Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia - - EDITOR'S NOTE -

FEW COUN­TRIES IN Asia come with as much bag­gage as Viet­nam, and yet few are as al­lur­ing. As part of this month’s Pho­tog­ra­phy Is­sue, we asked Aaron Joel San­tos for a port­fo­lio that de­picts the coun­try from top to bot­tom: its vivid colors and unimag­in­ably beau­ti­ful set­tings, peo­ple and food. As with any good travel story, the re­sult, “North to South” (page 94), should in­spire you to visit the coun­try, ev­ery cor­ner of it. Viet­nam is chang­ing fast.

Of course, a cam­era is a great in­tro­duc­tion to any des­ti­na­tion. So, we asked a few of our pho­tog­ra­phers for their in­sider tips when it comes to see­ing your jour­neys through a lens or on a LCD screen (“Raise Your Travel Photo Game,” page 71). Bangkok-based Leigh Grif­fiths summed up his ap­proach, whether in a big city or off in the wilds: “I want peo­ple to feel like they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the same mo­ment that I have.”

That we’re all pho­tog­ra­phers th­ese days isn’t lost on Scott A. Wood­ward, who just won an­other award for his iPhone pho­tog­ra­phy (check out page 76 for the win­ning snap). Ob­vi­ously more com­pact than a reg­u­lar cam­era— though don’t rule those out ei­ther—a smart­phone is al­ways at the ready. I’ve wit­nessed Scott take a quick photo of a Ja­panese priest in full garb on an Osaka sub­way, the re­sult be­ing wor­thy of hang­ing on your wall at home. An­other per­fect travel mem­ory.

The Golden Gate Bridge, from be­low.

@CKucway chrisk@me­di­a­transa­sia.com

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