The “Banana Pancake Trail” is a term given to the well-trodden backpacker route within South East Asia. I decided to travel this region after meeting so many backpackers who had done so, while in Australia. Yet, as I began doing more research and talking to more people who had been, I learned that many also criticized the lack of cultural authenticity in this part of the world, due to the rising number of tourists. I recall reading an article which stated that every South East Asia backpacker comes home with the same stories, as it’s now impossible to get off the beaten track.
I disagree. At times I found myself off the beaten track without even trying. The people I met, random events, spontaneous decisions, and most importantly, my mentality, all contributed to this. I learned that if you occasionally take risks and keep an open mind, unique opportunities present themselves. I do feel that I experienced the tourist stops, as well as “real life”, in each of the countries that I visited.
“A Banana Pancake Trail” was shot on the Canon Rebel T2i (or 550D). Throughout my 5 month trip, I shot short clips of footage here and there, not really knowing what they would all amalgamate to. This is the result!