2024 Adventures in Asia

Rosie playing the drum.
Beautiful elephant face.
Jim relaxing in a hammock after lunch.
Vietnamese women at the coffee shop in the rice field in Vietnam.
Chairs on beach at Long Beach Chalet in Koh Lanta, Thailand.
Incense colors in Vietnam.

This page shows our trip in chronological order with links to journal articles pertaining to that destination.

How did we plan this grand adventure?

Our experience traveling halfway around the world. 

We finally arrived in Singapore; our first thoughts and observations.

Super tree grove at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

The jet lag is gone, and we head out to explore Singapore.

Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas

We left Singapore for a two-week cruise of southeast Asia on the Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas.

Vung Tau, Vietnam – Temples, palaces and views!

Sanctuary of Truth Thailand

Pattaya, Thailand – a couple of interesting stops (and one not-so-interesting stop).

Vietnam Airlines Plane

Our first flight with Vietnam Airlines.

Traffic was insane in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A shop on the streets of Hoi An, Vietnam.

Hoi An, Vietnam – such a beautiful, enchanting town.

Lotus fountain in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

We rode scooters in the crazy traffic in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. 

Streets of Bangkok.

Bangkok, Thailand – not at all what we expected.

Longtail boats parked on the beach at Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand.

Ao Nang, Thailand – our driving in Thailand adventure begins. 

Chairs on the beach in Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta, Thailand – Scorching heat and jellyfish. 

Yokohama skyline at night

Yokohama, Japan, was an interesting place.

Holland America Cruise ship Westerdam parked at the Aomori, Japan pier.

This post is still in the process of being written. Check back later.

Omaezaki boat

Omaezaki, Japan – definitely off the beaten path but well worth the visit.

Kochi, Japan – it’s more than just a castle. 

Mist over the pond in the Japanese garden in Fukuoka, Japan.

We found the nicest Japanese Garden in Fukuoka, Japan. 

View of Sokcho from the ship.

Sokcho, South Korea – our only stop in South Korea.

Bridge over water at the Kenrokuen Gardens in Kanazawa, Japan.

Kanazawa, Japan – Lots to see and do at this stop. 

Sakata, Japan – my first drum lesson.

Aomori Japan city view from ocean.

Aomori, Japan – the flowers were beautiful here. 

View from the botanical gardens in Otaru, Japan.

We wandered a little too far off the tourist trail in Otaru, Japan. 

Hakodate Japan city view

We finaly caught cherry blossoms in peak bloom in Hakadate, Japan. 

View of the bridge from the boat.

Incredible view at Cape Chikyu, in Muroran, Japan.

Sunset on the Pacific ocean.

Kushiro – our last stop in Japan!

Marina with boats in Kodiak, Alaska.

We’re back in the USA – Kodiak, Alaska!

House by the ocean in Sitka, Alaska.

Sitka, Alaska: Raptors and Rain drops

Ketchikan, Alaska – Creek Street, Totems and Northern Lights!

Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Victoria, Canada: Rickshaw rides, culinary adventures and bagpipes!