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  Cindie's Laos Daily Journal
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Boten, Laos to Vientiane, Laos
(December 25, 2005 - January 23, 2006)


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Dec 25 Mohan, China - Na Maw, Laos 590 m (1935 feet)  We decided to leave China on Christmas day, since they do not celebrate Christmas (officially) here in China everything was open.  I had read in Lonely Planet that there was a bank in Boten, Laos a border town.  Well we arrived in Boten and I asked where the bank was and was told by three different people that there was no bank in town and we would have to go to some other town 50 K away.  Ut oh, I had made a slight mistake in not getting any kip from the money changers in China.  I also planned to get some lunch in Boten and I did not see anything but a small store open.  Hmm. We had no choice but to ride on.  Luckily, I always carry food with me so I snacked some before heading on. 

We rode the 18 km on dirt and it was a pleasant ride because the roads were dry.  If the road was wet like it was for Wayne and Kristina it would have been a nightmare.  Fifteen kilometers into Laos Tim broke his chain, our bikes are getting worn out and upgrades are needed soon.  Tim fixed the chain and on we went.  While he was fixing the chain these boys stopped to watch.


These boys are going fishing for dinner. They stopped to watch Tim fix his broken chain.

We arrived in Nateui and still could not find a bank.  As we were getting ready to stop and eat lunch we saw a foreign couple across the street.  We sat and ate lunch with them and lucky for us they exchanged $10 for 20,000 kip. We now had money to eat lunch and find a room. As we entered Laos we rode through many small villages.  These villages were primitive with grass thatched homes on stilts and community wells. However, the people were a joy to met, especially the children.  The children would run up to the side of the road just to wave and say hello. All day we said "sabajdee" hello in Lao. We rode to Na Maw a small village with at least 4 guesthouses 4 basic guesthouses. We took a room on a back street for 20,000 kip ($2).  We had a large bed with a mosquito net and the toilet was just down the hall.  Basic but clean.  We went to bed just after dark, we were both tired, it is stressful crossing an international border.

The ride - 3 k from Mohan to the Laos border check.  The first 18 k were dirt, then pavement started in the town of Nateui ( I think that is the name) where hwy 3 goes towards Muang Sing. It was a pleasant ride to Mag Naw.

50km
Dec 26 Mag Naw - Oudomxai 640 m (2100 feet) We woke to rain this morning and were not sure if we would ride or not.  We sat and had our coffee and watched the village go by. 


Photo of women walking through a market area in Laos.

We waited out the rain and left late, well we forgot we had a time change and it was actually an hour earlier.  We left after a bowl of noodles. It was cloudy at first but not 5 km down the road it started to rain.  It rained and we decided to ride on.  We continued to climb with thick jungle all around us. It was humid and cool.  We again started to ride through small little villages and all the locals greeted us with waves and hellos.  We were riding through a small village and suddenly a rock went flying by my head and then Tim was hit in the hip by a rock.  Lucky for Tim it did not hit hard.  He turned around to find the culprits and we heard little boys running through the bushes.  I guess they could not resist shooting at a couple of foreigners on bikes.  Lucky for me their aim was a little off. I now keep my eye out for little boys with slingshots. That is when I noticed they all had one.  The people in these villages are hunters and gatherers.  They eat whatever they can catch.  We also saw a new house going up in the village.


The women are bringing the thatched grass roof pieces to the men who are building a new home.

The ride - it was 20 k to the first pass at 1080 m (3554 feet) then we rode along ridges through small villages and then down to a valley that led to Oudomxai.  The valley had larger villages and more agriculture.

51 km
Dec 27 - 29 Oudomxai.  While we were in Mengla China we met a Malaysian man who had a brother in Oudomxai who ran a wood carving factory.  We decided to contact Mr. Yan Ko Kee and take a look at their factory.   When we called Mr. Yan Kok Kee  he invited us over for dinner and a look at the factory.  Dinner was fantastic, a mix of Lao and Malaysian food.  The next day we met him in the morning and took a tour of the saw mill.  We also met Eric a photographer from Austria, he toured the facilities as well.  The mill is only a year old but it employs 25 Chinese and 75 Lao.  In addition to wood carvings wood veneer flooring and wicker furniture are made at the factory.  It addition they have an earthworm farm, fish farm, pig farm and vegetable garden.  The earthworms are protein that is mixed with banana pulp used to feed the pigs and made into pellets for fish food.  I was really impressed at the use of local resources, nothing is wasted.  I was happy to see that they were employing locals and lifting them out of poverty.  They also had a tea farm, more saw mills, hotels and resorts in Laos. They are certainly making changes in Laos.

