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Roadtrip Southern Thailand – Part 2

Roadtrip Southern Thailand V2 from Razali on Vimeo.

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After successful previous Southern Thailand road trip August last year, we decided to make another journey for the second time. This time we tried not to visit any other places we’ve been before. So we choose Koh Lanta, Phuket & Satun as our destination. On the 2nd of Dec we arrived at Kulim for Zaidi & Amy wedding, the next day we say goodbye and cross the border after the reception. So thats why #jedikawenkamiygjalan instead of #RoadtripTH

Day 1 : Ayer Hitam – Kulim

Day 2: Kulim – Hat Yai

Once we arrived at Changlun, we went to the insurance agent that already been contacted to collect our insurance cert. Refueling before the border is important, even tho the fuel prices does not differ so much at that time, but still we manage to save a few bucks. We cross the border at 7pm (6.00pm Thailand) after some delay. Buying tourist sim card at Sadao (Danok) save us from roaming fees, but take lots of time. We planned to reached Khlong Hae Floating Market before checking to the hotel, but its a bit too late. However, we still having dinner at the market area. It was the rainy season by the time we arrived. Most of the vendor unable to run their business on the boat.

The next morning we went to Hat Yai morning market in the rain. It was quite early but the market is already full of people shopping groceries and monk collecting food for the temple. Nothing much we can get that morning, we decided to check out and move to next stop. From Hat Yai, we went straight to Koh Lanta. The journey took us around 6 hrs with a few stop at Trang for lunch. Most of the village was covered with flood along the way.

To get to Koh Lanta we have to get on a tug ferry which takes us around 15 minutes to cross. Weather seems very nice in Koh Lanta. We headed straight to the southern tip of Koh Lanta National Park for sunset. It was worth the drive through the steep road and nice beaches. An old lighthouse situated at the end of the marine national park. The lighthouse is not a special building, which has any historical or cultural value, but the view from the cliff is perfect. You can see the rocky sea with waves and all around panoramic view with nearest islands like Koh Rock, Koh Haa. The monkeys are pretty aggressive around the park so beware of your belongings. We spent the evening watching majestic sunset of the day. Is is indescribable. Go see for yourself.  It is very sad that I’m not allowed to bring the drone up here.

After having dinner we check-in to the hotel by the beach and stay for 2 nights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 : Koh Lanta

We spent the whole day strolling beaches, Muslim villages, breakfast spot & night market. Koh Lanta is not as big as any other islands that you can drive in. No shopping mall, but 7-Eleven are everywhere. There’s quite a few beautiful island nearby that we can charter speed boat. We didn’t take any island tours coz it was cloudy the whole day. Most of the time we spent at the resort pool and the beach. We pack our food from the night market and dinner at the resort.

 

 

Day  4: Koh Lanta – Phuket

We’ve been to Krabi & Ao Nang quite a few times, it is best to skip for this trip. But along the way, we stop at Ao Nang having lunch before continuing to Phuket just because it was a long drive. It took us the whole day (with quite a number of break), coffee, local seafood snack, and food. Although it was a long drive, we didn’t feel that tired since enjoying Thailand beautiful scenery & also the good condition road. Phang Nga is a beautiful town by the bay, we stop by the river stall to try what we call here in Johor ‘siput gong gong’. We reached Phuket late that afternoon. FYI, we didn’t have proper planning where to go or which hotels to book. So while we on the road we keep looking for any interesting places to stay and hotels.

After the discussion, we decided to stay at Hill Myna Condotel near the Bang Tao beach. The condotel is inexpensive but luxurious, it is highly recommended if you’re looking for a family stay in Phuket. Our apartment completed with kitchen, washing machine, two bedrooms, dinner table, and sofa. The room is clean and large. Swimming pool & gym is just 1 floor down. They provide us with a bicycle is we want to stroll around. Not far from the condotel, there is a huge mosque surrounded by the Muslim community. We bought lots of delicious food for breakfast. Some of them can speak Malay fluently but most others prefer the Thai language.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Phuket

At 5 am, we experienced the earthquake shaking the bed like sleeping in a hammock. It was the same earthquake that happened 12 years ago in Acheh that cause Tsunami in Patong beach, not too far from our place. Luckily nothing bad happened.

