Chiang Mai city in Northern Thailand is famous for its huge amount of temples, and you can multiple temples on almost every street.
But if you drive a little bit outside of the city, you can find some really nice landscapes, like the rice field and waterfall below:
Even further North lies Chiang Rai with its famous white temple Wat Rong Khun. It is a restored and rebuilt temple, and next to it more buildings in the same white-with-glass style are being built to complete the temple complex.
Near Chiang Rai is the "Golden Triangle", on the border of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, separated by two joining rivers. On the Thai side of the river there is large buddha statue on top of a treasure ship. When you cross the river to Laos, there is a tax-free area with casinos and sales of cheap replica bags and accessories. The final photo is of one building of the Baan Dam (black house) museum which is also close to Chiang Rai.
In Cambodia we first saw the awesome temples of Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, which are all located near the city of Siem Reap.
After that, we travelled to Phnom Penh and visited the impressive Killing Fields and S-21 prison camp that remind us of the horrible crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge regime.
On the last day, we saw the city center and the palace of the king.
I bought a new 70-200mm lens and my friend Sjoerd needed some photos to sell his motorbike, so that's a good opportunity to test my new toy :) The photos below are the result and I was surprised how fast and accurate the auto-focus works even for a fast-moving subject. The last photo (where the subject moves less fast) shows what happens when you leave the lights on to make a photo without the engine running.
I visited Florida for two weeks; one week work, one week holidays. The photo of the sunset and the pirate ship was made at Clearwater. Vesna did some acrobatics at Miami Beach, and the final four photos were shot at the Florida Keys.
I'm not writing a lot of blog posts, but I do like to make photos. So from now on, I'll try to post more photos and less text. To begin with, here are some photos from my recent visit to San Francisco and Oakland. First, Alcatraz:
Some colleagues drinking beer:
And finally, the photos I made in San Francisco International Airport while waiting for my plane and playing with my new lens and camera: