Images of Thailand
Bangkok street-life, sunset at World Heritage Sukhothai and the serene mountain landscapes and remote villages of the far north
A 2-week guided photography tour of Thailand
Our Thailand photography tour – ‘Images of Thailand’ – will take you from hectic yet fascinating Bangkok via the ruined, ancient city and now UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sukhothai to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s charming northern capital. From here we’ll continue into the mist-shrouded mountains and forests and remote hill-tribe villages of the infamous Golden Triangle Region.
A wealth of photographic subject matter then includes the famous sights of Bangkok as well as everyday life in its back streets, colourful markets and along its canals; evocative ruins and lotus ponds of Sukhothai, the narrow lanes, ancient temples and street bazaars of Chiang Mai as well as the traditional hill-tribe villages amid the magnificent forests and mountains of the far north.
The tour, fully accompanied by one of our professional travel photographers, aims to include scenes of everyday life – whether in rural settings, city street photography or local markets – as well as the famous sites and iconic images. It is also intended to be accessible to photographers of any level and experience from beginners to budding pros with advice, hands-on assistance and tips covering both the technical and ethical aspects of travel photography as well as editing and post-production while for the already experienced we’ll make sure we get you to the right place at the right time!
Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.
Day 1 - Bangkok - arrival and time to explore the area
Arrival in Bangkok and check in to a comfortable, downtown hotel in the City’s Banglamphu district. Orientation and introduction talk by our photographer with time to relax, recover from your jet-lag by the pool or try out some images of the area’s lively markets and street-life.
Photo themes: introduction and orientation, street-life, markets
Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Walk, Meals: D,
Day 2 - Bangkok - street photography and some of the sights
City tour with a difference – central Bangkok by riverboat, skytrain, tuk-tuk and canal boat – we’ll see the famous sites and what lies behind them! Visits will include; the Grand Palace, fabulous Wat Phra Keow – ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha – plus local markets and scenes of everyday life.
Photo themes: temples, architecture, markets, ‘hidden Bangkok’ and nightlife
Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Train, Taxi, Boat, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 3 - Amphawa - canals and floating markets
Into the suburbs for a day exploring the canals, traditional wooden stilt houses and floating markets of Amphawa district. En-route, we’ll stop by the famous Maeklong ‘Railway Market’ as well as taking in some of the area’s local industries such as salt production and parasol fabrication.
Photo themes: markets, traditional lifestyles, architecture, canal life
Overnight: Amphawa Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 4 - North up the Chao Phraya Valley
Early morning canal tour through Amphawa before a departure overland across the Central Plains and their emerald green rice paddies to the town of Suphanburi and its famous Sam Chuk, or Hundred Year Market – a highly picturesque and photogenic spot set in a maze of narrow lanes and wooden riverside walkways. In the afternoon we’ll continue to Uthai Thani for a boat trip to its unique floating raft house settlement – thought to be one of the last remaining in Thailand.
Photo themes: architecture, landscapes, local life
Overnight: Uthai Thani Transport: Minibus, Boat, Meals: B,
Day 5 - Across the central plains to Sukhothai
Leisurely morning with perhaps a stroll along the waterfront taking in the local market and an island temple in the middle of the river. Afternoon departure across the lush plains of the Chao Phraya River and arrival in Sukhothai in time for some sunset views. Some night photography with a tour of the bustling evening market completes the day.
Photo themes: countryside, markets, sunset, temples, night photography
Overnight: Sukhothai Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 6 - Sukhothai - World Heritage ancient city
Cycle or tuk-tuk tour of the nearby, ancient city and now UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sukhothai – former capital of Siam – which, with its crumbling sandstone temples, ancient carvings, towering Buddha statues and lotus-covered ponds, is one of the country’s most sacred and evocative sites.
Photo themes: historical sites, temples
Overnight: Sukhothai Transport: Minibus, Bike, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 7 - Heading north; Sukhothai, Lampang and on to Chiang Mai
Scenic drive through the mountains to Chiang Mai. with stops at the unusual Elephant hospital, a lively local market plus a stroll to discover the wonderful period architecture of historic Lampang Town. Arrival in Chiang Mai and time to relax by the pool or explore the area before an evening tour of the town’s famous night bazaar.
Photo themes: landscapes, ‘on the road’, elephants, architecture, markets
Overnight: Chiang Mai Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 8 - Chiang Mai - walking tour of the old city
Morning walking tour of the old city; its lanes, ancient temples and local markets with an afternoon at leisure. Explore and hone your street photography skills or perhaps try out one of the famous traditional massages?
