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  • Chok dee [Ko Lipe, Tarutao National Marine Park]

    'Chok Dee' is the transliteration of 'Good Luck' in Thai. The lengths of different coloured cloth wrapped around the bow are put there by the fishermen to protect them on the sea.

  • Buddha, Wat Mahatat [Ayutthaya]

  • Supper ingredients [Ko Lanta]

  • Open-billed Stork pair, Wat Phailom [Amphoe Sam Khok, Pathum Thani]

    The Asian Open-billed Stork, Anastomus oscitans, feeds exclusively on snails, mainly Apple snails, (Genus Pachylabra). They follow the abundance of these snails produced by different monsoons, with an East-West migration from Thailand and Cambodia to India.

    Their preferred habitat is wet, cultivated fields and along lakes and rivers at lower elevations.

    This happy pair were photographed at Wat Phailom, approx. 40km north of Bangkok.

  • Porn Resort's Longtail [Ko Lipe, Tarutao National Marine Park]

  • Cleaner [Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya Province]

  • Shrink-wrapped Buddha [Bangkok]

  • Gold shop [Bangkok]

    As much a part of Thailand as Pad Thai or King Bhumibol, shops selling gold jewellery are to be found in every Thai town, as wearing gold is still seen as very much a symbol of status and wealth for many Thais - especially in the ethnic Chinese-Thai community.

  • Thai Rice [Sukhothai, Sukhothai Province]

  • Longtail boats, Andaman Sea [Ko Lipe, Tarutao National Marine Park]

  • Sunshade for Traffic Cop [Trang, Trang Province]

  • Tuk-tuk [Trang, Trang Province]

    To be honest, I'm only guessing that this was taken in Trang. Certainly somewhere in the South, this quiet scene strikes me as strangely reminiscent of small-town France or Italy, rather than Thailand.

  • Ancient Massage [Trang, Trang Province]

  • Birdcages in Chinatown [Bangkok]

  • Banana hands [Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi]

    The most famous floating market outside of Bangkok would probably not survive today, were it not for the tourist trade. But it is still a source of good quality fruit and veg., - among many other goods sold here - for local inhabitants.

  • Beach Restaurant [Ko Lanta]
  • Tuk tuk parade [Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya Province]

    Not literally a parade, of course; just a line of tuk-tuks all neatly parked in a row on a side-street in Ayutthaya.

  • Tuk tuk detail [Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya Province]

  • Detail of Ayutthayan tuk-tuk [Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya Province]

    I love these little vehicles. The little three-wheeled open-air taxis of Bangkok look refreshingly different in Ayutthaya where they take on a little style.

    Resembling something out of the 1950's they have a certain charm, and remind me somewhat of bumper cars at a funfair. The pride of their owners/drivers certainly shows.

  • Hats at the Floating Market [Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi]
  • Palm, Beach and Longtail [Ko Lipe, Tarutao National Marine Park]
  • Open-billed Storks, Wat Phailom [Amphoe Sam Khok, Pathum Thani]

    If it weren't for the incredible din of the birds, this Wat on the river upstream from Bangkok would be a haven of tranquillity!

    Wat Phailom on the Chao Phraya River is the Winter home of quite literally thousands of nesting Open-billed Storks who feed their young on the freshwater snails from the adjacent river.

    It's a little difficult to get to by public transport, but well worth the hassle. The best route is to leave from Ayutthaya and take two public buses, (I imagine that it would be very difficult to get there from BKK). You'll have to leave town on the first bus at dawn; speak at least a smattering of Thai; and be prepared for the fact that hardly anyone will know where you want to go anyway!

    There is (or was) a viewing platform from which to watch the birds, but it's hardly necessary: walking into the Wat compound, you will be surrounded on all sides for a good half an hour before reaching the platform, and will have many viewing/photographic opportunities.

  • Buddhist Initiation Ceremony [Sukhothai, Sukhothai Province]

    Three teenage novices perform rites during their initiation ceremony. With their newly shaven heads, and pure white gowns, they prepare for an essential part in the life of a young Thai male.

  • Longtail boats, Andaman Sea [Ko Lipe, Tarutao National Marine Park]
  • Flags for Songkhran [Nong Khai]
  • Wat Phra That, Doi Suthep [Chiang Mai]
  • Durian fruit [Nong Khai]
  • River fish at market [Chiang Khong]

    Chiang Khong is an increasingly-popular point to cross the Thai-Laos border in the north.

  • The Sculpture Garden at Sala Laeo Kou [Nong Khai]

    Sala Laeo Kou, (Wat Khaek), is easily reached from Nong Khai.

  • Wat Phra That, Doi Suthep [Chiang Mai]
  • Kid Gloves - Muay Thai [Ko Chang]
  • Sugar Cane Stall [Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi Province]

  • Buddha, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet [Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya Province]

  • Wat Phra Mahathat [Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya Province]

  • Artisan, Wat Po [Bangkok]

    I have a love of movement in still photography. I often use slow shutter speeds, sometimes combined with flash, to bring a little more life to a photo.

    Taken in Wat Po, in Bangkok, this was taken handheld without flash (I had none at the time!), in quite low light levels. I was lucky to get away with it, but pleased that I tried.

  • Guest at initiation ceremony for a novice monk [Lopburi, Lopburi Province]

    Most visitors, (even long-stayers), usually pass by the towns of Central Thailand on their rush North to the hills or South to the beaches. Lop Buri is just a regular town, but is known throughout the country for its large population of Macaque monkeys, which pretty much run riot, causing mayhem whenever they hang out together in large groups.

