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About Saint Expedite

Retired early, then took a trip across the Pacific from Seattle by container ship. From China I stopped in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, England and Ireland before heading home to Puget Sound. This blog is an account of my travels. Write to me at SaintExpedite@frozenheads.net

Kuala Lumpur

My failure to plan again led me to the bus, this time from George Town in Malaysia 300 km south to Kuala Lumpur. This bus was tarted up with red and gold paint, gold curtains, and big comfortable seats. It left … Continue reading

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Nasi Kandar in Penang

You can always depend on a cabbie to keep your feet on the ground. When I told my driver the story about the young women in headscarves who rescued me at the ferry terminal, he responded, “Do you want one, … Continue reading

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The Bangkok to Butterworth Sleeper

I caught the 2:24 pm train from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station, construction of which was finished in 1916. It’s done in Italian style and is quite pretty. It is also in heavy use and passengers use all the available seating and … Continue reading

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Perils of the Package Tour

Another reason to avoid tours: people get killed on them. While I was in Vietnam 12 tourists drowned in Halong Bay when their excursion boat capsized in the middle of the night as they slept. While in Thailand an elephant … Continue reading

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Bangkok Temple Tour

I broke down and hired on with a tour company for a temple bus tour and river cruise back to Bangkok on the Chao Phraya river. A van picked me up and 6:45 am at the hotel and, after stops … Continue reading

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A ‘Massage Parlor Economy’

Here’s what Theroux wrote about Bangkok in 1975: When the American troops left Vietnam and all the Rest and Recreation programs ended it was thought that Bangkok would collapse. Bangkok, a hugely preposterous city of temples and brothels, required visitors. … Continue reading

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