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Cindie's Thailand Daily Journal
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Bangkok to Aranya Prathet, Thailand
(November 22 - December 15, 2004)


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Nov 22 Landed in Bangkok in the wee hours of the morning. We had arranged for a pick up at the airport but were disappointed to find out that we were on our own for transportation. Our dream of having someone standing at an airport exit with our name on a sign never happen.  No worries, a women from the Thai tourist agency helped us get a taxi.  Well at least we still had our hotel reservation.  We finally went to sleep at 2 am Thailand time.  I think it was 2 pm our time.

The exchange rate when we arrived was 1US = 39.85 baht.  The dollar is dropping rapidly so I expect this rate to go down as we travel here.

 
Nov 23 Just getting use to the time change, having jet lag is no fun.  We walked around Lumpini Park and saw a komodo dragon walking around.  
Nov 24 Did a little sight seeing today.  We took the sky train to the river and jumped on a river taxi, first stop was the royal barge museum, next was Koa San Rd. to have lunch and last but the best we did a tour of Wat Arun, a temple built with porcelain tile.  We also watched a special opening ceremony  for Loi , meaning floating candle.  This event happens on the last full moon of the year which happens to be November 26.  We will enjoy watching the event Friday night.  
Nov 25 A work day in the room.  We are connected to the internet in our room, a first for us.  We paid 450 baht (US 11.39) for unlimited access for 24 hours.

We contacted Yu today.  He knows Wan and Mou who are from Thailand and bike traveling around the world. They are currently in the US, you can say we traded countries for a while.

Yu took us to the probike shop.  It is a modern bike shop with everything a bike tourist could need.  I am sure it will be a handy place to know about when we come back through in a year.  Yes we plan to circle back into Thailand from the north through china, Laos, and then Thailand,  We will travel the entire length of the country and make our way to Malaysia.

 
Nov 26 I managed to pull Tim away from the computer to go to the grand palace and Wat Phra Kaew.  The Grand Palace was closed because the King of Norway was visiting and staying at the palace, however, we did get to visit Wat Phra Kaew.  This Wat is connected to the Grand Palace and is the location of the emerald Buddha which is most likely carved out of jade.  Next we went to the Wat Pho where the reclining Buddha is located.  The grounds also house a school for children and a traditional Thai massage school.  A fascinating place to walk around and enjoy the architecture.

Finally we made our way over to Wat Arun, one of the many places where Loi Krathong is celebrated. 

“Loi Krathong” is traditionally performed on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, which usually falls on some day in November. The floating of a ‘Krathong' – a banana–leaf cup – is intended to float away ill fortune as well as to express apologies to Khongkha or Ganga, the River Goddess.

We watched old army landing crafts turned into floats go by.  People also set there floating candle banana leaf boats afloat from the dock.  It was a carnival like atmosphere with many food venders.  Take a look at some of the food, squid on a stick, pad Thai noodles, all kinds of desserts as much of a delight to the eyes as to the taste buds.  Thai food can be spicy, I am glad I like the spice.

 
Nov 27 More work on the bikes and paperwork, now that we are running a business from the road we have more responsibility like doing taxes, so I am now I must count our expenses along the way.  What I thought would take a matter of hours has turned into a matter of days of imputing data and reviewing receipts,  Those carefree days of not paying attention are gone.  I can not complain to much, I am extremely happy with our lifestyle.  
Nov 28 I went shopping for maps of china and SE Asia, I found a nice book store, Asia books that had a large selection of maps, however, china was not covered.  Maybe we can find some more detailed maps the closer we get to china.  
Nov 29 Preparations are going well.  
Nov 30 We leave tomorrow and I planned to send a package to the US with all my paperwork.  Well I ate some very hot food and it upset my stomach, so much I could not leave the room.  By the time I felt better it was too late to send the package.  Tim volunteered to carry it to the next town.  Yu volunteered to send it for us but we did not know how much it cost and we did not want to burden him with our paper work.  Yu is coming over in the morning to show us the way out of town.  A relief on one hand and on the other hand I am dreading riding in the city.

Just when we were about to go to sleep the hotel called and said that we should have checked out that morning.  Hmm, I checked my voucher and sure enough we had stayed an extra day.  Well we had plenty to do I just needed to settle the bill.

