Accident in Chiang Mai

It was this that I real­ized, elec­tron­ic gad­gets and water do not mix.

It was an out­ing that turned out to be a tragedy.

When we arrived at Chi­ang Mai, we want­ed some­thing dif­fer­ent. Peo­ple nor­mal­ly go for cruis­ing, or shop­ping, but instead I planned to explore the wilder side of Thai­land. The jun­gle.

I hired two porters this time. They are both sib­lings, and very well versed with Eng­lish. Despite their age, they are very capa­ble and with the locals rec­om­men­da­tion, must be a very good guide.

The entrance to the jun­gle trek is only acces­si­ble via the water­ways. There were two groups that morn­ing. One just arrived from Bangkok, and anoth­er from else­where. There were not enough boats, and I was forced to share mine with one of the groups.

Long Boat

Even­tu­al­ly, I would not mind, but through­out the jour­ney, I was start­ing to get pissed at the pas­sen­gers.

Noisy, shout­ing and a bunch of rac­coons, thats what I could describe them. While I was enjoy­ing the jour­ney tak­ing pic­tures of the wild life the first 15 min­utes, they were shout­ing, and throw­ing stuffs to the water. Act­ing like a total mon­key, with cloths on.

They start­ed talk­ing in Man­darin, think­ing that it might be for­eign to me. Well guess what, I under­stand what­ev­er you are talk­ing, and don’t both­er to whis­per because your whis­per is as loud as the motor at the back.

2 fuck­ing hours I had to bear with them mon­keys. Upon reach­ing the jet­ty, two of the bug­gers stood up on the boat. With the help of the cur­rent, and the posi­tion of the boat, the boat over­turned, and every­one fell into the riv­er. (the boat was try­ing to turn to the oth­er side of the bank, going across the riv­er).

You mon­keys should have nev­er stood up, thats for one.

You mon­keys should have nev­er wear the life jack­et, I would rather you drown in the croc­o­dile infest­ed water, than to dirty my hands mur­der­ing you lat­er.

I lost my beloved cam­era, and a bunch of high end lens­es.

And mis­ter, my cam­era cost more than USD500 that you offered me. It is a Nikon D3x, and it is dig­i­tal. (they called it the old fash­ion cam­era, while wav­ing their 5 megapix­el point and shoot).

I was pissed, yes.

I guess, there is noth­ing I could do. Good thing I have got my equip­ments insured. Now the prob­lem is, should I report it as stolen, or should I report it as lost in the mid­dle of a croc­o­dile infest­ed riv­er?

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32 Responses to Accident in Chiang Mai

  1. thehappygolucky1 May 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    im so sor­ry to hear this, they r just too incon­sid­er­ate. hope­ful­ly the claim of insur­ance wont b a has­sle for u and all the best for ur com­ing jour­ney 🙂

    • Cedric Ang May 8, 2009 at 3:04 pm #


      Thank you, and wel­come to my blog. Do come back often.

      You can fol­low my blog with RSS, the but­ton is right on top there.

  2. [SK] May 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    oh dear, am so sor­ry to hear about that.. yes they could pay for the lost cam­era.. but they could nev­er pay back the pho­tos and mem­o­ries that you have tak­en along the trip!! hmmm, where are those maroons from?? slap slap~~

    • Cedric Ang May 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm #


      From Chi­na.

      The dam­age wasn’t that bad, cause I just swap my mem­o­ry card, so coin­ci­dent­ly I ran out of space on the first card.

      Brib­ing me with 500 dol­lars is total­ly uncalled for since the cam­era itself cost about USD9k. I was hav­ing a long lens, and that cost me anoth­er USD2k some­thing.

      My oth­er lens­es in my bag were soaked as well. Thank Good­ness I left most of my gad­gets in the hotel, else, I would lost more than I would want to imag­ine.

  3. pusang-kalye May 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    hel­lo Cedric, I read your post and I could feel your frus­tra­tion over what hap­pened. I think it’s nor­mal as I would also feel the same if I were you—maybe more—haha. I guess it’s not just about the lost cam­era but the fact that you lost the oppor­tu­ni­ty to take more pic­tures of the place.….

