An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]


GoMadNomad.com founder and friend of our site Stephen Bugno spent a good part of this year traveling through Southeast Asia as part of his nomadic wanderings. To try to encapsulate such a trip in 10 or 11 pictures would be futile, but I asked Stephen if I could share with our readers some of my favorite pictures from his Flickr sets to try to give a small taste what it’s like for those who’ve never been.

From the 1000-year-old temples, to the food, to the other backpackers one encounters on such a trek, what follows, I hope, is a gentle kick-in-the-behind motivation for those thinking of traveling there.

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

The walls at Preah Khan, probably the most famous temple in Angkor, Cambodia.

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

Looking downstream in Muang Ngoi, a Lao town along the Nam Ou River.

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

An early-morning stroll in Luang Prabang’s morning market, north central Laos.

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

Dinner during a two-day trek to an Akha hill tribes village near Phongsali, the northernmost province in Laos.

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

Taking the slow boat ride down the Mekong River in Laos from Houayxai to Pakbeng.

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

This tea salesman, in the Chinese village in northern Thailand called Mae Salong. is writing out the brewing instructions I asked for.

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

An older woman from Mae Hong Son, in northern Thailand near the border of Burma.

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

Visakha Bucha Day in Chiang Mai. The holiday celebrates the birth, enlightenment and entry into nirvana of the Buddha.

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

A vendor prepares for the crowds at the night market in Chiang Mai.

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

Stanley Ho, my favorite artist in Melaka. He’s holding the painting I bought from him. Visit Stanley at 46 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock in the old part of town. He loves to chat.

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

Near Kampong Cham in central Cambodia is the 11th-century religious compound, Wat Nokor.

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

Sunset in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

By Stephen Bugno

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

About the Author

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world for more than a decade as both a volunteer and a wanderer, and is the editor and publisher of the online travel magazine GoMadNomad.com and his personal site BohemainTraveler.com. You can follow Stephen via twitter at @bohemiantrav or on Facebook.



Published on September 06, 2011