Archive from October, 2012
Oct 28, 2012 - Asia, Thailand    1 Comment

A nice place to stay

Here is a pictures of a nice place we stayed in during our time in Koh Chang, Thailand.

Koh Chang is the third biggest island of Thailand. It is close to the East border with Cambodia.

Our time there was pretty fun. The island was almost desert, but we could easily imagine by the numbers of bars and hotel what it must be like during high season.
We stayed on the west coast of the island, on a beach named White sand beach.
At the more Northern part of this beautiful sandy beach, there is plenty of small bungalows to stay, your toes almost in the water. The pictures here is from the bar next to our bungalows.
If you watch closely you can see my beer sitting on the table next to my laptop with a nice pictures of the US warship wreck that I had the chance to encounter on the northern part of the island. Pictures are on their way!

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Oct 19, 2012 - France, Toulouse, Urbex    No Comments

Surgical Lights

An Urbex picture for today. This was shot in an abandoned wing of an hospital near Toulouse. The place is quite empty, but it was really fun to sneak in through the underground tunnels of the active part of the hospital.
Most of the furnitures were gone but we did found these pretty surgical lights in an old operating room.

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Oct 15, 2012 - Asia, Lao    1 Comment

Children of the Mekong part II

Smoking Child in Laos

This is another photograph from a child in Asia. This one was in a village of the Bolaven Plateau in Laos.
In those villages, the Alak Ethnic group are smoking almost all day long, these large and big waterpipe filled with home dried tobacco.
Surprisingly, even the youngster smoke these pipes. I guess health safety information didn’t reach the remote locations of these villages.

This guy was kind of proud of his device and try to make us smoke, a friends of us tried it and man it’s really strong! We though for a second that it was maybe a play for tourist like us, but others children around the village were smoking too and not even recognizing our presence.

 


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Oct 1, 2012 - Asia, Lao    1 Comment

Children of the Mekong Part I

Children of the Mekong

Here is another group of pictures from my trip in Asia last august.

This group will be composed of photographs of children. Most of them are children from ethnic groups living in all kinds of small villages that you can find around the Mekong. For those unaware of it, the Mekong is one of the biggest river in East Asia. From its origin in the Tibetan Plateau it flows almost 4500km to the Pacific ocean, running through China’s Yunnan province, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Little guy from Bolaven Plateau

After crossing the border from Vietnam to Lao, we went to a town called Pakse. There we found a great guy that really helped us to find a trip to the Bolaven Plateau. We spend 2 days there, slept in a Tod Lao, a small town close to a wonderful waterfall and we took a little trip to visit some ethnic groups in the surroundings. The first thing that strike us is that the children are really autonomous. There you will find some child washing clothes or dishes, here they will drive each others around in lawn-tractor… This little guy was taking a shower with some fellows, all real young, but carrying their stuff around and pumping water on their own.

We felt a little bad and awkward watching those guys living. It seems voyeuristic in a way, but most people welcomed our presence and looked happy to make fun with and of us.
But I guess they are accustomed to tourist as they charged them with few dollars to walk trough the village. Good or bad, it was an experience to see this people living almost the same way as they did 50 years ago. I doubt it will last long….



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