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Thailand on Film

becky rui

About a month ago I headed to Thailand for a very last minute break. My sister, Anna and my best friend, Kate are both travelling South East Asia separately, and were going to be in Bangkok AT THE SAME TIME!

I thought how amazing it would be if they could get to see each other. And then Anna said, "you need to come out too!!!". I had already considered this, but had kind of stopped myself from thinking that could really be possible, for lots of reasons.

She sent me loads of direct messages on Instagram with different flights I could book to come out for a week, but something in me said that I shouldn't go... There was a voice that said no, this is their adventure and not for me... I shouldn't spend my money! I should stay in the UK and leave them to enjoy it.

But then I imagined what it would be like if I ACTUALLY saw them, how it would feel to get to cuddle them! To see them in real life and have a face to face conversation... I imagined what it might be like to be in Bangkok, absorbing the colour, the light, the smells, the people, the food, and the amazing PHOTOGRAPHY opportunities!

The idea filled me with excitement when I let myself go there, and I knew I had to make it happen. So on that Wednesday afternoon I booked my week-long trip and left on the Saturday!

Arriving in Bangkok and seeing my beautiful sister Anna at the airport was so exciting! I got to stay with her at a house-sitting work-away she was doing (looking after SEVEN CATS) in Lat Phrao, a more suburban area of Bangkok. It was really nice to stay in an area where we never saw tourists, and as Anna had already been there for about a month she introduced me to the people she knew at the local markets which was lovely! It was surreal jumping into her new life of travelling and getting to see a totally different way of living...

We explored lots of the city together, and I got to see Kate and her wonderful boyfriend Arthur lots of times too. I hadn't seen them for nine months!! It was so incredible and special to reunite!!

Anna and I travelled to Kanchanaburi for the last day and a half of my trip before returning to Bangkok. We got to see our Great Great Uncles grave at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, which was a very special and humbling moment. It was very emotional to imagine what all those prisoners of war went through, so so far from home.

We also visited Erawan National Park, hiking up seven tiers of beautiful waterfalls, passing families, tourists and travellers playing and swimming in the natural pools which was absolutely stunning as you will see below. We swam there ourselves and it was awesome!!! Such a beautiful experience.

From my short week in Thailand I felt that this is a very special place... The people were so friendly and warm, the city was so full of life and colour. It's a country I would definitely like to return to for longer and really explore!

My year has been full and fantastic so far, with so many incredible photo-shoots and inspiring clients, but I know I had not been taking enough photos for myself. This trip, and Thailand gifted me such compelling and truly awesome scenes and moments to capture.

In many ways this was exactly what my soul had been craving, and I feel like the Universe aligned to make this possible, see my sisters, get some perspective and fill myself up creatively. Thank you Universe!

All frames below shot on 35mm Portra 400 film on Nikon F100, developed and scanned by the lovely people at UK Film Lab.

Hope you enjoy the photos! Prints are available to buy here!

To view the whole gallery and order prints, click here!