Southeast Asia is a must see for many travelers. Thousands flock here annually to experience the culture, natural beauty and history of this region. Not always famous for the best reasons, Cambodia and Vietnam have rich histories that have been played out among some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, and Hue, to name a few, all contain scars bearing testimony to the conflict that occurred not too long ago in this region. Despite, or perhaps in part because of these reminders, SE Asia remains a beautiful and fascinating destination for any world traveler.
I recently returned from a two-week trip from Bangkok to Hanoi. Here is a collection of some of my favorite shots from the highlights of my trip. From the vibrant energy of cities like Saigon and Hanoi, to the awe-inspiring Angkor temples, to the relaxing backdrop of Halong Bay, there are no shortage of things to do and see in SE Asia. This is only a snapshot of some the amazing places these countries have to offer! To read more about my trip, check out Southeast Asia on a Shoestring Schedule.
Wat Pho, Bangkok
Angkor Wat at sunrise- we got up two days in a row to see the sunrise but had nothing but clouds both days! Luckily the scene is epic in any kind of weather.
Angkor Wat- original column, holding up exceptionally well for hundreds of years!
Pre Rup- a smaller Angkor temple
Ancient faces everywhere
Nature reclaiming its proper place
Tuk tuk drivers need breaks too!
Sunrise at Bakheng- a popular sight for sunset, but a hidden gem in the morning
Angkor Wat in the morning mist as seen from Bakheng
Killing Fields, just outside of Phnom Penh. Worth a visit to really get a sense of what the Khmer Rouge did.
Escaping into a foxhole in Cu Chi, Vietnam!
Cathedral in Saigon
China Beach, Da Nang- Traditional Vietnamese fishing boats
Old Church still standing, riddled with bullet holes from the war, just south of Dong Ha
Ho Chi Minh Trail
Khe Sahn, one of the largest marine bases along the DMZ, close to the Lao border
Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Sunrise over Halong Bay
Exploring Halong Bay via smal row boats
A typical Vietnamese sidewalk, Hanoi. You can find everything but pedestrians!