Friday, May 22, 2015

Bhutan & Bangkok, A Life Well Traveled

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I’m very lucky to live a life well traveled. Not only do I get to visit some of the most bustling metropolitan cities in the world like Paris, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Rio de Jinero…but I also try to balance those urban experiences with travels to some of the most secluded, rural, physically beautiful small cities and villages around the world.

 

On this trip I was able to visit both. The hectic growing city of Bangkok and the Land of Happiness, Bhutan.

 

Recently I visited Bhutan. Like everybody else, I was struck by the dramatically beautiful and raw landscapes, but also by the gentle nature and the serenity of the people. To me a life well traveled means learning about the culture of where you are. For Bhutan, the national pastime is archery. I spent a great afternoon watching these guys drink beers and shoot arrows. I don’t know how they could be so incredibly good shooting arrows across the length of a football field, while also being incredibly good at downing lots of the local beer. It was this contrast that made me feel both like I was in an incredibly exotic place while at the same time it felt familiar. Like I was around guys that I knew who could have just as easily been down  at the park playing softball.

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But a life well traveled also means not only looking at the past but learning about the future. I stayed at the Amankora Hotel which you can see from the photographs is the epitome of minimalist design. It always inspires me to be in such a cool place. You might expect that type of modern inspiration to be found in Berlin, not Bhutan. That surprise is what makes it so rewarding.

 

I can’t wait to go back to Bhutan. Like the best adventures, it leaves you wanting more.

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902C8599WebThanks to Cathay Pacific’s support, I was able to visit both Bangkok and Bhutan, which were both two places I really wanted to include in my next book, (of which the above photos are just a small portion of that).

 

If you’re going to take a 20 hour flight, a great way to do it is flying business class on Cathay Pacific.

http://www.cathaypacific.com/us

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  1. sandy

    May 22, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Love the colors of their clothes, love the high socks, and love the zen interior of this hotel :) I just want to jump into the bath ha ha ha

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  2. PurseFixation

    May 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic photo/travel adventure! There is nothing quite that enriching like experiencing different cultures! Super pictures!

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  3. Liz

    May 22, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    such a cool set of photos

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  4. Trinity

    May 22, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I appreciate you giving us these glimpses of faraway places…and the inspiration that goes along with it.

    xoxo!!

  5. ~ Carmen ~

    May 22, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Bhutan looks like a sight for sore eyes. Minimal & modern interior design mixed with bold & printed garments. It’s visually stunning. :]

    // â–˛ itsCarmen.com â–˛

  6. Blog Alto Estilo

    May 22, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Eita looks Etnicos .. TendĂŞncia que surge anualmente ;-)

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  7. milex

    May 22, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    As a gay man I really don’t like pink on guys but he looks amazing in it.
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  8. Lis

    May 23, 2015 at 3:01 am

    “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” -Anthony Bourdain

    Bhutan brotherly love, beer and arrows… Time well spent, Scott. =)

  9. Nobodyscloset

    May 23, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Those pictures are so true and real!They capture the essence of an amazing travel!

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  10. irene laura

    May 23, 2015 at 6:15 am

  11. From The World With Love

    May 23, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Bhutan… for me was an amazing place with the most handsome man…their costume which is their everyday clothes are amazing…you can not have many choice of hotels over there ..actually you have only Aman Resorts in the 5 valley(expensive but beautiful)….…they tried to take the opposite direction from Nepal where they have so many backpacker…they want to select the number of people who goes into the country (22000 per year)…i flew there from Delhi with Bhutan airlines.…and on the way out again but through Bangkok ..my Idea was so i can eat great Thai food and great Indian food…
    It was an amazing experience and really unique …..
    with Happiness and Love
    Yael Guetta

    http://www.ftwwl.com

  12. Archana

    May 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Scott,

    Really enjoy reading this dimension of your work. East is beautiful ! Interesting photographs.

    - A.

  13. Mirøslav Hristøff

    May 23, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I like the hotel room. The interior reminds me of the 80s.
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  14. Beauty Follower

    May 23, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Love the first photo
    The place looks amazing!

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  15. Adeola Naomi

    May 23, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I love how cultured and colourful their archery attire is and the high socks is tremendous!

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  16. All-in-the-silhouette

    May 24, 2015 at 7:39 am

    We were recently in Bhutan and are looking into going again soon for an extended period of time. Loved the country and the elegant, gracious people. And yes, thev archers are amazing, aren’t they!?

