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Coronavirus Did we get the coronavirus? It was a joke among the four of us, Ken Louise, Ray and myself. Maybe it wasn’t that funny. When we left on our south-east Asia trip on January 21, the coronavirus outbreak was just hitting the news. It had been around for  a couple of months, but no […]

Railay Beach, Thailand

Railay Beach, Thailand

Railay Beach, Thailand Located about an hour by long-tail boat from Krabi, Thailand Railay Beach is a backpackers dream. We are arriving on a large ferry from Koh Lanta. Within view of Railay a long boat met us to take us to shore. Jumping out of the boat right into the ocean, we waded to […]

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Ahhhh…. After a month of trains, planes, buses, boats and scooters through 3 countries, it’s time for a little vacation.  A week on the beach is just what the husband ordered. Koh Lanta Koh means island in Thai. Lanta is in the middle of the Andaman Sea, accessible only by boat. It’s a relatively large […]

Adventure on the Andaman Sea

Adventure on the Andaman Sea

Snorkeling Thailand “Sometimes the only difference between an adventure and an ordeal is your state of mind.” Not everyone enjoyed crossing the wild Andaman Sea on a long-tail boat as much as I did. The wild rocking and rolling of the old wooden boat and the walls of water pouring over the side and over […]

The Killing Fields – Cambodia’s Bloody Legacy

The Killing Fields – Cambodia’s Bloody Legacy

We are travelling into Cambodia from Ho Chi Minh City by road, a five hour drive, so we can stop in Phnom Penh and visit The Killing Fields. Our “luxury” van Is filled with an interesting group. Murray is a travelling Brit. Yo and his son are currently exiled from China, their flights home canceled because […]

Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam’s cosmopolitan centre Saigon, renamed Ho Chi Minh City in 1976 is the country’s largest city. 13,5 million people call it home. On first impression, Saigon appears modern, clean and orderly, but spend a few days here and pretty soon the Vietnam will shine through. Traffic The roads in Saigon’s downtown are wide and pretty, […]

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, I don’t want to leave you yet. Thank you for your hospitality. Ho Chi Minh is calling, but only because I have flights booked. Even our arrival here is something to write about. We got off the train in de Nang dirty and tired and hopped on the back of a couple of […]

Vietnam’s Reunification Train

Vietnam’s Reunification Train

There’s no one train in Vietnam called the reunification train, the term refers to the north-south track itself. The express train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is not a tourist attraction. Expect to feel the life of Vietnam if you spend time aboard. History This rail line was built by the French and […]

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

I’m using the gentle ocean breeze wafting into our private cabin aboard the Glory Legend junk boat to dry my laundry. We’ve blown off the morning activities to instead relax and catch up. We’ve left the noise and congestion of Hanoi for this incredibly peaceful sanctuary. Last night we slept with the door cracked open, […]

Hanoi

Hanoi

8 million people,and at least as many scooters call Hanoi home, “beep, beep, beep … “ a walk through this beautiful, noisy chaotic city is a travellers dream! There’s a beautiful lake on the edge of old town, with a wide walking boulevard built for strolling. We joined in with throngs of people all enjoying […]

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Sorting through a life

It looked like junk just piled up in the garage. If we’d been in a hurry there might just have been a few dump runs. But we’re not in a hurry. We have been given the entire summer to sort through four decades of our life together. Almost every dusty box reveals treasures, memories …  […]