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Langkawi, Malaysia to Singapore
(April 18 - Sept. 15, 2006)


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April 18 Satun - Langkawi Island.  The ferry dock is 10 k from the town of Satun.  The ferry ride from Satun, Thailand to Langkawi, Malaysia was a quick hour and a half.  It cost 250 B ($6.40) each for the ticket and 50 B ($1.28) each for the bikes.  We brought our luggage on the boat and the bikes were loaded outside with the rest of the cargo.  Langkawi is an island that we know about through bicycle racing.  A large international race called the Tour of Langkawi is run every February.  A large number of European and North America teams use the race as a warm up to the racing season in Europe.

I did not expect Malaysia to be so different from Thailand but it was, at least at Langkawi.  Langkawi is a tourist destination and even has a large airport.  The first thing I noticed was all the birds on the island.  From the ferry terminal we road to Panti Cenang (Look out Beach), one of the beaches frequented by foreigners. We arrived at the beach area just as it began to rain, and rain hard it did. When the weather cleared we found a room at Langkawi Boutique hotel. They were out of the 60 R rooms and only had 80 R rooms left. Tim managed to bargain them down to 60 Ringets ($ 16.57)  The room was very nice, like having an apartment, we had a large king size bed, an living room area with a couch, hot shower, air conditioner (a must in this hot tropical climate) and a refrigerator.  Luxury to say the least.

The Malaysian currency is the Ringet.  The exchange rate we got at the bank in Kuan was 3.62 ringets to the dollar. Little did I know at the time we would watch the dollar slide against all currencies over the next month. This is particularly hard on a traveler.

27 km
April 19 - 23 Langkawi.  While on Langkawi we went to the Underwater Aquarium, a well done aquarium but the price is a bit steep for foreigners, our guide book said it was 18 R ($5) but when we got there it was 38 R ($10.50) for foreigners.  For locals it was 22 R, so if you know a local get them to buy your ticket.  The aquarium was quite nice and they had a nice exhibit on coral reef fish and do not forget to check out the penguins. They are in the process of adding more penguin exhibits.  I also checked out Bird Paradise, a small aviary with birds from the area.  It was nice to see the birds close up but I decided that I prefer to see them in the wild, flying from tree top to tree top.  It was particularly sad to see the large birds of prey stuck in a cage.  The highlight of the island for me was the many bike rides we took.  One day we circled a section of the island and covered 50 km.  We saw monkeys in the wild, large sea eagles, parrots, and squirrels.  We also met Greg, an American pilot that has moved to the island.  He showed us around the island and took us to a few nice restaurants with his girlfriend from Indonesia.  All and all a relaxing place to spend a few days.  We still have a few more stops before we get to the Cameron Highlands and work on our second book.  We are both looking forward to the break. Traveling is hard work and we are weary from changing countries again.  Although Malaysia is very modern and easy it is still a change.  
April 24 Langkawi - Penang.  We left late from our hotel and road in the rain all the way back to the ferry dock.  We were dressed in street clothes because we planned to take a boat trip and not ride much.  How I wished I had put my bike clothes on because we had to change out of our wet things before we got on the boat.  We had just enough time to change our clothes and hop on the boat.  This boat was bigger and had plenty of space for our luggage and bikes. Again we had to take everything apart. 25 km
April 25 Penang - Nebong Tebal 45 km
April 26 - May 2 Nebong Tebal  
May 3 - July 14 Nebong Tebal - Cameron Highlands by bus.  We stayed in the Cameron Highlands and worked on the second book.

Well we have been in Malaysia since April 18 and had to make a border run to get another 90 day visa.  For a country I did not know much about when I arrived I have learned to love the place.  It has turned in to my favorite country in Southeast Asia.  We have been taking a bit of a holiday from our bikes but we have been putting a lot of time in on the computer.  We have a lot of things still in the works like our second book about South America and our audio book for our first book should be ready soon. Well enough about work, it has to be really boring to read about.

