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Photo Samples, South East Asia

Indonesia, Malaysia, Borneo, Thailand, Burma,
Macau, Brunei, Philippines and Cambodia

 

For decades, South East Asia has been a travellers favourite, and with good reason. There is a lot to see, and compared to the Indian subcontinent, Africa and partly South America, these can be experienced with very little hassle. To a photographer, this combination is not bad at all, and the examples below just scratch the surface of the palette.

All photos are, of course Claus Qvist Jessen, and don't even think about using them without my prior permission.

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Among the most colourful ceremonies in the region are the funeral rites of the Christian Toraja people at Tanatoraja, central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Every year in July and August, the funeral ceremonies imply the sacrifice of countless bulls and pigs - to ensure the wealth of the dead when he/she goes to Heaven. Claus Qvist Jessen

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Five more seconds to live! Sacrifice of a bull at a funeral ceremoni at Tanatoraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia. The killing is done by cutting the throat of the bull in one chop with a heavy machete.
Claus Qvist Jessen

After a few buffalo sacrifices, the ground is pure red from the blood of the animals. Claus Qvist Jessen

Having a drink of palm wine at a Tanatoraja funeral. Getting drunk seems to be a matter of a number of feet! Have you been drinking?"; "No, just three feet!"; Sulawesi, Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

Doing the dishes after the funeral; Tanatoraja Region, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

In Rantepao in the Tanatoraja Region of Sulawesi (Indonesia), the dead are often commemorated by the making of magic dolls. Sitting on their balconies, they protect and defend the cliff graves behind them. Claus Qvist Jessen

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A closer look at the "balcony" of funeral dolls; Rantepao, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

Detail from a Tanatoraja house; Sulawesi, Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

      

At the market of Makale, the main town of the Tanatoraja Region; Sulawesi, Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

     

Animal welfare never really was an Indnesian issue as shown by these ways of transporting dinner / pet. Both the pig and the dog are perfectly alive; Makale, Tanatoraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

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The strange colours of the famous, volcanic lakes of Keli Mutu, Flores, Indonesia. Due to minerals in the ground, the lakes change colours every 20 years or so. Claus Qvist Jessen

A Nghadu figure, centre of the animist Nghau culture of the Bajawa Region, central Flores, Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

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Draining the blood from a freshly-killed pig; Bajawa Region, central Flores, Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

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In the Christian regions of Indonesia, the people believe just as much in the spirits of the ancestors as Jesus, Mary and the Holy Spirit. Here, in the Bajawa region of Flores (Indonesia), the elders are "reading" the minds of the spirits in a couple of freshly slaughtered pig livers. Claus Qvist Jessen

A bird is ritually butchered in the new kitchen of a village chief; Bajawa Region, central Flores, Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

Having a smoke? Village chief, Bajawa Region, central Flores, Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

Having a party! Old man drumming at a party arranged because of the building of the new school; north coast of Flores, Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

Proud fisherman; Labuanbajo, westernmost Flores, Indonesia.
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Biggest lizard of the world: the 3-metre Komodo Dragon, here at the island of Rinca, a few kilometres away from Komodo itself; Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

Another supposedly lazy lizard, this time from Komodo, Indonesia. Don't be fooled by the apparent laziness - these creatures are known to attack buffaloes, and some years ago, a Swiss zoologist went missing on Komodo! Claus Qvist Jessen

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Very feminine (male!) dancer, caught in the pleasant city of Yogyakarta,Java, Indonesia. Claus Qvist Jessen

Turtle eggs at a market of Kuala Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia, east coast. Officially, sea turtles are protected in Malaysia, however, anywhere it's a delicacy of the locals, and little is done to prevent the slow extinction. Claus Qvist Jessen

A proud Dayak (or Iban) chief from Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. These former head-hunters have grown much more peaceful in recent times, however, most of their traditions are still intact.
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The impressive tattoos of a Longhouse member; Renjang River Region, western Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Claus Qvist Jessen

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Among the Dayak people in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, traditions die hard - including the one of keeping the sculls of the ancestors in the center of the "long house". Claus Qvist Jessen

The closest you get to a symbol of the South East Asian rain forest (or what's left of it): The orang-utan. One of the best spots to see them is Sepilok in western Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.
Claus Qvist Jessen

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Wild boar at the Kinabatangan River, eastern Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Claus Qvist Jessen

Lazy crocodile on the banks of the lower Kinabatangan River, eastern Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Claus Qvist Jessen

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One of many strange plants in the region: The insect eating Nepenthes of the hill-sides of Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo.
Claus Qvist Jessen

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Most of South-East Asia is Buddhist, and in Myanmar (Burma) some of the most beautiful temples are found, the biggest being the Swedagon in the capital Yangon (Rangoon). Claus Qvist Jessen

