Photos in Thailand

Dec 29th, 2003, 08:14 PM
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Photos in Thailand

My husband and I are traveling to Thailand this weekend. We're amateur photographers and are looking for some photo ops that are away from the major tourist attractions. Any streets or other places that anyone can recommend. Has anyone been to Ko Kret - and if so, would this be a good place for us to go for photos? Thanks.
 
Dec 29th, 2003, 08:19 PM
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I guess it would help if I told you where we are going in Thailand. We'll be in Bangkok for several days - that's the area that I'm most interested in for ideas for streets, etc. We'll also be in Chaing Mai - and hope to get out in the countryside for photos. Also a few days in Phuket.
 
Dec 29th, 2003, 08:50 PM
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Well it is difficult to come up with photos that somebody else has not already done. Chiangmai can offer some interesting photographs of artisans at work, woodcarving, silverware, silk weaving, umbrella painting, ceramics etc. It has all been done before, but a new approach could result in something special. You could find all of that along the Sankampaeng Road.

There is some stunning scenery around and this is a good time to photograph it. The area beyond Sankampaeng is very pretty and you may be lucky enough to see some rice harvesting going on.

I have always thought that the various home made or domestic vehicles one encounters throughout Thailand would make an interesting series of photographs, but to do that theme justice you would need to cover more than just Bangkok and Chiangmai.

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Dec 30th, 2003, 07:29 AM
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you will not lack for opportunities...all around thailand there are loads of subjects...hire a boat to take you slowly along the river and canals in bkk and you will be rewarded with fine subjects, especially in thornburi...
everyday life is my best subject when i take pictures in thailand
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Dec 30th, 2003, 07:42 PM
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Thanks to both of you for your thoughts. It is true that it's difficult to come up with photos or ideas that haven't already been done - but just observing and photographing life in Thailand will be good fun for us. Didn't know about the "home-made" vehicles but it sounds like something my husband will love to photograph.

We are definately planning to hire a bot to do the canals and wandering around Thonburi sounds good. Would just like to get away from the heavily touristed areas and see some other side of life in Bangkok.

Still wondering about Ko Kret - it was written up in a NYT article and sounded like a good place to get away from the crowds - or is there any such place.

Thanks again.
 
Dec 31st, 2003, 09:32 AM
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My wife and I wandered through BKK last month. Several days, we followed walking tours from Frommers (Thailand) and Fodors Citipak. There were almost no other tourists except when we got to the main sites, i.e., Wat Arun. As a slight modification, we incorporated some info from Nancy Chandler's Map of Bangkok. These walks were wonderful. Many photo opportunities. The markets, flower and food were particularly good. Some of this is detailed (for better or worse)in a thread on this board "Trip Report Installment Plan".

We saw the same NYT article, but never made it to Ko Kret (Kred?). Please let us know how you found it.

Have a great time.

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Jan 1st, 2004, 08:34 PM
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To Gpanda - I read all of your trip installments and really enjoyed them. In fact, it was your discription of walking in the Thonburi area that really got my attention for photos. Will let you know if we make it to Ko Kret. Thanks.
 
Jan 2nd, 2004, 07:03 AM
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To Joanh-As a precautionary note, we began our walk in Thonburi at the flower market across the bridge in BKK. We took so many pictures at the flower market that we ran out of film at Wat Prayoon. We could not find any place to buy film until Wat Arun.
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Jan 2nd, 2004, 05:44 PM
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I've heard the flower market it wonderful and we're looking forward to some photos there. I remember you said you ran out of film on this walk. For better or worse, we're all digital - don't have the problem running out of film but there are other drawbacks.

We're leaving tomorrow and will be back the end of January. Will let you know how it went then. Again, your help and the help of others on this forum has been invaluable. Thanks.
 
Jan 2nd, 2004, 05:56 PM
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Ko Kret is a good place of snaps - mostly ceramic wares and huge pots and potters at work. You can get similar snaps in a plce called Don Suwai (may have sp wrong). Advantage of Koh Kret is it is very accessible from Bkk. Chatujak (Asia's ;argest flea market) would be an idea for snaps - have you been? Also the flower market, Pak Khlong Talaad. Both Chinatown and the mini Indian market Pahurath have lots of local character.
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