After Subuh prayer, Fozan & I drove to the temple to photograph monks going to the market. Not our lucky day, it was raining and nothing much to photograph. We go to the market in front of Mukarom Mosque to get some breakfast. Some variety from Satey, roti canai and pulut ayam easily find here. You should try the satey, totally different that ours. Pretty much the same as the other day after a long drive, we spent the morning in the pool, strolling beaches, went to the market and all.

There’s a nice sunset spot quite far from our hotel, so we spent the afternoon from one beach to another. By the time we arrived Promptep Cape, it was the best time for sunset. I never thought this is a popular tourist spot. Thousands of tourist gathering to see the sunset. We hardly find a spot to get the shot. So I decided to go back to the car and get the drone. It’s was worth the hike… We took a photo just like in one of Thailand stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6: Phuket – Satun

Phuket is a very nice island. It’s just that the island is too pack with tourist and locals. Not my kinda island perhaps.. However, it worth the visit. So after few hours spent in the pool, we decided to get the hell out of this island. We stop by a beach just before the bridge crossing Phuket to the mainland. It’s not ordinary tourist visiting spot, but more like lorry driver rest area. However, the beach is so damn clean and beautiful. At first, I’d say 10 minute stop, but it becomes more like an hour.

It was hot & sunny while we cross the bridge. Seems like there’s no more rain in the south. But I was wrong. At first, we want to go to either Koh Samui island or Thale Noi lake area. Unfortunately, both places were covered with the flood. I never though an island like Samui will be affected by flood. Even the local say this is the worst disaster ever happened in 50 years. Same goes to Thale Noi lake area. The owner of the resort we want to stay told us their resort is closed due to flood. Moving forward, we change the route to Satun.

It was a hell of a journey, we reached the resort 10 pm that night with few diversion road due to flood. We have to cross about 5-8 village that water is still on the road. Luckily we manage to make the crossing even though the water is more than 1 foot height.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7 – Satun

We stayed for 2 night at The Gleam Resort, Satun. It’s a small beautiful resort at the end of the city. Last time I came to Satun with my family, we stay in a resort just like this one called V Valley Resort, but this one has a pool. Just because the sea is not welcoming us this time, so we spent most of the time in the pool. lol

Morning market is just a few hundred meter away. We had breakfast and fruits there before heading out to Pak Bara coz Fozan dying to eat the spicy grill meat salad (Nam-Tok) that we had on our last trip to Koh Lipe. We drive around the town to find this auntie that sell lunch on motorbike hawker stall. Today is not our lucky day. No Nam-Tok.

Frustrated not getting what we want, I bring them to Tanyong Poh, a Malay fishing village by the sea facing Langkawi. The hidden gems of this village are amazing rocky beach and most amazing seafood restaurant. We have most lovely lunch ever for this trip here. This is the second time I visited Pak Tam Man Tomyam Tanyong Poh and never regret. We had tom yam, squid salad, prawn, soup, crab, mantis prawn and much more. I eat 2 crabs alone. and mantis prawn. and squid. It was wonderful…

Photos & video in this trip are from all of us, Aidil, Ajoi, Fozan, Pacat, Yana & Me.

For those who wonder the expenses for this trip, all of us spent around RM805 for a week of road tripping Southern Thailand.

