On the road from Da Nang City to Hoi An on Vietnam’s central coast lies one of the most stunning road passes in the world: the Hai Van Pass, beloved by motor enthusiasts. Beej and Stax (a.k.a, the Misadventurists) couldn’t pass up the chance to tackle the pass (and learn a little bit about history, […]Read More Video: Riding the Hai Van Pass
One of the highlights of any trip to Vietnam is the trip up the Central Coast from Mui Ne to Nha Trang. While there are several tourist attractions along this route, the biggest draw is simply the chance to be out in the natural beauty of this coastline. A storm had just passed through when […]Read More PHOTO/VIDEO ESSAY: Sunset at Cam Ranh, Vietnam
Here’s another Video Snapshot for our beautiful followers. Bokor Mountain Hill Station in Kampot province, Cambodia, was built by the colonial French as a resort for their brass at the top of a 3,200 ft peak in the Elephant Mountains. In the next decades various occupiers used the run-down shell as a strategic outpost to spy […]Read More PHOTO/VIDEO ESSAY: Motoring Bokor NP, Cambodia
This final installment in our serial short film takes us on a rather hallucinatory journey through the final temple. Immortalized by the Tomb Raider films, Ta Prohm is an atmospheric, tumble-down wonder that can only be reached via a half-mile pathway through thick jungle. Stax wanted to get across our total exhaustion, with sweltering 100 […]Read More Ta Prohm (3 Temples, Part III)
Hi Misadventurists – time for Part III of our serialized short, “Three Temples”! This episode takes you through Bayon, the one-time center of Angkor Thom – and otherwise known as the Temple of Faces (you’ll soon see why…) Shot by Stax and Beej. Edited by Stax. Narrated by Beej.Read More Bayon (3 Temples, Part II)
Phnom Sampeau summit. To the south lay the remote Cardamom range, to the north Tiger Peak, and farther still the distant Thai border. Tigers reportedly still roam this border, but you’re much more likely to catch malaria than a swipe from a cat’s paw there. Below our feet are massive caverns that practically hollow out […]Read More Video Postcard: Summit of Phnom Sampeau
(This film is a complement to our last essay from the Transfagarasan Highway in Transylvania, a route made famous by the UK’s Top Gear. Stax shot the driving footage (GoPro Hero Black 3 and Canon 60D) and Beej shot much of the scenery with his trusty Lumix GH2. Edited by Stax, who found very cool […]Read More VIDEO: Tackling the Transfagarasan Highway: Transylvania, Romania
Story by BEEJ. Photos by STAX. Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu pushed through construction of the Transfagarasan Highway in 1970. By all accounts the construction was hellishly difficult and brutal. Legend said he was spooked by the Soviet invasion of the former Czechoslovakia and wanted to build a military route to head off any similar invasion by […]Read More Taking on the Transfagarasan Highway: Transylvania, Romania
At long last the Kickstarter campaign to fund “I Do: A Wedding of Cultures” is live! We’re pretty excited if you can’t tell. We have 30 days to get backed to the tune of $7000 for the web series. Check out our Kickstarter Video below: https://vimeo.com/132988361 Or if you’re having trouble with the Vimeo player […]Read More VIDEO: OUR KICKSTARTER PAGE IS LIVE (HUZZAH!)
I’m quite sure that there is a fascinating cultural or folkloric root for these New Year shenanigans somewhere in the mists of Cambodian history.
But you can be sure that Beej is not contemplating this academically as he brakes, weaves, and struggles to avoid hitting these youths who seem mysteriously determined to be hit by somebody.