And now for something a little different. Tourists are an unavoidable part of travelling- might as well embrace it! Which is exactly what David and Helen have done in this eclectic photo essay.
Weʼve all been part of a tour group before…well if youʼve been over to South-East Asia then more often than enough you are bombarded by different tours to take. We do have an option, and sometimes itʼs the easy way to explore…let someone else guide us through a trip for a day or two!
Itʼs always lovely to get the group photo at the end too! This was taken at the end of a not so successful tour with the Chinese Cultural Centre, they got the first hike completely wrong, but heading over to the Pagodaʼs for the second part of the tour was pretty impressive and we did gain a few friends too!
The Japanese and Chinese have a very strong presence in their own countries as tourists and they love to be photographed by all the famous landmarks and historic sites. As we travelled into South-East Asia we were faced by more international tourists, and involved ourselves in this when we booked onto a few tours! So if you fancy delving into the tourist hotspots in this part of the world, it can be easily done and as we found, interestingly documented!
Weʼve compiled a photo-story that shows the types of tourists we came across, each photograph is representative of the feel of what was happening at a certain place and time. You can guarantee that no matter what time of year youʼre visiting these places will always be packed with tourists!
China: Huangshan Mountain.
A mountain described by the Chinese as one place everyone must climb at least once in their lives! (You can either take the steps or the cable car!!)
￼￼Vietnam: Halong Bay.
Not too many tourists in these photos but thatʼs reflective of the tour we took, if you pay a little more you wont see so many tourists. We still woke up in the same bay as around 100 other junk boats though.
￼￼Cambodia: Angkor Wat.
Get to the mighty Angkor at sunrise and you wont be disappointed, donʼt aim for this location if you want a quiet place to watch the sunrise.
Laos: Luang Prabang.
People rise early to watch the monks receiving their alms, itʼs a massive tourist attraction for Laos, as are the beautiful Kouang Si waterfalls which are around a 1 hour drive away via Tuk Tuk.
￼Thailand: The Royal Palace.
Not your typical tourists to bump into as we were passed by a group of beauty pageants walking around the Royal Palace!
Notworkrelated is a collaboration of two UK photographers Helen and David. Their work-related lives see one as a graphic designer and the other as a fashion and portrait photographer. So far Notworkrelated has provided them with the platform to explore and put their work-related lives on hold whilst they travel around the world…or at least big parts of it! We are David & Helen… Travel, photography, blog. Visit our website