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Girls Just Wanna Have FUN!!!

By AlanBW
Towards the end of last year we were in Bangkok and on this particular day it was Tricia’s birthday. We had taken a short journey on the skytrain to a very popular shopping outlet known as MBK. To our great surprise and delight the area outside this massive shopping complex was teeming with Thai youngsters respendent in very impressive fancy dress, who were all playing to the gallery of the growing number of spellbound spectators. Television cameras were there and a number of local professional photographers were also in evidence. We needed no second invitation to join in and went straight into the crowd to sample the atmosphere. The mood was absolutely electric; the youngsters were really having a ball, as evidenced by the squeals of delight and peals of laughter that punctuated the air at regular intervals. The young Thais made two farang oldies extremely welcome as we moved amongst them and some even posed for us, but for the most part I had to take shots as the opportunities presented themselves. Because of the congested nature of the event, there are few unimpaired backgrounds and cropping has had to be heavy in order to isolate the smiling faces from the crowd.

We still have no idea what the occasion was, but the youngsters had really gone to town on their costumes and make up and were having a wonderful time together. There was large stage set up on the corner and a popular Thai band was belting out their music at a high rate of decibels! What really impressed us was that with all this mayhem and excitement, there wasn’t the merest hint of trouble. Instead, the whole occasion was dominated by smiles, laughter and good-natured fun, or sanuk as it is known in Thai.

This series shows some of the youngsters in their costumes and the final two images show a section of the crowd watching the band – from a vantage point on a bridge above I homed in on two young girls in particular, both of whom were almost swooning in delight as they watched their idols perform.

I don’t know how the series will go down, but I wanted to share some images that conjure up wonderful recollections for us and that were part of what turned out for Tricia to be a memorable birthday.

V1 - she was beautiful minx with a most infectious smile

Tags: Fun Travel General Bangkok Candid Costume Thailand Girls Teenagers Portraits and people Humour and fun

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
6 May 2008 8:34AM
Nice portrait images Alan - certain look like there having a great time.
Well captured.
Regards Richard.

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peugeot406 11 7 1 England
6 May 2008 8:45AM
Great set of images
Trogdor 10 9 3 England
6 May 2008 9:09AM
You've got some crackers in this set but I like 7, 10 and 13 the best. What fantastic luck to find such a vibrant street scene without planning!
6 May 2008 9:09AM
Nice set of images.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
6 May 2008 9:25AM
Yeh I saw the doubled 2 lady santa. I like also the cat woman, lady with lolipop, and all Smile Great adventure Alan. Great candids.
A very good series of lovely faces. Very colourful and fun. #13 is great fun. JNC
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
6 May 2008 9:26AM
A fantastic mini-portfolio which you should be really proud of Alan.

Cormy 10 3 England
6 May 2008 9:34AM
Some crackers here Alan.
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 9:39AM
Super shots what a wonderful find, like having your own studio!
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
6 May 2008 9:42AM
A fine set of well exposed colourful images Alan.
I think V11 is a wonderfully expressive image.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 9:42AM
These are all wonderful; I can't chose a favourite as I like them all.

Milla 10 7 2 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 9:56AM
Wow, that's whole a lot of great shots! No way to pick the fave one up, all are well taken and so pleasant to view
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
6 May 2008 10:36AM
Beautiful series Alan - you've really caught the joy of the occasion . . . and some very pretty young ladies! Bruce
Herge88 11 40 4 England
6 May 2008 10:40AM
Well I must say Alan that normally when I see a set of images this large I look at the first couple and leave the rest, but these were well worth trawling through and I would implore anyone else to do the same. I particularly liked the catwoman but maybe I'm developing some kind of fetish.

Best Matt
AlanBW 12 20 England
6 May 2008 10:53AM
Many thanks Richard, Brian, Chris, Haydn, Dennis, Jean Noel, Albert, Alan, Mavis, Brian, Ken, Milla, Bruce and Matt, very much appreciated - Alan
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 11:06AM
nine and eleven for me, what a parade of fine young ladies...lovely set of portraits
6 May 2008 11:13AM
All good Alan, 1s just superb
User_Removed 10 78 1 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 11:36AM
Some Happy faces in there .. Nice collection

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 12:44PM
Fantastic set, I like V2 & V13 in particular. I'll come back and study these at leisure later.
imagio 11 12 1 England
6 May 2008 1:35PM
All beauties Alan, they would all stand on their own as separate uploads, unfortunitely I can only give one click..

ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 2:01PM
looks like a great time was had by all, no 7's a bit scary Smile,
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 2:16PM
A wonderful set of happy and vibrant portraits and you've done a great job capturing the fun
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
6 May 2008 2:27PM
excellent series Smile
love #11 !
proz 13 205 United States
6 May 2008 2:28PM
great series of images Alan
AlanBW 12 20 England
6 May 2008 2:41PM
Many thanks Ian, Graham, Dave, Moira, Bernie, Chris, Tim, Pascal and Proz, very much appreciated - Alan
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
6 May 2008 3:15PM
Alan I looked hard and long and cant work out which one is the Lady
Great set of pictures
hebdens 12 5
6 May 2008 3:18PM
must have made it a great birthday , lots of fun to view.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
6 May 2008 3:26PM
A great portrait, it sounds as though they were all having a merry time.
AlanBW 12 20 England
6 May 2008 3:56PM
Many thanks Richard, Tracy and Brian - Alan
6 May 2008 4:13PM
Brilliant shots, Alan.
6 May 2008 4:16PM
A nice set of pictures to suit all, The different expressions tell a few stories.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 May 2008 4:51PM
A smashing set of colourful candids, you've captured the fun and vibrancy of the event perfectly
AlanBW 12 20 England
6 May 2008 4:57PM
Many thanks Mac, Chris and Ed - Alan
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
6 May 2008 5:15PM
Fantastic collection of images,they all look so happy.Lovely.
JudeC 11 6 3 England
6 May 2008 6:17PM
Stunning set of images Alan - Jude.
AlanBW 12 20 England
6 May 2008 6:28PM
Many thanks Tom and Jude - Alan
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
6 May 2008 6:31PM
Wonderful series of candids, they really do look happy.
microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 6:31PM
A cracking set of Images, Loved every one of them, Brilliant captures,
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
6 May 2008 6:46PM
Wonderful series Alan; you captured the joyful atmosphere beautifully.
AlanBW 12 20 England
6 May 2008 6:53PM
Many thanks Alex, Alan and Rende - Alan
CaroleA 12 5 3 England
6 May 2008 8:23PM
I can see why you picked The Minx for the main image! A lovely series, and as you say a great reminder of Tricia's birthday.

We're stopping over in Bangkok on the way to Australia in the summer and I hope I get some interesting travelogue shots like this.
joseph 12 England
6 May 2008 8:41PM
Superb Alan!
6 May 2008 8:57PM
v1 and 2 for me
WillieH 12 2 Scotland
6 May 2008 9:04PM
Super set of images spoilt for choice here Alan, the fuji must have been red hot, if I had to pick 7, 8, and 11 are very striking images,

Kind Regards Willie
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
6 May 2008 9:04PM
Had only twenty minutes to spare and thought I'd start my daily look around my favorite P/Fs, and spent the whole time looking at this series so will have to play catch up later, Great images Alan - gary
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
6 May 2008 9:04PM
Wow what a great series Alan
Blinky 10 10 England
6 May 2008 9:13PM
Great series - communicates the festive atmosphere extremely well. It looked like a lot of fun, if somewhat chaotic!
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
6 May 2008 9:23PM
fab series V1 & V16 for me..very natural

there's a strange `need to be western' feel to the outfits.
John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
6 May 2008 9:25PM
Really nice collection of images. John
rmr 11 1 Wales
6 May 2008 10:00PM
cracking set of images alan
well done
AnnieK 12 96 Spain
6 May 2008 10:48PM
Great set of shots,number 11 does it for me!

abtuie 14 7
6 May 2008 10:52PM
A great set of pictures with some outstanding shots hidden therein.

derekv 10 3 England
6 May 2008 11:00PM
Fantastic set of beauties, Alan, gorgeous colours and detail.
jdh2 12 1 1 United States
7 May 2008 1:28AM
beautiful smiles and poses. Like the all.

jkennedy 12 4 1 Indonesia
7 May 2008 2:16AM
A great series of shots Alan, Well done. Beautiful captures and a super description as always. Cheers,
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
7 May 2008 6:43AM
Lovely series, my fave is No 1, great detail.

Barbaraj 11 450 England
7 May 2008 6:57AM
They lmost make you feel you were there. A wonderful collection.
AlanBW 12 20 England
7 May 2008 7:00AM
Many thanks Carole, Joseph, Peter, Willie, Gary, Dave, Ian, Jeff, John, Mark, Annie, Albert, Derek, Jerry, Joe, Nicky and Barbara - very much appreciated - Alan
trissie 11 United Kingdom
7 May 2008 7:45AM
A great collection of images Alan, all well taken.

Trish x
wyatturp 12 2 England
7 May 2008 8:14AM
Picture 7 did you run for it, well done

whiteswan01 10 13 England
7 May 2008 8:20AM
great shots all so colourful Dawn
MandsH 11 England
7 May 2008 8:24AM
Excellent collection of shots, love the one with the purple hair
7 May 2008 8:36AM
Wonderful, happy portrait. Sheila
ShedMan 12 3 2 South Africa
7 May 2008 8:53AM
Great candid shot, well done.