We met Eddie at a local restaurant he also happens to be staying in our hotel.  Eddie is an agricultural marketing specialist another words he helps farmers find places to sell their products.

 
Dec 30 Oudomxai - Pak Mong.  We were up early and had breakfast with Eddie before we headed out of town.  I could have chatted with Eddie for a long time.  He had a lot of insight into the way things are done in Laos. For example, if a farmer in Oudamaxi wanted to sell their water buffalo in Luang Phrabang, he would have to get permission and fill out many different forms. Another words, it is not economically possible.  The farmer is stuck selling his goods where he lives.

We knew that we had a long day so we tried to keep moving. Traffic was light and the scenery beautiful.  I was settling into riding up hill when I came around a corner and saw two men hunting with sling shots.  The difference here was that they were army personal and they had their guns with them. They were AK-47s. It startled me a bit and Tim had to come me down as I continued up the road. He said, "They are here to protect us," Oh ok, yeah I might believe that.  Honestly, his explanation did not make me feel better.

I continued to ride and tried to forget about the guns, it was easy because I had all kinds of distractions.  It became obvious that it was a game for the kids in the village to run over to the side of the road and yell, Sa Bai Dee, hello in Lao.  Some of these kids have barely any clothes on or none at all.  At times they were singing to us.  I could not help but enjoy all the attention and ride slowly through the villages to wave at all the kids. My arm has never been so sore.  We kept moving knowing that we had a couple of climbs and then a nice downhill into town.  We arrived in Pak Mong just before dark, it took us over 6 hours to peddle the 82 km.  When we arrived we immediately met Marcel a Swiss cyclist.  He had started in Oudamaxi in the morning and it had taken 4.5 hours to ride to Pak Mong.  Whoa, he was moving. We stayed in the guesthouse on the corner of hwy 13 and the cost was 40,000 ($4). I was very impressed and tired at the same time.  He asked if we wanted to ride with him to Luang Phrabang but we declined, he wanted to ride the 110 km in one day and we were planning to stop after 81 km at the Vico resort near the Nam Ou river.


Cindie pushing a grinding wheel, notice the pig under it looking for food

One interesting note: I ordered a diet coke, I haven't seen a diet coke in months. So I was excited to have one, well, it was terrible.  It was a fake, a fake diet coke, what is this world coming to.  I thought I left all the fake products behind in China but no they followed me here. A sad day indeed.

The ride - 6 km to the beginning of the climb.  It was cloudy until about 10:30 am.  Then it was warm. We reached the first pass at 24 k at 1180 m (3870 feet).  We rode into a valley with a base of 815 m (2673 feet) then back up to the second pass at 1275 m (4182 feet) at 53 km.  Then a 29 km mostly downhill (and steep in places) to Pak Mong at an elevation of 370 m (1214 feet).

Ascend 1340 (4395 feet)   Descend 1575 m (5166 feet)

82 km
Dec 31 Pak Mong - Pac Ou Resort  We knew that the day would be a bit easier and it was.  We passed through many villages and began to see agricultural farming experiments.  The locals also weave their own clothes here and we saw many looms with women working away in the shade.  Thanks to Mark and Ju and Wayne and Kristina we easily found the Vico Resort and got a bungalow for 50,000 kip ($5).

Ascend 555 (1820 feet)   Descend 595 m (1952 feet)

81 km
Jan. 1- 6, 2006 Resort - Luang Phrabang.  A short day.  The women are wearing their best today.  The local villages are so fun to ride through with all the screaming kids, sabaydee, and friendly adults.  They are poor but very friendly.  Everyone is celebrating new year.  I was glad the ride went quickly.  When I arrived in Luang Phrabang I immediately started looking for a room.  I went to 6 or 7 guesthouses before I found an open room. I looked a 5 or 6 room ranging in price for $10 - 18 dollars a night.  I decided to go back to get Tim at a cafe and headed back in that direction.  When I came around the corner I checked one more guesthouse.  The family was having a celebration out front and a Swiss couple were having a beer with them.  The guest house was brand new and only open a couple of days.  I had a beer and chatted for a while.  I went back to get Tim and we came back and checked into a room for $15.  Later that evening we met up with the Swiss couple and their friend Alex and went for a cruise on the Mekong. It was nice to get a look at Laos from the water.

The ride - flatish, traffic picked up the closer we got to Luang Phrabang.

