M.A. Van Wey Travel & Photo


Flora & Fauna of Thailand

Thailand is a photogenic country for a lot of reasons: The people are beautiful, the culture is fascinating, the scenery is exotic, and the sunsets are spectacular.  In addition, there’s some really cool plants and animals here that I’ve never seen before, or never been able to get so close to.  The following is a collection of some of my favorite shots of the beauty and diversity of Thai flora and fauna, seen in habitats ranging from the deep jungle all the way to my front porch.  Each photo is merely a thumbnail, so be sure to click on each one to see in detail the bullfrog’s dilated pupils and the spines on the mantis’ legs.

-Matt



Parading around town
September 3, 2010, 5:48 am
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Last week our school, for some inexplicable reason, decided to have a parade through town. It was sports day at our school, which meant a day full of games and fireworks, and apparently parading. More than likely the parade was a sort of PR/advertising campaign for the school, touting our first class educational credentials in front of the town of Kanchanaburi by twirling batons, wailing on xylophones, and dressing up our kindergartners like drag queens. It was incredibly fun in a bizarre sort of way, and of course I took as many photos as I could to capture the shenanigans. After the parade we converged back at our school and finished the day with T-Pop dance offs (That’s the local bastard variation of K-Pop, which the Thai’s are head-over-heals in love with).

Trust me, this parade would not have gone well anywhere else but Thailand, and in certain parts of the States I could imagine the Westboro Baptist Church picketing it. It’s odd seeing your students dressed like little over-sexed pop stars, let alone witnessing a male student following his lady-boy dreams by wearing stiletto heels and a miniskirt and bra made of newspaper…and nothing else. Enjoy the photos.

-Matt