First I want to tell you about Cameron Highlands, we stayed in an apartment there for 10 weeks.  It was high in the mountains and the temperature never changed much, we did not need an air conditioner or a heater. The area has some great jungle walks near Tanah Rata and Brinchang.  Vegetable gardens and strawberry farms are abound and I loved buying fresh vegetables on a weekly basis.  It is so nice to eat a raw carrot, something we have not been able to do in other parts of Asia because the water is not safe to drink.   Here in Malaysia it is and what a difference it makes.  I can rinse my toothbrush with tap water again.  So many travelers do not even think about it and rinse their toothbrush with potentially contaminated water and then wonder why they are sick.  Well it is in the water and you can not see it or taste it. Ok off the soap box.

 
July 14 -August 10 Parit Buntar (45 km from Butterworth) - Taiping.  On the road again.  I see from my last post that is has been a while since I have updated my journal. 

Once we left the highlands we stopped at our friend David's in Parit Buntar about 45 km southeast of Butterworth. We originally planned to stay for a week and ended up staying for three. Thank you David and your family for your hospitality.  You may wonder what we did for three weeks. There is more to do here than I would have ever guessed.  We started doing short bike rides with David.  The first day we rode past an Indian temple and they were having a festival to honor the snake god Naga.  It turned out that in a couple of weeks they would be doing a firewalking ceremony at the same temple.  Oh I could not wait, it is something that I always wanted to see. Why would anyone walk on fire?  Well I went searching for the answer and I am still not sure of the entire why.  All I know is that it sort of comes to you. Walking on fire takes preparation; usually no meat only vegetarian food for 3- 7 days before the fire walk.  Then you must sleep on the floor for three days, alone.  The day of the ceremony the priest checks to see if you are ready.  How he knows this is a mystery to me.  If you are ready then he will let you walk over the coals, if you are not ready the you walk around the coals three times and try again next time if you wish.  The priest himself walks over the fire twice at the beginning and once at the end of the ceremony.  The day of the ceremony we went to the Indian temple and had lunch, then we followed everyone back into the palm oil plantation to the snake god (Naga) temple. This was where all kinds of ceremonies were taking place. I can not begin to describe it.  Some people pierced their body to show there gratitude to god. It is a way of showing suffering or devotion, I am not sure which.  We saw a women have a small spear pierced through her tongue, she appeared to be in a trance at the time and remained in one until the completion of the fire walk some 5 hours later. There were also young men who had huge hooks pierce their skin on their back and someone else pull on them with reins, similar to the reins used on a horse.  Then there were the men who were not recognizable because of all the pierced hooks on their face and bodies.  Little did I know that they would be walking on fire later.  Meanwhile the drums and horns are beating out a rhythm that mesmerized everyone. Tim ran around with his camera and filmed parts here and there and will be making a short video of the fire walking ceremony.

Tim is also working on a video for David about his homestay. That short film will be ready before the fire walking ceremony.  Check out David's web page www.BicycleTouringMalaysia.com.  Tell him I said hello.

In the meantime I will be documenting the route we take to Singapore.  We will not be riding on route 1 unless we have to.  We will be taking the coastal road. Check back for updates if you will be taking the coastal route on the west side of Malaysia.

The ride - We rode southeast on Hwy. 1 towards Taiping.  We left at 3:00 pm.  We thought we would try riding in the afternoon.  Well it was hot and we had a headwind all the way to Taiping.  However, the terrain was flat and the traffic was medium to heavy.  We rode 40 km on Hwy 1 and turned left at the sign towards Taiping, traffic was lighter. We had one hill before town. At the bottom we took a right past the prison and museum and into town. There are many hotels to choose from.  We rode 53 km total and were exhausted from the heat and we were obviously out of shape from our 13 weeks off the bike. 

53 km
Aug 11 Taiping - Sitiawan.  We rode through a rural area which is predominately Malay.

