My Trip to Thailand


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Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles”, and rightly so. The Thai people strive to have some fun with everything they do. Most of them lead a simple life. They just don’t worry about little things.

For my purposes, I also consider this country to be a “Photographer’s Paradise”.

 

There are over 30,000 Temples within the country, and most are very intricately decorated.[media:2010051617004844 width:0 height:0 border:1 align:auto link:2 alt:0 Long Neck Girl 2]

From almost any high point, you can see the temples in every direction.[media:20100516170042554 width:0 height:0 border:1 align:auto link:2 alt:0 Inside Temple]

The countryside is simply beautiful; lush and green from all the rainfall they get.

Buddhist Monks are a common site and easy to spot with their bright orange robes.

 

[media:2010051617002999 width:0 height:0 border:1 align:auto link:2 alt:0 Country Village]There are still many areas around the country where you can capture the flavor of the Old Country with bamboo houses with roofs of straw or even leaves, makeshift walking bridges assembled with bamboo, sticks, scrap lumber, or anything that’s available.

Many farmers still harvest their crops by hand. Some still spin their own yarn.

 

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One of my favorite spots was the Floating Market where people in these old wooden boats sell their goods; everything from handcrafted items to produce to complete hot meals ready to eat.[media:20100516170037607 width:0 height:0 border:1 align:auto link:2 alt:0 Floating Marketeer]

 

[media:2010051617004844 width:0 height:0 border:1 align:auto link:2 alt:0 Long Neck Girl]The Hill Tribes in the northern part of the country are another great photo op. Their unique culture and colorful costumes are not to be missed.[media:20100516170045756 width:0 height:0 border:1 align:auto link:2 alt:0 Long Neck Girl 2]

If you like photographing animals, like Tigers, Elephants, Monkeys and Snakes, this is the place to go. You can get up close and personal with these animals. I mean Hands-On personal.

More than anything else though, it’s the Thai people that make this land such a great photo opportunity.

They like to be photographed. If they see a camera pointed in their direction, they’ll most likely look up and smile.

 

 [media:20100516170040632 width:0 height:0 border:1 align:left link:2 alt:0 Hill Tribe Man][media:20100516170026501 width:0 height:0 border:1 align:left link:2 alt:0 Children Playing][media:20100516171816953 width:0 height:0 border:1 align:left link:2 alt:0 Tiger Kingdom][media:20100516170032705 width:0 height:0 border:1 align:left link:2 alt:0 Fishermen][media:20100516170054880 width:0 height:0 border:1 align:left link:2 alt:0 Monk in Temple][media:20100516170051889 width:0 height:0 border:1 align:left link:2 alt:0 Meditation]

 

If you’d like to see more of the photos I took on this trip, there’s a link on the home page of our website with about 40 pics. I could add more.

If you’d like to hear more about my trip or about the country, talk to me.

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