South East Asia!

Welcome to my 'Asia' section! After spending a couple of months trying to travel like locals through Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore in 2010, my friend Ailsa and I couldn't resist returning a couple of years later to spend some time in Laos and Vietnam. I love this colourful continent, with its amazing food and (generally!) friendly people, and am particularly keen to explore India, Mongolia and the Philippines whenever that might be possible. Watch this space!

Fri

29

Sep

2017

Photographer Jason Wallien - living and working in Beijing.

night street photography rain Beijing

 

Jason has been living in China for almost as long as I've known him. I don't think he intended to be there for so long, but something about Beijing has obviously reeled him in. I first asked him if he would do an interview for me, about his life there and photography, on the 3rd of January 2015; between the two of us, we have managed to string it out until now... I think it was worth the wait. I particularly love his photos of lights and rain in the darkness and for me, his answers are a rare insight into a idea I once considered for myself. We cannot be everywhere and do everything in the same lifetime, so it's good when our friends can be some places for us. I hope you enjoy the read.

 

Read More 6 Comments

Sat

28

Jan

2017

Why and how we should be trying to preserve our Oceans.

 

Having spent quite some time ranting about the refugee crisis, I wanted to write about something else close to my heart, incredibly important, but not yet personal enough to make me shake with rage. 

Covering almost three-quarters of the Earth, holding 97% of our water, producing almost half of our oxygen and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere, I can't exactly overstate how important oceans are to our planet's survival. Despite being vital to our economies and way of life, gone are the days when it was possible to believe the deep blue sea was simultaneously an infinite wealth of resources and an invulnerable dumping ground. 

 

Read More 17 Comments

Tue

21

Jun

2016

Storms, sea shells and sand boarding in Mui Ne, Vietnam.

Mui Ne beach, Vietnam

 

After over a year's waiting and saving, I'm soon setting off on another adventure. I couldn't be much further from travel burn out right now, but somehow this sprung to mind...

 

Trying to loop through the North of Thailand, floating along a portion of the Mekong, through Laos and down the entire length of skinny Vietnam in just a few weeks, had turned into somewhat of an ordeal. Vietnam is a beautiful country, with some of the most impressive sights in South East Asia, but after spending around one hundred hours trying to sleep on hard train benches, sweating on endless busses, occasionally getting shoved and ordered around by unfriendly men and fighting off moto drivers, the continuous traffic noise and incessant beeping was beginning to grate.

 

Read More 13 Comments

Thu

24

Mar

2016

Camping spots that make you wonder why we ever sleep indoors.

Sapphire Coast Australia
Sapphire Coast Australia

 

This collaboration of magical camping spots has taken an embarrassingly long time to put together, but I can't help but feel proud of the result. With some of my traveller idols, friends and even family involved, it's hard to decide if I'm more excited by the contributors or the places they have written about. If this doesn't persuade you that you don't always want to sleep with a roof over your head, then I'm happy to keep the wilderness for myself. 

 

Read More 22 Comments

Fri

09

Oct

2015

Friday fix: colourful markets of Chaing Mai.

This is the sixteenth edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in your coffee break...


Hand carved soap flowers, Chaing Mai, Thailand
Read More 14 Comments

Tue

06

Oct

2015

Finding our green fingers in Langkawi, Malaysia.

crab building in sand, Langkawi, Malaysia
A very busy crab.

Langkawi is actually a string of over a hundred islands not too far off the North-West coast of Malaysia. We only visited the largest of them, Langkawi itself, but with long, sandy beaches, jungle coated mountains and a rich variety of wildlife, it had everything I'd hoped for in a tropical paradise without the fringing of lobster sunbathers.

Although the coastline is stunning, we spent the majority of our time exploring the island's green interior. 

Sunset on the beach, Langkawi island, Malaysia
Read More 11 Comments

Fri

28

Aug

2015

Friday Fix: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

This is the thirteenth edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in your coffee break...

Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Read More 6 Comments

Fri

17

Jul

2015

Friday Fix: Angkor Watt and pink water-lilies at sunrise.

This is the eleventh edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in your coffee break...

Angkor Watt and pink water-lilies, sunrise Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Read More 8 Comments

Mon

29

Jun

2015

Architectural details in decay at the Forbidden Purple City, Huế.

Architecture Forbidden Purple, Imperial City, Huế, Vietnam.
Read More 8 Comments

Tue

26

May

2015

Floating down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, Laos.

Mekong river slow boat, Laos, Asia
Mekong river slow boat, Laos, Asia

After another 5am start, my friend Ailsa and I caught a local bus through Northern Thailand from Chaing Rai over to the Laos border. Disregarding the ominous weather reports (from that kind of doomsday traveller who warns you against visiting somewhere he's raving about- just in case you can't handle it) we were determined and crossed the enormous Mekong river, no-man's land between nations, in a tiny longtail boat. 

 

Thankfully it was a simple border crossing, even if (being British) we did have to pay an extra $5 for our visas. Newly stamped and wary of our safety in the fast boats, we found a more substantial slow boat to take us downstream.

 

The journey took two long days with a stop in the tiny riverside town of Pak Beng. It was sweaty and a little cramped, but for me the most memorable part of our time in South East Asia.

Read More 9 Comments

Fri

22

May

2015

Friday Fix: a sobering walk down the river in Siem Reap. 

This is the seventh edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in a coffee break, but maybe this one is more a dose of reality than wonder... 

Stilt houses, Siem Reap, Cambdia, South East Asia.
Read More 6 Comments
Follow me...

Phone Credit For Refugees and Displaced People is a volunteer run organisation. I can't stress their importance enough - please click on the image below and join the facebook group to find out how you can help. If you are not on facebook, you can still donate here

 

You can find Feathery Travels on facebook, twitter and pinterest.