Travelblog Posts

In early 2012, I spent a few months travelling around Australia and Southeast Asia—Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and several weeks in Viet Nam. Viet Nam is a special place for me. First, I wasn't sent there during the US invasion, so I was able to go with clean hands. Second, the resistance of the Vietnamese people to domination by many powers—China, Japan, France, and the US—was, and continues to be, heroic. (I agree they have their problems.) Will they be able to resist the most powerful force in history, capitalism? Remains to be seen.

I wrote several weblog postings about my experiences there, and published some photos. Even though by now they're pretty old, they might be of interest to people who are planning a trip to that part of the world. I especially recommend "My week in Hà Nội," quite the adventure, which has received many favourable comments.

Just for old times sake, I've left this section in the format / colour scheme of the first eight years of this site. Enjoy!

Culture shock in Bangkok

Nine hours in the air to Hong Kong, and then a mad rush through the HK "transfers" area.

Arrived at the transfer zone just as about 500 Asians arrived from a flight from somewhere, so I ended up at the end of quite the line-up. But it snaked around quite nicely...

Bangkok photos finally posted

Finally worked through Bangkok/Chiangmai internet imbroglios, and posted my photos from Bangkok (mercifully few, since one of my tasks in Bangkok was to arrange for repairs to my camera).

Bangkok: Mostly business, not pleasure

My next big Bangkok adventure (provided you've got a low threshhold for adventure) was to find my way to the building that houses Nikon's sales and service centre for all of Thailand.

One week in Chiangmai

It's been quite a week, often too busy to pay attention to the need to blog. Mostly I've been in deep training to become a better motorcycle rider, which requires a lot of driving on lots of curvy roads. More on that later.

I arrived at Chiangmai airport around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 5th. I was in Chiangmai to meet my friend...

Chiangmai observations

I've posted some photos from my second week in Chiangmai, but haven't finished the weblog posting from that time period as yet. It's proving fairly difficult to write, because it deals with some disturbing subject matter that may well have repercussions for people who will continue to live in Chiangmai long after I'm gone. Hopefully this can be resolved soon.

In the meantime, some random observations:

A second week in Chiangmai and environs

There is a deep pall over Chiangmai the last few days, a smoke so pervasive you can't see the mountain that towers over the city. If you go up the mountain, you'll reach a "view spot," the sign for which should read, "Another place you can't see anything."

Maybe photographers have taken photographs of Chiangmai in the past—it's a fascinating city, once the seat of the Lanna Kingdom, one of the three kingdoms that joined to make Siam. But ...

Farewell to Chiangmai

A highlight of my third week in Chiangmai was the visit of Wanissa, a very good friend of MF.

Wanissa is a radiological technician at a hospital in Rayong, an industrial city in central Thailand a couple of hours east of Bangkok. She's been there for three years...

Bangkok weekend

I flew back to Bangkok on February 24th to spend the weekend before heading to Hanoi. I planned for it to be largely uneventful—restful, if possible.

And so it was. Dinner, beer, music, rest. Except...

My week in Ha Noi

Landing in Ha Noi was a bit of a shock. From 34C in Bangkok to 14C in the Socialist Republic was quite a change in temperature over 1.5 hours.

Fortunately, my ride to the hotel met me at the arrivals area and I didn't have to shiver for too long.

Hue, the citadel, the tunnels

Standing in the middle of Trang Tien bridge over the Perfume River, I was suddenly almost overwhelmed by the realization I was in the midst of so much history.

Hue, the Imperial city, seat of the Nguyen dynasty, one of the seats of the Champa Kingdom, once capital of "French" Indochina, and site of some of the most brutal fighting...

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