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Queen Sirikit’s Birthday, Bangkok, Thailand

Queen Sirikit, Bangkok, Thailand.

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It’s Queen Sirikit’s 81st birthday today. She and King Bhumibol left hospital a few days ago and are celebrating in Hua Hin. The rest of the country is celebrating too and the place is full of posters. It’s also Thailand’s Mother’s Day and a national holiday.

Their story is like a fairy tale. On a trip to Paris Bhumibol met the outstandingly beautiful 17-year old daughter of a Siamese diplomat. He could trace his ancestry back to the early 13th century kingdom of Sukhotai. Sirikit was studying classical music, he loved jazz and they spoke French together.

In October 1948 Bhumibol was involved in a bad pile up and she looked after him. They got engaged in July 1949 and married in 1950.

More details in our forthcoming book on Bangkok.

There are more photographs on www.jonathaninbali.com


Walking Street, Pattaya, Thailand

Walking Street, Pattaya, Thailand

Walking Street, Pattaya, Thailand

Walking Street, Pattaya, Thailand is probably the most exciting street in the world if like to have fun.

Walking Street, Pattaya, Thailand

Walking Street, Pattaya, Thailand

We went with our friends. We knew what to expect as we’d been there before.

Walking Street, Pattaya, Thailand

Walking Street, Pattaya, Thailand

There are all kinds of entertainment, bars, discos, gogo-dancing, cabaret, restaurants and shows – and many neon lights.

Walking Street, Pattaya, Thailand

Walking Street, Pattaya, Thailand

There are more photographs on www.jonathaninbali.com


The Lady-Boys of Pattaya, Thailand

The Lady-Boys of Pattaya, Thailand

The Lady-Boys of Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya, Thailand has famous cabaret shows performed by lady-boys, and trans-gender dancers.

The Lady-Boys of Pattaya, Thailand

The Lady-Boys of Pattaya, Thailand

We are lucky to have friends who live in Pattaya and visited for 2 days. On the first night we went to the famous show.

The Lady-Boys of Pattaya, Thailand

The Lady-Boys of Pattaya, Thailand

It’s hard to believe your eyes. The dancers wear beautiful costumes and it’s difficult to tell that they are not girls.

The Lady-Boys of Pattaya, Thailand

The Lady-Boys of Pattaya, Thailand

They successfully blend the art of acting, stage design, costumes and sequencing.

There are more photographs on www.jonathaninbali.com


Dancing in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Dancer

Chiang Mai Dancer

In Chiang Mai, Thailand as part of the three-day Flower Festival held during the first weekend in February each year, there are dancing performances on a stage at Thappae Gate, the entrance to the old walled city of Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Dancer

Chiang Mai Dancer

Our hotel was only 5 minutes’ walk away, so it was easy to stroll there and walk back home after a wonderful evening’s entertainment.

Chiang Mai Dancer

Chiang Mai Dancer

The singers are young, but their voices are strong, and at a young age are professionals.

Chiang Mai Dancer

Chiang Mai Dancer

Being in the open air, it was easy to join them back stage for some great shots. It was all very colourful but I decided to process these in black and white. We have so much colour in our lives, it can be so overwhelming we don’t even notice or remember it.

There are more photographs on www.jonathaninbali.com


Chiang Mai Portraits, Thailand

Chiang Mai Portrait

Chiang Mai Portrait

There is something about Chiang Mai. It’s laid back, often literally.

Chiang Mai Portrait

Chiang Mai Portrait

People take their time and they have  time for you.

Chiang Mai Portrait

Chiang Mai Portrait

And they smile.

Chiang Mai Portrait
Chiang Mai Portrait

For me, it’s the ideal place for portraits and street photography, especially in the Chinatown area.

Chiang Mai Portrait

Chiang Mai Portrait

On my last morning in Chiang Mai my shoe broke and this wonderful lady fixed it and I’m still wearing it.


Flower Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Flower Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Flower Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand


In Chiang Mai, Thailand there’s a glorious three-day festival held during the first weekend in February each year, when Chiang Mai’s temperate and tropical flowers are in full bloom.

Flower Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Flower Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

We’ve been many times to Chiang Mai but this was the first time in February.

Flower Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Flower Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The festivities include floral floats, parades, traditional dancing shows, and a beauty contest, all of which are great subjects for a photographer.

Flower Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Flower Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

There are more photographs on www.jonathaninbali.com

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