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Angkor Wat, Cambodia, and Siem Reap, Best Travel Destinations 2015

Trip Advisor has just announced that Angkor Wat is the top Landmark in the world to visit, with Siem Reap voted 2nd best Destination in the world.

UPDATE: Lonely Planet has just voted Angkor Wat as the Best Travel Destination to go and see 2015.

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Monks in front of Angkor Wat.

I have been photographing here since 1999 and it is truly a magical place, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The whole Angkor complex stretches some 400 km2, so there are always new places to discover.

Of all the different temples that make up the Angkor complex, Angkor Wat is the jewel in the lotus and also the most well preserved of them all.

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Angkor Wat, sunrise

The stone carving here is some of the most exquisite of all the temples.

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Apsara detail, Angkor Wat

Even though the place sees a large number of tourists each year, local life still goes on in and around Angkor Wat.

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Boy fishing at Angkor Wat

Siem Reap is the gateway to the temples and a town that has expanded over the years but never lost its charm.

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Shrine on the banks of the river, Siem Reap

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There are now great places to eat and drink to suit all budgets in Siem Reap. I’m looking forward to heading back again this November. There are places available on the photography holiday if you want to improve your photography skills. Because of my extensive knowledge of the area I get you to the best places for the best light.

My photography holidays here also support some NGO’s helping street kids, the rural poor, people with disabilities and also a nature conservation project.


Details of the travel photography holiday I run to Angkor Wat can be found on my website: http://www.digitalphotographyholidays.com


You can follow my journey over the years of photographing at the Angkor Wat temples on the Manfrotto website: http://www.manfrottoimaginemore.com


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Angkor Wat, Cambodia, A Journey, part 2, The Power of Nature

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Part 2 of my travel photography blog has just been published on the Manfrotto Imagine More website. This week is all about the power of nature.
Angkor Wat Cambodia Ta Prohm Temple

You can follow the journey each Friday in March: http://www.manfrottoimaginemore.com/2014/03/14/angkor-wat-cambodia-journey/

Thanks for popping by.


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Angkor Wat, Cambodia, A Journey, travel photography blog

My travel photography blog has just been published on the Manfrotto Imagine More website. It is a 4 part series, following my journey to the temples of Angkor Wat. I first visited them in 1999 when some of the temples were still heavily land mined. This weeks blog looks at these early years pre- digital photography and when I was photographing for an exhibition, giving some of the proceeds of sales of prints and cards to land mine clearance.

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You can follow the journey here on the Manfrotto website each Friday in March:

http://www.manfrottoimaginemore.com/2014/03/07/angkor-wat-cambodia-journey/

Part 2 next week is the “Power of Nature”, thanks for visiting.


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My great friend Chenti – tuk tuk driver for the Angkor Wat temples

I have just spent 3 weeks with my tuk tuk driver Chenti in Siem Reap, Cambodia who is such a great friend. I have set up a site for him to try and get more work for him. He is my lead tuk tuk driver for my Digital Photography Holidays and a close personal friend. He is extremely reliable, courteous and totally trustworthy.

Chenti Sia tuk tuk driver Siem Reap Cambodia

Chenti Sia tuk tuk driver Siem Reap Cambodia

Chenti has such a great knowledge and passion for  his country and I personally recommend him. He was 3 when the Khmer Rouge took over and lost his parents and 4 of his brothers and sisters but has an amazing forgiving heart, though this part of his life will remain hidden until your trust is gained.

Please take a look at his site that I have made for him http://angkorwattuktukdriver.wordpress.com/ and share it wherever you can.

His telephone number in Cambodia is +855979126232

Chenti Sia tuk tuk driver Siem Reap Cambodia

Chenti Sia tuk tuk driver Siem Reap Cambodia

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International Photography Awards 2013, Burma, Angkor Wat & Iris

The International Photography Awards 2013 have just been announced and I received an Honourable mention in 8 categories, which I am really pleased with as there were over 15,000 entries from around the world.

Some of you might have seen my Myanmar (Burma) photographs when they first appeared on the Manfrotto website.

Travel and Tourism category and Fine Art; Landscapes category “Temples of Bagan”

Having first visited Bagan eight years ago, on my return visit in April of this year I had already pre-visualised a series of black and white images of the temples. There are over 4,000 temples on the plains of Bagan and the whole area has an ethereal, timeless feeling and is one of my favourite places on the planet. For the series I converted my images to black & white, then split toned them in Lightroom. It was important to have the same tone in the series as I wanted them to work together. These 3 photographs were the ones I entered.

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Myanmar (Burma) “Temples of Bagan”

Myanmar Burma Bagan temples sunrise black & white

Myanmar (Burma) Temples of Bagan

Myanmar Burma Bagan temples sunrise black and white

Myanmar (Burma) “Temples of Bagan”

Panoramic category “Temples of Bagan”

For this image I wanted to show a panoramic view from one of my favourite temples, from which you get an idea of what the stupa studded landscape looks like.

