S: Heather and Rachelle's Adventure in South East Asia
FC: South East Asia 2008
1: Hong Kong, Northern Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Southern Thailand | Back Packing through South East Asia
2: Hong Kong
3: Christie and I stopped in Hong Kong for 4 days on our way to South East Asia. We went to Repulse Bay, Ocean Park, Wong Tai Sin Temple and Chi Lin Nunnery
4: A Thai Tuk Tuk | Northern Thailand | We arrived in Bangkok January 12, 2009 where we met Warren. We stayed there for a couple days then headed up to the tallest Mt. in Thailand with the largest Temple for the King. We left Chiang Mai and went on a 4 day trek through the jungle to a Thai Village. We rode elephants and went on a bamboo raft. Back in Chiang Mai Christie and I took a very cool Thai cooking class. We then headed to Pai for another 4 days.
5: Our Trek through a Thai Village
6: We Went to the Stupas, which is a temple for people to worship the King. It is constructed on the highest peak of the Doi Inthanon Mountain at the height of 2,142 meters above sea level.
7: While we were in Chiang Mai, Christie and I took an amazing Thai cooking course where we learned to make curry, spring rolls, and my favorite, mango sticky rice....yummy! | While we were in Chiang Mai we went to one of the worst zoos I have ever seen. Animals neglected, it was very sad. You could even touch some of the animals, like the hippo. The picture below is not zoomed in
8: From Pai in Northern Thailand we took the slow boat to Laos along the Mekong River for 14 hours. The boat had more people than seats, so we had to sit in the engine room. From Luang Probang we drove through the mountains to Vang Viene, here we tubed down a river and through some caves. We then kayaked down to Vientiane. | Laos
10: Driving through different villages | Spent my birthday Go Carting with no helmets and indoors
11: F O U R T H O U S A N D I S L A N D S
12: Cambodia | Laos | Cambodia | Thailand | Cambodia was an eye opening experience. Young children begging for money and sleeping outside. In Siem Reap we visited Angkor Wat, which was an empire in the 12th century. This is the most amazing attraction I have ever been to. Next we went to Phom Penh and Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Complex) which was very disturbing. 17000 prisoners were held here and only 12 survived and many were tortured before execution. They were buried at the killing fields in mass graves.
13: Angkor Wat
14: Angkor Bayon Temple
15: Angkor Ta Prohm Temple
16: V I E T N A M
17: Vietnam was one of our favorite places. We arrived in Ho Chi Minh City and right away we noticed the affect the Vietnam war and agent orange still has on the community. A lot of people were missing a limb or two, or a spine. We traveled down the Mekong Delta to a floating market. The Cu Chi Tunnels were very interesting, our tour guide was a Vietnamese who fought with the Americans, he explained both sides to us. In Dalat we went waterfall repelling down 25m waterfalls. We went on a 5 days trip on the back of motorcycles along the Ho Chi Minh trail, through lush green countryside. An awesome experience. We arrived in Hanoi and traveled to Halong Bay, which is a world heritage site. The 500 year old islets are limestone and number in thousands.
18: Ho Chi Minh City | Cyclone | Chinese New Years
19: Mekong Delta
20: Dalat Waterfall Repelling
21: The Cu Chi Tunnels are a network of underground Tunnels that run under most of Vietnam. The Viet Cong used these during the Vietnamese war for supplies, hospitals, living, and transportation. The Viet Cong designed the tunnels to start big enough for an American soldiers to fit in and gradually gets smaller and smaller so they get stuck. The Vietnamese were very cleaver, they fought in thongs made from tire rubber and made the tacks look like they were going one way, while actually they were going the other way. | Cu Chi Tunnels
22: Phu Quoc Island
23: Easy Rider Adventures
24: We learned.... | How to pick rice.. | How to make bricks.. | How to make rubber.. | How to make rice paper
25: Transportation... | Taxi.. | Cyclone.. | Durain vehicle.. | Tractor.. | Rubber vehicle
27: Along the Ho Chi Minh Trail
31: H A L O N G B A Y
32: Bowling in Pattaya Koh Samet | Southern Thialand
33: Koh Chang Jungle Trek | Our Tour Guide
34: K O H P H I P H I | S N O R K E L I N G
35: Koh Samui
36: Paradise Island
37: "The Beach"
38: Diving in Koh Tao
40: "The Water Festival" The traditional Thai New Years is celebrated from the 13th - 15th of April. During this time Thais and tourists roam the street with buckets of water or water guns and drench each other. Traditionally, this was to wash all the bad away.