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IN THE PICTURE #02
In ‘In the Picture‘ 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 pictures and learn more about the beautiful Thailand!
My name is Thanyanut Sompong and I am born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Nowadays I work at the international airport Suvarnabhumi (BKK) where many of you arrive when you visit Thailand haha. Since about seven years (now 2020) I have been doing photography and I really enjoy it! That’s why I am very happy that you have asked me for your new feature ‘In the Picture’.
This is my favorite picture! Do you know where it was shot? Yep on Yoawarat Road in China Town. I think everyone who lives in Thailand again where this I. I have tried to edit this picture so that it is different from many other pictures taken here (with a bokeh background). I love it!
This is a high angle shot taken from the King Power MahaNakon building in Bangkok. From this tower you can take beautiful pictures of all of Bangkok including the Chao Phraya River!
What is your favorite destination in Thailand?
Yaowarat Road in China Town! A popular neighborhood in Bangkok with lots of street food and often it is very crowded and cozy. Here you really must have been once in the evening when you are in Bangkok!
Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?
Phuket in the south of Thailand! The water there is very clear and you can dive in many places. I would love to go there with my family!
This is a panning shot, I like to edit my photos in different ways. This courier on the scooter is from Grab, a well known name in Thailand. You often see these mopeds delivering food in Bangkok.
Do you want a portion of fire with your street food? Haha, this is a Thai cooking style. The dish that is prepared here is called stir-fried Sabal Palmetto (Swamp cabbage). In Thai we call this “pak bung dai dang”.
Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?
Ever heard of Khao Yai National Park? This park is located in the Nakorn Ratchasima province and it is very beautiful there! I advise you to go there in the “winter” from December to February. You will have the best time on the sea of fog. A beautiful natural phenomenon!
Name a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by
I’m not really the type to go to a bar or coffee shop, but if I can give you some advice… Then go to Café Amazon. You can find a lot of them in Thailand, even at different gas stations and we Thai like to stop there for a good cup of coffee.
This picture was also taken on Yaowarat Road in China Town. Here it is always crowded and there is a lot of good food to be found. If you are ever in Bangkok you should definitely visit here in the evening!
Another one of my favorite pictures! This old lady bought quite a lot, don’t you think? I think she’s been around here for about 70 years. Personally I don’t think an old lady should lift that much at her age.
Where do you like to eat?
I love Japanese food and regularly eat at the Fuji Japanese-style restaurant chain. You can find it in Terminal 21 and Siam Paragon, among others.
What is your favorite Thai dish?
Stir fried Thai basil with pork, in Thai this is called Moo Krappao. This dish is nice and sharp and tastes intense, highly recommended!
The tuk tuk, an important part of public transport in Thailand. This cart which is often seen in Bangkok has three wheels and is often associated with Thailand.
What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?
I like the Ana Anan Hotel in Pattaya (Jomtien) very much! The hotel has a nice view over the beach and you are on the beach in a few minutes walk.
Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?
I’m really not a tour guide but I would like to give you some advice. Just ask us (the Thai), we are ready to help and welcome you!
Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?
Ever heard of the phrase “ta mu ta mi”? It’s Thai slang for cute. So when you see a cute little dog you say, “that dog is really ta mu ta mi! The Thai immediately knows what you mean, give it a try! Don’t be shy :)
I have no idea what this best man is selling… Maybe it’s something to eat… But I think it’s different from the rest with his radio, playing the music while he’s selling his products. I think he’s cool!
Ok then one more from Yaowarat Road! I just love this neighborhood a lot! There are so many eateries and street food stalls. A lot of people also sell food from a cart like this.
What type / brand of camera do you use?
Where can people find your work / photos?
On my Instagram account, follow and support me haha.
Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?
SIWAT (Aong.s op Instagram), He does a lot of street photography and is different from the rest.