September 15, 2017
Myanmar, South Korea, Philippines,
Indonesia, Sri Lanka
Travelogues has access to Remote Lands’ tireless experts, travel writers around the globe, and a unique range of contacts at the top of the industry. But, it’s our readers and users that actually get to go to all of these amazing places and do all of these incredible things while we’re stuck in the office.
As North Asia bids summer farewell, we’ve taken a look at the first weeks of September and the last of August to find our favorite Instagram pics using our hashtag, #TakeMeToRemoteLands – with results ranging from Inle Lake to Komodo National Park.
“Hanging out of the doorway will make you feel like a child again,” Liliana tells Travelogues. “There are many train routes to take all over Sri Lanka and the scenic train ride from Kandy to Ella is one of the world’s most beautiful.”
Liliana says that the journey from Kandy to Ella takes eight hours but that the scenery is well worth the effort.
“Riding through the green tea plantations, seeing endless mountains, the blue skies, and waving kids along the route feels magical,” she says. “Sri Lanka is much more than the amazing beaches with palm trees.”
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Bernadette Thomas caught this pick at one of Remote Lands’ favorite Myanmar destinations: Inle Lake. “As an amateur photographer, I favor sunrises and sunsets for the great colors and shadows,” she says.
Far from the tourist throngs of the beaches and the Andaman Sea and Mergui Archipelago, Inle Lake is a more peaceful Myanmar getaway with a great many sights to see. One of the most famous is the “leg rowing” of the local fishermen.
Inle Lake is filled with activities, and even a local vineyard, ideal for relaxing alone. “I love to travel, by myself or just with a friend as it allows more freedom to decide what to see day by day, take time to understand the country, meet people, feel the atmosphere.”
Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Joel Magid was dreaming of Pond Garden long before he took this shot. “Before deciding to move to Korea, I had an image of Pond Garden as the desktop background of my computer,” he told Travelogues. “I looked at that image every day, multiple times a day. […] It became the epitome of Korea in my mind.”
Pond Garden at the Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong-gung, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea is found conveniently just about an hour northeast of Seoul by train.
“This specific area of the Garden has a very special place in my heart,” Joel says. “My girlfriend surprised me with a trip to the Garden of Morning Calm for my 25th birthday and my experience exceeded my expectations. This was truly a ‘full-circle’ type experience.”
Gili Lawa is a deserted island in the Komodo National Park region in East Nusa Tenggara, or NTT, and those wanting a peek at one of the best sunrises in Indonesia need to get up early. “One needs to trek up at 4am, to reach by 5am, and catch the sunset,” says David Hogan.
“To get here, you need to charter a boat from Labuan Bajo, or some of the liveaboard boats will arrange a trek up here in the mornings,” says David, adding that the best time to visit is in the mornings or just before sunset, ranking the trek as medium to hard.
“After landing in Puerto Princessa and driving with a minivan for the next 6 hours on really bad road, I finally did arrive to El Nido,” Dijana Habjan tells Travelogues, adding that, as a travel photographer, she knew that reality rarely lives up to the photographs. “I was up for a great surprise.”
“The bays and beaches […] looked as something I only expected to see on postcards – but here, in front of my eyes, the nature was really just as beautiful as if it were PhotoShopped,” says Dijana. “I have traveled trough Asia before, as you can see in my Instagram gallery, but the Philippines still has the best beaches I have seen so far, and I plan to return as soon as possible.”
This Myanmar market is just outside of Theingyi Zei at a small local market between Anawratha Road and Maha Bandula in Yangon, according to world traveler Bert Slijkhuis. “Only fresh produce is sold like vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish. Some goods are laid down in the middle of the road,” Bert tells Travelogues. “It is a good place to meet local people.”
The reason for the bare space either side of the produce is for cars to pass over without ruining the fruit and vegetables. “Not many cars go through this street but some delivery trucks do.”
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