Expenses

Donate

RM150/pax

FUEL

RM90 (Seremban)

RM 100 (Bukit Kayu Hitam)

1180THB (Krabi)

1000THBt (Phuket)

500THB (Pak Bara)

RM 91.10 (Perlis)

RM 93 (Gombak)

Total RM168/pax

INSURANCE

RM35 1 car 4 white card

TOL/TnG

RM200 (Seremban)

FERRY TICKETS

Hua Hin-Koh Lanta 160THB/4pax

Koh Lanta-Hua Hin 130THB/4pax

Total RM9/pax

HOTEL

RM 89/Room (Hatyai) ??• (RM44.50)

RM 525 (Koh Lanta) / ????(RM131.25)

RM 561 (Phuket)/????• (140.25)

RM 212 (Satun) / ??• (RM106)

Total RM422/pax

MEALS

1000 THB ?x6

3/12

  • Fried Chicken 320THB
  • Noodle Soup 350THB

4/12

  • Laksa 4 & Rice 2 180THB
  • Dinner 360THB

5/12

  • Breakfast 180THB
  • Dinner 500THB

6/12

  • Lunch (Krabi) 500THB

9/12

  • Lunch Tanyong Poh 1618THB

Around RM90/pax

SIM CARD

300 THB

ENTRANCE FEES

830 THB Marine Park 1 car & 4 pax

TOTAL RM805/pax

 

We did bring Zaidi again this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aidil fallen asleep.

 

Womens cargo

Mens Cargo

 

 

 

Diba + Amir – Pontian Wedding Photographer

Happy Sunday everyone. Been a while since my last update. If I haven’t replied your email yet, I will sooonnnn.

Meet Diba & Amir. A young lovely couple who decide to tie a knot after 5 weeks of knowing each other. Diba works at Terengganu where she met Amir who live & work there. The get married after few months of their engagement ceremony. The wedding held in a very classic wooden Malay house in Benut, Pontian. Most of their family members who comes to witness their big day are full of joy and happiness.

On the next day, the ceremony held in a huge community hall attended by relatives & friends from all over the places. After the wedding, we went to Wednesday Ditch Farm & Resort Pontian for portraiture session. We choose a horse named Blackie for this session. None of us have experiences handling horse! But still, it was fun to give it a try.

We visited the Malay house again after we finished at Wednesday. The Malay house is actually a home stay, they have like 4 wooden house which can cover up to nearly 100 pax per night i believe.

Congrats to Diba & Amir on a gorgeous wedding. Everything was perfect!

Please enjoy this lovely song Royal – Elizabeth Tan

Fini + Marina – Batu Pahat Wedding Photographer

Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a great weekend! I enjoyed a (mostly) non-working weekend and eager to jump into this busy week! I’m excited for my shoots the other day & this week, but want to squeeze in this blog post before I head out!

Fini & Marina met while they’re in high school more than ages ago, a very long time relation that last till this marriage. Their wedding was filled with so many personalised details that truly reflect their personalities. All I heard around the room was how much fun their wedding was and how it was so them… just how a wedding should be!

Congrats you two an a beautiful marriage. May your lives be filled with more adventures together!

Please enjoy this lovely song The Desert Song – Elizabeth Tan

Azizi + Nini – Ayer Hitam Wedding Photography

If you ever come across a cute couple in my blog, you need to look at this one closer. The most adorable couple award I give to them. Azizi & Nini are meant to be together. They are amazingly cute together. So cute that I could not narrow down their wedding photos and will have to post the entire ceremony and drag them to 2 portraiture session. They brought their traditional Malay outfit, Songket, which they customed ordered in Bandung a month before their big day. I love how it fit them very well! And I just love love love this last photo. They remind me of two lovebirds. Weather was great that day that kept me shooting all day long.

Anyway, awesome decoration for Pelamin & Photo booth made by Dedau Bridal. Make up done nicely by Ratu Bridal House.

Please enjoy this lovely song Penghibur Jalanan – Cover Elizabeth Tan


Raudha & Hafiz – Kota Tinggi Wedding Photographer

I’m here to share with you, a really special day that I got to step into, dips in, and preserve eternally in images. And more significantly, share about just how beautiful these two souls are. People think I say this about every couple, but these two have seriously left a footprint on my heart. They inspire me with their love story that I heard from their family and how their mother make them fall in love, they inspire me with their incredible humbleness, and just by witnessing their lives, family and friends for a day I have been impressed by their honest love and kindness towards those around them.

