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IN THE PICTURE #43
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!
How excited we are about this In the Picture with Dima! We’ve been following this fantastic photographer for quite some time now, so we’re really excited about his participation! What great images does this sympathetic guy shoot! See for yourself…
Hello, please introduce yourself.
I’m Dima from Ukraine. I grew up in the provincial city Khmelnytskyy and 6 years ago I moved to Thailand. Now I live in Bangkok and really happy about it.
When I was a kid I had a dream to go to the USA. When I study in the University I got a chance to visit States so I bought a simple digital camera to photograph my dream. Since that time I take photos. But more professional and passionate about photography I became when I moved to Bangkok.
The very best from Bangkok,
I love this view. I love everything about this cityscape. Sometimes when I feel down I come to my rooftop and look at Bangkok and the life going down there.
What is your favorite destination in Thailand?
My all-time favorite destination is, of course, Bangkok. It’s my home and I love it so much. Here is so much to see and to photograph. Never bored with this incredible city. But besides the capital I also love Krabi (Ao Nang / Railay / Krabi and surroundings) for it’s astounding landscapes. Among my favorite destinations are Koh Chang and Pattaya.
Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?
I would say Chiang Mai is still on my wish list. Never get to visit it yet but heard a lot about it and saw many photos that make me want to travel there.
This beautiful photo was captured in Pattaya. The Sanctuary of Truth. Recommend to visit when you are there.
Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?
Definitely would recommend to visit my favorite places (mentioned above) and if you never been to Kanchanaburi you should certainly travel there. So much to see. So much.
Where do you like to eat?
So hard to choose only one. But if I have to pick I would shout out for Odessa Restaurant in Pattaya. Living far from my motherland sometimes hard coz once in a while I am craving for some Ukrainian food. And Odessa is the place where I can satisfy my craving.
Wat Benjamabophit is arguably Bangkok’s most photogenic temples. At that moment it was closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak but we found our way to capture it.
Tip us a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by.
Again, hard to pick one. There is one sky bar I love to go is called Up & Above Restaurant and Bar at The Okura Prestige with a nice cozy atmosphere, great city view and happy hour promotions. Also, Speakeasy at Hotel Muse is a wonderful place. But in my opinion, all rooftop (sky) bars in Bangkok have something amazing to offer.
What is your favorite Thai dish?
Grilled fish, I’d say (if it’s considered to be a Thai dish). It’s simply super delicious. I also like Tom Yum if it’s not too spicy.
A rainy picture to my moody-dramatic style of photography. My friend and I stuck in the rain and had to wait for it to stop. Couldn’t help myself not to take some photos.
Some people hide under the roofs and umbrellas while little girl just enjoyed dancing in the rain. But even heavy rain does not dismiss you from your duties.
What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?
All places I stayed in Pattaya are great. I would recommend a few of them. They are Royal Cliff Beach Hotel, Garden Cliff Resort & Spa and Brighton Grand Hotel. At the Royal Cliff there is an incredible infinity pool with the sea (Koh Larn) view. Garden Cliff offers a stunning view of The Sanctuary of Truth. Brighton is not a resort type hotel unlike the two others but is also very cozy.
Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?
Come with a plan. Make some research before traveling. Make a list what would you like to see and experience here. Don’t expect that things in Thailand will be same as in your native country. Just stay positive and you will definitely enjoy your trip.
Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?
“Mai phen rai” means “never mind”. Can also be used to reply to “Thank you” or “Sorry”
Bangkok storms can be really severe. On that day we decided to go home instead of one photo spot and glad we returned before the storm began. Big Buddha in the storm.
What type / brand of camera do you use?
The main camera I use is old Nikon D90 with multiple different lenses, plus I use a DJI Mavic Air 2 for my drone shots. Sometimes taking photos and videos with my phone (Huawei).
Where can our readers find your work / photos?
Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?
Ploy Gypsypianist! There many reasons why just check her photos. She is a great Thai photographer.
Love this photo. Every year MQDC makes some cool light shows and organize photo contests. This photo of mine took the first place. Was really happy to be the winner.