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IN THE PICTURE #81: ANIRUDH CHRISTOPHER ANAND
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.
How nice that we now have someone from Bangladesh in this list of top photographers! We love the amazing photos Chris takes, and are therefore very happy to be able to showcase some of his work in our section.
Nice to have you join us Chris!
Hi Chris! Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Anirudh Christopher Anand, but most people call me Chris. I grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh and currently live in Bangkok, Thailand for my undergraduate studies. If I had to answer when I started taking pictures, that’s a tough question, because I always loved clicking and wasting films. However, around the age of 16, I started taking it more seriously and it has become a hobby and passion ever since.
Hope you enjoy seeing my self-selected images for the column.
Warm greetings from Bangkok,
2019: Near the Asok BTS (Sky Train) Station – Terminal 21 mall
Here my focus was on the hectic but organized traffic of Bangkok. Although, the motorcycles are technically out of line, they have ignored the pedestrian crossing.
2021: Assumption University of Thailand
Where Italian architecture meets Thai architecture. It is known to be one the most beautiful university campuses in Thailand.
What is your favorite destination in Thailand?
Bangkok. It is the best place to experience the best of Thailand. This is where all of Thailand and the rest of the world meet.
Which place / destination in Thailand is still on your wish list to visit?
The northern parts of Thailand. Especially Chiang Mai, Pai and Chiang Rai. I have yet to see the beautiful mountains and hills that Thailand has to offer.
2019: Chong Nonsi, Bangkok
The main focus here is the iconic Mahanakhon building. This is one of my best captures after arriving in Thailand.
Which place / destination do you recommend our readers to visit and why?
It obviously depends on the travel period here in Thailand. If you are planning a short trip and like nature and beaches. Then go straight to Phuket. However, if you like mountains and a quiet vacation. Then travel to the northern part of Thailand.
If you have a relaxed travel plan, I would recommend starting in the capital Bangkok first and then moving elsewhere to enjoy the contrast of lifestyle and culture.
Where do you like to eat?
This is a tough one. I don’t have a favorite stall, that’s how good the Thai food is. Try ordering from a busy vendor. That’s how you know they’re good and you’ll probably be served a fresh meal.
2021: Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok
Kept as a reminder since this train station will soon be closed.
2020: Bang Rak in Bangkok
One of the many street arts of Bangkok.
Tip us a nice coffee shop or bar where our readers can drop by.
Bars in Bangkok: Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar, Red Sky Bar, Tichuca and Mahanakhon.
Coffee shops in Bangkok: I’m more of a Starbucks and Tim Hortons type of guy. But if you want something a little different, check out Del Luna Café.
What is your favorite Thai dish?
Phad Krapow Moo/Kai – Deep fried basil with pork/chicken. I love the hefty dose of spice and flavor in it.
2021: Tichuca rooftop bar, Thong Lor, Bangkok
Bangkok knows how to put down rooftop bars.
What is your favorite accommodation in Thailand?
Look up places you want to visit prior to your trip and make a list based on distance. Google Maps is your best friend, but of course the team at Thailand Magazine can also give you great advice.
Do you have a (travel) tip that might come in handy in Thailand?
Don’t have a tip sorry.
Is there a Thai phrase or word our readers need to learn?
Thank you = Khop khun khrab (for men) / Khob khun kha (for women).
2020: Ploen Chit in Bangkok
The night skyline of downtown Bangkok, with The Okura Prestige Bangkok on the left, with that overhang being the Up & Above Restaurant and Bar.
What type / brand of camera do you use?
My phone is my main camera, a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.
Where can our readers find your work / photos?
Feel free to find me at: https://www.instagram.com/_chris_stop_her/. If you have any questions about traveling here you can always reach out to me. Many have done so in the past.
Last question, who should we also ask our ‘In the Picture’ feature?
You could ask Mohammed Kazim. His profile is new and growing. I think this would give him a great opportunity to get some exposure.
2021: Wat Suthat Thepwararam Ratchaworahawihan, at Chinatown in Bangkok
Admiring Thai temple architecture is just like any other day.
2020: Pratunam, Bangkok
From bloom to gloom. Before the pandemic, I would never believe that this street in Bangkok could be so empty.