Our Travel to Southeast Asia

November 25, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I realize that this is going to be the least exciting blog post of our journey over the next 2 weeks since Dennis and I sat in an 18 inch wide seat for the past 24 hours, but I wanted to live up to my promise and write a post each day to fill in family, friends, and any others who care.

As we sat at Dulles airport in Washington, DC, I said to myself, “How am I going to make this day look exciting for everyone?” I don’t know if I can but I’ll try anyway. If you aren’t thrilled, please hang in there and check back for Day 3 and I promise it will get better.

Rather than bore you with the details of our travel days, I’ll instead give you some background and what we are thinking and planning for the trip. To start, I cannot really say why we choose Southeast Asia for our trip this year. Dennis was championing the idea from the start and I said, “Sure, why not?” I think he was interested in going to a country where each day is a totally different experience, one that is far different than our typical day at home. What better way to escape our western culture than to head east….or is it west given that we flew over Alaska before reaching Japan? I suppose it is all relative and pretty much meaningless anyway. But I digress. I agreed with Dennis and as the time approached I got more and more excited. This will be my first trip to Asia, so I am stoked to see and experience a culture that really is foreign to me.

We decided to immerse ourselves in the region more than we have for our other trips and that meant leaving our western possessions behind and wing-it. Well, OK, we didn’t leave everything behind. I HAD to bring my camera gear, or subset of it, and my iPad to keep track of all that we do and bring it to all of you. But other than that, we brought a single backpack each for our clothing and essentials, and the rest we will either live without or acquire new things as we go. So far we have done some preliminary planning on what we want to see and where we want to go, but other than that we will be making this trip up as we go.

So here is the “plan” so far. We will be landing in Bangkok, Thailand and spend a few days exploring the bustling city which includes floating markets, street food, insects for food, temples and the royal palace. After Bangkok, we will make our way to Chiang Mai, Thailand to see some elephants and whatever else the region offers. Our third leg of the trip will be Luang Prabong, Laos to explore the city that is recognized as a World Heritage Site and from what I hear there are some amazing waterfalls there as well. Our final stop before heading back to Bangkok will be Siem Reap, Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat and the killing fields.

I know this schedule is pretty ambitious and we are spending so little time in each country, but I think it will give us a taste of the region and maybe in the future we will find ourselves back here. This is why we wanted to leave our plans fluid, that way we can spend some extra time in some locations or get out early if we don’t like it or have seen most of what we wanted. However this goes I am certain we will have a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to get out and do it.

Given that this is a photography blog, I should get down to the nitty gritty. Deciding what gear to bring was tough and I probably could have left some behind, but here is the list of gear for my photography nerds out there:

  • Nikon D610
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G (the nifty fifty) for some street photography
  • Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4 for landscapes and it doubles as my macro lens for close ups
  • Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR II for portraits and close ups and because this is my favorite lens and I would hate myself if I didn’t bring it even though it is a monster of a lens for traveling
  • A meFoto travel tripod for those evening shots and long exposures
  • My iPad with Photogene for processing the RAW files and Blogsy to write these posts. I left my Mac at home because it would be too much weight.
  • Six 16GB SD cards
  • And finally a ThinkTank Citywalker 20 bag to carry it all in and look as inconspicuous as possible.

And here are some photos from today. As I said I don’t think they are too exciting just yet, but they will get better.

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