Thailand Travel Photos on Film
I used to think it was silly to put so much importance on travel and then go off visiting a country I’d already been to before. But after scanning in all these wonderful memories I realized what a special place Thailand continues to keep in my heart. I’d happily go back every year if I could, to chase down every street cat I spied and double fist meat on a stick while maneuvering labyrinthian alleyways with wide-eyed friends. To have my hair braided by the children of employees at Chai Lai Orchid, read books on the beaches of Koh Mak and motorbike through the rural backroads of Pai at dusk. To get the worst sunburns imaginable and confine ourselves to our guesthouse, only emerging at night to walk the street markets in search of mango & sticky rice. To continue learning more about the country and its people; not just its historical past, but its present climate as well.
I’d happily go back every year if I could, to do everything old and new with a side of the occasional nothing at all. Especially if I always had the luck of spending my time there with such amazing travel companions as Richelle, Miriam, Miles, Bob and Chris. As you can imagine there are a lot of stories crammed into these photographs. There are enough stories to fill entire journals. For now, I’ll let these images do the talking.
Cherng Doi Roast Chickens (Best chicken I’ve ever had)
Catmosphere Cat Cafe
The Larder Cafe
Blue Diamond Breakfast Club — One stop shop. Don’t skip the coconut milk lattes.
Tiger TED Cafe
Riverside Bar & Restaurant
Black Canyon Coffee @ Tha Pae Gate
Mango & Sticky Rice — Next to Hotel des Artist. Best mango & sticky rice ever.
Sunset View @ Pai
Good Life Pai
I’P Burger & Grill
Food Art Hut & German Bakery — Only place in Thailand I’ve had decent bread!
E-San — Unfortunately no web presence, but the best pad thai I’ve EVER had.
Beach Cafe (Baan Koh Mak)
The Chill Cafe
Chai Lai Orchid
Hotel des Artists (Rose of Pai)
Artist’s Place Trat
Baan Koh Mak
Rama Guest House
Chiang Mai White House
Chiang Mai Design Week
Wat Phra That Doi Noi (“Secret Wat”)
Art in Paradise (3D Art Museum)
MBK Shopping Center
Wat Phra That Mae Yen (White Buddha)
Farmer’s Land Crack
Thom’s Elephant Camp
Moh Pang Waterfall
Pai Walking Street
All photos shot on a Rolleiflex 2.8C or Contax Aria + 50mm f/1.4 in November/December 2014.
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I just stumbled across your blog and this set is so amazing. It really reminded my of my time in Thailand. Just makes me ache to go back, this time with more film. What film stock do you normally use? These are all just so beautiful!
Thanks so much, Lexi! Thailand holds a super special place in my heart, too. :]
I’m not sure exactly what film I was shooting back then, but a lot of the color photos were expired Kodak Portra VC 160, and almost all the black & white photos were on Kodak T-MAX or Ilford Delta with the opening photos taken on Ilford Delta 3200.