Video: Alive in South East Asia

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Half a year has passed since I released my last video Around the Annapurna . Of course I´m still filming , even though my GoPro didn´t work for a while , but I was simply too lazy to sit down and make something out of all the footage.

And if I had not get this email from Karin from the U.S., it would probably still the same. Karin organizes an annual “Bicycle-Travel-Film-Festival”, where my Video The cycle bug was shown last year . She asked me to send in a video again this year, I would have time until mid-March.

That was in January , so I had a few weeks time . I started to go through my footage and sort it a little bit, but had no concrete idea . Time passed by, different ideas flitted around in my head , but only in mid- February I started to get serious about it. I worked for a few hours at evening in the tent, sometimes until late at night when I had electricity . Sometimes I worked during lunch in a restaurant.

Two days I spent at a beach in southern Thailand. While I sat during the day in the restaurant (electricity and Wifi from the expensive beach resort next door) in front of the computer , Buggi, another cyclist , swim or tried to climb coconut trees, and could only lure me away from my work in the evening with a cold beer. When it got dark we set up our tents at the beach , and packed our stuff next morning just to push the bikes for 50 meters to park in front of the small restaurant to switch on the laptop again. The final touch I did in Georgetown , Malaysia, where I holed up in the hostel (Electicity and Wifi) while Buggi explored the city.

Finally it’s done and it gives you a little preview of Myanmar, many of the scenes are from there.

Alive in South East Asia from Florian Schmale on Vimeo.


Alive in South East Asia is about the experiences and encounters with people while cycling in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. It is about living your life in a way that makes you feel „Alive“.

Some of the footage was shot by Felix and Giom from and by Anselm, another german cyclist. Thank you so much

Transit through Thailand


Thanks to Andy for reviewing this translation

December 2013

From Phnom Penh we head along the coast to the Thai border. This time there are two of us, me and Anselm, another German cyclist. It’s a quiet road through dense jungle, road signs warn of elephants, but we haven’t seen one, unfortunately.

Anselm and the elephant (on the sign)

Anselm and the elephant

Re-cycle: Findings from the Road (Cambodia)

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November/December 2013

In Cambodia I found again a lot of useful things. Of course also some money.


Cambodia: Dengue Fever in Phnom Penh


Thanks Juliane for this translation

December 2013

About being sick and well again

Of course on a long journey you get sick once in a while. The body is exposed to unfamiliar stresses and strains, different climates and extreme conditions. The immune system faces new and dangerous pathogens and bacteria and cannot always successfully repel them.


Everywhere in Asia signboards warn of the risks of mosquito bites: Here in Myanmar.

Cambodia: How my bike nearly got stolen


Thanks to Andy for reviewing my translation

December 2013

A boat trip at the Tonle Sap

After I ‘ve seen enough of Angkor, I decide to take a boat across the Tonle Sap Lake to Battambang. Early in the morning I head to the ferry pier which is located about 20 kilometers south from Siem Reap. I’m a little late but when I see some fishermen at the roadside just when the sun rises, I have to stop to shoot a few photos – no thoughts about the ferry anymore.


I had to stop to take this picture – and the next ones

Cambodia: The temples of Angkor


November 2013

Also for a traveler like me, who doesn´t feel so attracted to most of the touristic places, the temples of Angkor in cambodia are a highlight. They are the only remains of the historic Khmer Kingdom Kambuja , which extended in the 9. – 15th century over a large area of southeast asia.

Morgens vor dem Angkor Wat

Morning time in front of Angkor Wat

From Laos to Cambodia


Thanks to Andy for reviewing the translation Last days in Laos I spent the last days in Laos on Don Det, an island in the Mekong. The river is very wide here and has numerous small islands and islets. Don Det is one of the larger ones, you need maybe an hour to go all…

Re-Cycle: Findings from the road


“The money is on the road,” they say and it’s true. As far as I can remember I’ve found in any country money , mostly coins or small amounts. But also other useful or beautiful things are between all the garbage on the roadside.

Laos: Jungle Adventure


Thanks to Juliane for this translation English version updated! Cycling under the starry sky I’m on the way in the Bolaven Plateau in Southern Laos. A track takes me to the impressive Katamok waterfalls I admire in the evening light before cycling on. Dusk is already falling and I’m thinking about what to do if…

South Laos: Always on the hop


I cycled the 700 kilometer from Vientiane to Paxse in the south in one week. I was always on the hop, but most of the time on my bicycle. The week in pictures: