It’s crazy that I first became interested in Thailand because of the tragedy of the tsunami in 2004, but ever since I heard and saw images of Phuket Island I knew I wanted to go there.
(If you don’t want to read and just want to see the pretty pictures, JUMP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE NOW)
Phuket Island is at the southern most tip of Thailand and to me it always represented a little piece of The Bahamas in the middle Asia (you will see from the pictures why I say that). Over the past 10 years or so I have continued to become even more fascinated with this beautiful location/country and I guess everything came together at the right time for me to finally visit (meaning I finally found an awesome airline ticket price).
As a photographer I knew this trip would yield some great images and the inner me wanted to bring every camera body and lens I have but the real me was like, “bruhh this too long a trip to be weighed down.” The kit that ended up making the cut was the Canon 5D MKIII w/ 70 – 200mm f2.8, 35mm f1.4, 1 Speedlight, no tripod, GoPro Hero 5 and DJI OSMO. I thought this kit would be a comfortable but versatile kit to capture both great stills and video.
After over 25 hours of flying and connections in New York and Shanghai, China we (@iamianthia and I) finally landed in Phuket for what would be 2 weeks of exploring Thailand, The Land of Smiles. We went from Phuket in the south, to the capital city of Bangkok, to the northern cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to get a full experience of this beautiful country.
The first days were spent in Phuket a beautiful island province with awesome beaches, a party lifestyle and awesome people. The colors and people in Phuket were reminiscent of home; bright and colorful while the market and food scenes were an amazing mix of big city and island life. In Phuket we were able to visit some local temples, the Phuket Big Buddha (The Statue of Liberty equivalent in Phuket) and actually jumped in the cage with some tigers (big ones). The true beauty of the Phuket area was found in some of the smaller islands off the coast like the Phi Phi Islands and James Bond Island, which are the stuff of dreams and can only be described as one of the wonders of the world.
Next on the itinerary was the big city of Bangkok. The famed city that is known to engulf visitors in its endless traffic jams, all day parties, mega shopping malls and great street food. The brewing metropolis was definitely a change of pace from Phuket but held the same wonderment of most Asian cities. In Bangkok we ate at awesome restaurants and were able to view the Royal Palace of Thailand, Wat Pho Temple and the famed floating markets.
A third city also made the list on our Thailand adventure and that is the city of Chiang Rai. A small city north of Bangkok famous for its White Temple of Wat Rong Khun. The temple is definitely something to see and worth the 1.5 hr flight from Bangkok to see in person and while you are there stop in and visit with the Long Neck tribe who have settled near the city.
Thailand for me was an image maker’s dream, there was a character on every corner and a culture of people who love to smile and obviously build beautiful buildings. There is a whole lot more I can say but I believe the images will speak for themselves.