Truck the World 2020 Leg 8 | Kuala Lumpur Singapore

In the light of past experience and current worldwide political, economical and desease developments we considered the following options of continuing Truck-the-World:

  1. Driving back through Thailand, Laos and China overlanding home through Mongolia, Russia and Eastern Europe. Not attractive to travel Thailand, Cambodia, Laos or China again.
  2. Driving back through Thailand and transit Myanmar to India with shipping and overlanding options to Europe or Africa. Not desirable, see above.
  3. Shipping to Corea. But like China, USA and Japan South Korea did not ratify the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic including acknowledgment of national vehicle registration, effective 1977. But they had signed Geneva Convention in 1949 which was never signed by Germany for historical reasons… Other than China or USA South Korea makes null exception for German plated vehicles, not even for temporal import. Talks to South Corean Ambassador in Bonn had no effect. So Korea was out of truck-the-world.
  4. Same with Japan. Jap autorities seemed more flexible at first accepting authentification of German Carnet de Passage by Japan Automobile Federation. But inspection and registration of German plated vehicles was required for temporary import. Those regulations address new car import and sale and their fulfillment costs at least 5000 US$. We did not expect our 25 year old truck meeting current Japanese emission or noise standards, eg. So Japan was out of truck-the-world, too.
  5. Shipping outbound Kuala to Vladivostok, Russia and continuing West as above.
  6. Shipping outbound Kuala to Australia’s Darwin or Fairbanks. This is extremely costly and laborious because of Australia’s compulsory vehicle disinfection process. Their motto: Stop disease at the gate... We have past experience with camper fruit fly inspections driving across Aussie states and were not interested to repeat that experience.
  7. Overland wonderful Malaysia and Singapore and shipping outbound Kuala or Singapore with lots of options to Europe, South Africa, North or South America.

We voted for option 7, overlanding Malaysia and Singapore, since we had been hindered to do that earlier due to technical truck problems. We overlanded for 4 weeks and 1.800 km and left the truck in Malaysia for the next leg, i.e., shipping outbound

Malaysia and Singapore provide every comfort you need at times, many people are familiar with English, service and technical standard of hotels or workshops are high.. So at the beginning of February 2020 we flew back to Kuala, inspected, tested and checked our truck, did final services and tests and and start our Malay Singapore Tour.

After start, however, Corona virus became virulent especcially in Singapore, not a problem in Malaysia at all. As a consequence we declined Singapore from our travel options.

MALAYSIA

In Kuala Lumpur we checked into Subang Jaya Empire Hotel providing high standards for a 5-day-stay, KL centre was easy to reach by train and Grab as well as our truck workshop in Shah Alam. We spent half days at that workshop and leisuring in KL.

International Youth Work in Casablanca 2019 | Morocco

We served an IJAB/Ministry of Foreign Affairs contract at the ACT to CHNAGE conference on International Youth Work during November/December 2019. Aside from reporting conference documentation and results and results interviews on 3 different youth projects were conducted on location in Casablanca, Essaouira and Tiznit.

We are desert lovers and decided to add a visit to Fort Bou Jerif in Southern Morocco , the Prtr to Sahara, again. This is an overlander relay/campement founded by our friend Guy Dreumont in the early years of Dakar.

Guy had been the first medical doctor in Chief of the very first Raris to Dakar Rallye in 1978/79 on Peugeot 504 Break and decided to move to Southern Morocco where he still dwells in Agadir. Time for a visit.

So we rented a car and started working in Casablanca at the conference ACT to CHANGE with 100 people from Egypt, Germany, Morocco and Tunesia.

Truck the World 2018/19 Leg 7 | Pattaya Kuala Lumpur

After lots of problems with the truck and repairs, holdup robbery, hospitals and health a light at the horizon had occurred in the persons of David Goodchild and his friend Glenn Clements. They convinced Thai authorities to accept our truck into Thailand and transferred it to and stored it at Plodd Stop in Pattaya.

Our humble thanks go to Dave, Glenn and their families for their selfless help and care without even asking for any earnings. We also learned that overlanding provides positive and healing experience as well.

In December 2018 we decided to continue trucking the world for 2 months and flew back to Pattaya. We drove around 4.500 km through Thailand and Malaysia. We parked the truck in Kuala Lumpur in January 2019.

THAILAND

Dave picked us up at Bangkok Airport and we stayed in his guest house for truck check and final repairs, car wash and haircut. Meanwhile we spent time with Dave and his friends, all of them engaged pool players.

