Travel films for Southeast Asia
We're not all that handy with a video camera ourselves, but plenty of travellers keen on Southeast Asia are, and it's their work we're highlighting here.
Every Monday morning, 52 weeks a year, we'll be adding a new film that we think is great.
Some may have snazzy editing and fabulous talent, others might be rough around the edges but just get you so excited to get travelling that you'll be out the door before the piece is over.
Get in touch If you've got a film that you think would be a great fit, drop us a line
Featured this week
Trouble in paradise
Writes Matt Hannon: "The people of Mentawai, especially those of the traditional persuasion are easily the most welcoming, humbling and richest of communities I have come across in my travels. I believe they (like many indigenous cultures) represent a time and a world that demands respect for the natural environment, community and balanced spirituality. Theirs is a paradigm long forsaken by the modern trappings of big cities and belligerent profit margins. Information is not always easy to obtain, but to my knowledge many areas within Mentawai have in 2014, managed to deter the palm oil companies, whilst other villages are still in negotiations. Other villages still have relinquished traditional titles of the land, and have consequently been locked into development concessions that render the land in question 'State owned'."
Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi
In which JustLove takes a quick spin around Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur.
Myanmar and Cambodia
From up high
Enthralling aerial footage by Patrick Firouzian. We loved the initial shots from Inle Lake in Burma.
An energetic reflection of unforgettable experiences from 3 weeks in Vietnam. Come see it with Chris Arnold.
Somewhere in Laos
Guillaume Brun has this short video motorbiking in Laos. By the looks of things he's on a big trip -- see his round the world trip for more details. We have two questions: 1) Where in Laos is this road? and 2) What on earth does the other guy have on the back of his motorbike!
Lunar New Year 2014
Dens32 visits Singapore across Lunar New Year 2014.
Southeast Asia 2013
Vincent de Haan: "This is a compilation of my Southeast Asia trip. In the last 4 months of 2013 I traveled through Indonesia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Myanmar, Taiwan, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. For more of my photos follow me on vincentdehaan.tumblr.com."
Flying Indonesia 2011
Jez O'Hare took a trike microlight trip during September 2011 across SE Sulawesi, Flores, Sumbawa and East Java in Indonesia.
Take a leap
Recent trip to Perhentian Island with my favorite boys. Filmed And Edited By Meel Lao. Music By The First Time.
In the Garden of the Dragon
Filmed in and around Bangkok, Pai, Mae Hong Son and the Thailand / Myanmar border region in late July 2013. This edit is an attempt at re-creating the visceral nature of my experience there.
Shot and Edited by Justin Heaney
One trip. two perspectives
Film by David Bertschinger Karg. This summer I went to Indonesia once again. I went back because of all those perfect surfspots. Due to pretty much no swell during the two weeks I was there, I had lots of time to point my camera at everything else I like about this country.
Next to all the picture perfect moments we tourists experience in this country, there are the local people who make all this happen for us. I started to stroll through cities and tried to capture the daily grind of the locals.
I appreciate that the local people showed me their world and let me experience Indonesia in a new way.
An aerial view of Cambodia
One you have never seen before
On location in Phnom Pehn and the rural village of Anluk Leak, Roberto Serrini was able to explore the cinematic beauty of this land from the sky. A truly amazing experience, as many of these children have never seen a working television, let alone a flying drone; the mixture of excitement, trepidation, and awesome wonder was a treat to see on their faces.
"Being extremely passionate about aerial cinematography, I've had the amazing opportunity to shoot in dozens of cities, countries, and in four continents around the world. No matter where I am, the beauty of the world never ceases to fill me with excitement."See more.
A moving picture
A short clip from Angelo Zinna's last trip in Timor Leste. Images from Dili, Atauro Island, Baucau, Lospalos.
40 days in Thailand
A great trip
Filmed by Patrick Schecht throughout north and south Thailand over 40 days and nights.
