First off, a little explanation for those unfamiliar with Google Street View.
In case you’ve been living under a rock and are completely oblivious about this awesome technology, Google Street View is, as Wikipedia puts it, “a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world”
First launched in 2007, the project has massively grown since then and now includes cities and rural areas across the globe.
Google hired triathlete Panupong Luangsa-ard to walk around Thailand and capture images for Street View.
Of course, the panoramic images displayed on the website are mostly taken by cars. In areas that are not accessible for vehicles though, Google sends boats, snowmobiles, underwater tools, and more.
Such as this guy.
It took him more than 2 years and 500,000 km later to complete the project.
Panupong Luangsa-ard is a triathlete from Thailand who agreed help Google with the tremendous task of reaching far-flung areas in the country. For more than two years, he traveled about 500,000 km using different transportation methods and walked at least 500 km of it – all while he carried the huge Trekker camera backpack.
The Trekker camera backpack weighed 18 kg and had a battery life of 6 to 8 hours per charge.
The camera backpack weighs around 18 kg so you can just imagine how physically-challenging the quest was. When on a full charge, its battery lasts an average of 6 to 8 hours.
By walking, Panupong was able to reach places that are not accessible to vehicle.
Through Panupong’s efforts, Google was able to add 150 new places in Thailand such as the Sukhothai Historical Park and the Ayutthaya ancient temples, among others.
According to a Google representative, Panupong once “burned through four pairs of shoes” while doing his work.
Describing Panupong’s hard work, a representative from Google shared:
“While collecting just the tea plantations and strawberry fields, he burned through four pairs of shoes.”
Now you can walk in his shoes on Google Street View!
So the next time you browse Street View, you – and Google – have Panupong to thank for the shots.
Our hats are off to Panupong for his extraordinary work.
This Abandoned Prison On A Tropical Island Will Make You Wish You Were Its Prisoner
This abandoned fortress housed prisoners during the Civil War.
Within the Dry Tortugas National Park in the lower Florida Keys, you can discover an abandoned fortress, which holds so much history. It is considered as America’s largest masonry structure – Fort Jefferson.
This fortress was built in 1846 by the U.S. army to help fight pirates sailing the Caribbean Sea. The brick-walled structure served as a refuge for officers and soldiers as well as their weapons and military warehouses. At one point, the fort reached its highest population of 1,729.
Paris’ Past and Present Meet In This Cool Photo Series by Julien Knez
This photographer’s work recently went viral online.
Julien Knez, a photographer from Paris, France, recently went viral online after his work received a lot of love from netizens across the world.
What makes Julien’s stuff interesting is how he incorporates old photos in them. They’re really fascinating! In a BoredPanda post, Julien said he “found photos of Paris taken between 1871 and 1968, and then photographed the same site from the same angle.”
He eventually published the awesome collection of old, new photos in a book entitled “Paris, Fenêtres sur l’Histoire” under the publisher Parigramme....
10 Cheapest Countries to Travel To
Itching to travel anytime soon? You can start with any of these cheap travel destinations that surely won’t disappoint.
Let’s all face it. Traveling is expensive and when you happen to be on a budget but would still like to experience the wonders the world has to offer, Google is your best friend. Budget traveling is the buzzword these days. It’s getting to go to places you want to go to without having to sacrifice your life’s savings.
Luckily, there are a lot of countries and vacation destinations one can go to which are tourist and budget friendly. We bring you the 10 cheapest countries to go to, stat.