Champion Teen Muay Thai Fighter

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Meet Ice, a teen Thai Scout and Muay Thai fighter in Nong Khai, Thailand.  Nong Khai is the northernmost of the Isan region of Thailand.  It is situated on the Mekong River which at this point is the border between Thailand and Laos.  Ice is 13 years old and in addition to being a Scout is also a Muay Thai fighter.  In fact, he is the champion fighter in his age group for his province, Nong Khai.

Thailand was the third country in the world to adopt scouting.  All school kids participate in the program and most schools usually have a dedicated Scout Day each week and all of the boys & girls come dressed in their Scout uniform.  The kids always look great in the uniforms and they take great pride in keeping them looking sharp.


muscular shirtless teen boy with defined body laying in the mud

Chilling on the Mekong River!


Back and shoulders of very cute teen kid fighter sitting in dirt.

I shot this one from above while Ice sat on the dried up mud of the Mekong River.

Ice met up with my assistant Yupa and I at a location I have had my eyes on for over a year now.  It is an old river boat that appears to be washed up on the banks of the river.  It is located near Friendship Bridge which is one of the land crossings between Laos and Thailand.  The rusty old boat is actually located on the campus of Nong Khai Ship Building Industry and Technology College.  We obtained special written permission to conduct this photo shoot from the institution.

hull of rusty abandoned boat on the mekong river with cute shirtless teenage boy on the Mekong River.

Good view of the entire rusty hull as well as Ice.


shirtless and barefoot boy in Muay Thai fighter on an abandoned boat.

Relaxing on the old boat in Muay Thai shorts.


close up of shirtless thai teenager wearing onl a neckerchef

Closeup of Ice in his neckerchief.


teenage boy wearing brown shoes and beige scout socks with neckerchef

Ice on the ship’s bridge window.


shirtless 13 year old teenage boy with beautiful sixpack.

Ice showing off his Muay Thai body.


Handsome teenage boy in Thai Scout uniform.

Ice is looking very sharp in his Boy Scout uniform.


Thai boy scout at the helm of a river boat on the Mekong River.

Scout Ice gazing at the Mekong River.


barefoot and shirtless teen boy in grey sweatpants.

Aft area of the abandoned river boat.

This was one of many shoots already completed for my project Youth and Urban Decay.  It is the second to date shot on abandoned boats.  The first was a few months back in Caye Caulker, Belize.

About The Author

Christopher Ryan is an international photographer specializing in conceptual portraits in unique environments, such as abandoned buildings and picturesque landscapes. His work breaks the barriers of race, age, and geographic location, capturing the energy and exuberance of the human form. He was influenced by his unusual upbringing in the American South. He seeks to retain the virtues of Southern Charm while abandoning pre-conceived notions of prejudice.

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