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1 month ago

Take a moment and forget about everything. Put your thoughts in a small bubble and let the bubble flow away in the air. Allow your mind to relax, and let your eyes to observe, observe the colours and listens to the sounds. good morning to everybody. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #baankwanchang #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #athens #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #amzthldv #thailand @athensvoice @bbc_travel @bbcearth @lifomag

3 months ago

17/01/17 – Something unexpected ---------------------------------------------------------- In the beautiful province of Uthai Thani on the borders of Thailand and Burma. We spent the morning jungle trekking in the footsteps of dinosaurs. Then after a visit to a hot spring and a traditional silk weaving village we had an arrangement to meet a guy who would take us to meet people from a Karen hill tribe. The Karen people live in a region that spans Burma and Thailand. They have their own culture and languages. They have not had an easy time, particularly in Burma, and keep themselves apart. The best known are the Padaung tribe whose women wear numerous neck rings, often referred to as the long neck people. We waited at the meeting point by the side of a main road for some twenty minutes as the guy was buying chillies in the market. He arrived and we left in convoy. It was never certain that we would meet them. Maybe it woul be too dark to drive up the mountain. Maybe they would still be at a Karen craft market. We were on the trail. We stopped from time to time for the latest on where we could meet. In the end we only met these two lovely girls in their traditional costumes who were still at the Karen market with their father. We couln't have found more charming representatives of the Karen. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #Thailand #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers #amzthld @500px @lifomag

1 month ago

I can't wait for the book to be published :) ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #athens #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #amzthldv #Cambodia @athensvoice

3 months ago

21/01/2017 - A tribute to experience -------------------------------- This beautiful lady is a tribute to many Cambodians of her generation probably born into a newly independent Cambodia (Independence 1953), the partial occupation by the North Vietnamese in the 1970's and carpet bombing by President Nixon leading to support for the Khmer Rouge. From 1975 to 1979 she must have survived the totalitarian dictatorship of Pol Pot, who made urban dwellers move to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labour. Executions, hard working conditions, malnutrition and poor medical care caused the deaths of approximately 25 % of the Cambodian population, an estimated 2 to 3 million people (out of a population of slightly over 8 million). She is a survivor. She now lives in a more prosperous and hopeful Cambodia which has only existed since 1993. We hope her experience is now a peaceful one. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers #amzthld @500px @lifomag

3 months ago

10/01/17 - China town ---------------------------------------------------------- Located in the Yaowarat district this is one of the most traditional area of Bangkok and is in fact the oldest.There was a Chinese trading community before Bangkok became the capital in 1782. Like many diaspora communities, it is probably more traditional than modern China. It is a delight to all the senses especially the distinctive colours and smells. The shop houses have their original wooden fittings of dark wood which gives a timeless feel. The merchandise is often stored in wooden draws or big pots. It is buzzing with trade, spice shops with sacks full of exotic smells, herb and tea shops, coffin makers, endless markets and many gold shops. Also there are second hand stalls selling old stuff for next to nothing. So different to the air conditioned shopping malls taking over central Bangkok. The many Chinese street signs and the appartment blocks covered in washing give the feel of Hong Kong. In the side streets are many old houses like the one pictured today, which still have a feel of an unbroken link to the past. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #Thailand #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #greecelover_gr #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves @500px @lifomag #amzthld

4 months ago

22/12/16 - Being friend with the fishing nets for a long time ----------------------------------------- In Thailand people literally live very simply, you understand that from the time you arrive and even more if you have a Thai friend. They always have a big smile and they are very kind, and when I say kind I mean it, I’m still trying to get used to it, they have a very strong bond with their traditions, for example young people do not start eating till the eldest starts first (fair enough), youngers refill your glass of whatever you drink, I tried a lot of times to convince my friend Ed not to do that with me but he couldn’t accept it, this is what he has learnt in his life he said. Why I am telling you that story? Because in Thailand they have strong bonds with everything, the old man who is working on the photo has been doing that work maybe for years or maybe all his life. We visited this small fishing village to see how people live, and how they have built up their floating wooden houses. Simplicity again, traditions, and maybe they are more happy than us who live in big busy cities. I was thinking, in big companies there is always chaos, screaming, anxiousness, complicated situations between co-workers, and the salary is still low (unhappiness). This man was just doing what he knew to do, calmness for him, working with passion that’s what I saw, he is not a rich man, he lives simply in a wooden house next to the river. We let the man continue his work, absorbed by his thoughts and not disturbed at all by our presence. Photo: @yannis.karalis_photography Writter: @ealesmichael Travel organiser: @nucha_ngamsom ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #roadtrip #thailand #nikonphotography #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonistas #nikonphotographer #nikonlove #nikonian #nikon #earthpix #vsco #kaebae

