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IN THE PICTURE #26
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 it is the turn of Jan from Germany, who like us has also visited Koh Ngai, a small paradise island not far from Koh Lanta.
Hello, please introduce yourself.
Hello Thailand Magazine and readers,
My name is Jan and I grew up in Recklinghausen, a town north of the Ruhr in Germany. Today I live with my wife Maya in Bochum, also in Germany. After my training as a designer, I immediately started my own business together with a friend in 2015. Today I am creative director at an innovation agency in Dortmund.
Since the age of 16 I have found photography very interesting and fun. In the beginning I started experimenting with analogue cameras like a Minolta. I found it exciting to let my own perspective flow into the work. Today, I almost only photograph with my iPhone when I travel. This is sufficient and ensures that I do not have to carry extra heavy luggage when I am on holiday.
Bangkok, like most tourists, was our first stay. The photo is representative of our first impressions. So many new smells and tastes. An absolute overstimulation in a positive sense.
My wife and I love plants. The partly dense jungle on the islands made our hearts beat faster. This picture was taken on a beaten path through the jungle on Koh Ngai.
What is your favorite destination in Thailand?
It’s hard to choose a favorite place. We got to know an incredible number of beautiful places and people. Koh Lipe was definitely the perfect mix of island, people, food and entertainment. This little island has its very own very relaxed vibe!
Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?
My wife and I would love to see Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya. So far we have read a lot of nice reports about Chiang Mai. Definitely on our wish list.
Of course, on our first island, Koh Phi Phi, a hike to the viewpoint was a must! Although we set out early in the morning, we weren’t as alone as we’d hoped. the view was still breathtakingly beautiful!
Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?
We would definitely recommend the Tarutao National Park. We spent 3 nights on Koh Tarutao and were, along with 2 other tourists, the only visitors on the island (apart from the rangers). The almost untouched nature, as well as the adventurous and exciting history of the island is fascinating. Especially if you plan in this island as a last stop, the very simple and quiet life there is very grounding.
Where do you like to eat?
My wife and I are both vegetarians. First of all, it is very easy for vegetarians to find very good and delicious alternatives. Even if a restaurant (exceptionally) does not have vegetarian options on the menu, we were always surprised with improvised suggestions. The Na Aroon Restaurant in Bangkok is one of the restaurants that we remember as being of particularly high quality and varied.
The photo shows our first sunset on Koh Phi Phi. On this day we arrived on the island and even if the island is very noisy and touristy, it was a moment of absolute calm. We have seldom seen such a wonderful sunset.
The third island of our first trip to Thailand was Koh Ngai. The photo shows our arrival. The dense jungle impressed us and made us curious!
After a very exhausting way that we had covered with mountain bikes on Koh Tarutao, this great picture presented itself to us.
This pier (Ao Ta Lo Woo Pier) with a huge rock that seems cut off, on an incredibly beautiful island steeped in history. The reward after a three-hour bike ride in the midday heat over a bumpy road.
– Picture This #17: Tarutao National Park, of which Koh Tarutao is a part.
What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?
In terms of comfort, style and the environment, we would recommend the Mali Resort on Koh Lipe. The contrast program can be found in the Tarutao National Park. Very spartan but also absolutely recommendable.
Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?
We would recommend anyone who wants to travel to Thailand not to take too much luggage with them. Especially when you visit the islands, as your luggage often has to be carried a certain distance.
Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?
Mai pen rai = means it doesn’t matter / it’s okay.
This photo was taken on a tour with a longtale boat on Koh Phi Phi / Koh Phi Phi Don. The legged rocks and cliffs, far from the noise of the tourists, were very impressive.
The photo shows one of the downsides. We have long been fascinated by abandoned places like this one, the unfinished or abandoned hotel complex that nature has recaptured on Koh Ngai.
Perhaps not the most beautiful view from our hotel room. But this picture reflects a little our feeling that we had. We arrived in Hat Yai after a 3 1/2 week trip. We had only planned this city as a short stopover in order to fly back to Germany from there. After 4 islands, this noisy city seemed to want to get in the mood for our home.
What type / brand of camera do you use?
An iPhone 10.
Where can our readers find your work / photos?
On my Instagram page and the Instagram page of my wife Maya.
Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?
Sorry, don’t know.
Done but very happy to have reached this place. In the background you can see a building that housed a ranger station. It was a very crazy feeling to know that you are only with a handful of people on a 12 km long island that is thickly overgrown with jungle.
This photo of Maya, my wife, is more of a snapshot. We were just about to go to a restaurant on Koh Lipe in the early evening. The light (especially in the evening hours) was just beautiful.