Thailand - The Story of Our Journey
We really liked this short film by Anna Kozdurova & Aleksey Kinyapin based on a trip in 2012. They don't cover a lot of ground, but what they do is recorded beautifully -- great edit too!
Vietnam Wet Market w/a Top Chef
Nom nom nom
Francisco Aliwalas ventured to Phu Quoc Island, in Vietnam, with Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn where we explored a richly textured wet market.
Travels through Southeast Asia
This will bring a smile to your face.
Marc and Allison took a 6 week trip to South East Asia!
Filmed by Allison
Postcard from Myanmar
Well worth the postage stamp
A travel video from Myanmar, filmed over 3 weeks in Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan, Kalaw, Mandalay and more..
Filmed by Michael Bainbridge
LPQ Luang Prabang
Lots of dreamy Luang Prabang classics in this film by Alessandro Lentati
Tuk Tuk Anywhere
Have tuk tuk can travel
Filmed and edited by Rupert Höller
Camera: Canon 600D
Editing: Final Cut Pro 7
Music: lfm-collective - Tuk Tuk
mixed by Mario Fartacek
mastered by Felix Sturmberger
Nat Pwe Festival in Taungbyone Burma (Myanmar)
Something a little different
Our man in Burma, Christopher Ian Smith travelled to the Nat Pwe Festival in Taungbyone, Burma (Myanmar) in 2013. Here is his report. Nat Kadaws, Nat brothers and people from all over Myanmar come together in the small village for a week long festival, revolving around the full moon in August.
Film by Leigh Griffiths: After briefly experiencing Bangkok, we had two weeks ahead of us in Central and Southern Laos. First up was backpacker's favourite, Vang Vieng where activities were fundamental (according to one of my fellow travellers). This would be the last time I would see my brand new HD Gopro due to a combination of alcohol and the famous Mekong River. This video only shows the first half of the Laos trip, after which we journey south for a whole different experience again.
Song: Emerald Dreams by Koda
BALI; Temples, beaches and chicken
Watch out for the singing rooster
Outstanding! A&Y films 5 friends traveling through Bali Island, Indonesia. Balangan, Tanah Lot, Pura Taman Ayun, Ubud, Kintamani, Gunung Kawi, Batur, Tengallalang, Pura Luhur Batukao, Tirta Empul, Tirta Gangga, Amed, Munduk, Air Sanih, Padangbai, Ulu Watu, Karma Kandara
Recorded with the Canon 60d + EF 18-135mm + EF35mm 2.0
Music: Overgrown (excerpt), Take a fall for me (feat. RZA) by James Blake
A crowd pleaser
Simon Essl covers many of the crowd pleasing spots in Vietnam as two travel companions travel the country from top to tail.
Mines in Cambodia
Help out if you can
Vincent Dolman has put a great little film together highlighting the challenges that farmers in Cambodia are STILL facing regarding mines. With interviews and some beautiful shots. See MAG for more information on how you can help.
Southeast Asian potpourri
A great trip
A film by Waldo Feraldo: A potpourri of shots taken during a six week trip around Southeast Asia in February and March 2013. The locations are mostly based in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. Shots were taken using a Gopro3, a Nikon 1 and an iPhone4. The music is from Jake Bugg, "2 Fingers".
Phu Quoc Island
Under- and over-water
Freddy and Shirley travel Vietnam by motorbike. Some great shots taken from the bike.
This week's film, by Cedric, follows two travellers as they explore Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Ko Samui and more -- not always the best weather!
In December 2011, Enzo Angilletta and partner spent their holidays in Vietnam. A ride through different spots from North to South, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh. Sapa, Halong Bay, Da Lat, Nha Trang are some of the spots they explored.
Kids jumpin' off a pier
Indonesia's Togean Islands offer stunning marine scenery and a great way to access it is by jumping off a rickety pier... Here we offer you a three-minute glimpse into life at Island Retreat, which includes rather a lot of leaping off into the wild green-blue.