Raudha & Hafiz. What can I say? I can’t thank you enough for trusting me to tell the story of your big day. I hope these photos do some sort of justice and treasure a small place in your heart to treasure for the rest of your days. This ceremony held in a very calm little town, Felda Linggiu, Kota Tinggi. My very first client came from here as well. I’ve been shooting here for five time including this one. I found a very unique landscape area for an outdoor portraiture around this area. We spent about two hours wandering & having fun after the rain. It was so intimate looking how closed Raudha & Hafiz are.

Thank you for letting us be a part of something so special between you both. You two are the luckiest, to have found each other.

Do enjoy this acoustic Blink 182 – I Miss You (Boyce Avenue acoustic cover)

Aishah & Roy – Batu Pahat Wedding Photographer

Happy hump day everyone! I’m leaving you with a sweet little solemnisation session shot, at one of the prettiest little hall I’ve had the pleasure of visiting, with it’s close relative, great food, and everything. All hidden in between the Kampung Kenangan Dato Onn, Batu Pahat so that it’s still nothing but peaceful and serene.

So while I adored shooting their beautiful ceremony, their wedding was an even more special affair of the heart, as it finally put a close to the cords of serendipity, timing, and friendship that intertwined throughout their years love story, and it began a new chapter full of hope, adoration, love, and an even more pronounced praise to God. I’ve known Aishah & Roy from her brother, Sudin who is my travel companion most every destination I been to before. Sudin’s little sister even more sweeter in real life while Roy is steady-happy-all-the-way-of-his-life kinda guy. That what interest me more to document their big day.

There’s just something enchanted about little intimate weddings that just capture my heart. I know weddings and marriage celebrations come in all forms, sizes, and types, but it’s the small ones that involve just the closest of relative and friends that really give way to what makes weddings beautiful – love, joy, intimacy, familiarity, and companionship. Those are the things that truly make photos beautiful and sparkle. Will post another updates on their wedding day later. Have a good day!

While you viewing, please enjoy Boyce Avenue and Fifth Harmony cover “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake

shoes off, lets take a break

Hi everyone. How’s everything going around you? 2012 is just around the corner. I am taking a break until late January for any occasion. For the last few months, or maybe since January 2011, I’ve been photography hundreds of beautiful moments about 50 wedding ceremonies & plenty of portraits session all over this country. I love being a destination wedding photographer, or at least travel to other than my hometown to shoot wedding & portraits. I am very happy about it. I love being in and amongst all the cultural sitting in the room and it pleases me to no end that I got to witness their union every weekends. I’m going to do the same thing in 2012, but on a very limited numbers. *In order to give each client my full creative energy, I only take a limited number of weddings a year. (aka I book up fast and don’t offer any discounts.)*

I have a lots of photos to be loaded in here, but I have very limited supply of bandwidth since my blog hits have been increasing rapidly for this few month. If you ever experienced unable to load my blog, it means that you have to wait until next January to view my photos. Or else, you may visit my Facebook Fan Page, Foto by Razali to get the latest updates on everything that happen around me. So lets have a break for a while. Till then, see ya.

2012 Promotion

Wedding Photography Package 2012 - Foto by Razali

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PRICES FOR MY SERVICE STARTS AT MYR1700 AND INCLUDES:

1 Event coverage
A portraiture session experience
A disc of individually edited print-ready image files (usually 400+)
All your photographs in online gallery or blog for sharing with friends and family
Travel within an hour of Foto by Razali Photography Office

GET A LIMITED 30 PAGES STORYBOOK FOR 2EVENTS BOOKING

Instead of typical wedding album, I will give you a 30 pages of my custom design storybook album with awesome finishing when you book for 2 events, Nikah & Bersanding are two seperate events.

