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Thailand: Landing in a Whole New World.

December 24, 2004
(Sent From Siem Reap, Cambodia)


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Thailand was my first introduction to traveling in Asia.  We could have started anywhere in Southeast Asia with an international airport.  After some research we chose Thailand because it provided a softer culture shock than say landing in Laos or Cambodia.  The area we visited was modern and welcoming but sadly we only saw a three week sample before we reached Cambodia.   I found Thailand mysteriously appealing and wanted to visit longer.  I must be patient and wait until we return in a year.

Our Asia plans, are to ride into Vietnam from Cambodia in a couple weeks.  Vietnam has a reputation for excellent bicycle riding.  We will spend two months riding north through Vietnam along the coastline.  Cindie pre-arranged our Chinese Visas in the USA and we have between 6 - 9 months of riding time.  By mid-summer we plan to be in northern China and visiting the Great Wall.  Eventually winter will chases us south into Laos which is a place that I never thought I would ride a bike.  Continuing south will bring us back into Thailand.  All this will require 12 months but I will finally get an incredible ride from top to bottom in Thailand.  We also consider Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and then on to Australia as continuing possibilities.  Our plans are always expected to be changed but this route takes advantage of the best weather and seems logical at this point.  Come along with us through our web site and see how it all turns out.

I have received several emails requesting information about our new Koga bikes.  It has been hard to finish this page because we are back down the road and typing in hotel rooms again.  The page that explaining our new touring rigs is finished and can be found at:

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Thailand: Landing in a Whole New World

When our plane touched down in Bangkok we could identify our luggage quickly, ours is cardboard boxes covered in duct tape.  We used disposable cardboard boxes to consolidate our eight panniers to the allowed two pieces of luggage.  Everyone else had modern luggage with designer labels and little wheels.   A Canadian couple, we met on the long flight, told us that we would not be allowed to enter Thailand because we only had one way tickets.  We unexpectedly sailed through Thailand's customs with no questions about papers for the bikes or computer but hit the anticipated scrutiny with immigration.  Before they would stamp our passports in with the free thirty day tourist visa they wanted to know how and when we were leaving.  Apparently, Thailand has a problem with international hippie types staying on the beaches until they are broke and stuck in their country.  We must have looked the part with one way tickets and tattered cardboard luggage.  When the official questioned us about our lack of a departure tickets I explained that we would leave Thailand by cycling across the border into Cambodia.  They had no problem with that and stamped us in.

Cindie set up our hotel and transport on the internet from the USA weeks ago.  We expected to be met by a uniformed driver holding a sign that said "Travis" but we were stood up.  We waited for a long time and must have looked distressed because an official from the Thailand Tourist Agency offered help.  We showed her our printout of the hotel and arranged ride.  She found a new ride for us and our bikes to the hotel.  When I went to enter the passenger side of the mini van I found a steering wheel.  This was the first time I realized Thailand drives on the left side of the road and the cars are set up opposite from what I know.  The driver must have seen this mistake before and had a big laugh.  I switched to the left side of van and we were whisked away to our hotel.

Bangkok, Thailand

After 27 hours of airports and flying from Indianapolis we finally arrived half way around the world in Bangkok, Thailand.  It was unreal to land and have my wristwatch read 12 noon and the local time be 12 midnight. Our internal clocks were half a day off.  Jet lag!  The first two days were spent sleeping at weird times and trying to stay awake when the sun was up.

Once we were adjusted we ventured out into Bangkok and saw some of the many sights.  Bangkok is a large city of nine million and centuries of history.  We made excursions to the king's palace and the royal barge museum that housed ancient barges.  These long boats had many sets of oars and transported royalty.  The barges were opulent with every space decorated with detailed carvings covered in gold and rubies.   Thais love their royal family of past and present.  Billboard portraits of the current King, Queen, or both can been seen along the roads big and small.

We also visited several Buddhist temples or "Wats" as they are called here.  Wats consist of groups of beautifully decorated buildings with ornate statues of Buddha's sitting, standing or reclining.  Buddhist monks could be seen meditating with their shaved heads, bare feet, and bright orange robes.  They appear to live a simple life devoted to study and prayer with few personal possessions.  This was my first experience with a religion outsides the boundaries of Christianity.  I admittedly knew very little about this unique way of life but I was drawn to its doctrine of nonviolence and peacefulness.  It was indeed different from the religions I had observed in North and South America.  I was excited to think that this religion, in its various forms, would be observed during the next several months as we ride through Southeast Asia.

