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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset” 
Rabindranath Tagore. 📍Sharks Bay. Koh Tao, Thailand🌏 ❤️
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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset” Rabindranath Tagore. 📍Sharks Bay. Koh Tao, Thailand🌏 ❤️ ☔️ ☀️ ☔️ ☀️ ☔️ #thailand  #thailandgram  #kohtao  #sunset  #sunsetslikethese  #beautifuldestinations  #moments  #beachlife  #travelphotography  #traveller  #passionpassport  #travelblogger  #traveltheworld  #wearetravelgirls  #backpacking  #laurensescapades  #wheretofindme  #quotes  #solotravel  #paradise  #technogirl  #liveyourlife  #thetravelwomen  #lostinthailand  #travelgram  #thailand_allshots  #shetravelz  #wanderlust  #sheisnotlost  #chasingsunsets 
“Sometimes you need to get lost ...........to find yourself” ⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰
This is very much how I felt at the summit of the highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon. We all have of our own mountains and struggles to climb. Many of us are fighting battles in silence. Everything is not always black or white! Give someone a massive hug...ask them if they’re okay. You never know the difference you may be making. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. Everyday is a new beginning. 👊🏻
(📸Also a very cool day hiking with some of my fave travel friends @cruisin_indochina @m_willow @sweetbeanandthegreen 😘)
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#itsokaynottobeokay #mentalhealthawarenessweek2018 #bekind #loveyourself #notetoself #selflove #selfcare #anxiety #breakthestigma #depression #bodyimage #staystrong #blackandwhite #thailand #wheretofindme #doyoutravel #travelphotography #traveller #passionpassport #nature #mountains #doiinthanon #travelquotes #wanderlust #sheisnotlost #laurensescapades #technogirl #backpacking #myjourney #travelgram
“Sometimes you need to get lost ...........to find yourself” ⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰ This is very much how I felt at the summit of the highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon. We all have of our own mountains and struggles to climb. Many of us are fighting battles in silence. Everything is not always black or white! Give someone a massive hug...ask them if they’re okay. You never know the difference you may be making. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. Everyday is a new beginning. 👊🏻 (📸Also a very cool day hiking with some of my fave travel friends @cruisin_indochina @m_willow @sweetbeanandthegreen 😘) 🧘🏼‍♀️ 🧘🏼‍♀️ 🧘🏼‍♀️ 🧘🏼‍♀️ 🧘🏼‍♀️ 🧘🏼‍♀️ #itsokaynottobeokay  #mentalhealthawarenessweek2018  #bekind  #loveyourself  #notetoself  #selflove  #selfcare  #anxiety  #breakthestigma  #depression  #bodyimage  #staystrong  #blackandwhite  #thailand  #wheretofindme  #doyoutravel  #travelphotography  #traveller  #passionpassport  #nature  #mountains  #doiinthanon  #travelquotes  #wanderlust  #sheisnotlost  #laurensescapades  #technogirl  #backpacking  #myjourney  #travelgram 
Seeking shade and a moment of calm in an incense infused atmosphere by a Buddhist shrine. The seated Buddha is surrounded by offerings and colourful bunting inside the walls of the Banteay Kdei Temple in Angkor, Cambodia. The temple meaning “A Citadel of Chambers” remains unrestored, which allows the visitor to experience what this 12th Century Buddhist Monastery looked like originally. The temple is surrounded and intertwined into the jungle and is less visited than other temples making the atmosphere even more magical.
