Two Kayan long neck women laughing together at Baan Thong Luang in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Mixing City and Country Lifestyles

Northern Thai Experience Workshop

Northern Thailand has diverse cultures and lifestyles, some of which have remained virtually unchanged. From central city fresh markets to traditional tribal villages. During this workshop you will experience …

  • the authentic flavor of bustling markets where you get to feel this city’s heartbeat
  • Northern hill tribe people in a traditional setting.
  • Stunning orchid flower gardens

About This Workshop

Duration: 8:00am until around 3pm

Our day begins at a coffee shop where Kevin shares some foundational teaching to get you ready for the day ahead. Chiang Mai’s biggest and busiest fresh market are where we start our photography. Here you’ll learn more about light and gain understanding as to why it’s the essential ingredient of photography. We’ll teach you how your camera reads and responds to light, and how to make a good exposure. Understanding this will give you greater scope to be creative in your image making.

You will learn composition technique and how to look more carefully. We’ll demonstrate the impact point of view has when framing your subject. You will gain a new appreciation of what you see when you look through your camera.

At the market we also focus on teaching about photographing people. Northern Thai people generally are not shy of being photographed. In every culture being sensitive and polite is very important. We will address this subject as we photograph the locals in their everyday work environments.

The ‘decisive moment’ – capturing the action and story telling with your photos are two other topics we will talk about throughout the day.

Stunning Orchids

Next we stop at a stunning orchid garden we will teach about getting in close and framing your subject carefully. This is where Pu really loves to be and loves to teach about getting the best macro shots of the flowers. We’ll also study in more detail about how your point of view affects composition and how to avoid distracting objects in the background. Depth of field control will be another topic covered along with more on how to better understand light.


After lunch we visit one of our favorite places where you can learn to photograph a number of different hill tribe peoples who dress traditionally and enjoy being photographed, either as they go about their daily chores or pose for portraits. Here we focus our teaching on getting strong environmental portraits. The setting is very special and affords a great situation to really enjoy photographing people in their traditional village surroundings.

Over the time we have been visiting this village we have built up some lovely friendships with the people, so these relationships truly help our customers get more intimate photographs. We will also give you some tips and techniques on how to engage with your portrait subjects.

What’s Included

  • Pick up drop off at Ta Pae gate (8am~3pm.)
  • Transport to each location during the day in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance fees into the various places we visit.
  • Lunch
  • Instructional teaching.
  • One month’s free email Q&A after the workshop (if you leave us a review on Trip Advisor.)

  What’s Excluded

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Insurance
  • Food and drink extra to lunch
  • Tips

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Northern Thai Experience

1 Day Workshop

1 person – 8,900 Thai Baht

2 people – 8500bt each **

3 people – 7500bt each **

4 people – 6500bt each **


** Discounted prices for 2 or more people only apply when booking is made together as a group.

If you wish to take this workshop privately please enquire about the price.

All of our standard terms and conditions apply.
We are flexible to offer our workshops 7 days a week. Please Contact Us to inquire regarding availability.

Everyone booking a one day workshop who gives us a review on Trip Advisor will receive one month of free email questions and answers relating to any topic covered during the workshop.

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