Sonntag, 20. November 2011

The colours of Thailand

“What is it like to see a totally different culture?“ That is one of the questions I have been asked several times since I have come back from Thailand two weeks ago. I find it hard to answer, though. Travelling up and down the south and staying almost a week in flood-struck Bangkok, I seldom felt truly alien. I guess this lack of a certain peculiarity has a simple reason: We, or at least I, depend in my daily routine on the smooth operation of the cogwheels of civilisation. Busses, mini-busses, airplanes, ferries and taxies operated like clockworks alongside electricity, water, mobile phones, ATM-machines, and pharmacies. Free wi-fi access was offered even by the most basic cafe. 
But though I didn‘t recognise the absence of normality, it didn‘t feel “just like home“ either. One of the things that really struck me were Thailand's colours. Me and Kathrin, with whom I was travelling, went berserk with the camera. Our camera clicked on every corner, we took thousands of pictures of street vendors, cafes, children, restaurants... well, of everything colourful, which was basically everything. 


A boy sells jelly-coconut in plastic bags at a restaurant near Phang-Nga 
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Kids getting lunch on Trang's market
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


At the hairdressers in Trang
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Such colourful plastics!
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Such colourful plastics!
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Such colourful plastics!
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Cleaning a cafe in Trang
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


A billiard table in Hat Yao,  Ko Libong
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Cycling in Hat Yao,  Ko Libong
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Night market in Trang
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Sushi in Surat Thani
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Bangkok
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


A tailor in Bangkok
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Bangok
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Singing on Bangkok's streets
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


The flood on a market near the Wat Pho, Bangkok
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Chinatown, Bangkok
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Chinatown, Bangkok
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Chinatown, Bangkok
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Chinatown, Bangkok
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening


Gods and goddesses in Chinatown, Bangkok
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening

Chinatown, Bangkok
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening




Colourful Food in Bangkok
©Eike-Christian Heine, Kathrin Pommerening

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