Phnom Penh 2011
Every day living
Everyday in and around Phnom Penh in 2011. Captured by Ayrton Orio
A few days in Kuala Lumpur
The Bamboo Train
Choo choo not.
Great film by vibert on how to build a train, when there's no loco at all... Discover the amazing Cambodian Bamboo train!
Great view to wake up to!
The French travellers at Asia Trip TV takes a beach break on Malaysia's Perhentian islands. Not a bad view to wake up to!
Shot on a Canon 60D with Samyang 14mm & Canon 50mm
Where he at
Sultry Thailand is the focus of our highlighted film this week, by Zooadventurer. This black and white film set to Where He At has a strong "wet" theme, from stills of fish to footprints disappearing in sand. We loved all four minutes of it.
Shot randomly with a crummy Panasonic GF1, kit lens and 20mm pancake.
Music: Raz Ohara And The Odd Orchestra - Where He At
AMAZING THAILAND Shot & Edited by Jon Roura
Filmed in Thailand in the cities Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Originally my vacation would be an entire month but I had a motorcycle accident and had to stop this amazing trip after 10 days.
Shot on: Canon 60d with 18-200mm.
Software: Adobe Premiere
Music: "Hoppípolla" by "Sigur Rós"
Lots of memories
Anna Jura takes a trip to Koh Rong island, off the south coast of Cambodia, for Khmer New Year in April 2011. Featuring Aaron, Shirley and Anna.
Lots of memories
See and feel it in your heart! This is the first time i went to SAPA,the north of vietnam. I promised myself, I will go to SAPA again and again.....Thanks.
Director : TER
Shot by: CANON 7D
Artist: Bruno Coulais
Ernest Zacharevic at Armenian Street, Penang
A mural in the making
Timelapse of Ernest Zacharevic at the junction of Armenian Street & Pitt Street, Penang, Malaysia 25 - 29 June, 2011
Film by: Ownlypenang
Soundtrack : Young Folks by Peter, Bjorn & John.
For more info see: ownlypenang.com/
A float around the Gilis
The Gili Islands off Lombok offer some reasonable snorkelling conditions and as this video shows -- turtles too. Video by Mathias B
Climb then jump. Easy
Krabi is famous for its rockclimbing -- now here is a pretty impressive video of people basejumping off the same cliffs. Video by clairmariebasegirl
Never go to Thailand
Try that after watching this
Never Go To Thailand, directed by Brian Camusat, is a lovely montage of some of the greatest hits of the kingdom -- from the underwater world, to green countryside, sweaty clubs and street food, this is bound to have you remembering something lovely about your own visit -- or looking forward to one.
In search of Buddha
A month in the region
A month in Burma, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia by Jan Brettschneider. Looks like every had an absolute ball of a time.
Music: MitiS - Written Emotions & Henry Krinkle - Stay
4 minutes in Asia
Don’t forget to turn the sound on!
4 Minutes In Asia is a short video narrative of four stunningly beautiful countries: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia. All footage shot on a hand held, second hand camera.
Lost cycling in the Cambodian jungle
We are cycling around the world. On the South East Asia leg of our journey, we found ourselves surprisingly stuck in the middle of the Cardamon mountains on really narrow and wild tracks. Read more about the trip here -- fabulous stuff!
Kuala Lumpur: Melting Pot of Cultures
What a fabulous city
From the towering Petronas towers to the streets of Little India.Produced by Silvan Pictures
Director of Photography: Matt Silvan
Almost lost in Taman Negara
Watch out for critters
A stroll in the jungle nearly goes wrong as dusk sets in...
10 days in Thailand
Ten days in Thailand (covering Chiang Mai, Ko Lanta, Ko Phi Phi and Phuket) with a Panasonic GH2 + Voigtländer 25mm F 0.95.
Editing : Final Cut Pro X
Grading : Magic Bullet Looks
Film by : Fredparis11
Thanks to Leon Visser and 5Mars for their advice and for being so inspiring !
