Cock fighting…On a lazy Sunday in Thailand what do you do? Get out your giant rubber rings and have your neighbour”s cockerel fight yours.
Staying with a Thai family…Su’s friend Kanitta very kindly organised for us to stay in her family home when we were passing through Chai Am. They spoiled us with cakes, fried rice and a traditional steamboat dinner.
Thailand…Ancient temples much cooler than the garish modern temples
Offering altar for the Gods…In Thailand, it is custom to offer food and drink that you wish to consume in your afterlife, many altars had Fanta, cigarettes and the odd watermelon
Thai Tesco…Don’t see many cows elsewhere posing outside the supermarket giant!
Over the hills to Chiang Mai….Northern Thailand much more mountainous, Ella can now smile at the top of mountains and not cry up them..
Disco temple gateway
Woman down…..40 miles in, a little rest of the legs
Market in Chiang Mai……The fish is markets are still live, until the unlucky one is chosen and chopped up. All the buckets are netted otherwise the fish and frogs try to make a break for freedom.
Cooking up deliciousness…Ella has now mastered massaman curry
Huay Xai, Laos….Water buffalo cooling from the heat, the buffalo are used to work on the rice paddies
Ladies working in Laos, rice field being harvested
Mekong River separating Thailand &Laos
Mountains in Northern Laos
Northern Laos, wooden shack villages with rice paddy gardens
Working in the fields, Laos
Village on hillside in Laos
Mekong Delta, Laos
Monk, Luang Prabang
Flying the Vietnamese flag in Hanoi
Train runs through the streets and backyards of the closely built homes in Hanoi
Not sure if these fish are sold for pets or to be eaten
Ladies waiting to row tourists around the limestone karsts in Ninh Binh, named as 2nd Halong Bay
Pho (noodle soup)…We ate a bowl of Pho at least once every day, it is typically eaten for breakfast by Vietnamese
Hue, ancient capital of Vietnam…Old city walls lining the old Chinese palaces and temples
Chinese gateway to Hue citadel
Seafood dinner on the beach, Lacong Bay…Next day we rode over the Hoi Van pass which is featured in the Top Gear Vietnam episode
Fishes were laid out to dry everywhere along the roads
Beautiful ride along a peninsula, Vietnam
crossings on the peninsula cycle ride, crossing little rivers connected to the sea and passing through many small villages.
Man & cow working the field
Rice drying in the sun everywhere in Vietnam
Stopping for a break on a sweaty hill, Vietnam
Little kitten we fed and looked after
Coffee plantations in Dalat mountains …Ella consumed many Vietnamese coffee, it is very strong though so they drink a tiny portion usually with condensed milk
Cambodia in distance, our destination for the end of the day
Fishermen checking their catch for the day in Cambodia
A ‘road’ in Cambodia…Apparently this a road according to Google and our paper maps, apart from odd bit of pushing through sand, we cycled through villages, salt fields and rice paddies. Groups of children would surrounded us in the villages wanting to hold our hands and touch our bicycles.