Some photographs from my stay at Mountain Float, a floating resort located in Mae-ngud Dam, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Surrounding by mountain and water, The temperature was perfect, unexpectedly cold at night around 11 c in early January. The sun started to appear from behind the silhouette of the hills, shining in subtle shades of colours. The fog evaporating over the surface of water brought a sense of peace and calmness. Monks from the village came in for the morning ritual, as well as fishermen floating quietly on ther boat. A perfect place to break from traffic and smoke in ever-growing Chiangmai downtown, I guess.
Working as a fashion designer didn’t give me much time to indulge in tourism, especially local ones. Despite being a Thai, I must admit I hardly had a chance to visit my own country in rural areas since I was young. So, now I ended up travelling to beautiful, scenic places around the country to chase stories about crafts, people, and culture etc. When I packed my stuff last two weekends for a workation trip, I was more than happy to take a week off in Kiriwong, a Southern rural village with the best, purest Ozone in Thailand. Located on the foothills of Khao Luang valleys in Nakhon Sri Thammarat. Kiriwong means ‘In the middle of the mountains’ – and just like its name suggests, it is really in the middle of the valley and rich in cultural and natural beauty.
This is the last photo diary of my trip in Glasgow, Scotland. On the last day we had walked towards the west side of the city, passing through the park. I paid a visit to Glasgow botanical garden but it was closed earlier in winter time, so I missed the inside of these glass domes. However, I totally fell in love, in a sentimental way, with this city with the blue-fade-to-grey sky. In the evening when the sun goes down and you look up to the sky, all you see is those million tiny lungs of the trees crossing over the clouds behind.
วันนี้จะพาไปเที่ยวเมืองกลาสโกว ประเทศสก็อตเแลนด์ อีกรอบนะคะ โดยสถานที่ๆอุ้งชอบสุดๆในทริปนี้คือพิพิธภัณธ์ Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum นั่นเอง พิพิธภัณฑ์นี้ตั้งอยู่บนถนน Argyle Street ฝั่งเวสต์เอนด์ของเมืองกลาสโกว ตัวอาคารนั้นเก่าแก่มาก สร้างตั้งแต่ปี 1901 เพื่อใช้เป็น Palace of Fine Arts สำหรับงาน Glasgow International Exhibition ที่จัดขึ้นในปีเดียวกัน โดยเป็นสถาปัตยกรรมรูปแบบ Spanish Baroque สร้างตามแบบดั้งเดิมของ สถาปัตยกรรมกลาสโกว ด้วย sandstone สีแดง ปัจจุบันยังเป็นพิพิธภัณฑ์นอกกรุงลอนดอน ที่มีคนมาเยี่ยมชมมากที่สุดในประเทศอังกฤษอีกด้วย
A necropolis is a large ancient cemetery with elaborate tomb monuments. I had travelled to the Glasgow Necropolis on the first day of my Glasgow trip. Walking to the east of the city, Glasgow Necropolis is located on the low but prominent hill that I could see it from far away. Behind the Glasgow Cathedral, there was a path walking upwards the hill, where numbers of the ancient tombs were greeting us along. I walked up hills and saw this stunning, melancholic cemetery with fine details on the tomb monuments. It is the Victorian cemetery, and has been described as a unique representation of Victorian Glasgow. Following the creation of Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris (I had blogged about there in 2010), Glasgow was the pioneer city in Britain to build a large cemetery, instead of burying in the church. Approximately fifty thousand individuals have been buried here. I felt just like turning back in time, when Glasgow was still the second city of the empire. It was so melancholic that I smell the odour of the Medieval period in every steps walking there.