Postcard from Bali
Shot, edited and graded by Stephan Kot
:: Camera : Canon 5D Mk II
:: Lenses : Canon 50mm 1.4 - Canon 100mm 2.0
:: Indislider Mini
:: Editing/Grading : After Effects - Magic Bullet Looks
:: Music : Helios - Bless This Morning Year
Return to Singapura
Wait for the busker
Singapura is the Malay name for Singapore, meaning "The Lion City." The Merlion statue, with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, watches over the city from Marina Bay at One Fullerton Place. It's surrounded by Marina Park, the Esplanade, the Fullerton Hotel and the new Marina Sands Resort, three tall structures connected with a green roof deck designed in the shape of a Chinese character. Lazily winding it's way through the heart of this metropolis is the Singapore River. This video was shot over a period of two weeks on location in Singapore.
Film by Rick Macomber
Camera: Canon HV40
Soundtrack: "An Ending" by Brian Eno
Special thanks to Tampines Mall street musician: "Mas"
Land of smiles
Take it easy
A short video shot in Thailand during a vacation in February 2011 using a Canon 5d Mark II with a 24-105mm. Scenes from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Ko Phi Phi, Phuket and Ko Yao.
Film: Candice Deluxe Bittencourt
Music by: Chill Purpose - Beautiful day
Welcome to the jungle
What looks like a very bumpy 200km bicycle ride from the Golden Triangle to Xieng Kok on the Lao/Burma border.
Film: Andrzej Budnik
Small time lapse from Hanoi's traffic at night, craaaazy crossing. Shot with a Canon HV20 in TV mode shutter at 6.
The Elephant Conservation Centre Sayaboury, Laos
I great video of the Elephant Conservation Centre in Sayaboury, Laos. If you're into elephants, you're going to want to watch this.
Film: Adri Berger
In Asia: Cambodia
This is the fourth out of five Episodes about a trip to SouthEast Asia in Fall 2010. Stefan, Clemens and Vincent were travelling in a Landrover through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia for 2 months.
Film by Vincent Urban & Clemens Krüger
Music by Moonface - "Marimba & Shit-Drums".
Bali, je t'aime!
BALI - Indonesia. Filmed and edited by Andrew Melikov. Camera: Canon 5D Mark II, Lenses: Canon 100mm 2.8 macro, Zeiss 50mm 1.4 regular
Editing: Final Cut Pro
Color correction: Color Finesse 3
Music: helios - cross the ocean
An outstanding timelapse that will show you the Cambodian capital in a light you've never seen before.
Film by: Andyblalock
Music by: choose me ii by xilent
Just a float around
Moseying down the Mekong.
Shot and Edited by Mat Szwajkos
Music by: Pham Duc Thanh "By the Light of the Moon"
The many possible origins and meanings of the Loy Krathong lantern festival are explored as a Thai tuk tuk driver explores its meaning in her own life.
A really outstanding film on the Loy Krathong celebrations in Northern Thailand from Jeffrey Waldron. We just love this film and think it is one of the best we've featured so far. Excellent storytelling and beautiful to watch.
Directed/Photographed/Music by Jeffrey Waldron.
Produced by Sarah Waldron and Jeffrey Waldron.
5 weeks in Laos
a few seconds at a time
Crossing into Laos in the far north (from Thailand), Asha and I took the slow boat down the Mekong to Luang Prabang before venturing up the Ou River to visit rural villages and witness a boat racing festival. Returning to charming Luang Prabang, we got involved in the three day long New Year's festivities (a giant watertight), before heading to Vang Vieng and Vientiane. We rented scooters and did the Thakhek loop, a 450 km loop around central Laos, and rode a canoe through the 7.5km long Konglor cave. After a stop off in Pakse, we made it to Si Phan Don (4000 Islands), before our time was up.
Film by Asha & Ryan
Music: See the world by Gomez
This is the second video we've featured by Asha and Ryan - be sure to check out their The Scooter Diaries further down!
