S: Southeast Asia May 2011
BC: "A journey is best measured in the company you keep, rather than the miles you log."
FC: Southeast Asia May 2011
1: Southeast Asia Bound!@ | Itinerary: Seoul Phnom Penh Siem Reap Bangkok Chiang Mai Koh Samui Phuket Koh Phi Phi | “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” — Jawaharal Nehru | May 14-June 5 2011
2: First Stop: Seoul, South Korea
3: Fresh street market seafood at 6am anyone?!
4: Palace ceremonies
5: Incredible architecture set beautifully at the foot of the mountains...
6: Quaint allies, delicious lunch, historical Korean museums, adapting to the "no shoe" culture, beautiful palaces and strange seafood candy.
7: This is Seoul, South Korea.
8: Destination: Phnom Penh, Cambodia | Silver River Hotel
9: Riverfront Street, where all the action takes place.
10: From 1975-1979, the Khmer Rouge regime overtook the Cambodian government and massacred over 2 million people. | Over 20,000 mass graves have since been uncovered revealing bones, skulls and clothing which are now contained in a monument to memoralize those genocide victims. | The Killing Fields
11: The Tuol Sleng genocide museum was formally a high school before being used as a security prison (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge communist regime in holding and torturing Cambodian government leaders. | S-21 Prison
12: Palaces, temples, buddhism, and repeat.
15: Universal Love Prayer from the Metta Sutta May all beings be filled with joy and peace. May all beings everywhere, The strong and the weak, The great and the small, The mean and the powerful, The short and the long, the subtle and the gross: May all beings everywhere, Seen and unseen, Dwelling far off or nearby, Being or waiting to become: May all be filled with lasting joy. Let no one deceive another, Let no one anywhere despise another, Let no one out of anger or resentment Wish suffering on anyone at all. Just as a mother with her own life Protects her child, her only child, from harm, So within yourself let grow A boundless love for all creatures. Let your love flow outward through the universe, To its height, its depth, its broad extent, A limitless love, without hatred or enmity. Then as you stand or walk, Sit or lie down, As long as you are awake, Strive for this with a one-pointed mind; Your life will bring heaven to earth. Namu Amida Buddha.
16: Stung Meanchey is a 100 acre toxic dump site where hundreds of Cambodians spend their days scavenging for means to survive. | An awesome organization was founded to provide meals, shelter, healthcare, education, and skills training to dump children, as well as jobs for the mothers.
17: "Pour un sourire d'Enfant" | (For a child's smile) | Students gained experience by running a restaurant and beauty parlor on site. | The PSE boys rugby team won the championship last year!
18: Next Stop: Siem Reap, Cambodia | The countryside of Cambodia traveling from Phnom Penh.
19: Mandalay Inn. First class service and neverending smiles.
20: Old Market, Pub Street, wounded vets playing...
21: ...balcony dinners, Angkor beer and delicious (dangersous!) street food.
22: Relaxing with massages, great Khmer food,cocktails and central
23: market shopping.
25: Apsara Dance: Traditional Khmer Cultural Dance
26: Built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. It is the world's largest religious building. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers.
27: Angkor Wat "City Temple"
32: Monkeying around with the Rhesus monkeys of Angkor Wat!
34: In the wet season, the Tonle Sap Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, swelling to an expansive 12,000 km2. During the dry half of the year the Lake shrinks to as small as 2500 km2, draining into the Tonle Sap River, which meanders southeast, eventually merging with the Mekong River at the 'chaktomuk' confluence of rivers opposite Phnom Penh The Lake is also an important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. In harmony with the specialized ecosystems, the human occupations at the edges of the lake is similarly distinctive - floating villages, towering stilted houses, huge fish traps, and an economy and way of life deeply intertwined with the lake, the fish, the wildlife and the cycles of rising and falling waters. | Boeung Tonle Sap Lake
36: Chong Khneas Floating Village
37: Khmer and Vietnamese communities
38: Vietnamese Orphanage
40: Bangkok, Thailand!
41: Suk 11 hostel, Sukhumvit
42: Central market and rooftop
43: swimming with great friends.
44: Bangkok Krung Thep Maha Nakhon "City of Angels"
47: The Grand Palace | The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. The present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently resides at Chitralada Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year.
48: Overnight train: Bangkok to Chiang Mai The best way to travel.
49: Chiang Mai () is the hub of Northern Thailand. With a population of over 170,000 in the city proper (but more than 1 million in the metropolitan area), it is Thailand's fifth-largest city. Located on a plain at an elevation of 316 m, surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, it is much greener and quieter than the capital, and has a cosmopolitan air and a significant expat population, factors which have led many from Bangkok to settle permanently in this "Rose of the North".