An unexpected gift found us through fellow bike tourists from Thailand.  Wan and Mou are a couple from Thailand traveling around the world who are currently in the USA, thaibikeworld.com.  Through email, they introduced us to a twenty-five year old Thai cyclist living in Bangkok named Yu (pronounced "you").  He emailed us with his cell phone number and brief introduction.  He worked for a company that leads groups of foreigners on bicycle trips in Thailand and Southeast Asia, the name of the tour company is Spice Roads.  Yu had taught himself English only six years earlier but was now fluent due to study and hours of practice with people on his tours.  We called his cell phone and he answered while riding his bike through Bangkok's congested traffic.  He knew of our hotel and came over.  We knew who he was as soon as he walked in.  He had bike gloves and shoes on with a detached handlebar bag under his arm.  His legs were knotted with the muscles of a man who has seen many kilometers despite his lack of age.  We have met total cyclists in almost every country we had visited and it is always a lot of fun.  Cycling is a sport that transcends international boundaries and cultures.  Yu was dreaming about his own world bicycle tour and made preparations daily.  I believe he will realize his dream because it is the sole focus of his life at this time.  That is what it takes to live out ones dream.  He reminded me of myself before we left on our own trip. 

Yu took us to a top end bike shop called Probike, probike.co.th it has everything a cyclist needs from qualified mechanics to Lance Armstrong posters.  The owner spoke English and offered to help us if we ever had bike trouble.  Yu offered to lead us out of Bangkok and we set a time to meet on the morning we left.

Riding Out of Bangkok: When the Right Side is the Wrong Side.

Leaving Bangkok on our new bikes was like the very first day of our trip two and a half years before when we left our home in Prescott, Arizona.  Back then all of our gear was new and unfamiliar.  During our break in the USA we replaced most of our equipment. We now have two new Koga World Traveler touring bicycles and two complete sets of Ortlieb bike panniers (saddle bags).  We did not have the time to ride the bikes before we left the USA except around the parking lot of the bike shop and had never mounted the panniers.  Our first ride with this new gear would be out of the largest city that we had ever ridden.  What worried us the most was the completely unfamiliar traffic pattern of driving on the left hand side of the road instead of the right hand side that North and South America use.  I had never ridden on the left and it went against all of my instincts.  To complicate matters we were out of shape and overweight, again.

As we rolled out of the hotel lobby and on to the unfamiliar roads of Bangkok I kept repeating "stay to the left - stay to the left" in my head.  I heard Cindie, behind me, actually saying it out loud.  When we came to the first intersection I instinctively looked to the left, saw that it was clear and went.  In this country traffic comes from the right when crossing streets and I nearly got hit.  I made a mental note of this difference.  Certainly mistakes made in high speed traffic can not be repeated to often without serious consequences.

We were very fortunate to have Yu guide us out of town.  I am sure we would not have found the correct road.  A large amount of the confusion, besides riding on the left, was the thousands of motor scooters buzzing in unpredictable directions.  At every stop light we were surrounded by noisy scooters with families of three and four people each.  Usually the driver was talking on a cell phone.  In fact, everyone in Bangkok seemed to talk on the phone while they drove.  Even Yu's phone rang several times as he led us down the busy road.  He had an elaborate "hands free" system so he could steer, shift, brake, and talk all at the same time.  We felt behind the times in this high tech world.

Yu took us fifty kilometers before we stopped to eat at an open air restaurant.  Cindie and I both thought we were still in Bangkok but Yu told us that we had left the city over two hours earlier.  The industrial outskirts of Bangkok seemed to go on forever.  After a rest and long conversation with Yu about the dos and don'ts of Thai customs we said goodbye to our new friend.  He will be missed but we have plans of returning to Thailand in a year.  We are always saying goodbye to the most extraordinary people.

Not more than two kilometer after separating from Yu I rode over a sliver of metal that pushed three centimeters (about an inch) into my tire.  This is hauntingly like our first day out of Prescott, Arizona when I had a similar flat.  I pushed my bike under the shade of a furniture store and began the task of locating all of the necessary items that I hastily packed the night before.  I was no better organized on this day than I was on our very first day.  Some lessons I never seem to learn.  I have learned a long time ago that a traveler has to "go with the flow" and I composed myself and concentrated on the task at hand.  A nice salesman, from the furniture shop, anticipated my problem and brought me a pair of needle nose pliers to pull out the piece of metal.  I looked up the Thai word for "thank you" but pronounced it so poorly that I had to have him read it from my book.  He gave me a quick lesson on how to pronounce this phrase and we were back on the road struggling in the hottest part of the day.

