With numerous of magnificent mountains and national parks, your trip in Thailand is never bored if you are into exploring. If you get the opportunity to travel there, don’t miss these destinations.
Northern Viewpoint Khao Yai
The stunning Khao Yai National Park covers an area of 300 sq km, with plenty of breathtaking sights to see. With excellent tarmac roads, it is also very easy to explore and enjoy. This is one of the best views and is sometimes referred to as Kilometre 30 Viewpoint – unsurprisingly because it is at the 30 km marker on Thanarat Road. With plenty of roadside car parking, it offers a great view of the verdant valley below.
How to shoot: While the midday sun offers the most even lighting, dusk and dawn both provide beautiful colours and more distinct contours, which will bring your pictures to life.
While Phuket has plenty of beautiful viewpoints, this one offers probably the most impressive sight. It is also known as the Three Beaches Viewpoint, as you can get three of Phuket’s best beaches in a single shot: Kata Noi nearest to you, Kata Beach in the middle and Karon Beach in the distance. You’ll also see Phuket’s Big Buddha on the hilltop to your right and the tiny Koh Pu to the left.
How to shoot: Most people take their pictures from the car park by the coast road, but there is an equally good view down the steps behind it, with the added bonus of fewer other people blocking your shot. You can get interesting shots here at almost any time of the day or night.
Phi Phi Viewpoint
Despite being sometimes known as “Phi Phi Viewpoint 2”, this is the one many people think of as the one and only. It’s not difficult to see why as it offers an outstanding view across Koh Phi Phi Don, with the beautiful Loh Dalum Bay beneath you and Tonsai Village on the narrow strip of sand connecting the rocky outcrops which form the main part of the island. While it’s a bit of a trek to get up to the viewpoint directly from the village, the route around the back is easier and there is a small café at the top.
How to shoot: It is best to photography the view in the morning or at midday. That gives you the beautiful turquoise water in the bay and means that the opposite cliffs are nicely lit. Leave it too much beyond 13:00 and they will be in deep shadow.
Lom Sak Cliffs
The viewpoint on the Lom Sak Cliffs has a rocky outcrop similar to that at Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint, but with a massive tree growing right next to it. The rolling jungle-covered landscape below certainly makes for an impressive view – one of several in Thailand’s second-oldest national park. The park is situated in Loei Province, in Thailand’s rural northeast, making it a little tricky to reach. The viewpoint itself, however, is right by a tarmac road, with a café nearby. Phu Kradueng Mountain itself is one of Thailand’s best treks, standing at an elevation of 1,316m with a very unique set of flora and herds of wild deer and elephants to enjoy on the top.
How to shoot: Phu Kradueng National Park is closed during the rainy season, so make sure you’re visiting between October and May. Aim to be there for sunset to get the best pictures as the light filters through the branches of that massive tree.
Phu Chi Fa
Technically, the view from Phu Chi Fa isn’t actually of Thailand, as the clifftop viewpoint is actually right on the border with Laos. Situated about 90 km east of Chiang Rai City and requiring a bit of a trek to get to, it is one of the more remote viewpoints in Thailand, yet is still extremely popular, particularly with locals. On a clear day, you get a fantastic view of the rugged countryside and the Mekong River valley. On a not-so-clear day, the 1,628-metre elevation puts you well above the clouds, making it quite a mysterious (if soggy) view.
How to shoot: Dawn is the most popular time to visit this viewpoint for a beautiful “sea of mist” effect.
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