Asian cooking is more than nasi goreng and Chinese noodles; here LIVE maggots from a night market in Yangon, Burma (Myanmar).
Claus Qvist Jessen

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Holy smoke. A Buddhist monk having a break; Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). Claus Qvist Jessen

Another day at the dentist; Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). Claus Qvist Jessen

The ancient Shwesandaw Pagoda of Bagan, central Myanmar (Burma). Claus Qvist Jessen

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Buddhist art of the past: The Ananda Pakto Buddha of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). Claus Qvist Jessen

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A colourful highland market; Kalaw, Myanmar (Burma).
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Tea picker of the Burmese highlands. Kalaw region, Myanmar.
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A certain tourist trap is the Lake Inle, central Myanmar (Burma). Floeating gardens and boat markets are more common than "normal" ones on the dry land. Claus Qvist Jessen

 The barbed wire remains at the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison ("S21"), one of the numerous death camps used by the Red Khmers to torture and kill their victims. In a few years, they managed to eradicate two million people (out of only seven million) in their attempt to create the perfect Communist race; Pnom Penh, Cambodia. Claus Qvist Jessen

As a sign of political incorrectness, a map of Cambodia was made from some of the sculls found at the Tuol Sleng Prison ("S21"). These days, the map has been removed; Pnom Penh, Cambodia.
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 More sculls at the famous Killing Fields, a few kilometres outside of Pnom Penh, Cambodia. Claus Qvist Jessen

The food is never far away! Ducjs for sale; Siem Riep, central Cambodia. Claus Qvist Jessen

The amazing Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious complexes on earth; Siem Riep, Cambodia. Claus Qvist Jessen

A corner of Angkor Wat; Siem Riep, Cambodia. Claus Qvist Jessen

Elephant decorating an ancient temple; Angkor, central Cambodia. Claus Qvist Jessen

Flute selling girl; Angkor, central Cambodia. Claus Qvist Jessen

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Two of the fantastic stone faces of the legendary, Buddhist Bayon temple of Angkor, central Cambodia. Claus Qvist Jessen

The courtyard of the Buddhist Bayon temple of Angkor; central Cambodia. Claus Qvist Jessen

Detail from the Buddhist Bayon temple of Angkor, Cambodia.
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Religious services are still performed at the Bayon, here by a Buddhist monk; Angkor, central Cambodian. Claus Qvist Jessen

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In the never-ending battle between nature and buildings, sometimes nature wins. Here shown by the 800 year old Ta Prohm Temple in Angkor, central Cambodian. Claus Qvist Jessen

The other side of the same complex. the Ta Prohm Temple in Angkor, central Cambodian. Claus Qvist Jessen

Fishing boats in the harbour of Siahnoukville, south Cambodia.
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Fishing boats in the harbour of Siahnoukville, south Cambodia.
Claus Qvist Jessen

     

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddain Mosque of Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of the most boring country on earth, Brunei, squeezed in between Sarawak and Sabah, Borneo. Claus Qvist Jessen

200 metres from the sterile Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddain Mosque, one find the garbage dump of Kampung Ayer; Brunei, Borneo.
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Doing the dishes at a night market; Bangkok, Thailand. Claus Qvist Jessen

Dried squids at a night market; Bangkok, Thailand. Claus Qvist Jessen

Anything can be eaten in South East Asia, here grasshoppers from Bangkok, Thailand. Claus Qvist Jessen

Gilded Buddha statue; Bangkok, Thailand. Claus Qvist Jessen

Monk procession outside a tempel; Bangkok, Thailand. Claus Qvist Jessen

     

One of the largest lying Buddhas in the world; Wat Phra Kheo, Bangkok, Thailand. Claus Qvist Jessen

The nerve of the former Portuguese colony of Macau is gambling Supposedly, the annual turnover here is larger than Monte Carlo and Las Vegas! Claus Qvist Jessen

Colonial square in the centre of Macau (China!). Claus Qvist Jessen

Spiral candles of a Buddhist temple of Macau. Claus Qvist Jessen

In Asia, the term "overload" just doesn't exist! Here in Zamboanga, Mindanao, the Philippines. Claus Qvist Jessen

Before the cock-fight; Bohol Island; southern Philippines. Claus Qvist Jessen

And after! A few minutes later, it was sold fried! Bohol Island; southern Philippines. Claus Qvist Jessen

In between the Philipine islands, the outrigger canoes are the traditional transport, here from Bohol Island on the way to Cabilau (Kabilau) Island; southern Philippines. Claus Qvist Jessen

     

Among the most interesting and colourful people of the SE Asia are the T'boli of southern Mindanao, Philippines. Claus Qvist Jessen

T'boli girl having a shower; southern Mindanao, Philippines. Claus Qvist Jessen

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Believe it or not, but this Philippino truck could actually drive by itself. Mindanao Island. Claus Qvist Jessen
 

 

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