    I stopped over here once in order to photograph the monkeys, and got side-tracked at a Novice's initiation ceremony in a local temple. This chap was a friend or relative who insisted on having his photo taken.

  • Demon Guardian, Wat Phra Kaeo, Grand Palace [Bangkok]

    On the Upper Terrace of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, these intricately and colourfully decorated demons are to be found all over Wat Phra Kaeo. Whether this is a naga or a yaksha, I have yet to discover. Can someone enlighten me?

  • Open-billed Stork, Wat Phailom [Amphoe Sam Khok, Pathum Thani]

    This incredible bird-watching spectacle of thousands of pairs of nesting Open-billed Storks is barely-known and little visited, but just a few miles upriver from Bangkok. More easily accessible by public transport from Ayutthaya, it's still a challenge to get to, but worth the effort.

  • Hand of the giant seated Buddha at Wat Mahathat [Sukhothai, Sukhothai Province]

  • Giant Buddha hand, Sri Chum temple [Sukhothai, Sukhothai Province]

  • Thanon Phra Sumen [Banglamphu, Bangkok]

    Long known as the backpackers' ghetto, the Banglamphu district of Bangkok is ideally situated on the Chao Praya river, within easy reach of the majority of tourist attractions. Banglamphu has hundreds of guesthouses, the best or most centrally-located of which fill up rapidly at any time of year.

    Thanon (Street) Phra Sumen runs parallel to the river, and this little fort is a well-known landmark. This riverfront area was recently given a facelift. Next to the fort is now an open area used for outdoor aerobic workouts most nights of the week after work and before sunset.

  • Fruit Seller [Sukhothai, Sukhothai Province]

    Sukhothai Historical Park in the North of Thailand preserves this ancient city for the benefit of tourists, international and Thai alike. It's a little too 'clinical' for my liking, but the workers here do a good job of maintaining the site.

    There are some beautifully preserved Buddha images and stupas here, along with some temple ruins. As always though, I kept my eye out for people who might make a good portrait.

    This woman was selling fruit, and at the end of a blisteringly hot day, some beautifully cool papaya with lemon squeezed on top was just what I needed. We sat together in the shade of a tree and chatted while I ate. The light was perfect, and the hat made the ideal frame for her typically Thai features. I asked to take her photo and she obliged.

  • Reclining Buddha, Wat Phananchoeng [Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya Province]

    In 1350 AD, Ayutthaya became the second capital of the Thai Kingdom (after Sukhothai), and remained so until 1767, before being moved to Bangkok. Not far North of Bangkok, (just a couple of hours by train, slightly less by bus), few visitors make Ayutthaya more than a day trip.

    It is possible to visit the main attractions in a few hours, but It's best to relax here for a couple of days. The ancient temples are spread out all over the modern town centre. You can either walk, hire a bicycle, use a motorbike taxi (very cheap), or flag down one of the uniquely-styled tuk-tuks to get around. There is also a convenient bus service which does the rounds of the more popular sights.

    This particular Buddha image is a little outside of the centre (most people who visit seem to arrive by coach), but it is quite a sight. Swathed in orange robes and about 60' long, it's also tricky to find the best viewpoint for photo's - I couldn't back up any further for the drinks vendors blocking my rear!

  • Buddha Family, Wat Yai Chaiyamongkol [Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya Province]

  • Thai fishing boat, Andaman Sea [Ko Lipe, Tarutao National Marine Park]

    Fishing boats such as these are a common sight in Thailand. Their prows wrapped in colourful cloth, they make a pretty picture when set against the backdrop of a clear tropical sea. To get the best photo, you'll have to get your feet wet though!

  • Kinnorn, Wat Phra Kaeo, Grand Palace [Bangkok]

    A gold statue of an Kinnorn, a mythical half-man, half-bird, on the Upper Terrace of Wat Phra Kaeo in the Grand Palace, Bangkok.

  • Temple Guardian, Wat Phra Kaeo, Grand Palace [Bangkok]

    Chinese influence is to be found everywhere in Thailand, (not least in it's people). This guardian is one of several distinctive Chinese figures inside the Palace grounds of Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok.

  • Buddha, Wat Phra Kaeo, Grand Palace [Bangkok]

    In stark contrast to all the gold finery that surrounds him, the young Buddha is portrayed in simple stone and serene contemplation.

  • Bloom [Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya Province]

    I am in awe of the photographers who specialise, (wildlife, portraits, landscape, floral, etc.) and am painfully aware that this just doesn't do justice to this wonder of nature.

    These particular flowers bloomed only in the morning. By 11am, they were shut up tight until the following day. Taken in Sukhothai Historical Park in the North of Thailand.

  • Chinese Cemetery [Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi Province]

    Taken in Kanchanaburi, in the West of Thailand.

    The town is most famous for the 'Bridge over the River Kwai', associated with the film of the same name. The bridge was originally built by the Japanese using forced prisoner-of-war labour during WWII. It is this bridge, and the cemetery built for those who died building it and the rest of the Siam-Burma railroad, that are the town's main tourist attractions.

    This Chinese cemetery, just a few hundred metres from the War Memorial is easily overlooked, therefore, by those with little time. I found it to be a source of much interest photographically: grand headstones, brightly-coloured lanterns, and the ever-attractive Chinese symbols, make for fine subjects.

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