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Chiang Mai, Thailand

After 6 days in Phuket and Ko Phi Phi we headed to Chiang Mai, oh how I love thee. If I could stay somewhere a few months out of the year to shoot weddings at, it would be Chiang Mai. In fact, we’re hoping to make this happen in the next few years.

This was the last of our stops on our 20 day honeymoon. Initially we were hoping to be more adveturous when we got here, we had plans of doing trip tours through Mae Sariang. After reading some not-so-positive reviews on the interwebs about the hill tribes being more tourist traps than authentic experiences of Thailand culture and being simply exhausted from hoping around southwest Asia we neglected the idea. Instead we took the time to eat, read, and chill. The only activity we were determined to do while we were there was visit Patara elephant farm, a location recommended by our own wedding photographers as well as our clients. We also highly recommend this place if you’re interested in supporting a farm that treats animals properly and works at actually rehabilitating animals instead of using them to attract tourists. I’ve heard so many horrible things about the tiger temples lately that I would never want to support that kind of company. We also rented a motorbike in Chiang Mai, for 2 tuk-tuk rides in town you can rent a motorbike for the entire day. It’s much easier to drive here than in Bangkok or Phuket, although you are supposed to have an international driver’s license (oops). It was the best way to get around the area and more affordable. We also experienced some of the night life of Chiang Mai near the major university, one of the crazier nights of our lives with people we will probably never see again from Canada, the UK, & Denver (random). These are mostly photos from our trip to Patara and one photo of Doi Suthep that we took a motorbike up to.

-Caroline

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Ko Phi Phi & Phuket, Thailand

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This is our experience of Thailand islands in a nutshell. We would also love to shoot wedding photos in Phuket.

After some more intense traveling experiencing culture and temples we were ready to just relax on the beach for a few days. We arrive in Phuket at the Mövenpick hotel after an hour and a half flight from Siem Reap and an hour shuttle drive. In retrospect we would have probably picked a place closer to Patong, where the nightlife is, and more party friendly rather than family friendly. Although their breakfast buffet was the best I have ever had. The first night we took a trip to Patong and experienced the crazy nightlife that is Thailand, albeit while experiencing the standard ‘travel sick’ feeling. We called it an early night but not without getting swindled into taking a polaroid photo with an adorable, probably drugged up, slow loris. In Phuket we spent one day at So Thai Spa and the second on a trip with Phuket Sail Tours. The boat tour was amazing, going all around Ko Yao Yai and Ko Yao Noi, snorkeling and spending time on a beautiful secluded beach all by ourselves (photos below). All in all though, Phuket was not our favorite place to spend time. I found Ko Phi Phi Don to be more relaxing and more beautiful, the only downfall is that it takes 2 hours to get there via ferry. I know that some have claimed that it is more expensive but I did not think it was very different, price wise, to Phuket.

We stayed at the Outrigger hotel which is about a 30 minute boat ride from Tonsai Bay, where the ferry arrives. The Outrigger hotel is probably the most expensive hotel on the island but it had the highest ratings on Trip Advisor and was still only starting at $130 for our own bungalow. By the time we got to this beautiful location in a private cove we were sad that we were only going to be there for 2 nights. We even tried to extend the trip but flights were already purchased to Chiang Mai, Air Asia wasn’t keen on giving us our $80 back for our flight. We took a short trip to the monkey beach near Tonsai Bay but I don’t recommend it, it was quite depressing. The beach was full of tourists and trash. It was obvious that many people were overfeeding the monkeys to get their attention despite many warnings against it, the monkeys seem to now be completely dependent upon humans. This beautiful beach was also covered in trash, so bad that we decided to take the time to find 4 trash bags and fill them up ourselves but that was barely a dent in the destruction. The monkeys were also NOT like the Cambodian monkeys we experienced. They chased after us aggressively multiple times as we were cleaning trash, we ran in to the water to attempt to get away from them but they can swim, we just swim faster.

The first 4 photos were taken with our iPhone 5, the rest were shot with the 5d Mark III and the Fuji X100s. (note to self, be careful when using underwater housing for phone, water can still get in if you’re clumsy).

-Caroline

 

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Volleyball at Princess beach in Phuket

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Snorkeling around Andaman

Outrigger hotel beach

Outrigger hotel beach

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Boating around Andaman

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Ko Yao Yai island

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Outrigger hotel on Ko Phi Phi Don at night

Ko Yao Yai private beach

Ko Yao Yai private beach

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Monkey beach near Tonsai Bay

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Monkey beach near Tonsai Bay

snorkeling near bamboo island

Snorkeling near Bamboo island

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Bamboo island

panoramic View from Outrigger Hotel

View from Outrigger Hotel

Scotland

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This was one of our first big trips in summer of 2010. Our adventure started in Glasgow as we tried to combat our jet-lag but quickly moved into the Highlands of Scotland, Isle of Sky, all the way around Loch Ness, Elgin, Edinburgh, to Hadrian’s wall, & back to Glasgow. Beautiful rolling hills, hundreds of castles, and thousands of sheep awaited us just beyond the city walls. We tried haggis and a few of the local brews and lets just say I prefer Tex Mex and margaritas. We rented a small European car and set out with nothing but our cameras and a road map, creating our destiny as we explored the windy roads. We tuned the radio to the BBC and immersed ourselves in the culture while secretly trying to master the Scottish accent.  Along the way we saw wonderful monuments and even had a chance to play King & Queen at Balmoral Castle for an evening, but the the real beauty & adventure was hidden deep within the wilderness.

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Playa del Carmen wedding | El Dorado Maroma Resort

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El Dorado Maroma Resort wedding

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There is something special about weddings on the beach. Maybe it’s the cool, energetic breeze off the water, maybe its the beachside donkey carrying cold beer, maybe it’s getting to work barefoot! :) In this case it was all three. I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Zainab and Jordan at the El Dorado Maroma Resort just north of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The resort is a small secluded, adults only, resort and Zainab and Jordan’s guests made up the bulk of the guests staying there for the few days around the wedding. It definitely made for a very relaxed atmosphere having everyone around to hang out and get to know each other. By the time the wedding came around there were no strangers. It was a grand party of fun loving people, dancing long into the dark night on the white sands of a beautiful Yucatan beach. Even Caroline & Ben’s clients, Sara & Cliff, who had their wedding in Santa Fe NM were getting crazy on the dance floor! Needless to say, we were in great company,

-Eric

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