Smiles of Thailand is a photo essay showcasing the lovely Thai people in both posed and candid portraits. The following photos are from the capital city of Bangkok and the regions north (including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai, etc). Thai people are known for their hospitality and wonderful smiles; however, what may not be as well known is that a smile does not always indicate happiness. During some of what many would consider ‘stressful’ moments a Thai person might be smiling. One thing I’m quite certain of though is that the smiles I’ve captured here are authentic and genuine happy faces.
This lovely lady from the Akha Hill-Tribe in Northern Thailand loved having her picture taken as is very evident by her smile.
This Thai vendor is smiling while dealing with a customer. I must say I love his hat!
These two Thai ladies are hamming it up for the camera. As a travel photography tip, one should always be ready to take the photo because one never knows when that magic moments is going to happen.
This smiling Thai girl collects donations as she entertains a crowd of mostly foreigners during the Thai Night Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
These two Thai girls have great big smiles.
A mother and daughter walk down the street together sharing a special moment – Bangkok, Thailand.
Who says I can’t show any inanimate objects? 😛 This happy looking big is experiencing a bit of bliss. As a travel photography tutorial, consider using a slower shutter speed to give the water a blurring effect, as I have done here in this photo.
This Thai lady is laughing and smiling while talking on her cell phone.
A Thai performer plays some traditional instruments in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
A happy looking vendor reaches down to hand something to his customer – Bangkok, Thailand.
This Thai Lady has a bit of sassy looking grin on her face 😛
This kind rickshaw driver peddled me all over Chiang Mai on a hot afternoon and was still nice enough to let me take his picture afterwards.
Now that’s a happy looking object!
A happy vendor.
Some Thai teenage girls sharing a laugh in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Two adorable girls laughing from the Long Neck (Karen Hill Tribe) in Northern Thailand.
Dude these photos are awesome. You really got up close and personal for many of them. I recently posted a photo gallery of Thai people on the streets in Bangkok. Love the way Thai people are always smiling.
Great photos. Certainly confirms the nickname of the country 🙂
Just love those photos Samuel, you certainly covered a broad spectrum of smiles, age youth, beauty, wisdom, even stone.
Some great smiles there! I have not yet been to Thailand but used to work with a Thai who had the most amazing tattoo of a Phoenix i have ever seen!
How could this not make you smile back? Infectious!
It’s funny to see a shirt with the 7-11 logo, like they need more advertising when they are located on virtually every other block!
Is everyone is as happy in Thailand as the people in your pictures? Very vivid gallery-creates a very positive image of the country…Thank you!
Great shots Samuel! I love the expression of the shot of the girls in the sunglasses!
Beautiful photos,, as usual. I like how you include so many different segments of society – across age groups, religions, culture …
Amazing pictures -t hanks so much for sharing! Brings me right back to Thailand. Funny how looking at smiles makes you smile. 🙂
I do find a great smile makes me want to break out with one as well! 🙂
Omg. I love the first one. Great job.
Thanks Christy! I wish I was back there now 🙁
The shots of the little pig in the water and the man in the straw hat really jumped out at me. This is another beautiful set.
Thanks Kita, those are some of my favourite photos from the set as well 🙂
Love all your smile series and this is no exception. That statue is hilarious.
Thanks! I try to throw in some funny ones once in a while 😛
Those last two girls are super cute! Was that near Chiang Mai?
Matt, it was near CM! I often wakeup wishing I was still in Thailand 🙂
This is a fantastic Photo Essay! I can’t wait to visit Bangkok myself. I love how everyone is smiling and have such a youthful glow to them…both young and old. 🙂 Great work!
Ronald, they do have a special glow to them 🙂
Love the cheeky teenage girls! They look awfully glad to see you!
LOL, maybe I was travelling with a good looking buddy for the day 😛