Tropical lush forests await your camera lens. Dazzling white sand beaches pose naturally for your next shot. Palatial temples shine in the daylight, begging you to capture its beauty. Monitor lizards stalk towards your park bench in anticipation of the shutter’s click. Everywhere you travel in Thailand, people and places will catch your eye and seem to be set up perfectly for a photograph. Always have your camera on standby and know where to go to capture the best and the brightest in Thailand.
The Erawan National Park is located in western Thailand and the park’s major attraction is Erawan Falls, a waterfall that is named after the erawan, the three-headed white elephant from Hindu mythology. The park is well-known for its seven tiers of waterfalls and as you move through the park you can stop for photos of the waterfalls, the tiers and the many people who enjoy swimming in the clear waters of the lower pools. Calm, serene, natural and undisturbed, the Erawan National Park makes for memorable photos from your Thai holiday.
Located in between the popular Phuket Island and the Strait of Malacca, the Phi Phi Islands will take your breath away. Its unique beauty is protected by its National Park status. The relatively unknown island experienced a meteoric rise to popularity after The Beach was filmed there. Since then, visitors have flocked to the islands’ shores to bask in the palm tree’s shade and wade into the warm blue waters. Look out for the gypsy boats that often dock along the shore for a uniquely Phi Phi photograph for the photo album.
Known to locals Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple in Chiang Rai is a relatively new temple. Designed by Thai artist Chalermchai Kosipipat in 1997, the Temple’s construction is still ongoing. At first glance you won’t know what part of the temple to focus on. It is a truly extraordinary temple to visit and you will never lack for new ornate, gothic and entirely extravagant details to examine. Beyond its blindingly white exterior, the main temple is right by a large pond that reflects the details of the temples in its waters. Be sure to have plenty of memory on your camera or rolls of film on hand for this visit as you could fill books with photos of the numerous sculptures and tiny details the White Temple is comprised of.
In most cities public transportation is nothing to speak of. They may run interesting advertisements that catch your eye, but generally their design and purpose flies under the radar. In Thailand it is the opposite. Public transportation is everywhere, flooding the streets with taxis and smaller vehicles called tuk tuks. Thai taxis in particular stand out: instead of opting for the usual yellow, they paint their cabs bright neon colours of the rainbow, hence their nickname “Rainbow Cabs.”
Tuk tuks are an institution for Thai residents. The tuk tuks differ in style as you move around the country, but tuk tuks are used by residents to travel short distances. If it is your first tuk tuk experience be sure to snap a photo from within the small vehicle or, if you prefer spectating, snap a photo of a loaded down tuk tuk to show your friends.
Thailand’s version of New York City’s Central Park, Lumphini Park is located right in the centre of Bangkok and offers a wide variety of activities for a visitor to partake in like kite competitions, swings, merry-go-rounds and even cow races. Lumphini translates to “birthplace of Lord Buddha” and has another special feature that is worth a photo or ten. Take a peaceful stroll around Lumphini Park and you’ll be immersed in the local culture and critters! Enormous monitor lizards live in the park and roam all over the place. Some grow to be as big as an adult human, and while in general they look intimidating, because of their proximity to humans in the park they tend towards gentler personalities. Snap an up-close-and-personal shot of a monitor lizard to remember your trek through Lumphini Park in Bangkok.
Thailand is a friendly country with rituals, buildings and ways of life that are sacred to them and they are happy to share with you. Bring your camera and be ready to capture uniquely Thai scenes everywhere you go. Protect your trip and your photos by covering your technology with a customisable travel insurance plan from Cover-More Australia.
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