In January 2015, I quit my job and packed my bags to trek through Southeast Asia. During this time, I led Come With Nothing programs in Laos and Thailand with Rustic and recently started full-time as Thailand Program Manager this past January. Read my revelations from the road here, and check out photos from my adventure below:
Deep-water soloing in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Thailand.
Tonsai Beach, Thailand: A world-class rock climbing destination and this backpacker’s paradise.
Starry night in Tonsai backlit by the bright green lights from squid boats dotting the horizon.
Stumbled across this Buddhist shrine in the mountains of Mae On, Thailand; a headlamp and a 15-second exposure were used to light up the pitch-black cave.
Dawn’s early light wandering through a tobacco field in the Kong Lor village of Laos.
While all the crowds flock to Bali, local surfers drop in on the secluded, point-break waves in West Java Indonesia.
An Indonesian sulphur miner returns from the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano in East Java.
Stepped out of the tent at 5am to witness this sunrise over Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok, Indonesia.
A room with a view; sunset from Camp 2 on an exposed ridge 1,000 meters below Mount Rinjani’s summit.
Wayan, a Balinese rice paddy farmer in Ubud, Indonesia.
Roadside maintenance somewhere along the winding Ho Chi Minh highway in Northern Vietnam.
A young boy from the Sob Wan village in his natural playground, the Nam Ou river in Laos.
Lantau Peak, the second highest in Hong Kong, rising above the Po Lin Monastery in Ngong Ping.
Cambodian students during recess at the Buddhism for Social Development Action NGO in Kampong Cham.
The 12th century Bayon temple at Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
A Nepali matriarch tends to the family livestock in Jiri, Nepal.
A remarkably generous family of ten opened up their modest home for the night and blessed us with tika the following morning in Jiri, Nepal.
Before posing for this portrait, these Nepali sibling were energetically playing amongst the rubble of their home, which was leveled by the April earthquake seven months prioir in Bupsa, Nepal.
After four relentlessly steep hours, this view, my first of Mount Everest, waiteed at the apex of Renjo La pass in the Nepal Himalayas.
View of Mount Everest, Nuptse, and Base Camp from the 18,200 ft summit of Kala Patthar, Nepal.
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