Fire Cloud...
An irregular marking on the exterior of Native American pottery: usually resulting from burning fuel coming in direct contact with the vessel during firing

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Good Morning, Vietnam

This is a travel blog, so I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Phred has concocted a plan to visit my old stomping grounds (Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand).

First we'll fly into Bangkok on December 4th. I'll probably be better behaved with Mrs. Phred in tow than I was back at age 24.

After a few days we fly to Chiang Mai north of Bangkok. Mrs. Phred's cousin is a world famous concert pianist who lives somewhere around there. I think he commutes on an elephant. We'll rent a car there and drive to Northeast Thailand to visit the opium warlords in that area.

Ho Chi Minh City was called Saigon the last time I was there. We'll poke around a few days and then transfer to a river boat on the Mekong River. We have stops in Châu Ðôc, Cu Lao Gien, Sa Dec, Cái Bè, My Tho, Siem Reap ,Phnom Penhm, Tonle Sap, Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Cham.

We finish up in Hanoi, which was strictly available only by air (no landing) the last time I was in the area.


  1. sounds like a wonderful trip....but I think Bennett gave up his elephant.sil

  2. Great song from the DK's: Holiday in Cambodia. "Don't forget to pack a wife"..... check it out!