So, if you guys have been following me on Instagram/Facebook then you’d know then I’ve recently been to a province in the the North of Thailand called Chiang Mai. It was only a short but a much needed holiday away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok city. The funny thing is, I never feel the need to runaway or take a holiday away from my work because both Tom and I really do enjoy what we do! The whole point of this Chiang Mai trip was so that we could travel and take pictures, our favourite combination of things to do.
The main thing we were running away from was actually the heat and humidity of Bangkok! Chiang Mai is a lot cooler most of the time, and not the mention, Northern Thai food is truly to die for.
Our main attraction of this holiday was a full day at Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s tallest mountain. We knew that this day would have a lot to offer in terms of experience, amazing weather and not to mention, endless amounts of picture opportunities! I’m not going to lie, I packed a good few outfits for shoots on this particular day because the mountain is a two-hour drive from our hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai.
Our drive up the mountain was extremely relaxing. We turned off the car A/C and rolled down the windows; the cool breeze was truly refreshing. After we got to the first check point (very high up the mountain!) there was a hiking area and we decided that we wanted to do this hike! We grabbed our Canon 5D, a bottle of water, our hoodies, a selfie stick and we were off. It was a two hour hike through the rainforest of Doi Inthanon and it was just us and our guide. It was an extremely private and peaceful hike, peppered with stops for photos. By the end of it, both Tom and I was exhausted and starving. I had no idea why I thought it would’ve been a good idea to do a two-hour long hike before taking looks for the blog?
When we went back to the check point where we parked our car, we had just missed a group of school kids that had just finished lunch. ‘Phew’, I thought to myself, because a quiet lunch was much needed. How naive I was. When arrived at the food stall just to find out that they had sold out on everything and there was no food for us! After a long hike I would’ve expected to be stuffing my face with some Northern Thai food, but in the end our lunch consisted of just a bag of wasabi peas that was in my backpack.
It was coming up to 3pm and we were losing light, fast. I couldn’t believe that I had so many outfits in the back of the car but have not shot a single look yet. We continued driving up the mountain and looking for possible locations. It didn’t happen and the next thing we knew was that we were at the summit, and this was our last chance to shoot something.
We got out of the car and scouted out this location and decided that it will have to do. I quickly went back to the car and changed in the back (we rented a massive SUV so there was a lot of room!) of the car. It was absolutely freezing cold up there (5 degrees Celsius) and coming from 38 degrees Celsius Bangkok heat, I certainly wasn’t ready for the cold! However, it was most definitely an opportunity for bustin’ out my leather jacket.
So here you go. A set of photos of me absolutely starving and freezing cold at the summit of Thailand’s tallest mountain! I wish that we had ended up with more photos from this trip, but oh well, we had a really good holiday!
Necklace: Won’t You Burn Bitch
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell – Lita
Hat: Lack of Color
Photography by Tom Shigeru Stannard (@tomshigeru)