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Streets, Temples & Islands: Through the Lens | Thailand

January 3, 2017
By Spud Groshong
Ever since I can remember I’ve been on the go. Whether it was leaving the little town I grew up in for the city, leaving my home state to see the country, or leaving the country to see the world.

The first time I went to Thailand I was on tour with a band I worked for in 2010. I had such a wonderful experience that I had to go back. In fact, I think I’ve been back four times since then.

On this last trip, I visited both Thailand and Cambodia. By this point, Bangkok was starting to feel pretty familiar so I didn’t spend much time there; just a couple of days to get situated and actually figure out what I was going to do with myself for the two weeks I had. I love to take the train so much that on the way to Cambodia I took the train to the Thai Border, and from there I had to take a cab for three hours to Siam Reap, Cambodia. I spent three days checking out the town and Angkor Wat. The temples at Angkor Wat are incredible. I will say, however, go early as they get pretty busy. I also seem to spend a lot of time in markets when I travel. I think it gives a better feeling of what life is really like there, more than any of the tourist stuff you might get sucked into.

From Cambodia I went to Phi Phi Island in Thailand. 25 hours of travel by minibus to Bangkok and then a bus to Krabi and a ferry to Phi Phi Island. The morning after arriving at the island, I hired a long boat to take me to Maya Bay at 6:30am in the hope that I would have the place to myself. When we arrived there were 10 other people there, when we left there was almost 100. The guy whose boat I hired brought his son along, the kid was maybe only three years old but completely fearless.

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Spud is a Portland Oregon based Audio engineer and photographer. When he’s not traveling the world with an international artist he’s traveling the world with his camera.

  • Reply
    William
    February 21, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Wow, nice concepts. I’ve been to Bangkok many times but I can’t see any good shot or maybe I’m just bad at camera. Maybe you can give me an advice like this one since I travel a lot to different countries also. Thank you.

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    Oh My Vienna
    May 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous.

    And I miss Thailand so much! I lived there for 14 years, just left last year, and cannot wait to get back to what I still feel is ‘home’, even though I do really love Vienna where I now live.

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