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Hua Hin to Satun, Thailand
(March 13 - April 18, 2006)


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March 13 Hua Hin.  Well we were suppose to start riding today.  But, I felt like I was run over by a truck. All that city life took it out of me. So we took the day off and went on a long walk on the beach.
March 14 Hua Hin - Som Roi Yot National Park.  We headed out hwy 4 and turned at the first sign for Pram Buri Forest, it turns out that we had actually passed the Forest. We did not want to turn around so we continued on to Som Roi Yot National Park.  The roads back here are a maze.  Nice scenery and friendly people but we always seemed to be pointed in the wrong direction.  So we went around in circles a bit.  Lonely Planet guide book did not help much either, their  directions were a bit off. So by the time we got to the National Park we were hot.  We stayed at Hat Sam Phraya beach in Som Roi Yot National Park. If you are riding through you do not have to pay the entrance fee for the National Park.  The beach was nice and had a restaurant.  We had dinner at sun down and watched monkeys swinging through the trees.  We were going to camp, the charge for camping was 250 B ($6) and a room with a fan was 300 B ($7) so we took the room. 64 km
March 15 Soi Rot - Ban Laem Kum.  we were up bright and early and on the road at 7:30 am.  The monkeys and birds were out.  The park beach is 18 km from hwy 4 (southern entrance), we passed another area that had bungalows and mangrove swamps, if we had more time it would have been a nice place to hang out for the day.  We rode to Prachuap Khiri Khan and were there at 10 am a little early to stop for the day.  The day was cloudy and we had a tailwind so we decided to push on.  We road to Thap Sakat and thought we were close to Ban Krut, our new destination for the day.  We ended up turning down a paved road too soon and ended up at the beach but not where we intended to go.  Since we are in Thailand, accommodations were not hard to find. When we realized we were in the wrong place we turned into the first area with bungalows we found.  The sign was all in Thai.  We met the owner and his family and stayed in a very nice room for 1200 B ($31). A bit above out budget but we had no choice, it was hot and I did not have much left in my legs.  It turned out that the family spoke English, the daughter, Jenny, was an exchange student in Bangor, Maine.  A very cold place for a Thai girl but she really enjoyed it. The Ban Laem Kum resort was a pleasant place to stay, we wished we could have stayed longer.  As Tim says, it was a good value. 110 km
March 16 Ban Laem Kum - Bang Samphon Noi. (close to it).  We had breakfast and headed out thinking it would be a half day.  The ride was pleasant and the locals were friendly. For some reason the few tourists we met were not.  It perplexes me why tourists are so rude to each other, it happens time and time again. I am sure this is opening up a can of worms, but it perplexes me why foreign tourists will not talk to each other, this is not everyone mind you but certainly a majority.  Yes, we are all on vacation and here to meet the locals but in reality we are not alone we are also here with each other.  Oh well it is something that I will never figure out. 3411 we were pretty tired. 

We decided to stop at a resort called Ko Thalu, a resort that also had bungalows out on the island called Ko Thalu.  That looked really cool, bungalows on an island, sailing, snorkeling and three meals a day for 2600 baht ($66) thai style bungalow and 3700 ($94) air conditioning.  We stayed on shore and had a nice room with a view of the ocean for 1000 B ($25) a night.

The ride - In general we road south and stayed along the beach. We went down a few dead ends and had to turn back, but that is part of bike touring.  We have a PN map of Thailand and it does not show any roads for this area.  From Ban Laem Kum we went back towards Hwy 4 and took a left on a country road towards Ang Thong.  We stayed on this dirt road for about a kilometer.  Then we came to a T and turned left onto 1029.  We took 1029 to Ban Krut, when 1029 came to a T we went left and then a quick right.  We are now at the beach.  We followed the road, went over a small bridge and took a left.  We followed this road and came to an intersection and took another left.  Stayed on this road and came to an intersection with a factory to the right. Go straight, go a couple of kilometers and then take a right over a bridge. follow this road along. The next intersection go right at Had Soum Seaview Hotel.. This will take you to Ban Saphan on hwy 3374. In Ban Saphan take a left and then another left at the light. If you go to the railroad tracks you have gone too far.  This road will take you down the coast toward Ban Saphan Noi.

