Man travels 12.000 kilometer to capture pretty Thailand scenes for Google

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 10:39 AM

Of those 12.000 kilometers (7.456 miles), Luangsa-ard -- who goes by the nickname "Man" -- traveled five hundred kilometers on ft wearing the Google Str View "Trekker" -- a wearable backpack with a 15-lens camera attached to the top.

Man travels 12.000 kilometer to capture pretty Thailand scenes for Google

How does it perceive to travel 12.000 kilometers with an 18-kilogram, 4-foot-tall camera strapped to your back?

Surprisingly not that bad, says Thai triathlete Panupong Luangsa-ard, the man behind some of the pretty 360-degree panoramic imagery just released by Google Str View of one hundred fifty major Thailand sights.

Of those 12.000 kilometers (7.456 miles), Luangsa-ard -- who goes by the nickname "Man" -- traveled five hundred kilometers on ft wearing the Google Str View "Trekker" -- a wearable backpack with a 15-lens camera attached to the top.

The all journey took two years.

Fitness counts

That doesn't imply there weren't trying times.

"One of the biggest challenges was going into places where there is a low shaft over my head and you've to duck all the down to capture the images, because Trekker goes about one meter over your head.

"There were times when I was sure I was breaking the world record of squatting!"

The new Str View imagery includes favorite tourist destinations such as historical parks, beaches, temples, markets and mountains.

"The tea plantations in Chiang Mai were a genuine highlight because the views are the most stunning I've ever seen," says Luangsa-ard.

"It was exhausting to obtain up at 4:30 a. m. in the morning, but once the dawn was breaking and the Sunday was rising over the misty clouds, the view across the tea fields and the odor of the fresh air made it totally worth the effort.

"Another site that blew me far was the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya. This enormous wooden temple has been below construction for the last thirty-five years and it'south still being made. The quantity of craftsmanship that's been keep into this is just incomparable."

Alien invasion? Jetpack?

Though the Google Str View Trekker has been capturing footage around the world since two thousand twelve, including places such as Mount Fuji and Egypt'south ancient Pyramids, it continues to perplex those who look it in action.

"One time I was stopped by a local asking if I was marching with the soccer world cup trophy," Luangsa-ard recalls.

"A few times kids ran far from us shouting 'Aliens are invading the earth!'

"On one ride capturing temples on top of a mountain, a monk asked me if I was going to fly down the mountain using the jetpack on my back."

The challenges of capturing the world

In addition to the 12.000 kilometers traveled by Luangsa-ard, Google'south car drove a total of one million kilometers over two years to gather the new Thailand footage, says Cynthia Wei, Google Str View'south Asia Pacific program manager.

"In all seventy-six countries Str View is available in, we'd unique challenges that we dealt with to capture the imagery and we always brainstorm new ways to do it safely and obtain the best imagery," she tells CNN.

"For example, in a recent launch in Canada we'd to create sure the trekker was secure from polar bears so there was a special vehicle.

"Here in Thailand, we really wanted to comprise the floating markets, so we worked out the right kind of boat we could go on to do that. There was some tough terrain in the tea plantations and some high alt. to deal with too."

So what does Luangsa-ard hope people will gain from his experience?

"I hope that my journey and the steps I took give people around the world a sense that they too are walking around these pretty sites and that it inspires them to arrive and look the wonders of Thailand in person," he says.

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