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1 week 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

2 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

1 month 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

2 months ago

29/12/16 - White Budha, Wat Theppitak Punnaram, Nakhon Ratchasima ---------------------------------------------------------- This is one of the most photographed in Thailand, but is actuall not in any main tourist centre. It is off the southbound carriageway of busy Highway 2 in northeastern Thailand. But impressive it is at 45 meters tall (representing the 45 years Budha spent teaching), surrounded by lush green vegetation on the side of a mountain at an elevation of 112 meters. Pilgrims climb the 1250 steps to reach with each one a higher level of consciousness (and exhaustion!). The temple is a busy place where Thai visitors (I am sure we were the only foreigners) spend the day, bringing food or buying some from a food stall, asking questions to one of the monks, and generally being sociable. In Thailand even the sacred can be fun. 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 #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonistas #nikonphotographer #nikonlove #nikonian #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand

3 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

2 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

2 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

5 months ago

Breath 🌿 ---------------------------------------------------- •new project is starting in few weeks, -------------------- "Thailand off track" #thailandofftrack -------------------- •for more information visit www.karalisphoto.com Stay tuned. :) ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #yanniskaralis_photography ______________________________________________________ #timelessuniverse #500px #athensvoice #instalifo #hubs_united #earthonlocation #bbcearth #earthfocus #greecelover_gr #lowerpro #natgeo #life_greece #super_greece #gopro #travelawesome #exploretocreate #bbcearth #bbctravel #travel_drops #universetoday #timelessuniverse #sunset #earth #clouds #longexposure #nikon_hunt #longexposure_ #air #clouds #aerial #sunset #whpseeingdoue @visitgreecegr @natgeo.greece @athensvoice

2 months ago

02/01/17 - A strong bond between a man and his boat -------------------------------------- By longtail boat to Khao Phing Kan, one of the many small islands in Phang Nga bay northeast of Phuket. They are volcanic limestone towers which have become an iconic image of Thailand. Khao Phing Kan was made famous by the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun where it became the secret base of Scaramanga. The location team chose well. With a hidden beach and many caves you can still imagine it as it was in the film, except that where the entrace to the secret base one one is now a toilet. It is an amazing setting. Rather than take a group tour we made our own way to the pier and hired our own boat at a fraction of the cost. It meant we could decide where to go and how long to stay. Because most tourists come in organised groups the boat owners speak little English. But they are skilled boat men, navigating us smoothly over a choppy sea. While we got off to look around time was taken to clean the boat and share stories with friends. It wasn't James Bond that stuck in our minds, but the bond between boat and owner. The local village sits on stilts by the mangrove fringes of an estuary. The longtail boats are also used for fishing. We took our time and were the last people back to the pier. 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 #whpresolutions

2 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

1 month 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

3 months ago

17/12/16 - Ed's farm ---------------------------------------------------------- Staying at Ed’s (Nucha Ngamsom – our travel organiser) fish and prawn farm. It is such a beautiful location, the sky is immense, and the tranquility immediately relaxing. Although Ed has a new house and homestay, the old house pictured is still used by family or farm workers. We have been made so welcome here not just by Ed, but by his mother and father, and his 11 year old son. In the ponds he is growing sea bass, a process taking four months before they reach local restaurants. Although the sea is close by, with tourists and restaurants, the farm seems part of a different world where time stands still and there is time to just stop the busy feeling of the world and feel the peace of this beautiful spot. If you ever have the chance, come and stay here. ---------------------------------------------------------- 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

2 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

21/12/16 - Sunset at Kai Bae ---------------------------------------------------------- Sometimes you look for a photo and sometimes a photo finds you. This evening we had already taken photos of the sunset and then came to a beach bar to chill and then came many dramatic colour changes as the sun made its final descent. To the last the sky never failed to amaze. Thailand is an afordable place to relax, only 6€ for a Thai massage, 1.60€ for a beer,  3€ for a Pad Thai with prawns. Even a good simple room with air conditioning is typically only 9€ per person. That is the pleasure of off track travel, enjoying simple authentic experiences and meeting local people. People here smile all the time and are genuinely friendly and welcoming. Day by day the european grumpiness begins to fade. Off track project - Team @yannis.karalis_photography @ealesmichael @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 @bbcearth @bbc_travel @500px @athensvoice @lifomag

