Towns and Trains: Chiang Mai > Phitsanulok (2016) – Lomo photos, colour

Towns and Trains: Phitsanulok station, trackside
Towns and Trains: Phitsanulok station, trackside

When i visit Thailand, i fly into Chiang Mai – a bustling olden city in the north area, rather than Bangkok which is just too much city for countryboy me. Then i head for the city of Phitsanulok, (Pits-NOH-loh) in central Thailand which is a workaday, very “normal” city for medical treatment (Phitsanulok life is detailed elsewhere in a similar fashion.

I travel by train – either a 1960s era Japanese model or a new Chinese-built machine with folding beds for the nighttime journey. Along the way, i write poetry and gaze out the window (poetry series Towns and Trains is – or might be – elsewhere in this archive).

What follows are snaps taken by a Lomo La Sardina (sardine can) camera loaded with expired film snapped from a moving train for no particular reason aside to see what happens and capture the washes of colour fleeting by as i roll, as well as a few folks i encountered along the way and a few places i slept or soaked.

Towns and Trains: house from window
Towns and Trains: house from train window

Towns and Trains: train on a siding
Towns and Trains: train on a siding
Towns and Trains: green fields from the train
Towns and Trains: green fields from the train
Towns and Trains: waiting at a station
Towns and Trains: waiting at a station
Towns and Trains: livery on the train
Towns and Trains: livery on the train
Towns and Trains: i village i don't know the name
Towns and Trains: i village i don’t know the name
Towns and Trains: passing a city of sorts
Towns and Trains: passing a city of sorts
Towns and Trains: tankers rolling by
Towns and Trains: tankers rolling by
Towns and Trains: snacks on the train
Towns and Trains: snacks on the train
Towns and Trains: a lookout station
Towns and Trains: a lookout station
Towns and Trains: a station along the way
Towns and Trains: a station along the way
Towns and Trains: leaving same station
Towns and Trains: leaving same station
Towns and Trains: umbrellas in a field
Towns and Trains: umbrellas in a field
Towns and Trains: getting around Phitsanulok by cycle rickshaw
Towns and Trains: getting around Phitsanulok by cycle rickshaw
Towns and Trains: diligent driver getting me around Phitsanulok
Towns and Trains: diligent driver getting me around Phitsanulok
Towns and Trains: cycle rickshaw co-mingled with auto-traffic elegantly
Towns and Trains: cycle rickshaw co-mingled with auto-traffic elegantly
Towns and Trains: tip your driver so he can stay hydrated (or spend on cock fights, its up to him)
Towns and Trains: tip your driver so he can stay hydrated (or spend on cock fights, its up to him)
Towns and Trains: floating restaurants in (rather dangerous) disrepair in Phitsanulok / good place for letter writing
Towns and Trains: floating restaurants in (rather dangerous) disrepair in Phitsanulok / good place for letter writing
Towns and Trains: gazing down the river from the site of night market
Towns and Trains: gazing down the river from the site of night market
Towns and Trains: items, bundled on a train
Towns and Trains: items, bundled on a train
Towns and Trains: market, currently empty of vendors
Towns and Trains: market, currently empty of vendors
Towns and Trains: this Swiss fella was cycling from Iran to the Caucuses - he'd also visited Palau, we shared a table at a cheap hotel
Towns and Trains: this Swiss fella was cycling from Iran to the Caucuses – he’d also visited Palau, we shared a table at a cheap hotel
Towns and Trains: then the Swiss fella took a snap of me enjoying a beverage
Towns and Trains: then the Swiss fella took a snap of me enjoying a beverage
Towns and Trains: pay for the room, get a key and change
Towns and Trains: pay for the room, get a key and change
Towns and Trains: when i arrive in Chiang Mai, first take a hot bath in a rendered concrete tub
Towns and Trains: when i arrive in Chiang Mai, first take a hot bath in a rendered concrete tub
Towns and Trains: after bath, get a massage (and a pedicure, not pictured)
Towns and Trains: after bath, get a massage (and a pedicure, not pictured)
Towns and Trains: after bath and massage, sleep in a pleasant bed
Towns and Trains: after bath and massage, sleep in a pleasant bed
Towns and Trains: light filters in via coloured glass panes
Towns and Trains: light filters in via coloured glass panes
Towns and Trains: sleep safely with this sturdy door keeping demons at bay
Towns and Trains: sleep safely with this sturdy latch keeping demons at bay
Towns and Trains: the rugged hasp secures a mighty door
Towns and Trains: the rugged hasp secures a mighty door
Towns and Trains: Sonny make suits, pyjamas and other clothes for me
Towns and Trains: Sonny make suits, pyjamas and other clothes for me