Photo themes: markets, ancient temples of Chiang Mai, street life
Overnight: Chiang Mai Transport: Walk, Meals: B,
Day 9 - Chiang Mai to Mae Salong - across the mountains
Departure for the far north with a scenic drive to the remote border town of Tha Ton, including a stop on the way to visit the fascinating cave temples at Chiang Dao, before checking out the spectacular views at Tha Ton Pagoda situated high on a mountain-top straddling the Thai/Burmese border.
Photographic themes: landscapes, mountain scenery, village life, country markets
Overnight: Mae Salong Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 10 - Mae Salong - the former opium town
A day exploring Mae Salong – off limits for many years due to its role as a centre for the opium trade but now known for tea plantations and spectacular scenery as well as being the centre for the local hill-tribe peoples. Discover the plantations, markets and unique architecture of this picturesque town.
Photo themes: landscapes, village life, hill-tribe peoples
Overnight: Mae Salong Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 11 - Chiang Rai
Early visit to the very traditional style morning market before heading to the fabulous Doi Tung Botanical Gardens. In the afternoon we’ll explore some of the sites of Chiang Rai Town including Baan Dam – the ‘Black House park and exhibition centre – Wat Rong Suea Ten, (the Blue Temple) and the sprawling, souk-like old market.
Photo themes: landscapes, fauna, temples, markets, street-life
Overnight: Chiang Rai Meals: B,
Day 12 - Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai - scenic return drive
Morning scenic drive through the mountains to Chiang Mai with a stop on the way to visit the spectacular Wat Rong Khun Temple. Mid-afternoon arrival with time to stretch your legs or just relax by the pool.
Photographic themes: scenery, temples, Chiang Mai street scenes
Overnight: Chiang Mai Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B, D,
Day 13 - Chiang Mai - morning at leisure and end of tour
Day at leisure in Chiang Mai, check out the local markets, some last minute shopping or visit the famous Doi Suthep or a Thai cookery lesson can be arranged. Tour ends. at your convenience
Photographic themes: processing and editing by Gary, markets, local people
Extra nights in Bangkok prior to or Chiang Mai after your tour are available on request.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged on request.
Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk, Meals: B,
The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.
Just a few of the many highlights
From Bangkok's canals and floating markets to World Heritage Sukhothai, the historic lanes and ancient temples of Chiang Mai and on to the serene mountains of the far north
- 11-day fully guided photography tour for anyone from beginners to budding pros
- Explore the picturesque ancient capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sukhothai
- Discover the ancient temples, bustling markets and quiet lanes of Thailand's charming northern capital and historic town Chiang Mai
- Discover Bangkok - famous sites, temples, markets, museums as well as the hidden parts that few visitors ever see on our unique Bangkok day
- Mountain trekking; hike through the mountains, valleys, villages and farmland of Chiang Rai's picturesque landscapes
- Sample the superb Thai food including a chance to try the different regional cuisines of Bangkok and northern Thailand in street stalls, mar
Air Departures (UK)
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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from
*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.
We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...
Nanda Heritage Hotel, Bangkok view
- Based around a beautifully restored 1920s teak family villa
- The award winning design combines traditional and modern
- Great central location for restaurants, cafes and shopping
Foresto Sukhothai view
- Delightful, tropical garden setting with pool
- Central yet quiet location in Sukhothai Town
- Boutique style with a fusion of modern & traditional Lanna
20 Lodge, Chiang Mai view
- Delightful lush garden setting & pool
- Quiet location in the Old City
- Small, friendly and a welcoming family style
Ban Hom Muen Lee Resort, Mae Salong view
- Chinese-style decor in the old Kuomintang base of Mae Salong
- All rooms with private balconies and stupendous views
- Mountain-top location in this quaint and quirky town
Laluna Resort, Chiang Rai view
- Comfortable individual chalets in a stunning tropical garden
- 5 minute tuk-tuk ride from the town's lively night bazaar
- Pool, spa, massage and excellent in-house restaurant
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
Visa Info & Notes
This information is for anyone embarking on this tour and does not pertain to long-stay visitors or expats.
Most nationalities simply receive a 30-day visa waiver stamp on arrival at Bangkok airport. Your passport must be valid for a full 6 months, in good condition with no pages torn or missing, and while we can’t find any specific information regarding number of blank pages, as usual in South East Asia, you’re better off with at least 2 available.
Importantly you may be asked for proof of onward travel and proof you have sufficient funds for your stay.
More details, including a list of all nationalities eligible for the visa waiver, can be found on our blog A Round-Up of Thai Entry and Visa Requirements for Visitors
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