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Last opening days of the Scala Theatre in Bangkok
Last opening days of the Scala Theatre in Bangkok


In ‘In the Picture’ photographers from all over the world share their 10 most favorite pictures of Thailand. See Thailand through the lens and read the story behind those pictures.

Hello, please introduce yourself.

Hello dear Thailand Magazine readers! My name is Chawanwit Tanaraksak but everyone calls me Jack. I was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. As a young boy I started photographing early in high school. I like to take pictures as a hobby while I go out or travel.


Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan (Loha Prasat in Bangkok) at sunset

Bangkok, July 2020
The Loha Prasat, by us (the Thai) this beautiful temple in Bangkok is called the Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan. This picture was taken between sunset and dusk while a heavy rain shower had just passed by.


Wat Arun seen from the other side of the river

Bangkok, July 2020
Take a rest at VIVI The Coffee Place opposite the Wat Arun in Bangkok. Here you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Chao Phraya River. During twilight and night the Wat Arun is beautifully lit!

What is your favorite destination in Thailand?

When I am on vacation in Thailand I like to visit the Phra Nakhon district. It is full of ancient culture and art, including many important temples in Thailand.

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

I would still love to visit the Mae Hong Son province in the north of Thailand! Here you will find the small village of Pai. Especially the natural landscape seems to be very beautiful in this area.


Wat Hua Lamphong in Bangkok surrounded by high-rise buildings

Bangkok, December 2019
The Wat Hua Lamphong (temple) is surrounded by (high) office buildings and residential towers.


Last opening days of the Scala Theatre in Bangkok

Bangkok, May 2020
“Final touch of memory… The last day of the Scala Theatre in Bangkok. This old and legendary cinema complex opened located in the middle of Bangkok opened her doors on December 31, 1969. Unfortunately, this magnificent location had to close its doors after the outbreak of COVID-19 in Thailand.

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

I recommend to your readers two areas in Bangkok; Yaowarat Road in Chinatown and Charoen Krung Road which is home to the hip market ASIATIQUE The Riverfront. These are streets filled with ancient culture, art, architecture and lots of incredibly delicious street food stalls that can be found here.

Where do you like to eat?

I already mentioned it in the previous question… Street food Yaowarat Road! I love to eat there, there are many different kinds of tasty dishes and snacks to choose from and they are also very cheap.


Old and modern buildings in the SamYan district of Bangkok

Bangkok, October 2019
The difference between the old and the modern city of Bangkok can be clearly seen here in the SamYan district.


Bangkok countdown 2019/2020

Bangkok, January 2020
“Happy New Year!” Bangkok Countdown 2020.

More amazing images of Bangkok’s Countdown in 2019 via Picture This #07.

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

When I am free I always visit VIVI The Coffee Place. This nice coffee shop is located at Soi Pansuk near Wat Pho. It is a place to relax and enjoy the views along the Chao Phraya River including Wat Arun during the evening hours. Really recommended!

What is your favorite Thai dish?

I love khanom khrok, it’s my favorite Thai dessert. This Thai dish is made of coconut milk and rice flour. Additional ingredients can be sugar, spring onion, corn, taro, pandan extract and coriander.


Wat Saket is kissed by the sun's rays after a spicy rain shower

Bangkok, September 2020
The light of the sunset touches the clouds above the Wat Saket (PhuKhao Thong) which light up beautifully, isn’t it?


Wat Pho during sunset in Bangkok

Bangkok, September 2020
Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho) with the light of the setting sun above the sky.

What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?

The Oxotel Hostel in Chiang Mai is a nice hostel next to the big temple and the night market. From here you can easily travel through Chiang Mai.

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

We Thai are always ready to help with willingness and a smile if you get into trouble. Please remember that.

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

Pen Yang Ngai Bang” translated as “How do you feel?”, “How do you do?”, “What’s up?”.


Yaowarat Road in China Town during the night

Bangkok, May 2019
Yaowarat Road in Bangkok’s Chinatown during evening hours. Full of people and street food stalls.


Bangkok's business district

Bangkok, August 2020
Bangkok’s central business district at sunset.

What type / brand of camera do you use?

A Nikon Z6

Where can people find your work / photos?

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

Can there be two of them? Mint and No Plan Trip.


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