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Thursday 8 December 2016

One man walked 500000km so you can see rural Thailand in Street View

Mark O'Beirne

Published 30/03/2016 | 15:13

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Thai triathlete Panupong Luangsa-ard trekked around 500,000km over two years to capture images of Thailand's countryside for Street View.

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Google Street View allows you to see and explore destinations all over the world. It takes in some far-flung and hard to reach places, which begs the question, “How do they capture these images?”

Google has revealed that one man, Thai triathlete Panupong Luangsa-ard, walked 500,000km to capture images of Thailand’s countryside. Thanks to his work, Street View now feaures 150 new places of interest in Thailand, including the Sukhothai Historical Park and ancient temples at Ayutthaya.

Over the course of two years, he trekked across Thailand carrying the trekker backpack that weighs around 18kg. A Google rep revealed, “While collecting just the tea plantations and strawberry fields, he burned through four pairs of shoes.”

Thailand’s sights aren’t the only exotic location that Street View explores. You can also visit the pyramids in Egypt, the Amazon jungle, and the Great Barrier Reef.

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