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IN THE PICTURE #21
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! This time we have Nattapohn Rodsaeng or Nat for short as our guest. When we saw his photos for the first time, we were immediately hooked! And therefore we are again pleased that he wants to show some of his pictures with us.
Hello, please introduce yourself.
Hello Thailand Magazine readers! I am Nattapohn Rodsaeng. I was born in Samutsongkhram, the smallest province of Thailand. But nowadays I live in Bangkok. I started taking photos when I was 16 years old, when my family travelled to Chiangmai with Panasonic Lumix LX2. Now I use Nikon Z6 and Samsung Note 20 Ultra. Photography is my hobby to relax after work. My profession is aquatic veterinarian which allows me to visit many places in Thailand.
Juli 2020, Phra Pra Daeng in Samutprakarn
After the first Covid-19 pandemic, everyone must move on and put the past behind them.
March 2020, Samutsongkhrm
This train market in Samutsongkhrm is not only a photogenic place for me but this market is the heart of my community.
What is your favorite destination in Thailand?
If I have to choose one of my favourite destinations, I would choose Pang Oung in Mae Hong Son because this place is isolated and peaceful. And as you can see in photo #04, the misty landscape on the lake is amazing.
Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?
The island of Koh Kood in the Trat / Trad province is at the top of my wish list. I want to kayak in the clear water channel that connects to the white sandy beach and enjoy when the sun goes down in the sea, that must be a romantic moment.
December 2019, Chao Phraya River in Bangkok
The royal barge Suphannahong sails on the mighty Chao Phraya River. This “barge” is the most famous of all Thai royal barges and is revived during the Royal Barge Procession for the full coronation of King Rama X. By the way, the Royal Barges can be admired in the National Museum of Royal Barges in Bangkok.
January 2019, Pang Oung in Mae Hong Son
This fog came drifting over the water as the sun rose above the trees.
Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?
In Thailand, there are many places to visit. If I had to recommend one, it would be the province of Nan. The Thai call Nan a virgin province. In Nan, you can still find the Lanna lifestyle. Lanna is the name of the ancient kingdom of Northern Thailand. Nature is beautiful and it is a cheap province to travel through.
Where do you like to eat?
Krua Apsorn in Bangkok is a traditional Thai restaurant that has been around for over 20 years. They even have five branches in Bangkok, so popular is this restaurant. Must try dishes are the yellow curry with prawns and young lotus roots, fried dry green curry with fish balls and stir-fried crab meat with yellow chilli.
June 2020, Wat Ratchabopit in Bangkok
Some people think that a Thai Buddhist temple is just a place to visit and admire. But why not just sit there and start meditating? Somehow you will get answers for your life. Give it a try.
Tip us a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by.
I will mention two nice places to visit in Bangkok.
The SwingBar is a rooftop bar near the Giant Swing in Chinatown. They serve many kinds of beer for a normal price. From this bar you have a nice view over the city and you can see the Giant Swing and Wat Suthat.
Then there is a coffee shop called Wallflowers Café. Wallflowers is not far from Bangkok’s old train station and is located in Chinatown. The decor is like an English Cottage Gardens style. The coffee is really good, and their pastries, cakes and other goodies are also super.
What is your favorite Thai dish?
My favourite Thai dish is Pad Kapraow. This is one of the most common dishes in Thai restaurants. The smell of Kapraow (Thai basil) and the hot chilli make your day.
What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?
Lhongkhao Samoeng is a resort located in Chiang Mai. The resort is a bit far from the city but highly recommended. Lhongkhao Samoeng is not a 5-star resort but the owner is very friendly and every room has a super view over the rice field landscape which gives a very peaceful feeling.
Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?
An easy tip I would like to give to your readers is to learn some Thai words like; Sawaddee ka / krub which means hello or hi. Koob Kun ka / krub = Thank you and Khoo Thod ka / krub = Sorry. Three words but very important. And the last thing I want to give as a tip is your smiling face, the Thai will appreciate this.
Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?
This is a good one for me to teach you. Khun Mee Nam Jai Mak Mak ka / krub = You are very kind (or friendly).
December 2017, Pha Chang Noi (or Phu Lanka) in Phayao
This area is not as well known as other places but is one of the best for a beautiful and mysterious misty morning landscape.
December 2017, near Chiang Mai
The Lan Sadet waterfall on the Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain, is not enormous but simply beautiful! You will encounter the waterfall before you walk up to the Kew Mae Pan viewpoint.
What type / brand of camera do you use?
Where can our readers find your work / photos?
Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?
Check the Instagram page of totay168. The photos and videos will make you want to travel through Chiang Mai and the northern part of Thailand.
March 2017, Wat Benjamabopit in Bangkok
The reflection after rain made the marble temple look even more fascinating at night.
June 2016, Wat Pan Toa in Chiag Mai
When a special Buddhist day arrives, monks light a candle in a small ceramic holder and pray around Buddha.