Faces Of The Mekong – Travel Photography

“Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.”

Victor Hugo

Other than close encounters with angry dogs,  truck drivers, dire loneliness and dysentery my last seven months could hardly be described as perilous. I took my time; I ate well; and when danger did begin batting her eyelids I ignored her But there is something about travel, especially by bicycle, that leaves me in a permanent state of mild peril. You never know where you are going to sleep from one night to the next; your front tyre could burst on that 40km downhill run and the last mouthful you ate could quiet easily have you running for the nearest hospital.

For these reasons it is often the strangers you meet that make travel the experience it is. Waterfalls, sunsets, beaches and temples are all very well but what makes travel so intriguing is the people. People and faces tell us about the culture we are in, the way of life and perhaps most importantly allow us to learn so much about ourselves from what you see in others.

 
Faces of The Mekong - a set on Flickr_1274868476430

For this reason in the last few days I have put together a collection of faces from my trip cycling up the Mekong river in South East Asia. From the sweaty heat of the Mekong delta in Vietnam to the northern mountains of Laos and China, these are the people I met, ate with shared a quick smile or a glance with. These are the faces that made my journey special.

 
Shy on Flickr - Photo Sharing!_1274867941014

 
SG105203 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!_1274868308531

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