Albums start at MYR650. I offer choices of few album styles and will be happy to show you both when we meet.

For 2012, I only take a limited number of wedding photography to preserve the uniqueness for each wedding. I will be focusing on portraits photography. You may refer my calendar for available dates: www.mohdrazali.com/calendar

NOT JUST A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER…

I’M A WEDDING & PORTRAITS PHOTOGRAPHER BECAUSE…

There is no story to how or why I became a wedding & portraits photographer I’m afraid. But I did, which is the main thing you need to know. And I do it full time. And I love it.

I am a photographer because I fell in love with photography. I’m obsessed with it. It consumes me. I need to take photos of life as it passes us by, and that’s why I feel so lucky to do this for a ‘job’ and to capture people’s extra special occassions and life moments for them. No cliche, it’s true. I hate cliche’s so it must be true.

I LOVE JOHOR

I have grown up in Ayer Hitam, have lived here my whole life, been to school here, back from college, met my wife here and built my life here. I love this place, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I’d love to have a place in Batu Pahat and one in Kluang and split my time between these favourite places. BUT I love to travel. If you follow my blog for the last few months, I’ve been to Kedah, Terengganu, Pahang, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Cameron Highlands & all over Malaysia for wedding & portraits photography.

LETS MEET

Set a meeting with me to experience in person how do I look and what I am offering. Email me you details to razali@heroes.my. I would love to hear from you.

ainul + zam { portraiture – ayer hitam }

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I have the sweetest portraiture session to share with you. Ainul & Zam are my great friends from secondary school. I’ve known them since ’98 when I first moved to SMK Datuk Menteri. Ever since that day, we have been real close friend until now. Both of them live just few miles away, just like me and my wife. As far I I remember, Zam & Ainul get close together just a few years ago while our classmate visiting Ainul’s house on Eid. I didn’t know they contacted each other after school, so I believe Zam get close with her long after they met. This is fate. They are world travelers and spent most of their relationship long distance. They would meet up in different parts of the world and kept this journal together. I choose a garden picnic theme for portraiture and they pick classic dress for this session.
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I just love how happy they are together, and so happy for them that they’ll finally live in the same direction!
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It was a PERFECT weather this morning, blue sky, hot weather, green grass. We have very limited time to spent since it getting hotter in a while.
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Congrats to the happy couple, Ainul & Zam! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness!

dila + wan { portraiture – pantai sekakap, mersing }

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Portraiture session of Dalila & Ridzuan – Pantai Sekakap – Mersing – 23 Oct 2011 – Photograph by Mohd Razali

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Raining season start quite early this year. Normally heavy rain begins at mid November, but this year, you can find the heavy rain almost every day. For those bride to be having their reception on this month until end of December, you have to start planning for options.

I always mention to clients try to avoid public or school holidays as your reception day unless you’re going to do it in a hall or hotel. And for those who like a portraiture session, please set the appointment in the early morning and check weather forecast. It is important to get the right weather & time in order to get great results.

The best time for portraiture is 7am to 10.30pm for morning session and 4pm to late 7pm for evening session. But this time schedule doesn’t apply on November & December since raining falls in unpredictable time. Please keep in mind we as a photographer cannot fight the nature. Yesterday I photograph my great friends pre-wedding in a heavy rain. They dance in the rain, I hide under a canopy. Thats how it works. Fun but very limited composition. You’ll see the result in my next entry.

farhana + razis { the wedding – kulai }

Farhana & Razis Wedding (1)

The Wedding of Farhana & Razis – 9 October 2011 – Kulai, Johor – Photography by Razali
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raihana + alif { reception – batu pahat }

Raihana & Alif Wedding (1)
Raihana Latip & Muhamad Alif – The Wedding – Dewan Jubli Intan – Batu Pahat – 8 Oct 2011 – Foto by Razali. View full post »

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