Angkor Wat is breath-taking; every traveler should visit. If you can’t get there, check out this impressive video of “Angkor Wat from the Air” from Matador Network:
Angkor Wat is at the top of the list of places to visit for Cambodia, and possibly all of Southeast Asia! I’ve posted a photo tour, but this Angkor Wat video provides a different view – an aerial view of one of the 7 wonders of the world.
The videos fly over and through my favorite temples – Angkor Wat, Bayon, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm, all in Siem Reap Cambodia. For a photo tour of each, click the linked names.
Pro Tip — Plan for big crowds; it was packed both times I visited. Decide if you’re going to try to catch Angkor Wat at sunrise – if not, choose a different order to explore the temples to avoid the largest crowds. Even if that’s your plan, visit Angkor Wat to capture your sunrise photo, and then leave that temple to start at Angkor Thom, since most of the crowd just stays at Angkor Wat. Then come back for sunset. This Angkor Wat video, “Angkor Wat from the Air,” will give you a sense of what the rest of the complex looks like. Read more...(293 words, 2 images, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
England vs UK vs Great Britain – are these the same?
Do England, the United Kingdom, and Great Britain, all refer to the same place? What’s the difference between England vs UK vs Great Britain, and what’s included in each? Is Scotland a country? Here’s the answer in a 5-minute video that breaks these down. I’ve also highlighted some quick answers below that. You’ll understand your initial question in the first 30-seconds, but this clip does a great job with the natural follow-up questions.
For example, why is the Queen is on Canadian currency? Where do Belize and the Cayman Islands fit in? Enjoy!
England vs UK vs Great Britain
Here’s a quick breakdown:
England contains about 80% of the population of the UK.
Great Britain includes England, Wales and Scotland. Great Britain is a geographical term referring to the island on which the greater parts of England, Wales and Scotland are situated. GB is also a legal one referring to those three territories considered together. Great Britain is the largest island of the British Isles, which is most of the UK but not all. Read more...(513 words, 3 images, estimated 2:03 mins reading time)
Imagine being surrounded by Grey Reef Sharks while SCUBA diving – it’s all captured in this awesome 5-minute diving video of Grey Reef Sharks in Nassau, Bahamas, at the Ray of Hope shipwreck. I love the ominous music too. Check out the video of SCUBA diving with these “Apex Predators” below:
I was fascinated by Borneo’s Proboscis Monkeys! It was a rare chance to observe and photograph an endangered species in the wild. Proboscis Monkeys seem so human-like! Imagine a monkey with a distinctive huge nose and a pot belly. They often walk upright (rare for mammals) and sit like humans sit.
The proboscis monkey name, Nasalis larvatus, literally translates to “long nose,” and you can see why (below):
A male proboscis monkey’s nose can reach up to 7 inches in length!
Sometimes Proboscis Monkeys seem so human-like! This proboscis monkey was frantically eating as if he hadn’t eaten for days! Take a look in this video clip from my time in Malaysian Borneo:
Bako National Park also has bearded pigs, which greeted us upon entering the island. When we heard a typical pig sound later in the day, we were surprised to hear these honking sounds coming from proboscis monkeys.
Orangutans are much more closely related to humans, but the mannerisms of proboscis monkeys made me stop in my tracks and want to observe them all day. I did. Read more...(577 words, 6 images, estimated 2:18 mins reading time)
This video is from Canon, for their new Canon EOS Rebel T4i, which is selling for ~$950 USD. I haven’t used the Canon EOS Rebel T4i or even researched it just yet – I just loved the travel photography video. Personally I’ve been a Nikon DSLR user – I’m actually about to start researching for my next DSLR again shortly.
Obnoxious or Awesome – you be the judge! I found this quite entertaining…
There’s only so many times you can stand in front of a tourist attraction and smile with your arms at your side, so it’s important to get creative. There’s some places in the world where everyone does the same pose. The Leaning Tower of Pisa appears to be one of those, where everyone tries to take a photo holding it up.
In this clip, this guy jumps in and high fives people trying to line up for the standard pose at the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Often I’d try to get creative, and see a bunch of copy-cats following the trend for the new pose, (you’ll see a bunch of these throughout my travel photos). For example, here’s the link to see me in Jumping Pics from Around the World
The New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration in Sydney (see below video) might just as impressive than my last two years of New Year’s. Last year I kicked off my 5-month trip in Hong Kong for New Year’s Eve, and the year before I was in Taiwan. Both of their fireworks celebrations were impressive! After being out of the country the past two years on New Year’s Eve, I’ll be back in New York City! Videos for all 3 are below
That might even be more impressive than my past two years – check out the videos, with fireworks coming from the sides of a building, I was just across the harbor – aka Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade. The Hong Kongskyline is one of the world’s best. I highlighted some of the Hong Kong architecture here. Happy New Year!
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2009-2010 at “Tapei 101” – the largest building in Taiwan. At the time it was the largest in the world, but that lasted less than a month. Check it:
NYE at the International Commerce Center in Hong Kong. Such a cool fireworks display!