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IN THE PICTURE #44
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!
Stéphane lives on Phuket and every time we see beautiful pictures of him pop up. His creations have soul and we noticed that immediately. We are therefore very happy that he wanted to participate in our In the Picture section! Merci beaucoup Stéphane! A bientôt.
Hello, please introduce yourself.
My name is Stéphane Audiger and I come from Saint Nazaire in France. I’ve been living in Phuket, Thailand for 25 years. With a formation of graphic designer, I had the opportunity to find a job in Phuket and stay here. I started photography in 2005, illustrating the reconstruction of Phuket and south Thailand after the tsunami. I love photography, videography, and I’m also a musician – bassist/singer – always ready for jamming.
Have a nice day!
Here’s an image of the road along the Bang Wat Dam in Kathu. Kathu is the district I live in, the dam is 6km from my house. Kathu is in the central area of Phuket Island, between Phuket City and Patong Beach. I often go cycling to the dam and, early morning, the light goes through the trees and offer great photo opps.
The Big Buddha has become the prime man-made attraction in Phuket. It overlooks the Bay of Chalong from the top of Nakherd Hill. At 45 meters tall, it’s really an impressive monument. I go there from time to time (this photo is not recent) as the complex around the statue gets slowly improved.
What is your favorite destination in Thailand?
The Similan Islands is the most beautiful place I’ve been in Thailand: it’s photogenic nature far from the crowds.
Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?
I’d like to visit the north of Thailand one of these days. After 25 years in the country, I never went further north than Bangkok.
Ya Nui is my favorite beach in Phuket. It’s in the south of the island between Promthep Cape and Nai Harn Beach. This little stripe of sand is certainly the best snorkeling spot in Phuket.
The Phuket Bike Week is my favorite event in Phuket. I love bikes and rock ‘n’ roll, and every year, a big circus of hundreds of bikers come to Phuket during Songkran (Thai New Year) to celebrate the biking world. Exhibitions and concerts are held in Patong and Phuket City. This photo was taken right above Ya Nui Beach at the end of the bikes’ procession between Patong and Promthep Cape.
Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?
Where do you like to eat?
The Phuket Weekend Market food section is a great place to sample a large variety of local dishes.
Promthep Cape is the southern tip of Phuket Island. Curiously, not many people dare to walk until the end of the rocky cape, although, it’s not too demanding. The place is very quiet and is a favorite spot for watching sunsets.
I’m not a big fan of crowds but the Phuket Walking Street deserves to be seen. Held every Sundays on Thalang Road, in Phuket Old Town, it’s a lively market at which you can find plenty of delicious local street food.
Tip us a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by.
Wassa Homemade Bar is a prime venue for a sundowner in Patong. The view to Patong Resort at sunset time is stunning.
What is your favorite Thai dish?
I love a classic Pad Krapaow Khai / Kai Dao (Chicken fried with basil leaves / fried egg). It’s hearty, spicy, and delicious, especially washed down with a Singha Beer with ice cubes (Thai style).
Patong Beach is the prime destination on Phuket. It’s on the west coast of the island and is usually a very busy place during high season. The beach is very beautiful and the city is home to lively dining and shopping options. It’s also very (in)famous for its nightlife scene. This image was snapped at the end of afternoon.
Phang Nga Bay is another iconic area to visit. Similar to Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, it’s a paradise for photographers. Hundreds of small limestone islands featuring caves, tunnels, and beaches offer a fantastic playground for a day trip.
What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?
When I travel in Thailand, I always pick mid-range hotels at prices not exceeding 2000 baht per night. They are comfortable and the staff is usually pleasant.
Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?
Take it easy, never show you’re upset.
Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?
Mai pen rai (never mind).
Kalim is the small beach just north of Patong. This spot is one of our family’s favorite for grabbing a snack at sunset time. The small food market is busy every time it’s held.
Lying about 2km off Rawai Beach in the south of Phuket, Koh Bon is another of my loved destinations for a break far from the crowds. There’s a beach and a restaurant, that’s it. It really gives me a taste of holiday when going there. A short ride on a long-tail boat, then relaxing on the beach.
What type / brand of camera do you use?
I’ve been working with Canon EOS cameras for years until I changed for Fuji. I now have an XT2. I also use a DJI Phantom 3 drone.
Where can our readers find your work / photos?
Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?
Christian Mouchet. He’s a former photo-reporter who photographed wars and other disasters before to settle in Thailand. He has a very photojournalism approach to photography. Not sure he will be interested in joining you, though.
Even though I do not go often, Phi Phi Islands offers a real escape from Phuket. Besides the famous yet crowded spots such as Maya Bay and the main village (Ton Sai), there are still quiet places to discover in Phi Phi. This Golden-Gate-like bridge can be found in the north of the island, between Loh Bagao and Loh Lana.
Here’s a heavily retouched image (no s–t, Sherlock) of Phang Nga Road in Phuket Old Town. The architecture of this bank building is really beautiful, even more at dusk. I just replaced the sky on the image and added a large moon/planet to give it a science fiction look.