Kuala Lumpur: super-modern buildings juxtaposed with various cultural enclaves and with a little of Asia’s chaos thrown in. My time lapse explores how the city changes from day to night highlighting how spaces dramatically alter during the course of a few hours.
Just another day in the countryside
In mid 2012 we travelled across Bali with the Hanna Butler, winner of the World Nomads 2012 Travel Writing Scholarship. As is often the case in Bali, we stumbled upon the unexpected.
Film by World Nomads TV.
Ko Phi Phi
Flying, diving, sunning and partying on Thailand's Ko Phi Phi. While this film isn't of the highest res, it is worth watching for the aerial shots alone. Truly magnificent islands.
Film by Tiberiu Molnar.
Mourning Majesty King Father Norodom Sihanouk
End of an era
Thousands of monks join in meditation, during a ceremony in front of the Royal Palace to mourn His Majesty King Father Norodom Sihanouk. Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 20 October 2012.
Film by Kampuchea Party Republic.
Love the trains
A short video from a 24 day trip to Myanmar (Burma).
We love the dreamy soundtrack and especially the train and train station sequences here -- so rich. Also the way the light streams into the market and onto those mangoes - yummo!
Film by Pravin Narsing. Music: Aldgate Pattern by Little People.
Singapore tilt shift
The Lion city looking cute
For 'The Lion City', the idea behind the extension of the tilt shift technique is for focus and distance to be something the viewer can experience. It also doubles to communicate the constant heat and humidity that hits you whenever you leave the comfort of air conditioning in Singapore.
Cambodia and Laos
Great shots of the people
A compilation of footage taken throughout Cambodia and Laos filmed on our one month trip this year. This is the final of a four part series. The music was taken from the soundtrack of one of my favourite movies called Sunshine. Cambodia and Laos were amazing places to visit. We are so used to rolling in and out of countries so quickly that taking our time through Cambodia was very refreshing and one of our favourite trips ever. The people and the sights are were fantastic and if you happen to get some time to spend in Laos then do so! It was definitely a highlight of our trip.
Film by mojo43
Thailand by iPhone
A short film shot entirely with an iPhone
This enjoyable, just over three minute film takes the viewer to some of Thailand's more popular islands, including Ko Samui and Ko Nang Yuan. See just how many spots you can pick. Shot entirely on an iPhone.
Film by ArtIsland
Take a walk on the wet side
Who says it rains every day?
Anyone who has travelled through mainland Southeast Asia will recognise many of the locations in this 13 minute film -- we certainly did! It is a good example of how travelling during the monsoon need not mean all-day every-day torrential rain -- far from it.
From Pedro: Video journal of a trip through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia during the monsoon season. Learning again how to look at the others.
Film by Pedro Ballesteros
The Jewel of the Java Sea
The Karimunjawa Islands are a little-known archipelago off the northern coast of Central Java. Very well regarded for the pristine beaches and glorious snorkelling, this interesting video made in conjunction with the Wildlife Conservation Society of Indonesia Marine Program shows a challenging flipside to the area. Working with the community to alter destructive fishing habits, a slow but steady transition from cyanide fishing to fish farming has resulted in reef renewal and growth in fish stocks. While not awash in stunning beach scenes, the film is well worth a watch -- perhaps it'll get your feet itching enough to visit the Karimunjawa Islands and employ a fisherman for a few snorkelling trips!
Film by Gekko Studio
The Killing Season
Bikes and boards
Really enjoyed this film which follows the travails of five skateboarders cum motorcyclists as they ride the length of Vietnam top to tail. Especially liked the characterisations of what buying and riding a motorbike in Vietnam can be like, though it's probably not quite the day to day battle with death that it finishes on! Great to see a film taking a different view on travel in the country.
