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Apr
24

Postcard From Asia #3, Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Sri Lanka was Day 12, the midpoint of a 25-day Oceania Cruise in Asia that began in Bangkok and ends in Dubai. Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites are packed into the small island nation off the southeast coast of India. Our friends Lakshman, a Sri Lankan native, and Jim and Laurie who returned from Sri Lanka a few months ago, provided advice in planning our one day here. While a visit to the historic Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and other sites in historic Kandy were at the top of our list, in the end we decided the drive was too long given the congested road and our need to return before our ship sailed.

In lieu of visiting Kandy, we chose the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle (pronounced “gawl”) that sits on Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast.  We arranged for a car and driver to take us as Oceania did not offer an excursion here. Our knowledgeable guide Wilhem picked us up at the ship. He briefly toured us around Colombo’s highlights including a colorful Hindu temple, before heading inland and south down the new motorway.

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Apr
24

Postcards from Asia: # 2, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket

Singapore must certainly be the most cosmopolitan, diverse city on earth, and we liked most everything about it except perhaps the politics. It turns out that smoking in public is illegal. O.K., that’s fine. So is chewing gum in public. Really?  But what struck us as bizarre was the prohibition on hugging in public! The polite way to put it: Singapore is very structured.


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Apr
18

Postcard From Asia #1, Thailand

Our bench on the elephant’s back swayed back and forth, side to side, as she stepped down the steep path.  We hung on tight using legs and feet to help maintain our balance. It was day two in northern Thailand.

So far, this trip has been magical.  Oceania’s ship Nautica is taking us from Bangkok to Dubai visiting 13 ports in 25 days.  And we’ve never before traveled to any of them. Our travel agent and friend, Donna Evans, of Stiles in Travel, arranged a pre-cruise trip to northern Thailand, a 5-day post trip to Germany, and the cruise. As usual, we’ll be sending a series of Postcards. You can also follow us on www.allthingscruise.com where we are posting an almost daily blog. More about that gig in Postcard 2.

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