Friday, 30 October 2015

Phraya Nakhon cave in Sam Roi Yot National Park


Phraya Nakhon cave in Sam Roi Yot National Park
ถ้ำพระยานคร อช.สามร้อยยอด


I have seen pictures of this cave with pavilion built in it and sunlight through hole in the ceiling before. Now with B and N staying in Hua Hin and renting a car, it’s within reach.

Khuha Kharuehat Pavillion พระที่นั่งคูหาคฤหาสน์ has become the symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan province ประจวบคีรีขันธ์.

Location (hole in ceiling/ground on satellite image):


No public transport. 42 km by air or 51 km by road south of Hua Hin Railway station. From closest point on AH2 = hwy4 = Phetkasem road still 28 km. 

Entry 200 Baht for foreigner, 40 for Thai. Several km drive from national park entrance (ticket sale, information) to car park for cave. Then, at the entrance booth, there is a distance of 2 km shown and a steep stairway up the mountain. I didn't know that before.

That weeds out the old, fat, sick and unfit (sorry if this applies to any of my readers). After 5 steps, B gives up and N stays with him (out of solidarity or out of laziness?). 

This allows for an interesting comparison of our lifestyles: B has worked hard his life and now can enjoy his retirement in luxury, but is unable to climb 2 km, which is just warming up for me. I enjoy my life while I'm young, but will spend old age in poverty if I continue this way (or commit suicide once I realize it will only go down financially, physically, psychically).

View back to parking, restaurant, beach, mountains:


Along the way, there was a rock slide. The brown spots are crystalline quartz (?) on limestone:



On the other side of the promontory, there is Laem Sala Beach หาดแหลมศาลา which is inaccessible by car, but there is a boat service from car park for 300 THB according to http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thailand/upper-southern-gulf/khao-sam-roi-yot-national-park/sights/natural-landmarks/tham-phraya-nakhon-hat-laem-sala


From beach, it's only 430 m to cave, but again rocky.




past stalactites that look like a waterfall


into first cave, which has two holes on the ceiling



Second cave with pavilion. Judging from sunlight, the light should fall on the pavilion in the morning, confirmed by asking staff (11 am is best time).


and more stalactites and stalagmites and handwriting of Thai kings who visited the cave



these spots on the ground are from dripping water



but I've no idea where these structures come from (looks similar, but smaller, to Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park Phitsanulok)




Back to car park with restaurant with sea view where B and N were waiting for me, recovering from car ride and lunch. They have menus in English and in Thai language, with prices in English higher:


Finally, nearby Wat Bang Pu วัดบางปู has a roof covered with green glass bottles. That makes 6 bottle temples, the other 5 see here: http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2015/09/bottle-temple-in-surin-province.html



The cave alone is worth the trip from Hua Hin. We missed the viewpoint Khao Daeng (B and N too lazy and wouldn't wait for me) and the lotus swamp บึงบัว (construction work on hwy 4, entrance blocked).

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Oh my god! (25) Cats that look like Hitler

Oh my god! (25) Cats that look like Hitler

There is a website Cats That Look Like Hitler!
http://catsthatlooklikehitler.com/cgi-bin/seigmiaow.pl
where people from all over the world post pictures of cats that look like Hitler.

Further research for this post revealed that there are dogs that look like Hitler: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10472502/Meet-Patch-the-dog-who-looks-like-Adolf-Hitler.html, basically anything can look like Hitler: http://thingsthatlooklikehitler.com/

The Hitler look is used for the cover of the book "Look Who's Back" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Look_Who's_Back (original title in German: "Er ist wieder da"; I saw Thai translation: กลับแล้ว), written in the same style as "Mein Kampf".

When looking at street cats in Thailand, I think there must be a secret breeding program. Here a selection of pictures of cats I took.

Most of them poor quality, but keep in mind that there are two types of cats: those that run away before you can take a picture, and those that come to you and reach you (and then it's too close, or viewing angle is unsuitable) before you can take a picture.   

The first is the best (pattern, posture), however the cat was shy and the light was low:







Must try harder:








and many more.

Other famous cats: Sam has eyebrows https://www.facebook.com/Samhaseyebrows

here a contestant from Thailand:



and Grumpy Cat http://www.grumpycats.com/

This one can't decide between "Sam has eyebrows" and "Cats that look like Hitler"


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Monday, 26 October 2015

Oh my god! (24) Nazi chic - personal observations

Oh my god! (24) Nazi chic - personal observations

Here a selection of pictures of Nazi chic I have taken myself. Some of very poor quality due to unfavorable circumstances: low light, moving object. The number of sightings is higher, but often I had no opportunity at all to take a picture.

When you consider that this spans 4 years, you come the the conclusion that Nazi chic is as popular in Thailand as karaoke is in Europe. 




I think the following flag (and others further below) are fictitious:













There is no swastika in the circle (letter O), but the style is very similar to other eagles in this post. This might fall under
"Symbols which are so similar as to be mistaken...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strafgesetzbuch_section_86a







A Nazi flag juxtaposed to an advertisement for U.S. Army. Who committed more war crimes and crimes against humanity? 











Another picture of Nazi symbols on cars here: http://www.gaythailand.com/forums/topic/9985-last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver-thailand-hitler/

Swastika on one side and SS-runes on the other side of the helmet in a cosplay (couldn't get a better picture):





A Nazi flag juxtaposed to hammer and sickle (Soviet Russia). Who committed more war crimes and crimes against humanity? 




เชิญเหยียบ "Please step on me" (Ladprao/Chatuchak when closed for traffic by mob, someone painted a Hitler mustache on the picture):





Asked a Thai friend about the meaning, he didn't know either:









Nazi porn, see here as well: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilsa,_She_Wolf_of_the_SS



Tattoos, I have seen swastika on ankle many times (what is the meaning?), 



but on wrist only once:



and on neck only twice (Thailand and Penang):






And on chest only once (screenshot from hornet):



That's the body of Ronald McDonald, with the head of Mickey Mouse, with a Hitler mustache and haircut:







"Mein Kampf" in Thai, spotted English translation as well. Elsewhere I saw the book with a note "banned in Europe".





Adolf Hitler is revered in large parts of the world, but his fame is waning. When I tell people I come from Germany, they mention Adolf Hitler along with current football players. Once I even asked someone if he knows Adolf Hitler, and he asked if he is a football player!

ChristianPFC says: save your outrage for worthier cases, like male genital mutilation in USA and with Jews and Muslims, or female genital mutilation in African countries.

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