and shopping on the island and yet it remains a very sleepy, laid back town. If you take a walk to the ferry in the evening you can witness the most beautiful sunsets. These little boats take the people (workers) to and from their work, sort shuttle bus.
Changi International Airport Singapore Since its opening in 1981, the airport has made its mark in the aviation industry as a benchmark for service excellence, winning over 340 awards in a 22-year period from 1987 to 2009, including 27 'Best' awards in 2009 alone. Changi Airport's efforts to counter the onset of age include periodic physical upgrades to its existing terminals, building of new facilities and the provision of a high level of customer service. The waiting rooms are very beautifully decorated with lots Orchids . This photo was taken on the way to the departure waiting room.
The Asian or Asiatic Elephant (Elephas maximus), . It is the largest living land animal in Asia. They are found primarily in India, Sri Lanka, Burma and parts of Nepal and Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China, Bhutan, and Sumatra. The Asian Elephant is quite smaller that the African Elephant,and used for domestic chores and ceremonial purposses. The Asian Elephants has smaller ears the trunk has one "Finger" and the top of the head has 2 bumps while the African Elephant is smooth. I took this photo while taking safari ride on the island of Koh Phangan., you can clearly see the 2 bumps on the head.
The Northwest coast of Koh Phangan Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, fringing coral reefs and excellent sunset views. This is a little beach with a restaurant called Bake Sense, somehow the beach is called the same. The plants in the water are young mangrove which was planted to keep the beach from flooding by high tide. A great place to eat,relax and enjoy the sunset.
Aruba's vegetation has adapted well to its dry environment with desert landscape covered by rare cactuses, Aloe and the Kwihi Tree. Kwihi actually is an Indian word, unfortunatly I don't know what it means, sometimes it is mistaken for the Divi Tree but it has an entirely different shape. The local people use the wood from this tree for making furniture.
The Handelskade is definitely one of the most beautiful waterfronts of the world! This historic waterfront, with colourful Dutch colonial buildings, is "the" face of Curaçao to the outer world. Where else in the world do you sit on a terrace in the city center, enjoying a beer or a coffee while a vessel (small boats, cargo ships, oil tankers and cruiseships among others) enters the harbour and pass just 100 feet in front of you? A beautiful sight.
Yesterday I posted a photo of Grote Knip, to take that photo I had to back up on a cliff. While taking the picture I saw in the corner of my eye this man making this salto jump,of course I turned as quickly as possible and CLICK!! I got him. With this photo I would like to thank ALL the RR'S for their CONGRATULATIONS on my nomination of "REPORTER OF THE WEEK". Wow, I feel proud did not expect that at all, what an honour. Thanks again, greetings (Georg)Ena
The Skinny Bridge (By night), or Magere Brug in Dutch, is Amsterdam's most famous bridge. It crosses the Amstel river between Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. It is often called as the most beautiful bridge in this city that boasts more than 1,200 of them.
Playa Groot Knip (Big Knip) is one of the largest beaches on Curacao and also very popular with the local people. It has incredible white sand, turquoise waters and rocky sides. Playa Knip lets you swim and sunbathe in one of the most beautiful surroundings on Curaçao. Snorkeling can be done close to the shore near the rocks on either side of Knip Beach. There is little shadow on the beach and can be very crowded during the weekends. The beach has enough facilities like restrooms and a snack bar.
The Dam by night
Ok so I am still in Amsterdam and still in the light business Just a five-minute walk down the Damrak from Centraal Station takes you into this jam-packed square, jostling with locals and tourists day and night. Dam Square lies in the historical center of Amsterdam,at night all lighted up it looks like a fairy tale. When i took this photo a Tram just swooshed by,you can see the traling lights
The Dam Light Show
This is the ABN Amro Bank building in the Dam Square Amsterdam, believe it or not. It was an incrediable light show on the wall of the building, the whole wall was illuminated in different colors, about every 5 minutes there was diferent color and decor, I made quite a few photos of the different decors. It was an advertisement for Hennes and Maurits. Very ingenious.
The Christmas Spirit
Ootmarsum is a picturesque liitle village not far from the German border, it is a town of art. Right in the middle of the town is this beautiful church all in the Christmas sphere. I thought it quite appropiate as most of us are in the Christmas spirit
With this photo taken at the former Maria ad Fontes Monastery in Ootmarsum,I would like to wish all the Reis Reporters "A Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year" Lots of new adventures in your travels. A little explanation about this photo. In the monastery there were hundreds of Mangers (Kribbe) from all over the world made of wood,stone,metal even waste rubbish, the one in this photo is made of cloth.
Since we are still in the food business,I am posting this photo which i think is very funny. While having a BBQ on a farm in Nederhorst den Berg, the cows in the meadow were very curious what we were doing, They all came very close, the expression on the faces, like the were saying, " Hey that could be us on the BBQ" . Open the photo for a better view.
Since we are still in theme of food,here is a picture I took when I was in Curacao. While having a stroll in Punda,I was just about to cross the pontoon bridge to Otrabanda when I saw this man fishing on the side of the bridge, he had caught quite a few. After I took the picture I asked him what he was going to do with the fish he said that was dinner for him and his family. I do hope he would have a better life now that Curacao is an independent country.
Food for your eyes
Eating in Thailand is a very enjoyable , the food is delicious,and the smell stimulates your hunger brings water to your mouth but it is not only that, it is a feast for the eyes as well, Iike this plate of fruit,so beautifully decorated.
Fishing is one of the biggest income for the Thai people,especially on the islands. Most of the fish are sold fresh on the markets but it is also sold dried. I took this picture while taking a walk in the town of Baan Tai, you see a lot of these stalls along the way with fish hanging out to dry. Most of the time you can buy some cooked, there is always a little table and a chair where you can sit and enjoy a meal.
The full moon beach party on Had Rin beach starts early in the evening and goes on till next morning. As the evening progress the beach explodes with colored lights laser beams,stands with DJ's,dancers, further there are jugglers,fire eaters,fireworks, all in all one big party.