6 months traveling in South East Asia

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

Digging in my photo library I did find some old photos of Laos and Thailand. 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. 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