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Seeking shade and a moment of calm in an incense infused atmosphere by a Buddhist shrine. The seated Buddha is surrounded by offerings and colourful bunting inside the walls of the Banteay Kdei Temple in Angkor, Cambodia. The temple meaning “A Citadel of Chambers” remains unrestored, which allows the visitor to experience what this 12th Century Buddhist Monastery looked like originally. The temple is surrounded and intertwined into the jungle and is less visited than other temples making the atmosphere even more magical. 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 #cambodia  #angkor  #angkorwat  #siemreap  #banteaykdei  #temple  #buddha  #buddhalove  #explore  #laurensescapades  #wanderlust  #awesomeplace  #wheretofindme  #doyoutravel  #bbctravel  #backpacking  #travelgram  #travelblogger  #travelphotography  #traveldiaries  #traveladdict  #traveller  #passionpassport  #exploretheworld  #wanderer  #wearetravelgirls  #sheisnotlost  #thetravelwomen 
📍Koh Lanta, THAILAND ☀️There’s no place I’m happier than by the sea with the white sand between my toes (and everywhere else !!!), but when the mercury is soaring, pool days are also kind of cool too😀🍸🍦👙
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📍Koh Lanta, THAILAND ☀️There’s no place I’m happier than by the sea with the white sand between my toes (and everywhere else !!!), but when the mercury is soaring, pool days are also kind of cool too😀🍸🍦👙 📷 @cruisin_indochina 🌏 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 #thailand  #thailandgram  #traveltheworld  #kohlanta  #islandlife  #sunshine  #happyplace  #pool  #poolside  #poolday  #wanderlust  #backpacking  #southeastasia  #traveller  #traveldiaries  #doyoutravel  #inkedgirls  #tattooedgirls  #wheretofindme  #laurensescapades  #travelblogger  #travelphotography  #happytraveller  #photographylovers  #filter  #wearetravelgirls  #instagirls  #instatravel  #photoart  #bbctravel 
📍LAOS 🌏 The tradition of 'alms gathering' dates from the 14th century. As the sun rises in Luang Prabang, over around 200 Buddhist Monks leave their temples to gather their daily meal prepared by locals; who wait quietly by the road to give food and gifts. This is a wonderful Laotian tradition, and a spiritual and peaceful experience to start your day.
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📍LAOS 🌏 The tradition of 'alms gathering' dates from the 14th century. As the sun rises in Luang Prabang, over around 200 Buddhist Monks leave their temples to gather their daily meal prepared by locals; who wait quietly by the road to give food and gifts. This is a wonderful Laotian tradition, and a spiritual and peaceful experience to start your day. ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ #laos  #luangprabang  #monk  #buddhism  #buddhistmonk  #alms  #tradition  #namkhanriver  #travel  #traveller  #backpacking  #backpackwithme  #travelphotography  #travelexperience  #travelersnotebook  #traveldiaries  #bbctravel  #beautifulworld  #spiritual  #wearetravelgirls  #sheisnotlost  #laurensescapades  #doyoutravel  #solotraveller  #girlswhotravel  #postcardsfromtheworld  #seasia  #travelsoutheastasia  #travelasia  #travelasmuchasyoucan 
"Kuang" meaning deer, and "Si" meaning dig in Laotian. Legends told that a wise old man summoned the water by digging deep into the earth, and a golden deer resided under the new waters. This is a giant waterfall, which consists of three cascading turquoise pools. You can hike to the summit of the falls to explore the flora and fauna, via a limestone jungle with lush green mountain views. Only an 1-1.5 hour nice scooter ride south of Luang Prabang, to find this magical place. There are also secret pools to be discovered if you have the sense of adventure to find them (and the patience 😬). Laos has definitely won me over!
