In my career break of 2014, I had the opportunity to visit some amazing places in Asia. As the year is finishing today, I decided to go back to my photo archive and select my favorite pictures during this ongoing Breaksian project and share them with you.
Dec 12. Four Islands Tour, Thailand: I find them fascinating, the limestones rocks on the sea. I went to the four islands tour while visiting Ko Lanta and I saw many of those formations, besides enjoying beautiful sea life while doing snorkeling.
Dec 8. Durians in Krabi Market, Thailand: Banned on the Singapore subways and in most of the hotels for its pungent smell, this big and thorny fruit is definitively one the most divisive food representatives of South East Asia. Here you can see a couple of those durians in a market of Krabi Town, Thailand.
Nov 29. Ta Prohm, Angkor, Cambodia: The Angkor Wat complex was one of the highlights in the trip. I'm still writing some post describing how nice it was. One of the most beautiful and unique places there is called Ta Prohm. When they started to restore this temple they decided to leave in place the bayan trees that had colonized the ruins, creating some amazing structures such as the one you see on the picture.
Nov 24. Giant Buddha, Ngong ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong: Even if the place is a bit touristy, I enjoyed very much the cable car journey to the hill of Ngong ping where the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha are located. I have seen in my trip a couple of giant buddhas, but the one here was really massive.
Nov 7. Kōfuku-ji temple, Nara, Japan: The ancient Japanese capital was a very special place. Its colors during autumn were really beautiful. I truly enjoyed walking around the park but my favorite spot was for sure the Kōfuku-ji temple, with its east golden hall (Tōkon-dō) and the five story pagoda
Oct 29. Sumida river from the Tokyo Skytree, Japan: Tokyo is one of my favorite cities in the world and this time around I had the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Skytree observatory. I easily spent a couple of hours there, looking around, taking pictures and appreciating this excellent viewpoint.
Oct 24. Jeonbang Waterfall, Jeju Island, South Korea: In the southern volcanic korean island of Jeju there are multiple waterfalls, but one of the most interesting ones was Jeonbang. Here you can see the water hitting hard the rocks on the bottom, next to the sea.
Oct 6. Imjingak, South Korea: When I visited Seoul, I went to the Korean DMZ Zone that was established during the 1953 treaty. This war technically is not over because a permanent peace treaty was never signed and the reminders are everywhere that the Korean peninsula used to be a single country.
Sep 24. Halong Bay Cruise, Vietnam: As I described in a post earlier this year, we were amazed with my GF by the hundreds of limestones we found on our way and by the beautiful sunset and sunrise we were able to experience on our cruise in the Halong Bay. We did it in a 1906 style, on board of the Emeraude boat.
Sep 5. Jonker Walk Night Market, Malacca, Malaysia: At the beginning of the trip I visited Malacca and one of the highlights in the night market was a "Coconut Master" who was hacking and peeling a coconut in such a way, that he was able get the whole fruit in one piece.
I hope you have a wonderful celebration tonight and I wish you all the best in 2015. If you enjoy traveling like myself, I hope you will have some amazing trips!