  17. Adiyam

    May 24, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I’m visiting Bangkok this summer and I’m just so excited. Beautiful photos Scott :)

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  18. Petra

    May 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    My love will always be with my travels to Bhutan – amazing balance of nature, life and people.
    Their genuine smiles , the glowing cheeks of the children on their way to school, the vibrant colors of the Go and the Kira and the weaving , amazing embroidery and skillful handicrafts are still an inspiration to me .
    Least to mention, the simple and deeply earthy flavored range of food-mouthwatering mushrooms from the forests, hot chili cheese and crisp fern salad……..

  19. Judi

    May 24, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Ha! But you didn’t mention the commraderie of the singing, back slapping, and dancing after a dead-on shot! I remember those guys, exactlly in Thimpu. Such a good feeling watching them.

  20. The A.P. Magazine

    May 25, 2015 at 1:28 am

    scott treat you really well, nice place.
    http://www.theapmagazine.it stay tuned ..

  21. Carine

    May 25, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Bhutan is on my must-visit list this year! Your pictures only increased my impatience of getting to that amazingly beautiful country!
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  22. Emilia

    May 25, 2015 at 4:27 am

    I love the combination of colours in the first outfit.

  23. Michelle

    May 25, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Wow, such a beautiful place !

  24. MĂłnica Sors

    May 25, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Nice pictures ;)

    xx
    MĂłnica
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS

  25. antela

    May 25, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Nice post
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  26. Sunny Side

    May 25, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Right now I am reading a book called “Bhutan Timeless Kingdom” written by Robert Dompnier swiss Ă©dition Olizane. I used to receive bhutanese lama in my home and in daily life I had extraordinary experiences with them. Their happiness, coolness and compassion are so fulfilling, you never forget them. Enjoy this huge country. Great monks are hidden in different temples, the last ones !

  27. dario fattore

    May 25, 2015 at 8:35 am

    ma sono dei tessuti e dei colori fantastici, tipici orientali
    da rimanere stupiti

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  28. Pinker Please

    May 25, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Amazing pics

  29. howomen

    May 25, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Very interesting article. I would love to take a bath in that bathtub ;)
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  30. afmu

    May 25, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Love the view from the photos. A very catchy travel and interesting images. Thank you for sharing.
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  31. swingsnowman

    May 25, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Bhutan is one of the most happiest place in the world. Also, it should be one of the must-visit place as well – to see and learn from the ordinary simple life. Better to visit the places like this ASAP, otherwise, it will be polluted soon. Did you try archery there?

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  32. Albert

    May 25, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Wonderful post! Love their outfits! :)

    Best, Albert | Palming Pebbles

  33. dominik

    May 26, 2015 at 3:57 am

    We had the privilege to travel for 3 weeks in Bhutan last year. It’s a
    very interesting culture there and especially for the sartiorially
    interested it offers a lot to learn about their way to dress, be it casual
    or formal. By the way: Bhutanese are forced to dress formal when visiting
    government offices or Dzongs. A good example can be seen here:
    https://rosiethomasauthor.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/6-bhutanese-men-in-formal-dress-at-the-dzong1.jpg

    The shawl they are wearing shows their position in the society, whilst the
    white is for everyone, yellow is reserved for the king!

    A few pictures from our trip can be seen here:
    http://www.melado.ch/travel-menu/2014/back-from-bhutan

    Rgds,
    Dominik

  34. Chic Beat

    May 26, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I’m in awe! The photos are moving and vibrant.
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  35. Princessej

    May 26, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Wao love all the colors and pattern combination ! Great inspiration !

  36. antela

    May 26, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I think this is a really gorgeous outfit!
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  37. ELSK

    May 27, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Would love to visit Bhutan! Looks fantastic.

  38. Sylvie

    May 28, 2015 at 9:53 am

    thanks for sharing! would love to visit Bhutan someday…

  39. Yucel

    May 28, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    dunno if those guys are waiting on the next arrow… it’s what it looks like. awesome shot

  40. John

    May 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I love Cathay Pacific, it is such a wonderful airline! Much better than all the others. Thanks for mentioning it twice!

  41. Marianne

    June 4, 2015 at 11:51 am

    My visit to Bhutan in 2010 will stay with me all my days. The most gentle, “good-est” (really for lack of better word) people I have ever met. Yes, the landscape is wonderful, but I will forever remember Kinely Tshering (you’re a prince among men my friend!), Choki Dorji, Pema Wangmo and all the others that crossed my path.

  42. Suzie

    September 20, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I taught at the Royal University of Bhutan an published a small volume of stories written by student about their childhood. Samu-Sham, The Sonam Stories: Narratives of Childhood in Bhutan. Their simple, poignant voices tell of a culture so similar and yet so different. It is available on Amazon and proceeds go to supporting libraries in Bhutan.

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