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#waterfalls #laos #kuangsiwaterfall #luangprabang #magical #turquoisewater #backpacker #wanderlust #calm #befreeandexplore #laurensescapades #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel #bbctravel #instatravel #magicalmoments #amidreaming #southeastasia #explore #travelinspiration #wearetravelgirls #backpacker #traveller #wheretofindme #wandering #liveinthemoment #backpackwithme #postcardplaces #placestogo
"Kuang" meaning deer, and "Si" meaning dig in Laotian. Legends told that a wise old man summoned the water by digging deep into the earth, and a golden deer resided under the new waters. This is a giant waterfall, which consists of three cascading turquoise pools. You can hike to the summit of the falls to explore the flora and fauna, via a limestone jungle with lush green mountain views. Only an 1-1.5 hour nice scooter ride south of Luang Prabang, to find this magical place. There are also secret pools to be discovered if you have the sense of adventure to find them (and the patience 😬). Laos has definitely won me over! 🌊 🌊 🌊 #waterfalls  #laos  #kuangsiwaterfall  #luangprabang  #magical  #turquoisewater  #backpacker  #wanderlust  #calm  #befreeandexplore  #laurensescapades  #travelphotography  #travelersnotebook  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeotravel  #bbctravel  #instatravel  #magicalmoments  #amidreaming  #southeastasia  #explore  #travelinspiration  #wearetravelgirls  #backpacker  #traveller  #wheretofindme  #wandering  #liveinthemoment  #backpackwithme  #postcardplaces  #placestogo 
📍VANG VIENG, LAOS - It's not all about the notoriously dangerous and alcohol fuelled river tubing (even if that was fun 😀). From every angle, your eyes are spoilt with lush green mountainous scenery, rice paddy fields, plus there are adventures to suit every type of traveller or adrenaline seeker ❤️🌏❤️#laos #vangvieng #rivertubing #sunset #laurensescapades #solotravel #travelphotography #travel #traveldiaries #instatravel #travelsoutheastasia #tropical #backpacker #exploretheworld #traveladdict #awesomeplaces #travelblogger #globetrotter #inspiration #befree #infinitypool #travelling #cocktails  #sundowner #livelife #travelbuddy #bbctravel #laurensescapades #natgeoyourshot #lonelyplanet #nytimestravel
📍VANG VIENG, LAOS - It's not all about the notoriously dangerous and alcohol fuelled river tubing (even if that was fun 😀). From every angle, your eyes are spoilt with lush green mountainous scenery, rice paddy fields, plus there are adventures to suit every type of traveller or adrenaline seeker ❤️🌏❤️#laos  #vangvieng  #rivertubing  #sunset  #laurensescapades  #solotravel  #travelphotography  #travel  #traveldiaries  #instatravel  #travelsoutheastasia  #tropical  #backpacker  #exploretheworld  #traveladdict  #awesomeplaces  #travelblogger  #globetrotter  #inspiration  #befree  #infinitypool  #travelling  #cocktails  #sundowner  #livelife  #travelbuddy  #bbctravel  #laurensescapades  #natgeoyourshot  #lonelyplanet  #nytimestravel 
S-21 or Tuol Sleng. Formerly a high school, prior to becoming an interrogation prison during the Pol Pot regime. A regime that emptied cities, tortured people, banned education, and religion. These buildings are silent witnesses of acts of cruelty beyond belief. At least 12000 people who were held there were killed. Propaganda music blasted out over the speakers to conceal the relentless screams, which contrasts with the eerie silence and heavy atmosphere that exists today. Two out of only 12 or so survivors - Chum Mey, 86 and and Bou Meng, 77 - return to the prison everyday to tell their story. They sit at a small stand in the shade of the prison courtyard, with a large banner reading SURVIVOR. I never expected them to be there to tell their story that my ears were too frightened and too protected to hear. Heartbreaking and incredible; they want the world to know about the genocide of the Khmer people. A lesson for generations to come. 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹 #tuolsleng #tuolslenggenocidemuseum #s21 #phnompenh #cambodiangenocide #cambodia #prison #history #recenthistory #travel #travelphotography #explore #traveldiaries #survivor #loungung #firsttheykilledmyfather #bbctravel #nytimestravel #lonelyplanet
