Well, dear friends, it’s that time again. The tumult of words I have for you to describe my vacation is virtually endless, and yet those words still take time to percolate. To simmer. To stew. I must add delightful verbal spices and boil off my various grammatical cul-de-sacs before I can present you your fresh, steaming pile of sweet, sweet essays. And so, let us bask in pictures of Thailand which, as you may already know, is a very beautiful place. Elephants! Golden temples! Stunning beaches! Fire-breathing dragons, perhaps! It’s a land of wonder. Let’s go.
Our first stop was a tiny little island off the coast, emptied out due to low season. Which meant we had nearly a whole island to ourselves, but for some bored locals.
To describe myself as “pleased” with the following picture, I think, dismisses how smugly proud I was as soon as I had taken it.
Phuket: like the rest of Thailand, it’s into elephants.
Let us quickly zip off to Chiang Rai, where things got highly photogenic, with the whack-a-doo gloriousness of Wat Rong Khun. This was a sort of modern art take on the traditional (already awesome-looking) Thai Buddhist Temple, and inside there was an enormous mural of Mr. Buddha himself, surrounded by the floating spectres of Neo, R2D2, and Marty McFly.
The sort-of companion to the white temple is the Black House, which is creepy as hell, and a lot harder to photograph in all its spectacular spookiness.
There were a lot of skulls. My photograph of the bulbous, Lovecraftian sculpture monstrosities did not turn out. Imagine a tumour, a testicle, and a kraken made love and spawned a little of abominations, and you would get an idea of some of the other decorations around the Black House. Cultural!
More photos can be found Flickr-side, or by checking out my fancy new 500px.