Today we have some amazing Asia travel images brought to you by the lovely Hannah Webster from Lifeline Photography.
The colour and history brought to you in this post really makes you feel like you could have been there! I absolutely loved looking through these images. Makes me really want to visit Asia. I will pass Hannah the blog to tell you a little more about her travels.
Asia – India, Malaysia, Nepal and Thailand
I spent a year in Asia before I set up my photography business. I’d quit my career after 11.5 years with the same company. Sold my flat, moved to London for a bit where I worked in fashion and spent a small fortune…and just decided it was time to do something I’d always fancied. Travel. My then boyfriend took a short term contract working for a charity in Nepal. I visited him a couple of times, exploring Kathmandu and it’s immediate surroundings. Then towards the end of the summer I flew over to join him properly.
My favourite part of being in Nepal was the Annapurna Circuit – a three week trek in the High Himalayas, taking me up to 5416m in altitude. I walked over 130 miles and loved pretty much every minute. I also fell even more in love with my long time hobby – photography.
After Nepal, I traveled over land into India. I spent a few days traveling south to Delhi, taking in the Taj Mahal. I was eager to venture further east though, so hopped on a plane to Kuala Lumpur. The next month was spent moving up the west coast of Malaysia, enjoying incredible food and immersing myself in local culture along the way. Then came Thailand. I headed to Bangkok for a couple of days and then up to Chiang Mai. From there I spent a week riding the Mae Hong Son loop – a famous motorbike route through the mountains in the Golden Triangle to the north west, near the Burmese border. After returning to Chiang Mai, I headed south again taking in several stops in central Thailand along the way, including an elephant conservation centre in Lampang, Lop Buri (a town over run with monkeys) and the incredible ancient city of Sukothai.
Just before Christmas I returned to Bangkok for a few days and then ventured south to experience the Thai islands for the first time. I settled on Koh Lanta for about 6 weeks. Whilst there I had a motorbike accident and spent several weeks making daily trips to a special clinic to have my wounds treated. I felt pretty sorry for myself, but the local people went out of their way to look after me and cheer me up, many sharing their own crash stories and scars with me – joking that I would be going home with a very special Koh Lanta tattoo so the island would forever be a part of me!
In the Spring I returned to Malaysia and settled in a gorgeous coastal village on the north east coast called Cherating. The resort is popular with surfers in November and fills up with locals for Islamic celebrations, but the rest of the year it is a sleepy, laid back place. I spent several months there, leaving only to take a two week trip to Thailand as part of a visa run. Those two weeks were spent on Ko Pha Ngan. The quiet side of the island is stunning, but I missed the intense flavours of the northern Thai food and felt that Thai culture had almost entirely been engulfed by western travelers. That made me sad – but I knew full well I was part of the problem. I was lucky to experience aspects of the real Thailand in the central, north and the Islamic south eastern parts of the country but on the islands there was no escaping the “faring”.
Backin Cherating, I spent my days studying, researching and building my original website ready to launch LifeLine Photography upon my return to the UK. I already had a couple of weddings booked for the autumn and arranged to second shoot throughout the summer months. I left Kuala Lumpur at the end of May full of excitement for my new business but also with a heavy heart to be leaving a place that made me feel so at home.
Life in the UK has been amazing since I returned. I met and moved in with a wonderful man, my business took off and I could not be happier than I am shooting the wonderful weddings I am honoured to be booked for. But I still long to return to SE Asia, to trek in the fresh mountain air again and to discover new cultural experiences in future. One day… One day!
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