3 months ago

16/01/17 - Floating market ---------------------------------------------------------- Taling Chan floating market is not as well known as some of the others. In fact two taxi drivers refused to take us there and the third one had the savvy to ask his office for directions. There aren't many markets left on the main Bangkok canal system, in fact some are many kilometers from Bangkok centre. Taling Chan is a local weekend market and locals outnumber tourists. Many of the stalls are fresh vegetables, and the lady here was sellibg live snakes, tiny turtles and frogs for cooking Thai delicacies. Even the homemade crafts are individual, not the familiar items you see in most markets this season. The local temple is simple with a few young monks and a couple of older ones, a couple of ancient dogs and lots of chickens. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #Thailand #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #whpfollowthelight #amzthld @500px @lifomag

3 months ago

We are "Travels off track team" but we needed to visit that place for a reason, the vibes there were so good "calmness is called". Have a nice day/night all guys. Love your people and take care of them ❤✨ ---------------------------------------------------------- #Thailand #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #patong #nikonphotographer #nikonlove #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #whpresolutions

4 months ago

9/12/16 -  Good luck ---------------------------------------------------------- Thai people say that for a person who has never been before to Thailand it is really important to visit a temple for having good luck in his/her life. Michael has been several times in Thailand, and Ed all his life, so it was I (Yannis) the only one who needed to get a good luck aura... So as you can imagine the first deed of the day was to visit a temple, there are so many in Thailand and really you can't decide which one to choose, one more beautiful than the other (:D) Our first was the Temple of the Dawn (Was Arun) which is auspicious for starting something new. We are not here to talk about religion or to support any, everything is a part of our lives and it is always nice to respect the beliefs of others whatever they are; we need not be prejudiced at all. Don't forget you can learn from a new culture, ethos and customs. Why not? That's the magic of travel, and one of our goals, not only to explore but also to learn. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••follow @travels.offtrack and stay tuned with the project ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- #nikon #travel #traveller #travelling #instalifo #athensvoice #nikonphotography #500px #hubs_united #earthonlocation #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #awesome_phototrip #bangkok #nikontop #loves_edinburgh #greek #discover_vacations #observingtheworld #budha #nikonlovers #explore #wtarun #thailandluxe #thailand #rpstforkingrama9 @bbc_travel @bbcearth @500px @flickr @lifomag @athensvoice

3 months ago

28/12/16 - Haew Suwat waterfall, Khao Yai ---------------------------------------------------------- Haew Suwat waterfall was made famous as the one Leonardo di Caprio had to jump off in the film The Beach. Now jumping and swimming are banned. It is a 20 meter drop into a deep pool below. The visitors are mainly Thais who have a love affair with waterfalls and hot springs. The sound of the water is certainly calming. The waterfall is inside Khao Yai National Park famous for its free roaming wildlife, including tigers, which we never bumped into. Khao Yai is cold...even we had to put on jackets. Some visitors are serious photographers and birders with impressive zoom lenses and anti leech leggings. Others just seek the fantasy of a European winter and stay in hotels with Italian names...or one to look like a mini Scottish castle. The waterfall is really worth seeing whether or not it has been in a film. Yannis courageously made his way across slippery rocks to take the photo from behind the falls. --------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Writer: @ealesmichael Travel organiser: @nucha_gamsom #couchsurfing #explorer #travel #instatravel #travelgram #gopro #traveller #travelling #vacation #holidays #trip #observingtheworld #instagram #life #nikon #photography #instagram #500px #budha #earthonlocation #bbctravel #hubs_united #athensvoice #instalifo #vsco #offtrack #offtracktravellers #friends #kaoyai

5 months ago

Isle of Wight throwback ---------------------------------------------------------- So dark and isolated, nobody is outside, cold and clouds are my company today again. How do people living further north in Europe cope with living half a year in darkness. Yet there is also a stuck beauty through the drama between the clouds, the land and the see which I love. Only a few weeks left for the new project "Thailand off track", the ticket are bought already and new experiences are waiting for me and the team. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more for the “Thailand off track project” on www.karalisphoto.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #ukofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- #nikon #travel #traveller #travelling #greek #instalifo #athensvoice #nikonphotography #trip #500px #hubs_united #earthonlocation #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #awesome_phototrip #island #uk #shanklin #england #isleofwight #ig_london #greatbritain #tumblr #observingtheworld #hdrphotography @bbc_travel @500px @lifomag @athensvoice

