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Travel Video: Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

At the end of 2011, just two days after quitting my full-time job, I spent five weeks traveling in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia with my good buddy Lindsay Matush. I filmed a ton of video clips with no real purpose or intention, and after more than two years of the footage sitting on my hard drive I finally decided to sift through the four hours of video to put together this 15 minute montage. Getting to relive this journey through the footage was priceless, and I’m glad I finally buckled down and got this done!

23 Left Overs: Random Photos from South East Asia

Over the past few months I’ve posted more than 15 photo galleries from my travels in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. However, even when I broke down hundreds of images into all those themes and galleries I still had more than 20 photos left over that I wanted to share, so here is the final set of the ones that didn’t fit anywhere else.

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9 Spectacular Sunrise & Sunset Photos from Asia

While traveling throughout Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia last year I was able to see more beautiful sunrises and sunsets than I could count, so of course I took every opportunity I could to shoot photos of them. From beaches to rivers and from mountains to temples, here are nine of my favorite sunrise and sunset photos I shot in South East Asia.

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23 Portraits From Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

You can’t begin to understand a new culture without meeting people from all walks of life within it. While traveling around Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia last year I got the privilege to meet and shoot photos of people everywhere I went, and this gallery contains 23 of my favorites.

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35 Photos of Daily Life In Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

Eating, playing, cooking, working, sleeping…living. Here are 35 photos I shot in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia of people going about their daily life.

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21 Photos of Buddhist Temples In Thailand & Cambodia

When traveling in South East Asia, the biggest tourist attractions are always temples (locally called wats), so naturally while I was venturing throughout Thailand and Cambodia I visited more than a few and shot hundreds of photos along the way. Here are 21 of my favorites including images from the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, White Temple, Angkor Wat, and more.

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10 Interesting Photos of Markets In Thailand & Cambodia

Markets are a way of life in many places around the world, and when traveling to foreign countries I love to wonder through them to get a glimpse of a culture’s daily life that is so different from my own. Here are 10 interesting photos I shot in various markets throughout Thailand and Cambodia.

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17 Photos Of Monkeys From Asia

While traveling through Southeast Asia last December I had the chance to shoot photos of monkeys on a few different occasions. If you’ve ever had any up close and personal time of your own with these fascinating creatures, then you know what a treat it is to see them in their natural settings.

Here are 17 photos of various monkeys spotted in different parts of Thailand and Cambodia.

Bizarre Foods I Ate In South East Asia

Part of what I enjoy about traveling is getting to try out new foods that a culture has to offer, and as my luck would have it, South East Asia had a ton of crazy new delicacies for me to sink my teeth into. Here’s a quick list of some of the weird things I ate on my trip to Thailand and Cambodia last December along with a bunch of photos to help your eyes digest it all…

– A variety of insects including crickets, various sized grasshoppers, a mealworm, a grub, and a cockroach.
– Fried chicken tendons.
– Grilled chicken intestines, feet, hearts, and head.
– Boiled duck egg fetus.
– Shark fin soup.
– Fried and soft boiled quail egg.
– Grilled snake, frog, and squid.
– Dog curry and grilled dog.
(Plus tons of other traditional local dishes, soups, and desserts.)

Color Chart Made From Asian Market Textures

25 photos of various colored patterns and textures from different markets in Thailand and Cambodia.

Click to enlarge for full effect, or use the thumbnails below to view each image individually.

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9 Bamboo Thatching Textures From South East Asia

While on my trip to Thailand and Cambodia last December I found myself fascinated by all the different uses for bamboo and how the native people wove together the stalks and leaves. Along the course of my journey I ended up photographing these nine textures and patterns of some of the bamboo thatching I came across.

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Travel Update: Thailand Trip – Heading Home

As I sit in the back of a tuk-tuk weaving my way through the disorderly and chaotic streets of Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh I’m finally starting to truly reflect on the life I’ve lived in South East Asia for the last five weeks. I’m also getting to enjoy one of my favorite parts of traveling. The kayaking, scuba diving, hiking, and trying weird foods are all great, but there’s something about watching the daily life of a culture and a people that is so different than your own that just can’t be beat. The sounds of motorbike engines, horns, and bumpy roads, the smells of food stalls and fresh meat and produce at the local market mixed with the exhaust from the crowded streets, and the sights of ordinary people doing ordinary things. A guard helping a young boy cross the hectic street. A woman making sugar cane juice. Men working on machinery. And entire families of five on a single motorbike saddle going who knows where. In my own city, or even country, everyday norms are all too often overlooked, but on the other side of Planet Earth these distinctly different norms have a whole new meaning and give me a new perspective on things. And that is something beautiful that comes along with traveling.