We rode into the town of Chonburi which was supposed to have several hotels and be our first day destination.  This is when we realized that we could not read Thai and few signs were in English outside the tourist areas of Bangkok.  We looked at the squiggles of Thai script and were completely lost.  We did not know how to ask any of the thousands of people around us for help.  First, we looked up the word "hotel" and "please" in our phrase book but no one understood our bad pronunciation.  Next, we tried to memorize the first few character of "hotel" in Thai script. Thai letters are completely different than the letters of Spanish or English.    I resorted to using the back of a white business card to underline the word "hotel" in our phrase book and showed it to people.  They would have an expression of nurturing concern and point us further down the road.  Finally I saw the word hotel on a sign in English.  Cindie went in to secure us a room, after saying hello in Thai to the hotel clerk, she pointed at different words and numbers in our phrase book and agreed on a room.  The hotel staff helped us one at a time into the elevator and we were off to our first night of hundreds to come on the Asian roads.  After that I hung on to our little phrase book with extra care.  It covers the seven or so languages we will encounter in Southeast Asia and is far more necessary than I originally thought.

From Chonburi we rode to our first Thai beach, Pattaya and then on to Ko Samet National Park.  Ko Samet is an island and required a boat ride to reach.  On the island we kicked back in a tropical paradise.  We removed our bags and went on a long mountain bike ride across the island.  On the way back to the mainland the boat was smaller than the one we took out.  It did not have a wooden ramp so our bikes had to be loaded over the side of the boat.  There was a moment when my bike was being passed over and a gust of wind hit the heavy boat.  My bike was hanging over the ocean and the heavy wooden boat was slowly going out to sea.  I had to pull my entire rig back on the dock, I came close loosing my bike or at least would have had a good story to tell about fishing it out of the ocean.

Universal Communication

I always look for ways to interact with locals, but few Thai outside the tourist areas spoke conversational English.  This did not matter because what really made Thailand great was the Thai people themselves.  They have a reputation throughout the world of being friendly and cheerful.  The Thais call Thailand "The land of many smiles" and I have seen several hundred first hand.  My main love of travel is to meet the people of the world and the Thai are some of the most fun loving people I have interacted with.  They have an unstoppable sense of humor.  They love a good joke.  For example, while waiting at a red light with the usual pack of motor scooters, I like to pretend that I can't start my imaginary bicycle engine.  They jokingly offer me tools or pretend to push start me.  They laugh so hard that they miss the start of the green light.

All this interaction confirms something I believe to be true.  Although we can be very different in physical characteristics, languages, and cultures we all have the same wants, needs, dislikes, and the occasional thing we hate.  Parents want their children to grow up with the best opportunities, teachers want their students to learn, workers want the work day to end, and everyone admires a job well done and honesty.  These similarities are the language we all speak and the only language I have to communicate with until I learn more.

Experimenting with the Local Food

We had really been enjoying the great Thai food.  Thailand quickly beat all of Latin America for good food.  For me the only close competitors are the fantastic steaks in Argentina and the great traditional Mexican dishes.  We had settled into a routine of waking up at 5 am and hitting the road by 7 am.  This way we rode in the coolness of the morning hours.  By the time 11 am arrived the street venders started cooking lunch.  The variety of smells and textures of Thai food are dazzling.  At about US$0.50 a plate we had no choice but to stop several times to eat.  We seldom made more than a hand full of kilometers once the eating began.

During an overnight stop in Klaeng we had our first experience with just how different the food and culture is in Thailand compared to our own.  We had already secured a room and were on the street at a large makeshift restaurant.  Cindie and I have different approaches to experimenting with the local food, she is always looking for something new to try while I like to stick with what I know is good.  Cindie always gives me a sample off her plate and when I like something she has I add it to my list of things to eat.  Please remember that the language barrier reduces ordering to looking into simmering woks and pots and pointing at what we want or repeating traditional favorites.  In Klaeng Cindie ordered a reddish meat that looked to be peppered or otherwise covered in seasonings.  It smelled good and was served with rice and vegetables.  I ordered Pad Thai because I already knew that I liked rice noodles, vegetables, spicy seasonings, and pork.  We both enjoyed our food and sampled from each others plates.  Cindie's dish tasted good but I could not place the origin of the meat.  When I went back to order seconds I asked the woman what it was.  I was thinking about ordering the same.  I opened my trusty phrase book, pointed at the red meat, and then at the list of meats in the book like Pork, beef, and chicken.  I could tell that she understood my question but could not find the answer.  I rephrased my question.  I pointed at the pot with the red meat and made the "Mooo Moooo" sound that a cow makes.  She indicated "no".  I then made the "Oink Oink" sound a pig makes.  It was no again.  Next, to save me the embarrassment of going through the whole barnyard like a pre-school child, she made a "Herrrrr Herrrr" sound.  I was not sure what that meant.  She saw my confusion and then made the "Herrrrr Herrrr" sound while scrapping her foot on the ground.  I stood there frozen in fear.  I now knew the answer to my question about the red meat.  She thought I was still confused because of my silence and started to act it out again but I stopped her before she yelled "High-O Silver - Away"!  I discovered that the red meat was horse.  I switched back to ordering Pad Thai and returned to the table where Cindie was sitting and saw the whole exchange.  "Tim, please tell me that I did not just eat a horse."  I jokingly told her that I doubted that it was a whole horse because that would feed a hundred people.  I added that the horse could not have been a race horse; well, at least not a very fast race horse.  Cindie looked sick.  She grew up working in a horse stable and loves them very much to this day.  My Pad Thai was delivered.  I gave the lady an "Oink Oink" and thumbs up just to double check.  She returned a smile and an "Oink Oink" which indicated "yes".  Cindie could not speak much for hours.  From that day on, whenever we ride past a horse pulling a plow or wagon I mimic "Herrrrr Herrrr" and ask Cindie "Do you remember that time in Thailand back in 2004....."