Myanmar (Burma) Bagan temples panoramic view

Myanmar (Burma) “Temples of Bagan” Panoramic

Culture Category “Stonemasons Burma”

In Mandalay there is an area of the city where images of Buddha are carved from rock. I spent a morning in this area photographing the many processes that are undergone to make the statues. The air was filled with rock dust and it was quite oppressive in the searing heat of April in Mandalay. The boy to the left has to stand there applying water to where the man is drilling. This photograph was just one from a whole series shot that morning.

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Stonemasons Burma

Fisherman Inle Lake

Lake Inle in the Shan State of Myanmar covers an area of 45 square miles (116 km2) and is at an altitude of 2900 feet, it is home to the leg rowing fisherman. It was my first visit to the lake and it came as a welcome relief to the heat of Mandalay in April as the air was much cooler. I was really taken by the beauty of the place and chartered a boat to take me out for a few days. On my first dawn outing the boat captain drove past this fisherman who was completely oblivious to us. The sun had just appeared over the hills which made for a great silhouette and some warmth after a chilly start. I often see photographs of the Inle Lake fisherman which are over posed, I liked the natural feeling to this shot.

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“Lake Inle fisherman”

Travel & Tourism Category; People of Burma

Myanmar Mandalay U Bein bridge woman watching sunrise

Mandalay U Bein Bridge

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Mandalay Stonemasons

Burma (Mandalay) Schwezigon Paya pagoda monks

Young Monks Nyaung Shwe

Inle lake, Myanmar (Burma) fisherman with girl on boat

Inle lake, Myanmar (Burma)

Portrait of an old Shan man in Myanmar (Burma) Lake Inle

Trees Category; “Tree Roots; Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia”

This shot is one from an ongoing project photographing nature`s strength over humankind at the temples of Angkor Wat. The trees roots of this tree are slowly pulling the temple apart returning the stone back to the Earth and creating a new form of beauty.

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Tree Roots; Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia

Flowers category; Iris

This image of the Iris was taken with my 180mm macro lens which is my favourite lens for close up photography. The Iris was slightly back lit from the sun which showed off its translucent petals.

Iris

Iris

I am looking forward to returning to Cambodia and Burma this winter as I host travel photography holidays to my favourite locations www.digitalphotographyholidays.com

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Cambodia, Angkor Wat, Photography Hotspot

Angkor Wat Cambodia aerial shot from helicopter

After recently spending some more time in Siem Reap, which is home to the hundreds of temples that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Wat complex, I was on the lookout for more of those hidden corners.

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After visiting the temples on and off for the last 14 years one thing I have learnt is that all those hidden corners would take a lifetime to discover.

I am fascinated by the power of nature over humankind of which Angkor Wat displays this perfectly, whether it be the iconic roots of trees slowly ripping apart the temples

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Roots of tree in back of temple

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Or the Earth devouring fallen down temples returning them back to where they once came.

Angkor Wat fallen temple

Angkor Wat never fails to surprise as you wander around feeling like a true Indiana Jones.

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There is always a smile caught in time watching over you.

Bayon face Angkor Wat

Siem reap and its surrounds are also ripe pickings for the travel photographer.

Woman carrying baskets in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Man asleep in tuk tuk

5 people riding on a Honda 125 in cambodia, Siem Reap

Money launderer?

Cambodia Siem Reap money laundering

Near to Angkor Wat lies the largest lake in South East Asia, Tonle Sap home to floating villages.

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Brightly coloured floating houses

Ton le Sap lake Cambodia Siem Reap

In the past I have supported land mine clearance charities from sales of prints and cards at exhibitions of my Angkor Wat photography, as Cambodia was at one time one of the most landmined countries on Earth.

After befriending a resident of the floating villages on my latest trip, I will be donating rice to the floating school on Tonle Sap lake when we visit with my travel photography holiday guests, as there are many orphans there whose parents were killed by bad storms on the lake.

Ton le Sap lake market Cambodia Siem Reap

Cambodia is a place that truly touches the heart and the myriad temples of Angkor Wat never fail to leave you in wonder and awe at their sheer beauty.

Join me for a travel photography adventure to Cambodia; Angkor Wat, and its surrounds in November 2013 or November 2014 http://www.digitalphotographyholidays.com/388262/cambodia-angkor-wat/


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Photography Holidays 2015 to Angkor Wat; Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma) and NEW Vietnam

In 2015 I am hosting photography holidays to some of my favourite locations. Angkor Wat is a photographers dream with a wealth of images to be taken. The holidays feature in this months Outdoor Photographer magazine – Holidays & Courses guide. There are still some places available for the holidays.

I will also be hosting a photography holiday to Burma (Myanmar) in November 2015 http://www.digitalphotographyholidays.com/516995/burma-myanmar-photography-tour/

Brand new for 2016: Vietnam photography tour from south to north: http://www.digitalphotographyholidays.com/623694/vietnam-photography-holiday-tour/

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