here, in no particular order, are our travels since moving to Kuala
Lumpur in 2011, as well as some websites that were completed earlier,
but never uploaded. The descriptors with a "VR" in front of them denote
360-degree tours that will run on desktop and mobile devices. Some of
them will work in Google Cardboard or similar headsets, for a fully
immersive tour. Look for a QR code beneath the tour. We hope to have
all of these available for headset viewing by the end of 2020. These
sites will link back to this page for a year, and then will be linked
the travel page.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico:
VR San Miguel de Allende
Our summer 2019 trip continued in Sweden where we
visited Stockolm, touring Gamla Stan (shown in the photo to the lef)t,
the Vasa Museum, and Kungsholmen Island. We then traveled north to the
university town of Uppsala before sampling the pleasures of a Swedish
summer on the island of Oland, Sweden's summer playground.
We have had a home in this picturesque Mexican City for fifteen years,
and have finally put together three virtual tours which focus on the
history and culture of San Miguel de Allende, the birthplace of Mexican
Independence and an arts center par excellence. Follow the link to
enjoy the beauty of SMA and learn about its historical and cultural
The Beach Village Resort, Sam Roi
Located 4 1/2 hours south of Bangkok, the Beach Village is an
idyllic little resort with a truly international clientele, and we are
lucky enough to have a small townhouse there. Located 500 meters from
Dolphin Bay in the Gulf of Thailand, it is a fully-featured resort.
Here is a virtual tour of the resort grounds and amenities.
Tour Pura Taman Saraswati in Ubud
Pura Taman Saraswati
Although we have been to Bali many times and have several webpages
devoted to past trips, one of its most beautiful sites, this temple in
downtown Ubud (an inland artist colony) was never given its proper due.
Recently I found a virtual tour of Pura Taman Saraswati, and organized
a web page arounds. Come and view the spendor of this Hindu temple.
Naritasan Shinsoji Temple, Narita
VR Naritasan Shinsoji Temple
Heading back to the U.S. in early fall of 2018, we had a long
layover at Narita airport, just outside of Tokyo. This afforded us the
opportunity to visit the Naritasan Shinsoji temple, a 1,000 year old
temple complex, and the surrounding park. Beautiful and tranquil, it is
more than worth the time if you are every in transit through Tokyo.
Come see for yourself!
Wat Phra Kaew, Royal Palace,
VR Wat Phra Kaew
This is a recent addition to our Bangkok pages. In late 2018 we were on
a three-day visit to Bangkok and finally had the chance to visit Wat
Phra Kaew. This temple complex serves as the resting place of the Rama
Dynasty, the royal family of Thailand, and is the home to the Emerald
Buddha, Thailand's most sacred Buddhist relic. Take our virtual tour!
Guan Yin Shrine, Sam Roi Yot, Thailand
Tour, Guan Yin Shrine
You know you are getting close to our house in Thailand when
you see this shrine of a woman encircled by a dragon. The Guan Yin
shrine, dedicated to the Buddhist "Goddess of Mercy," marks the
entrance to our part of "undiscovered Thailand." Clink on the link or
photo to access a virtual tour of this shrine.
Wetlands, Sam Roi Yot, Thailand:
Thung Sam Roi Yot Wetlands
Just over the nearby mountains from our townhouse in
Thailand is the country's largest wetlands, something we discovered
only recently. Teeming with flora and fauna, it is accessible only via
boat tours through its marshy waterways. In 2018 we got up before the
sunrise to experience the start of the day, and create this virtual
tour to share the experience with you. Take the tour from the comfort
of your own home. . .
Nakhon Temple Cave, Sam Roi Yot, Thailand:
Phraya Nakhon Temple
One of the highlights of any trip to Sam Roi Yot National
Park, the Phraya Nakhon Temple is a small temple located in a cave at
the top of a mountain, a site visited by several of the kings of the
Rama Dynasty. Accessed via a rocky 430 meter climb, hikers are rewarded
with this jewel of a temple located deep in a limestone cavern with a
skylight over the temple, a magical site. We did the climbing for
you, and offer you a virtual tour of the temple in both desktop and VR
modes. Click on the link above to enter.
Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam:
Saigon and its Environs
A number of years before moving to Kuala Lumpur, we spent a
Christmas holiday in and around Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). In
addition to the sites and restaurants in District 1 (Old Saigon), we
also ventured a bit farther afield to My Tho in the Mekong river and
also to Anoasis resort. Come see the markets,
the museums, and the culture of this section of Vietnam
Seri Begawan, Brunei:
Tour the Empire Hotel and Meet the
our Thanksgiving break of November 2003, we took advantage of travel
specials offered at the end of Hari Raya, a major Muslim holiday, to
visit the country of Brunei. Located on an island that is also home to
East Malaysia, Brunei is an oil-rich nation whose Sultan is the world's
richest monarch. We stayed at the fabulous Empire Resort and Country
Club, and were lucky enough to see the Istana, the Sultan's palace,
opened to visitors for the three days following Hari Raya.
the Ruins of
This website is the result of two trips, 14 years apart.
The first trip to Siem Reap resulted in a map-based virtual tour, an
architectural survey of most of the temples in the area. In 2018 we
returned with new technology which allowed us to create VR (virtual
reality) based tours of two of the most important complexes, the vast
Angkor Wat temple, and the temples enclosed within the old city
of Angkor Thom. These tours provide a much more interactive look at the
complexes, as they offer 360 degree viewing, as well as embedded maps,
videos, and photos. They may also be viewed in headsets such as Google
Luang Prabang, Laos:
Virtual Tour of Luang Prabang's "Old City"
Luang Prabang is a lovely city, full of things to see and do, all in a
relaxed atmosphere. Even traveling there as we did twice during the
winter holiday season, it was never crowded and the proximity of most
sites and activities make it the ideal town to explore at your leisure.
