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IN THE PICTURE #62: DANNY
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.
We keep going and are certainly not done for the time being with this column that gives us a lot of joy and energy ourselves! This time it’s Danny’s turn, an American with as much love for Thailand as we have. You can see that in his fantastic photos, will you follow along? Thanks Danny!
Hello Danny, could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello Thailand Magazine reaers,
My name is Danny. I am a photographer here in Bangkok, Thailand! I come from Colorado, USA. I started photography about 4 years ago and I have absolutely grown to love the art form while here. Being in Thailand has played a major role in my love and appreciation for photography with it being such a beautiful country with so much variety and stimulation everywhere!
Wishing you a beautiful, happy and especially healthy 2022!
This photo reminds me of a better time, this photo was taken at Wat Pho on a gorgeous evening when the country was full of travellers from all over the world. I took this photo while doing a photoshoot with a girl who was visiting for her birthday and the sky gifted her with the most colourful sunset i’ve ever seen.
What is your favorite destination in Thailand?
My favorite destination in Thailand is a 3 way tie between Pai, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. These places all have a magical feeling that makes you feel real freedom. They are all beautiful and peaceful and all have fantastic food!
Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?
I have been almost everywhere I want to go in Thailand but the last place I want to visit is Phang Nga bay. It looks so picturesque and I love flying over it when going from Bangkok to Phuket.
This is a photo of a buffalo in a rice field in Pai, Thailand. I love walking through the rice fields in Pai. It is a mountain valley so the views are always beautiful and its always interesting watching the farmers round up their buffalo after a hard day’s work.
Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?
I’ve talked to many people who have visited Thailand and the only beaches they’ve seen are the beaches of Pattaya. I highly recommend the islands in the gulf and down south like Koh Lipe, Koh Lanta, Koh Kradan. On those islands you can experience real paradise and crystal clear waters. The food and culture there is also different from anywhere else in Thailand!
Where do you like to eat?
This is insanely hard to answer. In Bangkok I love The Glass Room on Sukhumvit 101/1, Non Thai food- OhKaJu for amazing and healthy food- There is one in Siam Square. A food list can take years to write so i’d recommend looking to places that are full of local people- just go there. Don’t follow Tripadvisor haha!
My favorite temple of all temples in Bangkok and probably in Thailand over all. It is called Wat Ratchabophit.
I love this photo because it has so much in one photo. You see the street life, you see the type of automobiles you’d only find in Thailand, you see the ubiquitous 7-11 with the gorgeous MahaNakhon building behind it showing Bangkok’s contrast along with a colorful sunset.
Tip us a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by.
For Coffee my absolute favorite place is in Phuket near Nai Harn Beach right next to Nai Harn Lake. There is a couple called Maewsom Coffee who sells coffee out of their car. They are lovely people who really love the art of coffee making. They are open from 6:30am- 11:00am. The coffee is delicious and not over priced.
What is your favorite Thai dish?
My favorite Thai dish changes every few weeks. I get into a dish and eat it as often as I can then I change to a new one. I love Phad Krapow with Chicken, Tom yam soup with prawn, kale and crispy pork and Massaman curry with beef in the south of Thailand.
I took this photo during a street walk. I love how the bridges cover many of the streets in the city. The road above created a nice sun flare that highlights the man walking home from work.
Bangkok during the blue hour as the Canal Express takes people home.
What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?
Spellmaya Cottage in Pai, in the northern part of Thailand comes to mind. It is a peaceful cottage in a quiet village. This comes to mind first and can be found on Airbnb.
Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?
Yes, please don’t fear the street food. I never hear of anybody getting sick from the street food here. Again, if you follow the locals you will be in for a treat. Also, learn how to drive a motorbike. It is the best way to get around in most places in Thailand.
Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?
My Thai is unfortunately lacking
This photo shows how wonderful it is to shoot street photography in Thailand. There is so much character and color and contrast everywhere you look!
The awesome and colorful fishing boats that can be found everywhere in Thailand. This one was taken on my first trip to Hua Hin. In my opinion, the best short beach trip from Bangkok.
What type / brand of camera do you use?
I shoot both film and digital. I have a Canon EOS R as my main digital camera. I use a Pentax 6×7, Pentax K1000 and a Nikon F3 for Film shooting!
Where can our readers find your work / photos?
My personal instagram is @true.heo and if you’re in Bangkok and would like to join us for a photowalk or photo class please get in touch on our community instagram @bkk.collective.
Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?
My friend @bangkok_after_dark on instagram does good work.
This photo was of the Panalee Home and Camping, we found in Ratchaburi province. It was only a 3 hour drive from Bangkok and it was a wonderful escape from the big city. The cozy cottage had a lot of style and it looked beautiful in contrast to the beautiful lush nature.
This is Loha Prasat. Another gorgeous temple near Rambuttri and Khao San Road. I love the symmetry in my photos and this temple offers that.