Palaung tribe, Hsipaw
       
     
Soy master, in Karanganyar
       
     
Pensive monk, at Banteay Srei
       
     
Sunrise with the Bajau people, Celebes sea
       
     
New friends at Pulau Tikus wet market
       
     
Monks at Ywama village
       
     
Preparing lunch at Chiso mountain
       
     
Beautiful lady selling honey on the streets of Tan Chau
       
     
Fishing in flooded padi fields, in South Sumatra
       
     
Mother and daughter, in Luang Prabang
       
     
Sidekicks at Shwe Gu, in Bagan
       
     
Playing in the streets of Inle
       
     
Becak rider having a rest in the outskirts of Palembang
       
     
A school in Sankar, Burma
       
     
A tuk tuk rider in Preah Khan looking very smart
       
     
Borobudur at dawn, in Jogjakarta
       
     
Guan Yin at Kek Lok Si
       
     
Gurkha boy in Pathein, Burma
       
     
Cheeky parrot at Koh Chang
       
     
Crusing at dusk, on Inle Lake
       
     
Palaung tribe, Hsipaw
       
     
Palaung tribe, Hsipaw
Soy master, in Karanganyar
       
     
Soy master, in Karanganyar
Pensive monk, at Banteay Srei
       
     
Pensive monk, at Banteay Srei
Sunrise with the Bajau people, Celebes sea
       
     
Sunrise with the Bajau people, Celebes sea

The Bajau people (sea gypsies) have no identity or passports. They spend so much time underwater that their eyes focus better when submerged. They get landsick when the occasional docking is required to refuel the boat.  

The Celebes Sea, North of Sulawesi, is legendary in diving circles. Along with numerous other islands in the Indonesian archipelago, the region offers a great mix of wall-diving and shallow reefs. Indonesia is at the heart of the Coral Triangle, which encompasses most of the archipelago. Being the most biodiverse marine ecosystem on the planet, it is the WWF’s top priority for marine conservation.

New friends at Pulau Tikus wet market
       
     
New friends at Pulau Tikus wet market
Monks at Ywama village
       
     
Monks at Ywama village
Preparing lunch at Chiso mountain
       
     
Preparing lunch at Chiso mountain
Beautiful lady selling honey on the streets of Tan Chau
       
     
Beautiful lady selling honey on the streets of Tan Chau
Fishing in flooded padi fields, in South Sumatra
       
     
Fishing in flooded padi fields, in South Sumatra
Mother and daughter, in Luang Prabang
       
     
Mother and daughter, in Luang Prabang
Sidekicks at Shwe Gu, in Bagan
       
     
Sidekicks at Shwe Gu, in Bagan
Playing in the streets of Inle
       
     
Playing in the streets of Inle
Becak rider having a rest in the outskirts of Palembang
       
     
Becak rider having a rest in the outskirts of Palembang
A school in Sankar, Burma
       
     
A school in Sankar, Burma
A tuk tuk rider in Preah Khan looking very smart
       
     
A tuk tuk rider in Preah Khan looking very smart
Borobudur at dawn, in Jogjakarta
       
     
Borobudur at dawn, in Jogjakarta
Guan Yin at Kek Lok Si
       
     
Guan Yin at Kek Lok Si
Gurkha boy in Pathein, Burma
       
     
Gurkha boy in Pathein, Burma

Pathein served as a garrison town for the British after the First Anglo-Burmese War. Untouched by tourism, it is a beautiful port city on the west branch of the Irrawaddy River. 

I woke up to peaceful traffic every morning - the sound of bicycle tyres, the clik-clak of horses, locals chatting, and nothing else. The streets were full of colourful outfits and countless happy smiles and greetings - with no strings attached. In fact, life goes by so slowly in Pathein that you forget about the atrocities of the Burmese Junta.

Cheeky parrot at Koh Chang
       
     
Cheeky parrot at Koh Chang
Crusing at dusk, on Inle Lake
       
     
Crusing at dusk, on Inle Lake