S-21 or Tuol Sleng. Formerly a high school, prior to becoming an interrogation prison during the Pol Pot regime. A regime that emptied cities, tortured people, banned education, and religion. These buildings are silent witnesses of acts of cruelty beyond belief. At least 12000 people who were held there were killed. Propaganda music blasted out over the speakers to conceal the relentless screams, which contrasts with the eerie silence and heavy atmosphere that exists today. Two out of only 12 or so survivors - Chum Mey, 86 and and Bou Meng, 77 - return to the prison everyday to tell their story. They sit at a small stand in the shade of the prison courtyard, with a large banner reading SURVIVOR. I never expected them to be there to tell their story that my ears were too frightened and too protected to hear. Heartbreaking and incredible; they want the world to know about the genocide of the Khmer people. A lesson for generations to come. 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹 #tuolsleng  #tuolslenggenocidemuseum  #s21  #phnompenh  #cambodiangenocide  #cambodia  #prison  #history  #recenthistory  #travel  #travelphotography  #explore  #traveldiaries  #survivor  #loungung  #firsttheykilledmyfather  #bbctravel  #nytimestravel  #lonelyplanet 
I visited the Killing Fields to try to understand the Cambodian people better and to pay my respects. It is difficult to comprehend or even imagine the atrocities that took place during the Cambodian genocide; less than only 40 years ago. Under the Khmer Rouge Pol Pot regime, more than 25% of the population were unlawfully executed or died from starvation, extreme forced labour, or all forms of unimaginable torture. Cruel political mass murders committed everyday during the Democratic of Kampuchea regime over a 4 year period. The Commemorative Stupa monument holds 17 levels of skulls or major bones, categorised by age or type of injury, and is situated next to multiple other mass graves. A sobering reminder of how vile humanity can be, and also hopefully a lesson so that this shall never be repeated. Pol Pot once said - "To keep you is no gain, to lose you is no loss". To this day, people continue to search for their relatives. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️
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I visited the Killing Fields to try to understand the Cambodian people better and to pay my respects. It is difficult to comprehend or even imagine the atrocities that took place during the Cambodian genocide; less than only 40 years ago. Under the Khmer Rouge Pol Pot regime, more than 25% of the population were unlawfully executed or died from starvation, extreme forced labour, or all forms of unimaginable torture. Cruel political mass murders committed everyday during the Democratic of Kampuchea regime over a 4 year period. The Commemorative Stupa monument holds 17 levels of skulls or major bones, categorised by age or type of injury, and is situated next to multiple other mass graves. A sobering reminder of how vile humanity can be, and also hopefully a lesson so that this shall never be repeated. Pol Pot once said - "To keep you is no gain, to lose you is no loss". To this day, people continue to search for their relatives. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ ▪️ ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ #cambodia  #genocide  #choeungek  #killingfields  #polpot  #war  #khmerrouge  #khmer  #phnompenh  #history  #bekind  #seasia  #travel  #backpacker  #girlmeetsworld  #respect  #traveldiaries  #travelphotography  #humanity  #girlsthatwander  #travelblogger  #travelling  #memorial  #neverforget  #instatravel  #backpacking  #loungung  #firsttheykilledmyfather  #bbctravel  #nytimestravel 
📍SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA ➡️TA PHROM Temple in Angkor. Tomb Raider Lara Croft and Indiana Jones were filmed here! Built in the 12th century as a Mahayana Buddhist Monastery. Very atmospheric; the ruins are covered in Silk-Cotton Strangler Fig Trees, squeezing the life out of the stones. Is this history and nature coexisting or Mother Nature reminding us who is Boss? Deep roots entwined into an even deeper history 🌳A dream to visit - I had to go twice! 🌏❤️🌏
