Blast from the past .... 6 months traveling in South East Asia (part 4)

In 1997 my wife and I took an 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 are small selection of photos of traveling in 1997 & 1998 in South East Asia.

At Vat Si Saket in Vientiane (Laos)

Streets of Luang Prabang (Laos)
VTE airport (Laos)

And we did fly to Hanoi and did visit Halong Bay.
Open Chinese Junk on Halong Bay (Vietnam)
Street life in Hanoi (Vietnam)

And we did travel to Malaysia and did visit Malacca, Penang and KL

Old Chinese shop houses (Malacca)

Red Church (Malacca)
And in Indonesia be did travel by the famous Pelni Ships to Sulawesi, Java, Bali, Ambon, Banda Neira and Sumatra.

Overlooking Samosir island in Lake Toba (Sumatra)


Old nutmeg plantation in Banda Neira

I think Jakarta
Overlooking Banda Neira
Harbour of Surabuya

Overlooking Ambon

Paddy fields in Sulawesi

Hotel Carolina on Samosir island (Sumatra)


And in Thailand we did travel to Kanchanaburi, Sukhothai, Lopburi, Chiang Mai, Loei, Lampang, Songkhla and Hat Yai.

Our Fair House did change (Koh Samui)

Paradise Koh Samui

Our GH at Kanchanaburi

Chinese grave in Kanchanaburi

Temple in Lampang

Market lady in Lampang

Murals on wood (Lampang)

Chinese shops in Lampang


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