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IN THE PICTURE #60: WENDY WIRATNO
In this feature called ‘In the Picture‘ we ask great photographers from all over the world to share their 10 most favorite Thailand photos with our readers. See Thailand through the lens of the photographer, read the background stories and learn more about the land of smiles.
It’s been a while since we asked Wendy to participate in this section, his cool city photos caught our eye immediately and we are very happy with the contribution in this In the Picture! Number 60 already, for 60 weeks we have been posting this feature weekly and we will continue to do so! Thanks Wendy for your participation!
Hello Wendy, could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Good day, everyone!
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My full name is Wendy Wiratno, but you may call me Wendy. Some of you may know me from my instagram account : @_suatuhari_.
I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and currently live here as well. I am a father of two teenage sons and a husband, I enjoy traveling and the art of photography, which I believe are inseparable. I was first introduced to the craft of photography in 2017 and since then it has become an important part of my life. These are a few of the photos I took during my trip to Bangkok, Thailand.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Greetings from Jakarta!
Asiatique the Riverfront Market in Bangkok
This was a photo of the Asiatique the Riverfront Market and I took this photo during my visit at night. This night market is a very lively and interesting place to visit when in Bangkok. Asiatique is an open mall that offers a variety of atmosphere. It is here that you can find numerous Thai and international street food dishes with numerous souvenir stores that are so tempting to visit. This market is a must for anyone going to Bangkok, don’t forget to include it in your itinerary!
Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, Bangkok
It is such a pleasant experience to stroll down Yaowarat Road in Chinatown at night! There are many different types of street food sold here for a cheap price. The nightlife here is very lively, lit by the twinkling city lights that give it a beautiful and generally pleasant atmosphere.
What is your favorite destination in Thailand?
My favorite place in Thailand is around Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. There are so many historical sites to explore here. Some examples; the Wat Arun Temple, Wat Pho Temple and Asiatique the Riverfront Market.
Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?
The (peninsula) islands near Krabi (Koh Phi Phi, Railay, Koh Lanta). but also Koh Samui and Phuket. Hopefully we will get the chance to visit all of these great destinations in Thailand.
#3A & #3B
Chocolate Ville in Bangkok
Don’t forget to visit Chocolate Ville during your trip to Thailand. Chocolate Ville is a tourist attraction with a European (Dutch) concept. Although it is quite a journey to get here, it is worth all the effort! I took these pictures when I visited here during the twilight of the evening, very pleasant and beautiful, isn’t it?
Ratchadamri Road in Bangkok
This place is one of my family’s favorite places in Bangkok to spend the night. This location is really comfortable because it is surrounded by several shopping malls like Big C Supercenter and Central World. This picture was taken in front of the Swimming Pool Cafe (closed in 2021).
Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?
The area around the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok! Once you have seen some of the prominent sights of the area, take a boat ride on the Chao Phraya with the Chao Phraya River Express, for example.
Where do you like to eat?
Our family’s favorite street stalls are:
- Swimming Pool Cafe (closed since 2021)
- Ratchada Train Market (closed since 2021)
- Asiatique the Riverfront Market
We love the atmosphere and the food so much!
Ratchaprasong Sky Walk in Bangkok
I took this photo on Ratchaprasong Sky Walk during pre-blue hour. The Ratchaprasong Sky Walk, also known as the Bangkok R-Walk, is a walking path above the roads in the busy center of Bangkok (Siam Square area). The hustle and bustle of traffic and nightlife along this road are so beautiful, I really like the atmosphere of Bangkok with its vibrant life. By the way, the famous Erawan Shrine can also be found here.
Sunset over the skyline of Bangkok
This photo was taken during my stay at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, which also includes the Baiyoke Sky Bar, a rotating platform high above Bangkok. The sunset in Bangkok is so spectacular and beautiful that it deserves to be remembered!
Tip us a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by.
The Hello Kitty Cafe in Bangkok. This Hello Kitty themed café was a fun place for the whole family to visit but unfortunately has closed since 2019. There was a pleasant atmosphere with beautiful decorations.
What is your favorite Thai dish?
- Tom Yung Goong = Spicy shrimp soup
- Tom Kha Gai = Chicken in coconut soup
- Meat Satay
It is very tasty and it is special Thai food!
#7A & #7B
Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok
I took these two photos at different times of the day, when the sun was setting and when the blue hour was in effect. These photos appeal to me because of the beautiful combination of the Wat Arun and the beautiful sky tones.
Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok
This ancient structure, with its beautiful architecture, deserves to be preserved! During the day, I took this photo at the Wat Pho. This temple has the typical atmosphere of Bangkok.
What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?
The Baiyoke Sky Hotel in Bangkok, a pleasant experience in this hotel is guaranteed! It has a 360° view observation deck (Baiyoke Sky Bar) and you can see Bangkok city magnificent view from the highest level of this hotel
Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?
Thailand is a very friendly country! Just start everything with a smile and everything will go smoothly. Learn basic phrases or words to communicate with Thai people who do not speak English.
Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?
- Sabai Dee Mai = How are you?
- Khot Hort = Sorry
- Tao Rai = How much?
- Kun Pood Paasaa Anggrit Dai Mai = Can you speak English?
Neon Night Market in Bangkok
It is very nice to visit one of Bangkok’s famous (night) markets. Different kinds of food at very reasonable prices make us feel comfortable while enjoying the evening. I took this photo at the Neon Night Market at 8 pm.
What type / brand of camera do you use?
My gears are :
- Canon EOS M50 Apsc
- Canon EOS RP Full Frame
- RF Zoom Lens 24-105 mm f/4 USM
- EFS Wide Lens 10-18 mm f/4.5 STM
- EFS Tele Lens 55-250 mm f/4.5 STM
- EF Fix Lens 50 mm f/1.8 STM
- Benro Tripod
- Sirui Tripod
Where can our readers find your work / photos?
I usually post my photos on Instagram. you can find my account on Instagram: @_suatuhari_.
Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?
I would recommend Nattachai Kittirattanakowit, he has such an amazing collection of photos of Thailand!