Table of Contents, by country

Asia

China

March 2009 Hong Kong, Kowloon, Macao • Guangzhou (Canton), Yangshuo • Li River, Guilin, Longshen • Dragon’s Backbone at Ping’an • Sanjiang, Fenghuang
April 2009 Train to Kunming • Dali in Yunnan, Caicun • Lijiang • Tiger Leaping Gorge • Xi’An: terracotta warriors • Yuncheng • Pingyao • Great Wall at Simatai • Beijing: Forbidden City, summer palace

Tibet*

April 2009 train to Lhasa, Potala • Gyantse • Shigatse • Gatso pass • Old Tingri • Zhangmu

Nepal

April 2009 Kathmandu • Monkey temple at Swayambhunath • Paragliding at Pokhara
May 2009 Pokhara • Royal cities Kathmandu, Bakhtapur, Patan

India

May 2009 Mumbai • Goa: Panaji, Old Goa, Candolim • Mysore • Ooty hill station • Chennai (Madras)
February 2014 Cochin • Hill stations and tea in the Western Ghats • Alleppey backwater boat • Kollam • Varkala beaches • Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India • Trivandrum
March 2017 Haridwar on the Ganges, gate of the gods • Rishikesh, home of the hippies • Chambra in the Himalayan foothills • Mussoorie hill station • Gwalior Maharaja palace • Datia Fort • Khajuraho temples with Kamasutra reliefs • Holi festival at Orchha • Varanasi on the Ganges • Darjeeling • Kingdom of Sikkim in the Himalayas: Gangtok, Rumtek, Rabdentse. Pelling • Calcutta

Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

February 2014 Tooth temple at Kandy • Train to Ella in the mountains • Polonnaruwa temples • Sirigiya mountain temple • Anuradhapura temples • Colombo

Singapore

September 2009 Singapore

Malaysia

September 2009 Kuala Lumpur
October 2009 Kuala Lumpur • Pulau Penang • Georgetown • Penang National Park
March 2016 Kuala Lumpur • Kuantan • Diving on the Parhentian Islands • Kota Bharu • Borneo: Pontianak • Kuching, cultural village • Bako National Park

Indonesia

October 2009 Sumatra: Strait of Malacca to Medan • Danau Toba, Tuk Tuk • Banda Aceh • Diving at Pulau Weh
Java: Bogor near Jakarta • Puncak Pass • Yogyakarta • Borobudur temple • Prambanan temple • Gunung Bromo National Park, volcano • Ijen National Park, volcano crater, sulphur mine
Bali: Kuta, Legian • Ubud, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
November 2009 Bali: Tanah Lot temple • Ulu Watu temple
May 2012 Flores: Labuan Bajo • Komodo dragons • Sumbawa • Gili Trawangan • Bali • Java: Yogyakarta • Jakarta • Sulawesi: Diving at Bunaken Island
June 2012 Sulawesi: Diving at Bunaken Island • Funeral at Tanah Toraja • Makassar
February 2016 Borneo: Jungle tour on the Mahakam river • Orang Utans
March 2016 Borneo: Orang Utans • Camp Leakey • Pangkalan Bun, initiation rites
March 2019 Bali: Seminyak • Nusa Lembogan island • Nusa Ceninganm island • Nusa Penida island, diving with mantas • Gili Trawangan • Gili Air • Sumbawa

Thailand

November 2009 Bangkok
June 2012 Bangkok
September 2012 Diving at Pattaya • Chiang Mai • Golden Triangle • Houay Xay
February 2014 Diving at Ko Tao, Ko Samui, and Ko Pa Ngan
March 2014 Bangkok
February 2015 Bangkok
March 2016 Ko Mook island
March 2018 Ubon Ratchathani • Khao Phra Wihan National Park
April 2018 Muang Boran, the Ancient City • Bangkok
March 2019 Ko Lanta island • Ko Payam island • Hua Hin • Muang Mallika historic village
April 2019 Bangkok

Laos

November 2009 Luang Prabang on the Mekong, the temple city • Nong Khiaw and Muang Ngoi up the Nam Ou river • Vang Vieng backpacker hell • Vientiane, the capital of Laos • Champasak on the Mekong • Si Phan Don, the 4000 islands of the Mekong: Don Det and Don Khong • Mekong waterfalls
September 2012 Mekong cruise • Luang Prabang • Nam Ou river cruise to Muang Khua
March 2018 Si Phan Don, the 4000 islands of the Mekong: Don Det and Don Khong • Mekong waterfalls

Vietnam

June 2012 North: Hanoi • Sapa rice fields • Bac Ha mountain trekking • Yen Bai and Thac Ba lake • Halong Bay • Hue • Ho Chi Minh trail • Hoi An • Dalat • Saigon • Mekong delta
September 2012 North: Dien Bien Phu • At home in the villages near the Chinese border
March 2018 South: Saigon • Deep in the Mekong Delta • Diving on Phu Quoc island

Cambodia

November 2009 Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor
March 2018 Kampot • Koh Rong Samloem island • Phnom Penh • Kampong Cham • Freshwater dolphins at Kratie

Myanmar (Burma)

September 2012 Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda • Bagan: 2000 pagodas • Mandalay • Inle Lake

Philippines

February 2015 Manila • Sagada in the Cordillera mountains • Vigan • Diving at Sabang • Diving on Boracay to a sunk jet airplane • Negros Occidental: Caticlan, Panay, Iloilo • Malapascua island • Cebu City

Israel, Jordan

October 2015 Tel Aviv and Jaffa • Caesarea • Haifa • Akko, 4000 years old
November 2015 Jerusalem • Masada fort near the Dead Sea • Ein Gedi oasis near the Dead Sea • Floating on the Dead Sea at Ein Bokek • Eilat • Diving in the Red Sea • Jordan: Petra

Japan

August 2016 Tokyo • Kyoto, the temple city
September 2016 Kyoto, the temple city

Oceania

Australia

November 2009 Melbourne • Grampian Mountains • Great Ocean Road • Tasmania: Hobart and Mt. Field animal sanctuary • Sydney • Blue Mountain National Park

Europe

Albania

June 2019 Shkodra • Komani Lake • Valbone • Hiking in the Accursed Mountains • Theth • Berat • Gjirokastra • Permet • lem Beach near Durres • Tirana

Cyprus

November 2019 Zenobia wreck diving at Larnaca • Famagusta • Salamis ruins • St. Hilarion castle • Kyrenia (Girne) • Nicosia • Diving and ruins at Paphos • Limassol

South America

Argentina

April 2012 Buenos Aires

Uruguay

April 2012 Colonia del Sacramento • Montevideo

Chile

April 2012 Valparaiso • Santiago de Chile • Antofagasta, Iquique

Bolivia

April 2012 Sucre • Potosi • La Paz • Isla del Sol in Titicaca Lake • Copacabana

Peru

April 2012 Puno
May 2012 Andes express train from Pune to Cusco • Cusco, heart of the Inka kingdom • Pisaq ruins • Ollantaytambo ruins • Aguas Caliente • Machu Picchu • Lima



*Tibet has been part of China since 1950, but this visit has been so exceptional that I’ll give it a separate heading. No offense…