Skateboarder Magazine: "We probably should have intervened when our Senior Photographer Jonathan Mehring got together with the globetrotting filmer Patrik Wallner to concoct some harebrained excursion to Vietnam for a skateboarding trip, especially when they started throwing motorbikes into the mix. But as they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward, which is probably why the likes of Jerry Hsu, Keegan Sauder, Joey Pepper, Javier Mendizibal and Michael "Michi" Mackrodt were game to accompany them on this journey down nearly the entire length of Vietnam despite some of their limited past experience with riding motorbikes."
Directed, Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner
Quick and beautiful
Really liked this film. Begins in Southern Vietnam, through the Delta, then Cambodia, a flooded Phnom Penh, the beach and islands (Koh Tonsay maybe?) and Angkor, finishing off in Bangkok. Loved the coffee guy at around the five and a half minute mark and lots of outstanding portraits. Double thumbs up!
From the film maker:
Impressions from our last trip to south east. :)
Music Paul Wex. (c) 2012
Shot with a 7D, all handheld, unfortunately no IS....Enjoy!
If you like this, you might like this (newer one) as well: vimeo.com/47767166 and there is also a photo album of the trip here.
reUP: Rec.709 color fixed.
© Paul Wex
Half a World Away
In 2011, I spent six months backpacking throughout South East Asia with two friends. We visited Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia. The trip saw us take on many challenges and partake in a range of exciting new activities. This video highlights some of the best moments and experiences of our trip.
Thanks to my brother Andy for helping process the timelapse photos!
Equipment used - Canon EOS 7D, GoProHD, DIY Slider
Music: Jónsi - Boy Lilikoi
A Burmese Daze
Dreamy Burma film
A visual trip through Burma.
Film shot with: 5dMk2 - 24-105mm L, 50mm 1.4, 7d - 15-135mm EF and a GoPro Hero2.
A Search for the Sweet Spot
Travel through Vietnam and Cambodia
Join Malia, Mark, and I as we travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap to Sihanoukville!
Written, photographed, narrated and edited by Michael Parisien. Featuring: Malia Robello, Mark Parisien, Casey Whisler, Erin Leddy, with Re-Shir-Dan Miranda as "The Norwegian", and Ot the Tour Guide as "Martin Short".
Video by Michael Parisien
Backpacking Southeast Asia 2012
Flying between trees in Laos!
Me and my mate booked flights to Bangkok and both were so pushed by the idea of having a full seven weeks in Southeast Asia that we decided to buy a GoPro Camera and create a memory that extends normal photos.
The only thing planned for our trip was the "Gibbon Experience" in Laos. Basically it's a drive/hike into the jungle that brings you more then six hours away from civilisation - and this is where the adventure starts. The only people around you are the other five group members and your two guides. The guides lead the way, look after security, and provide self-cooked food in the absolutely breathtaking 50 metre-high treehouses. We stayed three days in the area, swam in ponds (with plenty of leeches for company), hiked over six hours a day and zip-lined 120 metres above stunning valleys. The whole project is a non-destructive way of tourism, where we didn't leave any trash or tracks behind. Neither of us will forget these three days and hope that the "Gibbon Experience" will keep its natural and absolutely amazing character as Laos gradually opens up for tourism.
Afterwards we continued our trip southwards and unfortunately lost the camera after cliff jumping at a kayak trip from Vang Vieng to the capital, Vientiane. So if you guys come across a nice plateau on the Nam Ou River, and by chance have scuba gear with you -- there might be a camera with a nice 10-metre-cliff jump on it waiting for you.
Through the last five weeks we barely recorded anything travelling through southern Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. There would have been some awesome footage of seeing sharks while scuba diving, or getting rescued from a tsunami -- but you can't have it all. The trip was amazing, and we won't ever forget the impressions we got and the people we met on the way. Every time I listen to the music used in this video, my thoughts go to Southeast Asia. Thanks for watching.
Video by Tobi A. .
Southeast Asia: a time-lapse film
Watch for the setting moon at the end!
