Category Archives: Southeast Asia


The rooms are not fancy but the floors and walls are wood, perfectly varnished, furnished with everything one needs, and clean. The hot water works, the aircon works, the breakfast is ample and excellent, the staff is quiet and lovely, and there is a small garden area if you would rather be outside than in your room hiding from the afternoon Yangon heat. Continue reading

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Inching Across Burma – Bagan to Inle (Kalaw)

via the locals bus.  Surprisingly, the actual bus we would ride in was the vehicle which came to my hotel at 3:30 am.  After gathering up the pre-booked passengers throughout Nyaung U, it parked by the market where it was … Continue reading

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Written while in Myanmar, posted while in Myanmar and italicized comments added later. In Myanmar, the internet is gradually becoming more widely available and efficient.  In Yangon it is quite easy to find.  It may run quite well, depending on … Continue reading

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Mandalay – Streets

Middle of the night, all is mostly quiet.  A few nights ago I was awakened around 1 am by the distant, persistent sounds of festival music.  Last night it was dogs barking, street dogs for there is virtually no other … Continue reading

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From Mandalay

Hello my travel along friends. Just a quick note from Mandalay to let you know that all is well.  I have been filling every day easily – more than filling them actually.  I will be here three more days

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dead dog lying by the side of the road

From Mandalay, Myanmar     Jan 27, 2011 A few times here I have seen a dog lying dead by the side of the street.  Tonight it was a man. 

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Farewell Bangkok

A few more images from Thailand, as I ready myself to fly on to Burma. Thewet Market (primarily vegetables, meat and fish) is on the right of the canal (khlong).  The Thewet Flower Market is on the left. Thewet Market … Continue reading

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My guesthouse is in such an interesting neighborhood.The busy main street, runs north-south, and is a half block away.  It teems with all manner of traffic, dominated by the madcap buses of Bangkok. 

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The Thais like their food hot, really hot. 

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Bangkok – old and new

To get my Myanmar visa I’d had to go to a part of Bangkok which was new to me.  Since we would need to return to the embassy later that afternoon to pick our passports,  Justin and I jumped back … Continue reading

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Evolution of the Plan – Myanmar

I’d headed for Southeast Asia with a vague sort of a plan in mind.  I have been fascinated with the idea of seeing Burma. Because it has been an impossible destination, because friends who have gone before have been so … Continue reading

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24 hours

I had thought that these initial few days in Bangkok would be a wasted down-time, but it is quickly taking on another form entirely.  It is different if you are traveling for just a few weeks with a frenetic schedule … Continue reading

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back in Bangkok

I am back, a year later.  Much has changed in me, but nothing much has changed in Bangkok.  A few political demonstrations later, a few needless deaths, nothing has changed.

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Transiting through Japan

2011, start of a two month trip to southeast Asia. This is a smoking area in the Frankfurt, Germany airport. Yes, I am in Germany instead of Japan. Certainly not the most direct way to go from San Francisco to … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia

beckons, seduces. Thailand. Continuing on from last year when the Thai portion was: Bangkok – one week at the start, a half week at the end Ayutthaya – minivan day trip Aranya Prathet – minivan to the Cambodian border And … Continue reading

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