3 months ago

26/12/16 - Throwback ---------------------------------------------------------- The sheer commercialisation of Phuket made us think back to the simplicity of Salakphet on Koh Chang. On the beaches of Phuket there is not much of real Thai life left. Locals don't have the usual smiles. Just a barrage of "Welcome, welcome", "Where you go?", "You want to buy?". Prices here are at least 30% higher than elsewhere. Even Thais are being driven out by cheaper workers from Burma and Cambodia. Only Phuket Town where we stayed has a feeling of normality. It is interesting to see what happens when 'money' becomes the overriding purpose of a place rather than finding a balanced way of living. I am sure the fishing village has a lot to teach us. ————————————————— Photo: @yannis.karalis_photography Writter: @ealesmichael Travel organiser: @nucha_ngamsom ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #Thailand #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #patong #nikonphotographer #nikonlove #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #phuket @500px @lifomag

4 months ago

Off track project goes to Thailand for more stories. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #ukofftrack #scotlandofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- #nikon #travel #traveller #travelling #instalifo #athensvoice #nikonphotography #aerial #500px #hubs_united #earthonlocation #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #awesome_phototrip #uk #nikontop #loves_edinburgh #greek #discover_vacations #observingtheworld #standrews #nikonlovers #thisisedinburgh #scotland @bbc_travel @bbcearth @500px @flickr

2 months ago

photo by: @yannis.karalis_photography ・・・ 26/01/17 - Serenity -------------------------------- Over time Siem Reap has become more and more commercialised, people literally chasing a dollar. Tuk tuk drivers persistently ask you if you need one, even if they have just seen you get out of another one. We were in a night market when a power cut plunged us into total darkness, out of which came a voice "You want to buy something". This goes right to the very top. Much of the key tourist infrastructure is outsourced or leased to private companies (like Angkor Wat ticket sales, or the pier for Ton le Sap), so ordinary people often feel that they are not getting their fair share of tourist income, so they need their own ways to get as much as possible. From next month Angkor entry tickets will rise from $20 to $37 for a one-day pass, and from $40 to $62 for a three-day pass. Other prices are sure to follow. Pub Street used to still have a certain elegance, bars with great decor and traditional restaurants. Now it is dominated by noise from dance bars, street sellers and even more guys offering tuk tuks or numerous other services. In amongst all of this the lady in the picture emanated serenity, an inner core of peace. She asked for nothing, but gave much. She represents another way of being which we have been lucky to find, something of the best nature of Cambodia. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers

3 months ago

24/01/17 - The fisherman -------------------------------- Tonle Sap (Great Lake) is a seasonally flooding freshwater lake at the heart of Cambodia. It rises from 2700 sq. km to 16,000 sq. km at its peak. Its varied and extremely productive ecosystem is of vital economic importance to Cambodia as it was at the height of the Khmer Empire. Taking a wooden boat from Siem Reap you can see houses on tall stilts to accommodate the floods and the floating villages of many ethnic Vietnamese and Cham communities, with their own floating chuches, schools, markets, library and even floating basketball court. People make their living by fishing (The lake produces about 400,000 tonnes of fish per year). As we are now in the dry season people can fish from the dry banks that emerge from the mangroves, skillfully throwing nets and from what we could see, bringing up a haul of fish every time. A hard job in the hot Cambodian sun and the muddy brown water. A timeless picture linking past and present. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers #amzthld @500px @lifomag

2 months ago

26/01/17 - Serenity -------------------------------- Over time Siem Reap has become more and more commercialised, people literally chasing a dollar. Tuk tuk drivers persistently ask you if you need one, even if they have just seen you get out of another one. We were in a night market when a power cut plunged us into total darkness, out of which came a voice "You want to buy something". This goes right to the very top. Much of the key tourist infrastructure is outsourced or leased to private companies (like Angkor Wat ticket sales, or the pier for Ton le Sap), so ordinary people often feel that they are not getting their fair share of tourist income, so they need their own ways to get as much as possible. From next month Angkor entry tickets will rise from $20 to $37 for a one-day pass, and from $40 to $62 for a three-day pass. Other prices are sure to follow. Pub Street used to still have a certain elegance, bars with great decor and traditional restaurants. Now it is dominated by noise from dance bars, street sellers and even more guys offering tuk tuks or numerous other services. In amongst all of this the lady in the picture emanated serenity, an inner core of peace. She asked for nothing, but gave much. She represents another way of being which we have been lucky to find, something of the best nature of Cambodia. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers #amzthld #whpdisguise @500px @athensvoice

