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Images of Thailand

Vibrant Bangkok, World Heritage Sukhothai and the serene mountains and villages of the far North

A 2-week guided photography tour of Thailand

Please note, recces to finalise our Thailand photography tour are still ongoing so the following is still very much in draught form. We’ll have it completed by the end of Sept (promise) so apologies for any inconvenience in the meantime.

For the latest addition to our popular range of special photographic tours of Southeast Asia – Thailand photography tour; ‘Images of Thailand’ – we’re extremely fortunate to have renowned and hugely experienced travel photographer Gary Latham, (Lonely Planet, Wanderlust, Food and Travel etc), to lead this Thailand photography tour through one of Southeast Asia’s most photogenic, spectacular and varied regions. Gary will impart his wisdom, tips, advice and hands-on assistance to any level of photographer on this 12-day guided photography tour to northern Thailand – beginner or budding pro.  You will travel through fabulous landscapes, visit picturesque ruined cities and glorious temples, experience bustling street-life and markets and meet the friendly local peoples and colourful minority hill-tribes who inhabit this region.

Travel 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 where we’ll continue into the mist-shrouded mountains and forests and remote hill-tribe villages of the infamous Golden Triangle Region.

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Itinerary

Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

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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. Introductory talk by our photographer with time to relax, recover from your jet-lag by the pool or explore the area’s lively markets and street-life.

Photo themes: introduction and orientation, street-life, markets

Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package.

Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Walk,  Meals: D, 

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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 the famous sites! Visits will include; the Grand Palace, fabulous Wat Phra Keow – ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha,

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.

Photo themes:

Overnight: Amphawa Meals: B, 

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Day 4 - Up-country - across the central plains

Early morning canal tour through Ampawa with a mid-morning 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 the town of Uthai Thani for a boat trip to see its unique floating raft settlements – thought to be one of the last remaining in Thailand.

Photo themes: architecture, landscapes, local life

Overnight: Uthai Thani Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, 

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Day 5 - Morning riverbank walk and on to Sukhothai

Photo themes:

Overnight: Sukhothai Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 6 - Sukhothai - World Heritage ancient city

Bicycle tour of the nearby, ancient city and now UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sukhothai – former capital of Siam – which, with it’s 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, 

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Day 7 - Sukhothai to Chiang Mai - heading north

Scenic drive through the mountains to Chiang Mai. with stops at the unusual Elephant hospital and a lively local market. Check in to our centrally located hotel and time to relax by the pool or explore the area before an evening tour of the town’s famous night bazaar.

Photo themes:

 

Overnight: Chiang Mai Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 8 - Chiang Mai - walking tour of the old city

Morning walking tour of the old city; its lanes, ancient temples and local markets and an afternoon at leisure. Explore further 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, 

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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, 

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Day 10 - Mae Salong - the former opium town

Originally founded by Chinese Republican soldiers, (Kuomintang), who took refuge in the area after defeat by Mao Tse Tung’s communist forces, Mae Salong was off limits for many years due to its role as a centre for the opium trade but is now known for tea plantations and spectacular scenery as well as being the centre for the local hill-tribe peoples.

Photo themes: landscapes, village life, hill-tribe peoples

Overnight: Chiang Saen Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

Day 11 - Chiang Rai

Overnight: Chiang Rai Meals: B, 

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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, 

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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, 

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The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.

Thailand, local market (by Gary Latham)

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)

Land Departures

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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

20 Lodge, Chiang Mai view

  • Delightful lush garden setting & pool
  • Quiet location in the Old City
  • Small, friendly and a welcoming family style

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

Mae Salong Villa, Mae Salong

  • The charming and quirky Mae Salong Villa
  • Located in the old Kuomintang moutain-top town itself
  • Chalet style rooms in a garden setting

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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