The Best of Asia In Pictures

Pairs Well With…Asia adventures + 4-month time span + the most amazing memories + even better people

My time in Asia came and went with a quickness.  Four months of my life passed by in the blink of an eye, and it seems like just yesterday that I left home on my one year journey abroad.  I guess it’s true what they say: time flies when you’re having fun.  And I’m having a blast.  In fact, make that the time of my life.

In a few short days, I’ll be moving to Europe.  Gone will be the land of noodles everywhere, temples on every corner, two or three-wheeled transportation devices and, sadly, a handful of beautiful souls with whom I’ve shared many memories.  I forgot how quickly people can form bonds in such a short amount of time, especially when you see them pretty much 24/7.  They become ingrained in your life and each leaves a special footprint on your heart.

The fun part about traveling with 60+ other people is experiencing the same things together, which is also precisely what makes it interesting: seeing the same things through different perspectives. After debating what I wanted to write about this week, I landed on a collection of pictures from the last four months in Asia.  But not just mine, everyone else’s favorite memories through pictures, in addition to mine.  Pictures speak a million words, so I wanted to let them do just that.

Asia Ha Long Bay Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – Kate Bagoy – Favorite memory because: It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and some of the most spectacular scenery I’ve seen. Taking a row boat through a mountain was pretty cool.

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia – Jay Harrison

Koh Phangan, Thailand Travel

Koh Phangan, Thailand – Full Moon Party at Sunrise by Zoe Weiner

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Backpacker Street by Drew Adderley

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia travel

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Maxime DeBleu – Favorite memory because: I was passing in front of it almost every day on my way to the workspace. The idea of having a mix between a croissant and a waffle is delicious. But the “croffle” is also interesting on a deeper level. It is a reminder about still unexplored possibilities where sometimes all the ingredients are there and just waiting to be mixed together. And the shop slogan shows great wisdom that goes beyond just taking a bite in a pastry.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia Khmer Wedding Ceremony

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Khmer Wedding Ceremony by Pedro Del Nero

Hanoi, Vietnam travel

Hanoi, Vietnam – Old Quarter by Kathrin Peters

Siem Reap, Cambodia travel

Siem Reap, Cambodia – Monk Blessing by Zoe Weiner

Tiny Toones Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Carin Skowronsky – Favorite memory because: I was able to share my love of dance with these more than amazing dancers. When words weren’t understood, music became our universal language.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Batu Caves

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Cari Hill – Favorite memory because: I love how cheeky the monkey looks after stealing his loot with his mouth covered in stolen cream. (Note: This photo was chosen by National Geographic Traveler as one of their photos of the week!)

Lazy Beach, Cambodia

Lazy Beach, Cambodia – Jay Harrison

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam – James Rahardja – Favorite memory because: It shows the peaceful coexistence of the East and the West, but also highlights the need for balance in a rapidly changing world.

Sok San Beach, Koh Rong Island Cambodia

Sok San Beach, Koh Rong Island Cambodia – Lydia Backscheider – Favorite moment because: One of my goals for this year was to take a trip by myself on each of the continents we are traveling to. In Asia, I took my first ever international solo trip to a remote part of Koh Rong Island in Cambodia. I’m convinced there’s no better way to build confidence than taking an adventure by yourself (especially as a woman and especially in Asia!).

Chiang Rai, Thailand - White Temple

Chiang Rai, Thailand – White Temple by Carin Skowronsky

Borneo – Allison Ahr – Favorite memory because: I have an intense love for nature. When I think about my happiest times over the last three and a half months, most of them involve animals or nature. This was one of those moments. These 2 orangutans were the picture of young love, holding hands as they walked together to and from breakfast. Relationship goals.

Siem Reap, Cambodia – Angkor Wat by Amanda Little

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia – Eric Cain

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Sunrise Hike by Christina Rust

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Sasha Sook

Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot, Cambodia – Nicole Rivera – Favorite memory because: One of the best side trips during my Remote Year experience. Filled with lots of laughter, loving company and a positive impact on the environment and Girl Guides Program.

Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa, Vietnam – Kara Mosesso – Favorite memory because: it was my first time ever motorbiking!

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve by Jide Adebayo

Oudong Mountain, Cambodia

Oudong Mountain, Cambodia – Will Bessette

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Kate Bagoy – Favorite moment because: catching a gentleman urinating on the sidewalks was a near daily occurrence, and because i grew to love the Uber Moto so much this pic really brought me joy.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam – Cari Hill – Favorite memory because: it was my first time experimenting with this technique of photography where a subject stands still and is surrounded by movement blur. It turned out really well. I especially love how authoritative and in control the policeman looks surrounded by this colorful chaos.

asia elephant chiang mai thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand – Carin Skowronsky – Favorite moment because: anytime you get to work with animals in nature, you feel a bit more grounded and in tune with the world. Volunteering for the day at the elephant park was a unique experience that filled my heart to the brim.


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