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View of Thaton and Kok river



Visibility in North Thailand is very limited during scorching April. Nearby hills surrounding Thaton lose their contours and further mountains disappear in summer haze.


Sabah is green


The area near the highest mountain in Borneo  – Mt. Kinabalu.

Riding from Pai to Pang Mapha

The road 1095 in Northern Thailand is spectacular and famous for its many curves.  There is 1,000 meters difference in elevation on 45 km stretch between Pai and Pang Mapha.

We reach a pass , the highest point of 1,431 meters above sea level on middle way. The temperature drops below 20 degrees C. October visibility is moderate.  The surrounding dark blue mountain ranges extending into Burma hiding in the afternoon fog.


In shadow of Toraja granary. Sulawesi Island

Toraja granary

Toraja granary


We come to a Toraja village situated on top of a hill. We take a rest in shadow of barn waiting for a meal.

Leaving Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai

Classes are over today.

Stone sarcophagus Aik Renung in Sumbawa island

A group of neolithic stone tombs are scattered 30 minutes walk from Batu Tering, a village in the western part of Sumbawa island.

The area has been protected since 1992.
I found a few tourists complaining about the long way to the tombs in a guest book entries.
“Sorry guys, the new asphalt road is not ready yet”.

People are strange, they want to travel and discover new places, but don’t want to get tired.

According to the guest book no more than 30 foreigners visit Aik Renung every year.

Topeng Tua dance in Ubud.

Purification rites at private house in Ubud.  The mask is called Tua and depicts an old man.

A beach in Vietnam

The picturesque  beach in Qui Nhon, a town on the way between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The yellow sandy beaches are almost deserted near the town.

A sailing basket waiting for a new survivor.

Memories of Ko Chang.

The stairs to Poseidon’s realm.

Long awaited evening breeze.



Wrinkles face of a Sumbawa woman.

The cheerful woman met on the way to 2,000 years old stone sarcophagus in lush interior of the island.

White Karen women from Mae Sariang.

I spent lovely days in Mae Sariang area. The Karen hilltribe people live in the lush, green hill country located 4 hours drive from the city of Chiang Mai.

The rain season has begun in Thailand. The Karen spend entire days working on the fields. During the day mostly old women sit on a porch their wooden houses. The time of festivals and holidays come in December.

Watching photos in Gerupuk. Lombok Island

Gerupuk is a small village near Kuta on Lombok’s south coast. The place attracts many surfers. Local people are very friendly and acquainted with foreigners. A fisherman watches our last pics during a cigarette break.

Sumbawa girl.

We stopped our motorcycles and straightened our limbs. We were riding from Kuta in Lombok to Sumbawa Basar in Sumbawa. After a two-hour ferry crossing we had still a pretty nice distance to the main town in west part of the island.

The girl with her grandmother and relatives was  interested in conversation. She had never met any tourists.

Akha girl in Chiang Mai.

The girl in traditional Akha garb visiting Chiang Mai.

Breakfast at Lahu village.

A Lahu village in Mae Hong Son Province was a stop on the trail in Northern Thailand.

Toast, coffee and eggs were provided by our chauffeur. The cousins of our host were watching us during the meal.

Landscape in North Thailand. Nan Province.

Moderate vegetation, shallow and rocky streams, peace and quiet surroundings. The sparsely populated area in Amphoe Mae Charim  east of Nan town, near border with Laos.

Old Samburu met south of Marsabit town.

I traveled several times crossing vast area between Isiolo and Marsabit. I was always welcome by the Samburu.

Sunset over Mekong river in Luang Prabang.

I visit Luang Prabang many times. I come to this lovely town by plane, bus and boat. The river journey by boat is by far the greatest. Take your time and travel 2 days from Thai border to Luang Prabang by a local barge called in Laos the slow boat.

Pha That Luang – Vientiane.

Pha That Luang is a stupa. It is the most important monument in Laos. The stupa was built in the mid-16th century when Lan Xang capital was moved from Luang Prabang to Vientiane.

Borobudur – the largest Buddhist monument in the world.

Borobudur is located 40 km from Yogyakarta city, in Central Java.  The temple was built during the reign of Sailendra dynasty in 8th century AD.

Sumbanese river near Indian Ocean.

I was one of the many witnesses of a funeral ceremony in one village in West Sumba. At noon I went to the river looking for a cool breeze. The boys from nearby villages had already bathed in the water.

Woman from Nyang Shwe on Inle Lake.

She works at a local restaurant. The Nyang Shwe is full of good eateries with good service.

Pai – a gateway to hill tribes’ villages.

Small town of Pai located 3 hours drive from Chiang Mai is the ideal starting point of  mountain hiking. The numerous villages of Lisu, Hmong and Karen are in the area around Pai.

Monk at Thien Mu Pagoda. Vietnam

Thien Mu Pagoda located on the bank of Perfume river is the official symbol of old Vietnamese capital city – Hue. The pagoda is very peaceful place.