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Today is the 1st of March, which means that in 30 days, we’ll be jumping in a plane and leaving Chiang Mai, the place we’ve been calling home for the past 3 years in Thailand. It’s going to be a sad departure but we’re looking forward to moving to our new chosen city: Granada, Spain. […]

Someone recently asked me: “2012 is over, where’s your retrospective post?” Well.. I’ve already been so busy with all of 2013′s new projects that I’ve been rushing forward at full speed. I guess it’s a good thing to just stop for a moment and look back at what happened in the past year. 2012 was […]

Once again, for the third time since I’ve been living in Chiang Mai, I had the pleasure to attend to one of the most beautiful and photogenic festivals in the world: Yi Peng and Loy Krathong. Yi Peng (or Yee Peng) is a festival of light that coincides with Loy Krathong in Thailand. It’s a […]

The first island I’ve ever visited in Thailand is an almost unknown little T-shaped island called Koh Samet, a few hours away from Bangkok. This island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, off the cost of the Rayong Province, away from the tourist trail. It’s the closest island to Bangkok and a quick weekend […]

It’s been a while since we had beautiful sunsets in Chiang Mai, since the beginning of the rainy season this year. I was lucky I grabbed this one just in time while I was shooting something else. The way the sun rays beam up the sky while the sun is setting behind the distant mountains […]

With the start of the rainy season, stormy clouds start to gather up during the afternoon, offering great dramatic shots with a wide angle. I pass by this temple every week but I never went in before. This was the first time I got curious enough and checked how it looked like. It doesn’t change […]

One of the most important religious holidays along with Makha Bucha in many Buddhist countries, Visakha Bucha (pronounced Wisakha Bucha in Thailand) celebrates the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha, which according to the Theravada Buddhist traditions, all took place on the same day of the year: On the full moon of the […]

Wat Buppharam, is one of the most beautiful temples (and probably my favorite) in Chiang Mai, about 500m away from the tourist zone at Tha Phae gate. I think it best shows its glory during sunset when the golden light enhances the warm colors. The site of Wat Buppharam is of historical importance, as it […]

Well, Holy Lightning Batman! As I’m writing, there’s another thunderstorm passing over Chiang Mai in Thailand. It’s actually more of a lightning show than rain. My wife warned me there was a storm approaching in the horizon. So I grabbed my camera and my tripod, set it in a dry spot, pointed the camera towards […]

We had the smoke season, with ugly dusty skies, no visibility and a barely breathable atmosphere. We had the hot season, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees C (100+ F), cooled down for a few days during Songkran, the water festival. Now we have the rainy season that’s slowly creeping in from the north of Thailand. […]

In the past 3 days, Chiang Mai rocked to the sound of splashing water, whether it’s being splashed on Buddha statues or being sprayed from a water pistol on passers-by from the back of a tuk-tuk. Nobody was spared. Buckets of icy water from behind pickup trucks. Water gun fights between young Thai children and […]

I’ve been missing the beautiful sunsets in Chiang Mai lately.. Not because I’m too busy to look outside my window, but because of the crazy smokey weather that’s been around for the past month. Every year, after the rainy season is over, farmers around Chiang Mai and neighboring countries (Burma, Laos and Cambodia) start burning […]

Yesterday night, Thailand celebrated Makha Bucha, an important Buddhist festival celebrated in South-East Asia on the full moon day of the third lunar month (which usually falls around end of February or beginning of March). Makha Bucha commemorates two separate events that occurred on the same date 45 years apart, during the Buddha’s lifetime. The […]

I don’t drive. I walk, even very long distances. And sometimes I wonder how it can be possible to put yourself in such situations where your car, in the middle of Chiang Mai (which means you can’t drive too fast), hits a curb that’s fairly high and ends up in the middle of the moat […]

Every once in a while, I go back through my archives to check out some photos and spend some time editing again. Photography is an endless learning process. Every week I learn something new. A new lighting technique, a different way to edit photos, a new idea.. It just doesn’t end. There is no mastering, […]

  Waking up at 5 in the morning is never an easy thing, especially when the only reason is to go out and shoot a festival about colorful Hot Air Balloons. However, the motivation is a little stronger when friends decide to wake up and check it out together (Thanks Dustin and Dave). The International […]

Another fiery and dramatic sunset over the city of Chiang Mai in Thailand. Enjoy!

So I guess it’s no secret that I love sunset/sunrise shots. Luckily, I also have an amazing view from my window when I’m working on my desk. Now that the rainy season is over in Chiang Mai, we are having beautiful dramatic sunsets again. I have my tripod set up in my balcony, pointing towards […]

Inside the walls of the old city in Chiang Mai, Wat Chedi Luang is probably the second most famous temple (after Wat Phra Singh). Built in the mid-15th century and damaged after an earthquake in 1545, it used to be the home of the famous ‘Emerald Buddha’ (which is now in Bangkok). The ruin stands […]

In the southern area of the ‘Old City’ in Chiang Mai, near the South Gate, lies a little secret terracotta garden, hidden behind walls in a small noisy and dirty soi (alley). This garden called Ban Phor Liang Meun’s Terracotta Garden is a  peculiar place, where you can roam around completely cut off from the outside world, […]

While on my bike tour in Bangkok a few months ago, we biked through this interesting and barely-known area of the capital: A Muslim village built on the water in one of the Chao Phraya River canals. These houses were built and generously offered for free to struggling Muslim villagers from the South of Thailand […]

I had a friend visit me 2 weeks ago in Chiang Mai from France. As he is also a photographer, we decided to just walk around and take street shots in the market by the river. We never got further than a few steps when a crazy storm just popped out of nowhere and it started […]

I wish I could be in this state more often but lately, since I came back from holiday, I’m more in a stressed-busy mode. Catching up with work, writing, editing, catching up with photos, friends, and waiting for good news.. I just can’t sit still! So instead of a photo of me jumping around, here’s […]

During a bike tour from Bangkok to Koh Samui with Beyond Boundaries Travel, we stopped at a coconut farm near Hua Hin. It was interesting to see how coconuts were harvested and cleaned before being sent to factories/markets. Basically, to pick up coconuts from trees, they either send trained monkeys to climb and do the […]

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