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This week I am back in my home away from home, Koh Tao. It took 35 hours in transit that consisted of a 23 hour plane ride and a 12 hour bus-and-ferry combo. En route, at the ferry port town of Chumphon, I realized I hadn’t shot anything in the past seven days that would qualify as Photo of the Week. So as the sun came up I ran around like a crazy person snapping away until the ferry arrived. Surprisingly, I’m quite pleased with the results.

You know what? It feels really good to be back.

Photo A

The fishing boats are just coming in after a long night on the water as the bus arrives in at the Chumphon docks. This old pot looks like it could be a set prop in a Disney theme park, but here in Thailand it’s just an abandoned decoration.

Photo B

I loved watching the sun come up behind the hills as the fishermen unloaded their haul of the night’s squid.

Photo C

I’m not certain, but I believe that this bamboo shoot extending from the boat’s side is to hold the nets that catch the squid. See the lights dangling from the beams? Those are used to attract the catch to the boat.

Photo D

And finally, a rickety path I have walked so many times before… the dock that takes me to the ferry that takes me to Koh Tao. A lot of emotions saddled to these slats of rotting wood.

You know what to do! Please vote for your favorite photo in the comments below…

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Quick note: Thank you to those that have inquired about my well being after in Thailand’s deep south. I am deeply saddened by the violence that continues to haunt that region but it is a fairly concentrated “danger-zone” and we are very safe here in Koh Tao. Unfortunately when tragedies like this (and the unprecedented ) happen, the tourism on which this country’s economy so heavily relies suffers. So to those considering travel to Thailand: avoid the media hysteria, do your research, be aware, and then come join the 20 million happy tourists that travel here each year. You won’t regret it.

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  • Love the composition of C, but the lighting of B. Merge the two together into some sort of bastardized HDR shot and I’ll be content.
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    • Meihoukai
      April 3 2012

      I really want the iPhone now, just so I can use the HDR app! I can’t believe the photos it can take!

  • Fidel @IHarTravel
    April 3 2012

    Photo C!

    Welcome back to your home away from home.
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  • Dad
    April 3 2012

    I am glad to hear it feels to be back in Koh Tao. Thanks for the reassuring words about the bombings. Now, as to the photos, I like the composition of C and D, the bold direction of the bamboo beam and the dock but I would probably go with D because it also suggests motion and gives the photo a fourth dimension.



    • Meihoukai
      April 4 2012

      Thanks Dad. I figured I should mention the bombings in case you and Mom have news alerts on for Thailand….

  • Olivia Baackes
    April 3 2012

    C or D for me!

    • Meihoukai
      April 4 2012

      I think I agree. Thanks for voting! 🙂

  • Linda Burr
    April 3 2012

    I vote for D

  • Nadia
    April 3 2012

    I hate that dock! But it’s my favorite image….

    • Meihoukai
      April 4 2012

      Thanks Nadia. Yes that dock could use some real repair, but I think it has its charms!

  • Gladys A. Johanson
    April 3 2012

    Thanks for this post! Welcome back to your home away from home.
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  • Kathryn
    April 3 2012

    “A lot of emotions saddled to these slats of rotting wood.”

    Great sentence, great photo!! Stay safe…XOXO

    • Meihoukai
      April 4 2012

      Thanks! Always great to get a writing compliment from a writer…

  • Laura
    April 3 2012

    I love D. All the photos are great but D is a great shot in my humble opinion. The direct shot down the dock to the ferry at the end which by the way if you had not narrated that fact, the viewer would see the ilusion of cars floating on the surface as if by magic. I love that. The hazy horizon almost seems like a painting. Good Job 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      April 4 2012

      Thank you Laura! It’s such an emotional view for me, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Eugene
    April 4 2012

    Hey Meihoukai. I bet that after you took those great shots (D!) the hectic trip faded into the background. My wife and I will be in Koh Tao from 21 April. I’m still trying to decide on the perfect chilled place to stay and do some snorkeling for B1,000 – B1,500. Let me know if you’ve got a favorite.

    • Meihoukai
      April 5 2012

      Hi Eugene! You’re going to love Koh Tao. To be honest I don’t know much about the guesthouse scene here since I always stay in apartments! However, I did my open water course in Hin Wong Bay which was very remote and beautiful and has the best snorkeling on the island. Way back when there was only one resort there (View Rock) but I think there are 2-3 now. Check… it’s the best search engine for hotels and guesthouses in Asia!

  • 1sheer
    April 25 2012

    I vote for Photo D!
    Is that a fishing boat or what?
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