We drove from Yangon (Rangoon) 179 miles by bus to our embarkation point in Pyay (Prome).  Along the 2 lane “highway” bordered by rice fields and canals on each side, we made frequent stops at thatched roof toll stops and a gilded stupa in every village.  Before we started our …

27 September 2014  Uncategorized

Temples. stupas, longyi clad men and women and laughing children formed a mosaic as Kathy, my MT nurse daughter, and I traveled with 30 Australians on the Pandaw Katha River Cruiser while the mighty, muddy Irrawaddy snaked its way into the heart of Myanmaer.
Starting with an afternoon tour in Yangon …

21 September 2014  Uncategorized

Proceeding with our tour we visited Banyan Temple built in 1181 A.D. to honor both Buddhists and Hindus.  It’s surrounded by a moat which is as wide as two football fields.  In the afternoon, Kathy went on a trek in the jungle with Mack to Ta Prohm Temple which is …

12 September 2014  Uncategorized

This was our full day seeing the temples.  In order to get into Angkor Wat, each person has to be photographed for security.  Mack, our guide arranged for us to start the day with an elephant ride.  I had to climb some ladder steps to a platform with our driver …

8 September 2014  Uncategorized

Siem Reap, the home of Angkor Wat, is considered a major city in Cambodia with over a million residents; however, it resembles a rural village in the U.S. with dirt side streets and only basics for sale. MANY bikes, motor bikes, motorcycles, some cars, trucks and “tuk-tuks” (open air 2-4 …

31 August 2014  Uncategorized

Today our river cruise on the Mekong ended so the crew members hoisted our luggage on their backs and shoulders to climb the dirt trail with hand dug steps up a steep embankment.  Even though Kathy and I started up the trail, several crew members rushed to assist me and …

26 August 2014  Uncategorized

For our afternoon bus trip I decided to try walking up the steep embankment with Kathy’s help; however, 2 crew members rushed to assist my endeavor.  Neville had a chair for me to go back to the boat.      When Pauli, our guide, said that we were visiting the …

20 August 2014  Uncategorized

We cast off before breakfast for Kampong Cham and the Khmer river community of Preak Bankang which is famous for its weaving production.  The majority of boats on the river are fishing; however, there are some cargo and dredge vessels.  My morning lecture notes state that fish is the main …

8 August 2014  Uncategorized

Today I waved goodbye to the group who was going to visit the Kampong Tralach Pagoda; however, Neville, our Tour Director, arranged for 4 crew members to carry me up the very steep bank with tiny toe hold in a deck chair.  Before I knew it, I was sitting in …

29 July 2014  Uncategorized

Our group took a tri-shaw ride(passenger sits in front of the cyclist) for a city tour of Phnom Penh , Cambodia, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda(with dragon tails on roof corners to protect against evil and guarantee Prosperity) and National Museum which includes the world’s largest collection of classical …

29 July 2014  Uncategorized
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