After going elephant riding, I had some time to take a few pictures around the place. I came across this beautiful elephant, the oldest of the park. He was 73 years old and its carer about 78. They both grew up together and his carer started caring for him when he (the elephant) was 5 years old. It is a beautiful friendship story!
Erawan National Park was an amazing day trip… in my Bucket List, elephant riding was probably a top priority for this trip. Once that was done, it was time to go for a dip in the local amazing waterfalls! Several of them in fact! It is just a pity I had to choose between photos or swimming… I took a couple and swam for the rest of the time! Worth it!
Very close to Hoi An, in South Central Vietnam, there is a little beach. My friend and I had rented a moped the day before and before we had to leave to Hanoi, we still had a the entire morning and most of the afternoon to do something… why not go to the beach? My friend decided to pilot the moped, not an automatic though, but one of those 3-gear ones. He had never been on one, nevermind driven one. My God!!!!!!!! I saw my life flash before my eyes, so arriving in Cua Dai beach at 7am, still deserted, I thought that I had died and gone to heaven… and heaven was a beautiful sandy beach in Vietnam, with clear blue skies and cirrus clouds hanging overhead, some coconut trees and coconut water to drink until I’d had enough (Can you really get enough coconut water? Not me!). Well, maybe that’s what heaven is! Who knows? I loved the place, but as soon as lunch time came by, it got soooo busy, so many people bringing their food to the beach, leaving some litter behind, some floating on the water… maybe that was God showing what heaven could be like and what it really is… it is up to you how you want to see it!
In 2009, me and two friends took a trip to Thailand and there was no way that I would not visit the Khwae Yai River bridge, part of the Burma Railway (set of the film The Bridge Over the River Kwai, or for brazilian trashy tv of the 90s, A Ponte do Rio Quecai.. hehehe). This bridge, as most of you know, was home of one of the worst WWII events in Asia. Kanchanaburi was home to a Japanese Prison Camp. Burma was, at the time British and Japan controlled part of Thailand. The bridge was build by the Japanese Empire during the war. An air raid was planned to destroy the bridge, crucial for Japan. Japanese officials saw the approach of the American planes and ordered some allied prisoners of war to stand on the bridge, assuming the planes would not bomb it. The pilots were ordered to carry out the bombing anyway, killing most of the prisoners and destroying the bridge. The water of the river was red for two days, said a local tour guide during my visit.
As I was finishing crossing the bridge, colours looked quite dull (just rocks of the track, what was I expecting?) with a green background, I spotted a yellow flower right in the middle of the tracks. That spec of colour brightened up the whole place and I couldn’t stop photographing it! It was a brilliant! This is probably not the best shot, but it is my favourite! If you get the change, do visit Kanchanaburi! It is an amazing place!