Leo Laksi’s Bangkok And Back

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About Leo Laksi

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Leica at rest

Leica at rest

Leo formerly lived in San Francisco.  He never imagined that he would leave the Bay Area for he was fully involved in a lifestyle that included mountain biking, backpacking and urban living at its best.

Over time, he began to travel to South Asia including Pakistan and India and after awhile he began to yearn for a different lifestyle.

He frequently travels throughout Asia. From Kashmir at the western foothills of the Himalayas to the beaches of SE Asia, Leo has experienced life at its best.  And its worse.

Leo is firmly wedded to tech and all the wonders it offers.  He enjoys photography.

Leo hopes to post re: travel, IT, gadgets, photography and everything in between.  Original content is the name of the game, however, other content may be posted.

If you have any questions, he can be reached at leolaksi@gmail.com.


Written by leolaksi

July 26, 2008 at 4:24 am

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  1. How are you? Long time no see.
    Thank you for invited me to read your new blog. I really appreciate.

    Have a nice day,


    July 28, 2008 at 7:52 am

  2. Hi Mac,

    I’ve been travelling, just on the very early flights to US and Japan. Will be travelling for the next few weeks during the day, so may be able to see you at the airport. Congrats on your marriage!


    July 28, 2008 at 8:02 am

  3. I have a question, where did the name “leo” come from? 🙂


    August 24, 2008 at 6:04 pm

  4. Hey Natta. It’s my nickname and it’s because I was born in Aug. Therefore a Leo:)


    August 24, 2008 at 6:25 pm

  5. Thanks Natta for asking the question. I wanted to know the answer too. Why Leo???!!!


    August 25, 2008 at 7:56 pm

  6. uh oh. no fair ganging up on me;)


    August 25, 2008 at 8:01 pm

  7. wow!!! you’ve got visitors from nearly every continents, just except Antarctica. where’s it..a pin on the right end, Hawaii?? that’s cool!!


    August 28, 2008 at 9:34 am

  8. You got some fans from Pacific Ocean, the place is probably Guam!!


    August 29, 2008 at 1:05 am

  9. Amazing huh. Think that’s Hawaii.


    August 29, 2008 at 1:11 am

  10. I just checked out your visitors map. You are getting more and more fans over the world, more from Africa and South America. ^o^


    September 5, 2008 at 9:18 pm

  11. I find the map really interesting. I saw the new Uruguay or maybe Paraguay “dot”. Also another South Africa:)


    September 5, 2008 at 9:27 pm

  12. hey Leo, what exactly do you do for a living that requires you to travel this much? maybe i should change my job 😛


    October 16, 2008 at 9:32 am

  13. I’m working as a consultant and this work requires lots of travel. Thankfully it’s winding down this year. Just a couple more overnighters.


    October 16, 2008 at 10:38 am

  14. Hi Leo,
    What a fabulous site.I adore Asia, having travelled there extensively in a former life. Your photos depict how life is and take me back to those times!
    Best wishes


    December 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm

  15. I had lived in Laksi most of my life before I moved to Sydney. 😛


    March 1, 2009 at 12:48 am

    • I loved your Mardi Gras photos. It looked like you captured the event perfectly.


      March 1, 2009 at 5:23 am

  16. Great photos Leo, and a nice looking blog you got here. Makes me wish I could take my work camera with me where ever I go. Maybe I will….yes *rubs hands together* maybe I will.

    Keep up the great work.


    March 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    • Thanks Chris. Although I’ve been into photography for years, its been only in the last year that I made an effort to take some gear with me. And its been alot of fun.



      March 30, 2009 at 9:09 pm

  17. Hi Leo, thank you for the unformations about Panasonic G1 and leica M lenses. I own e panasonic g1 with his kit lens with which am very happy., but I do not have a fast lense to perform nice bokhe, I was thinking to get an adapter leica m and leica m lens, summicron 90mm f2. Your opinion would be highly appriciated. Wish You all the best. Francesco.


    May 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    • Hi Franco,

      I would recommend a focal length around 35mm or 50mm, as the focal length with the G1 will double so that the 90mm will be 180mm with the G1. And since the lens is manual, the OIS does not work. You should consider other Leica M-mount lenses such as Voightlander and Carl Zeiss lenses. The Voightlander 35mm f/1.4 and the 50mm f/1.5 are quite nice and they are alot cheaper than a Leica lens. Please note that using these lenses on the G1 are manually focussed.

      Panasonic has recently released an adapter for Leica M-mount or R-mount lenses. Although the R-mount lenses are quite large, the optics are excellent and the used prices a quite good.

      Ciao, Leo


      May 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm

  18. Hi Leo,

    I came to your site through photo.net. I’m really enjoying your photos, as I spent 5 years in Hong Kong in the late 90s, and travelled extensively to Thailand and most of the rest of SE Asia. Good times… and thanks for bringing back memories of that fantastic corner of the globe.

    I see you’re a mountain biker. Not sure if you know, but there’s a big MTB scene in Hong Kong. Take a trip out to Lamma Island next time you’re over there, and take a bike if you can. No cars there, and some great trails once you get out of Yung Shu Wan.

    Chris Court

    August 16, 2009 at 7:20 am

    • Thanks Chris. From a photography perspective, I’ve become Asian-oriented so I find it difficult when I travel to Europe or the US. I make an effort but still it’s a bit difficult when I venture “outside”. I feel fortunate to live here.

      I first moved to Thailand 11 years ago, bringing my mountain bikes with me. (In fact I still have them.)

      I moved from San Francisco where the MTB scene is huge and I went out riding every weekend. In fact practically all my holidays were planned around biking, backpacking (or trekking) or fly fishing. Living in Bangkok with its hyper-urban environment and heat has changed all that. Although I do still get out, now my pastime is photography whereas photography was something I used to do while having fun in the outdoors. But that’s ok.

      Thanks for the recs re HK. I get over there often. Will search it out.



      August 16, 2009 at 8:40 am

      • Drop me a line next time you’re going there, and I can hook you up with some friends who’d love to point you at the best trails.


        Chris Court

        August 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm

      • Thanks Chris. Will do. Leo


        August 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm

  19. Hi Leo,

    Just wanted to say, “Thank You” Your site and photos have been inspiring. I appreciate that you have included so many detailed notes and helpful tips. You have an excellent eye and talent for teaching!



    March 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    • Thanks Leslie. Appreciate your comments. Leo


      March 26, 2010 at 6:34 pm

  20. Hi…what’s bring me here???
    It’s very interesting here. I love your photos…it’s very nice, very great.
    I live in Bangkok, Thailand and I love to photography, too. but never been aboard…I feel envy on you.
    Ummm…nice to see a guy like you.


    October 11, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    • Yelly, thanks for your comment. I love Bangkok and I am lucky to travel as much as i do.


      October 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm

  21. hi leo! great work, your photos are amazing! 😉


    January 16, 2012 at 9:50 am

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