Saturday, April 17, 2010

Back from my travels and a good time was had by all! Met up in Bangkok with our friends who had gone a week before us and spent that time at the beach. We ended up staying 4 to 5 days in each of the following cities...Bangkok & Chang Mai in Thailand, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap in Cambodia, Luang Prabang in Laos and then Krabbi at the beaches of Thailand. Highlights include Angkor Wat for most amazing temple ruins, Luang Prabang as favorite town...temples, people, Mekong River, great food, lots of monks and easy to bike or walk around, Elephant sanctuary where the animals who used to work in logging now earn their keep taking people on rides through forest, fields and a lake...they are well taken care of and eventually retire there...they eat 150-250 kilos of food a day, floating city outside of Siem Reap where hundreds of people live on boats and barges and work together as a coop to ensure everyone is taken care of, Chang Mai with best tailor to have clothes made and a fab place to stay, called Small Hotel, Krabbi as fun place where we explored on motorcycle, went to 8 different islands for snorkelling, kayaking and sailing. Our last night was in Bangkok where the protests were...we saw them but seemed very organized and controlled. Other facts: it was freaking hot and steamy...always 35' but up to 39 and 40 by the time we left. Bangkok was really our least favorite as it is huge, with lots of traffic which drives way too fast, vendors spilling out onto sidewalks so not a walking city. I sum it up by saying Thailand (the cities at least) seems to exist because of us as most of the life revolves around selling us something whereas in Cambodia and Laos it seems we are just part of their life. Was an amazing experience and I hope you enjoy the following photos....

Friday, April 2, 2010

South East Asia travels

Me at Ankor Wat

Monks on their way to prayer


We rode an elephant!

Me snorkelling a big coral head in Thailand

Decorative offerings

Fishing boats

Market woman on Phi Phi Island

Tuk Tuk in Laos

City on the lake...Siem Reap, Cambodia

Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos



Take as much as you can on the bike!

Recycling is good!

making baby shoes

Bras! Bras! and more bras!

Packing up the market

Umbrella frames

Maker of umbrella frames

Bangkok Temple

Night market display

Monks watching monkeys

Cambodian fields of food

Cranes in oragami

Laos boat

Rubber trees

Dancer in Thailand


Temple in Chang Mail

Temple in Chang Mai

Prayer bells in Chang Mai

More photos to go with post below...enjoy!

Travels in SE Asia

A tree outside an auto garage.

Chang Mai Temple

Offering bowls

Chang Mai Temple

Laos waterfall

Kicking back in the turquoise water

Reclining Buddha

Doors to temple

Angkor Wat Magic Temple

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, Tuk Tuks and elephants

Angkor Wat moat

Statue in Bangkok

Wat (temple) in Bangkok

Black Buddha

Multiple Buddha's (12 more walls)

Monk at rest

Detail on temple

Offerings at temple

100' Reclining Buddha's foot

Detail of Bangkok temple


Show of force at the Bangkok protests.
Blue skies overhead

Longtail boats at Krabbi

The Island Life!

Fantastic Snorkeling

Tuk Tuk's

Urban landscape, Bangkok

Boat on the Klong in Bangkok