The article for the trip I went on back in Feb to South East Asia just came out in the latest issue of Thrasher. Really excited with how everything turned out. The article gives you more of personal experience than your typical read. Five people from the trip wrote short stories. Each about one of the countries we explored. Kenny wrote the intro, giving you a proper introduction to whats to come in the rest of the article. I wrote about my experience in Vietnam, Dan Zvereff wrote about Cambodia. John Tanner gave us a little info on Bangkok, and Patrik shares with us a great deal of information on the Republic of Myanmar. Enjoy, and look out for the documentary coming out sometime this fall filmed and edited by Patrik Wallner.
I’ve had all the images edited now for a little, but havn’t really shown anything yet. These couple photos are from the train ride I took from Mandalay back to Yangon in the country of Myanmar. We got on a 10pm train out of Mandalay and arrived in Yangon about 15 or 16 hours later. The train had a couple different classes for seating ranging from sitting on wooden benches, to shitty seats, that some what reclined, and sleeping class, with an air conditioner that didn’t work. My room consisted of Dan Zvereff, Casey Rigney, and Denny Pham. The ride down was relaxing, probably the most down time we had experienced in the last month of nonstop traveling. I was able to sleep through the first seven or eight hours, but the constant passing of coffee and tea vendors finally got the best of me and I woke up. And just in time, I was able to wake up right at sunrise. At the exact moment I stuck my head out of the window Patrik also stuck his out and got the photo of him featured below. The whole train ride people kept sneaking on and off the train whenever it came into a city and slowed down. For the 5 min in each city they could go all throughout the carts trying to sell you whatever, chicken, duck, coffee, alcohol. While the rest of the crew was passed out, Dan and I knew this would be the perfect time to go and explore the train. Passing through car after car, I would get a wide range of facial expressions, some looked happy or excited to see an american, and others just frowned at me. Through out the whole train, people would just fall asleep wherever, next to the bathrooms which had rusted out toilet seats, in the middle section between cars, and under seats. One of my favorite memories from the ride though had to have been sitting in the middle section of the train where the doors were open, and you could just let your feet or body hang out of the car. Just watching the countryside of Myanmar go by. Enjoy the photos, and keep checking back for more updates from the trip. Also check out the trailer below for the upcoming documentary being made of the whole exploration.
The trailer for the trip I went on back in Feb is finally out. The full length documentary should be out sometime in the fall. Keep checking back here for updates, plus over at Visual Traveling.