Thailand UNESCO World Heritage Site Photographic Workshop & Tour

Posted on April 18, 2012


Enlightened Exposures are please to announce the confirmation of their latest photography tour and workshop, the Central Thailand UNESCO World Heritage Site workshop.

The workshop start and finishes in Bangkok, is a 4 day 3 night tour which covers The Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima and the ancient Thai capital city of Ayutthaya. The photography tour spends one night at the national Park and two night in the ancient capital.

Enlightened Exposures have scheduled this photography tour to monthly from July 2012 through to February 2013, the tour uses five star hotels in the Khao Yai National Park and the best boutique hotels in Ayutthaya.

Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima was first recognized by UNESCO in 1984 and was given the status of ‘ASEAN Heritage Park’, but in 2005 in recognition of the valuable and delicate ecosystems in the National Park UNESCO gave Khoa Yai its highest award, that of Worldd Heritage Site. Khao National Park is home to some dramatic landscapes, granite cliffs and waterfalls which makes photography tours and workshops an absolute dream.

Ayutthaya needs very little introduction to those familiar with Asia and Thailand. Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam, the name was changed to Thailand around the same time the capital moved to its present day location in Bangkok. Ayutthaya in 1700 ad was the largest city in the world, this was due to it geographic location, midway between china, India and Malaya, making it the single most important trading post of the time, ship would sail from all over the world to the Siamese capital to exchange and trade goods. The city because of it’s immense wealth was adorned with numerous temple, palaces and trading posts, most notably that of the Dutch East India Company. Much of the ancient city lies in ruins but clues to the cities previous riches are still evident.

If you wish to join Enlightened Exposures on their UNESCO World Heritage Site tour or just find out more information visit their website.

Khao Yai national Park is a UNESCO World heritage site and located 2 hrs drive North of Bangkok. The park is at an altitude of around 1000m. The name Khao Yai literally translates into English as Big Mountain, the national park is perched on top of the mountain which is the start of the northern plateau which continues through to laos. The mountain maintains its own eco climate and is therefore home to many species of animals which are not found else where. Khao Yai is also home to some of the most magnificent waterfalls and cliff drops all which make for very dramatic and romantic images.

Ayutthaya was the second capitol of the ancient Thai kingdom of Siam and it a designated UNESCO World heritage site, the capitol was moved from Sukhothai in around 1360 ad. The city of Ayutthaya is actually an island which was formed in the Chao Phraya river as the river winds its way South to Bangkok. It is thought that in around 1700 ad Ayutthaya was the largest city in the world with well over a million inhabitants, the growth and prosperity was spurred out of Ayutthaya’s success as a major trading post in the region, large ships had the ability to sail up the Chao Phraya river to the sheltered port. Geographically located ideally central to China, India and Malay goods from all over the region were available in abundance for traders from all over the world.

Because of the cities immense prosperity it has been adorned with numerous palaces, temples and trading posts most notably the one built by the Portuguese, Dutch and Japanese, combine with these an active river lifestyle which is still the centre of the city today the photo possibilities are endless.

Day 1-To Khao Yai Nakhon Ratchasima.

We have various pick up points all around Bangkok, our luxurious bus will pick everyone up and head for the hills!!! Arriving in Khao Yai just before lunchtime. Check in to the hotel and meet and greet your fellow adventures, tour guides and tour leaders over lunch, their will also be a briefing before we entree the National Park. Head to the National Park to have a good look around before picking the best spot to capture the sunset, their are a few different spots to see the sun go down and your tour leaders will make the decision on the day which spot will be best for the current conditions. After sunset their are various places where long exposures work particularly well.

Day 2-Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima to Ayutthaya.

An early rise will ensure we are in the National Park and in position to see the sunrise, as with the sunset their are a few spots to see the sun come up all work well for different conditions, the tour leaders will make the decision on the day. Then some trekking to the numerous waterfalls which make such idillic compositions. After lunch its time to check out and hit the road to Ayutthaya. Arriving in Ayutthaya for sunset and then on to long exposure photography in and around the cities ruins.

Day 3-Ayutthaya

A sunrise boat trip around the city will provide numerous photo opportunities, the sunrise backdrop to the temples and palaces combined with the hustle and bustle of the river markets never fail to deliver. Back to the hotel around 11 for a spot of lunch. In the afternoon we will sit and critique the captures we have so far, the Photographers will also talk and answer questions. The evening we will set out to capture sunset at one of the many sites which will be decided on the day by the tour leaders, atmospheric conditions and other elements come into play. After the sun has set we will walk around the night markets where interesting and unusual compositions usually present themselves.

Day 4-Ayutthaya to Bangkok

After another sunrise behind the ancient city we will head out into the countryside and try to capture some farmers going about their daily business, agricultural landscapes make for interesting compositions and pose a number of technical issues which you will be able to pick the brains of the professionals about. arriving in Bangkok at about 15:00 just before the traffic goes crazy.

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