Tuesday, 5 June 2018

4 of the Most Photographed Settings in Southeast Asia




Southeast Asia is a stunning part of the world.

The history and sheer variety of cultures set it apart, so it’s no wonder it’s such a popular destination for travellers of all ages and backgrounds. You certainly won’t be stuck for things to do.

However, despite all the diversity, there are still some spots that stand out above the rest, leading locals and tourists alike to make sure they’re captured on camera. We’ve put together a list of four of the most photographed settings in Southeast Asia, in case you’re inspired to take pictures of your own.


1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. The entire site covers 162.6 hectares and consists of a complex series of temples, the largest of the three being the Bayon, Ta Prohm, and — of course — Angkor Wat.

Being the largest religious monument means being one of the most crowded, but there are ways to get around this. According to Rough Guides and their advice for beating the crowds, the best way to explore (and get the best photos) is as follows:

· Enter through the East Gate (not the West Gate) in the morning to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat.
· Spend lunchtime (between 12 and 2) at the Bayon.
· Wait until dusk before you visit Ta Prohm.
2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thanks to its curious mix of old and new architecture, Kuala Lumpur is a firm favourite with photography fans. The views from the Kuala Lumpur Tower — the seventh-tallest freestanding tower in the world — are wonderful on a clear day and there’s plenty to see back on the ground, too.

Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy spending time at the KL Bird Park and KL Butterfly Park (check out the BBC website for some useful photography tips). For something more traditional, head to the Thean Hou Temple, or admire the peaceful grounds of the National Mosque of Malaysia.


3. Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand’s capital city is known for its hustle and bustle, but its most popular spots for photographs are all tranquil respites from the busy main streets.

Religious sites like the Golden Buddha, the Buddhist temple Wat Pho and the Hindu Erawan Shrine all get their fair share of time in front of the camera, with visitors admiring the ornate decoration and, in the case of the Golden Buddha, the scale of the monument itself.

Of course, if you did want to make the most of the opportunities for street photography, there’ll be plenty of moments you could capture, especially at the food markets (Secret Traveller recommends sampling the Pad Thai while you’re there). Just be sure to keep your camera safe.
4. Kuang Si Falls, Laos
Kuang Si Falls is made up of a series of cascades which join to form one main waterfall with a 60-metre drop. It’s not surprising that this spot is photographed so much, since the secluded pools of blue-green water and the effect of the sunlight streaming through the trees are straight out of paradise.


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