me. Three months ago for my 10 days Taiwan trip I decided
to detox myself and only bring a X100F. I had a blast.
For this June holiday we are headed to Khao Yai in Thailand.
Together with another family friend. ( CJ, Jean and their son Ian)
After many consideration I decided to bring the new X-T100.
To put some pressure on myself I decided to bring only
There is nothing wrong with zoom lens. It’s just that after moving
into the world of Fujifilm; I fell in love with their prime lenses.
And thus I rarely use zoom lenses.
For this trip; I brought along three lenses. XF10-24mm F4,
XC15-45mm 3.5-5.6 and XF100-400mm plus a 1.4 TC. I just
wanted to see how X-T100 works with all this lenses in the
Khao Yai is about two and half hours from the Suvarnabhumi
International Airport. If you are traveling from Bangkok it will take
about three hours. Our first night accommodation is at Lala Muhka.
A Glamping Resort. Why only a night? We are a team of urbanite
and wasn’t very sure if we were brave enough to stay for more
than a night. LOL.
Team Urbanite at Changi Airport. XC15-45mm
Playing while waiting for our pick-up. XC15-45mm
Along the way from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Khao Yai. XC15-45mm
2.5 hours later we arrival at Lala Mukha at Khao Yai. XC15-45mm
Lala Muhka is actually a very lovely Glamping site. My only
complain is the air-condition compressor is actually beside the
tent and thus its rather noisy. Not recommended for light sleepers.
Of course if the weather is cool; air-conditioning will not be required.
Lovely glamping site. XF10-24mm
Wifie time. XC15-45
Our well-appointed tent. Both Mama and Summer is please. XF10-24mm
Bathroom area. XF10-24mm
In the evening a fifteen minutes drive from Lala Muhka brings
us to Mid Winter Green. A European castle theme restaurant.
I would think this place must have hosted many weddings for
the local. I was told in December to February ; the temperature
could dip below 20 degree which would have been perfect.
Evening glow. XC15-45mm
I have a confession; I brought a XF23mm F1.4 too. I can’t live without a prime lens.
Dinner time. XC15-45mm
A lovely playground at Mid Winter Green. XF23mm F1.4
View from our dinner table. XF100-400mm
Our dinner was great and my wife is very pleased that she
had her warm chocolate cake. Price is on the high side. We
spend about 4000 Baht (USD$120) for 4 adult and 2 kids.
This is just food bill. No alcohol. Again I would still recommend
this place. Do come about 6pm to enjoy the magical change of
colors in the evenings sky.
What is beautiful morning. XF10-24mm
XF100-400mm with Kenko 10 stop ND filter.
Summer inside our tent. Showing off her new stuff toy. XC15-45mm
X-T100 + XF100-400mm + 1.4TC
Simple and yummy breakfast. XF23mm F1.4
Breakfast at Lala Muhka is basic but nevertheless delicious.
After breakfast we headed to the pool for half an hour of
fun before we check-out. If I were to come back again, I would
stay for two nights instead of one.
30 minutes pool time before checking out. XC15-45mm
Checking out the “tree house”. XC15-45mm
Bye bye Lala Mukha. XC15-45mm
Bye Bye. XC15-45mm
Our Driver and the Van. XC15-45mm
Our first stop; The Chocolate Factory. Which also house
a restaurant and cafe. The main hall has a glass window to the
working kitchen. Here we could see all the talented bakers at
work. On the opposite side, we have rolls and rolls of different
genre of chocolate to cater to any chocoholics’s craving.
Bakers at work. XC15-45mm
Inside The Chocolate Factory. XC15-45mm
After lunch we headed to our next stop; Chokchai Farm.
An entrance fees of 300 baht and 150 for kiddo. This fees
includes a guided tour of this huge farm. This includes milking
of cows; demo of how ice-cream is produces in the farm. We
were all transported from a carriage that is pulled by a tractor.
Along the way we see many different type of crops in the open
fields. In the middle of the farm is a small little cowboy town.
There is a little cafe, games and a souvenir stalls. Here kiddo
gets to ride ponies; carriage ride being pulled by horses and even
a ATV ride. Of course all this is chargeable. What is inclusive is
a dog show and also a cowboy show.