📍SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA ➡️TA PHROM Temple in Angkor. Tomb Raider Lara Croft and Indiana Jones were filmed here! Built in the 12th century as a Mahayana Buddhist Monastery. Very atmospheric; the ruins are covered in Silk-Cotton Strangler Fig Trees, squeezing the life out of the stones. Is this history and nature coexisting or Mother Nature reminding us who is Boss? Deep roots entwined into an even deeper history 🌳A dream to visit - I had to go twice! 🌏❤️🌏
So after a 9 hour bus journey from 📍 Bangkok, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Then a 7 hour bus journey from 📍 Siem Reap to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. And today a 6 hour bus journey from 📍 Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville with several near bus crash experiences 🙈, I’m finally just a boat ride away from the Koh Rong islands! Although the beach looks pretty good here, I’ve just been told that this is still not paradise. 🚤 Boat departure in 1 hour 🌴👙☀️HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL from an Easter Monday born bunny, who is excited about getting as far away from civilisation as possible, and close to my happy place by the sea. And breathe ❤️🌎❤️ #bringmeback #cambodia #backpackers #solotravel #wearetravelgirls #womenwhoexplore #desertisland #paradise #paradiseisland #kohrong #kohrongisland #thalossophile #whitesand #lonellyplanet #doyoutravel #wheretofindme #traveldiaries #travelgram #traveller #travelblogger #befree #wanderlust #kohtouch #divegirl #scubagirl #scubadiving #laurensescapades #exhalethebullshit
So after a 9 hour bus journey from 📍 Bangkok, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Then a 7 hour bus journey from 📍 Siem Reap to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. And today a 6 hour bus journey from 📍 Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville with several near bus crash experiences 🙈, I’m finally just a boat ride away from the Koh Rong islands! Although the beach looks pretty good here, I’ve just been told that this is still not paradise. 🚤 Boat departure in 1 hour 🌴👙☀️HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL from an Easter Monday born bunny, who is excited about getting as far away from civilisation as possible, and close to my happy place by the sea. And breathe ❤️🌎❤️ #bringmeback  #cambodia  #backpackers  #solotravel  #wearetravelgirls  #womenwhoexplore  #desertisland  #paradise  #paradiseisland  #kohrong  #kohrongisland  #thalossophile  #whitesand  #lonellyplanet  #doyoutravel  #wheretofindme  #traveldiaries  #travelgram  #traveller  #travelblogger  #befree  #wanderlust  #kohtouch  #divegirl  #scubagirl  #scubadiving  #laurensescapades  #exhalethebullshit 
One of the best things about travelling is the people that you meet along the way ➡️ U.K 🇬🇧 N.Z 🇳🇿U.S.A 🇺🇸 combo tonight! 🤟🏼 @gina_mm_reed @jkaaronson #travel #cambodia #travelsoutheastasia #friends #allnationalities #traveltheworld #siemreap #backpacking #travellers #traveldiaries #travelpics #laurensescapades #travelbuddy
There are some moments in your life... when you’re just winging it by the motto ➡️ “everything happens for a reason” (all the time even 😀)... and then there are moments like THIS morning at dawn, in one of the most majestical places on Earth, that I knew that I was exactly where I needed to be ❤️🌎❤️ #sheisnotlost #nofilter #sunrise #siemreap #cambodia #angkorwat #angkor #lonelyplanet #wanderlust #backpacker #travelinspiration #doyoutravel j#bucketlist #travelsoutheastasia #placestoseebeforeyoudie #travelblogger #travelpics #traveldiaries #wandersolo #instatravel #exhalethebullshit #beautifuldestinations #traveller #travellersnotebook #wondersoftheworld #ancient #amidreaming #bbctravel #natgeoyourshot #laurensescapades
There are some moments in your life... when you’re just winging it by the motto ➡️ “everything happens for a reason” (all the time even 😀)... and then there are moments like THIS morning at dawn, in one of the most majestical places on Earth, that I knew that I was exactly where I needed to be ❤️🌎❤️ #sheisnotlost  #nofilter  #sunrise  #siemreap  #cambodia  #angkorwat  #angkor  #lonelyplanet  #wanderlust  #backpacker  #travelinspiration  #doyoutravel  j#bucketlist  #travelsoutheastasia  #placestoseebeforeyoudie  #travelblogger  #travelpics  #traveldiaries  #wandersolo  #instatravel  #exhalethebullshit  #beautifuldestinations  #traveller  #travellersnotebook  #wondersoftheworld  #ancient  #amidreaming  #bbctravel  #natgeoyourshot  #laurensescapades