Island Dreams | 1 // #hellofrom the magical islands in Phang Nga Bay in tropical Southern Thailand, between the provinces of Phang Nga, Krabi and Phuket. Phang Nga Bay and the Krabi hinterland are dotted with karst formations - “lumpy” rocky outcrops created by the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite and gypsum - and they make for a magical landscape regardless of whether they are over land, or in this case, in the tropical sea. Many spots have since become insta-famous.
This is a start of a series of aerial photos I have captured when I visited Krabi a few months ago. If you have not had a chance to visit Krabi, I can wholeheartedly recommend you put this place on your itinerary, if only just to have a chance to go island hopping around the beautiful Phang Nga Bay and see these #hiddengems for yourself. (You can also make it here from Phuket, but Krabi is closer.) The islands in frame are Koh Pak Bia (in the foreground, with small beach) and Koh Aleil (in the middle), and Koh Pahu Sia (in the back). The Krabi mainland, also dominated by karst formations, is in the background. We were at Koh Pak Bia as the last stop on a daytrip we took to the islands of Phang Nga Bay, and it was a great spot to finish. This day happened to be my mum’s birthday (and on a trip to mark her retirement, and her wedding anniversary too no less!), so to have our own tropical island in Thailand to mark her birthday is something pretty special. We had a beach barbecue whilst watching the sunset, and just at the right moment (alas, too late for the drone1), a double rainbow appeared behind us. The weather gods above were very kind to us, and made this trip one for the ages.
And hey, thanks so much for all the messages from far and wide concerning the very untimely end to my Mavic Pro. At the end, the fault is entirely mine in not doing the math and getting the right return-to-home altitude (although I was so close!). It’s a rude reminder that aerial photography is not easy and one can’t forget the basics even after hundreds of flights. Well, this is going to be final nudge I need to upgrade to the newer Mavic 2 generation of drones. (Cont’d) - 2 hours ago