The ride - It was 8 km to Hwy 1 from Taiping. We took a left towards Ipoh and 3.5 km later we took a right onto Hwy 60. There were no signs for 60 or Terong and we had to ask at the wood mill at the corner.  Traffic was medium to heavy on Hwy. 1.  We stayed on 60 to Terong and then took a right onto A103 towards Kuala Terong.  Then we took our first left, about 2-3 km onto A103 that turned into A101.  Traffic was light. (Highway 60 continues through the town of Terong and the terrain is hilly).  A101 is the coastal road and flat.  A101 turns to 60 a couple of kilometers north of Panti Remis. Panti Remis is about 90-95 km from David's house in Parit Buntar. We stayed on 60 until Port Lumut and took a left onto Hwy 5 and followed the signs to Sitiawan.  The terrain was rolling near Port Lumut.  There are hotels in Sitiawan at the western end of town.  Wind was light in the morning and either a cross wind or head wind after 10 am.

90 km
Aug 12 Sitiawan - Sabak Bernam.  We had an early start at sunrise it even was raining a little.  Traffic was light in the morning. This section is a bit more rural so we ate when we came across a restaurant.  Oh I do miss having David order food for us.  I had to figure out what we wanted.  Where are the veggies, seems to be a lack of veggies, all I could find was meat, fish, rice and eggs.  Oh I miss Indian food.  Sabak was an interesting town of Malays, there was no internet and the town felt very conservative overall. We did find an Indian Muslim restaurant that was quite good.

The ride - We stayed on Hwy 5 the entire day.  It was 49 km to a large bridge and then we took a right, we were still on Hwy 5. At 58 km we took a left at the light towards Sabak Bernam. At 74 km we took a right into the town of Sabak.  We passed the only hotel in town located on the left, Hotel Swan kee.  It had rooms for with a fan for 30 R ($8.25) and with air con 40 R ($10.98).  We had a room on the ground floor and we rolled our bikes in the room.

77 km
Aug 13 Sabak Bernam - Kuala Selangor.  Another early morning, we knew that we would have a short day today. Since it was Sunday morning traffic was light. The terrain was flat as well.  A most unfortunate incident happen about 10 km from Kuala Selangor.  I was riding out front and Tim was behind me on my right side.  We were traveling about 22 k an hour and a chicken ran out in front of me.  They usually run back towards the side of the road but this one ran into the road, then it ran past Tim and right into an oncoming car.  Suddenly I heard a boom, and out of the corner of my eye I saw feather flying everywhere, especially all over Tim.  Tim said he didn't think that a chicken had so many feathers, apparently the dead chicken went flying at him too.  The car never stopped and neither did we.  I felt bad about the chicken the rest of the day. We have been on the road a long time and that is the first chicken I have chased in front of a car.

This stretch part of Malaysia had more Mosques then anywhere else I have seen.  We pasted at least 10 mosques, that 1 every 6 km.  There mosques ranged in size from very small to very very large.

The town of Kuala Selangor is small, it is located right after the river on the right hand side, we missed the turn and had to double back.  We went for an evening stroll to Tamin Amal, a wildlife park about 500 meters from town. It was a pleasant walk through mangroves and it cost 2 R for a ticket.

The ride - We stayed on Hwy. 5.  The terrain was flat the entire way.  Traffic was light because it was Sunday morning.  We rode through Sungai Burong, Simpang Lima and Skinchan and the first two towns had hotels, the last town Skinchan was the largest but I saw only one hotel and it looked closed.  It would take a little hunting around to find a hotel there.

68 km
Aug 14 Kuala Selangor.  A rest day for the legs.  We went to Taman Alam Kuala Selangor.  Lonely Planet says that it is 2 km from town but it is only 0.5 km from town. The cost was 2 Ringets.  We went in the evening and the birdlife was amazing. We saw eagles, herons, storks and Ibis, and some other types of birds.  There is a concrete walk through the mangrove swamp which was interesting too.  We sat in one of the bird blinds and watched a King Fisher go fishing.  I would of thought he would have dived into the water gracefully but instead he did a type of belly flop. The larger storks and herons chased him away from the prime fishing grounds. We also saw a number of monitor lizards, naughty monkeys, I say naughty because one charged me hoping I would drop whatever food I may have in my hand. He scared me to death.  Tim had to chase him off.  We also saw crabs and a very large owl.  We did not make it to the firefly park, the weather was not very good.  However, you can go for 25 ringets per person and that can be arranged at Hotel Malawati Ria.  
Aug 15 Kuala Selangor - Banting.  We originally planned to ride half a day and stay in Klang.  However, the traffic was heavy and we chose to ride through the congested area to Banting. From Klang it is a short ride into Kuala Lumpur, we also chose to by pass that city as well.

The ride - The ride was flat except for highway overpasses and bridges.  Traffic was medium until we reached Kapar and heavy from Kapar to Banting.  We stayed on Hwy 5 the entire day except for a short distance on B1 through Klang. We followed Hwy 5 to Kapar and took a left at Kapar, you can go straight too.  We rode 5 km and then took a right through an industrial area, another 3 km and we took a left, went another km and took a right. We were now in Klang.  This is where we followed B1 for a short distance, do not go back to 5 it will take you back to Kapar. Once in Klang we followed the signs for Banting.  The good thing is the roads are signed well the bad thing is that it is congested and we ended up on an expressway of sorts and merged into traffic off of bridges a number of times. We always followed the signs to Banting and we never had to backtrack or pull out the more detailed map.  Once in Banting we had to ride to the western part of town to find a room.  We stayed in Hotel Petawlar or something like that for 40 Ringets ($11) we had a room with ac and private bath. There are some good restaurants around there as well. The wind was usually from the southwest and in our face.  It would be better to ride from Singapore north on the west side of the Malaysian Peninsula.

84 km
Aug 16 Banting - 12 km past Port Dickson (Panti Ria Hotel).  We started early and traffic was a little heavy in town.  It was a good thing we decided not to push on the day before because the only hotel accommodations we saw near the beach were 4 or 5 star hotels near a golf course.  We did see an interesting sign for a homestay 40 or 42 km from Banting. The sign was on the left heading south it was a huge yellow sign and it looked like it may have been in a traditional Malay village.  Sorry I did not write down the name.  We also saw a sign for a hotel on the beach 45 km from Banting, it looked pricy as well. From Port Dickson out to km 12 there were many resorts to stay in, we even saw one with a promotion of 100 ringets that included a meal voucher.  That is above our budget so we did not stay.  There were a number of motels around Panti Ria Hotel that were probably cheaper than the 50 Ringets we paid for a room with ac and private bath. I just didn't have the energy to look around.  The Chinese restaurants were pricy too, there are other more inexpensive Malay restaurants in the area.

The ride - The ride was flat until we reached Sepang and hilly from Sepang to Lukut between 25 and 8 km from Port Dickson.  The terrain was rolling from Port Dickson to km 12. The headwind was fierce (or maybe I was very tired) from Port Dickson to km 12. The entire ride was on Hwy 5.

92 km
Aug 17 Panti Ria Hotel - Melaka. We stayed on hwy 5 for 16 km and then took a right onto 143 towards Tanjung Agas.  The terrain was rolling until we turned onto 143 and flat to rolling from there to Melaka.  23.5 km from our start we turned left onto 138 and followed it back to hwy 5. this cut off 10 km for the day and we traveled through traditional Malay towns with traditional housing.  It may be possible to take a right and stay on 143, we did not go that way because a local said Melaka was the other way.  In hindsight I think it is 143 and comes back to Hwy 5 closer to Melaka.  Our map did not show this detail so we did not go that way. It is certainly a different way to investigate.  138 Ts into hwy 5 and we took a right, the terrain was rolling again and traffic picked up. Once the road was near the ocean the cross wind from the southwest was strong.  Once we were in Melaka we were detoured around china town with one way streets and ended up riding an extra couple of kilometers back to the center of town. So watch the signs and one way roads.

