South East Asia
Cambodia was a place that, aside from Angkor Wat, I didn’t have a lot of expectations for going into. I was blown away, then, by the sites and feel of the country. Other than my body attacking me and laying me low for three days (no Embassy phone calls needed, thankfully), I enjoyed almost every … Continue reading
Malaysia is by far one of the easiest countries in Asia to travel independently. Great infrastructure, rampant English, and delicious food make Malaysia almost a vacation from hard traveling. Just watch out for sneaky Orangutans.
An awesome, open, friendly, beautiful country that I need to make time to get back to. I’ve posted some of the pictures before, long ago, but never all of my favorites together. So, here they are: The Philippines.
Bagan Temple Video Even almost a year later, Bagan and its thousands of temples is still one of my favorite spots in all of SouthEast Asia and perhaps even the world. From morning to sunset at Bagan, every day was one big mess of temples and exploring and climbing and photography. Here, then, a video … Continue reading
Aside from China, Indonesia is one of the only countries I find myself continually going back to as a destination in itself and not just a convenient transit point. The great combination of jungle adventure, beachy laziness, intercultural immersion, memorable food, and cheap travel make it one of those rare places where everything just kind … Continue reading
On yesterday’s topic of the Philippines, Pico Iyer again comes to mind. “The jeepneys they rode, plastered with girlie pictures, Rolling Stones tongues, garish stickers and religious symbols, looked like nothing so much as graffitied pinball machines on wheels.” -Pico Iyer, Video Night in Kathmandu From this book, which I highly recommend:
On the island of Buhol in the Philippines, the city of Danao hosts the “Sui-slide”, a zipline 480m long and (at its best) 200m high. Quite a ride.
Hidden in a caldera in central Sumatra, the waters of Lake Maninjau lap against the shores of empty guesthouses and accessible waterfall hiking. Definitely a good spot for relaxing after the rigors of a trek near Bukittingi or visiting villages in Pulau Mentawi.