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A Buddhist monk reading at a large window
A Buddhist monk reading at a large window

IN THE PICTURE #01

In ‘In the Picture‘ great photographers from all over the world share their 10 most beautiful pictures of Thailand. See Thailand through the photographer’s lens, read background stories about the amazing images and learn more about the beautiful Thailand!

#1

One of Thailand’s’ most famous Buddha statues, The stone Buddha head of Ayutthaya has set into the branches of a tree after being abandoned for nearly 500 years. This photograph was featured in National Geographic as their ‘Photo of the Day’.

Ayutthaya, July 2014
One of Thailand’s’ most famous Buddha statues, The stone Buddha head of Ayutthaya has set into the branches of a tree after being abandoned for nearly 500 years. This photograph was featured in National Geographic as their ‘Photo of the Day’. 

#2

A monk prepares himself for evening meditation in Chiang Mai’s Wat Chedi Luan Buddhist Temple.

Chiang Mai, January 2003
A monk prepares himself for evening meditation in Chiang Mai’s Wat Chedi Luan Buddhist Temple.

Hi Julian, please tell us something about yourself

My name is Julian Bound and I was born and raised in England. When I was 10 years old my grandfather gave me my first camera, since then I take pictures. I am a professional (documentary) photographer but I also make movies and documentaries. Several pictures of me have appeared in the National Geographic, New Scientist and the international press but also images of me are used for BBC News. I’ve been able to portray His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama but I’ve also worked in India and Indonesia. In 2015 I was present during the earthquake in Nepal where I documented not only the disaster but also the reconstruction in the 18 months following. Besides my photography I also work on travel books and even several novels.

#3

Whilst taking street photography in Bangkok I captured a hat seller in Yaowarat market by surprise and she gave a lovely smile.

Bangkok, May 2016
Whilst taking street photography in Bangkok I captured a hat seller in Yaowarat market by surprise and she gave a lovely smile.

What is your favorite destination in Thailand?

All of Thailand’s destinations have their own unique flavours, from the northern city of Chiang Mai with its numerous temples and old city over looked by lush green hillside forests to Bangkok’s invigorating streets filled with life and its bohemian bars of Phra Athit Road. But for those seeking a quieter place to stay the island of Koh Samui holds its own charm of beautiful beaches and warm clear waters.

Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?

I would still like to visit Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand as it is a city I have yet to explore.

Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?

Having once lived in Chiang Mai for three years I recommended the city with its abundance of temples and easy way of being. Bangkok is always a favourite destination too, with its busy vibrant atmosphere, where a traditional way of living stands side by side with modern cosmopolitan lifestyles. The island of Koh Samui is well worth a visit with its beautiful pristine beaches and inner island jungle setting.

#4

Taken beneath Koh Samui’s Big Buddha, a monk prepares himself for an evening of meditation

Koh Samui, August 2017
Taken beneath Koh Samui’s Big Buddha Temple, a monk prepares himself for an evening of meditation.

#5

A Buddhist nun sits reading in rich Bangkok dusk sunlight in the temple of Wat Chana Songkhram.

Bangkok, September 2018
A Buddhist nun sits reading in rich Bangkok dusk sunlight in the temple of Wat Chana Songkhram.

Where do you like to eat?

The street food in Banglamphu is delicious. Just off Khao San Road many food venders can be found selling Thai delicacies such as som tam (spicy papaya salad) and grilled chicken, beef or squid.

Name a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by

Whenever in Bangkok I always visit Madame Musur Bar & Restaurant. Located on Soi Rambuttri the staff are always friendly and very welcoming and with great espresso coffee it is ideal to sit and watch the world go by.

What is your favorite Thai dish?

Gai Pad Med Mamuang (chicken and cashew nuts) is my favourite Thai meal, the combination of oyster and dark soy sauce, chicken, cashews and fresh vegetables make it delicious.

#6

A view of Koh Samui’s shoreline on the road between Lamai and Cheweng.

Koh Samui, June 2014
A view of Koh Samui’s shoreline on the road between Lamai and Chaweng.

#7

A Buddha statue and stupa of Ayutthaya under a backdrop of clouds.

Ayutthaya, July 2014
A Buddha statue and stupa of Ayutthaya under a backdrop of clouds.

What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?

In Bangkok I stay in two places, each have their own good points. Both are located on Soi Rambuttri, just off Khao San RoadSawasdee House has a great location and restaurant and Wild Orchid Villa is ideal for a peaceful night’s sleep, especially when staying in the rooftop rooms overlooking Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.

Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?

To accept that the Asian way of life is different to that of the west, in doing so you begin to see life filled with smiles and laughter and true honesty in all emotions encountered.

Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?

I always like the Thai phrase ‘Gin khao yung?’ which translated as ‘Have you eaten yet?’ is often used in greeting.

#8

A monk enters the ornate doors of Buddhist temple of Wat Chana Songkhram in the heart of Bangkok’s tourist area of Banglamphu.

Bangkok, September 2018
A monk enters the ornate doors of Buddhist temple of Wat Chana Songkhram in the heart of Bangkok’s tourist area of Banglamphu.

#9

An elderly monk smiles in the grounds of Ayutthaya.

Ayutthaya, July 2014
An elderly monk smiles in the grounds of Ayutthaya.

Is there something or a place you would like to take pictures of?

I would like to photograph the jungles of Northern Thailand on the border of Myanmar.

What type / brand of camera do you use?

Canon 7D

#10

Taken in the early morning on the street of Rambutri, Bangkok, a street vender sets up a large umbrella to shield him from the sun in the day’s building heat.

Bangkok, October 2018
Taken in the early morning on the street of Rambuttri, Bangkok, a street vender sets up a large umbrella to shield him from the sun in the day’s building heat.

#11 (bonus)

An elderly monk sits beside a Buddha statue in a new temple of Sukhothai.

Sukhothai, September 2018
An elderly monk sits beside a Buddha statue in a new temple of Sukhothai.

Where can people find your work / photos?

Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?

Not filled in

#12 (bonus)

An elderly monk smiles while showing me around his temple that is being built in the cultural city of Sukhothai.

Sukhothai, September 2018
An elderly monk smiles while showing me around his temple that is being built in the cultural city of Sukhothai.

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