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IN THE PICTURE #77: AUSTIN DIVINE
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.
Yesss! And once again we managed to get a top photographer for our column that is slowly heading towards a hundred…. Austin shoots amazing (rough) landscape photos and we love them. Nice that you are participating Austin – Thanks!
Hi Austin! Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Austin Divine here, I am an adventure travel photographer from Colorado. However after living in Thailand for about 5 years I am now primarily based out of Bangkok. I run a small video production and photography agency where we create marketing material for brands. Thailand is one of my favorite places in the world and I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to live and enjoy my life full time here.
Make life valuable!
This is one of the coolest Islands I have seen in Thailand. It is a harder to get to, remote island in Laem Son National Park. The island is suitable for a day trip as there are no hotels or restaurants here. It is a beautiful untouched paradise and a hidden gem.
Welcome to Bamboo Island, Krabi. This is a less visited island off the coast of Koh Phi Phi. The water here is crystal clear, with incredible white sand beaches. I was invited here by the Krabi government to help capture images of the province. Another great day trip to have if you are in Krabi.
What is your favorite destination in Thailand?
My favorite place in Thailand is Khao Sok National Park. The National Park has a large lake, called Cheow Lan Lake, which sits underneath some of the most incredible rainforest mountains I have ever seen. It is a breathtaking experience visiting Khao Sok and is by far my favorite experience in the country. You can spend a night on a floating resort on the lake and take a boat trip through the area.
Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?
One place that I have wanted to visit for quite some time is Thi Lo Su waterfall. It is a hidden gem off the beaten path. However it is difficult to get too and is only open certain times of the year because of rainy season. It is definitely my goal to make it here within the next year!
Koh Phi Phi is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Thailand. The huge limestone mountains towering over the crystal clear blue water. It is truly a sight to take it
Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?
If you are coming to Thailand I highly recommend visiting the province of Krabi. This whole area is incredibly beautiful and has the best of everything Thailand has to offer. Beautiful islands and beaches, rainforest/ jungle, luxury resorts, and amazing food, you name it. It is also located in the south near Phuket and Surat Thani, which are also great places to explore.
Where do you like to eat?
The food in Thailand is obviously one of the major draws for visitors. Thai food in Thailand is quite different from the cuisine you will find in America or other western countries.
Wat Bang Thong is another incredibly unique temple located in Krabi. It is a huge and colorful temple and has many hints of Hinduism in the design. It is probably the most unique temple I have seen in all of Thailand.
Wat Chedi Liam is located in Saraphi, Chiang Mai. It is one of the oldest and most unique temples in the area dating back to 1287. This temple was just a few minutes from my home in Chiang Mai and it is located in a beautiful neighborhood with many friendly locals.
Tip us a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by.
What is your favorite Thai dish?
Some of my local favorites are Pad Krapow Neua and Panang curry.
This magnificent view is located at Amanpuri not far from Surin Beach on Phuket. Amanpuri is one of Thailand’s most prestigious and luxurious resorts. The views here are hard to beat.
Two young monks are ringing the bell at the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. The most famous temple in Chiang Mai, located on the Doi Suthep (mountain).
What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?
There are soooo many incredible hotels and resorts around the country. One of my favorite resorts is called Pimalai Resort on Koh Lanta. It was built around the jungle, retaining as much of the natural habitat as possible. Pimalai is super private, very luxurious and has picturesque beachfront views. Easily one of my favorites!
Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?
If it is your first time in Thailand I recommend renting a motorbike and going on an adventure. Take the bikes through the jungle and just go explore . It is the most freeing feeling in the world and I highly recommend it. Also, try not to exchange your money at airports and if you use a credit card always pay in the local currency.
Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?
Any trip to Thailand is not complete without visiting Bangkok. This is Thailand’s economic powerhouse of a city. It is massive and there are lots of amazing adventures to be had here. It is also where I currently live.
Sunkissed palm trees in Krabi, Thailand.
What type / brand of camera do you use?
Currently I use a 1DX Mark II, Black Magic Pocket Cinema and a Mavic 2 Pro.
Where can our readers find your work / photos?
You can find my work on Instagram @mrdivine and on my website www.austindivinevisuals.com.
Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?
I would recommend looking at @donamtykl, he has amazing photos of Thailand.