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
A local resting on the last boat back to the mainland from Ko Samet
Nighttime falling on the fishing community of Ban Phe
A temple in Chiang Mai shining just after sunset
Locals and tourist launching floating lanterns into the sky in Chiang Mai
Floating lanterns fill the sky in Chiang Mai during Loi Krathong
An elephant roaming the streets of Chiang Mai
A sea of roselle flowers amongst the rolling hills of Pai
A Buddha head engulfed by tree roots in Ayutthaya
The sun setting over Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya
A chef serving freshly-made Som Tom (Papaya Salad)
Long-tail boats floating at sea amongst a pastel sunset on Ko Lanta
A stand-alone rock island floating near the shores of Ko Lanta
Exploring the ridged peaks of Khlong Phanom National Park
The first rays of light over a fishing community in Phang Nga
Waterfalls engulf the thick forest of Phang Nga
The world's tallest free-standing Buddha statue at Phutthamonthon
Overlooking Bangkok from a rooftop during sunset
Bringing in the new year in Bangkok
A local chef presenting his traditional Thai-cuisine
Buying a ticket on a public city bus in Bangkok
For more of my photography visit ianbarin.com and @ianbarin on Instagram. Explore more of Thailand with The Rough Guide to Thailand. Compare flights, find tours, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go.