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Dreamland

Dedicated to Wim-eric

 

SEA OF FOG at sunrise in the valley of Kaeng Krachan - Thailand, dec. 2007

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I'm so glad photography is a medium that recalls your memories. Because of the sad news we received, there was a gap in my memory that made the holiday almost disappear. By viewing the photos that I took over the last month, our holiday comes back little by little.

 

I do realize we had a fantastic trip for four weeks. It was awesome and even much better than I expected. It takes some effort to spot asian wildlife in the dense rainforest but when you do some research about where to go (and with the help of a good guide!) you will be highly rewarded. We've had so many highlights during this trip that it became one of the best experiences of my life!

 

*We started off in Thailand, visiting Khoa Yai NP and Kaeng Krachan NP. Both are beautiful parks and in the first week we already saw the first animals on our wish list: Gibbons and hornbills!

*The second week we flew to the Malaysian part of Borneo. In Sarawak (North-West Borneo) we visited Bako NP, an Orang Utang rehab center and we made a wildlife cruise on the Padas River.

*The third week we went to Sabah (North-East Borneo), ready for going really deep into the jungle. We drove literally till the end of the inhabitted world and continued the travel by boat on the Kinabatangan River. We stayed for 4 days in a very basic jungle camp along this river. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is stated as the very best place for spotting wildlife throughout South-East Asia, something I am more than willing to believe...

*Finally we flew back to Thailand again, to visit Khao Sok NP. We stayed for a couple of days in a great lodge along a river, where monkeys came to swim in the afternoon. We also stayed for 2 days in small rafthouses on Khoa Sok Lake, a huge lake with amazing limestone cliffs. There we went on search for wildlife and visited the spectacular Nam Thalu cave. Not without danger though... - read it here: www.bangkokpost.co.th/topstories/topstories.php?id=122619

 

I promised Laura in front to have a 'beach-week' but because of all the great adventures, the week got reduced to only 4 days. We went to Ko Lanta Island to spend our last days. It was here where we reached the tragic news the next day...

 

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Taken on December 22, 2007