On Location: Josh Gates' Pictures

Adventurer and avid explorer Josh Gates shares his personal photos and insights from his explorations around the world filming the all-new Travel Channel series Expedition Unknown .

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

Photo By: Josh Gates

“In the dry season, Cambodia is torturously hot. After a long day trekking in the jungles, I was overjoyed to find what might be the best seat on earth — a jungle swing in the shadow of a beautiful, cooling waterfall. I may never leave this chair.”

“Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the world’s largest religious building, and in the early morning, it’s also one of the most peaceful. Before the crowds of visitors arrived, I snapped this photo of monks ascending the stairs en route to prayer.”

“In the middle of Cambodia’s bustling capital is the temple of Wat Phnom. Perched high on a hill, it’s a shady respite from the sweltering city. Monks gather here in the afternoon, and I was lucky enough to catch a few of them resting in the shade.”

“One of the things I love about Cambodia’s capital is the blend of old and new. It’s a mash-up of cultures and architecture. On one block, you feel like you're in a modern city, and then the gilded roof of the Royal Palace comes into view, and you’re transported back in time.”

“The Ta Prohm ruins in Siem Reap, Cambodia, are one of the most atmospheric places I’ve ever visited. It’s a meditative place to look back on one of the most impressive ancient empires in the world … and to get out of the blazing sun.”

“The jungles at Ta Prohm temple in Cambodia are now merging with the ancient structures. I love exploring here, seeing how the natural world is reclaiming the site and giving it a whole new architecture.”

“There are several majestic gates that lead to Cambodia’s Angkor Thom. I’m weirdly obsessed with all of them. There’s just something so mysterious about their design. Some are easy to get to; others are shrouded by the jungle. I took a motorcycle to get to this particular gate, which feels eerily abandoned.”

“The many faces of Angkor Thom in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is one of my favorite temples in the world. Wandering around the ruins in the early morning, it’s hard not to be moved by the hundreds of monumental faces staring back at you.”

“We were passing through Oklahoma and noticed a huge gathering in a field. It turned out to be a massive powwow on the plains of Comanche Nation. We pulled over and were warmly welcomed by the proud and hospitable Comanche people.”

“When searching for the mysterious lost treasure of Jesse James, it pays to have the right vehicle. As I rode off into the fading Oklahoma sunset on horseback, I suddenly felt hot on the trail of one of America’s most famous outlaws.”

“It may not be buried gold, but when I found this antique lead bar in the hills of Buzzard’s Roost in Oklahoma, I was ecstatic! After all, when treasure hunting, any discovery is better than coming up empty-handed … or getting bitten by a rattlesnake.”

“Red sky at night. Sunset over a farm in central Oklahoma. I’m always struck by the fact that we don’t have to travel to the ends of the earth to find adventure. It’s right in our own backyard.”

“Touring the summer palace of the Russian czars in St. Petersburg made me realize that I need to do some serious redecorating back at home. My ballroom isn’t nearly this opulent.”

“Ominous skies over the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin is, for me, one of the coolest spots in Europe. No other city has undergone a more dramatic transformation in the 20th century. It’s gone from a place of extreme repression to a city that’s absolutely buzzing with free expression.”

“East meets West. A cross section of the Berlin Wall in Germany and a sobering reminder of the tragic division that once defined this city.”

Statue of the ‘Lion Fighter’ outside the Altes Museum in Berlin, Germany.”

“View of the imposing Berlin Cathedral.”

“Kaliningrad is a place with a fascinating identity crisis. I loved exploring this seldom-visited city and sorting through the complicated history that defines it. Though it was once German, this Lenin statue is a good reminder that I'm now in Russian territory.”

“The vivid colors of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia, are awe-inspiring. Seeing the majestic and playful architecture in person took my breath away.”

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