Back to Bangkok and Chicago

After Malacca I took a sleeper train up to Thailand. These Asian sleeper trains are quite comfortable, as long as you get a bottom berth. First I went back to Chumpon and visited my uncle. We had some nice talks and spent time  snorkeling and oyster gathering.   Bangkok and Chicago On May 5th I returnedContinue reading “Back to Bangkok and Chicago”

Ko Pha Ngan and Thai Water Festival

      Thais armed with water-pistols for Songkran Thai New Year and Water Festival on Ko Pha Ngan Island   I spent a few more days in Ko Pha Ngan island where I did some snorkeling for the first time. It was a wonderful experience in a really stunning coral beach called Mae Had on the northernContinue reading “Ko Pha Ngan and Thai Water Festival”

Landmines in Laos

During my painting trip  through  the  otherwise very pleasant country of Laos, one unhappy but important thing I learned about was the amount of UXO (or unexploded ordnance) and the de-mining activities.   Although Laos was neutral during the Vietnam War and the United States never officially declared war upon it, US forces dropped over two millionContinue reading “Landmines in Laos”

North through Cambodia

    Cambodia Kampot After I left Sihanoukville, I went to Kampot,  a small almost sleepy town  with much crumbling French architecture. It’s relative quiet made it a nice place to paint. Gastronomically a highlight were these wonderful fruit shakes that are made on little tables set up on the side of a road withContinue reading “North through Cambodia”