Professional photographer Ian Barin shares some of his favourite pictures of Thailand

Thailand. It’s everything you’ve heard; a beautifully complex country filled with big temples, mouthwatering foods, gorgeous coastlines, modern cities, mountainous jungles, and fascinating history and people to go along with it.

Although Thailand is a very established travel destination in Southeast Asia, one can easily still find themselves lost among unchartered tourist territory.

As a travel and landscape photographer, I’ve found that Thailand’s diverse environment and unique cultural experiences lend well to the lens – a photography opportunity not to be missed. Here I’ve selected a sample of my photography that I believe best captures the true essence of Thailand.

A beach paradise on Ko Samet

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A local resting on the last boat back to the mainland from Ko Samet

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Nighttime falling on the fishing community of Ban Phe

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A temple in Chiang Mai shining just after sunset

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Locals and tourist launching floating lanterns into the sky in Chiang Mai

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Floating lanterns fill the sky in Chiang Mai during Loi Krathong

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An elephant roaming the streets of Chiang Mai

An elephant roaming the streets of Chiang Mai

A sea of roselle flowers amongst the rolling hills of Pai

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A Buddha head engulfed by tree roots in Ayutthaya

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The sun setting over Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya

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A chef serving freshly-made Som Tom (Papaya Salad)

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Long-tail boats floating at sea amongst a pastel sunset on Ko Lanta

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A stand-alone rock island floating near the shores of Ko Lanta

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Exploring the ridged peaks of Khlong Phanom National Park

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The first rays of light over a fishing community in Phang Nga

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Waterfalls engulf the thick forest of Phang Nga

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The world’s tallest free-standing Buddha statue at Phutthamonthon

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Overlooking Bangkok from a rooftop during sunset

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Bringing in the new year in Bangkok

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A local chef presenting his traditional Thai-cuisine

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Buying a ticket on a public city bus in Bangkok

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For more of my photography visit ianbarin.com and @ianbarin on Instagram. Explore more of Thailand with The Rough Guide to ThailandCompare flights, find toursbook hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go.

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