2 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

3 months ago

18/12/16 - Free spirit ------------------------------- Another day finished, time is flitting so quickly, the sunset again is playing with the horizon, creating its personal colour palette. So many blues, so many reflections, I was thrilled, I guess my friends were too, it is impossible not to be anyway. Walking along the beach people was looking at the sunset too, probably thinking something personal or having reminiscences from their past, who knows? They had some inspiring in their eyes. The boy… the kid was absorbed in playing with the sand, he didn’t even take a look at the sunset, he was just playing and maybe I know why .. no worries, no reason to be sad, carefree, happiness it is called. My click froze the moment in time where, graceful as a dancer, he threw sand into the air as if part of a choreographed piece. (zoom in suggested) Off track project - Team @yannis.karalis_photography @ealesmichael @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

2 months ago

23/12/16 - Koh Mak ---------------------------------------------------------- It is the dream of many to find the ideal off track Thai Island. A bit like the search in Alex Garland's The Beach - an archetypal beach paradise. Eighteen years ago in eastern Thailand it was Koh Samed, ten years ago Koh Chang. Now to find that sort of peace you need to go to Koh Mak or Koh Kood. You can't take a car with you, there is no ATM machine, just the basics. Thailand has also learnt from past mistakes and permitted development is now strict. Even the journey here is difficult. Ferrys go from about four different piers and the last one from Laem Ngop is at 16.00. At 15.40 we were at Leam Sok, the wrong pier and it looked like we wouldn't make it. Ed called the place we had booked, and in really Thai style they got the ferry to wait for us, and with Ed's fast driving we were just 20 minutes late. Everbody was good humoured about it. So we got here and what a beautiful place to be. 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 #kohmak

3 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

2 months ago

25/12/16 - Pattaya ---------------------------------------------------------- Pattaya is one of the best known cities in Thailand. It started as a fishing village until American soldiers and sailors on leave from the Vietnam war needed a place for R&R (rest and recreation). And that is its main function still...R&R for both Thais and foreigners. It has the buggest ex-pat community, and is now such a favourite with Russians that Russian has replaced English on many menus. We have been typical visitors...time at the beach and seeing the nightlife in Pattaya City. Everywhere we went over the last couple of days we saw Mr. Bae pictured today. It was just a coincidence but it became funny. Even when we were lost we bumped into us and showed us where to go. He is one of those people who talks to everybody and seems to be a familiar presence wherever he goes. We found later he has special needs but that people take care of him. We talked to a long term visitor on the beach who was arranging for him to go to the dentist. He also finds fun in whatever he does. In some way he represents the spirit of Pattaya. 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 #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #whpcometogether #nikonphotographer #nikonlove #nikonian #nikon #earthpix #vsco #pattaya

2 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

1 month 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

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

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

5 months ago

Clouds 🌤 ---------------------------------------------------- •new project is starting in few weeks, -------------------- "Thailand off track" #thailandofftrack -------------------- •for more information visit www.karalisphoto.com Stay tuned. :) ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #yanniskaralis_photography ______________________________________________________ #timelessuniverse #500px #athensvoice #instalifo #hubs_united #earthonlocation #bbcearth #earthfocus #greecelover_gr #lowerpro #natgeo #life_greece #super_greece #gopro #travelawesome #exploretocreate #bbcearth #bbctravel #travel_drops #universetoday #timelessuniverse #sunset #earth #clouds #longexposure #nikon_hunt #longexposure_ #air #clouds #aerial #sunset #whpseeingdoue @visitgreecegr @natgeo.greece @athensvoice

2 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 week 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

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

5 days 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

2 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

2 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

2 months ago

Good morning from the busy town of #Bangkok . Have a nice day all guys😀 ---------------------------------------------------------- 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 #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikonlove #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves @500px @lifomag #timelapse