3 months ago

We set sail captain! Ho ho ho! ✨🤙🏼🤙🏼🤙🏼 @travels.offtrack new experiences! Have a nice day all travellers ❤ ————————————————— Photo: @yannis.karalis_photography Writter: @ealesmichael Travel organiser: @nucha_ngamsom ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #Thailand #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #patong #nikonphotographer #nikonlove #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #phuket @500px @lifomag

1 month ago

The sanctuary of truth ---------------------------------------------------------- The Sanctuary of Truth is a gigantic wooden construction which covers more than two rais (3200 square meters). The top point of the building is about 105 meters high. It was constructed to withstand the wind and sun on the seashore at Cape Rachvate in Chon Buri Province. The building was constructed with ancient Thai ingenuity and every square centimeter is covered with carved wooden sculptures. The purpose of the wooden carvings is to use art and culture to reflect an Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. Within the complex visitors can learn about Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, the Cycle of Life, our Relationship with the Universe, and the Common Goal of Life to reach Utopia. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #phuket #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #athens #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #amzthldv #thailand #sanctuaryoftruth @bbc_travel @bbcearth

4 months ago

Thailand off track heading to the turtle island 😍🐢🐢🐢 #whpboomerangoftheyear ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••follow @travels.offtrack and stay tuned with the project ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- #nikon #travel #traveller #travelling #instalifo #athensvoice #nikonphotography #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #awesome_phototrip #nikontop #loves_edinburgh #greek #discover_vacations #observingtheworld #budha #nikonlovers #roadtrip #thailandluxe #thailand #nongyaplong #huahin @bbc_travel @bbcearth

3 months ago

Cyclists in mourning -------------------------------- Many Thai people wear black in mourning for the death of their much loved king. We have noticed this a lot in rural Thailand. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is closed to normal visitors and is just open to prople who want to go inside to sign a book of condolence. It can take up to three hours in the slow moving queue. Free water and juice stations have been set up to keep people going in the hot sun by the white painted walls of the palace. It is a moving pageant in black and white. People come by the bus load from outlying provinces, starting very early in the morning and probably visiting a temple on the way back. Amongst all of this a group from a cycling club pedalled in, of course with black cycling helmets, to pay their respects together. They looked like they had somehow strayed in from a cycling tour. In mourning the old world and the modern world come together. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #Thailand #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers #amzthld @500px @lifomag

3 months ago

Best of 2016 6/12 - Thailand, James Bond island 🌴 (February 2016) 2016 marked the travel around 7 continents, 12 countries. Thailand was one of those countries. I was lucky to visit this place while traveling to a wedding. Discovering the beautiful transparent water of Phuket, I was one of many having the lucky chance to see one of the set of a James Bond movie (The Man with the Golden Gun - Khao Phing Kan). The scene was surreal, magnificent. Khao Phing Kan means "hills leaning against each other" in Thai, reflecting the connected nature of the islands. The rock - a 20 meters high limestone rock) is named Ko Ta Pu. The legend says that, once upon a time, a fisherman used to bring home many fish every time he went to the sea. Suddenly, one day the fish were missing, and the fisherman only picked up a nail with his net. He kept throwing the nail, again and again, but kept catching it again. Furious, he took his sword and cut the nail in half with all his strength. Upon impact, one half of the nail jumped up and speared into the sea, forming Ko Ta Pu.

4 months ago

Off track travellers at Wat Mahathat! ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••follow @travels.offtrack and stay tuned with the project ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- #nikon #travel #traveller #travelling #instalifo #athensvoice #nikonphotography #500px #hubs_united #earthonlocation #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #awesome_phototrip #nikontop #loves_edinburgh #greek #discover_vacations #observingtheworld #budha #nikonlovers #roadtrip #thailandluxe #thailand #nongyaplong #huahin #watmahathat @bbc_travel @bbcearth @500px @flickr

3 months ago

26/12/16 - Simple Thai Life ---------------------------------------------------------- Another photo from Salak Phet fishing village on Koh Chang. It is the epitome of a traditional way of living virtually unchanged over the years, except for the arrival of flat screen TVs and mobile phones. It is populated by all from the very old to the very young. Community life is very important. This is based on certain core principles. The first is to be kreng jai which means to be 'considerate'. This is a great notion, which can also be frustrating to outsiders, people say yes so not to offend, but cannot do what is asked; they wait for others to make decisions usually with the phrase in Thai which says "up to you", and then explain why your decision isn't a good one. The second principle is to be supahp, which means 'polite', and Thais will go out of their way to be so, trying to talk softly, not getting upset or angry (although you can sometimes see things simmering under the surface). Politesness also extends to clothes - going to many places requires 'polite shoes' which cover the feet and ankles. People of substance show their politeness by wearing suits and ties or uniforms even on the hottest of days. The third principle is to be sa-at, which is 'clean'. This especially relates to the body, and people will shower several times a day, as the lady in the photograph has just done, using the traditional water tank and scoop to do it. All of this helps with community life and the peaceful atmosphere we experienced here. Photo: @yannis.karalis_photography Writter: @ealesmichael Travel organiser: @nucha_ngamsom ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #roadtrip #thailand #nikonphotography #kohchang #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonistas #nikonphotographer #nikonlove #nikonian #nikon #earthpix #vsco

