Last Updated:
9 August 2003

Asia Highlights
Travel Quotes
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Traveller's Top Ten

I will be adding more of my top ten lists as I travel whenever suitably useful or fun categories present themselves to me. Suggestions for new top tens you would like me to research, or completed candidate lists are welcome.

S.E. Asia Journal Highlights

  1. First contact with a remote Hmoung hilltribe in Northern Laos
  2. Going blind from a parasitic eye infection while stranded by storms on an tropical island
  3. Climbing the active volcanoes, Merapi and Bromo, and witnessing Semeru unexpectadly erupt right in front of me
  4. Chilling out for two days on a slow boat down the Mekong River
  5. Encountering the orang utans and other wildlife deep in Bukit Lawang rainforest
  6. On safari in the beautiful and ancient Taman Negara rainforest in Malaysia
  7. Close encounters with a Thai prostitute
  8. Held up by Laos bandits on the deadly road to Vientiane
  9. Hilltribe trekking in Northern Thailand
  10. Visiting the amazingly preserved and absolutely stunning ruins at Angkor Wat
  11. Bonus Item 1: SCUBA Diving in the Similan Islands
  12. Bonus Item 2: Experiencing the shocking treatment of Cambodians by the Khmer Rouge in the killing fields

Traveller's Quotes

  1. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
  2. "It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I've gone and come back, I'll find it at home." - Rumi
  3. "A traveler must have the back of an ass to bear all, a tongue like the tail of a dog to flatter all, the mouth of a hog to eat what is set before him, the ear of a merchant to hear all and say nothing." - Thomas Nashe (1567-1601)
  4. "The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land." - G. K. Chesterton
  5. "Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own country-men, change their climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the same men; and with heads as empty as their pockets, return home with traveled bodies, but untravelled minds." - Caleb Colton
  6. "Trust in Allah, but tie your camel." - Old Muslim Proverb
  7. "Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going." - Paul Theroux
  8. "If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home." - James A. Michener
  9. "Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag." - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  10. "Old men and far travelers may lie with authority." - Anonymous

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