The first time I visited Asia was with a backpack, taking the concept “travel light” literally: all I had with me was a pair of swimming trunks, one T-shirt, a toothbrush, my Nikon and the rest was Kodachrome 64 films.
Since then, I have traveled all over Asia, always with a strong passion for the people I met along the way and their attitude towards life. No matter what issues I encountered, they were smiling and their response was – “no problem”. Another reason why I love Asia, and this is quite an important one, is that Asia is such a rewarding and enthralling part of the world to explore as a photographer. There is a myriad of strong photogenic faces, fascinating people as well as exotic landscapes – what more could you ask for!
This Better Moments Indochina photography workshop is based on the concept of traveling in a small, intimate group of passionate photographers. You will have all the time in the world to take the images you are looking for, while, at the the same time, get a maximum of mentoring. We will have the opportunity to work in pairs so that I can guide and support you throughout the photographic process. Traveling in a small group will also allow me to share my experience and knowledge.
There are other benefits as well. We are more flexible, can move faster, improvise, and explore cities and other environments that we wouldn’t visit with a bigger group. We will cover some of the distance by boat and sail along the Mekong River to experience its many faces. This form of travel is becoming extinct as travelers today want to travel fast and/or on large – and in my opinion violent – cruise ships. Instead, we will embark on a rustic and simple river pond like it as has been custom for centuries.
The trip is divided into three main segments – Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.
Thailand: we will feel the pulse of the capital Bangkok and the northern part of Thailand. A corner of Thailand that is not yet overwhelmed by tourists.
Laos: Luang Prabang, which is the capital of Luang Prabang Province in northern Laos, and which served as the royal capital of Laos until 1975. Here, we will meet the local people, and explore their culture as well as the lush nature around the city.
Cambodia: I first visited Angkor Wat 25 years ago. I was amazed and overwhelmed by the culture and the historical ruins. Even 25 years later, I still get goosebumps when I see the sun rise over the ruins of Angkor Wat.
In Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, we will learn about one of the most cruel stories of the countrie’s past – the sad story about The Killing Fields. There, collectively more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979. However, Phnom Penh is also an important and beautiful story as the capital is proof that you can put the past behind you, and instead become one of Asia’s shining stars.
In other words, I want to share a small historical corner of our mighty globe saturated with culture, nature and unique people with you.
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