4 months ago

16/12/16 - Spiritual day ---------------------------------------------------------- Today was the monk ceremony for Ed's grandmother who died recently aged 83. This was a celebration for the extended family, including all those who could not make the cremation. It took place at her house. Preparations started the day before to prepare lots of food. Then at 10.00 am the monks from the local monastery arrived and sat inside the house with the closest family. The rest of us sat outside. For the first hour they chanted prayers in Pali- Sanskrit, ending with a more personal prayer in Thai for the family which moved all of those around us. In true Thai style the atmosphere was both formal (we all sat with hands in prayer position) and informal as peopled also chatted with each other and children played together. Next came food. We all put rice into the monks' rice bowls and all waited for the monks to eat first. Then it was the turn of everyone else. The delicious home cooked food was laid out in buffet style...and innovation by Ed after his experience in hotels, now an innovation copied apparently at all local ceremonies. After food more prayers. Then paper flowers were thrown for people to catch for good luck, all in a rainbow of colours. Then the senior monk came out and blessed us each individually by sprinkling water on our heads. At midday with great care taken the monks left, the senior one touching Yannis on the arm and wishing him good luck for his future, a special moment he will remember. As soon as they had left loud Thai music began to play, time for a party with beer and whiskey, lots of joking, fun and warm connection. All in all Ed's grandmother had a very good send off from her family and friends, and we were priviledged to be welcomed so warmly and genuinely by the family to share it with them. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #roadtrip #thailand

2 months ago

Phnom Kulen -------------------------------- Phnom Kulen was once the site of Mahendraparvata, ancient capital of the first Khmer empire. Now it is mainly jungle through which flows the sacred river of a thousand lingas, and many temples and monuments are still hidden. At its high point there is a working temple with a reclining Buddha carved into the peak with a monastery built around it. As you walk around the back of the carving a sign says "Please do not write on the Buddha", of course this is an open invitation for it to be covered in messages, some spiritual and some profane. The temple attracts pilgrims and beggars alike. You can change dollars into small denomination Riel to distribute to the forty or so beggars who line the long flight of steps...it is good kharma for pilgrims to do this. The pilgrim will not be disappointed, there is a 'footprint' of the Budha, an outsize outline of a foot carved into concrete; there is water from the sacred river which (for a donation) a monk will pour over a linga, with which you annoint your head; another monk will offer a personal blessing. A senior monk gives teaching with microphone and loudspeaker. Children run around and the more enterprising will "look after" your shoes (for a tip). We imagine working temples were always like this, vibrant lively places with quiet meditative places within, not the peace and quiet of a modern spa which aims to create a spiritual experience. The pilgrim in the photograph looked very pleased with all she was experiencing. read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers #amzthldv #whptimetravel @500px @athensvoice

4 months ago

juggling night, ✨🤙🏼 Merry Xmas from the Travels Off Track team 🎅🏼🎅🏼🎅🏼 ---------------------------------------------------------- #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Writer: @ealesmichael Travel organiser: @nucha_gamsom •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #couchsurfing #explorer #travel #instatravel #travelgram #gopro #traveller #travelling #vacation #holidays #trip #observingtheworld #instagram #life #nikon #photography #instagram #500px #budha #earthonlocation #bbctravel #hubs_united #athensvoice #instalifo #vsco #offtrack #offtracktravellers #komak #whpcometogether

3 months ago

Throwback – Koh Chang, the light blue place ---------------------------------------------------------- Piers and jetties always attract the eye, especially empty ones with no signs. What type of boat comes here? What is its destination? Maybe a boat from a magical realm or from a scene in an action movie. Jetties always have a sense of promise, or hope or escape. Always a sense of future. This one is a substancial construction in the middle of nowhere in Koh Chang. Probably part of a development that didn't get built yet. Meanwhile it can be a gateway to our dreams. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #Thailand #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #whpfollowthelight #amzthld @500px @lifomag