 
Dec 1 Bangkok - Chonburi.  We were up at 4:30 am to finish packing.  Tim could not find his riding gloves, we looked everywhere, Tim decides to leave town without them.  Yu arrived at 6:30 am, he had breakfast with us and we left at about 8:15 am.  The temperature is pleasant at this time of day, the traffic is not.  We leave the parking lot saying to ourselves, stay to the left, stay to the left. Yu is an experience city dweller and immediately has traffic stopped so we can get in the right lane to do a U-turn to head back the other way.  He communicates with hand signals and it works very well.

The buses, taxis, and motor bikes are the vehicles to watch, the cars are courteous, they really don't want to run us over.  Motorbikes are a different story.  We all move to the front at a red light.  When the light turns green they are off in a flash as we take forever to get up to speed.  I felt like I was in a tunnel with motor bikes zooming by on each side.  The city seemed to go on forever, we followed an elevated highway out of town, it was nice because it provided shade in places.  The highways are divided with one way traffic on each side an a u-turn to go the other way every kilometer or so.  Well this does not help the short distance commuter at all.  So the motorbikes work their way back in the other direction, so they are coming straight at us.  Most of the time they give us the right of way but at times it caused a tight spot going around parked trucks.  Hand jesters worked well with them too.  We took a break after 30 kilometers and then rode on with Yu in the lead. We took our second break around noon, I was feeling overheated and needed to cool down.  We stopped at a little outdoor restaurant.  When I paid for our drinks, I thought I handed the man a 100 baht note, instead to my surprise they returned with change for a 1000 baht note.  I am glad the man was honest, because I would have never known the difference.  This told me that I needed to rest.  We rested for an hour and Yu decided it was time to turn around, he rode with us to the river, a total of 60 kilometers out of town, he had a long ride back to town.  We went on to Chonburi, only 20 kilometers down the road.

Not 5 minutes after leaving Yu Tim said, guess what, I have a flat. Oh no not on the first day out of town, just like the first day we left Prescott, Arizona oh 2.5 years ago.  We decided to move to the shade of a furniture store office to change the flat.  Before we could get the gear off the bike a young man was at Tim's side with a pair of pliers to pull out the glass and metal pieces out of his tire.  Then they brought out a rug for us to sit on.  What a nice thing to do.  We fixed the flat, said our goodbyes and headed for Chonburi.  Now it was time to find a hotel.  Tim spotted it first.  We took the first hotel we found.  I do not know what street it was on or the name, it was all in Thai.  The clerk at the desk did not speak English, no one did, but they knew what we wanted, so we had a room with a fan and TV for 300 B($7.54).  We were exhausted.  We went to sleep early after a refreshing shower and food.  I was not even hungry.

80 km
Dec 2 Chonburi - Pattaya. We left Chonburi and had the fortune of having a strong tailwind. The wind blows from the north to the south.  We cruised easily at 30 km (18 mi/hr) per hour. The road was flat to Si Racha and then rolling hills to Pattaya. On the way into Pattaya Tim spotted a bike shop and to my amazement, they had XL gloves that fit Tim's large hands, this would have never happened in South America.  Yeah, that means we do not need to go back to Bangkok to buy a pair.  Tim was relieved because his hands were going numb.

It was noon and the day was getting hot, we looked around and found a motel for 450 B ($11.30).  It has air conditioning  cable TV and a hot shower. Sold, I was too hot to look around anymore.  The name of the hotel is New Moon Motel and it is off of Pattaya 2.  This is on the less expensive side for this town, there are 5 star hotels here and upscale resorts.

We got into the room, showered and took a nap.  The heat will take us a little while to get use to.  It is not as bad as Costa Rica, at least we can cool off in the shade.

A common drink here is green tea, sold cold with honey and lemon or sugar free. Fresh fruit is also common, papaya, cantaloupe, watermelon, pineapple.  There are all kinds of fruit that I have never tried and plan to soon.

