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The Chuam Mitr Tunnel in Bangkok
The Chuam Mitr Tunnel in Bangkok

IN THE PICTURE #50

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!

YESSSSS number 50!!! We’re almost a year into our In the Picture column and for this fiftieth edition we asked none other than Clint Kovacs. Clint is praised by many for his super beautiful photos on Instagram and we couldn’t agree more! Happy to feature some of our personal favorite photos from this friendly American from Bangkok! Thanks Clint, we hope to have a coffee with you in Bangkok soon!

Hello, please introduce yourself.

Dear readers of Thailand Magazine,

I’m Clint Kovacs and am originally from the United States. I’m currently living in Bangkok, Thailand and work as a UX Design Lead for a design agency in Bangkok. Photography started as a way of archiving moments in my life. I wanted those moments to capture the essence of how I felt at that time, so I started to develop an interest in lighting and mood. 

Best regards from Bangkok,

Clint

#1

Yaowarat Road in China Town during the night

Yaowarat Road (Chinatown) in Bangkok. My last shot before Covid-19 fully took off of a street food vendor. 

#2

A lotus flower at the Wat Anongkharam Worawihan

A lotus flower in full bloom at Wat Anongkharam Worawihan. I chose this photo as it was an important place for me in my personal journey.

What is your favorite destination in Thailand?

Bangkok, Thailand. I have always had a love for city life and Bangkok truly is the “City of Life”. Thailand Has many beautiful destinations, but it’s centerpoint is still where my heart is; Bangkok. 

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

I would love to spend some time in Phang Nga, just north of Phuket. I had the chance to drive through and was impressed by how the natural environment and culture were both colorful and vibrant. 

#3

The Wat Arun at the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

Sunset over the Chao Phraya River with the Wat Arun in the background. 

#4

A guard watches over the Thai Ministry of Defense in Bangkok, Thailand

A guard watching over the Thai Ministry of Defence in Bangkok.

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

I would always recommend going to the North, one particular place would be Mae Hong Son for its authenticity and, of course, its beautiful mountains. 

Where do you like to eat?

Although this is very hard to say in Thailand because the food is generally so good, one that comes to mind is KOPITIAM By Wilai in Phuket’s old town. It’s run by a Thai couple who have Chinese ancestry. The food reflects the blend of Chinese and Thai flavors and is consistently excellent every time I have been.  

#5

Buddhist monk at the Wat Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram Ratchaworawihan in Bangkok

A monk admiring the architecture at Wat Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram Ratchaworawihan. This is my personal favorite photo I’ve taken; the monk reflected for a moment before presiding over a ceremony where he was the star character. 

#6

Soi Heng Tai Mansion in Bangkok (Chinatown)

Although this is one of the most photographed locations in Bangkok (Soi Heng Tai Mansion – an ancient house in Chinatown), I was very happy with the way this shot came out in terms of natural balance and composition. It was one of those days where things worked out well and this is one of my favorite locations in Bangkok. 

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

One of my favorite bars in Bangkok is Baan Rim Naam, in Taladnoi. It is temporarily closed at the moment due to Covid restrictions but it is one of the nicest sunset riverview bars that I have been to in Bangkok. The Taladnoi neighborhood is fascinating as well, so the walk to and from the bar is just as much fun as the destination. 

What is your favorite Thai dish?

It’s too difficult to choose a favorite Thai dish but the one that I order the most frequently is Khao Man Gai (also known as Singaporean Chicken and Rice). It’s simple and always good

#7

Street vendor in Chinatown on Yaowarat Road in Bangkok

Yaowarat Road in Bangkok. Another street-food vendor showing off his skills (see photo 1) but this time, masks are on and it’s apparent that Covid-19 has hit Thailand. 

#8

The skyline of Bangkok with the ManNakhon Tower in the background

View of Sathorn at dusk. The most prominent structure is of course, the King Power MahaNakhon, but the entire central business district is lit up right when the sun goes down. 

What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?

My home is my favorite but if I had to pick another, I love The Slate at Nai Yang Beach on Phuket

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

Travel in Thailand offers such a wide range of experiences. Everyone comes with a different type of trip in mind but I’d suggest looking beyond the most popular places because it’s a very safe country and it’s hard to go wrong. 

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

I think the most useful Thai I have learned is the numbers. If anyone plans on spending more than a few weeks in Thailand, the numbers are not that difficult to learn but probably be the most helpful in getting around.
0 = sun

1 = nueng
2 = song 
3 = sam
4 = si
5 = ha
6 = hok
7 = chet
8 = paet
9 = kao 
10 = sip
100 = roi
1.000 = phan
10.000 = muen
100.000 = saen
1.000.000 = lan

#9

The Chuam Mitr Tunnel in Bangkok

The Chuam Mitr Tunnel connects two shopping centers. Although it resembles a bunker, seasonal decorations are put up throughout the year. This photo represents the meeting point of commercialism and traditionalism. 

#10

The entrance to the Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram Ratchaworawihan

Wat Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram Ratchaworawihan’s entrance. I visited during my first trip to Thailand in 2013 and missed some of the most beautiful architecture imaginable. Since having moved to Thailand later that same year, I came back dozens of times to take photos and take in the beauty. 

What type / brand of camera do you use?

I have several cameras but I have always loved my old Sony a6000 and still use it to this day. 

Where can our readers find your work / photos?

The place I post the most content about Thailand is on Instagram at clintkov.

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

Although he just returned to Europe, I love the photos of Erik Werner (derrick_2807 on IG). He is not only a great guy but a seriously talented photographer who has a great eye for scenes and captures mood and tone perfectly. 

#11

Sathorn Unique Tower (Ghost Tower) in Bangkok

Sathorn Unique Tower (also known as the Ghost Tower in Bangkok. A relic of the 1997-1998 financial crisis.

#12

A Buddha statue near Rawai Beach on Phuket, Thailand

I think this one is the hidden gem near Rawai Beach on Phuket

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From Thailand with LOVE! June 2020
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