Trainee monks at Punakha school

Bhutan East to West

by Peter Sheppard Bhutan is a country secluded in the Himalayas north of India. The small population is deeply traditional, and it keeps its distinct identity based on Buddhism and a popular constitutional monarchy. The society is notable for its sense of values, such as the concept of gross national happiness. And most people live in rural self-sufficiency with a …

People and Colors of Penang

Penang is the second smallest state of the Malaysian federation. It is comprised of Penang Island and a portion of the Malay Peninsula. Its capital, George Town, has a historical centre that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. We visited George Town in September 2018, when we had the pleasure of being shown around by two local residents …

Pier, Perhentian Besar

The Perhentians, a Little Tropical Paradise

The Perhentians are a small archipelago off the coast of North-Eastern Malaysia. The two main islands are Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (meaning big and small Perhentian island, respectively). We were there at the end of August, which is in the wet season, but the weather was incredibly good during the days, with thunderstorms arriving only in the …

Cattle Market, Nizwa, Oman

Oman Travelogue, Part 4: Nizwa

This is part 4 of my series of articles about my recent photo tour in the Sultanate of Oman. You can find the previously published parts here: Oman Travelogue, Part 1: Muscat Oman Travelogue, Part 2: Nakhal, Wadi Bani Awf, and Al Hamra Oman Travelogue, Part 3: Jebel Shams The next episodes in the series will be published shortly. I am …

Chiang Mai

Thailand in Two Weeks: Chiang Mai

This is the fourth installment in my series about Thailand. You can find the previous ones by clicking on the below links: One Night in Chinatown, Bangkok More Bangkok Thailand in Two Weeks; Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Lampang All photos taken with the Fujifilm X-T2, Fujifilm X100S and various lenses. After the chaos and the frenzy of Bangkok, it was great to spend …

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman

Oman Travelogue, Part 1: Muscat

The year 2017 will go down in my personal history as one of the richest, in terms of the destinations I have traveled to. Its beginning and its end are marked by two journeys to a country that was new to me and that I’ve come to love like few others: the Sultanate of Oman. I was lucky to be …