60 km
Dec 3 Pattaya.  We met some English fellows and Tim decided to go out for a beer with them while I went for a massage.  I elected to have a Thai herbal scrub and facial.  It lasted two hours and cost 899 B($22.75).  It was nice to get all the sweat a grim off from head to toe. I was left feeling squeaky clean.  There were so many Thai massage places to pick from it was easy to shop around.  A facial alone ranged from 500 - 1200 B ($12.65 - 30.38).  
Dec 4 Pattaya  Worked on the web page and posted photos.  We went to a German all you can eat buffet.  Tons of food both Thai and German.  I especially liked the bean curd balls in a coconut curry soup.  They had great coconut deserts too.  A number of people tried to speak German to Tim, he blended in well.  
Dec. 5 Pattaya - Ko Samet.  Happy Birthday to the Thai King.  Today is his birthday and a national holiday.  Our plan was to ride to Rayong today and then set off for Ko Samet in the morning.  We got an early start at 7:00 am and were in Rayong by 11:30 am.  We had a slight breeze in the morning until about 9:00 am then the winds picked up from the north.  We turned east on 332 to cut the corner to Rayong.  The wind was from the side so it did not slow us down to much.  On 332 we were on a nice country road away from traffic. When we turned back on to Highway 3 the wind was directly in our face.  It started to get hot around 10 am.  After a long lunch we decided to ride the rest of the way to Ban Phe for the ferry to Ko Samet (Samed).  The one way ticket was 50B ($1.28) The exchange rate has dropped to US1 = 39.2.  However, they charged us 100B ($2.55) per bicycle.  I suspect that this is an overcharge. We will see on our return trip if this is true.

We arrived on the island and it was packed, the tourist office said we could camp near the tourist office if we could not find a room.  It did not look appealing at all.  We took off down the road and soon found that all the bungalows were full.  The only rooms left were large and expensive.  In desperation I asked someone if they were looking for a room, (he had an REI pack so I guessed he might be American)  it turns out he just left a room and said it was probably still open.  We arrived as they were cleaning the room, the only reasonable room left in Ao Phai.  We piled in right around sunset just as the mosquitoes were making a feast of my legs.  Speaking of mosquitoes, we are in a low malaria zone, so we are not taking our anti-malaria pills yet.  I believe it is always best to avoid getting bitten anyway.

100 km
Dec 6 Ko Samet. Hotel The Last Resort 600B ($15.30).  The combination of a long day on the bike and the heat sent me to bed early.  Slept like a rock too.  
Dec 7 Ko Samet. Rode our bikes around the island today,  a 15 km round trip dirt road but up and down short steep hills.  As far as I can tell, the maps of this island are wrong, it shows paved roads, I must have missed that because all we found were dirt, in some places the road was concrete on some steep sections.  My new bike handles much better than the old one.  I have better control going down hill and it is easier to maneuver around obstacles like rocks and pot holes. Since I am more relaxed I put my foot down less.  Of course it is a bit easier unloaded.  We went down to Ko Kui a secluded beach with white fine sand.  I liked the shade on the beach.  No one was there because the place is being remodeled.  We rode back and stopped at another beach for lunch.  I bit cheaper then the restaurants at Ao Phai.  There are a lot of hidden bungalows on this island so it would be wise to shop around.  We arrived on a holiday so we were lucky to find a room and had no way to bargain hard.  The best time to visit is probably during the week because the weekends the entire island fills up. 15 km
Dec 8 I am going on a snorkeling trip, it costs 400B ($10.20) Tim has decided to keep his feet firmly planted on solid ground.  I will be gone for about 5 hours.  We do not normally separate like this so I feel lucky to go, Tim would not enjoy getting seasick.  Tim will stay behind and work on the web site and newsletter.

I went on the Smiley Boat Trip.  I met two Swedes, Jessica and Fredrick, a German Hanes, and a Korean Kim.   We went along the beaches on the east side of the island picking up passengers.  We then went fishing on the west side of the island, a line, hook and a piece of squid.  We fished for about a half hour and caught lunch, The Swedes guy showed me how to catch fish, and I caught two, it was great fun.

We then went snorkeling, the reef looks pretty damaged, in areas it is dead in other areas it is alive with colorful coral and fish.  There were many sea anemones as well.  Finally we visited the shark farm.  Very interesting too.  All and all I thought it was worth the 400 B.

We met Hans, Kim, George and Rieca for dinner.  We had great conversations about world politics, Germany, Korea, USA and the middle east, very interesting.  I was cold and Hanes gave me his sarong that he just bought, at the end of the evening he gave me his sarong.  Thank you Hanes.  The sarong is covered with fish, very fitting for a PHD in aquaculture. 

