Back in November 2013 I travelled to Thailand with TAT UK on a 10 day photography assignment. Above are selection of images and for a behind the scenes look at what went on click here for Joanna Cooke’s blog entry.
So on the 17th November, Peter Ellegard, Marina Imperi and myself accompanied by Kim and Joanna From TAT UK, embarked on a 10 day travel photography itinerary, escorted by our guide from Destination Asia the lovely Khun Sax. The trip took us to the jungles of Kanchanaburi, the beaches of Hua Hin, the National Park of Sam Roi Yot and of course the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
In short we documented:
- Bangkok: Chao Phraya River via long tail boat, Wat Arun, Wat Sutat, Wat Rachanadda, Wat Pho & Chinatown.
- Kanchanaburi: War Cemetery and Museum, Bridge over the River Kwai, Kra Sae bridge & Jungle.
- Phetchaburi: Phra Nakhon Kiri Temple complex.
- Hua Hin: Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Sam Roi Yot National Park, Cicada Night Market, Monkey Mountain & Wat Huay Mongkhon.
- Samut Songkhram: Maeklong Railway Market
- Bangkok: The Grand Palace and Jim Thompsons’ house.
I had to pinch myself a couple of times, this really was a dream trip for me to travel around Thailand taking photos of amazing places. We were truly spoilt by the places we photographed, the amazing accommodation where we laid our weary heads, the awesome food we ate and of course the company we kept. There were many highlights a lot of them involving the food and drink but waking up in the jungle in Kanchanaburi and the sight of Kuha Karuhas pavillon in Phraya Nakhon cave were my favorites.
Even though bad weather kept us on a train for 33hrs and from reaching our final destination of Khanom, spirits remained high in the group. It’s always nice to travel with like minded folk, even more so when they are photographers and especially when you get along. It was refreshing to see how the other guys approached the same subject, what they saw that I didn’t and the hints and tips shared along the way can only be a positive.
A few things I’ve learned; my addiction to papaya salad, have Singha beer with every meal, remember which temple entrance your flip flops are at and don’t bring bananas from breakfast to monkey mountain.
I was asked “what do you like about Thailand”, without hesitation “the food” I said. But maybe I was a bit quick on the draw because it never ceases to amaze me how lovely the Thai people really are.