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IN THE PICTURE #61: MAX
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.
And once again an amazing photographer is participating in this column! Max makes beautiful pictures of the ordinary life on the street but also of the striking buildings in Bangkok. Max, we really like it that you participate in this column and help promote Thailand! Thanks a lot!
Hello Max, could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Dear readers of Thailand Magazine.
My name is Nattachai Kittirattanakowit but you can just call me “Max”. I was born and raised in Bangkok where I currently live. In 2012, I studied at the Faculty of Communication Arts where my major was Broadcasting. This was also the start of photography. Someone asked me about my photography guidelines. I answered him “Street photographer” but one day I want to become “Filmmaker”.
I hope you enjoy my photos.
August – At the end of the main road in Chinatown, Bangkok
This mural can be found at the Damrong Stitya Bridge (Saphan Lek), located near the popular Ong Ang Canal in Chinatown, Bangkok. You will find a nice Walking Street where you can shop and snack.
September 2021 – Central Embassy Shopping Mall, Bangkok
If my memory doesn’t fail me, this is the first sidewalk in Bangkok where the cables have gone underground. In the past, all electric cables hung above the streets but since 2021, Bangkok has begun to network underground.
What is your favorite destination in Thailand?
Anywhere in Bangkok. I think the same place in the same time offers different beautiful moments.
Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?
Phang Nga – I want to see “Samet Nangshe” with my eyes. I have seen a music video by Thai artist Potato Feat. Violette Wautier showing the beautiful view. Now I want to go there myself!
December 2020 / januari 2021 – Chao Phraya River, Bangkok
The photo shows the fireworks from Countdown 2021. It was my pleasure because I love taking pictures of a cityscape and fireworks!
September 2021 – The Alley near shopping mall Samyan Mirtown, Bangkok
Many people think this photo was edited with Photoshop, but it is a real photo. Here you can clearly see the difference between old and modern Bangkok.
Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?
I think all destinations in Thailand are interesting for photographers, filmmakers and tourist. For every place there is a certain charm.
Where do you like to eat?
Sookdal Bangkok, a Korean BBQ restaurant with great food and good staff.
August 2021, Sky Train, Bangkok
Inside the newest Sky Train in Bangkok. To me, it feels like traveling on a Japanese train.
August 2021 – Kheha BTS Station, Bangkok
I found this mural in Bangkok by chance. I am amazed at this beautiful art on this wall.
October 2021 – Siam Skywalk, Bangkok
This photo was taken after the severe Covid-19 outbreak in Thailand. After the Thai government lifted some Covid-19 measures it became very busy again. On October 4, 2021, when this photo was taken, it has been a long time since I felt so cheerful. Finally a busy state again with lots of traffic and many people on the streets. This is how a city like Bangkok should be!
Tip us a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by.
Fats and Angry – A 90s American style with a good mood and tone and ideal for a nice photo.
What is your favorite Thai dish?
I love Krapow and fried rice because it is simple but so delicious.
August 2021 – Hua Lamphong Station, Bangkok
Many train journeys from Bangkok started here, this place is called Hua Lamphong and is now Bangkok’s old central station.
September 2021 – Sathorn Park, Bangkok
In this picture it looks gloomy when it is raining so hard, but we get through it!
What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?
I would suggest X9 Hostel in Bangkok. Just for the good price, nice rooms and the friendly staff. Overall, this is the best hostel in Bangkok for me.
Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?
If you need help you can ask anyone because we are ready to help tourists.
Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?
Sa-Bye Dee Mai – How are you?
Mai Pen Rai – It is all right / okay.
August 2021 – Sathorn Park, Bangkok
Every day a lot of men gather to play a game of chess in Sathorn Park.
September 2021 – King Power MahaNakhon, Bangkok
The King Power MahaNakhon Tower is the second tallest tower in Thailand. The design of the building is creative and so beautiful that the sunset reflects on the windows.
What type / brand of camera do you use?
My equipment is a Sony A7iii.
Where can our readers find your work / photos?
Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?
I would recommend my brother @save.taoming04. He is a talented photographer, very creative and has a good attitude.
August 2021, Loha Prasat, Bangkok
This is a popular photo, the Loha Prasat temple is beautiful as the light falls on the building.
July 2021, Loha Prasat, Bangkok
This photo was taken inside at the Loha Prasat temple (also known as the Wat Ratchanadda). I can’t believe this is a temple.