We learned to be more careful before ordering.  A few days later we saw such delicacies like fried maggots and cockroaches.  I was glad that they are recognizable by shape because nobody can imitate the sound that a cockroach makes.

As a geologist Cindie is naturally drawn to gemstones.  Chantaburi is seldom visited by foreign tourists but it is one of the worlds most important gem trading cities.  Our guide book said that more than 60% of the worlds rubies pass through a few blocks of this city.  We spent a two days resting in town and wandered around bazaars where piles of expensive gemstones were being bought and sold at fluctuating market values.  The only thing that kept Cindie from buying her own mound of gems was living on the bicycle.  She is very practical and knows that gems and bikes don't mix well.

We rode over some low-lying mountains before reaching the Thai/Cambodian border.  At the start of the first climb, we expected it to be like the mountains we had grown used to in the Andes.  We settled into listening to music and spinning on our bikes to the top.  The effort was over in a couple hours and painless.  We discovered that just because there were mountains indicated on our map it does not mean that they take days to climb.  My altimeter watch is practically useless here.  We arrived at Aranya Prathet and the Cambodian border and made preparations to enter the undeveloped and war torn country of Cambodia.  We heard reports that it had bad roads, land mines, and widespread poverty.

Happy Holidays to all,

Tim Travis
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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INDEX #3: SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to 9-15-06

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

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

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

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

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


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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Thailand #1

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

LETTER Thailand: Landing in a Whole New World.

Best Place to see Pictures
Thailand Thumbnail Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

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


 

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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Cindie's Cambodia Daily Journal

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Cambodia: Poverty Does Not Equal Crime.

Best Place to see Pictures
Cambodia Thumbnail Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

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

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


 

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

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

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)

Best Place to see Pictures
South Vietnam Thumbnails

Full size Picture Pages

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


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

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

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)

Best Place to see Pictures
North Vietnam Thumbnail Pictures.

Full size Picture Pages

- 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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Finally in China!

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Three Years and Still Going

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

Full size Picture Pages

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


 

May 22 - June 27, 2005

  Guizhou and Hunan, China
Congjiang to Zhangjiajie National Park China

Cindie's Daily Journals
Guizhou, China

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Made in China: Free Birds in a Caged World!

Best Place to see Pictures
Pictures of Guizhou, China.

Full size Picture Pages

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


 

(June 28 - July 15, 2005)

Beijing, China

Cindie's Daily Journals
Beijing, China daily Blog and Journal

Best Place to see Pictures
Best and favorite pictures from Beijing, China

Full size Picture Pages

- 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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Cindie's Inner Mongolia and Shanxi, China daily journal (blog)

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
The Many Faces of China: Inner Mongolia and Shanxi, Provinces.!

Best Place to see Pictures
Thumbnail pictures from Inner Mongolia, China.

Full size Picture Pages

- 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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Sichuan Blog

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Into Occupied Territory: Tibet!

Best Place to see Pictures
Sichuan Thumbnail Photos

Full size Picture Pages

- 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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Yunnan daily blog - journal

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Out of China: slipping past the watchful eye of censorship.

Best Place to see Pictures
Yunnan thumbnail photos

Full size Picture Pages

- 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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Laos daily blog journal

Click here for our first downloadable video called
 "LAOS: VIDEO POSTCARDS FROM THE ROAD.

Best Place to see Pictures
Laos Thumbnail pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- 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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Northeast Thailand Blog and Daily Journal

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Four Years DownTheRoad!

Best Place to see Pictures
Northeast Thailand Thumbnail Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- 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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Cindie's latest daily journal for South Thailand.  Now with over 4 years of entries!

5 minute Thailand Video
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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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- 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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