Monday, 2 September 2013

I Love That Film Abroad: Thailand 2013

Who wants to see some snaps of Thailand? Before all you movie lovers head for the hills, let me tell you some movie related bits. The Beach, Alex Garland's awesome novel (and my favourite book of all time) is set in Thailand and Danny Boyle's (not very good) film version used the island Ko Phi Phi for some filming. Also The Man with the Golden Gun was shot here too but I didn't visit either of these places as I had already been to them on a previous trip to Thailand back in 2009.

However still on films, Thailand generally seems to care little for copyright laws especially when it comes to Hollywood blockbusters. So on a coach ride from Bangkok to Chumphon, the driver chucks on a dodgy DVD copy of Fast and Furious 6 for all us smelly travellers to watch on a crappy little TV. Then later while on the island of Ko Tao, we're sitting in a restaurant having dinner and they play another dodgy copy of F&F 6 on a big screen. We couldn't get away from it.

Anyway apart from getting some hideous stomach bug, I still love Thailand. It is still incredibly beautiful but increasingly over run by tourists just like me. The amount of litter on the beach is disturbing so please if you ever visit, please please just put your crap in the bin. We flew in to Bangkok, went down to Ko Tao, over to Ko Pha Ngan, down to Railay then to Ko Lanta and then up to Ko Phi Phi and back up to Bangkok. Ko means island by the way so lots of sitting on beaches and island hopping. Here are some pics:

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