Sunday, October 25, 2009

Vacation Pictures




After over 2 months, I've finally had all my film developed and scanned. A selection of the 1,800+ pictures from a month of travel are now on Flickr, here and here.

Looking back at these now, it is hard to put into words just how stunning some of the sights were. Although I have a huge number of pictures, they still don't capture nearly enough. I would encourage anyone who gets the chance to go explore that part of the world. You can find my notes from during the trip on this site, but a few things I want to highlight:



Sapa remains one of the most beautiful places I can imagine. It's incredibly painful to get that far up north, but after 6+ hours on the night train you find yourself in a different world. The local tribes still live in small huts dotted amongst the rice fields, and life goes at a much slower pace.





Luang Prabang, again hard to get to but worth the effort. I've made the comment before that it has a religious life which holds to its traditions. The wonderful part, however, is that the locals don't do this to attract tourists, but rather because it is part of their lives.




Out of everything I saw while traveling, the ruins of Angkor are the one thing I would cross the globe for. I can't say it enough - get there before tourists destroy it!

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