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A Soundtrack for Southeast Asia (+Photos)

The music that characterized the events and cities I passed through in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. (Title links to song.)

1. “The Veldt (feat. Chris James)” – deadmau5

Album Title Goes Here was my album of choice during a sleepless overnight journey from Bangkok to South Thailand.

The very start of our journey – boarding the train in Bangkok.

2. “Save the World (feat. John Martin)” – Swedish House Mafia

When I get together with these two girls our conversations gain such momentum that we almost believe we can solve every problem and save the world.

“We’re far from home, it’s for the better. What we dream, it’s all that matters. We’re on our way, united…We’re gonna save the world tonight.”

3. “She Doesn’t Mind” – Sean Paul

A song that played a hundred times in a reggae bar in Koh Pha Ngan and is forever embedded in my memories of yet another sleepless night.

Totally worth the lack of sleep to hang at the FMP with these girls.

4. “Tell Me Baby” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

A song for all the people—local and foreigners—that intrigued me during this journey, and whose stories I wanted to know.

Adorable Thai kids that rode the train with us for awhile and kept smiling at me. I wish I could’ve communicated with them.

5. “Do the Astral Plane” – Flying Lotus

A song for navigating through the deep blue Gulf of Thailand, while trying to guard off seasickness, and watching flying fish pass by.

Koh Tao, South Thailand

6. One More Night” – Maroon 5

On the one night we went out in Cambodia, we learned that this song is big in Korea. A song for dancing near temples (with a ton of South Korean tourists) at a club creatively called, “Temple.” (Note sarcasm.) Honorable mention: “Gentleman” by Psy.

Confessions of tourists and travelers on “Temple” walls.

7. “Lost” – Frank Ocean

A song for being lost in Angkor Wat, once my posse dispersed in search for good, tourist-less pictures.

After taking this picture, I was lost, lost, lost. (I met up with my crew in the tuk tuk two hours later.)

8. “Tunnel Vision” – Justin Timberlake

A 4th of July tune—with an explicit music video—to pass time near a sleepy river in Kampot, South Cambodia.

The motto of our haven in Kampot.

9. “Weak” – Asaf Avidan & the Mojos

Another tune to pass even more time near that same peaceful river.

Kampot, South Cambodia

10. “Get Free (feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors)” – Major Lazer

Free the Universe was the album I listened to most during this trip and I still can’t get enough.

Yes, I listened to this album- and particularly this song – as I made my way through the Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City.

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