31 km
Jan 2-6 Luang Phrabang.  Luang Phrabang is a nice city to relax, meet other foreign tourists, eat western food, and visit the may Wats in town.  We met Goga, Alex and Alex from Switzerland and Germany while looking for a hotel room.  They were great fun to visit with.  I do not meet many women during our travels so it was nice to sit and talk with Goga.  I was sad to see them go.  They were heading to Vietnam.  We have been emailing with Elaine and Rachel from Scotland and England.  We met them in China 6 months ago.  We never see the same travelers again because we travel so slow so we were lucky to met up with these two again.  They are heading to a small village north of Luang Phrabang to do some volunteer work.  An American guy (I think) is starting a textile factory there where the young girls can earn a wage.  It seems that the area has a big problem with child trafficking.  The young girls from rural areas are sold to whom ever wants them, the family is usually told for a job somewhere.  But the girls leave never to be seen again.  Sad but true.  I am interested to hear how things turn out for this venture.  
Jan. 6 Luang Phrabang - Xiang Ngeun.  We had a late start this morning because 4 of our AA rechargeable batteries came up missing, they are expensive and hard to find here.  We told the hotel that they were missing and the first thing they said to us was that they did not know how to use batteries.  Geez and lying to us too.  Many locals in this city walk around with MP3 players, flashlights, and cameras.  All these things use AA batteries.  We did not get much farther than that, we gave them an opportunity to give them back but the batteries never showed up.  So we left town feeling ripped off and sad to start the day on such a bad note.  In addition to our batteries missing another couple had a shirt bleached and ruined.  The staff basically said that it was impossible that they did that and the shirt came that way.  The funny thing was nothing else was bleached.  So it was problems all around.  I do not think the other couple got compensated for this. Ah well was the attitude.  The employees of the guesthouse did not say it but certainly implied that they could buy another shirt and we could buy more batteries. Nothing like feeling like a walking money bag.  To compound the misery Tim had a flat on his rear wheel.

Our ride was short but we did meet one Swiss cyclist.  He had a Rohloff hub on his bike, the first I have seen.  An internally geared hub with 14 gear options.  The hub is enclosed in the back and only one chain ring in the front.  We stopped in the shade and chatted about the road ahead.  He was an interesting guy and would have been fun to chat with for a while.  After we left Tim declared it was Swiss month because we have met 5 Swiss in the last week. All great fun. We rode to the town of Xiang Ngeun and stayed at the Kanty Guesthouse for 30,000 K ($3) for the night.  We had a large bed with a mosquito net, a shower room and a clean squat toilet. 

25 km
Jan 7 Xiang Ngeun - Kiou Ka Cham.  Neither one of us got a very good night's sleep.  There were mice running around the ceiling.  I feared they would come and chew holes in our bags. They didn't.  The market next door started early and we did too.  It was my turn to get a flat, I had a flat on my front tire.  Our tires are getting old.  Tim fixed the flat and we were on the road.  We have the maps from Lonely Planet Cycling Laos so we knew our profile for the day.  It was going to be an all day climb.  We did not want to camp so we pushed on.  We rode through a few villages, they are all harvesting a type of flour and the entire village is out beating the long grass on the ground. This throws all kinds of pollen into the air.  The first climb we quick, at the top we met an American Cyclist who had been on the road for three years.  He was heading to Luang Phrabang we stopped and chatted for a bit before we moved on.  We have seen more cyclists in the last two days then our entire time in China.  We are on the beaten track. Nice.

We arrived in Kiou Ka Cham early enough to find a room and take a shower.  The best guesthouse is the first one, and it costs 40,000 kip ($4).  Prices have gone up.  The shower was hot, they gave me a five gallon bucket half full of boiling hot water and I mixed cold water with it.  It was wonderful to get the sweat off.  We sat down and ordered dinner.  As we were waiting for our dinner another cyclist, Andy from London, England, showed up just before dark.  He joined us for dinner. Turns out he is going the same direction so we decided to ride together.  That evening the Karaoke started around 7 pm I thought that it would end early but it blared on until 2 in the morning.  I barely got any sleep even with my ear plugs in.

The ride - first climb is about 700 m and the second climb is about 1000 m.  Check lonely planet guide for details. For those in Arizona, the elevation change is like riding from Tucson to Mt. Lemon or Camp Verde to Snow Bowl.

Ascend 1805 (5920 feet)   Descend 755 m (2476 feet)

54 km
Jan 8 Kiou Ka Cham - Muang Phu Khun.  We left a little late but we figured we had plenty of time.  We took our time traveling through each village. Tim took video of Andy and I riding through villages.  He held the camera while he was riding. Amazing video.

 The kids are all very friendly, they run out to the street yelling sabaydee and waving. (A couple kids almost ran in front of Tim while he was filming). When I think of Laos I will always remember this little guy and his genuine greeting.


Smiling and waving Hmong child greets us in the mountains of Laos.

