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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Losin September 2019

Diving Losin - September 2019

We did a live aboard dive trip to Losin which is a pinnacle in Pattani, Thailand

The boat is the Tapana Catamaran which departed from Songkhla in Southern Thailand

Always plenty to eat on the Tapana Catamaran

Sunrise near Losin

Losin Lighthouse. That's all there is above the water.

We had good weather. No wind. Calm seas. No current. Good visibility.
Unfortunately, there wasn't a lot to see.

The coral is much healthier than it was when we dove here in May


Mam. Cool and relaxed as usual.

Another meal

Mike and Mam getting ready to dive.

Yeah, me, with the bright yellow fins.


Mike and Mam all alone at Losin Pinnacle

Losin Sunrise



Sticky Rice

Soft Coral

Mam and Barrel Sponge

Short dive video. Sorry, not much to see.


Chef Bom makes shave ice.

Green Tea Shave Ice with Kiwi Fruit

Mr Somkiat, the Tapana Catamaran Mechanic. He can fix everything and is really good about making sure divers get back on the boat.

 Songkhla Old Town


When we got back to the mainland I took a brief walk through the old town section of Songkhla


Songkhla City Gate

Nakhon Nai Road

Street Art

Beautiful old building

More street art

The Antique Hotel
Beautifully restored old hotel.

Antiaue Hotel Interior

Antiaue Hotel Interior


Antiaue Hotel Interior

Some great old buildings
Plenty of Sino-Portuguese (Perenakan) architecture








Sunday, September 15, 2019

Cha Am September 2018

We spent a night in Nakhon Pathom on the way to Cha Am


Diary Home restaurant in Pak Chong near Khao Yai National Park

Pad Thai Tortilla and Steak

Vanilla Sky restaurant in Nakhon Pathom. They had a huge selection of craft beer in cans and bottles. This is Mirror Pond Pale Ale on tap.

Nice to have a hotel that understands our charging needs.

Campus of Silpakorn University in Nakhon Pathom

Tom N Tom's Coffee at Silpakorn University

Construction of the Baba Beach Hotel high rise at Thew Talay Estate in Cha Am

Construction of Shell station at Thew Talay Estate

Abandoned project on Cha Am side soi

Cha Am Little Shop and Resort

Waiting for the tide to come in

Sunrise from the Sky Lounge, Aquamarine, Thew Talay Estate

After a brief shower. Thew Talay Estate

My webcam also caught the rainbow

Wat Cha Am Kiri

I did my longish bicycle ride to Wat Cha Am Kiri and then on into the foothills above Cha Am

Steps up to the grotto at Wat Cha Am

View toward the sea. The big roof is the new ordination hall at Wat Cha Am

Grotto at Wat Cha Am

Many of these odd things on the wall outside the grotto

Statue of an ascetic (Phra Rusi)

Buddha image inside the grotto

Reclining Buddha further inside the grotto

Buddha image inside the grotto

Buddha image inside the grotto

Giant gong at the top of the steps up to the grotto

Passage through to the chedi cave

Chedi inside another cave

From Wat Cha Am I Headed to the Si Sattaya Priest's Camp Site

Main worship hall. Everything was in Chinese and I wasn't allowed to take photos inside.

Another building with lots of interesting stuff.

Sukhothai style Buddha Image

More stuff. Is that Jimi Hendrix in the framed photo?

This is Guan Im, which is what the Thais call the Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion

I told Mam I was on the way home, but hadn't yet decided on a route. She kindly sent me this Thai-style map showing the way.

This was at Wat Hup Kapong on the way home. Is it a Buddha image, Moai, or what?

Burial chedi at Wat Hup Kapong.

Lunch at Jit Pochana near Thew Talay Estate. This is chicken baked in pandanus leaves.


A compilation of almost all of my bicycle rides in and around Cha Am

Low Season at Cha Am Beach

Our breakfast spot on our last day.