Sobre este episódio:
Nesta jornada, pego a Estrada Paraty - Cunha, são 60km dos quais 9 são de terra. Tendo saído de madrugada, sou surpreendido por um belíssomo nascer do Sol no caminho. Cerca de 1 hora depois já estou em Paraty, onde passo alguns dias registrando muitas imagens do Centro Histórico, um lugar rico em arte, história e beleza. A chuva persistiu durante boa parte de minha estadía, limitando um pouco os trabalhos tecnicamente, mas no fim, cada episódio é o retrato específico de cada viagem, reslutado de suas variáveis, o que dá valor a tudo que acontece. Mostro bastante do Centro Histórico, sua arquitetura, as mares que invandem as ruas, um pouco da arte, assim como um panorama de um passaio de escuna que rendeu imagens bem curiosas. Paraty é uma cidade muito interessante, pude conhecer pessoas muito legais por lá, como o Neguinho, excelente músico e agora amigo e Fernando Noronha, artista plástico residente da cidade. Um abraço para vocës!
This is the second out of five Episodes about a trip to SouthEast Asia in Fall 2010. Stefan, Clemens and I were travelling in a Landrover through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia for 2 months
Watch the trailer here: vimeo.com/22714098
Watch Episode 1 - MALAYSIA here: vimeo.com/29906947
Watch Episode 3 - LAOS here: vimeo.com/33352753
Watch Episode 4 - CAMBODIA here: vimeo.com/34551465
Watch Episode 5 - THAILAND / REPRISE here: vimeo.com/34895829
This Episode features impressions from 2 weeks Thailand during the rain season. We were basically just driving almost every day to get North as fast as possible.
Filmed by Vincent Urban & Clemens Krüger
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Edited by Vincent Urban
Shearwater - "Meridian"
Episode 2 Info:
0:01 - Pai
Pai is actually in Northern Thailand so we got there later than the edit would suggest. However, I wanted to put it into the beginning as it's a fun contrast to the quiet shots afterwards. It is somewhat of a Hippie-Mecca with lots of alternative tourists but also has this festival which seemed very authentic to us.
1:34 - Bangkok (Part 1)
We visited Bangkok twice on our trip. So there's a lot more to come in Episode 5. This time, it's only a handful of impressions from the rainy days.
2:35 - North Thailand (general)
After Bangkok is was raining a week straight. We were going into the mountains in the north-western Region driving on mud roads and fighting the water inside the car as it was leaking through on many spots. Camping is no fun, when it's pouring.
2:48 - Doi Inthanon
Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand with 2565 Meters. But the peak is still covered with high trees so you don't really get any spectacular view. However, the fog within the forest up there made a great scenery.
3:00 - Refugee Kids
We accidentally drove in this area where there was a refugee camp streching over many kilometers at the Myanmar boarder. They wouldn't let us in but we could see many kids playing outside on the streets. Later we found a Myanmar refugee which told us alot about the region and why there are all there.
3:48 - Chiang Mai
This was one of the most fun cities we visited with tons of young native people studying there so we had some great nights going out. Luckily, we didn't film any of it.
After Chiang Mai we drove straight to Chiang Khong all the way North East at the Laos boarder to cross it the next morning.
I was fortunate enough to spend 2 weeks in Cambodia, if you haven't yet been, go. I had an amazing time and would highly recommend visiting.
Shot in HD on a Lumix GH1 with stock lens 14-140mm - (used for about 90% of the shots) and Nikkor 50mm f1.4.
Music by Bonobo - Recurring
For those that are planning to go, here are my top 8 Cambodia travel tips (which are probably not unique to Cambodia):
* The level of English was higher than I expected, but try to learn a few words in Khmer (Cambodian), even if it's only 'hello' and 'thank you', it goes a long way.
* If you intend to buy a Lonely Planet before you come out -don't bother. There are lots of people (usually landmine victims) that sell them, they'll be more grateful that you buy a book from them than Amazon will ever be.
* Even though there is some good stuff in the Lonely Planet, don't live by it, use it as a basic template. Remember that it's only 1-2 people's opinion. Check out sites like TripAdvisor.com and WikiTravel.org also restaurants and cafes will have free guides which are more up to date and written by people that live there.
* Give the 'The Killing Fields' film a miss, it gives little explanation of what happened. Read Survival in The Killing Fields by Ngor Haing it's an amazing but horrific first hand account of what happened in Cambodia.
* Bring small pocket change (pence/cents), you can dish them out to the kid sellers when you're not interested in buying their bracelets or books. Their money is in note form, so they hardly see coins and the kids went nuts for them.
* It is generally safe but it's not unheard of that drive-by bag snatching occurs. Make sure your bag strap is around your torso and the bag in front of you, as opposed to on your shoulder by your side. I happen to witness one a few metres in front of me and the bag was snatched off a girl's shoulder as smooth as silk.
* It does get tiresome and annoying that amputees constantly approach you to sell you postcards and books, but appreciate the fact that they're earning their keep as opposed to the able-bodied beggars here at home.
* Remember to use your eyeballs, appreciate being there in the moment. Break the routine of thinking about composing shots and angles, leave the camera at the hotel for a day. The sad reality is that you'll probably spend more time looking at the scenery on a computer screen than you will with your eyeballs.