A brand new year brings new hope, it’s also a time to reflect on the year that has just passed us by quicker than you can say “happy new year” the year 2017 and what a year it was in travel. For me, there is no better way to reflect on the year than going through a few of my favourite travel photos of the year.
Many amazing destinations were visited throughout the year, with many great moments made, and it is fitting that some photos are more cherished than others in a year that will be remembered personally for the right reasons and that is an epic year of travelling the world.
Reflections on 2017 – Favourite Travel Photos of the Year
The old and new of Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam is an incredible city to visit and if you can dodge the manic traffic there is plenty to see and do in the bustling city. Ho Chi Minh is a city with traditional buildings, modern skyscrapers and even broken down houses that look they are about to collapse and to me this picture sums up the city perfectly.
Elephant Waterfalls in Da Lat, Vietnam
On the outskirts of the fabulous Vietnamese city of Da Lat, there are many breathtaking waterfalls and other natural beauties that are ready to leave you speechless. Elephant Waterfalls is one of the many falls in the area that need to be visited, the picturesque scenery and the sounds of the water crashing down will stay with you long after you leave.
Culture and tradition is alive in Vietnam
Walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and in downtown Saigon is alive with tourists and locals having a great time. If you venture past The Old Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedra, tradition and culture comes out to play and the locals even like to dress up in traditional Vietnamese dress to add to the setting.
Family time on Four island in Vietnam
Travelling with family is the best way to travel and I love this picture with me and my boys as we look out from one of the Islands during the Four Islands day tour in Southern Vietnam. I don’t know what it was, but something got our attention.
What are you looking at?
Exploring Perth’s Whiteman Park in Western Australia is a real treat for the whole family, especially when you enter the wildlife park and see Australia’s favourite animal, the kangaroos. The excitement levels will light up when you take a peek at these very beautiful white kangaroos that are on show inside the park.
Stunning Claisebrook in Perth, Western Australia
Claisebrook is a lovely café strip along the Swan River which is situated just outside of Perth City. The best way to get to this boutique strip is via The Little Ferry Co. a little cruise line that offers shuttle trips along the river.
Experience the Balinese Legong Dance in Ubud
Grab front row seats to the best show in Ubud, Bali and checkout a great cultural performance, The Balinese Legong Dance. It is an evening treat to stroll in off the streets of Ubud and see a dazzling show that even features some beautiful Balinese women.
A restaurant tucked in the rice fields.
The superb Manisan restaurant of the Alaya Resort in Ubud is superbly located amongst the rice fields. A great cultural dining experience of fine Indonesian food, it is the perfect place to dine for a memorable romantic experience with your lover.
The Sakala Beach Club – Tanjung Benoa, Bali
The Sakala Resort’s very own Beach Club, it is paradise at its best, the club, pool bar, sunbaking and the popular beach of Tanjung Benoa. If you want a luxury experience in Bali, then head down to The Sakala.
A bunch of Volunteers in Laos
Heading over Laos to volunteer abroad was one of the finest experiences I have had in travel, even better meeting a bunch of fellow volunteers from all around the world and creating great group shots like this one.
Old man and his bull – Laos
To wander into a local village in Vientiane, Laos was a real eye opener, it was like heading back into time. Still, the locals were smiling and hard at work, and as I was about to leave I was fortunate enough to capture this great photo of the old man and his bull.
Teaching the monks in Laos
Teaching English to the monks in Laos was another great experience in 2017. It was a real pleasure to meet these great men of all ages who devote their lives to a cause that strongly believe in, they have quite the sense of humour too.
Prayer time in Laos
Religion is an important part of life in Laos and stumbling into a temple during prayer time let’s you create another fantastic photo.
Picturesque Vang Vieng
Taking a weekend off from Volunteering, it was time to head to picturesque Vang Vieng in Laos. It’s not only a party town, but it’s also home some of the country’s finest natural beauty with hills and rivers providing a treat for outdoor enthusiast.
James Bond Island in Thailand
Sometimes you can take a random photo of the magnificent Islet at James Bond Island at the right time, like on this occasion in a trip to Thailand.
Canoeing the mangroves in Phang Nga Bay.
Sometimes it’s great to sit back and unwind, while you enjoy a little canoe ride amongst the lush mangroves in Phang Nga Bay of Thailand.
The sunset over Khao Lak – Thailand
Another end to a gorgeous day in Khao Lak, Thailand, what better way to view the last light of the sun for the day from the Khao Lak Resort’s Sky Bar with a drink in hand. Simply gorgeous.
White Water Rafting in Thailand
Another fun family experience this time in the wild river in Phang Nga Province. Not too wild however, as these waters, while a little rough at times, was still a great white water rafting outing with the kids.
Sunset over Singapore
Walking on the edge of Marina Bay, it was perfect time to snap a picture of the breathtaking Singapore City with the sun going down.
Singapore Lights up at night
Singapore really lights up at night and it’s simply stunning, especially when you venture towards the sensational Gardens by the Bay and capture a picture with the mighty Marina Bay Sands in the background.
The Merlion and the Sands
It’s probably hard not create a memorable travel photo when the Marina Bay Sands is in the picture, yet on this occasion it is teamed up with the Merlion.