64 km
March 17 - 19 Resort Ko Thala to Chumphon Cabanas. We had a nice relaxing couple of days, the resort had a nice buffet breakfast and I loved the pool.  This resort also had a nice wastewater treatment system with wetlands throughout the resort grounds.  This system is the best I have seen outside the USA.

The ride - we hoped that the ride would be more straight forward today.  We stayed on hwy 3374 and it turned into 3411 at the state line. we followed 3411 until it turned into 4015 at the first major intersection we went straight towards Ban Maha, at the second intersection we turned left onto 4004 (I think) from here follow the signs to Pathiu and Chumphon. Somewhere along the way the road number turns into 3210. The best thing to do is follow the signs to Chumphon. When we reached highway 3810 we took a right and followed the signs to Chumphon Cabanas. We stayed at the cabanas at 1350 baht ($33).  There are other cheaper places to stay in the area.

84 km
March 20 Chumphon Cabanas - Chumphon.  A short quick ride into Chumphon to do some interneting. It was a good thing we stopped because it rained most of the afternoon.  We stayed at the Morackit Hotel for 390 B ($10) for a room with air conditioning and hot shower.  The town of Chumphon is a very confusing city to get around and signs in English are nonexistent. 17 km
March 21 Chumphon - Kraburi.  Getting out of town was difficult, the Lonely Planet map is off, at least on the street names. We kept asking directions and was pointed towards Highway 4.  We are now in a rural area.  As we were riding I spotted an elephant (domestic) near a stream.  I also saw two monkeys on a truck and one on a motorcycle (he/she was the passenger).  The locals have also gotten very friendly, so much so, that everyone who passed us on the road waved hello.  Nice.

The ride - Hwy 4 is 9 km from town, traffic is light after the intersection.  We gradually climbed to the pass at around 140 m (500 feet) and descended down the other side to Kraburi. We stayed at Panika Resort.  They have rooms with a fan for 300 B ($7.60) and with air conditioning for 500 B($12.60).

62 km
March 22 Kraburi - Ranong.  We were up early and out the door at 7 am because it is hot and humid here.  It is amazing how quickly the heat comes on in the morning.  When we left Panika Resort I was not sure if I paid for the room.  I was told by the staff that I paid but I still did not remember paying.  We stopped at the gas station in Ranong to get gas for our stove and Ms.Panrika came over me.  First I was surprised to see her and then she asked me how long it took to ride from Kraburi and yes I did pay for the room.  Whew! I felt better.  We looked around for a room and stayed at Casa Theresa. A nice ground floor hotel we paid 450B ($11.50) for a room with air conditioning.  Again the sky opened up and it rained hard at around 3 pm.

The ride - the terrain is rolling with the biggest climb 15 k from Ranong. We stopped at the waterfall for a snack.  I was glad we did because I would not have had the energy to climb.  Again it was tricky getting into Ranong, the first two right turns are now closed off to traffic.  We entered into town near the bus station.

60 km
March 23 - 25 Visa run to Myanmar.  Yes our 60 day tourist visa for Thailand is up. So we had to go to Myanmar to leave the country and then return and get a 30 day tourist stamp.  We had two option and we choose the option with the least amount of boat riding.  That was go to the Andaman Club Pier take the catamaran boat out to the Thahtay Island.  Then take the boat back.  It did not seem like it would be much more expensive than going to Victoria Point.  But the prices quoted in Lonely Planet had all changed.  The cost of the boat and entrance into Myanmar is now 650 B ($16.60) We did take sawngthaew (pick up truck) out to the pier for 20 B( $0.50) but when we returned to the pier there were no pick up trucks to return so we had to pay a whopping 300 B (150 B each) ($7.69) to get back.

We started out the morning thinking it would be easy to get to Andaman Club Pier.  We got to the sawngthaew area and asked several drivers if they went to Andaman Club pier.  Finally one said yes and we jumped on board.  Well he did not know where we wanted to go and an hour later we were at the Saphan Pla pier which goes to Victoria point.  So we had to go back to the city and try again.  In the mean time Tim was more than a little motion sick so we went back to our hotel to take a rest.  We then tried to get a taxi through our hotel and then said there was not one.  So they flagged down a motorcycle taxi, we asked how much and the hotel lady answered 150 B ($3.85).  We said thanks but no thanks and went back near the market and got the right pickup truck to the pier.  Once at the pier it was a very easy process to get stamped out of Thailand and then on the catamaran. We arrived at the island and got stamped into Myanmar.  Honestly I can not say I have been to Myanmar, but I have been to an island offshore of the mainland.  We had a nice lunch where a 20% service charge was added on and then back to Thailand.  We then had no choice but to take the outrageously expensive minivan back to town. Whew glad that is done.