Mamas taking a break while CJ looks for the entrance. XC15-45mm
One of the many cows at Farm Chokchai. XF10-24mm
A guide at Farm Chokchai. XC15-45mm
Our beautiful driver at the farm. XF10-24mm
Touring the farm. XF23mm F1.4
The star of the show! XF23mm F1.4
Dog show trainer. XF23mm F1.4
Close up. XC15-45mm
Cowboy show. XF23mm F1.4
Stable. XF23mm F1.4
Summer with Quickfoot. XF10-24mm
Farm Chokchai. XF23mm F1.4
Carriage ride. XF10-24mm.
Group pics with XF10-24mm
In the late afternoon we check into Dusit D2 Khao Yai. A lovely
modern hotel with mountain views. Did I tell you that they have a
mini kiddo farm on the hotel ground? It house two Alpacas, a few
cute silky chicken and many rabbits. For a small fees we could
buy some feeds from the animal care taker.
Dusit D2 Khao Yai. XC15-45mm
Dusit D2. XC15-45mm.
A runaway Alpaca. XC15-45mm.
Silky Chicken. XC16-45mm
Shot taken from my room balcony. XF100-400mm
After breakfast we headed to Khao Yai National Park. A thirty
mintues ride bring us to the Visitor Centre. Immediately we could
see wild deers roaming feely around. As there was a light rain in the
morning and when we reach the temperature was at cool 23.9
degree. The plan was to do a easy 1.4km unguided round route to
show the kiddo about the forest and follow by another uphill hike to
see a waterfall.
Khao Yai National Park. XF100-400mm.
We are conquerors! XF100-400mm.
Khao Yai National Park. XF100-400mm.
Wild deers. XF100-400mm.
Team Urbanite crossing the bridge. XF100-400mm.
We started the 1.4km walk by crossing a bridge before heading into
the forest. The walk is pave and with a couple of “mini” obstacle as
it blocked by some fallen log and branches. We see some insect
along the way which is pretty educational for the two kiddo.
Halfway along the route Jean started to scream. Something seems to have
bitten her. It was a leech above her ankle. As her husband CJ try
to manage it; the two kiddo was afraid and wanted to get out. We were
almost in the middle of the 1.4km route so we decided to press forward.
Within 2-3 mintues my wife stared the scream as if she saw her favorite
korean movie stars. She was also bitten by another leech. In the end
everyone expect Summer and myself was not bitten. The downside for
me was to carry this 23KG daughter of mine all the way back to the
visitor center. Suddenly I had flashback of my national service days
in the army. Below are some pics taken with X70. Due to the crisis I
kept the X-T100 in the backpack and use X70.
We spend the next 20 mintues trying to check if there is anymore leech
on our body and also our bag. Later I learned that we should bring a
small spray bottle filled salt water. Apparently; once bitten by a leech;
just spray the salt water on the leech and it will just release its bite.
her mother to carry her during this crisis. Her reply was it’s not because
she care for her mama; rather she was afraid a leech might also climb unto
her from Mama. In some way she gotten her priority right. LOL.
Our original plan of hiking to the waterfall was apparently abolished by all
members of Team Urbanite . We headed back to the hotel immediately .
In some way this was the highlight of this trip. I actually brought a tripod
and a 10 stop Kenko filter to do some long exposure. I guess it will have to
be another time.
When we reach outside our hotel room; CJ and myself did another check
on our gears and bags to see if any leech actually follow us back. Actually
when I was back in Singapore; one leech was found on my sock! wow.
Final check for leeches before bringing our stuff into the hotel room.
After some recovery time for Team Urbanite we headed out for our next
adventure to a safe sanctuary call Primo Piazza. We reach this Italian
theme village rather late and most of the tourist have already left. We
almost have the whole little town to ourselves.
Back at Dusit D2, Kiddo having a rest after the crisis. XC15-45mm
The only villager. XC15-45mm
The Barn at Primo Piazza. XF23mm F1.4
The only tourist at Primo Piazza. XF10-24mm
The entrance fees also includes feeds for you to feed the Alpacas,
sheep and even donkeys. It’s not a big place but very charming and
perfect for the Instagram generation. I could walk the whole township
in half an hour. We spend about an hour here and I did get a chance
to try a long exposure shot with the Kenko 10 stops filters. Below are
two shots; one with and the other without. It does create a better mode
to the scene. Agree?
XF10-24mm + Kenko 10 stop ND filter.
Getting back to our van. XF10-24mm
Catch CJ doing his morning jog. XF10-24mm.
Lovely post Ivan. I enjoyed reading it. Love the pictures. Really put those pictures in context. Hope for more such post.
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