Our plans are to leave tomorrow for Chanthaburi

 
Dec 9 Ko Samet - Klaeng. We started out the door at 7:15 am to catch the boat at 8:00 am this is when Tim noticed that he had a missing bolt on his front rack.  Tim must not have tightened it enough when he reassembled the bikes in Bangkok. Ouch.  He pulled out a zip tie and but it through the fork and rack and we raced off to meet the boat.  When I was buying our tickets for the boat the zip tie broke.  The man at the ticket booth ran inside and came out with a straw for Tim to use.  This brought a smile to Tim's face, he was not worried,  he knew that he could find a replacement bolt at any motorcycle shop.  He used a thicker zip tie to hold the rack in place.  The boat was smaller than the one we arrived on, so my bike was handed over to two men on the boat, as Tim was handing his bike into the boat, it was slowly pushing away from the dock, so far that he had to pull the bike back.  He tried again and the bike made it safely on the boat. This ride was cheaper, the cost of for each bike was only 50 B ($1.28) less than the 100B ($2.56) we paid on the way over.

By the time we started riding it was after 9:00 am instead of riding the busy highway 3 we stayed near the coast and rode the secondary roads into Klaeng.  Outside of town we stopped for a snack at a restaurant that had a motorcycle shop next door.  Tim and the young mechanic went searching for a bolt for the front rack, in no time we had a bolt and an extra for the road. 

We arrived in Klaeng at around noon, it was already hot.  We got a room at the first hotel we could find for 200 B ($2.60) it had a fan and plenty of room for our gear.  We went out to eat and a couple of restaurants, all the food was good.  Except the plate of horse meat I ate.  Well I thought it was beef.  They did not tell me until after I ate it, it did not taste bad, it was the thought of eating horse that bummed me out.

42 km
Dec 10 Klaeng - Chanthaburi. I thought if we left early we would beat the wind, no luck, it was blowing in our face at 7 am.  well at least it was flat.  The wind seems to change direction throughout the day, it mainly comes from the northeast but at times we had a tail wind.  By mid day it was a dead on head wind.  I could not wait until we arrived in Chanthaburi.

We headed towards the downtown and asked where a hotel was, we were directed to the Chanthra hotel.  Our room was 150B ($3.80).  They did not speak a word of English, somehow I confused them and they thought we wanted two rooms when I actually wanted two nights.  It is custom here in Thailand to pay for the room when you arrive.  After we showered we came out and they had someone translate and tell us we had to many keys.  I gave them back the extra key and we all had a good laugh.

We wandered around the gem street where 50 - 60% of the worlds rubies and sapphires pass through.  A fascinating place where tables and table of people buying and selling gems, a bit of a frenzy actually.  Many people are walking around with large bags on their shoulder and carrying large bags of gems.  So this is where the jewelry network gets it's gems.

We tried to call the US via the phone booth and the internet but with no luck.  Very frustrating.

64 km
Dec 11 Chanthaburi.  I went to the market and picked up breakfast for 80 B ($2.15). Delicious food and much lower prices then the tourist area.  I also bought some coconut balls wrapped in rice paper, I could not resist the little old lady who gave me a free one to try.

We went searching for the internet and found many places with gaming, for some reason it is difficult to connect to the internet at these gaming places.  

We went back to the gem street and looked around some more, I saw rubies, sapphires, and possibly citrine changing hands not one or two gems but large bags.  On a side street a group of gold smiths were making the ring settings.

 
Dec 12 Chanthaburi - Soi Dao.  We left early and again the wind was blowing hard from the northeast.  It was mostly flat until about 10 km out of Pong Nam Ron then we started to climb, I was getting hot and wanting to take a break and around the corner we came across a check point.  They told us to stop. Oh boy, our passports were buried.  One man spoke English and he asked us where we were going and where we had started.  Meanwhile another man gave Tim a bottle of red bull and then he gave me one.  Just what I needed to get me over the rest of the hill, a cold energy drink.  I do not know what is in that stuff but it sure has a good kick.

A couple hours down the road we stopped at a fruit stand selling fresh papaya.  The little lady just giggled and laughed as she sold me a papaya, she could not believe we were riding a bike when we could be riding a scooter or in a car or bus.  Her laugh was certainly infectious, she gave me a great papaya for 10B (25 cents) hmm good.  We ate half of for a snack and ate the other half later.

We came to the town of Soi Dao, I think, and looked all over for a hotel.  After riding around for an hour and talking to a number of people we were pointed back towards the Soi Dao waterfall and found a little fishing place with bungalows.  Our room was 400 B ($10.20) with a fan.  they have a nice restaurant too.