AlanBW 12 20 England
7 May 2008 9:09AM
Many thanks Trish, Doug, Dawn, Mandy, Sheila and Graeme - Alan
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2008 4:10PM
v7 and 11 are my fave`s.. all amazing happy shots, love em all
AlanBW 12 20 England
7 May 2008 4:41PM
Many thanks Bun - Alan
steve_r 10 England
7 May 2008 4:48PM
GOOD SHOT'S.Good set like them all,full of fun,nice to see that.Thank's regards Steve.
7 May 2008 5:31PM
You can see the party mood in these images Alan, well done.

phototime 12 8 United Kingdom
7 May 2008 6:02PM
Fantastic shots Alan,superb photography.

7 May 2008 6:35PM
WOW! what a lovely set of pic's Al'. I like each and every one of them. Beauty after beauty after beauty.

John Smile
Frase 10 Scotland
7 May 2008 7:12PM
Fantastic set of images . Great title.
GeorgeRusky 12 1 4
7 May 2008 9:50PM
Brilliant collection Alan!
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
7 May 2008 11:20PM
Fabulous series of images with great expressions throughout.
susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
8 May 2008 7:02AM
AlanBW 12 20 England
8 May 2008 7:44AM
Many thanks Steve, Dougie, Mo, John, Don, George, Andy and Susan, very much appreciated - Alan
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
8 May 2008 8:55AM
Such a gentle face. superb candid.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
8 May 2008 10:16AM
Brilliant set of images Alan,
JONTHELENS 11 34 United Kingdom
8 May 2008 2:13PM
really nice series but there is something about v5 i really like.

ginz04 14 281 20 United Kingdom
8 May 2008 4:27PM
great set of candids - excellent colours and detail.

looks like youve enjoyed doing these.

8 May 2008 5:28PM
another great portrait with amazing colours!
iajacks 12 24 England
8 May 2008 5:43PM

Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
8 May 2008 8:42PM
Grand series !

(Are they Girls ? )
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2008 9:26PM
Some boys take a beautiful girl
And hide her away from the rest of the world
I want to be the one to walk in the sun
Oh girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

I am sure you were thinking of the same song - lovely pictures full of fun, sunshine, laughing faces... nice to see all these.

Rylands 10 1 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2008 11:03PM
Simply fantastic Alan - the best set of candids anyone has shown on epz - V1 takes the prize
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
8 May 2008 11:10PM
A lovely set of pictures, thanks for sharing them with us.
chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
9 May 2008 5:41AM
captured the moment to perfection Alan, superb
AlanBW 12 20 England
9 May 2008 11:56AM
Many thanks Dan, Aidan, Jon, Ian, Claire, Rock, Ian, Johanna, Ray, Geoff and Chris; very much appreciated - Alan
Portknockie 13 48 Scotland
9 May 2008 3:35PM
Great shots Alan as you say she is a beauty..Number 7 would have to watch her self over here tho..Wink

Great set and Glad she had a great Birthday

kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
9 May 2008 4:02PM
a wonderful series of shots Alan
HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
9 May 2008 4:07PM
Great colors and expression.
una Plus
14 10 United Kingdom
9 May 2008 4:58PM
Brilliant set of shots, well done.
BonaFideNut 12 14 United States
9 May 2008 5:04PM
Nice series of shots. They're all so cute.
AlanBW 12 20 England
9 May 2008 5:26PM
Many thanks Don, Kin, Hector, Una and Richard, very much appreciated - Alan
GregorP 13 4 Slovenia
10 May 2008 10:46AM
What can I say? Fabulous shots, Alan!!!

GrahamBaines 11 39 United Kingdom
10 May 2008 1:37PM
Fantastic series Alan, keep them coming.

AlanBW 12 20 England
10 May 2008 4:33PM
Many thanks Gregor and Graham - Alan
10 May 2008 5:10PM
Excellent set of images.

oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
10 May 2008 10:42PM
alan ,you always amaze me with your images ,this collection is really good but ,i think you chose the correct one as the main one for showing ,she is lovely ,wonderful smile and i like the way her eyes convey warmth and happiness
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
11 May 2008 2:52AM
Agree with Trogdor except I have no favourites, like them all Alan, must have been wonderful being there!
Rgds., Jim
AlanBW 12 20 England
11 May 2008 10:18AM
Many thanks Christine, Ollie and Jim - Alan
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
11 May 2008 10:37AM
Alan these are all superb..wonderful smiles and a joy to look through..thank you so much !
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
11 May 2008 10:40AM
7 and 11 are the real stand out images for me from this fascinating series
AlanBW 12 20 England
11 May 2008 1:06PM
Many thanks Di and Nicholas - Alan
japa 11 3 United Kingdom
11 May 2008 8:25PM
this is an excellent set of portraits, well done, Trish
Paree 13 616 3
11 May 2008 10:00PM
130 and so, so, so, well done
they are all fantastic,
i am amazed at this work
have to say v6 is my favourite
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
12 May 2008 2:49PM
Brilliant set of images Alan,like em all,well captured...............

