Postcard from Southeast Asia

April 25, 2013 in Places,Southeast Asia

I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I visited Southeast Asia. I spent a glorious three months reading on beaches, eating from makeshift motorcycle food carts, riding motorbikes around Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Flowers on the back of a motorbike, Saigon HCMC Vietnam

I was nervous about visiting Southeast Asia, about being somewhere that I couldn’t blend in as a local and where I couldn’t even understand the alphabet, let alone speak the language. (Side note: when I asked my mom–who learned Arabic as an FBI special agent–what words she remembered, she told me hello, thank you, maybe and shot-gun. Right.) But all of those fears dissolved as I realized the universality of a smile, the humbling act of making yourself understood. Those memories are a comfort as I head to the Middle East for the first time today, a reminder that the world is good  and interesting and worth exploring.

Sunset in Hoi An, Vietnam

Postcard from Hoi An

Cow and calf in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

A day on a motorbike in Phu Quoc

Floating village in the Central Highlands, Vietnam

Postcard from Central Highlands

Clouds over Dalat, Vietnam

Postcard from Dalat

Schoolgirl running in Bali, Indonesia

Postcard from the back of a motorbike

Flower offerings in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

First impressions of Bali

Motorcycles and bananas in Saigon, HCMC VIetnam

Saigon: an assault on the senses

Long Beach in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Postcard from Phu Quoc

p.s. I’m going to Jordan! While my blog posts are pre-scheduled for the next week, I’ll be posting real-time updates on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the #MyJordanJourney hashtag. 

  • Hi Christine! You. Take. Gorgeous. Photos!!!!

    Also, I took the exact same picture of the exact same offering in Bali – haha guess it’s become a tourist attraction in it’s own right! I’m going to spend my night reading through your various “postcards” – thanks for writing as always! You have a fan from Singapore!

    Jordan – I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go but I think it’s going to take a few years. Can’t wait to read about your trip & live vicariously through you in the meantime (: All the best!

    p.s. I’ve listed you on my blog under “links” because I honestly have been a long-time reader (but only a recent commenter!) Know that you have a fan from Singapore 😀

  • camorose

    Oh thank you! That’s all so sweet–so glad you found me :) Lots of Jordan stuff coming up soon, it’s been absolutely incredible.

  • Hello from San Francisco, Christine! Southeast Asia is in my absolute must see list. Photos are beautiful and inspiring.

  • camorose

    Thanks, Nadya! It was one of my favorite places in the world to photograph.

  • Gosh, I can’t wait to go to SE Asia one day.

  • camorose

    It’s the best!

  • huongryhuong

    Fantastic shots! Also love your attitude about these places as I have seen so many other travel blogs that sound more of a whiny-oh-i-am-so-civilized-rants than something of profound experience. This is great! & I love love love your Iceland trip too!

  • camorose

    That’s so sweet! I really loved Southeast Asia–so different from what I’m used to, but so amazing in its own way!

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