3 Months in Southeast Asia: My 10 Best Photos


Low tide by moonlight, Railay Beach, Thailand

Image 10 of 10

It’s hard for me to believe, but I’m approaching my three month anniversary on the road. I thought this would be a good time to dig through my hard drive and pick my out my favorite shots so far.

If you’ve been following closely since the beginning (Hi, Mom!), these will all look pretty familiar. Hopefully, there’s something new here for most readers. It’s been an amazing three months — thank you all for following along.

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Dustin Main May 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Great images Wes, I’m especially jealous of your panning shots. I’ve yet to master (or come even close) with that skill yet.

What are you shooting with?
.-= Dustin Main´s last blog ..Define: Travel – Six Months and Counting =-.


wes May 30, 2010 at 7:15 am

Yeah, panning shots are tough. I get lucky every now and then but most don’t work out. I’m shooting with a Canon XSi Rebel. I love the camera, but the kit lens seems a little soft. Some day I’ll hopefully be able to afford a full-frame body with a nice prime lens. Some day… ;)


Aly May 29, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I was going through and thinking #2 is going to be my favorite..then I got to #3 and it was my favorite…then #4 came up..
Love the pics and congrats on your three month milestone!!


wes June 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Thanks, Aly!


Natalka May 30, 2010 at 12:59 am

they are all excellent shots.


Erica May 30, 2010 at 3:20 am

I love the Buddha and roots pictures. How amazing – just thinking about how much time had to pass in order to get that. <3
.-= Erica´s last blog ..Preliminary Planning =-.


Jolyn@Budgets are the New Black May 30, 2010 at 4:01 am

I seriously can’t pick a favorite. Though those roots growing around that head is awe-inspiring. I’d love to be a fly by your side and see exactly how you took each shot. I’m about to search your site for info on your camera… Buying me a good one is seriously climbing higher on my to-buy list. Do you recommend a particular kind for a n00bie?


wes May 30, 2010 at 7:20 am

I’ve been a fan of Canons for 20 years or more, but I know Nikons are very good as well. I think the cheaper Rebels offer a lot of money for not too much money. If you don’t mind buying used gear, you can also get really good deals on the previous model as well…


Lily May 30, 2010 at 5:53 am

I like the peace keepers rockin’ those pink cravats! Nice!


Bessie May 31, 2010 at 8:23 am

Gotta love the little kids steering on motorbikes. :)

Nice array of photos & congrats on your milestone! Happy Travels!
.-= Bessie´s last blog ..How we started our dream, and how you can, too =-.


Bob Fine May 31, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Absolutely beautiful shots. My favorite is the girl in the rain.



Candice June 1, 2010 at 1:44 am

Awesome shots!
.-= Candice´s last blog ..Sometimes Growing Up in a Bilingual Country Sucks =-.


Nomadic Chick June 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Wow, can’t believe it’s been 3 mos. You’ve captured some great moments.


wes June 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Thanks, Jeanie. 90 days goes *quickly*, I’m discovering :/


Laura June 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Lovely photos. Only 2 more months until I make it to SE Asia :) It’s great when I read your posts because it always makes me excited for my upcoming travels!
.-= Laura´s last blog ..Rwanda Gorilla Tracking: Taking the Plunge =-.


wes June 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

you’re going to have so much fun. I could easily spend a year or more in this part of the world….


BraveandDandy June 4, 2010 at 2:54 am

Great shots wes, we so miss the sights and sounds of SE-Asia.
All the best to you!


Sultana June 9, 2010 at 4:34 am

Picture 1 with the sleeping cat, that’s really cute.
.-= Sultana´s last blog ..Comediennes, Marshall Mathers =-.


Leah Olson August 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm

These photos make me miss Southeast Asia so much! It is such a photogenic region of the world and you’ve captured it beautifully! I think one of my favorites are the crabs in Chinatown. I also love the police shot! It made me smile :)
.-= Leah Olson ´s last blog ..The Implications of Load-Shedding =-.


wes August 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Thanks, Leah! The police were hilarious — looks like the Thai A-Team…


j choban October 4, 2010 at 7:06 am

Great photos! Confirms my belief that I don’t have to carry a camera because I can go online and find photos taken by a better photographer than I am! Thanks! Will you be going to Halong Bay?
.-= j choban´s last blog ..Four practical things you should know how to do in China and SE Asia =-.


wes October 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Thanks for the comment. I did go to Halong Bay, but my tour turned out to be a bit of a bummer. Shame, too, as the scenery is amazing…

here’s the tale: http://johnnyvagabond.com/destinations/hassles-ha-long-bay/


TheGourmetCoffeeGuy March 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

All your photos are amazing, each better than the previous, each so special. Really like your posts, very interesting insights into many world destinations. Thank you for sharing.


wes March 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Thanks! Glad you like the site


Michael December 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I like the picture #2, it’s very common that people don’t wear helmet in China while riding a bike or motor bike, though it seems a bit dangerous, it’s a lovely photo, like me and my sweet daughter :)


Hannah@GettingStamped January 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Love it! I am a sucker for cats, just call me a cat lady! I will have section our website just of cat photos…just have to talk Adam into allowing it!


Doug Houserie April 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I read your last post about “the things you hate about tourists.” I have to admit, this photo collage is a perfect example of that- “Tourists running around snapping photos of completely normal daily occurences.” It kind of makes you like like an asshat. Maybe add it to your last post.


wes April 30, 2013 at 3:33 pm

One of the dumbest comments I’ve ever had on my site:

“I read your last post about “the things you hate about tourists.” I have to admit, this photo collage is a perfect example of that- “Tourists running around snapping photos of completely normal daily occurences.” It kind of makes you like like an asshat. Maybe add it to your last post.”

EXACTLY what would you like me to photograph? Space Shuttle launches in Bangkok? Big explosions? NASCAR crashes? The whole point of what I’m trying to do is give people a feel of what it’s like to live in another land. Sometimes I’m successful, sometimes I’m not.

But, I seriously think your frothing at the mouth is threatening to ruin your Cheetos beard.

Asshat. More at: http://www.facebook.com/johnnyvagabond.rtw


wenlin May 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

really quirky and interesting set of photos! recently found out about your blog via a search on ‘best travel blogs’… :)


Sandra August 1, 2013 at 5:05 am

Amazing photos! I just found your blog, and I’m really enjoying it!
Your blog was posted in a danish travel blog in an article about “Top five travel blogs”.
Seems like your blog is all over the world! :)