We arrived in Muang Phu Khun just before dark, opps.  I looked at both guesthouses and they were both dumpy.  So I chose the one where the other cyclists were staying.  The cost was 40,000 ($4) way to much for a small room and dirty sheets.  We had dinner next door and the sweet old lady who made us soup changed the prices on us.  This has happen many times now, I think the influx of tourists have changed the way things are done.  We met Jacob from Santa Fe, New Mexico and Michel from Holland.  They road from Vietnam on route 7.  Jacob was heading south and Michel was heading north. It was quite a shock to me that Jacob left his bike and all his belongs down stairs unlocked.  Someday he will get the shock of his life when everything is gone.  I do have to give him a lot of credit for going out on his own at the age of 19.  I always enjoy meeting Americans on the road.

It was a noisy night again, am I ever going to get some sleep?

The ride - ops, I forgot to turn on the log book today. I estimate from the lonely planet profile that we climbed 800 m (2624 feet) and descended 800 m.

51 km
Jan 9 Muang Phu Khun - Kasi.  We were up and according to our profile from lonely planet, it was down hill for 44 k. Well we had to climb a little at first.  We all started down the hill, traffic was light.  However, we did come to a slow moving truck.  Jacob and Tim were up ahead.  Tim waited and then went around the truck on a curve.  I then rode up to Jacob and was getting ready to pass as well.  He said Wait Wait let the car go first, I thought no way the car is slower than me on these turns. So I went, then Andy went then Jacob.  Jacob was quite upset with Tim's reckless maneuver and asked me if he always rode like that.  I told him that Tim knows how to ride, he has been doing this for years, and I don't tell Tim how to ride his bike.  I guess he went up to Tim and gave him a lecture on reckless riding.  Now Tim, you are never going to live down the fact that you got a lecture from a 19-year old about how you ride. Tim was beaming, I guess he was happy that a 19-year old considers him fearless, he told me, "I still got it".

We were half way to Kasi when Andy got a flat.  We were climbing up a steep hill and he said, go ahead, I will catch up.  20 k later, we are in Kasi, with no Andy.  Jacob had gone ahead and we found him in Kasi but he left because he wanted to get to Vang Vieng.  We waited for Andy. After we had all eaten it was getting late.  We decided to stay the night.  I was tired and the thought of another 60 k was more than I could do.  We stayed in the guesthouse next door.  It was nice enough again 40000 K ($4).  The Karaoke started about 8 pm and lasted until 2 pm.  It was so loud I could feel the base go right though me. Ear plugs did not work either.  Will I ever get some sleep.

The ride - I would not like to do this section in the other direction.  Long long climbs with some steep sections. For us, we zipped down the other side and came to a rather long climb, the profile was not very accurate.  We met a German cyclist today.  He was heading up the hill at 1 pm I hope he makes it to town.

Ascend 430 (1410 feet)   Descend 1330 m (4362 feet)

44 km
Jan 10 Kasi - Vang Vieng.  Ah a flat section, it was nice to be on the flats again.  The bad part was the wind was in our face.  We thought we would have a tailwind through here.  The wind slowed us down a bit.  Also, we can only find noodle for food.  The noodles do not stay with us too long.  We have to eat many bowls to get filled up. 

We rode into Vang Vieng and it does not seem to be as bad as the lonely planet makes it out.  We looked at a couple of rooms and settled on a guest house for 40000 kip, ($4). We had a hot shower, private bath and clean sheets.  I knew the hotels in the mountains were bad.

59 km
Jan 11 - 18 Vang Vieng. Break time it wasn't all fun, I had to estimate our taxes, Yuck.  We did go tubing on the river one day.  It was fun and quite the party.  All along the river bars are set up to have a beer and a snack and ropes to swing into the river got more elaborate as we floated down river.  The river was clean enough until we reached Vang Vieng itself, then it started to feel slimy.  Vang Vieng also has a strange phenomena that some people find annoying.  There are at least four bars that show the sitcom Friends none stop. The restaurants provide a place to lounge and eat.  The places are packed with people from all over the world, not just Americans, watching TV.  I do not really care much but some people get really upset about the whole thing.  
Jan 19 Vang Vieng - Thalat.  We rode from one village to the next and took our first break at 50 km.  We met Harry a Dutch cyclist along the way.  I needed to stop and eat and he wanted to stop in a town up ahead. We played leap frog the rest of the day. 

the ride - We rode down highway 13 to Phonghong then turned left. This road is not marked, then it was about 7 km to an intersection where we turned left and then another 7 km or so to the town of Thalat. There are a number of guesthouses, we stayed at a bungalow at the bottom of a hill but we saw a nice one after the bridge the next day.  The ride is not as flat as the Lonely Planet Cycling guide shows. We rolled up and down small hills for about 75 km and then it flatten out.  We had a tailwind for most of the day.  The temperature definitely went up today.  I did not realize the sun was so strong and I developed some blisters on my thighs. Time to cover up again.

