Another dispatch from Otres Beach in Cambodia. Where lounge chairs and daybed wait empty, palm trees sway in the warm breeze and the turquoise water slowly laps the shore, only interrupted by an occasional fishing boat plodding along and looking for tourists to take to some secret cove or deserted island for a small fee. If you want to slow down, this is the place. The only things dictating your day: sunrise and sunset. And the occasional beach rooster. F*ck those things.
There’s a place on the southern coast of Cambodia where the soft white sand melts between your toes and warm turquoise water is so calm it almost looks like glass. The beaches stretch on either side for miles, but if you get tired of walking on sand, you can head right into the water and keep going for what seems like forever. It’s that shallow.
The resorts are there, with their infinity pools, lounge chairs, mischievous staff just waiting for their chance to pull a prank. But the tourists aren’t. Not yet. And you can get it all for pennies compared to what it would cost in the States.
The catch? It’s a two hour van ride from anything to the center of town, then a long and bumpy tuk tuk ride down a sandy path to your destination. How far are you willing to go for something you can call your own?
The place is called Otres Beach 2 and it’s at the far end of the road from a town called Sihanoukville. It’s paradise. Tomorrow I’ll post the opposite view from this same position. Stay tuned.
Not sure what the story is behind this guy, but I’m sure it’s a good one. I typically make it a point to find out, but sometimes I like leaving things to the imagination. Gotta leave some stones unturned for the next time… Or sometimes I just get lazy. Yea. That.
The northern Thailand mountain village of Pai is an adventure town by day with a thriving street food scene by night. This tea-pouring, bamboo tankard necklace wearing samurai with hipster glasses was just one stall of many.
One of the best souvenirs you can get on any trip: a little perspective. The next time your job makes you want to cry, just remember this lady. She is LITERALLY surrounded by onions.
On a rainy day in Thailand we explored the back alleys of Bangkok’s massive flower market. In this particular area, these long cell-like warehouses were set side by side for as long as the eye could see. Wreaths of flowers in one, sacks on onions in the next. On and on and on, you never knew what the next one would hold.
It was towards the end of the day and shops had begun to wrap up. This lady was one of the few stragglers. And she definitely looked like she was ready for the day to be over.
Some people will look at this picture and see adventure. Some people will look at this picture and see a warning sign. What are the things in your life that stop you from exploring or taking risks or trying new things? Choose to make them the smallest thing in the frame.
One of the coolest experiences in Vietnam doesn’t actually happen in one place. It’s the 80-mile journey from Hue to Hoi An - preferably by motorbike. This is just one of the many views you’ll stumble upon, but only after riding through dense cities, rice fields, fishing villages, mountain ranges, waterfalls, beaches and more.
This portion is known as the Hai Van pass, which includes a steep and windy incline. Those two roads in the picture? They’re actually the same one.
This guy may look cute and innocent, but he’s really just a little dickhead. And so are all of his little furry friends. The flocks of tourists come to see them at the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali and buy bunches of bananas to feed them. If you don’t drop the banana fast enough, they will climb on you and grab it. They’ve also been known to grab water bottles, cameras and bags. Did I mention they’re dickheads? But hey, who can blame them. If tourists hung out around my house and waved Shake Shack burgers in my face, I’d probably jump on them too…
Nothing philosophical or profound today, just don’t wave Shake Shack burgers in my face. You’ve been warned.
Remember when everything used to be about saying ‘yes’? Say 'yes' to new opportunities. Say 'yes' and be open to new experiences. Say 'yes' because you never know where it might lead you. Now everything’s about saying ‘no’. Say ‘no’ so you can focus on your commitments. Say ‘no’ to simplify. Say ‘no’ so you can have more time to say ‘yes.’ Moral of the story: things change. People change. Mantras change. Find what makes you happy and follow that trail.
More often than not, a little digging goes a long way. The bustling stalls at the front of the market make for good action, but behind all that, where the crowds thin, that’s where you can catch snapshots of the day-to-day realities. Here, the excitement is in the fine details, not the flourishes.
In the back corners of a market in Phnom Penh, a man was quietly at work. I couldn't tell you exactly what he was doing or what his role at the market was, but the way the light shone through the makeshift stalls, right onto an overflowing bowl of freshly-drained chicken blood, punctuating the otherwise gray frame with the viscous, deep red liquid... I'll never forget it.
So many subtle contrasts in this frame: The stillness of this back-of-the-market stall and the violent act of slaughter; the stark red bowl in a sea of grays and browns; the dramatic shadows cast on every day life.