Phuket to Koh Samui

Phuket to Koh Samui

Well, we all know that moving day is a pain in the neck and this was one of the worst. In a moment of insanity we had decided that the way we wanted to get from Phuket, an island off the west coast, to Koh Samui, an island off the east coast, was by bus then ferry so we could see more of the country and, no joke, save ourselves $40. We know you are all laughing at us and…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

There are so many things unique to the areas that we have been visiting. When electricity and phone lines no longer work they just string up another line so you have crazy jumbles of mostly nonfunctional wires. With the exchange rate of 22,000 dong in Vietnam equalling $1 everyone is a millionaire! This is $200 Food glorious food! Steaming, tasty Pho, scrambled egg on rice paper cooked over a few coals on the street, Com Ga-chicken and rice, fresh spring…

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Loving Langkawi

Loving Langkawi

Langkawi  is a small island off the north western coast of Malaysia and what a stunner this island is. The beaches are beyond beyond. Warm water, soft sand, interesting wildlife and we have had lots of sun. We’ve been here for two weeks and have not lain in the sand-we are living in the water- two hours in the morning at”our beach” (see below) and two hours in “our pool.” Midday we are out of the sun lazing at our…

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Singapore-the temple of Consumerism

Singapore-the temple of Consumerism

Wow-from the moment your plane touches down in Singapore your mouth is hanging open. The architecture is beyond belief, the over the topness of everything- it is all one of a kind. We hit the ground walking bright and early for our one day in Singapore. When we asked for directions our concierge said “you’re walking?” Little did we know. The heat and brick wall of humidity combined made for a 99 degree day-not a great one for strolling. By…

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Cambodia Ruins Galore

Cambodia Ruins Galore

Too bad for Kathy, her long awaited day was delayed. Up all night sick as a dog from who knows what and barely able to lift her head off the pillow as the 8:30 departure time she stayed at the hotel to sleep it off. Carol spent the day with Kay going over the history of the south gate Angkor Thom City. The center piece of this Wat (temple) was Bayon. The Bayon is known for it’s Khmer temple with…

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Siem Reap Cambodia

Siem Reap Cambodia

Siem Reap means Thai Defeat. For a country that historically is involved in constantly trying to defend it’s borders it is hard to understand how it can feel so peaceful and serene and calm and welcoming. The moment we stepped off the plane and were met by Kay we felt embraced by Cambodia. Wanting to make the most of our time there we immediately drove to the countryside for a boat trip to Tonke Sap Lake- Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater…

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Ho Chi Minh aka Saigon

Ho Chi Minh aka Saigon

Off to Ho Chi Minh-met by our guide Jun after another quick in country flight and wasting no time we were wisked off to the Tan Dinh church aka the Pink Church-a Catholic Church in the center of Saigon. The church has no particular significence other than being pink and is open only for masses. Actually until about three years ago it was a boring color. The powers in charge decided to paint it pink-now it is on everyone’s must…

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Hue

Hue

The temples and pagodas of Hue are plentiful and very impressive and our guide Hui had lots of info about them all (just don’t ask us to remember it all!) The Imperial Citadel grounds are immense and beautiful in a simple serene way with a huge moat surrounding it. The tiles on the Vietnamese roofs Come in a variety of styles and are a beautiful architectural detail. These are called ying yang tiles because they nestle into one another and…

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