Hotel Review: Luang Say Lodge
Sep17

Hotel Review: Luang Say Lodge

After a long day of cruising on the Mekong River in Laos with Luang Say Cruises we had the opportunity to overnight in style at the Lunag Say Lodge before beginning the next day’s cruise. What a pleasure! While on this retirement adventure I don’t always have the opportunity to stay in such comfort, particularly in places as remote as the river between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai, Laos. The Luang Say Lodge was a wonderful oasis in the...

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Cruising the Mekong River in Northern Laos (Day One)
Sep13

Cruising the Mekong River in Northern Laos (Day One)

There are generally three ways to travel on the Mekong River from Chiang Khong, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos: Fast Boat – Cheap and fast. So fast in fact that you are literally advised to wear a crash helmet in case you hit one of the thousands of rocks that crown just out of the water or hide slightly below the surface. It is a loud, uncomfortable, bone rattling and adrenaline inducing experience that gets you there in only six to...

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Photo: Tree Bound Buddha of Thailand
Sep01

Photo: Tree Bound Buddha of Thailand

The Buddha head wrapped in Tree Roots at Wat Mahathat has become one of the most iconic symbols of Thailand. Wat Mahathat was built 14th century in what was then the capitol of Siam; Ayutthaya. In 1867 the armies of Burma sacked the city and the temple was abandoned and fell into ruin. The Buddha of Wat Mahathat was discovered during a restoration effort in the 1950s. No one knows exactly how the one of the most enigmatic symbol of...

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Photo: Sunrise at Arches National Park
Aug29

Photo: Sunrise at Arches National Park

Arches National Park in eastern Utah, United States is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches including this one the “South Window Arch”. I had been retired less than a month in 2011 when I go out of bed, on a cold June morning in Moab, Utah to adventure out and make this image. I remember hearing about the crowds that can sometimes choke the park but early in the morning I had the place to myself. I made this image...

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Photo: Wat Phrathat Doi Saket Temple
Aug18

Photo: Wat Phrathat Doi Saket Temple

  Wat Phrathat Doi Saket is another beautiful Buddhist temple that is easy to see while you are traveling on an adventure around Chiang Mai, Thailand. Even though the temple appears to be new the original structures were built in 1112. It is a beautiful place to photograph and it is a lot quieter than many of the busier temples in the area. This image shows the main chedi where there are relics of the Buddha and a Lanna style...

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Is Laos the Next Retirement Destination in SE Asia
Aug13

Is Laos the Next Retirement Destination in SE Asia

As part of my retirement adventure I made a promise to myself that I was not going to stop traveling until I had closely experienced a fair chunk of the world. My goal roughly has been to base in different places for one year and then move onto another. Although I’ve been in Southeast Asia for about two years now, I still don’t think I’ve seen enough of the area. I’m still fascinated by the contrasting...

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