77 km
Dec 13 Soi Dao - Aranya Prathet.  We learned that hotels can be hard to find so we decided to ride all the way to Aranya because we knew there were hotels there.  It turned out that we had finished most of the climbing yesterday.  The morning air was cool and comfortable.  The locals thought differently, they were dressed in coats and hats and I even saw someone with mittens on. I did not think it was that cold.  Then again I just landed here from Indiana and I thought it was hot.

Our maps were not that accurate with the road numbers, however, the road was signed in English so we knew where to turn off the main highway and we had kilometer markers all the way to town.  We rode through farming communities growing papaya, sugar cane, cotton and corn.  We saw at least three different types of snakes on the road.  All of them were dead, one was as big around as my forearm, I am sure he would have wrecked me if I hit him.  Scary!

Tim took the lead the entire day, I was happy in his draft and when I came around to pull the wind was amazingly strong. Riding behind Tim, who makes a large draft (slipstream), takes 30% less work then being in front. Tim was in front 100 out of the 105 kilometers.  Tim likes the flats and can hammer for hours.  It took us 5 hours to get to Aranya.  When we arrived we were both tired and hot. 

We found a hotel Aran Gardens Hotel 1.  We are carrying two guidebooks,  Lets Go Southeast Asia and Lonely Planet Southeast Asia.  So far Lets Go has been more useful.  We are at the major border crossing from Thailand to Cambodia, a lot of tourists pass through here on there way to Angkor Wat.  Lonely Planet mentions that you can time your bus and train so you do not have to stay here and that's it no information. I can understand not having information about every little town but not having a major border crossing is just neglectful.  Lets Go at least gave us the basic information.  If the Lonely Planet does not improve soon I will sell it to the nearest backpacker.

105 km
Dec 14 Aranya Prathet.  We decided to get our Cambodia Visa through the hotel, it will make crossing the border easier tomorrow.  I know that I can get my Visa at the border too but it nice have.  The man who runs the hotel speaks fluent English and is very helpful.  We paid 1,100 B for our Cambodian Visa.

Connecting to the internet has been an exercise in patience and persistence.  There are plenty of internet cafes but gaming is huge here and there networks are set up differently and at most of them we can not connect to their network.  This will be a new problem to figure out as we go.

We went out to dinner tonight and walked through all the street stalls of food.  Fantastic food, the Thais are incredible cooks.  As I was browsing the stalls I had to look twice at what was on the table.  Huge dishes of maggots, grasshoppers and cockroaches.  Not anything that I would consider yummy.  But then again, I have not experienced famine.

Some thoughts on Thailand, it is a fantastic country to travel in.  I would be very sad if I was leaving and not coming back.  We are coming back and we will travel the length of the country from north to south.  The people in Thailand are all smiles and willing to help.  The tourist areas are more expensive, this is true all over the world, and more people speak English in those areas.  The food is the best I have had anywhere.  The variety is awesome, Tim is hooked on curry, the spices are hot and sweet at the same time.  The fruits are familiar like watermelon and banana and exotic like rambutan a red fruit covered with soft hairy spines.  If you want and adventure of the palate, Thailand is the place for it.  

 
Dec 15 Aranya Prathet.  We are making our final preparations for crossing into Cambodia, a country that has suffered immensely.  It is one of the poorest countries in the world and has the most landmines.  I have read that many people young and old are missing limbs from stepping on hidden land mines.  The process of clearing them out is slow.  I have to say that I am a bit nervous, the living conditions will be tougher and the road conditions will be difficult.  I wonder what the people will be like, how does a country survive genocide.  In the mid to late 70's the Khmer Rouge was in power. Pol Pot wanted an agrarian, farmer dominated society. So he slaughtered 2,000,000 of the 7,000,000 Cambodians.  He tried to exterminate the educated population.  I remember hearing about this when I was a teenage, hearing about it is one thing, seeing the results of the devastation is another.  I fully expect Cambodia to be an emotional as well as a physical journey.     

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INDEX #3: SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to 9-15-06

1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
5-1-10 to present


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November 22 - December 15, 2004
Thailand
Bangkok, to Aranyaprathet, Thailand

Cindie's Daily Journals
Thailand #1

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
INTRO Crossing Over to the Other Side: Relocating to Asia

LETTER Thailand: Landing in a Whole New World.

