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By Cruise & Land Jul 11

Ha Long Bay (2)By Cruise & Land
I do recommend adding pre & post and segments to a cruise for a fuller, richer experience. On the Mekong River cruise, your options would include Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Siem Reap & Ho Chi Minh City as intriguing land extensions.
photo of Ha Long Bay courtesy of AmaWaterways

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Exotic Escape: Mekong River Cruise Jul 10

EXOTIC ESCAPE: Cambodia & Vietnam
VIDEO PREVIEW: The AmaLotus is your floating hotel on the Mekong River

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Exotic Escape: Cambodia & Vietnam Jul 09

EXOTIC ESCAPE: Cambodia & Vietnam
VIDEO PREVIEW of a cruise on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia

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Portraits of Paradise Jul 08

Portraits of Paradise
River cruises in SE Asia offer the same benefits as in Europe but with a very different landscape: intimate, immersive, all-inclusive. Does a more exotic destination appeal to you?
photo of Cambodia courtesy of AmaWaterways

Cambodia (2)

Asian Design
Note that La Marguerite still offers the very-popular balcony staterooms but it has a slightly different design than the European river vessels. What do you notice?
photo of La Marguerite courtesy of AmaWaterways

LaMarguerite

Comfort & Elegance
Both La Marguerite & her sister ship AmaLotus were built specifically for cruising on the Mekong River. I’m not sure I’d ever want to leave my stateroom. Would you?
photo courtesy of AmaWaterways

LaMarguerite stateroom (2)

A Little Pampering
After a full day of local sightseeing, doesn’t a relaxing massage sound simply wonderful?
photo of the spa suite courtesy of AMaWaterways

Spa SE Asia cruises (2)

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Exotic Escape: China Jul 05

Exotic Escape: China
Just a quick glimpse of cruise tours available with the Yangzte River. Uniworld is a boutique river cruise line.

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Exotic Escape: River Cruises Jun 26

FAQ: Are there river cruises in other parts of the world?
Yes! On the Nile River in Egypt & the Chobe River in Botswana, Africa. The Amazon River in Brazil, South America. The Yangzte River in China & Mekong River in Southeast Asia.
Are YOU intrigued by any of these exotic choices?

Vietnam(2)

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Highlights of 2009: Khao Sok, Thailand Jan 22

This an excerpt from the Thailand Virtual Tour.
See Archives October 2009 for the entire tour.

Day 22: Elephant Trek
“It’s time to saddle up but it ain’t no Arizona dude ranch and this ain’t no pony ride”.

 It’s a bit tricky to climb onto a full size elephant. Fortunately, they have constructed a platform at just the right height so you can step across and settle into the howdah or chair fairly easily.

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Helen, Elehant Hills

 

 

Then, you just have to hang on because it’s a wobbly ride. Taking photographs was challenging with the natural swaying motion from side to side and an occasional detour off the path for an elephant snack.

I’m going to let you enjoy the view as we trek through the jungle.

group #4, Elephant Hills

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Highlights of 2009: Chiang Mai, Thailand Jan 20

This an excerpt from the Thailand Virtual Tour.
See Archives October 2009 for the entire tour.

Day 16: Tak Bat

It’s 6am. It’s predawn. Why would anyone be boarding a small van to go to a fitness park at this hour? No, we’re not going to run a marathon or even a 10K, not even a 5K. We’re on a mission.

thailand-t2-fam-3631We need to arrive before the tak bat or early morning procession of Buddhist monks from their temple. This ritual is the daily opportunity for people, local residents and foreign visitors alike, to offer alms to the orange-robed monks. The monks have no worldly possessions and rely on the generosity of others for their needs. These offerings are the only food and drink they will receive for the entire day.

The monks walk single file down the sidewalk in one direction, stopping when signaled by those offering alms. The owners of Window of Thailand have once again worked overtime, preparing dozens of food bundles for us to give to the monks. They briefly described the thoughtful selection of home cooked foodstuffs contained in each. It cleared demonstrated their care and compassion for others.

Since women are prohibited from direct contact with the male monks, we were instructed to carefully place our small wrapped packages into the center of the recipient’s food bowl. We would then kneel to receive their blessing in unison.

Once they were finished chanting, they would continue on in formation to the next person or persons, eventually returning along the same route back to the temple.

thailand-t2-fam-3681I zoomed in and framed a perfect shot of a simple and elegant bowl just as the young monk turned and started to walk away. Just a moment too late. At first, I was going to discard it. It was not the still photo I had intended to take. It still intrigues me as an unintentional “action” shot.

You may call it blurry. Tell me what YOU think.

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Highlights of 2009: Bangkok, Thailand Jan 18

This an excerpt from the Thailand Virtual Tour.
See Archives October 2009 for the entire tour.

Day 2: Spirit House

Thailand T2 FAM 075As you approach a building, you may notice an intricately carved miniature replica of a house or temple displayed on a pedestal. Typically, these are made of teak wood or stone. In the animist traditions of Thailand, this is placed within the compound as a residence for the protective spirits that watch over the home or business. This particular spirit house sits on the grounds of the Bangkok Shangri-la Hotel.

 

 

 

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A doorman heralds us at the front entrance with an elaborate gong. The beautiful Shangri-la Hotel enjoys a riverfront location directly on the Chao Phraya. The two connecting wings are set within a jungle of lush tropical plants and flowers. Our upper floor balcony offers fantastic river views in both directions. 

 

 

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Let’s go down to the lounge and enjoy a drink while the butler unpacks our things. I’m thinking we should swing by the stylish Chi Spa. I know they specialize in ancient himalyan and chinese treatments. We should schedule appointments for a jet lag recovery massage, don’t you think?

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Day 25: Farewell Siam Oct 31

Normally, I don’t take pictures of food because it difficult to capture it in all its glorious detail. But I was so impressed by the lavish Sunday Brunch served at Banyan Tree that I asked the general manager for permission to photograph elements of it without disturbing the guests. They offered a  broad selection of international cuisine, all artfully presented. I was again reminded of that attention to detail I had seen throughout my journey as well as the fact that we had enjoyed consistently wonderful meals in every region.

Take  a look for yourself.

tea selection at Banyan Tree

tea selection at Banyan Tree

market station

market station

Japanese condiments

Japanese condiments

Well, it still doesn’t do justice to it but you get the idea and we are now out of time on this tour. Island-hopping from Phuket to to Koh Samui, Krabi or Phi Phi Island will have to wait until another month as we bid adieu to beautiful Thailand and her gracious people.

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