AlanBW 12 20 England
12 May 2008 3:25PM
Many thanks Trish, Maureen and Tony - Alan
BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
12 May 2008 4:11PM
nice portrate shot.but then you are brilliant photographer
Possum 11 148 England
12 May 2008 4:23PM
An absolutely fantastic set - some truly beautiful young ladies here, and a real sense of fun and enjoyment.
12 May 2008 9:14PM
Great pictures Alan, I will ask Kae when she arrives if she knows what the occasion was.

piccy 12 8 Wales
12 May 2008 9:55PM
Super series.
SueTurner 13 81 3 England
12 May 2008 10:06PM
what an amazing set of shots, like v 6 myself
annefromleo 12 11 1 United Kingdom
12 May 2008 11:35PM
Fantastic Alan, 12 is my favourite, what a gift eh?
13 May 2008 9:47AM
What a series!!!! Love all the colours, faces & expressions!
A Booth 16 11 4 United Kingdom
13 May 2008 11:50AM
a superb set of Asian natural beauties.good skin tones and lovely portraits.
13 May 2008 2:40PM
What a fine collection of images Alan, V9 is intriguing, the girl on the left, has a pinky that looks to bend the wrong way!
foggytwo 15 36 1 Scotland
13 May 2008 8:37PM
A great selection of shots here Alan,I like them all.
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
13 May 2008 10:38PM
Any one of these images would be well worth a click, but you spoil us, Alan. Having said that, the one you've put on top of the pile is excellent. Such joy and colour.

panda 14 5 1 England
14 May 2008 9:47AM
What a great series Alan, top hole.

Regards Phil
vparmar 13 7 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 10:53AM
simply superb shot Alan - well done

AlanBW 12 20 England
14 May 2008 4:48PM
Many thanks David, Allie, Ruthannette, Freda, Sue, Anne, Mia, Alan, Adrian, Pete, David, Phil and Vinny; very much appreciated - Alan
myrab 12 United Kingdom
16 May 2008 11:42AM
What a wonderful set of pictures,

MickS 13 23 14 England
16 May 2008 11:00PM
Watcha Alan,
excellent composition of a pretty girl.
jamil 12 4 Scotland
20 May 2008 8:29PM
Wonderful image great shot.
RobinF 11 83 1 England
21 May 2008 6:31AM
No.13 is superb, but all good, all good! - regards, Robin
21 May 2008 5:32PM
A gorgeous portrait of a lovely girl Alan. I love her headdress! All the images are excellent and great fun to look at.

VNelson 13 3 United States
21 May 2008 6:33PM
What a great series. It really communicates the fun of the moment.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
22 May 2008 8:16PM
a great series
Cat&Mouse 14 114 Russian Federation
24 May 2008 3:50PM
Lovely captured, fine "dynamic" portrait, full of Life!

Malik & Mary.
Carl40 12 18 United Kingdom
28 May 2008 12:00PM
great stuff Alan

A Beautiful collection of images, Alan.....Smile

Suzan Smile
tuhin 11
5 Jun 2008 8:25AM
sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 12:50PM
ALAN, all of these shots are ''STUNNING'' i like the shot with the girl with the lolli in her mouth, so candid.
keep them coming..

all the very best to you.

take care ..

moglen Plus
11 14 1
17 Jun 2008 10:37AM
well done on being the top voted picture, took me ages to scroll down to leave a message. excellent set of photo's. regards glen x
17 Jun 2008 7:15PM
Wonderful set good work.
Libby_M 11 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 8:31PM
16 very nice shots
jaspernina 11 1.0k Wales
9 Jul 2008 11:58PM
It's all been said but well done Smile

14 Jul 2008 3:27PM
all superb shots

TracyK 12 4 Netherlands
3 Aug 2008 3:41PM
Lovely portrait of a pretty girl.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
9 Aug 2008 1:52AM
Great collection Alan! Smile You have captured the spirit of the people very well indeed.
sputnki 14 10 Canada
18 Aug 2008 12:00AM
A splendid capture Alan! You did a smashing job bringing out the youthful energy of that celebration.

georg Plus
13 4 South Africa