Best Place to see Pictures
Thailand Thumbnail Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- Bangkok, Thailand
- Royal Barge Museum
- Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand
- Wat Phra Kaew and Temple of the Emerald Buddha
- Pictures of Wat Pho
- Bangkok to Chanthaburi, Thailand.
- Island Ko Samet National Park
- Thailand's famous Thai Food
- Chanthaburi to Aranya Prathet and the Cambodian border.


 

 December 16- January 16, 2005
Cambodia and Angkor Wat
Poipet to Tien Bien, Cambodia

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Cindie's Cambodia Daily Journal

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Cambodia: Poverty Does Not Equal Crime.

Best Place to see Pictures
Cambodia Thumbnail Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- Pictures of  Poverty in Cambodia: Poipet to Siem Reap
- Picture from Angkor Wat, Cambodia
- Temples Bayon, Angkor Thom
Ta Prom (Temple where Tomb Raider was filmed)
- Preah Khan, Neak Poan, Eastern Mebon, Banteay Kei, Ta Som, Pre Rup

- Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
- Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Tuol Sleng S.21 Museum of Genocidal Crime
- Killing Fields of Pol Pot Cambodia
- Phnom Penh to Tinh Bien


 

(January 16 - February 17 , 2005)
Vietnam #1.
Tinh Bien to Cau Ganh, Vietnam

Cindie's Daily Journals
Cindie's Online South Vietnam Journal

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Best Place to see Pictures
South Vietnam Thumbnails

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- Chau Doc to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
- Floating Market and Boat Trip Tour
- Vietnam War Remnants Museum
- Cuchi Tunnels, Saigon, Vietnam
- Cuchi Tunnels Cu Chi near Saigon, Vietnam
- Pictures from Dalat, Vietnam
- Bicycling from Dalat to Buon Ma Thuot
- Jun Village
- Buon Ma Thuot to Cau Ganh


 
(February 18. - April 2, 2005)
Vietnam #2.
Cau Ganh, to Lang Son, Vietnam

Cindie's Daily Journals
Cindie's Daily Journal for North Vietnam.

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Best Place to see Pictures
North Vietnam Thumbnail Pictures.

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- Cau Ganh to Hoi An
- Hoi An, Vietnam
- China Beach to Hue.
- Marble Mountain
- The Citadel in Hue
- Impoverished Highland Market Can Cau.
- Poverty Village of Bac Ha.

Hanoi water puppet


 
(April 3 - May 21, 2005)
Guangxi, China
Pingxiang to CongJiang, China

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Finally in China!

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Three Years and Still Going

Best Place to see Pictures
Best Thumbnail Pictures of Guangxi, China

Full size Picture Pages

- Pingxiang to Nanning, China
- Nanning, Guangxi to Liuzhou
- China's Karst Topography Landscape.
- Liuzhou to Yangshou, Guangxi, China
- Zhuo Yue English College in Yangshuo, China
- Li River bamboo boat trip in Yangshou..
- Ancient Chinese Stone Village of Fuli.
- Impressions light, dance, and music.
- Mountain biking through Yu Long Valley.
- Guilin to Congjiang Guangxi, China
- Reed Flute Cave Guilin China.
- Ping'an Guangxi, China.
- Dragon's Backbone and Rice Terraces.


 

May 22 - June 27, 2005

  Guizhou and Hunan, China
Congjiang to Zhangjiajie National Park China

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Guizhou, China

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- Congjiang to Kaili, Guizhou, China
- Kaili Guizhou - Wulingyuan National Park, Hunan.
- Wulingyuan (Zhangjiajie) National Park, Hunan.


 

(June 28 - July 15, 2005)

Beijing, China

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- Pictures of Forbidden City, China
- Summer Palace
- Great Wall from Jinshanling Simatai, China.
- Badaling Section of the Great Wall of China


 

(July 16 - Sept. 3, 2005)
Inner Mongolia and Shanxi, China.
Beijing to Xian, Shaanxi, China

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- Beijing to Jining, Inner Mongolia.
- Grasslands of Jining, to Wuchuan (near) Hohhot
- Hohhot to Bautou, Inner Mongolia, China
- Wudang Lamasary
- Bautou to Yulin, Shanxi, China with Photos from Genghis Khan's Mausoleum.
- Yulin to Yanan, Shaanxi, China
- Chairman Mao's Headquarters and Residence in Yanan, China.
- Yanan to Xian, Shaanxi, China.
- Terracotta Warriors #1
- Terracotta Warriors #2.


