Posts Tagged ‘Asia’

Riel World photo – Hanoi, Vietnam

Hoan Kiem Lake

A view of Hoan Kiem Lake, a peaceful oasis in the middle of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Impressions of Cambodia

Buddhist monks in Cambodia

“Cambodians have three rules for life,” she said. “Eat well, grow up, and take care of family.”

Poetry of travel: Balinese rice terraces

bali rice terraces

The rice terraces form long emerald staircases as they tumble down glittering green hillsides.

Cafes of Vietnam

vietnam coffee

If you enjoy drinking coffee and hanging out in cafes, Asia may not be the first place you’d consider as an ideal destination. But Vietnam is a pretty good under-the radar country for coffee and cafe lovers.

Impressions of Calcutta

Calcutta traffic

It was all part of the Indian paradox. Every impression had two sides. There was uplifting spirituality and abject poverty, technological know-how and confounding disorder, vivid beauty and dreadful filth, and all of it was blended together in a staggering mass of humanity.

Life as a Buddhist monk in Thailand

Buddhist monk Thailand

It was in Chang Mai that we had one of our more memorable travel experiences during a morning chat with a Buddhist monk.

Riel World photo – Varanasi, India

Ganges River, Varanasi

Hindu pilgrims at sunrise on the Ganges River in Varanasi, India.

Photo essay – Temples of Angkor in Cambodia

Angkor Wat

Cambodia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular ancient temples. Get a glimpse of this centuries-old world in this photo essay on temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Poetry of travel: High above the Himalayas

Himalayan mountains from the air

The heavens are colored a passionate blue and the earth below is draped in a jagged blanket of white. All sense of time has melted away as we glide in a dream world through shimmering skies above snow-capped peaks.

Learning about Buddhism at a Himalayan temple

View from Thiksey Gompa

An elderly monk walked up to the spot where we stood, slowly spinning the prayer wheels and chanting words under his breath. He stopped in front of us and smiled. “Om mani padme hum,” he said, in a soft, slow cadence.

Poetry of travel: Ancient ritual on the Ganges

Ganges River, Varanasi

It’s five in the morning in Varanasi, India. The early rays of dawn paint the Ganges River with a silvery-orange glow and infuse everything with an ethereal radiance.

Obama and democracy in Asia

Obama Air Force One

If you go behind the headlines of President Obama’s current trip to Asia, you can see that much of the agenda has been devoted to engaging with other democratic nations and promoting shared values. Here is a snapshot of the trip from that perspective.

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