101 km
Jan 20 Thalat - Vientiane.  We started earlier today because of the increasing heat. The towns were spread out more.  People are more prosperous in this part of Laos, the houses are nicer and they have electricity.  Around 1pm we saw three bikes on the side of the road and stopped to meet the riders.  We met Denise, Jennifer, and Fiona, all from Australia.  They all were wearing long sleeves and long bike shorts.  They said that they have to cover up from the sun in Australia.  They were great fun to meet. They planned to stop at a guesthouse along the way.  We later saw them at our guesthouse in Vientiane, they had ridden the entire way in because they didn't find a guesthouse.  What a long ride.

the ride - We rode through Thalat and turned left on over the bridge.  We had a hard time finding the right turn heading south but finally found it about 2.5 k from the bridge.  Turn right at the sign for zoo, then we climbed a very steep hill, the biggest of the day.  After the town of Ban Keun the road was flat and we had a tail wind.  13 km from Vientiane the road widen to a four lane highway with a bike lane. Yeah.  Vientiane was not too bad to ride into, quiet for a capital city.

100 km
Jan 21 - 22 Vientiane.  We went to Australian embassy to start our visa application.  I was told to go to their web site. The web site to apply for an Australian Visa is www.immigration.gov.au Ah the age of technology.  While in Vientiane we did a walking tour of the Wats (Buddhist temples) in town.  We arrived a Wat just before lunch time and it appeared that a party was going on. They were having a festival and a monk invited us to have lunch with them. We had noodle soup with a peanut sauce and chili peppers.  Delicious.  The lunch was free however, we made a donation.  We practiced English with a few monks, it was a pleasant afternoon.  Vientiane is an interesting capital city.  It has a French influence in architecture and food yet the streets are dusty and the sidewalks have gaping holes that could swallow a person. Still it has a charm to it.  Tim said he would take me out to a French dinner for some fine dining.  I picked Cote d'Azur down on the Mekong river. We ordered salad, beef steak and an eggplant dish.  The food was fantastic and the price extremely reasonable at $17 for the entire dinner. I was thrilled to have a fresh salad, something I have not had for over a year.  Sometimes the simplest pleasures in life are the best.  
Jan 23 Vientiane, Laos - Nong Khai, Thailand. Our 30-day tourist Visa expired today so we have to go to Thailand.  We received an email yesterday from Ed and Gaye, an Australian couple who started their bike tour in London.  Their web site is www.longwayhome.org They happened to find our web site while in China.  We met them for breakfast.  They are riding through Laos to Vietnam, then Cambodia, and on to Thailand.  I predict that we will met them again in Thailand.

We got our exit stamp from Laos and rode over the bridge, we thought that we had to pay a toll of 5,000 kip (50 cents) each but they waved us through.  We have heard of other cyclists who have paid a toll, very confusing.  What was more confusing was switching to riding on the left side.  We will be riding on the left for at least the next year.  On the Thai side we filled out our paperwork and were stamped with 60 days. Nong Khai is located about 2 km from the border check.  I was happy to see a clean organized city, however I felt very disorientated because I was riding on the left.  At one intersection I got very confused because I saw traffic coming towards me, as if it was a one way, I turned at the intersection and found myself on the right side of the road. Opps. Luckily traffic was moving slow.  I quickly rode to the left side of the road.  Our friend Andy from Britain happened to witnessed the whole scene, how embarrassing.  I can not wait to get off the bike.  We went to the guest house Mut Mee but it was full. The Australian women we met on the road to Vientiane were there and we met them for dinner.  We have been in Asia 13 months and have not met any cyclists on the road except for Vince and Jessie in Chengdu.  When we arrived in Laos we immediately began meeting cyclists from all over the world.  In addition to the wonderful people of Laos we have thoroughly  enjoyed meeting cyclists.  The guest house Ruan Thai, located along the Mekong river was recommend and we like the guesthouse.  The rooms range from 100 - 400 baht.  ($2.56 - 10.20)

The ride - From our hotel we went to the Mekong river and turned left, at the first intersection we turned right.  A few more kilometers down the road we came to an intersection with a watch tower.  Turn left.  Then we saw signs directing us to the Friendship Bridge.  The entrance to the bridge is through an archway on the left, the bridge is about 21 km from Vientiane.

25 km.

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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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- 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

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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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- 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 from Beijing, China
- 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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- 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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