Whistler, British Columbia: It’s Not Just a Winter Destination!

Visit a ski resort in the summer?  Absolutely!  Whistler, in the Canadian province of British Columbia, is a classic example. In addition to hiking and mountain biking, one can enjoy a sunny day strolling along the car-free pedestrian core of the town.  Flowers bloom luxuriantly everywhere, and travelers pack the outdoor restaurants and bars.  We … More Whistler, British Columbia: It’s Not Just a Winter Destination!

Vancouver, BC

Our tour of the Pacific Northwest started in Vancouver, British Columbia.  This city is perhaps best known to travelers as the port of origin for cruise ships heading to Alaska.  Maybe you are one of the cruisers who has seen the cruise terminal at Canada Place, with its iconic roof designed to look like a … More Vancouver, BC

Angkor Wat and more

We flew to Siem Reap, Cambodia, with high anticipation of seeing the famous archaeological sites including Angkor Wat.  But first, we toured Tonle Sap Lake to see how the local people live in floating villages.  Modern amenities are lacking, to say the least. Then it was on to the fabulous ancient holy city of Angkor. … More Angkor Wat and more

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We left Vientiane, Laos and flew to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.  The royal palace was opened in 1870.  The buildings and grounds are meticulously maintained.  This is a popular attraction with locals and foreign tourists alike. The city has a population of around 3 million.  As with all of the cities we visited … More Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Vientiane, Laos

Leaving Luang Prabang, we flew south to the capital city of Vientiane.  The city center has wide boulevards and green spaces, a legacy of the French colonial period. The previous photo was taken from the top of this structure, the Patuxay Victory Gate Monument. If you think it looks somewhat like the Arc de Triomphe in … More Vientiane, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

As we enter a new country, we begin as usual with the regional map, courtesy of Google, to get oriented. Laos was our favorite country on this 5-country tour of Souteast Asia.  It was the pleasant and kind nature of the people that we remember the most.  We flew to Luang Prabang, in the mountainous north, to … More Luang Prabang, Laos

Bangkok, Thailand

Here is a regional map, thanks again to Google.   We did not visit the north of Thailand, known for forests and elephants, nor the far south, known for beaches.  Our time was spent in and around Bangkok. Like many of the places we visited on this adventure, the Bangkok region is a mixture of … More Bangkok, Thailand

Myanmar: Mandalay and the Irrawaddy River

Mandalay is the second-largest city  in Myanmar with a population of approximately 1.2 million.  It was the last royal capital and is considered the center of Burmese culture.  The former royal palace complex occupies a prominent place in the city center, with a square footprint measuring a mind-boggling two miles on each side.  The complex is complete with … More Myanmar: Mandalay and the Irrawaddy River