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I have just discovered the joy of travelling around IndoChina on folding bicycles. Began in Hanoi while sipping coffee, I saw a big European guy on a small bicycle. He stopped opposite me and folded his bike into the smallest package ever and entered the cafe, with bike smartly under the table. I knew I needed one!

Of course I did not stop at one, but bought 6 foldies in a year. Been to Cambodia, Thailand, Lao so far and riding a bicycle opens a new dimension in adventure touring.

Exploring a city is so much easier now. You be surprise too that foldies perform remarkably well. And when riding ceases to be fun, the option to take a bus/taxi/car or even a m'bike tuk tuk is always there.

I hope to do a dream ride from China back to Singapore where I presently live. Crossing into Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and then home.  What an adventure that will be...



* Monument photo credits - Paul Sowter


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The flag that brought fear to many in WW2, except here.

The other face of the Imperial Japanese Army

Lee Alvin - oldyonfoldy [801]

The Japanese Army in WW2 wrecked havoc, committed attrocities and unimaginable cruelty wherever they went on their "liberating" campaigns in SEA. A relatively unknown museum in Northern Thailand...

Destinations: Mae Hong Son | Thailand
Topics: Culture | People | 20th Century History | War & Conflict
Old colonial French railway station, still in working condition.

All aboard the Bamboo Train of Battambang!

Lee Alvin - oldyonfoldy [801]

Taking advantage of an under utilised railway track, the highly illegal Bamboo Train in Battambang is surprisingly effective, economical and lots of fun to ride on.

Destinations: Battambang | Cambodia
Topics: Economy | Travel | People | Adventure | Photography | 20th Century History
Praying for good health and prosperity.

Grandfathers of Malacca

Lee Alvin - oldyonfoldy [801]

A tribute to the chinese immigrant men of Malacca in a photo essay.

Destinations: Melaka
Topics: Culture | Food | Economy | People | Religion | 20th Century History
Bohemian Pai, where even the dogs are friendly...

Of Coffee and Spokes in Pai…

Lee Alvin - oldyonfoldy [801]

My cycling buddy visits Pai religiously every year since 2001. "What so great about this small town?", I asked. One visit was all it took for me to absolutely fall in love with this charming town...

Destinations: Thailand
Topics: Food | Culture | Photography | Adventure | People | 20th Century History | Ecotourism
Cambodian's young - Their ticket to a brighter future. Bopha from COSI Orphanage.

A Ticket to Hope - Cambodia

Lee Alvin - oldyonfoldy [801]

A returned visit to the capital city of the "Wild wild east" of South East Asia led me to discover new hope for Cambodia's future through her warm and remarkable young people. Its a city bravely...

Destinations: Phnom Penh | Cambodia | Angkor
Topics: Culture | Food | Economy | People | 20th Century History | Shopping | War & Conflict | Architecture

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