Chiang Mai during the Yi Peng festival (Sanghamitra Sarkar)
List 29 July

Temples, lanterns and long-boats: 12 spectacular photos of classic Thailand

Winners of 2016's Photo of the Year competition were sent on the photo commission of a lifetime. Discover the temples, islands and friendly faces of Thailand through the lens of Sanghamitra Sarkar...

Long-tail boats off the coast of Krabi, Thailand (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Long-tail boats off the coast of Krabi, Thailand (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

The head of a sandstone Buddha is overgrown by a banyan tree in Ayutthaya (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

The head of a sandstone Buddha is overgrown by a banyan tree in Ayutthaya (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Wat Rong Khun, better known as the 'White Temple' (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Wat Rong Khun, better known as the 'White Temple' (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Krabi's turquoise waters and pristine beaches make it a traveller's paradise (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Krabi's turquoise waters and pristine beaches make it a traveller's paradise (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Buddha statues draped in yellow in Ayutthaya (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Buddha statues draped in yellow in Ayutthaya (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

A monk at Wat Lok Molee temple, decorated with colourful lanterns (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

A monk at Wat Lok Molee temple, decorated with colourful lanterns (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Viking cave in Ao Nang, Krabi (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Viking cave in Ao Nang, Krabi (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe who live in small villages at higher elevations in the mountains of Thailand (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe who live in small villages at higher elevations in the mountains of Thailand (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

A lady worships a reclining Buddha statue in Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

A lady worships a reclining Buddha statue in Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Wat Lok Molee decorated with lanterns during Yi Peng Festival (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Wat Lok Molee decorated with lanterns during Yi Peng Festival (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

A little girl lighting candles in Chiang Mai during Yi-Peng Festival (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

A little girl lighting candles in Chiang Mai during Yi-Peng Festival (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

Meet the photographer

Sanghamitra Sarkar

"There was so much from my trip to Thailand that stood out. The lantern-releasing festival where people from all over the world come to release lanterns together under a clear night sky will remain with me for life. Bangkok was a study in contrasts, with its multi-storied shopping malls, street bazaars and food stalls. The magnificent ruins of Ayutthaya and its Buddha statues are now among my all-time favourite photographic destinations, and the warm hospitality of the Thai people and the caring attitude of my tour guide during my trip touched me deeply."

Feeling inspired by the incredible photos snapped up by 2016’s Wanderlust Photo of the Year winners? The four amateur photographers who win this year's competition will be sent on a photo commission of a lifetime to the temples, food streets and green fringes of Hong Kong and Macao.

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