Sunday, May 16, 2010

An Exciting Riverboat Trip

Happy Monday, everyone! It's been a while since my last post here. Have I been affected by the political unrest here? Not much as I'm on the other side of Bangkok, luckily a bit distant from downtown where the protests are held. Amidst the turmoil suffered isolatedly downtown, Thailand is generally in good shape. In our area, life goes on as usual. But thanks to the 2-day emergency holidays declared as I am given some time off from work so I can post here. 
The photo above is taken at the Fisherman's Village in Pranburi, East of Thailand. It's our first time to see thousands of fishing boats docking to unload their catch and preparing for the next long trip over the sea.





This is the boat that took us to a river trip around the protected mangrove area then to the estuary where the fleets of fishing boats are oared.
The explorers walk under the canopy of mangroves towards the boat for an hour river trip.
Mangroves at low tide. This area has been rehabilitated due to the toxic wastes flowing here. It used to be a shrimp farm but because of the high level of toxic wastes, shrimps could no longer thrive so the rehabilitation was necessary. Now, it grows a vast robust mangrove plantation of various species and is recovering fast to be a productive area for fish, crab and shrimp farming again.
Our boatman, also trained as tour guide, explained to us that these are century-old mangroves in this area. He also showed us baby crocodiles but I wasn't quick enough to capture them. He also slowed down close to monitoring lizards but they're so wiggly so all my shots were not so good.  Still need to improve my skills at photography, hehehe!  Overall, it was truly an educational and relaxing trip not only for us adults but for our curious kids. Thanks to my generous department for this yearly retreat:)

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16 comments:

CafebyJW said...

Glad to know that you are safe, and I'm safe too :)


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Ann said...

Right now, I am watching TV news on Thailand. i hope you are OK.

RNSANE said...

Very nice and interesting post and I loved the bright yellow boat.

Becky said...

Love the boat in the first photo. Good choice for MYM.

Shimumsy said...

the yellow boat is eye catching.

Vernz said...

Hi Nice... malayo ba yung gulo sa inyo? praying for your safety..... dropping by here... parang sa Pinas lang ano ...

Tetcha said...

That looks like an exciting trip! Hope all is well there.

nuts said...

were you riding a boat when you saw the baby crocodile? it would be scary for me even if its a baby crocodile.. this is really interesting and educational trip!

Dhemz said...

yehey! sa wakas may update na dito...eheheheh...joke lang po...:)

wow bongga naman ng boat trip nyo te...looks exciting...last time namin nag boat trip was 2007...unang uwi namin sa pinas...ehehhee...and we also tried the riverboat in bohol....thanks for sharing te....:)

Tetcha said...

It's amazing what you do in this blog. You're taking us all to Thailand through your experiences. That's why I'm giving you an award. If you have time, please grab it from my blog. Thanks!

jeannette said...

Thank you for taking us on tour with you - I love to see and paint the boats (I'm a painter)!

nice A said...

Thanks a lot for still visiting even if I haven't updated for quite a long time now.
@Techa, thanks dear for the award I feel I don't deserve for not updating this time.
@jeannette, I appreciate that you like painting the boats here.
I'll be back here soon.

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nice A said...

Hi, Alexandra!
Thank you very much for liking my blog and for choosing it to be included in your web portal. I am currently very busy writing my thesis though that's why this blog has not been updated for some time. But I'd love to update it if I have time to give your readers valuable info about Amazing Thailand.
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nice A said...

Hi, dear followers! I'm turning this blog over to my husband who has recently developed an interest in blogging. He has a lot to share about amazing Thailand.

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