As we continue to enjoy traveling, we continue to appreciate how much people are the same around the world.  Living conditions may be radically different, scenery and climate may vary, but peoples of this earth are united in hope for our children and our children's children ... that they may have food in their stomachs, clean water to drink,  clothing, a roof over their heads, education and peace with their neighbours.  May we all take time to count our blessings.

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as we recall An Asian Experience through pictures and journal entries.

Begin at  October 19 - 23, 2005

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VIETNAM

From countryside fields and small villages to western-style Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is changing.  We wish we had gone five years (or more) ago.  I

If you are thinking of visiting Vietnam, our recommendation would be - go NOW !

Our 2005 Asian Experience started in Hanoi then on to Ha Long, back to Hanoi then Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City with day trips to the Mekong Delta and Cu Chi area.

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October 19 - 23, 2005

          

CAMBODIA

Our time in Cambodia, whose people are still suffering the effects of recent "troubles", was limited to a short day in Phnom Penh and two days in the Siem Reap / Angkor Wat area.  

Brief as it was, Cambodia left a lasting impression.   

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October 30 - November 1, 2005

                          

THAILAND

Whether on a tour or on our own Thailand was a very comfortable country to visit.  The people are friendly with wonderful smiles.  The sights vary greatly from busy Bangkok to the tropical beaches of tiny Koh Phi Phi Lai. 

Some say two days in Bangkok are plenty; we spent five days there and could have stayed longer (and we typically enjoy countrysides over cities).

From Bangkok we ventured out on our own to Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and Krabi.   A wonderful time.

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Bangkok

Thailand south of Bangkok

                            

HONG KONG

The hub of the Orient, Hong Kong was a positive experience.  For those whose prefer large cities, Hong Kong should be high on their list. 

We very much enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of this remarkable city.   Walking and public transit are easy and rewarding ways to experience Hong Kong. 

  Hong Kong  

 

                                      

CONNECTIONS

As independent travelers, we were a little apprehensive about taking an organized tour, however, for our Asian Experience we engaged several travel companies to guide us through portions of our trip.  The results were positive. 

Click on Connections for a list of some of the companies and people we worked with before and during our Asian Experience.