The remaining days in Ranong were spent working on our books, it has taken many more hours of work than I ever imagined. Ah to be employed again.

 
March 26 Ranong - Muslim Home Stay.  We started early to beat the heat.  It is so hot that I have bought some electrolyte powder at the pharmacy.  I am amazed how much I sweat when I ride.  We also had the pleasure of meeting Guilean Ropers (I hope that is spelled right).  He is from France and a boat builder. He came here to assist with tsunami relief and helped rebuild the fishing fleet that was here before the tsunami.

The ride was relatively flat with a few minor hills.  The home stay is located at the turn to Laem Son National Park.  We stayed the night for 300 B each which included lunch, dinner, and breakfast.  Unfortunately lunch and dinner consisted of fish even when Tim said he didn't eat fish. So he pretty much ate rice and soy sauce.  Tim is not a picky eater but he has never liked fish and they put it in everything. Poor Tim everything here in this part of Thailand smells and tastes like fish.  Well what can you expect when there is a small strip of land between the Andaman sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

47 km
March 27 Muslim home stay to Kuraburi.  We were up early and watched the market across the street swarm with activity. This is a predominantly Muslim area and the way people dress is very different.  The women all cover their heads with a scarf that is usually black. They also wear sarongs or pants as well.  The men cover their heads with a white hat and have ornate shirts and wear pants or a sarong.  Muslims do not eat pork and it has vanished from the menu.  In its place is chicken and fish.  We stopped for lunch at a rotisserie chicken stand and had a spicy papaya salad and chicken for lunch. As we were leaving we met Garry and Calvin, two British Chaps on bikes who rode from Phuket to Ranong in two days and were on their way back to Phuket.  The had started in Ranong in the morning.  They were great fun to ride with and I would have enjoyed a nice dinner with the two. But we decided to stop in Kuraburi and they pushed on down the coast.  They wanted to get back to Phuket tomorrow.  They were traveling light, fast and long.

We stopped at the Extra Hotel at the north end of town, it was 500 B ($12.80) it had hot water, air conditioning and we wheeled the bike right into the room.

 For some reason, 90% of the people I have come in contact with since we arrived in Ranong have doubled the price for everything from going to the toilet to staying in a bungalow.  I  don't understand it because this is a rural area and quite frankly when we get away from tourist areas the locals do not normally double the price. But here it is different. It seems that I have to haggle for a fair price everywhere I go, and if I do not get the price before I buy a bottle of water it then becomes open game for double to triple the price.  All I can say is buyer beware.

The ride - rolling hills with a few steep ones.  Tailwind in the morning and a headwind in the afternoon.

70 km
March 28 Kuraburi - Kau Lok (Ban Niang Beach).  We had an early start today and originally planned to ride 55 km.  We arrived in X early.  From here we could take x to Phang Nga or X down to the beach.  The area we are thinking of going is where the tsunami hit the hardest.  We decided to go take a look and give the area some of our business.  Stayed at the Green Emerald Hotel for 500 B ($12.80) it was the cheapest room we could find. It was a huge room, new, with hot water, air conditioning and cable TV.  Very nice people running it too. We found a German bakery around the corner that had great dark bread, the best bread I have had in over a year.  I was surprised to see that prices were so very high for hotel rooms and restaurants.  Tim unfortunately left his sunglasses at a restaurant and when we went back they said that they did not find them although we know that was the only place they could be we never got them back.  Riding a bike without sunglasses is brutal. I could not do it.  Tim however just pedals on.  We will have to pick up another pair somewhere.  The problem is how to tell if the cheap sunglasses have UV protection.  The sunglasses can say UV protection but that is not necessarily true.

The ride - rolling hills with a tailwind in the morning and a vicious head wind near the coast.

