OCEANIA & ASIA:  February-November 2000



NEW ZEALAND  (1 month) North Island: Auckland: visit with Kiwi friend; America's Cup yacht races; South Island: trekking on Milford, Routeburn and Banks Peninsula Tracks; home-stay on sheep ranch; home-stay in Christchurch; yellow-eyed penguin colony; sea kayaking/camping in Abel Tasman Park

AUSTRALIA  (1 month) Sydney: home-stay, zoo, harbor cruise, Sydney Harbor Bridge climb; shipwreck coast near Melbourne; indigenous wildlife preserve; Outback: Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), hiking in King's Canyon and the MacDonnell Range; North coast: sailing in Darwin; crocodiles and aboriginal cave art in Kakadu National Park


IRIAN JAYA  (3 weeks) Into the jungles and swamps of New Guinea to visit "Stone Age" tribes in Irian Jaya , a province of Indonesia

BALI & JAVA  (Indonesia - 3.5 weeks) Bali: Monkeys, music, dance & folk art; Java: home-stay in Jogjakarta; ancient temples of Borobudur (Buddhist) and Prambanan (Hindu)

THAILAND  (7 weeks) Bangkok: home-stay, temples, markets, museums, shopping, "hub" for travel arrangements to nearby countries; ancient temple ruins of Sukothai, Si Satchanalai and Chaliang; Chiang Mai: Thai cooking school, shopping for handicrafts & antique artifacts; one-week trek through northern hill-tribe villages; three-day side trip to Singapore and home-stay  

VIETNAM  (2 weeks) Riding pedi-cabs through the crowded streets of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon); drinking snake wine in the Mekong Delta; Viet Cong tunnels and DMZ battle sites; custom-made clothes in Hoi An; charming Hanoi; "Uncle Ho"

CAMBODIA  (3 weeks) Ancient Khymer temple complex of Angkor: Angkor Wat, Bantey Srei, Ta Prohm; history of Pol Pot & Khymer Rouge; floating fishing village; teaching English in Buddhist temple school

LAOS  (1.5 weeks - Lou only; Joan continued teaching in Siem Reap) Vientiane; reunion with University of Hawaii graduate student; inner-tubing on Song River; Buddha caves; Ken the monk

MYANMAR  (2 weeks) Yangon; Schwedagon Temple; Mandalay: Moustache Brothers Pwe Troupe; 10-hour ferry down Ayeyarwady River to magnificent temple ruins of Old Bagan; Inle Lake: thatched hotel on stilts, water buffalo, temples & markets


OLD SILK ROAD  (3.5 weeks)  PAKISTAN: Islamabad; Khyber Pass under armed guard; Peshawar; Karakorum Highway; Swat and Hunza Valleys; Gilgit;  CHINA:  Khunjerab Pass; Kashgar: famed Sunday market, Uyghur wedding; Torugart Pass; KYRGYZSTAN: yurts and lakes; Bishkek  UZBEKISTAN:  blue-domed mosques in ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva

INDIA  (1 week)  Delhi: sacred cows, markets, forts, temples; pink city of Jaipur; fabled Taj Mahal in Agra

NEPAL  (3 weeks) Kathmandu: prayer flags, ancient wooden temples; Pokhara: staging area for treks; fourteen-day Jomsom trek; visit to holy site of Muktinath; Bhaktapur temples






Joan and Lou Rose     joanandlou@ramblingroses.net