On Tuesday November 2nd 2010, I left for my SE Asia bike trip
I stayed with Carrie Daley in Hong Kong. She took me to an Indian resturant.
The entrance elevators to her apartment
The nightt time view from her apartment on about the 20th floor of a 60 story building
Her dining room. Somebody is using it.
The quest bedroom where I left my reading glasses - ie lost them
Day time view from her apartment
Yes, that is a sand bottom swimming pool next to the ocean. It was closed, the temperature was too cold - 70 degrees.
Getting tickets for the cable car ride to the Budda.
We rode in the glass bottom cable car. $157 in Hong Kong dollars - 8 HKD to 1 USD.
Carrie ( Ms bubbly) and Mr. Smilely.
Cable car on our way to the Budda.
A photographer took your picture as we got in the cable car. The pictures were available on the return trip.
On the steps to the budda.
We had lunch at the monestary's resturant.
Lunch was vegeteran and tastey.
Street scenes in downtown Hong Kong.
We traveled on an elevated escalator.
Why walk up hill when there is an escalator?
We took a ferry to Kow Loon Island
On the ferry
We went to one of the climbing walls.
There were two groups using the wall. Each group stayed on the routes they had picked.
A fancy Pizza Hut
I don't understand the flag on the lips.
On the subway going home everybody was tired.
Bangkok airport is a bit bigger than the Twin Cities airport, but with fewer travellers.
The view from my hotel in downtown Bangkok.
The hotel we stayed in for the first night.
Telephone and power lines were always very messy and on concrete poles.
One can get a massage anywhere and they are respectable.
An interesting phone.
After driving 3 hours to the coast, we took an afternoon spin around the countryside.
Just a street scene.
We took a side road that followed along a canal or river.
We stopped in at one of Thailand's many temples.
Our first nights's lodging along the beach.
Billboards in Thailand were very very large along the super highways.
A rubber tree plantation with trees being tapped for rubber.
Thai lettering with a duck letter.
Biking along a side road.
Many rural houses had water tanks. Thailand has trash pick up. Look for the blue trash cans.
A shrimp farm.
Aerators for the shrimp ponds.
Fishing from a high bridge - 30 feet above the water.
Thailand drives on the left side of the road.
A quite nice traditional house.
Thailand has nice wide shoulders for bikes and others along the main roads.
Little Peter taking pictures as we bike along.
An empty shrimp pond.
A refreshment break along the way.
A rural Internet cafe in Thailand. Notice the flip flops.
A survey marker. Many fields were marked with cement monuments.
Another duck letter.
We visited a mangrove swamp. Due to farming, many mangrove swamps have been lost. This is a mangrove plantation.
The scene from our second hotel.
The fishermen fish all night. They go by one at a time in single file.
A scene along the way.
I don't know why there is this plane at this hotel.
Dana has a flat tire. Eventually he put oa a knobby tire.
The snail letter.
Four taking five.
Get a look at that tan line.
Chicken dung is an old fashion torture technique
Oh, my. A large dead snake.
Another colorful telephone. Thailand is full of phone booths even though there are cell phones.
A colorful gas pump.
The most traditional type of structures we saw in Thailand along the main roads.
Traffic is on the left in Thailand.
Welcome to ???
More traditional buildings - wooden tops with wooden shutters. Also traditional wiring.
What a smile!
Dogs don't move when laying on the street.
Biking along a nice neighborhood road while waiting for lunch.
Waiting for lunch and Poi to return with my bike.
Our open air restuarant.
Lunch. We never were given knives for sliverware.
The roads to a temples have a fancy archway.
How to park a bike without a kickstand. The red thing is a mailbox.
There are pretty well established kilometer markers in Thailand.
Our last hotel in Thailand was at a golf resort for Thais.
Deciding on which way to go after encountering barking dogs and before the man-eating dogs.
Biking through a young rubber plantation.
Where is the trail?
The view along the way.
A trail through a rubber plantation.
Thailand - Cambodia border. Exiting Thailand.
Passport control entering Cambodia.
Noodles again for lunch.
More noodles and vegetables.
Entering the area of last refuge for the Khmer Rouge. It use to be wooded before them.
Moderately well off home.
No garbage pickup in rural Cambodia.
A little less well off home.
Handing off the key to Cynthia's cottage. Notice the hand positons of the hotel operator. A sign of respect.
Our first night's lodging in Cambodia.
Yes, that is a shower spigot on the right. Water flows on the floor to the drain.
Wiring that mets building code.
The sign to our hotel.
Entering Pailin. Camodia and Vietnam drive on the right side of the road.
Street scenes in Pailin.
A modern gas station. Notice hand pumping from a barrel to gas up a motorcycle.
Even Cambodia has cross dressers.
Entrance to the monastery in Pailin
The temple on top of the highest hill in Pailin.
Water collection system.
Possible Chinese graveyard. Cambodians cremate their love ones.
Biking in Cambodia.
Pit stop in the shade.
A corn bagging operation.
A traditional Cambodian home.
Tom taking pictures of some kids.
The ubiquitous tractor with trailer of Cambodia - used for transportation, field work, power.
Notice cell phone tower.
A not so wealthy home.
Surveyors along the road.
Land mine removal vehicles.
Land mine sniffing dog.
Clearing mines along the main road.
Going to market.
The main intersection of a small town.
We turned off the main road to bike along the back roads.
The road gets narrower as we get further from the main road.
Even though poor, there still is a TV.
Batteries are used to power the TV.
Making the creek crossing passable.
And the road gets even worse.
The ubiquitous tracter again.
Off to market.
A rural round about.
The ice cream vendor.
The monastery by the old Cambodian capital.
Ducks and trash.
Cooking our lunch.
This little girl is a very good mimic.
Vandals took the face of the lady.
Breakfast in Battanbong.
Biking in Battanbong.
Loading up our bikes for our boat trip.
Embarking onto our boat for the boat trip to Seim Reap.
You have to be careful when our boat passes. It has a big wake.
Attach a plow to the ubiguitous tractor.
The land is getting lower and swampier.
Washing clothes in the river.
And things get wetter.
A fish netting operation.
And it gets even wetter.
We took a shortcut through the swamp.
There is water in that brush.
And finally very wet.
Watch that wake.
Neighborhood sidewalks are at a premium.
Kids learn how to swim at a very young age in the swamp.
We are getting close to open water.
After crossing open water, we come to this.
Off loading at Seim Reap.
Biking the neighborhood roads from Seim Reap to Angkor Wat.
Deciding which way to go.
Downtown Seim Reap
Tone-ette showing us where we are going to in Angkor Wat.
First sight of Angkor Wat.
Inner center of Angkor Wat.
Testing the duck's sound for Bonnie.
There is a story behind these guys, but I don't know it. Something about a sea of milk.
The only elephants we saw.
The moat around Angkor Wat.
Biking along the protection wall around the old city of Angkor Wat.
A city gate
Faces are carved into the buildings after the walls are built.
The ravages of time.
Either a Khmer Rouge or Vietnamese artilery piece.