6 months traveling in South East Asia

Traveling to Thailand in 1997
Ancient city of Lopburi in Thailand in 1997

People ask me sometimes "How did you get in Thailand?" and I answer "By airplane". But in reality it was a bit more complex, so I did write some postings about that. Follow this story at Blast from the past. In 1997 we took a sabbatical year and travelled for 6 months in South East Asia. Of course we made a lot of planning, but in the end we just did what did looked best at that moment. Actually the plan was to travel for 1 year, but after 6 months we did get the travel blues and returned home. For me this was the beginning of the end of my life in Europe. We started in Bangkok and did travel to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos. Then we travelled to Hanoi and Halong Bay in Vietnam. Then we returned back to Bangkok again to travel to Penang, KL and Malacca in Malaysia. From there we made a stop-over in Singapore to travel to Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sulawesi and Ambon in Indonesia. Again via Singapore we returned to Bangkok to travel to Kanchanaburi, Koh Samui, Lopburi, Lampang, Sukhothai and Chiang Mai. Following is small selection of photos of traveling in 1997 & 1998 in South East Asia.

Traveling to Laos in 1997
At Vat Si Saket in Vientiane (Laos)
Traveling to Laos in 1997
Streets of Luang Prabang (Laos)
Traveling to Laos in 1997
VTE airport (Laos)
Traveling to Vietnam in 1997
Open Chinese Junk on Halong Bay (Vietnam)
Traveling to Vietnam in 1997
Street life in Hanoi (Vietnam)
Traveling to Malaysia in 1997
Old Chinese shop houses (Malacca)
Red Church (Malacca)
Overlooking Samosir island in Lake Toba on Sumatra, Indonesia
Overlooking Samosir island in Lake Toba (Sumatra)
Sumatra
Old nutmeg plantation in Banda Neira

I think Jakarta
Overlooking Banda Neira
Sulawesi
Harbour of Surabuya


Overlooking Ambon

Paddy fields in Sulawesi



Hotel Carolina on Samosir island (Sumatra)
Sumatra
Our Fair House did change (Koh Samui)
Paradise Koh Samui
Our GH at Kanchanaburi
Traveling to Thailand in 1997
Chinese grave in Kanchanaburi
Traveling to Thailand in 1997

Temple in Lampang
Market lady in Lampang
Traveling to Thailand in 1997
Murals on wood (Lampang)
Traveling to Thailand in 1997
Chinese shops in Lampang
Traveling to Thailand in 1997
Sukhothai

Popular Posts

Visiting the Wat Tham Phrathat Khao Prang in Chai Badan

On the motorbike to Nanthaburi National Park in Nan province

It ain't over till the fat lady sings

Another sunset along route 1256 in Pua

Sunset in Krabi

Visiting Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary in Loei

Sunset over Bang Saray beach

Tai Lue party in Pua

Travelling along the Mekong River in Loei province