Indochine by Jatidiri Ono July 07 2016
Jakarta-based art director and photographer Jatidiri Ono takes us travelling through four destinations in South East Asia with his peaceful and contemplative photographs. He gives us the insight into the places behind the pictures in our latest Travel Diary to Indochina.
Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai - Thailand
Chiang Mai has a laidback vibe with spectacular view. After travelling on a sleeper train through the towns, villages and forest, the ancient walled city impressed me in a blink. Most seasons here promote cool weather and makes the it really pleasant to visit the many outdoor markets, where you can find everything from handicrafts to local cuisine. Make a visit to Chiang Mai on the weekend, you will find arts galore on Saturday Walking Street with and a laidback Sunday Walking Street in the heart of the walled city. Chiang Mai is not everything, it’s the only thing.
In Chiang Rai we visited the Karen Village, home to one of the largest hill tribes of Northern Thailand. Known as The Long Neck Village for the stacked gold bands the women wear around their necks. In earlier days, the practice of the rings was worn not just for beauty, but also to protect against tigers. Many young Karen women are abandoning the tradition, therefore this practice can mostly be seen done by the older generation.
Bagan - Myanmar
Located in Myanmar, Bagan is a home of 3,000 temples dating back to the 11th century. I watched the sunrise from one of the big temples in New Bagan, and realised that all the travel photos on Pinterest are nothing compared to being in this scene which looked like something out of a dream. Avoiding the big attractions, we sought out remote areas to avoid tourist groups and catch the beautiful scenery, both for sunrise and sunset.
Siem Reap - Cambodia
Located about 68km northeast of Siem Reap, Beng Mealea a wonderful alternative to visiting Angkor Wat, because is this the place where I can see what the temples would look like if left solely to nature. Beng Mealea is almost a thousand years old and unlike Angkor Wat, it is mostly wild and unrestored. The jungle is devouring the ruins, tree roots have stretched through the walls and twisted vines take over what were once big gates, courtyards and towers. My friends and I climbed over piles and stones, scrambled up walls and swung around trees to explore most of the site.
Words and Photo by Jatidiri Ono