Koh Tao Below (from Sean Steininger)
Yes that’s an oncoming train: Thai vendors selling their goods on a railway track at Talad Rom Hoop, meaning ‘closing umbrella market’ in Mae Klong district, Samut Songkhram province, Thailand. Trains pass 8 times each day.
Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA
Dancers from the North (by Rekishi no Tabi)
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Entrant: Yod Corporation Co.,Ltd
Description: From world’s worst aquatic plant to unique designed package promoting Thai agricultural products.
This package is designed for a famous Thai pomelo of Chainat province, made of water hyacinth. This environmentally friendly package can draw consumers in, uplift high quality Thai fruits to premium or gift markets, and decompose easily within 3 months by burying it.
Pomelo’s packaging design is inspired by The King of Thailand’s philosophy of sufficiency economy highlights sustainability and self-reliance. Therefore the main material used in package’s structure is made of a local plant found in an area of product’s origin. Together with the knowledge of local people who excel in handicraft without relying on manufacture and more environmentally friendly than a plastic net.
Thai Traditional Dancer
(by Eric Lafforgue)
Courtyard (by Paul in Japan)
A Chinese style courtyard at the Rachamankha hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand
The massive body of water now surrounding Bangkok is continuing its slow, destructive trip toward the ocean. The flood is the result of the heavy monsoon rains that drenched Southeast Asia four months ago, leaving Thailand and neighbouring countries submerged and claiming more than 1,000 lives across the region. The waters that inundated Ayutthaya to the north of Bangkok have largely receded, but suburbs to the south and west remain under threat, with evacuation notices still being issued. Central Bangkok appears to have been spared the worst of the flooding, due in part to a protective wall of sandbags some 6 km (3.7 mi) long. Throughout the surrounding area, many thousands remain in evacuation centers, or with friends and family, waiting for the worst flooding in decades to recede. Collected here are images from Thailand over the past two weeks. ( Also see previous Thailand flood entries here: 1, 2, 3. )
Above: A Buddha head in the roots of a Bodhi tree is partially submerged by floodwaters in the ruins of Wat Mahathat temple in Thailand’s ancient capital Ayutthaya, on November 6, 2011. The floods in Thailand began in July and have devastated large parts of the central Chao Phraya river basin, killed more than 500 people and have disrupted the lives of more than two million. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)
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Thai dancer at Phra Brahma Erawan, Bangkok, Thailand
(by Eric Lafforgue)