Category Archives: Southeast Asia

Time Passages – a gallery of unplaced photos

To ease my impatience for new material between journeys, this post will feature some of the photos which are still awaiting their proper positions. So here we go – Sapa, Vietnam, where one can spend weeks and never see the … Continue reading

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Soppong – market and villages

My first of two mornings in the village turns out to be the one day each week that most of the local people come down from the surrounding hill villages. They come both to sell what they produce and to … Continue reading

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Pangmapha-Soppong

The next town of any size west of Pai is about two hours of twists and hairpins farther. To get to Soppong, or Pangmapha as it is also known, one either gets a seat in a minivan heading for Mae … Continue reading

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Pai

Not so long ago Pai was an amazing place to visit. I suppose it may still be, but for a different group of travelers now than formerly. The relatively remote Pai has now been ‘discovered,’ and its character greatly altered.  … Continue reading

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Northwestern Thailand – the Mae Hong Son Loop

Oh to travel with no time restrictions, but no, I have only three weeks to dip my toes into northern Thailand. The enticement of the Mae Hong Son road is calling. Rumors of twists and turns and an escape from … Continue reading

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Chiang Mai – The Markets

One of the features which makes Chiang Mai so interesting is its markets – from the tourist oriented Night Bazaar and the Saturday and Sunday Walking streets, to the Talat Warorot, the oldest market in the city.  Located along the … Continue reading

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Chiang Mai – activities and diversions

I mentioned earlier that Chiang Mai seems to have something for everyone.  Had I had unlimited time to explore northern Thailand, I’d have stayed much longer

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a silver temple, and a Chinese

Well, I did say Chiang Mai had temples. So just a few more before we leave Chiang Mai to explore the Mae Hong Son loop road that climbs and winds through the far northwest of Thailand. Barely outside the Old … Continue reading

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More Temples – mountain top and forest

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep overlooks Chang Mai from the top of the mountain  west of the city.  One can reach the top of the mountain (Doi Suthep) by car or taxi, or by shared songthaew.  Some intrepid souls bicycle the … Continue reading

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Chiang Mai – the temples

Despite hearing in advance that Chiang Mai has enough temples that even the most dedicated temple-spotter will be fully satisfied, their density and variety was still amazing. I had a list of temples I particularly wanted to see, yet I … Continue reading

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Chiang Mai – feet on the ground

Much like google crawls the web – that is how I explore a new location.  With some initial destination in mind, and vaguely mindful of how to find my way back to where I began, I head out.  On foot, … Continue reading

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arriving in long anticipated Chiang Mai

All the superlatives one hears about Chiang Mai are true. What had always struck me about Chiang Mai is that it is so strongly recommended by travelers with so many different interests and priorities.  The city lovers and the city … Continue reading

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Central Thailand – Sukhothai

Old City Sukhothai dates from 1238 and was built in area previously ruled by the Khymer. Southeast Asia has undergone layers of change with dominant civilizations in continuous flux. Continue reading

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Yangon – Downtown Streets

In Yangon, near the downtown, the side streets are lined with apartments stacked almost always exactly seven floors above the ground level. At the front is a porch area, usually hanging with drying laundry, mostly barred, and also with barred windows.  … Continue reading

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Yangon – All That Glitters

The stunning golden side of Yangon -the Karaweik Palace is a concrete reproduction of a royal barge

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