Source: The dog and the snake
Lisa and I stayed for 4 or 5 nights in Khao Sok, Thailand. The place we stayed at was exactly what we (I) wanted as it was set into jungle and had a lot of wildlife wandering around. This little dog befriended us on our first day there.
She was the friendliest little dog and hung around us whenever we were at the room. On the first night she slept on the chair outside the room and would wake us up to warn us of any dangers that would come past. This included other guests going to their rooms, cleaners in the morning and other dogs.
On the second night at about 4am she would not stop howling and barking. It went on so long I got up to see what was up and see her standing there barking at the shadows. In my sleepy state I could just see a dark shape that was moving a bit. Once I got the torch I saw that it was a 3-4ft Mangrove snake that had slithered over her in the night while she slept. Here are a couple of pictures of Mangrove snakes that we found in the Khao Sok rainforest at night.
The snake was not in a hurry to leave but when I walked over to it, it eventually left. Our room was right next to a pond with many frogs in it so I can see why it was around. The poor little dog would not stop shaking and for the rest of the time there would not go near that side of the patio or sleep outside our room at night. She still visited during the day but as soon as we went to bed off she went.
Mangrove snakes are one of the more common snakes in Khao Sok and in my opinion one of the coolest looking. They are a type of cat snake so rear fanged. They don’t pose much threat to people as they are rear fanged. If you were stupid enough to grab one and let it chew on your fingers for a while then it could be quite dangerous but like any snake it will leave you alone if you leave it alone.
Before going to Thailand some friends recommended getting around on the sleeper trains in Thailand. I enjoyed the trains for 3 reasons:
- I got a pretty good nights sleep on the train, particularly when on the bottom bunk
- It felt much safer than getting minibuses and buses over long distances. It felt immensely safer than a sleeper bus that we took in Cambodia. I can’t speak for the sleeper buses in Thailand as we didn’t take one.
- We got to see some great scenery once it got light out especially by walking down the train to the restaurant car with open windows.
We did also take an internal flight and got a lot of minibuses around which seems mandatory in Thailand unless you want to spend lots of money on private taxis. We did sometimes do this but tried to keep it to a minimum.
To book our train tickets we used a website called 12 Go Asia. I am not affiliated with this website in any way. The first time we booked online and then picked up the tickets from their office near Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok. The second time we picked up from the parcels office at the station itself in Surat Thani. Both times we travelled 2nd class AC which was comfortable and even had some decent food on board for reasonable prices.
Since you will be most likely travelling with your luggage and clothing it should not be a problem but be warned that they crank the AC and the top bunks in particular get freezing. Have some warmer clothing handy.
Below are some pictures I took on our journeys and some descriptions. If you have the time definitely get the sleeper trains in Thailand! There is some video of the trains and beds in my Planes, Trains and Tuk Tuk’s video here.
Below are some of the pictures of wildlife that we saw travelling through Alaska, The Yukon Territory and British Columbia. The most common large animal we saw were Black Bears which, particularly in Northern British Columbia are a common roadside sight. If you are willing to get up early when driving the Alaska Highway you will see lots of Black Bears. Early is about 5am if you go in the summer as it gets light so early in Northern BC. Further north it is always light out so it didn’t seem to matter much when we looked for animals.
I thought we would see more Grizzly / Brown Bears but actually only saw one in Valdez and lots of them in Denali National Park. Other than that we could not find them despite finding many signs of them.
Moose again were not common to see, we saw a few while driving but they are hard to spot. In Denali National Park we saw many moose. Some were far away that we had to look at through binoculars and a couple were right by the road.
This is actually in Jasper, Alberta but there are many Elk in British Columbia as well.
These are my favourite pictures that I took in Sri Lanka. Such a photogenic place to visit.
For over 14 years I have been into photography so for something a little different I decided to make a short video and edit it in Adobe Premier. The learning curve was a little steep to begin with, it was a frustrating experience until I got the basics. The thing I noticed about editing video is that editing the audio is the more challenging part so you will notice there is next to nothing done audio wise in this. Enjoy and feel free to read on after the video for some more information.
When in Surat Thani, southern Thailand I realized that we would have about 48 hours of constant travel on a whole bunch of different vehicles in order to get back home to England for Christmas. It reminded me a little of the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles with Steve Martin and John Candy. I know that was thanksgiving in the film! I called this Planes, Trains and Tuk Tuk’s. For those interested we took the following transportation to get home for Christmas:
- Tuk Tuk to the train station in Surat Thani
- Overnight 2nd class AC sleeper train from Surat Thani to Bangkok
- Walking around Bangkok
- Tuk Tuk back to the train station to pickup bags
- Subway train to airport subway
- Airport subway to the Bangkok BKK airport
- Emirates A380-800 flight to Dubai
- Emirates A380-800 flight from Dubai to London Gatwick
- Mum and dads car back to their house
Emirates are one of the best airlines to fly on for Economy class, despite a long journey home it was not too bad at all. Great selection of films as well.
Filmed entirely on a Sony RX100 Mk 3.
We are off to South-East Asia tomorrow. Here’s a few pictures from Valdez Alaska until I can post some more. Bye for now until Christmas, I am not bringing a laptop with me!
There are a lot of interesting things to see on the Alaska Highway, lots of wildlife and plenty of interesting people. There is also an incredible amount of nothingness and then out of the nothing…
There are a lot of interesting things to see on the Alaska Highway, lots of wildlife and plenty of interesting people. There is also an incredible amount of nothingness and then out of the nothing you will see something new, strange or slightly terrifying.
This collection of pictures and descriptions are some of the more interesting things we saw along the road from Calgary to Fairbanks and back again. Most of these images are from the Alaska Highway but there are a few from before or after which are described as so. I will create a future post on the wildlife and scenery but for now lets stick with the more unusual sights.
There are far better sources of history than me but a quick bit of information about the Alaska Highway may add some background to some of these pictures. The Alaska Highway was built during 1942-43 from Dawson Creek, BC to Fairbanks, Alaska by the US Army to keep Alaska supplied and protected from the Japanese during World War 2.
This restaurant claims to have the worlds largest collection of hats. Toad River BC. Also does good chips (french fries).
Signpost forest in Watson Lake. It was quite huge and had signs from all over the world.
When the US built the Alaska Highway, they had to build camps along the way for the men and machines. We visited one such camp that is now a state park. You can still see all sorts of things left behind. These items (mostly cans and bottles) have been in or slightly above the ground since the early 1940’s. Some were in remarkably good shape still.
Another section of the Alaska highway we drove is the original route of the road but it was decided that it was too close to the ocean so too vulnerable to a naval attack. This runs from northern BC to the Yellowhead highway, it is called the Cassiar highway. When we joined it there were forest fire warnings but no closures so we carried on. The smoke got so thick at points that it was hard to breathe. They probably should have closed the road. It made for some amazing skies and views. Scary and sad though.
This man traveled up from Arizona all the way to the Arctic circle with his dog Smacks. Smacks is so called because he smacks his lips when he eats. Very friendly man and dog. This reminds me that I am terrible at remembering peoples names but always remember their dogs name.
This garbage door was damaged by bears trying to get in. We camped right by this.