We have created three virtual tours which we hope capture the Luang
Prabang experience, a Mekong River Cruise, a tour of Luang Prabang's
old City, and a tour of the Wats of Luang Prabang within the old city.
In the period
when the Indian Ocean was the dominant world trade network, Melaka was
of the most important ports in the world. The history of Melaka is a
microcosm of the history of Southeast Asia, as traders from Africa, the
Arab world, India and China all left their mark. It also felt the
impact of colonialism under the Portuguese, Dutch, and English. Our
Melaka page covers these experiences in two virtual tours, one of the
colonial Majestic Hotel and the other a tour of Melaka's historical
Our Trip to the Four Seasons
was the first leg in an epic 2007 spring holiday, a trip to the
Malaysian island of Langkawi. We stayed at the Four Seasons Langkawi
and sampled all of the delights that it had to offer: food,
accomodations, and activities. Visit this island paradise that was our
home for five blissful
nights and learn all that it has to offer the pampered traveler!
The Batu Caves are one of only 10 Shrines in the
dedicated to the Hindu god Murugan. The complex, which consists of
numerouse shrines housed in 4 limestone caves is the focal point in
Malaysia for the Tamil celebration of Thaipusam. This page offers a
virtual tour of the entire complex, including the caves, and explains
the major temples and the deities to whom they are dedicated. Click on
the heading above or on the photo to the left to learn more about the
temples and their gods.
Thulhagiri, Maldive Islands:
trip to the Maldives
second leg of our epic spring break of 2007 we traveled to Thulhagiri
on the northern atoll of
the Maldive Islands. It was a return after a
long hiatus for Tracy and Dale's first trip to this storied holiday
destination. We spent our time snorkeling, fishing and dining on great
seafood while enjoying the white sand and crystal clear waters of the
Virtual Tour of Helsinki
the summer of 2019
we began and ended our trip to the
Baltic region (in our case, Finland, Sweden, and Latvia) with overnight
stays in Helsinki. Although we did not get to see as much of the city
as we had hoped, we did put together a virtual tour of some of the
"must-sees" for anyone with a layover in Finland's capital city.
early July 2019 we took a southern turn on our Baltic Tour to visit
Latvia. Our travels took us to Riga, Jurmala, Cesis and Amatciems, and
included tours of castles, medieval cities, Cold War Bunkers, and Food
Click on the "Visit Latvia" heading or on the photo to take a
tour of this magical place, with its blend of ancient history and
Arts Museum, Malaysia: The Finest Exhibit of Muslim Art in SE
Visit the Islamic Arts Museum
Islamic Art Museum in Kuala Lumpur hosts the largest collection of
Muslim artifacts in Southeast Asia, and is a building we visit several
times a year with visitors, always learning something new. This webpage
features a 360 degree virtual tour of the museum and its permanent
galleries, as well as a virtual tour of one of the special galleries
that housed a spectacular painting/photo exhibit of the Hajj in the
Margaret River, Australia:
The Wine Country--Then and Now
We have made two trips to the Margaret River wine region of
Western Australia, one in March of 2006 when living in Singapore, and a
return trip with family in December of 2019. The latest trip
description features a virtual tour of the wineries we visited. Tour
the wineries and see what a difference 14 years makes!
Colmar Tropical and Tanjong Jara
Resort: Our Travels in the Time of Covid-19
Tanjong Jara Resort
spending 3 months in pandemic lockdown, the Malaysian Control Order
(M.C.O.) was "eased" in June 2020. In the middle of that month we left
our neighborhood for the first time since March, taking a day trip to
the faux-French village of Colmar, in the mountains of central
Malaysia. About one month later we took our first overnight adventure,
journeying across the same mountains to the east coast of Malaysia to
spend a week at the Tanjong Jara Resort.
Island, South Carolina: A Favorite Holiday Retreat
Tour the Vistas of
A perenially favorite holiday spot of ours, Fripp Island
is the outermost island in a barrier chain off the coast of South
Carolina. No visit to the US is complete without a stop there to
spend time with Tracy's family. We have created a virtual tour of some
of the island's scenic spots, which you may access by clicking on the
photo to the left, or on the link above.
Croatia: A Gem of Eastern
Discover the Charms of
We were fortunate enough to spend 10 months in Croatia, as
Tracy accepted a one-year teaching position at the American
International School of Zagreb. During that time we used sunny
weekends and school holiday to visit not only its famed coastline, but
also its stunning interior, a mixture of natural beauty and European
charm. You may access the tour by clicking on the photo to the
left, or on the link above.
Slovenia: In the Shadow of the Alps
Castles, Coastline, Cosmopolitan Life in the shadow of the Alps
Slovenia is much more than just the birthplace of the former first lady Melania (aka Ms. I Really Don't Care, Do You?).
It is a beautiful country with views of the Julian Alps, fairytale
castles and cities oozing with old world charm. Fortunately for us, it
was just a two hour ride from Zagreb. Come and sample the charm of
Lubljana, the ancient Roman ruins of Piran, and the storybook Bled
Castle overlooking the lake of the same name.