Siem Reap IV: Angkor Wat redux

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As I mentioned in Siem Reap II, the visit to the National Museum spurred me to return to Angkor Wat. My intention was to view more of the murals that I missed the first time around. The murals are visible … Continue reading

Siem Reap III: Banteay Srei and Preah Khan

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People come to Siem Reap for the temples. At least at first. It may seem that this is all I did. It was not. But for a limited visit, this was my priority. Temple touring does require a degree of … Continue reading

Siem Reap II: Bookends

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There are two sites in Siem Reap that I now consider bookends of the experience so far. Not being an experienced world traveler nor a historian, let alone an Asian historian, and this being my first visit to Cambodia, I … Continue reading

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Phrom

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I am already fascinated with Cambodia. The people, the ambience, the art, the history–all distinctive, fresh and intriguing. From the first moment of landing, I was not in Just Another Asian country. Immigration is always a fun house. This was … Continue reading

Kuang Si Waterfall: a five-star natural wonder

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I’m not going to get all wordy about this. The photos will speak for themselves. But simply put, the Kuang Si Waterfall is one of the most beautiful natural wonders I’ve ever seen. It could not be a more amazing … Continue reading

Luang Prabang: as advertised

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I’ve seen this little jewel of the orient described as an over-the-top Disneyworld drunk on its own preciousness. But only a terminal cynic could sustain that view. True, there is a self-consciousness to it, being a UNESCO World Heritage site … Continue reading

Two Days on the Mekong

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I have three different currencies in my wallet. I think in three different currencies to decide if I got the proper change at dinner last night converting from Thai Baht to Lao KIP. I paid for my Lao visa in … Continue reading

Departing Chiang Mai

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What can I say? I’m looking at stepping on a bus in a couple of days heading for Chiang Rai and the far northeastern Thai border with Laos. This has been an amazing experience in so many ways. I’ve jumped … Continue reading

Compassion I

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When it comes to developing compassion, each of us must find our own way through the  representations of what it is and how to act accordingly. We have unique experiences and capacities which determine, through analysis and feeling, experience, memory, our … Continue reading