The Faces of Thailand: A Photo Series

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Oh Thailand! We love this country and its people. Every time we visit Thailand, we put the people of Thailand and their stories in front of our lens.

Over the years we have collected wonderful portraits that we would like to show you in this article. Curtain up on the faces of Thailand – our beloved portrait series, which gives a glimpse into the life of the people of Thailand.

Monk in Nakhon Si Thammarat This Thai monk traveled on the occasion of a 10-day ceremony at a temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. After praying together, the villagers gave each monk a spoonful of rice.

Village women in Nakhon Si Thammarat These lovely women spared no effort and provided plenty of food for the monks prepared. The brash lady in the foreground also taught Kathi not to sit cross-legged in the presence of the monks. Oops!

Village woman in Nakhon Si Thammarat While the other ladies gesticulating wildly and laughing loudly in sat together in the group, this woman stayed discreetly in the background. But for the photo she gave us a friendly face.

Family in Nakhon Si Thammarat This family was on the occasion of the Buddhist ceremony in the come to the temple to distribute fruit there. We have seldom met such friendly and interested Thais as the three here. And: You even knew Austria. “Yeeeees, Europe! Mountains and snow!”

Our guide Mr. Pakasit with his wife “I invite you to come to my house.” We couldn’t watch that quickly , we were already surrounded by Thai sweets, lots of fresh fruit and tea and coffee. Our guide Mr. Pakasit gave us three wonderful days in Khanom. He and his lovely wife live in a house in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province which he proudly presented to us. Of course we had to promise to come back soon.

Two monks, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep These two We met monks on one of those 11 steps , which lead to the famous temple near the city of Chiang Mai. “Tourists” was her answer when asked if she was from Chiang Mai come.

Mother and Daughter, Chiang Mai For many, For many years this family has owned a small local restaurant. This is where what is reputedly the best “sai oua” is served, a northern Thai spicy sausage. The whole family helps with the production so that the house specialty can be served daily.

Cook, Chiang Mai What you see on this The 100 liter cooking pot is filled with delicious “Khao Soi”. The delicious curry soup with rice noodles is a specialty in northern Thailand. Incidentally, we ate the best “Khao Soi” of our trip at this chef’s street restaurant in Chiang Mai (“Khao Soi Khun Yai”). Be sure to stop by if you’re visiting Chiang Mai.

Shaman, Mae Taeng We were wondering not quite sure of the shamanic powers of this gentleman. Fact is: He offered us a Thai song on his homemade Thai ukulele.

Tourist Guide, Lisu Lodge As nice as the young lady grins into the camera here – she was a sly old dog. When the shaman performed his musical arts, she began to yawn loudly.

Tea Picker, Araksa Tea Plantation No one is quicker than tea picker Namee. Within a very short time she had filled half of her bamboo basket with fresh tea leaves.

Tour Guide, Araksa Tea Plantation Charlie Chan, probably the most bizarre Thai we met during our trip, works as a tour guide on the Araksa tea plantation. “Only two leaves” he repeated over and over. On the Araksa tea plantation, only the top two youngest tea leaves are picked, because they are “not so bitter”.

Restaurant Owner, Bangkok This lady owns a small Muslim restaurant in the heart of Bangkok on Charoen Krung Road that serves excellent Thai food with an Indian influence.

Boat driver, Bangkok This nice gentleman is the captain of one of the dozens of ferries that cross the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. We couldn’t look that fast, the boat had already arrived from one bank on the opposite side.

Fish Spa Visitor in Nakhon Si Thammarat Just like all the other guests, this lady stretched her feet and legs into the river. The fish of this river nibble off the calluses of the people. Of course we also tested it and can confirm that our feet have never felt so soft.

Stonemason in Donsak This lovely man has dedicated himself to his love of the craft for decades. In elaborate manual work, he forms the figures of sea creatures from a wide variety of stones and rocks: fish, dolphins, sharks, crabs, crabs. It’s unbelievable how many unique pieces the Lord has created in the course of his life.

Student from Kiriwong Village This girl was visiting a jewelry designer to learn about his craftsmanship. However, the “school lesson” was interrupted by our arrival.

Employee at a batik factory in Kiriwong Village First she just grinned a little, then she started giggling and laughing. When this girl tried to teach us the technique of tie-dye, she had to chuckle at our lack of skills – and so did we!

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