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IN THE PICTURE #45
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!
Thanks to Rachael Delaney (In the Picture #42) we were made aware of Debbie’s beautiful photos, we immediately asked her if she would like to participate and a few weeks later we were sent the text and images below – Thanks Deb!
Hello, please introduce yourself.
I am an Australian born, Bangkok based photographer. I have been fortunate to have lived in 4 different countries and travelled to many more and now consider myself a global citizen. If you ask my friends and family I have always had a camera in my hand and nothing has changed. It was only about 18 months ago, with some convincing from friends that I should get serious about my photography, that I now officially call myself a photographer.
I hope that through my photos you can travel with me to discover the brilliance of different cultures and people and inspire you to travel when we are all able to again. I truly believe that through travel we can all grow to understand each other better and learn to appreciate our differences.
I hope that you enjoy my images and that you can be inspired.
Thank you again Thailand Magazine for the opportunity to be featured.
Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple) in Bangkok
Early one morning I jumped on the scooter and headed out with my camera, upon arriving at the Marble Temple or Wat Benchamabophit I saw this one figure standing in front praying. I did not want to intrude so I stayed well back but got down low with my wide angle lens to capture this moment. I just love this image in Black and White as you don’t get distracted and you can feel like you are truly there witnessing this person’s religious devotion.
Buddha Rock on Koh Tao
This group of boulders sits creating a human-like shape and is commonly known as Buddha Rock. This was our first time to Koh Tao in June 2020 and we had a wonderful view of Buddha Rock from our room. This sunset I waded out into the water to get closer to capture the colour in the sky and the boats.
What is your favorite destination in Thailand?
Koh Lipe, I am not a diver. I like to stay above the water, which is so easy to do with the crystal clear turquoise waters and brilliant sunrises and sunsets you get here. I am never lost for something to photograph. It is also a food heaven with some of the best fresh food I have had.
Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?
There is not just one, I have so many. Chiang Rai, Red Lotus Lake, Sukothai, Wat Sirindhorn Wararam, Pang Sida National Park in Butterfly Season, Mai, Mae Hong Son (Pai for example) and the list just goes on and on.
Fishing Man on Rawai Beach, Phuket
This was in Rawai Beach on Phuket island. We watched this man for more than 30 minutes cast his net out into the shallows, pull it back in to see if he had a catch and repeat the process. I was amazed at how he was able to keep the net from becoming one big mess.
Wat Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram Ratchaworawihan in Bangkok
I stumbled across this temple walking around the streets of Chinatown. Sometimes you can get a little “templed-out”, however this temple did not disappoint. The amount of detail and decoration on this temple was a sight to behold and I could see the way the sun was reflecting and flaring off the roof line, my aim was to capture this in the photo. I am so very pleased with the outcome.
Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?
This really does depend on the type of traveler you are. For me I love to get away from the tourist areas and get into the real life of a city. There is a way to combine both which is to take the Khlong Boat to Phanfa Bridge where you can then walk to the Golden Mount. The Khlong (canal) boat is a great way to see a different side of the city and there are many other stops along the way where you could get to major shopping centres, tourist attractions and some more local areas.
Where do you like to eat?
We did a Tuk Tuk food tour when we had friends visit, even though we had been living here for 3 years we still learnt things and found a great restaurant called Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่ป้าเพีย). You can not book and it is only open from 4pm – midnight. The kitchen is in the back alley which you can go and see. The menu is not large but the food is so yummy.
Sunflower Fields in Lopburi
In the Lopburi area around October – November the sunflower fields are in full bloom. It is such a spectacular sight, bright yellow flowers against a blue sky. My photo buddy and I went on three separate occasions to different areas to capture these bright and happy flowers.
Lopburi Monkey Festival
On the last Sunday of November every year they hold the Lopburi Monkey Festival, where they provide fruits and vegetables to the local monkeys. We missed the festival and arrived the day after, but that did not matter. There were hundreds and hundreds of monkeys in the town. They were all over the buildings, stealing goods from shops and all over the ancient stone temples. This photo was of some of the calmer monkeys, but there were plenty around that were up to no good, you needed an eye in the back of your head as they would try to open your backpack or grab your leg.
Tip us a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by.
Jacks Bar, it is a Thai restaurant/Bar right on the Chao Phraya River. It is nothing fancy but being on the river and watching the world go by is priceless.
What is your favorite Thai dish?
I love a good Tom Yum Goong. When you get all those complex flavors together and the right balance of spice it is like a party in your mouth.
Sunrise Beach on Koh Lipe
You never know what you are going to get with a sunrise. I can honestly say the early morning starts are easy when on Koh Lipe as you know you will get a sunrise to remember. This photo was taken about 15 minutes before sunrise on Sunrise Beach and I love the colours and the calm water upon which the boats sit.
Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi has a special place in our hearts, we love coming here and try to bring visitors to experience it as well. This photo was captured just after sunrise, I love to get up early and walk to the bridge and marvel at it’s the history and its creation.
What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?
Good Times Resort in Kanchanaburi. We have been here several times with family and friends and we love it. The restaurant is right next to the River Kwai and has the most delicious food around.
The staff are so amazing and can not do enough for you. You can walk to the Bridge over the River Kwai or the resort can arrange trips and tours for you.
Such a relaxing place to unplug and just watch the river flow past.
Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?
Don’t be afraid to go to places that are not “tourist attractions” if you are polite and humble. The locals are always willing to help out if you get stuck or lost.
Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?
Often when you are eating out at a local thai place, you’ll hear the question “Aroy mai?” , which means, “Is it delicious?”
The answer is “Aroy mak mak” – which means very very delicious. I love seeing the faces when the Thai cook sees you loving their dishes.
I could look at the turquoise water and long tail boats on Koh Lipe for hours and hours. On this day I had to get up close with them both by wading out into the beautiful water to capture this image of the iconic Thai long tail boat.
Temple Reflection in Kanchanaburi
The previous day we had visited Wat Tham Suea and Wat Tham Khao Noi and seen the view over the rice fields. On this day we were lucky even to find a small cafe to view the temples from below. With the still water of the lily pond it made for a great mirror image of the temples.
What type / brand of camera do you use?
A Nikon D7500, with multiple lenses it just depends on what I am shooting. When out exploring the streets I like my 18 -140mm as you never know what you might see.
Where can our readers find your work / photos?
Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?
Check Pete R., a solo traveler and travel blogger.
Asoke in Bangkok
Walking down a street that is now a part of my neighborhood, I could not help but think this is the quintessential image of a Bangkok street. I think everyone that has ever visited Thailand would say the same. I think a true photo that can transport you back to Bangkok long after you have gone.
Talad Noi in Bangkok
I first discovered this area on a free walking tour with Gojo Tours. This area known as Talat Noi or Talad Noi is a very historic neighborhood and is fast becoming a trendy area for street art. I simply fell in love with this little orange fiat in its surroundings. I have recently been back and the area continues to change and grow for the better in my opinion.