Long-tail boat in Phi Phi, Thailand. Some of the most beautiful water I've seen and great diving!! These boats put a lot of pollution into the water – should they continue to be allowed in this area?
Karst formations near Phi Phi, Thailand; same formations that make up Halong Bay in Vietnam.
Karst formations seen from the beach in Krabi, Thailand
Singapore Customs gave this stamp to me as I entered the country - Thailand has the same "death to drug traffickers" provision.
Hut in rural Laos
Arguably the best way to see SE Asia.
Borneo - girls riding in the back of a truck in Sabah - (This certainly wouldn't fly in the USA with all the seatbelt laws).
Luang Prabang, Laos - boat taxi's on the Mekong River.
Malaysia - agriculture in Sabah, Borneo... in a lot of areas in the world they still work the land by hand.
As the sun rises in Luang Prabang around 200 Buddhist monks depart from their various temples to gather their daily meal. The tradition of alms gathering dates back to the 14th century, yet still today locals wake early to prepare the food for the monks and wait quietly by the roadside to give their gifts. Although the main purpose is for locals to give alms to the monks, you will also notice small children kneeling with baskets in the hope that the monks will share some of their alms with them so that they can take food back to their family.
So many beautiful Temples in this sleepy little town on the Mekong.
Common site - Rooster walking through the yard of a Temple
So many Chameleons, everywhere
Millipede I encountered while hiking up to Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia
Praying Mantis just hanging out on the bathroom wall above the urinal in the airport at Luang Prabang, Laos
Kuang Si Falls, Laos
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - my first encounter with a century egg; would you try one?
Laos - another encounter with century eggs (they are the pink ones in the front) sitting out in the early morning heat.
Luang Prabang, Laos - street scene
A son plays on a smart phone while his dad waits for customers at the night market.
Singapore - fish spa where fish ate the dead skin off my legs (they have full body treatments but I had a hard time doing just my legs - it tickled so much I couldn't stop laughing - the locals must have thought I was mental
Bangkok, Thailand - the fresh aroma of street food blended with emanating smell of sewer, so beautifully orchestrated in the uniqueness unto your own... yet I am so content sitting on a small stool eating noodles on the street at Midnight.
Chinatown in Bangkok - amazing street food and an overall better vibe than Khao San Road (where a lot of tourists go). Khao San Road is like the Cancun of Mexico, very pumped up for tourists (including prices) and you can buy pretty much anything there from Fake IDs (including US driver's licenses), odd herbal remedies like Shark Fin, I even saw a girl peddling laughing gas.
Pressed Pig Face in Bangkok - I was interested in tasting this but didn't want to buy the entire face just for a taste.
Rambutan stand in Bangkok
Basket of peppers and lime peels out on a families patio.
Some of the best desserts throughout SE Asia
I don't like pancakes but picked up five of these for 5,000 LAK = 62 cents and it was arguably the best pancake I've ever had (cocount-type batter and gooey inside). Notice the hot coals beneath the cast iron pot.
Pimped-out motorized Tuk Tuk, preferred mode of transport in Bangkok.
Family eating breakfast (hot noodles) outside a 7-Eleven in Bangkok.
Inle Lake, Myanmar - man smoking cigarette on his fishing boat (photo by my colleague Gary Giss)
House on Inle Lake, Myanmar (photo by my colleague Gary Giss)
Holding 2 Million Laotian Kip; conversion = 8,112.50 to 1 US Dollar.
Laos - my kind of buffet; and it is only 15,000 LAK = $1.85 US
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - outdoor market adjacent to the South China Sea.
Trash day - people put their trash out in baskets: much more classy than the big bins I wheel out to the curb in the USA.
Photos, captions and descriptions by Tyrell Heaton
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