Thailand and Cambodia, February 2007

Thailand, 2nd - 8th February 2007


These photos were taken during a trip to Thailand and Cambodia in February 2007. I had to go to Bangkok for work at fairly short notice. My wife, Sara, had been to Thailand before, and it happened to be her off-season from work, so she suggested that she come too and that we make a trip of it.

I managed to do a little bit of tourism in between work while in Bangkok. We then flew to Chiang Mai for a few days, where Sara had some very good family friends we wanted to visit. We managed to catch the tail-end of the annual Chiang Mai flower festival when we arrived, which is a very important event locally. We then returned to Bangkok where I spent another day finishing up work, before going on to Cambodia.

Cambodia, 9th - 13th February 2007


From Bangkok we flew to Siem Reap in Cambodia, in order to see Angkor and some of the surrounding sites. From the small part we saw, Cambodia seems an incredibly beautiful and fascinating country. The people, many of whom have lived through unimaginably horrific events, and who endure many day-to-day hardships, remain friendly and helpful and seem to have a great sense of optimism and pride in their country and cultural heritage.

For anyone thinking of going, now seems to be an ideal time for a Western tourist to visit Angkor: it's no longer inaccessible and Siem Reap has many beautiful hotels, restaurants and stores. But, at the same time, it is still relatively affordable, and has not been spoiled by over popularity the way many places with major archaeological sites have. Unfortunately we only had five days to spend there: we could easily have spent several more days just seeing Angkor, and I would love to have an opportunity to see more and different parts of Cambodia.

B&W Minox photographs from Thailand and Cambodia (These were taken with Minox BL and APX 25 film developed in Rodinal Special. Unfortunately I screwed up loading the last minox film and so missed several photos on the last couple of days of the trip, including some in a small Cambodian village with houses on stilts, where I was using only the minox because it's quicker and less obtrusive than a 35mm SLR.)