87 km
March 29 Ban Niang Beach.  A day at the beach. We walked around and could still see evidence of the destructive force of the tsunami.  There were destroyed bungalows scattered around the area. The worst ones were on the beach itself.  This area had the greatest loss of life.  It is very flat here and the wave traveled a long distance in land.  This is also the beach that the King's grandson was jet skiing when the wave hit.  He had a police boat around him to protect him.  Sadly, the police could not protect him from the wave.  The police boat was washed in land almost 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) and there it sits as a reminder of the tsunami.  People are slowly putting there lives back together.  We saw a school for dive masters run by an American.  He is teaching the locals how to be dive masters.  We also saw other aid groups like 4Kali.org. An organization created in memory of a young girl who lost here life here.  They are dedicated to assisting the local people who have lost everything and educating them so they have other skills and not relay totally on tourism.   
March 30 Ban Niang Beach - Phang Nga.  Today is our 4 year anniversary on the road.  I think a time for a bit of reflection.  It is amazing to think that we have lived without a car or a phone for four years.  I do not miss the car while we are abroad.  The only time it was a hassle not to have one was the short time we spent in the States.  Public transportation is nonexistent there.  Other than that we can easily live without one.  It is also nice not having a phone most of the time. It never rings and interrupts what we are doing. The few times I really miss the phone is when I need to make a business call and when I miss my family.

The ride -  Hilly near the coast and flatter inland.  The signs said that it was 85 k to Phang Nga but it was only 58 k. Sometimes the signs are not accurate.  We had a head wind in the morning and a tailwind in the afternoon.

58 km
March 31 Phang Nga. We stayed a day in Phang Nga and did a boat tour through mangrove swamps, limestone caves, and the famous James Bond Island.  We also visited a Muslim fishing village that is entirely built on stilts.  Very interesting place.  It was a hot day but pleasant scenery the entire way.  When we arrived in the Muslim village it was still very hot.  I was amazed to see women covered from head to toe in clothes.  The only thing exposed was their feet.  I personally would find this amount of clothes very uncomfortable.  It explains why no one was walking around.  The cost of the tour was $600 baht ($15.38) each for the full day tour and for an extra 250 B ($6.4) you can stay in the Muslim village.  Bring bug repellant I heard the mosquitoes are bad.  
April 1 Phang Nga - Krabi

The ride - The signs to Krabi were scarce so we had to pick our way through town and ask people along the way.  We took highway 415 towards Krabi, traffic has picked up.  We intersected Highway 4 at Thap Put and took it all the way to Krabi.  We had a head wind for the first 30 km and it was hilly as well.  It was slow going and by the time we arrived in Krabi we were pretty spent. It was a hot day.  We stayed at the Tea Tree House for $350 ($8.97). The air conditioner did not work right and neither did the shower. We bought our book on Malaysia here.  We could not find a used one we had to buy it new for 1095 B ($28) ouch!  There are no bootleg copies of books here.

92 km
April 2 Krabi.  It was election day and everything was closed.  We tried to get our laundry done and that was impossible as well.  All in all we could not get out of Krabi soon enough.  
April 3 Krabi - Ko Lanta.  We could have taken a ferry to Ko Lanta for 200 B ($5.13).  We decided to ride instead. We decided we were going to Ko Lanta for a working vacation.  Tim calls it our spring break. I work on the books and finish our taxes and get to go to the beach afterwards. Not a bad deal at all.

The ride. We had to ride back to Highway 4, about 3 km.  It was then 50 km to 4026 to Ko Lanta. Then another 27 km to the first ferry boat.  Then another 10 km or so to the second ferry boat.  It was 86 B ($2.20) each for the ferry.  Another hot day on the bike.

