Phuket, Thailand

With a long history, wonderful culture, and diverse landmass of 500,000 square kilometers, Thailand offers something for everyone. From mad, raging cities to serene island getaways, it is there to be explored. No wonder 35 million tourists descend on the Land of Smiles each year.

Phuket Island is Thailand’s largest island. Slightly smaller in size than Singapore, it is one of 32 smaller islands off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. The clear waters and white powdery sands make the sunny islands of Phuket a joy to visit. The key mode of transportation is the long-tail sampan. These boats traverse the sea between the isles that litter the coast, bringing scores of sunseekers to the pristine beaches. As the sun set, the long-tail sampans turned into floating sculptures—the perfect subject for a sunset scene. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 G Master Lens’s excellent color rendition meant that the beautiful hues of the sunset were captured faithfully. At F22 and a three-second shutter speed, the gentle bobbing of the seawater turned into a sheet of milky mist.