If you’ve spent three years of your life saving money for your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Thailand, you’d better be able to save the memories as well. That’s why me and my friends armed ourselves with cameras, memory cards, portable routers, and pretty much anything that will help us save all we were about to see and hear and bring it back with us. As for myself, I got this great old camcorder that I found at a yard sale, and even though it was a bargain thingy, I had the most amazing time filming my mates with it.
While I’ve enjoyed taking long shots of the vegetation-covered breathtaking limestone cliffs piercing through the crystal clear waters, my favorite videos are now those that surprise my friends laughing and dancing on the beautiful beaches. We’ve spent time resting in the bungalows of Khao Sok an enjoying the local food in Koh Lanta.
Thanks to my camcorder I can now relive all those moments, and revive the emotions of riding an elephant through the jungle, or of hiding from the giant moths under the protection of the veils above the bed.
As beautiful as it is, Thailand has got some secret weapons that are ready to catch you unfocused, such as falling coconuts, that can hit you almost anytime, or venomous snakes. As much as we wandered around through the jungle, we were fortunate enough not to encounter any of the later category, but did manage to see flying snakes and all sorts of majestuous lizards, and I even got to film a couple of monkeys enjoying the sunlight.
Of course, not everything was perfect, so I do have some footage of Carol cursing and throwing stuff around right after she discovered someone lifted her phone right from her back pocket. Maybe it’s because I really want to hold on to every bit of memories, but I couldn’t erase that video. On the other hand, it was a video of us walking through the open street market, surrounded by food, fruits, colors and smiling people.
Altogether, it was just the perfect vacation and all of us left Thailand with the greatest regret and with the promise that we would come back in a couple of years. Meanwhile, I’m watching my videos every couple of months, when I’ve got some time on my hands, and I plan to get an upgraded camcorder, with an image stabilizer like the Canon Vixia here , so I won’t have to sit down every time I want to film something.