Thai palace proves pic­ture per­fect


Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 - TRAVEL WRITER

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to Ali­son Palmer of Hout Bay for her picutre of Bang Pa- In Royal Palace in Thai­land.

Palmer says they vis­ited the pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion, bet­ter known as the Sum­mer Palace, on a re­cent trip to Bangkok.

It is about 60km from Bangkok en route to Ayut­thaya, the old cap­i­tal of Siam.

“The palace was orig­i­nally used by the Thai kings, but to­day it is used on cer­e­mo­nial oc­ca­sions. The gar­dens are beau­ti­ful and the ar­chi­tec­ture is an in­ter­est­ing mix of east and west,” she said.

Palmer wins a mid­week stay at Mon­tagu Springs.

The run­ners- up are Gary Wepener of Gar­dens, for his pic­ture of Boskloof Swem­gat in Clan­william, and Diane Veit of Hout Bay, for her pic­ture of a field of hy­acinths near Keur­jen­hof.

Wepener said the Boskloof was a fan­tas­tic place with quaint cot­tages near a stream. “I took this pic­ture in the morn­ing cap­tur­ing the tran­quil sur­round­ings.”

Veit vis­ited Hol­land in spring. She says ev­ery­one knows about the coun­try’s tulip fields. “But, not many peo­ple know that hy­acinths and daf­fodils are also grown in spring for the bulb mar­ket.

“We saw this field of hy­acinths near Keurken­hof. The vivid colours were es­pe­cially beau­ti­ful with the sur­round­ing coun­try­side still re­cov­er­ing from win­ter.” Com­pe­ti­tion rules: ● All photographs must re­late to travel, and you may en­ter as many times as you like.

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● All photographs must be dig­i­tal and high res­o­lu­tion. No photographs taken on cell­phones or photographs smaller than 700kb will be ac­cepted.

● Pho­tog­ra­phers must sup­ply their name and sur­name, as well as the sub­urb they live in, with a phone num­ber and 50 to 100 words de­scrib­ing how they came to take the pic­ture they are sub­mit­ting.

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ROYAL AL­LURE: Ali­son Palmer vis­ited Thai­land’s Bang Pa-In Royal Palace.

TRAN­QUIL: Boskloof is a fan­tas­tic place, says Gary Wepener.

SPEC­TAC­U­LAR: Hol­land is know for its tulips, but its daf­fodils and hy­acinths are just as spec­tac­u­lar, says Diane Veit.

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