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IN THE PICTURE #39
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!
In this edition the friendly Regis from Belgium. We have been following Regis for a little over a year now and he takes not only great photos but great videos! Very nice to see how much he has already seen and documented of Thailand. Nice to have you with us Regis!
Hello, please introduce yourself.
Hello all, let me introduce myself,
My name is Regis, I am 34 years old, I lived my whole childhood in a small village in the center of Belgium, now I live in Brussels but I am in the process of setting up a van to travel around Europe, photography is above all a passion, which I hope will one day become my job, and of course I am passionate and in love with Thailand.
I arrived in Phuket 4 years ago, and after visiting the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, I got quite a taste for it.
Since then, I have gone to the four corners of this beautiful country about every 3, 4 months, to meet these people with such a different culture and with a huge heart, to see landscapes more surprising than the others, the peace or the party, to eat delicious dishes at all hours to lose his head and especially for the photo and the scuba diving.
It has been a little more than 2 years that I am a couple with a beautiful Thai girl, but the distance is complicated and I can’t wait to see her again.
I miss this country, I miss the people, the beaches with sunsets, the diving and so many other things.
Thailand, see you soon!
Bangkok is a bustling megalopolis, with its neighborhoods, buildings, markets, overhead subways (BTS Sky Train) and antique buses.
A small tuk tuk ride is a must the first time you pass through this city. Sukhumvit in Bangkok is quite an animated area at night, we find the bars there quite trendy but the price can also be more expensive than elsewhere.
What is your favorite destination in Thailand?
I don’t really have a favorite destination in Thailand, I love to travel around the country and see new things every day.
Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?
I would still like to see the Similan Islands and Koh Lipe.
The floating market of Hua Hin, the market is located outside the city, in the middle of nature. Unfortunately, the market is closed during this period (Covid-19), but the place is beautiful.
The gateway to Ban Khao Na Nai and its five temples. This location is hidden among the mountains of Surat Thani province not far from Khao Sok National Park. I think this place is amazing!
Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?
Those who prefer temples will not be disappointed by the Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) of Chiang Rai or that of Pattaya the Prasat Sut Ja-Tum (Sanctuary of Truth) built entirely of teak. For the landscapes, Surat Thani (Khao Sok) and the province of Phang Nga is sublime.
Where do you like to eat?
Tom Yam Restaurant in Koh Phi Phi is one of my favorites, because of the quality of the dishes and because of the reception.
This picture speaks to me very much, it reminds me of the journey and the hard work of these Thais who work relentlessly to earn their living and always with a smile. The road is long for many.
The ancient city of Ayutthaya and former capital is a magical place not to be missed, many ancient temples can still be visited and the famous stone Buddha head caught in a tree is worth a visit.
Tip us a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by.
The best bar is undoubtedly the Ban Khun Ta Bar at Sairee Beach in Chumphon, a small concert fun, a reception of the most grandiose, a huge respect and did not let me return with the bike after a drunken night, I slept in a tent in the bar. And yes it happens even to the best of them xD
What is your favorite Thai dish?
The dish I prefer is without a doubt a good Massaman chicken, but I also love pad thai or a good chicken garlic bell pepper. In Thailand we are rarely disappointed with the food. Also don’t forget the fruit which is incomparable to ours in Belgium.
Koh Tao (turtle island) is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand. Its beaches and landscapes are a dream for many. The The waters around the island are perfect for snorkeling and/or diving.
Prasat Sut Ja-Tum (Sanctuary of Truth) is the landmark and the best place of Pattaya. This shrine is built entirely of wood with giant statues and drawings also carved in wood. The highest point of this particular temple is a height of 80 meters.
What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?
I never stay very long in a hotel, and I am usually not picky except for the bed which is not always the most comfortable in the world.
Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?
Don’t stay longer than 2 or 3 days somewhere, don’t forget the unexpected which is common in Thailand and that’s the charm, the north and south are totally different so don’t hesitate to travel and the lost corners are sometimes treasures to see.
Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?
Chon kæ̂w means cheers, but many say Chok Dee which means good luck, but is also used to say cheers.
I love monkeys, and in Thailand you won’t miss seeing a few. They do get a little naughty and steal everything, so be careful with your stuff, but otherwise they live very well with the community.
Ban Khao Na Nai is a place in the mountainous region of Surat Thani, with its 5 temples perched on their hills, is a real treat, you will have a breathtaking view of the region. It is a good hour by car/motorbike from the city of Surat Thani but it is also not far from Khao Sok National Park.
What type / brand of camera do you use?
I use a Nikon D60 and a Nikon D5200, a Huawei P30 Pro, a Go Pro for diving and a DJI Mavic Air2 drone.
Where can our readers find your work / photos?
I have an Instagram account and a YouTube page up and running.
Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?
I tip you guys Mister Lou Photography, his work is amazing!
Thailand Magazine: We already featured this great photographer here: In the Picture #05.
The Rajabhakti Park in Hua Hin, lets you enter the history of the 7 great kings of Thailand. With a height of 14 meters each, these statues are imposed on a huge square a little outside the city. A great time to meditate on the glorious past of these great kings.
Of course, since we never end a day in Thailand without a fantastic sunset, this photo was taken in the Surat Thani region, and so ends this journey through my passion for this country that I share with you.