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Mekong Delta

Filed under: Vietnam — she_travels at 2:33 pm on Monday, February 23, 2009

While in Saigon I started to feel the pressure of getting back to Bangkok on time to catch my flight to Los Angeles. There were several things I wanted to see before leaving this area, one was parts of the Mekong Delta, another was a visit to Phu Quoc island. Because I was running out of time I asked a tour agent to sort it out.  I paid her for the two day Delta tour, two nights in Rach Gia on either end of a three day visit to Phu Quoc, ferry tickets to Phu Quoc and an airline ticket from Rach Gia to Bangkok two days before my flight out. All I had to worry about the next week was finding a place on Phu Quoc to sleep.

Many pics of  the Mekong Delta follow. Water, water every where!

Fishing boats being loaded with ice. See the bricks in the middle if the image, they are on a conveyor belt.

So, many kinds of conveyance!

I love this one!

Floating market. See the pole at the top of  the image, it tells everyone that sell Pineapple.

This pole as many more items on it cause this groups of boats is selling all kinds of things.

Floating bar/beverage.

The boat in the middle is empty, the two on either side are full of sand. The eyes on the boats are to frighten away sea monsters.

At the moment this seems to be the last of the South East Asia pics I have re sized and uploaded. I think I was so overwhelmed by the number of photos I had I got lost. I will look for more.

Savannakhet, Laos

Filed under: Laos,Photos,SEA,SunSet — she_travels at 10:17 am on Monday, February 16, 2009

I enjoyed my time in Savannakhet. 

I understand  the town was bombed and occupied by the Thai armed forces during the French-Thai war. I do not know if that is why the town has a feel of being something much grander than what it is now. 

Bits of town: 

And yet, there is some money about.

I was standing in the road in front of  this house, behind me is the Mekong River. 

The other side of the river is Thailand.

Yet another sunset to add to the collection. 

Well, fiddle sticks… I seem to have lost track of the photos I uploaded and those I have not, lost my order. Dang and this was going so well.

Thailand to Pak Vang, Laos

Filed under: Laos,Photos,SEA — she_travels at 11:32 am on Sunday, February 15, 2009

If one goggles “slow boat,  Mekong River” many pages of travel logs, advice and photos appear. The reason for this?  It is one of the  few ways to travel from the north of Thailand to anywhere in Laos. The Mekong is between the two countries and a major route for both tourists and locals living along it’s banks.  Being pretty much sick and tired of buses and mini vans, I choose the two day slow boat.  The stories I heard of the offered fast boat were more danger filled than I was willing to experience, they flip, often.

AS much as I travel nilly willy, I do some amount of research before leaving the states. I knew  going in the boats are PACKED with people and stuff. I also knew many people complained about the seats being hard. Not to worry about my bottom,  I travel with my pillow and a variety of plastic bags. Mom had gone to the night market in Chang Rai the night before to get dinner, I asked her to pick up two orders of chicken strips as boating food. A couple bottles of water with breakfast and I would be set.

Mom was with me in Thailand for three weeks, she went back to the states the same morning I was to start the slow boat adventure. As I remember,  she left the guest house several hours before I did, Oh wait, she went  the night before to hop a plane to Bangkok so she could check in for her flight home at five am.

I, like so many others,  had arranged a mini van to pick me up at the guest house in Chang Rai. They were to take me to the Thai border for an exit stamp, across the Mekong to the Lao side for a visa into Laos then on to the river boat which was to be my home for eight hours one day and ten hours the next. We were to stop for the night in a place called Pak Veng.

Behind my seat in the slow boat. You can see most of us are western tourists. The guys  in brown shirts were both Thai, one was a tour guide experiencing this trip so he could better sell the it to the rest of us.

In front of me, the people you see sitting lower next to the man in the white shirt are Lao, they joined us along the river to hop off long before we did.

Close to sunset we landed in Pak Vang for the evening. Pics of the river from the hill the village sat on.

From the outside bunch O boats like the one we were on .

The Village of Pak Vang. See the monks in the orange robes along the road? They are making their way up begging for food, the two ladies in the front of the picture, one in a red-ish skirt the other in a brown one, both have containers I have noticed during my travels. The containers are chock a block full of cooked sticky rice. When the monks were closer, the ladies with bowed heads, not looking at the monks,  took a heaping handful of rice from the container and placed it in a pouch each monk was carrying.

I spend the night in the guest house directly behind me. There was a lady out front making sandwiches for those of us boarding the boat this morning. With the influence from the french ages ago, one may purchase something akin to a sub sandwich about anywhere in Laos.

I was waiting in the boat I was pointed to, mind you it was not the boat I stepped off of the evening  before. This child was so very intent on what ever she was doing she didn’t notice me snap the picture. I believe this boat was her family’s home.

The last of Pek Vang, the white spots on the hill toward the right of the pic are village buildings. Ahh and yes, see the sun came out the second day. Did I mention, I was in South East Asia during rainy season?

Cambodia

Filed under: Cambodia,Photos,SEA — she_travels at 4:51 pm on Monday, November 17, 2008

The Gateway to  Preah Ang Tho, a colorful shrine that attracts Buddhist pilgrims from throughout Cambodia. Long ago, a sleeping Buddha was carved here onto the side of a single, massive stone. Over the centuries, the sacred image has slowly risen above the eroding jungle floor so that it may now be viewed only by climbing a narrow ladder.*** Seems they found way to carve a set of stairs in the rock..I don’t remember a ladder.

People making donations from the new tile in the temple above.

I was on the Temple platform.

The other side.

Lotus flowers to leave in and around the Budda in the temple.

The River of 1000 Lingas, a powerful sacred site for Cambodians, even today. Close to a kilometer of living stone lining the stream bed has been sculpted with hundreds of stone lingas (Hindu phallic carvings), a legacy of 9th century God-kings, and a reminder that this forest was an important spiritual center even before Angkor Wat. Downstream, the carvings culminate at the edge of a magnificent waterfall. If you visit on a weekend, the place will be filled with Cambodians who come for ritual baths in the river, often taking some of its holy water home with them. This is still a holy place for Khmer.

The top of the waterfall.  If it is look familiar perhaps you saw Tomb Raider,  Lady Croft was standing there and jumped,  in the first movie.

One of our guides sitting in the hut where we had lunch, you can see the river front of him.

Endings

Filed under: Endings,SEA,Thailand — she_travels at 9:45 pm on Sunday, June 29, 2008

Whew! Last day in Bangkok, last day in South East Asia.

Quick thoughts before going to find some food…

*I don’t think anyone should come to this part of the world and not see Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

*History lessons from friends you meet along the way are grand.

*Vietnam is not all jungle and I may go back one day.

*The beaches I saw in Thailand do not compare to Roatan.

*The Mekong river is HUGE! It truly is hot and humid!

I begin the crazy that is the route to Colorado at 330 am July 1st, tonight, or tomorrow depending on how you look at. I travel a hour by bus to the airport, check in at 530, wait til 830 to board, fly 4.5 hours to Taiwan, wait 2 hours to board another plane, (this is the rough one) 13 hours to LAX, wait 7 hours to board the last leg of the journey, 2.5 hours to land in Denver just past midnight.

Thirty-seven hours and 13 time zones.  WHEW! Pray for me!

Hmm wonder if my math is correct?

My phone should be working when I land LA, it will be 2pm LA time.

I promise to get started on the photos sooner than later.