Once in Melaka I must have looked at 10 hotels. We planned to stay for a while and I was looking for something cheap. The Travelers Lodge and Shari Guest house would not allow us to keep our bikes in the room.  A number of other hotels in the area would not let us keep our bikes in the room either.  We finally ended up at Melaka Arasma Belia Youth Hostel where we could keep our bikes in the room. The room was large, clean with ac and private bath and pleasant staff. There is no curfew either. Across the street is a Chinese self serve restaurant where we could eat for 10 Ringets ($2.75) for the both of us.  The hostel was empty, I believe that there is an over abundance of  hostels and guesthouses in Melaka so accommodations are cheap.

72 km
9/7 We stayed in Melaka for quite some time wrapping up what we have been working on the last couple of months. The time to finish things just keeps extending.  The plus side was we had a opportunity to explore Melaka.  Some of the highlights for me included Bukit China hill, where 400 year old Chinese graves are located.  It is a nice 2.5 km loop around the hill, watch out for the Chinese runners.  We also found a dim sum shop across the street from Kling Mosque on harmony street, not much vegetarian here but a great place.  We also meandered around Kampong Chitty, the Straits Indian neighborhood and have a beer with the locals.  We had the opportunity to meet many local Malaysians this way.  The Malaysians are friendly and have treated us well.  They have always been very welcoming.  As a tourist it can be difficult to get away from the tourist area and really meet the locals, however, in Malaysia this has been easy to do.  Malaysia has not been overrun with tourists like other parts of southeast Asia so the locals have not been jaded. It took a while for me to realize that just because they spoke English did not mean they wanted money from me. For example, we went to the Hong Teng Chinese temple and were looking around.  I saw a man talking to other tourists, he was telling them about the history of the temple.  I could tell that they were confused and wanted to get away from him.  Later he came up to us an explained the history of the Tiger god temple. Fascinating.  He then continued to tell us more history on this very old temple.  I loved it and so did Tim.  We ended up talking to him so long that the temple closed.  We then went out to dinner with him at an Indian restaurant. Since we invited him we paid for dinner.  Turns out that Patrick was a local geography teacher and was a wealth of information.  He never once asked us for money.  It was never a consideration. These kinds of interactions really warm my heart and add so much more to my knowledge and experience of a country.  
9/7 Melaka - Batu Pahat. While we were in Melaka the weather changed and so did the wind.  When we arrived in Melaka the wind was coming from the southwest and into our face.  A couple of days before we left the wind shifted from the southwest to the northeast.  So when we left Melaka the wind was coming from the northeast and we had a tailwind.  The rainy season is also starting so we had a cloudy day and even had to stop at a bus stop to get out of the rain.  No complaints here because it cooled the day off.  The wind also played an important role in the history of Melaka.  When the wind was from the northeast the Chinese would sail into Melaka with their goods to sell, while the Indian traders used the same winds to get back to India.  When the winds changed the Chinese went back to China and the Indians arrived with their spices to trade. Fascinating stuff when you think about it.

The ride - Terrain is rolling the first 5 - 10 k from Melaka and then flat the rest of the way to Batu Pahat.  As we rode into Batu Pahat we took a right after the large mall and rode about 2 km and took another right into town.  We stayed at the Fairy Land Hotel for 35 R ($9.50) per night.  We liked the hotel because it had air conditioning and we could keep our bikes in the room.

