Photo Essay: Southeast Asia

Photo Essay: Southeast Asia

I’ve decided to document my recent trip to Southeast Asia with this slideshow highlighting the most memorable and photogenic moments!

I think one of the fun things about the trip was just how comfortable I felt the whole time, even though it was all very foreign to me; a wonderful feeling, and thanks to the people encountered along the way.

SE Asia Jun-Jul 2012 from Jean Campbell on Vimeo.

My thanks to Cathay Pacific for making my long haul flights a pleasure to experience, and for very comfortable seats.Great in-flight experience (even to the point of plotting my return entertainment viewing in anticipation -sad I know).

I had the pleasure of staying at these beautiful hotels:  SO Bangkok with a wonderful visit to the Sofitel Sukhumvit Bangkok, Hotel Metropole Hanoi, La Residence Hotel Hue, Sofitel Saigon Plaza, Peninsula Hong Kong.   Thanks to all the wonderful management and staff at each of the hotels, they were so helpful and willing to go the extra step and added immensely to the travel experience.

Thanks also to Murielle Ferdinand of Sofitel Hotels who was a lovely host.

My compliments to Trails of Indochina and Abercrombie & Kent.  Great guides, great service.

What a great trip!

Snapshots as shown on my slideshow:


City views from the SO Bangkok.  Lumpini Park scenes and sculptures and water monitor lizard. River cruise on Chao Praya River.  Temples and spirit houses along the river including the Temple of Dawn, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Grand Palace complex. Silk making demonstration at the Jim Thompson House. .  Food.  Beautiful temples.  Tai Chi in the park.  Grand Palace.   Jim Thompson House. Chocolate shoes and bag at the SO Bangkok.


Welcome macaroons at Hotel Metropole Hanoi.  Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.  Concession stands in the mausoleum complex.  The One Pillar Pagoda.  Hanoi street scenes, market and daily traffic.  “Hanoi Hilton” and Vietnam War art at the Metropole.  St Joseph Cathedral.  Pre-wedding photos.  Water Puppet Show.

Sights along the way with Trails of Indochina to Halong Bay including the transportation of everything.  Corn drying (walking on it) at the side of the road.  Lacquer painting.  Texting while biking.

Halong Bay:  Overnight trip aboard The Ginger.

Village stop on the way back to Hanoi.  Temples. Home visit. Traditional music.

Hue:  Perfume River from La Residence Hotel.  Hotel art.  Hue Imperial Citadel complex. Vegetable and fruit carving at the Ancient Hue Restaurant.  Khai Dinh Tomb. Hai Van Pass.

Hoi An: Sights and colors including pre-wedding photos at the Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An.  China Beach.

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon):

Unique buildings facades. Mekong Delta.  Bicyling through the villages with stops for fruit and lunch.  Rice paddies. Saigon Sofitel Plaza Hotel.  (Peoples) Saigon Palace.  American helicopter on the roof of the Reunification Building. Saigon streets and motorbike traffic. Incense in every form.  Pink slips showing who donated what to the temple.  The Peoples Committee Building.  Ho Chi Minh statue in the town square.  Saigon Notre Dame Basilica. Central Post Office.  Photo at the War Museum: effect of Agent Orange.

Hong Kong:

Abercrombie & Kent Hong Kong.  City views. Wong Tai Sin Temple.  Teapot collection in The Peninsula Hotel. Lotus flower heads. Yuen Po Street Bird Garden.  Market scenes.

By Jean Campbell