Laos, Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Luang Prabang Province in northern Laos, lies in a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was the royal capital of the country until 1975. It’s known for its many Buddhist temples, including the gilded Wat Xieng Thong, dating to the 16th century, and Wat Mai, once the residence of the head of Laotian Buddhism. We stayed in the delightful Mekong Riverview Hotel, with a commanding view of the ... Continue Reading

Thailand

  Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok       Figures Leading to Temple at Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Ayutthaya   Schoolchildren at Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Ayutthaya In January 2017, we visited Thailand, Laos, and very briefly Hong Kong.  The trip was full of adventure, sights, sounds, flavors, and people.  The markets are among the most colorful in the world, and the freshly picked vegetables and fruits are delectable. ... Continue Reading

Hong Kong

China

China is a remarkable country with its physical variety and beauty, mix of ancient civilization and modern cultures, outstanding cuisine, and wonderful people. Our trip included: Beijing (Peninsula Hotel), The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Old Beijing with its rapidly disappearing Hutongs (giving way to "urban renewal"), and an excursion to the Great Wall, Xi'an (Sofitel Hotel), with visit to the breathtaking Terracotta Warriors, created to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huang ... Continue Reading

Vietnam

          Our itinerary for Vietnam, ably planned by Exotissimo, a local travel agency since renamed EXO,  included: Ho Chi Minh City, Caravelle Hotel Hoi An, Life Resort Hoi An Hué, La Résidence Halong Bay Cruise, Emeraude/Bhaya Hanoi, Sofitel Metropole, a magnificent colonial hotel   https://youtu.be/N0BIcOTSD9k Highlights of our trip included: Hoi An, with its 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, colorful ... Continue Reading

Cambodia

Our itinerary for Cambodia included: Phnom Penh, Raffle Le Royal Hotel, a magnificent hotel in the heart of downtown Siem Reap, La Résidence D Angkor, an exquisite hotel (with an enticing gift shop) reached by a small footbridge Highlights of our trip included: Phnom Penh, a fascinating city with wonderful people Angkor Wat, a marvel of wondrous temples, stone carvings, and bas-reliefs built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century; located in ... Continue Reading