Black and White – Thailand in Pictures Christmas 2012

It’s amazing what you can do with photographs these days and as I’m always on the lookout to try new things on Beyond The Mango Juice I got to work on my Thailand Christmas 2012 holiday pictures and below is the fruition of my work.

Black and White – Thailand in Pictures Christmas 2012


My holiday started perfectly when Etihad awarded me a free upgrade from economy to business class for the London to Abu Dhabi flight. I feasted on a selection of cheeses, roasted nuts, grapes, champagne, Jack Daniels and Bailey’s.


I think this picture has a real ‘old’ feel to it. The roti lady stops outside our village house and she is really hard to resist. She’s very sweet and sugary.


Tang Moo is our youngest dog and the papaya of Wonderful Wi’s eye. We took her to Loei and Phu Rua but on some day trips we have to leave her home alone. She never looks too happy about it. 


Wilai and her hairdresser friend who has a look of Billy the Kid about her in this photograph. Wi sells flowers outside her beauty salon on big market days.

Thailand-fairThere was a fair at Sang Khom between Christmas and New Year and as the small town is a real lame horse it was rare entertainment we couldn’t resist. This kiddies ride was about  as modern as the fair got. Throwing hoops over bottles and darts at balloons came next.


What a beautiful place Chiang Khan is and even in black and white you can see its charm.


In this picture Phu Rua’s yellow marigold fields wilt to ebony and ivory. Does the photograph work for you?

Thai-Buddhist-monksMonks at a house blessing in Wilai’s village. Seven monks bless the house and after are  given food. Outside there was a bit of a party going on.

Thai-papaya-ladySang Khom’s papaya salad lady poses with a beautiful smile and a Thai two finger salute.


Udon Thani city and modern meets tradition. A pedal-powered rickshaw (samlor) is about to be overtaken by two helmet-less youths on a motorcycle. Nowadays traffic in the city is bad and it’s a rarity to take a photograph like this without at least a truck, car or motor-driven samlor in the frame.


This one looks like it really is a few years old….. 1950’s…. apart from the tail end of the motorbike.


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Best wishes from Udon Thani.


I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

7 Responses

  1. How says:

    Martyn, I have never attempted taking photos to print black and whites. Well done and maybe I will take up the challenge since you got me inspired. with this blog I see you have been working out ?

  2. malcolm says:

    Martyn , I like the band w effect , I’ve used it in a couple of my albums , great pictures, glad you enjoyed” Christmas in Thailand” .

  3. Martyn says:

    How – My workout consisted of a few bottles of Beer Leo each day plus Jack Daniels, Regency Whiskey and a few glasses of wine. Look forward to your black and white post.

    Malcolm – Thanks for your thumbs up on my black and white effect post. I hope everything’s good down your way.

  4. How says:

    Hi Martyn, Looks like a very regimented diet plan. Liquid diet and based on plant, fruit and vegetable ingredients. Looks like a very good trip for you and quality time. Take care. Thanks for the added pressure on b+w but I am sure my intelligent auto focus camera will not let me down if my hands don’t shake too much and the camera idiot (ie. me) can compose a half decent picture.

  5. Martyn says:

    How – I’m sure you’ll take some very worthy pictures. Perhaps a few beers first.

    I’m now back in the UK and have been feeling rough right from the start of my journey home. I’ve got all the symptoms of dengue fever and I am off to see my doctor very soon. The muscle and joint pain have eased, my stomach is a lot better, but I’ve still got a nasty old rash. I’m convinced a mozzy has got me a good un this time. Still, I’m feeling a lot better than I did two days ago. The muscle and joint pains are not nice at all, I’m glad they’ve eased big time.

  6. Catherine says:

    Martyn, sorry to hear you are suffering from dengue fever. Tod’s been down with it over the holidays. Awful stuff!

  7. Martyn says:

    Catherine – I went to the doctor yesterday and have to go for a blood test tomorrow. My doctor was non committal on it being dengue fever but as I’ve ticked off all the symptoms I’m convinced it is. It’s a nasty thing but touchwood I seem to be getting better. Just this itchy rash to go.

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