50: Saithong Guest House Old City, Chiang Mai
53: of the Gibbon | Ziplining through the mountainous rainforest of Chiang Mai
54: Elephant Trekking Chiang Dao, Thailand
56: Maenam Ping River Bamboo Rafting The Ping River was once a used as a major means of transportation between Northern Thailand and Bangkok.
58: Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is a martial art with origins in the ancient battlefield tactics of the Siamese (or Thai) army. It evolved from Krabi-Krabong, literally sword and baton, the hand-to-hand tactics of the Thai army. The early Muay Thai bouts pitted different companies within the Siamese army against each other with few rules and no weight divisions or time limits. Muay Thai is known as "King of the Ring" in kickboxing circles. These fights feature punches, kicks, elbows, knees, standing grappling and head-butts to wear down and knock out their opponent. Thai training methods develop devastating power, speed and superb cardio-vascular endurance as well as fighting spirit. | Muay Thai Boxing
60: Northern Thailand Waterfall hiking
63: Ko Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 35 km northeast of Surat Thani town (9N, 100E). The island measures some 25 km at its widest point. It is surrounded by about sixty other islands, which compose the Ang Thong Marine National Park (Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park) and include other tourist destinations (Ko Phangan, Ko Tao and Ko Nang Yuan). The central part of the island is an almost uninhabitable jungle mountain, Khao Pom, peaking at 635 m. The various lowland areas are connected together by a single 51 km road, running mostly along the coast to encircle the bulk of the island. The old capital is Nathon, on the southwest coast of the island. It remains the major port for fishing and inter-island transportation. Nathon is the seat of the regional government, and the true commercial hub of the Samui locals. It has a charming pace, and is almost small enough to walk everywhere. The old Chinese shop houses along the middle street whisper of an exotic history. | Koh Samui Island
64: First class, beach front living. | Marriott Renaissance Resort- Koh Samui
66: The hotel beach
68: The best street market on Koh Samui! | Lamai Beach
71: Scooting the island and climbing waterfalls.
72: Night life, Buddhist Ronald McDonald, street dancing and scooter taxis...
73: Chaweng | Fresh fruit smoothies, crepe carts, and seven-eleven Changs.
74: Mai Khao Beach, Phuket Island Marriott Renaissance
75: Greeted with cold towels and mint-lemon ice water- with a bottle of wine and fruit basket awaiting us... is this real life?
79: Ultimate luxury and relaxation.
80: Phuket to Koh Phi Phi Don
81: Koh Phi Phi was completely demolished in the tsunami of 2004, with over 700 lives lost Since then much of the infrastructure has been rebuilt. The island is still mostly desolate, ran by generators and the beaches and beachside bungalows are on ly accessible by long-tail boat. | Koh Phi Phi is made up of 6 islands lying 50km south-east of Phuket situated in the Krabi province and are part of Had Nopparattara – Koh Phi Phi National Park in the Andaman Sea; covering a total area of about 150 Sq Miles it is the home to an abundance of corals, marine life, limestone mountains, caves and long white sandy beaches. The main island of Phi Phi Don is the only island of the 6 with permanent inhabitants, being only 28 sq km: 8 km in length and 3.5 km wide
82: Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort A quaint, beachside bungalow nestled on the edge of the jungle. Primitive peace and tranquility.
84: Koh Phi Phi Leh Maya Beach
85: Viking Cave dive site | ...Anddd a proposal!!
86: Who says the island is only accessible by boat? Hiking to our bungalow.! | The view of the harbor and town.
87: Finance, fiance, fiance...shout it from the mountaintop!
90: Last stop: Patong Beach, Phuket Thailand | Patong Beach (Thai ) refers to the beach and town on Phuket's west coast. It is the main tourist resort in Phuket. It contains an important center of Phuket's nightlife and is the center of inexpensive shopping on the island. The beach became popular with Western tourists, especially Europeans, in the late 1980s. Patong Beach is famous for its nightlife and 3.5-kilometer beach that runs the entire length of Patong’s western side. Nightlife is centered on two main areas Bangla Road and 'Paradise Complex',
91: 'mai pen rai' (Don't worry, be happy)
92: "Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. " | ”If at some point you don’t ask yourself, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ then you’re not doing it right.” — Roland Gau | The greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” — Bill Bryson | “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Andre Gide | Oh, we can't forget about the travel beard...
93: “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” — Rosalia de Castro | Phuket, Thailand to Kentucky, USA | 22 days. 3 countries. 5 cities. 3 islands. Infinite memories. | “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert | “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” — Dutch proverb