    • Cedric Ang May 8, 2009 at 5:48 pm #


      No choice, actu­al­ly.

  4. Mr. Ken May 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    Urgh! I hate these peo­ple! You should have stran­gled them so there are few of these less in the world!! Haha Some times when these things hap­pen, loos­ing a cam­era… the most painful is not the lost of the equip­ment itself, it’s what’s inside the cam­era… the pho­tos.

    • Cedric Ang May 8, 2009 at 8:31 pm #

      @Mr. Ken,

      Would not want to dirty my hands now, would I? Unless I can get off with mur­der in Thai­land.

      Then again, I heard that you can buy a kill for less than USD100

  5. serm May 9, 2009 at 10:00 am #

    that pic is so Nat Geo wor­thy 🙂

    sor­ry to hear bout the cam­era!

    • Cedric Ang May 9, 2009 at 3:18 pm #


      That is one of my to-do list.

  6. Paul May 10, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Oh shit! That’s ter­ri­ble! Real­ly idi­ot­ic pas­sen­gers!

  7. kenwooi May 10, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    sighs.. i would be pissed too! >.<

  8. Bengbeng May 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    those are hor­ri­ble fel­low pas­sen­gers on a long jour­ney. i feel so sor­ry for you that you had to suf­fer this mis­for­tune for no fault of your own.

    • Cedric Ang May 11, 2009 at 5:52 am #


      Unfor­tu­nate­ly .. yes ..

  9. danny May 11, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    poor thing.. thats y i always have not-so-good impres­sion of the ppl from that place…no offense..

    • Cedric Ang May 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm #


      It’s not about Chi­ang Mai, real­ly. I love Chi­ang Mai. It was just the surge or oth­er tourist. Worst, I had to share my boat.

      • danny May 11, 2009 at 11:21 pm #

        @Cedric Ang, ooo dun get me wrong.. i am refer­ring to those Chi­nese tourist 🙂

        • Cedric Ang May 12, 2009 at 3:48 am #


          No wor­ries there … I know you mean well.

  10. koala May 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    oh dear… so sor­ry to hear that… dats many very expen­sive thing u have.

    • Cedric Ang May 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm #


      Very .. what to do .. what to do ..

  11. [email protected] May 11, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    haha..reply to what you wrote in ma blog..

    ya…luckily got you loh..

  12. sbanboy May 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    WAH NIKON D3X !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good thing they are insured. Sor­ry to hear about the inci­dent. Hope you man­aged to get your replace­ment camaer soon 🙂

  13. Twilight May 12, 2009 at 12:07 am #

    What a shame that I had nev­er vis­it­ed Chieng­mai! Take it easy, after mis­for­tunes come good for­tunes! i love that pho­to of the sam­pan man, so good shot! Great!

  14. 都市[心]鲜人 May 12, 2009 at 8:31 am #

    is a nice blog ..ha ~nice to meet you ..will come here often …

    • Cedric Ang May 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm #


      thanks. must always come okay?

  15. pete, frogblogger May 28, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    I read a sto­ry like this and think “the tourists must be West­ern­ers… noisy and brash”. But speak­ing Man­darin? Obvi­ous­ly not then.

    Los­ing a D3X, no small issue, I’ve a D2X and I think if I’d lost that I would have drowned the pair of them 😉

    Shame that your trip to my home of Chi­ang Mai was spoilt by such stu­pid­i­ty…

  16. Steven July 1, 2009 at 11:11 pm #

    Hel­lo Cedric, My first time leav­ing some­thing here after read­ing much about your blog. Thor­ough­ly enjoyed some of your pieces. You’re a great writer, pho­tog­ra­ph­er. Tru­ly am sor­ry to hear of your bad luck but I’m glad you are still very much alive and in one piece. Objects can be replaced, life can’t. Keep your entries coming..cheers!


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