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A boat used to ship materials on Railay, Thailand
A boat used to ship materials on Railay, Thailand


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! And once again, a Dutchman participates in this In The Picture section! We’ve been following Ewout on Instagram for a while now, so we’re very happy that he also shows us Thailand through a number of special images. Thanks Ewout! 

Hello, please introduce yourself.

Hi Thailand Magazine,

I am Ewouter, a professional photographer. I was born in Weert (the province Limburg in the Netherlands), then lived the first six years of my life in Belgium and then moved to Oppenau in Germany. Nowadays, I live in Den Bosch in Brabant (back in the Netherlands).

I started shooting photos in 2009 and soon got the hang of it. A few years later, I decided to do it professionally and I still do. Thanks to my tourism training, I got the chance to travel, which in turn made me want to capture my travels in the best possible way. And now I am a photographer. I try to travel as much as possible and I have already discovered a lot of the world, but never enough haha.

In this In the Picture I share with you some photos from my last few trips to Thailand, the quality of my photos has improved so much over the last few years, so I’m mainly showing the latest ones.

Hopefully we can travel again soon! Hold on!

Ewouter Blokland


View from Bayoke Tower over the skyline of Bangkok, Thailand

Taken on top of the highest building in Bangkok at the time, the Bayoke II Tower. A phenomenal view that demonstrates a little on how massive this city really is.


Arrival at Koh Phi Phi

When you arrive at the Phi Phi Islands, this is the view from the ferry that welcomes you to paradise.

What is your favorite destination in Thailand?

The Krabi province, because of the limestone rocks.

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

The Ao Phang Nga National Park and Koh Kut (Kood).


Abandoned boat on Koh Phangan in Thailand

A picture taken back in 2009 on Koh Phagan during a scooter road trip. I was fascinated by the look and condition of this boat when I saw it. Scooters and motor bikes are a great way to explore Thai islands!

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

My recommendation would be to travel around, there is so much to see and the Thai islands have lots of differences. Also try the north, no beaches but Chiang Mai is wonderful and the hikes there are unbelievable.

Where do you like to eat?

I really can’t choose, but go and try the local food!


Maya Bay in Thailand

Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley. Probably best know for The Beach and I understand why they filmed here. I can’t imagine a beach more beautiful than this.


The bay of Phi Ley in Thailand

On the other side of Phi Phi Ley island you’ll find the Phi Ley bay. This is my favourite spot in the world. I can’t explain why but this to me equals serenity. So please visit at a time no one else will. If you time it right, the tie will lower the water and no boats can enter and you can walk all the way inside.

Tip us  a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by.

An impossible question seeing there are so many, but one that stole my heart was Kantary Café (part of Cape Kudu Hotel) on Koh Yao Noi. A sweet little place with a breathtaking view.

What is your favorite Thai dish?

Nua met ma moeng, beef with peppers and cashews in oyster sauce, I just love this dish’s simplicity and flavour in all its variations.


Moored longtail boats on the coast of Thailand

If you want to get around in the Krabi province, then there’s almost no way you can skip using the famous longtail boats every now and then. In the background you can see a storm coming towards Railay Beach.


Beautiful resort garden

This is an image of the garden of our favourite hotel (the Rayavadee in Railay), but it could also have been the middle of a jungle if you ask me.

What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?

The Rayavadee on Ao Phra Nang Beach (Railay)! This resort is absolutely breathtaking, part of my honeymoon in 2017.

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

Don’t plan too much!

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

Sorry, I speak five languages but Thai unfortunately is not one of them.


Enjoying a tasty shake on Railay West in Thailand

This is me enjoying a good book in the shade and behind me you can see the bay of Railey Beach West.


View of Phang Nga Bay from Kantary Cafe on Koh Yao Noi

From the Kantary Café, of the Cape Kudu Hotel, you have this view during sunset watching east over Phang Nga bay towards Koh Hong and Koh Lao La Ding. Magnificent if you ask me. Koh Yao Noi is a wonderful quiet island to kick back and truly relax.


Cape Kudu on Koh Yao Noi in Thailand

Cape Kudu is a very lovely boutique hotel on Yao Noi and this is the view from the reception.

What type / brand of camera do you use?

A Canon DSLR, I went from a 1000D, to a 60D, then a 6D and now a 5D Mark IV.

Where can our readers find your work / photos?

All my travel pictures are at @places_by_ewouter on Instagram.

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

#11 (bonus)

Beach near Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

In the Phang Nga bay there are several uninhabitated islands, very well reachable by longtail boat. Pick a rainy day and you’ll have the island to yourself.

#12 (bonus)

A boat used to ship materials on Railay, Thailand

On Railay Beach East, where most people come and leave the otherwise unreachable peninsula. The tie and the flood create incredible differences here. This is a construction supply boat in the morning which was gone three hours later.


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