Angels of Asia

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”  – Mahatma Gandhi I believe that dogs are angels on earth. The unconditional love and loyalty they possess can never be matched by mankind. Everywhere I’ve been on my journey throughout Southeast Asia, dogs are there. Seeing them and crossing paths with some up close and personal have been my sign of a Higher Power close by. Not everyone feels this way about animals. SomeRead more

Ngapali Beach ~ Burma

Ngapali Beach is in the Rakhine State of Burma.  This beach town was hidden away from the world when tourism was essentially blocked by the military government take over. There are villages on one side of the road and a beautiful vast beach on the other. Ngapali Beach is four miles from the major city of Thandwe.    Baggage claim at the Thandwe Airport was the most chaotic scene of all. This system would never work in the United States. AfterRead more

Koh Lipe ~ Thailand

Koh Lipe is a small island in the Adang-Rawi Archipelago of the Andaman Sea, in southwest Thailand. Koh Lipe was originally settled by a group of sea gypsies (chao leh in Thai), originally from Malaysia, known as the Urak Lawoi’ people. This island is very close to the Malaysian border. The boat ride from Langkawi Malaysia was only 1 1/2 hours long.  Arriving here was like landing in paradise. The ocean was clear and blue, the sand was soft andRead more

Koh Rong ~ Cambodia

The cost for a roundtrip ticket on a speedboat from Sinhanoukville is $12.50 (USD) per person through Speed Ferry Cambodia. The announcement came that it would be 45 minutes late because of technical problems.  Sitting in hot weather with all our luggage wasn’t fun. After the boat arrived, we were told there were more mechanical problems.  Leaving would be even later. I called this the A-B-O-U-T stage. A bunch of unhappy travelers (ABOUT). Later everyone was given the option of taking the slow boat. OfRead more

Otres Beach ~ Cambodia

Arriving here after a delayed flight, it was pitch black by 6:30pm. The ride from the airport was 25 minutes through traffic in darkness. No street lights or signs of any kind were in sight. Sihanoukville is the town we flew into from Siem Reap. This is where most people stay that visit here. It’s crowded and packed with budget hotels and backpackers.  Sihanoukville has lots of bars along the shoreline and tons of beach umbrellas and chairs packed togetherRead more