108 km
9/8 Batu Pahat - Pontian Kechil.  It was suppose to be an easy 73 km today but the first thing we did was take a wrong turn out of town and ended up adding 5 km on to our trip.  We rode by many Muslim Mosques and Chinese Temples today, I was a bit sad knowing I would not see this again because we would be leaving Asia soon.  There wasn't a lot of places to stop and eat along the way, we were in a rural area with only a few restaurants. When we finally did stop it was like being in the twilight zone, another world.  There were no woman about only men and they were all characters, friendly thought.  One man showed up to the restaurant wearing a bright orange see through vest commonly used by road construction workers and a pair of speedo underwear, that was it, nothing else. Not something I expected to see in a Muslim area. Tim said to him, "Don't be shy now".  Then another guy shows up with a peg leg, he most likely lost his leg in a motorcycle accident and then another man walked in with coffee stains all over his clothes, like he was rolling in the stuff.  dododododo what will happen next.  The food was quite uneventful, fried chicken and rice.  No vegetable here.

We arrived in Pontian Kechil early and looked for a good restaurant and hotel.  The restaurant was easy to find but not the hotel.  The first hotel I looked at cost 55 Ringet ($15) and I thought that was high. Little did I know that it was a reasonable price, all the hotel prices were higher because we were now 80 km from the center of Singapore.  We ended up on the corner hotel where we took a left onto hwy 5.

The ride - Very hilly for the first 5 - 10 km out of Pontian Kechil, we could get up and over some of the hills if we had enough speed going down the other side.  Some of the hills were just too steep to get over quickly. The rest of the ride was flat until Pontian Kechil. We stayed on Highway 5 the entire day.

78 km
9/9 Pontian Kechil - Little India, Singapore  Our last day in Malaysia.

The ride -  We rode 23.5 km on Highway 5.  Then we took a right onto J7 to GP. At 33 k take J7 into GP follow J7 and go onto J4. At km42 take a left before the second link and go less then a kilometer, a rest area will be on the right. Follow the motorcycle signs into the rest area. Once you are in the rest area you are on the second link.  The Malaysian immigration is at 44 km.  I think that it is 5 km across the bridge to Singapore customs and immigration.  Traffic was light until we got to Orchard Rd. however, the drivers were very polite so it was easy riding in Singapore.  Little India is not far from Orchard rd.  In

 

We planned to ride over into Singapore on the Second Link.  The Second Link is the most western bridge.  I asked on Lonely Planet if anyone had ever ridden over Second Link.  I got a reply that Bicycles may be forbidden to ride across.  I looked on their web page and it did not say anything about bicycle and I sent an email a week before we planned to ride across and now one replied.  So we decided we would try it.  Before you consider going this way I must tell you, we learned the hard way that it is illegal to cross over the Second link into Singapore by bicycle.  We did not find this out until we were in Singapore. The Malaysian side stamped us out and let us ride over the bridge without paying a toll.  However when we arrived at Singapore customs and immigration we were quickly surrounded by police and taken to the office.  They detained us while they tried to figure out what to do with us.  The problem was that bicycles are not allowed on Expressways and the only way to get into Singapore is on the Expressway.  They told us to take the first exit off the expressway and ride through Singapore on surface roads. We rode a short distance on the Expressway (in fear of getting fined) and got off onto a secondary road as soon as we could). If it was not for the illegal part of this I would recommend riding this way but since it is not legal I do not recommend it.

80 km
9/9 - 9/15 Singapore.  In Singapore we could not find a bike shop that would box our bikes for the airplane.  We did get bike boxes from Technology Bike but they refused to box the bikes.  We also did some shopping in town.  People say the place to buy computer stuff is Sim Lim Towers, bargain hard there, I paid more than I should have. For honest prices and a wide range of selection for almost anything I recommend Mustafa Shopping center, it is located in little India and is 4 stories high with about anything you can imagine.  The highlight of our Singapore visit was we met up with our friend Andy again. We rode with him in Laos and parts of Thailand.  Andy rode from London to Singapore and arrived months earlier. I would say he landed in a good place and quickly got a job as an architect.  He plans to go to Australia sometime in the next year and we may meet up with him there. All week we went to some really good restaurants.  

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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.

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- 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.

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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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- 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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- 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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- 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

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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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