87 km
April 4 -12 Ko Lanta.  We stayed at Golden Bay Cottages for $550 B ($14.10) a night. We had hot water, air conditioning, and cable TV well kinda.  We had two channels in English. We looked at places on Hat Khlong Dan beach and Hat Phra Ae (Long Beach) beach.  We chose Golden Bay on Hat Khlong Dan beach.  The beach has nice sand and not very big waves, a great beach for kids. This beach was hit by the tsunami in December 2006.  Damage from the wave can be seen at the northern end of the beach.  Because of the shape of the beach and the direction of the wave the rest of the beach was spared.  As always taxes take more time to file that I like.  However, on April 11 I filed our taxes over the internet using turbo tax. It is nice that I can do this from over here. However, I had to file our Indiana state taxes through the mail. Ah well they will come around sooner or later.  It was a relief to file taxes but I was not done yet.  I had to check back in 24 to 48 hours to see if my taxes were excepted.  Sounds easy enough.  Then a huge wrench was thrown into the works.  After I filed taxes, I hibernated the computer the same way as usual.  When we got back to our room, the computer would not come back on, no lights, no sound, nothing on the screen.  Sony Vaio laptops are known to turn off and not come back on.  We have experienced this before in China.  When it happen the first time, we looked on the internet then and found Joe Kablan of AQS Computer Services.  He was kind enough to recommend a field repair to us.  We had to unplug the CMOS battery which is located under the keyboard. We unplugged the CMOS battery while the battery was off and then applied AC power.  We tried this same procedure this time but it did not work.  If it comes back on we let the computer boot up, fix the date and whala the computer is working again.  This time we followed the same procedures but nothing happen. No light nothing.  Ok don't panic.  I felt like I had not finished my taxes.  We knew that we still had all our data but we did not know what to do next. We wrote Joe and he gave us the toll free number for Sony.  There was no additional field repair.  We decided to wait until the next day to try again.  Again we unplugged the CMOS battery and then applied AC power.  Nothing.  We started to think about buying another computer.  It was now time to leave Ko Lanta.  I was a bit sad because we never did do a snorkeling trip here. Ah well the weather has changed and the rainy season has started.  It is now raining every afternoon.  We knew that tomorrow was the Thai Songkran holiday but we decided to go anyway.  
April 13 Ko Lanta - Trang. Songkran is the celebration of the Lunar New Year.  Budda images are bathed.  Thais sprinkle water everywhere and water is thrown about in large quantities.  We knew we would be targets on the bike but we thought hey this will be fun.  The first bucket of water landed on Tim at 10 am and it continued until we arrived in Trang where it was a full out water war.  It was quite fun but tiring to run the many gallants.  The road blocks got bigger and bigger. They would stop us and smear talc powder on us.  We had baby powder of various colors all over us by the end of the day.

We stayed at the Ko Teng Hostel in Trang for 380 B ( $9.40) it had air conditioning but no hot water.  Plenty of other places in town.

The ride.  We took the two ferries back to the mainland to cost was only 50 B ($1.28) each.  We took 4206 back 27 k  to highway 4.  Then we took hwy 4046 rather then Hwy 4 to Trang.

122 km
April 14 - 15 Trang.  We were up and ready to leave Trang early and decided to stay other day.  I was mentally tired.  We have been on a mental roller coaster with the computer.  In the evening Tim decided to pull out the computer.  He the battery in but no AC power.  He said I am just going to try it.  And Boom!  the lights came on.  We stared at the computer in disbelief and relief at the same time.  Wow, I can check my taxes.  We went down to the internet cafe and yes my taxes were accepted.  Whew, what a relief.  We stayed another day to get our house so to speak in order.  
April 16 Trang - Satun.  While waiting at the light on the way out of town we saw a cycle tourist ride by.  We saw him again at another intersection, we were going the same way but came to the same intersection from different directions.  We were close to catching up to the rider when I suddenly felt my rear tire go soft.  We pulled over to fix our tire. We noticed that the other bike tourist had a flat too.  That is when we met Claus from Germany.  We decided to ride together at least until La Ngu.  We we arrived in La Ngu and decided to ride to the next town a short 20 k away.  That way we could be closer to the land border crossing.  It turns out that there was no hotel past La Ngu.  We had to ride to Satun to find a place to stay.  It was a long day in the saddle. 152 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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November 22 - December 15, 2004
Thailand
Bangkok, to Aranyaprathet, Thailand

Cindie's Daily Journals
Thailand #1

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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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Cindie's Cambodia Daily Journal

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Cambodia: Poverty Does Not Equal Crime.

Best Place to see Pictures
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- 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

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Cindie's Online South Vietnam Journal

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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

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Cindie's Daily Journal for North 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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Three Years and Still Going

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Best Thumbnail Pictures of Guangxi, 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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Made in China: Free Birds in a Caged World!

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Pictures of 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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Beijing, China daily Blog and Journal

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Best and favorite pictures from 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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Yunnan daily blog - journal

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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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5-3-08 to 4-30-10
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