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2015 & 2016 Photography Holidays to Burma (Myanmar), Angkor Wat, Cambodia and Vietnam

Digital photography holidays holiday tour tours workshop workshops to Myanmar Burma Cambodia Angkor Wat Bangkok Thailand hosted by Stephen Studd

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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.

Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, seated moss covered Buddha and leaf

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

Trees Angkor Wat

Roots of tree in back of temple

Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor wat, Ta Prohm temple.

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.

Stephen Studd Photography Angkor Wat Cambodia

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.

floating villages Tonle Sap lake Cambodia

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

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How many can ride on a Honda 125?

In Cambodia as many as you can fit on, though the law does require the driver to wear a crash helmet. 5 people riding on a Honda 125 in cambodia, Siem Reap

How many boxes can you fit on the roof of a collective pick up truck bus in Myanmar – the skies the limit

Myanmar Burma Nyaung Shwe market overloaded truck boxes market

How many Buddhist monks and Buddha statues can you fit in the back of a pick up truck in Bangkok? Just one of each.

Asia, Thailand, Bangkok, Chinatown, Buddhist monk and Buddha statue in the back of a pick up truck

I will be travelling in Myanmar, Cambodia and Bangkok by many modes of transport including Shanks`s pony, later in the year with my photographer guests on travel photography holidays. If you want to be the first to find out the latest news from my company Digital Photography Holidays why not sign up to the free newsletter, which includes pretty, un-watermarked photos too and you will also find out how many people I`ve seen on a Honda125

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Round the World Part 1

I set off in October for a round the world trip. The main intentions of this were to re-visit Cambodia to make final arrangements for my Digital Photography Holidays to Angkor Wat this year and also to see the solar eclipse in Australia. A round the world ticket seemed the best option as we wanted to visit friends in New Zealand and visit Mexico.

The idea was to keep blogging on the journey, however our first port of call Cambodia pretty much stopped that. Most of our time now is spent on computers and travelling to me is about the experience and the journey. Writing about it whilst there started to get in the way of the experience so I decided to only send a few Tweets and get on with travelling and write a short blog on my return.

Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor wat

Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor wat

Angkor Wat is one of my favourite locations in Asia to photograph and after re-visiting over the years since 1999 it still hasn`t lost its sense of awe. It really shows the power of nature as trees grow on top of temples and their roots slowly envelope and pull the temples apart returning the stone to the earth.

 temple tree roots

Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor wat, Apsara

Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor wat, Apsara

Next base was camping in Palm Cove, Australia in readiness for the solar eclipse of 14th November 2012. We had wanted to see the eclipse over the ocean but after getting up each day at dawn, over a seven day period it was looking like this was not going to be possible as low horizon cloud obscured the sun until after the time the eclipse would happen (06.40am). Palm Cove was an idyllic beach if it had not been for;



The threat of “feeling of impending doom” if stung by the Irukandji jellyfish amongst many others made swimming not very pleasant even though there were stinger nets to swim between. I had forgotten how Australia is full of warning signs everywhere.

Mount Elephant was our chosen place to view the eclipse from. Each time we had been up there to check the weather conditions it had been crystal clear baking skies. The day before the eclipse it had clouded over completely! With faith it would clear by the morning we went down a small dusty track for about 2 miles off the main Mulligan Highway road.


By evening the sky cleared and at night we were treated to an amazing starry night with countless shooting stars and no light pollution. At dawn the sky was still clear and this is where we viewed the eclipse from. The viewpoint we found had a full 360 degree view around us.

Mount Elephant

Again the experience of an eclipse far outweighs for me getting all technical and photographing it, I leave that to our friends at NASA and other astronomers, there are plenty of amazing shots of the actual eclipse on the web.


It was one of the best eclipses I have seen, everything seemed to go slow motion and time stood still for those brief few minutes and I even got to see and remember the shadow sweeping in. It is hard to describe an eclipse, though an elder called Justice from a tribe in South Africa once told us it was “natural magic” which sums it up beautifully.

After the eclipse we headed up to Cape Tribulation with friends to go camping for a few days in search of the legendary Cassowary and to swim in safe stinger free waters (though there were sting rays). and immerse ourselves in nature. We were treated to crystal clear waters, turtles, stretches of beach with no one on and clear black moon starry skies with no light pollution and phosphoresence in the sea, swimming holes in rivers but alas no sighting of a Cassowary.

Cassowary sign Cape Tribulation

Part 2 coming soon; New Zealand and Mexico

For anyone interested in taking their photography further I am hosting Digital Photography Holidays to Angkor Wat, Cambodia; Bangkok and later in 2013 to Myanmar. All locations I have a vast knowledge of photographing them and dates are chosen in the dry season.

Details can be found at