Category Archives: Holly’s Travel Blog

Photographing the Temples of Angkor

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat after the crowds have left

 With Siem Reap having been my home for nearly 18 months now I've had a pretty good bite of the cherry when it comes to photographing the Angkor temples. For the first time photo-enthusiast-visitor here are some of my personal suggestions for capturing the main temples... Continue reading »
Also posted in Holly's Travel Blog

The View: Phou Phra, the Sacred Mountain

Phou Phra in Laos

There is this view. As views go it’s a pretty special one and I have been dreaming of photographing it for a long, long time… During the early noughties I worked as a Tour Leader in South East Asia, taking groups mostly through Laos and Thailand. The 7 hour journey from Luang Prabang (center of the Laotian tourism industry) to Vang Vieng (a beautiful area of karst scenery and overnight stopping point on the way to the capital Vientiane) is very scenic, but there is one stretch of road that is truly breathtaking in an otherworldly way. ‘The View’ regularly elicited such exclamations as ‘incredible’ or ‘awesome’ from my groups and on one occasion ‘like Mordor’(!?!), but for the landscape photographer in me the wonder of seeing that sublime vista was always tempered by the niggling irritation that we were inevitably there at midday when the light was at its worst.  I vowed to return at dawn or dusk, although at the time had no idea when, or how, that would be. Continue reading »
Also posted in Holly's Travel Blog

Travel Blog Part Fourteen: The Khumbu, Nepal

Last stop on our trip is the mighty Khumbu, home to Mount Everest, along with two other peaks in the world's top ten (Lhotse and Makaulu). It's cold, high and the very definition of bleak, with pretty basic accommodation. Iced over toilets are a new experience forus and most of the dhal bhats comes without popadoms for God's sake - but when you are making a pilgrimage to the top of the world there should be some hardship involved, no? Continue reading »
Also posted in Holly's Travel Blog

Travel Blog Part Thirteen: The Annapurnas, Nepal

The Annapurna region is one of the two great trekking areas of Nepal (the other being the Khumbu where Everest is located). Pointy mountains, magnificent valleys and pretty villages have made it popular with trekkers for many years but a new road penetrating as far as Muktinath has kind of changed the game... Continue reading »
Also posted in Holly's Travel Blog

Travel Blog Part Twelve: Kathmandu, Nepal

It's with a sigh of relief, as well as sadness and a rather nasty chesty cough that we bid goodbye to India and head to Nepal. Three months in India is about as long as I can take in one go these days. It's been great, it's always great, but it takes it's toll in so many, many ways.... Continue reading »
Also posted in Holly's Travel Blog

Travel Blog Part Eleven: Uttar Pradesh, India

It's north again up to Uttar Pradesh (UP): Hindi heartland of India and home to some of its most famous sites including the Taj Mahal and the bathing ghats on the Ganges at Varanasi. Continue reading »
Also posted in Holly's Travel Blog

Travel Blog Part Ten: Rajasthan, India

Pushkar, IndiaIt's a fair old way from northern Karnataka to southern Rajasthan but we decide to get the travelling over with as quickly as possible, so 2 nights (in Mumbai and Ahmedabad) and 2 long and very crowded train journeys later we find ourselves in the Land of Kings (the literal translation of Rajasthan). It's starting to feel like we're living on train food these days - samosas, pakoras, unidentified taboule-like stuff and chai. In fact I was going to name this blog entry 'Snacks on a Train' - a rather cheesy pun on that dreadful film starring Samuel Jackson that you feel compelled to watch purely on the name alone... Continue reading »
Also posted in Holly's Travel Blog

Travel Blog Part Nine: Karnataka, India

blog9mainHeading north we enter one of the most interesting and photogenic regions of India and I've got very high expectations. There's always that 'you're only as good as your last photo' feeling I sometimes have so am feeling a little pressure to get something good here. Continue reading »
Also posted in Holly's Travel Blog

Travel Blog Part Eight: Kerala, India

Varkala, India Travelling west we cross from Tamil Nadu into Kerala, with our first overnight train journey of the trip. Geographically it's not that far but there are so many little differences, you can see why people describe India as many countries in one... Continue reading »
Also posted in Holly's Travel Blog

Travel Blog Part Seven: Tamil Nadu, India

Sri Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, IndiaGoodbye Sri Lanka - Hello India! We've got our 3 month visas, topped up our patience tanks in laid-back Sri Lanka and put on our game faces. We are now ready and eager to face the craziness...come on India - give us your best shot! Continue reading »
Also posted in Holly's Travel Blog