I went on a 3 month trip to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Burma! We met a ton of people and had some Great times! I got to see some beautiful things! I just wish I could have captured everything! These are my top Time-Lapse Clips put together to the song: Islands, by Hey Ocean. I am also working on a video of all the clips I got which will be uploaded eventually. I used a Canon t3i for all but the one gopro time-lapse of the rafting. I didn't even have a Tripod until about 1 month into my trip! It was a BIG help to finally have!
Film by Joel Schat
Where Heaven Meets Hell
Staggering images from Kawah Ijen in East Java, Indonesia
Deep in the rain forests of Eastern Java, Indonesia, lies the active volcano, Kawah Ijen, where 500 sulfur miners carrying backbreaking loads, traverse treacherous terrain amidst spectacular vistas and toxic gases. Where Heaven Meets Hell relays the stories of four of these miners, who risk their lives and health daily in an industry we rely on for sugar, matches and cosmetics. This visually stunning and intimate film chronicles their attempts to escape the endemic poverty and lack of education that haunts their community. Drawing strength from their families and Muslim faith, these miners inspire us as they search for meaning in their daily struggles and triumphs.
For the latest news on the film follow us on Facebook
Official Website: www.whereheavenmeetshell.com
Copyright © - Sasha Friedlander
The Scooter Diaries
Two travellers hit the Tha Khaek Loop in Southern Laos
Asha and I decided to do the Thakhek loop, a 450 km motorbike circuit around central Laos. Having never ridden motorbikes (or scooters) before, this was a dubious decision. Read out extensive travel blog post on it. But it turned out to be one of the best parts of our trip. Riding our bikes through small villages, waving at kids and willing our bikes to make it up and over winding hill-roads - it was something we will always remember.
Heading down dusty, bumpy mountain roads in searing heat and checking the scrawled map to try and figure out where we were was, as dad would say, "character building stuff". The highlight of the four day trip was the Konglor cave - a canoe trip up a 7.5km underground river - pitch dark and winding our way through a mountain.
Screw tubing, this is the best thing to do in Laos. Thanks to Cake, ACDC, Joy Division and Journey for not caring that we used your tracks on this. You need the publicity anyway. For more travel tales and videos, head to our travel blog.
Copyright © Asha and Ryan - www.ashaandryan.com
Traffic in Frenetic HCMC, Vietnam
A fabulous visualisation of Saigon's traffic by Rob Whitworth
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is an amazing up and coming city. This time lapse is a culmination of 10,000 RAW images and multiple shoots capturing some of the cities relentless energy and pace of change. Everyone who has visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam knows part of the magic (love it or hate it) is in the traffic. Ever since I first set foot in HCMC I have been captivated by the cities energy. Saigon is a city on the move unlike anything I have experienced before which I wanted to capture and share. Thanks to everyone who helped with the film and thanks also to the numerous kind people who allowed me access to some amazing locations.
Official selection at: Tiburon International Film Festival 2012, DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon 2012, Mudfest 2012 and ANIMAYO 2012.
Copyright © All Images Rob Whitworth 2011 - www.robwhitworth.co.uk
Saigon motorbike tip: Turning left
Saigon's traffic is insane, here's some tips on how to deal with it.
This short video by Angela and Max who cover Saigon in Vietnam for Travelfish.org gives some pointers on basic motorbike safety along with advice on how to turn left.
Video by Angela Schonberg for Travelfish.org.
Slowboat from Hat Sa to Muang Khua, Laos
A trip on a slow boat in northern Laos to some smashing Khmer tunes
The boat trip from Hat Sa to Muang Khua is (in my humble opinion) one of the most beautiful in Laos, and the trip takes the best part of a day (once you take into account stops, boat swaps, meal stops, boat swaps, meal stops and so on. There was just the one other traveller on board, so once we'd exhausted all possible conversation, I sat back and just enjoyed the scenery. I'm no cinematographer -- it was all taken on an iPhone -- and as I didn't know how to edit at the time, it is just the one shot. Still I hope it gets your feet itching a little :)
Video by Travelfish.