This has been the longest stretch of time I’ve ever traveled, and my first time in this part of the world. The experience as a whole has been completely surreal and unbelievably exciting, and each mini-experience, adventure, and excursion along the way is a story worth remembering and telling on its own. I’m grateful I’ve had each and every one of these experiences and I’m just as grateful to have been able to go through them all with a close friend who I hold so dearly.

I’ve learned a lot while I’ve been on this trip. I’ve learned about traveling, about friendship and relationships, about cultures and people, and I’ve learned about myself. I feel a great sense of peace as I begin this 26-hour journey back to the United States. I am refreshed, recharged, and rejuvenated, and ready to get back to a life that’s a bit more familiar.

However, even the life I’m going back to isn’t completely familiar anymore. For the past five and a half years I’ve worked for Ride BMX Magazine, and when I get back home I will begin my new career as a full-on freelance photographer and videographer in the BMX industry. I’m eager to see what’s behind all these new open doors and to see where the paths behind them will lead me.

As I leave Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia I want to show my gratitude to Lindsay Matush for planning and researching the trip and being the best travel buddy I could ever ask for. I also want to thank all the other people we encountered an met along the way for giving us a glimpse into their fascinating lives and culture.

Thank you very much!
Kob kun krab! (Thai)
Khop chai lai lai! (Lao)
Awkunh ch’ran! (Khmer)

To see my other travel updates from this trip to Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, click my “Travel Update” tag page.

I have a ton of great travel photos to post over the next several months that I’m really excited to share. Be on the lookout!

*Written and photographed on my iPhone while in a tuk-tuk at 7:45am on January 13, 2012.

Travel Update: Thailand Trip – 3 Cities In Cambodia

It’s been about five days since my last travel update from this trip, and as of right now I only have two more nights left in South East Asia before I fly back to the U.S., leaving Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia behind and ending this five week mega-adventure/mini-retirement. Since m last post Lindsay and I have made our way from Battambang to Siem Reap, and from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. I feel like we’ve been packing as much into each and every day as I usually squeeze into a month, so to give a play by play of the past five days would be impossible, but I’ll quickly list some of the highlights and a bit of reflection as I relax in this hammock on the third floor balcony here at our final guesthouse in Phnom Penh.

Battambang
– We rented a motorbike and drove it through some of the most beautiful countryside I’ve ever seen.
– We rode a bamboo train with our motorbike on the cart. The bamboo train is a simple two-axle cart with a sheet of bamboo and a motor on the axles. The tracks are antiquated and dilapidated. Since there are only one set of tracks, if two carts are approaching each other from opposite directions the one with the least cargo/passengers must stop, disassemble their cart, remove it from the tracks, and let the other pass. Since our cart had our motorbike on it, we never had to stop and disassemble.
– We visited some temple ruins at the top of a hill with a fantastic panoramic view of the farmland around us.
– We visited the ruins of a second temple at the top of another hill. There were wild monkeys all over the place that were really fun to watch and photograph.
– On the same hill we visited some caves where men, women, and children’s bodies were dumped during the Cambodian Genocide during the late 1970’s.
– We watched several million fruit bats fly out of a cave at sundown for about a half hour as they streaked across the sky like a scarf waving in the wind.
– We ate boiled duck eggs with developed fetuses in them.
– We took an eight-hour slow boat ride from Battambang to Siem Reap, navigating through floating and stilted villages and getting an extremely interesting glimpse at life along the river for so many Khmer people.

Siem Reap
– We went shopping and got massages in the night market.
– We visited a place where local women make baskets, soaps, oils, spices, and other things.
– We visited a silk farm where caterpillars are bread for their silk cocoons. We got to see the process of a caterpillar’s life cycle and how the cocoon is turned into silk for fabrics.
– We saw both the sunrise and sunset at the temple ruins of Angkor Wat, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
– We ate grilled snake.

Phnom Penh
– We pedaled bikes around the city and river front and drove a motorbike through some of the most insane traffic in the entire world. In Phnom Penh they do not have any regard whatsoever for stop signs, traffic lights, lanes, dividers, or any other rules or laws of the road. It is an absolute free for all a perfect example of controlled chaos.
– We visited the biggest “Killing Field” in the country where thousands of Khmer people were tortured, killed, and mass buried during the Cambodian Genocide.
– We visited a prison where thousands of Khmer people were held captive, tortured, and killed during the Cambodian Genocide.
– We ate grilled chicken feet and head as well as grilled dog and dog curry.

Be on the look out for one final update with some reflection on the trip as a whole pretty soon. Then, over the course of the next few months I’ll post some photo galleries and videos…stay tuned!