 

 (Sept. 4 - Oct. 29, 2005)

Sichuan, China
Chengdu, to Zongdian, China

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Into Occupied Territory: Tibet!

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- Giant Panda Breeding Center #1
- Red Panda  in Chengdu, Sichuan, China #2
- Chengdu to Kangding.
- Kangding, Sichuan, located in Southwestern China.
- Mugecuo Lake near Kangding, Sichuan, China.
- Kangding to Xinduqiao
- Xinduqiao to Tibetan Home Stay.
- Tibetan Home Stay to 4718 meter (15,475 feet)
- to Litang, Sichuan, China.
- Litang Lamasary Tibetan Buddhist Monk Monastery
- Litang to Sumdo, Tibet
- Sumdo to Xiangcheng
- Xiangcheng to Derong, Tibet.
- Derong, Sichuan Province to Tibetan Shangri-La, (Zongdian)


 

(Oct. 30 - Dec. 24, 2005)

Yunnan, China
Zongdian to Mohan, China

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Out of China: slipping past the watchful eye of censorship.

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- Shangri-La, - Lijiang - Dali, China.
- Dali to Jingdong, Yunnan
- Jingdong to Puer
- Puer to Jinghong, Yunnan, China
- Xishuangbanna Tropical Flowers and Plants Garden.
- Mengla to Mohan, Yunnan, China (border with Laos))


 

December.25, 2005 - January 23, 2006
Laos
Boten to Vientiane

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Laos daily blog journal

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- Boten to Oudomxia, Laos.
- Laos Wood Carving Factory
- Oudomaxi - Luang Pabong
- Luang Phrabang, Laos: Monks, Wats, and a boat tour on the Mekong River.
- Luang Phrabang to Vang Vieng, #1
- Luang Phrabang to Vang Vieng, #2
- Vientiane, Laos


 

January 23 - March 12, 2006

Northeast Thailand
Nong Khai, Thailand to Bangkok

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- Nong Khai to Dan Si
- Dan Si to Lop Buri
- The Ancient Ruins and Historic Temples of Ayuthaya
- Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.


 

(March 13 - April 18, 2006)

Southern Thailand
Hua Hin to Satun, Thailand

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- Hua Hin to Ranong
- Ranong to Krabi
- Boat Tour of Ao Phang Nga Bay
- Ko Lanta Beach to Satun Tropical Thailand


 

(April 18 - Sept. 15, 2006)

  Malaysia #1
Langkawi, Malaysia to Parit Buntar

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Two 1-Way Tickets to Australia Please

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- Langkawi to Nebong Tebal
- Underwater World Aquarium Langkawi
- Bird Paradise, Langkawi, Malaysia.
- Malaysian Home Stay and Cyclist Guest House.
- Traditional Tamil Indian Wedding
- Malaysian Home Cooking and Traditional Food
- Hand Made Pottery Factory
- Chinese Fishing Village and Party.
- Toddy Plantation Farm and Palm Oil Production.
- Malaysian Chinese Temple of Heaven and Hell.
- Malaysian Indian Hindu Temple and Religious Ceremony

 

(May to August, 2006)
Malaysia #2

Tanah Rata to Taiping, Malaysia

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- Cameron Highlands Trails and National Park
- Butterfly Garden
- Boh Tea and Sungai Palas Tea Plantation and farm
- Mardi Research Center, Tanah Rata
- Tanah Rata, Cameroon Highlands, Malaysia
- Indian Fire Walking Ceremony at the Hindu Temple
- Our 8th Wedding Anniversary the Cultural Indian Way
- Chinese Cultural Opera and Traditional Arts Celebration
- Malaysian Indian Religion
- Malaysian Guesthouse and Homestay #2

 

(July - Sept. 15, 2006)
 
Malaysia #3 and Singapore.
Taiping, Malaysia to Singapore

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- Penang hill Chinese Temple
- Taiping to Melaka, Malaysia.
- Taman Alam Kuala Selangor Natural Park
- Melaka, Malaysia, Southeast Asia.
- Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Chinese Hill (Bukit China) Cemetery
- Melaka, Malaysia to Singapore


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Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
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