ThailandThailand Photo Tour Itinerary 2017
Thailand Photo Tour Itinerary – £2750.00
We will travel to three principal regions:
- The Capital City of Bangkok including some of its surrounding
- The Hill Country and its Tribes to the west of Chiang Mai in the north
- The south and the two neighbouring Islands of Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai
Your Photographer Robert Irving
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Thailand Photo Tours 2017
To be announced.
Single Room Supplement: £375.00
Who is this for?
The Trip will be of interest to both those new to Photography as well as the more experienced, either using DSLR or Film cameras. The emphasis though will be how to get the most creativity out of your camera, a rolling work-shop if you will, and not simply visiting photogenic locations. We keep the groups’ small, maximum of six individuals.
As your European long-haul flights arrive throughout the day, you will be picked up and taxied to our central Bangkok riverside hotel to convene from midday onwards. With an early evening dinner and a chance to meet, enjoy great food and start to get to know each other, we will discuss our forthcoming trip, different styles of photography open to us along with our philosophy on the Ways of Being as a Travel Photographer.
After breakfast we will start our trip with a walking tour through Bangkok’s Chinatown. If there were ever a place of concentrated humanity this would be it, narrow warrens of streets with every trade and commerce imaginable, right there on the pavement. Besides being an orientation this will be an early opportunity to start to get to grips with street photography with an emphasis on portraiture. After lunch at a riverside restaurant we shall take our own longtail boat for a closeup trip along the khlongs (canals) of Bangkok, meeting the people who use them… and returning to our hotel in the evening.
Checking out from our Bangkok hotel in the morning, we’ll travel by private mini-bus to the Maekong Railway Market, a fairly strange environment in that the stalls are built on either side of the track, and several times a day, on the sound of a horn, said stallholders whisk their wares away from the approaching train! In the afternoon we will visit the nearby Amphawa Floating Market where we will take a punt and float around the khlongs getting close-up and personal with the characters who make up this vibrant tapestry and their various activities…. Late afternoon we’ll hop into our minibus and travel to Kanchanaburi and the infamous River Kwai, where we’ll stay in a rather special floating hotel on the river itself, deep in the jungle.
Waking to the sounds of the jungle and early morning mist on the River Kwai, capturing the soft and diffused light, we’ll have time for a little exploration by foot and a refreshing swim in the river before we travel by mini bus to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll explore on foot the magnificent temple complexes dating back to 1350. It will be here that we’ll be considering the compositional art of architectural photography. After a good supper by the river we’ll board our first class sleeper carriages to travel overnight to the northern city of Chiang Mai.
Arriving in Chiang Mai early morning, we will go directly to our stylish hotel near the centre of town. The day can be spent exploring this beautiful city, though if one chooses, it can be spent equally well by the pool at our most comfortable Hotel.
After breakfast we will head west by minibus and deep into the hills to the town of Mae Sariang from where we’ll start our Hill Tribe adventure. Arriving for lunch and a briefing we’ll then head out, with our local guides, into the wilds in an air-con 4×4 which will take us to authentic and little visited villages, one of which we’ll be spending our first night in, eating and living with a Hill Tribe family in their teak and bamboo house. The style of photography over the next few days will continue its emphasis on portraiture within the context of the sitters’ environment. The architecture of the villages and their jungle settings will simply be a photographic bonus.
The day will be spent exploring the region in our 4×4, visiting villages and meeting their inhabitants getting on with their daily lives, where the photographic opportunities will be amazing. The evening will be spent in a comfortable lodge back in the town of Mae Sariang, though anyone who chooses may stay a second night in a hill village, to be picked up the following morning. (recommended!)
We continue our 4×4 exploration of the region, in the capable hands of our local guide gaining us privileged access into the lives of his people, and where amazing photographic opportunities abound. In the evening we will return to our lodge in Mae Seriang.
After breakfast we drive back to Chaing Mai and the airport for our early afternoon flight south to Phuket International Airport. From there we transfer to a speed boat which will take us off to our tranquil island where we’ll spend the remaining part of our trip. Arriving at our stylish forest environment bungalows late afternoon will give us plenty of time for a dip in the pool before dinner.
A relaxing morning with the opportunity of assessing our photography styles and images to date precede taking a longtail boat to a neighbouring island for lunch at a French / Thai fusion restaurant prior to an afternoon of learning some Thai cooking skills in the home of an established local chef – whilst also learning the art of natural light food photography, all with the added bonus of eating our creations for dinner in the home of our head chef.
The day will be spent on a neighboring island with local guides who will take us into the homes and lives of the inhabitants…. By late afternoon we will be on the western coast in a small intriguing fishing hamlet ready for sunset. Dinner will be enjoyed here in a local fish restaurant, prior to returning to our bungalows for the evening.
The morning will be spent assessing our images to date with an emphasis on computer-based post production techniques, before heading out on a private longtail boat to explore the fascinating karst limestone islands of the region with an emphasis on landscape photographic techniques. Mooring on several of these islands will allow us to photograph some stunning uninhabited beach scenes. Return to our bungalows after sunset for an evening of discussing our photography and further consideration of post production techniques.
Building on everything we have learnt on our trip, our last day will be spent with local guides who will take us back into the lives of the villagers for closeup and personal photography. Alternatively, at any point throughout the day, one is free to explore the island independently or simply lounge by the pool or swim in the sea. Our evening will be spent dining together, after which we can continue our discussions regarding post production, photography, and anything and everything.
After breakfast we will be transferred by speed boat back to the mainland and Phuket International Airport from where you will take your direct flight back to Europe, or an internal flight to Bangkok International Airport, and home from there.
£2750.00 Included in the Price:
- Transfers from Airport to hotel
- 14 nights accommodation, breakfast and evening dinner
- Maximum of eight (8) individuals
- Double room occupancy – no single supplement available
- Transportation between shoot locations
- One-to-one and group guidance
- Post production / digital darkroom techniques
- Backup notes
- All accommodation
Not included in the Price:
All flights to and from your home country to Phuket or Bangkok International Airport.
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