We Found our Truck Safely and Securely Parked at Plodd Stop | Pattaya
…During the Day as Well as During the nights…
…Together with Friend`s Mercedes and Camper Making 1oo Countries on 5 Continents in Years…
…so we Greeted Glenn and other Old White Men in his Old Bill Bar…
…Two of them with One or more Beers…
…Some Playing some Pool…
…Ate One of the Best Bratwurst I ever Had at French Pum Pui’s Restaurant…
…Got Drinking Water at the Local Waterworks…
…Got Hair Done…
…the Truck Washed Outside and Inside…
…Picked up Anneli for a Drink…
…and Had Farewell Dinner with Dave and Leslie at Swiss Samis Restaurant with Steak, Bratwurst and Cheese Fondue in Pattaya | Thailand

We left Dave and Leslie for a visit of Northern Thailand and were invited to come back to Pattaya for Christmas celebrations. Surrounding Bangkok we headed North to Sukhothai Thani and Chiang Mai.

Way up to Ciang Mai in Northern Thailand MAN Drive Belts Made Squeaking Noises …
…but Nice People Did a Great Job Under the Sun | Thailand
We Reached Romantic Sukhothai Thani Camping Close to a Stele Under Sun Down | Thailand
Buddha and Ruins inside the Old City of Wide Spread Sukhothai…
…Temple Ruins in Sukhothai…
…not Pisa but Sukhothai…
…Hindu Temple and Altar in Sukhothai…
…Great Free Standing Shiva in Front of a Stele in Sukhothai…
…But Secured Shiva in Sukhothai, too…
… Pupils Visiting Sukhothai Well Organized | Thailand
On the Road again heading North | Thailand
Having a Drink in Chiang Mai | Thailand
Remainders of the Historic Town Wall and Castle in Chiang Mai | Thailand
Wat Chiang Mun Temple Made Ready for Christmas and New Year…
… Monks Having a Hard Time with Temple Beauty…
… Surveyed by Holy Crocodiles…
… Golden Chiang Mun Temple Front in Chiang Mai…
… But they Won’t Listen, Watch or Tell anything at Chiang Mun | Thailand
Wat Chedi Luang Temple in Chiang Mai | Thailand
Wat Chedi Luang Temple in Chiang Mai | Thailand
… Seating Buddha at Wat Chedi Luang Temple in Chiang Mai | Thailand
Amphoe Mae Sariang Festivities…
… Offering Sate…
… Lots of Cabbage and Morning Glory…
… And Fresh Fish at Amph0e Mae Sariang | Thailand
We Continued West to Thai-Myanmar and Aligned this Border to Mae Sot Across high Montains with Wonderful Views | Thailand
We Arrived at Ayutthaya Pleasure Ground | Thailand
…And Celebrated Annelis Birthday in Ayutthaya | Thailand
Watched by Several Buddhas…
… Together with Tourist Elephants in Ayutthaya | Thailand
For Christmas we were Invited Back to Pattaya…
… Into Dave’s Guesthouse…
… At the Pool…
… And to David’s and Leslie’s House…
… For Classic Turkey Christmas Dinner Prepared by the Owners…
… And this was Christmas with Dave, his Daughter…
… And Anneli in Pattaya | Thailand
Christmas Repairs Included Bike Tires…
… And the Pump of the Truck’s Vaccum Toilet in Pattaya | Thailand
We Continued South to Kaeng Krachan National Park, a Tourist Attraction Close lose to Myanmar Border | Thailand
Greeted by a Golden Buddha…
… And Snakes…
… At Big Kaeng Krachan Lake…
… With Hungry Monkeys…
… A Suspension Bridge…
… Among Thai Campers | Thailand
We Continued South at the East Coast… | Thailand
…Passing Coconut Harvest…
… And Spent New Year’s Evening 2018 at Amphoe Bang Saphan Beach…
… Surveyed by Buddha | Thailand
… Celebrating New Year 2019 Here | Thailand
We crossed Thailand East to West Through the Mountains and Camped at Kra Buri Waterfalls | Thailand
…Wich Turned out to be Nothing but a Runlet at Comfortable Temperature…
…And Lots of Tropic Flowers in Kra Buri | Thailand
We reached Thai West Coast at Amphoe Kapoe and Camped at the Romantic Beach…
…Where the Boys Played…
…A Just Married Couple Celebrated their Honeymoon…
…While we Watched Fishermen…
…And Enjoyed Sundown After the Party Had Left Amphoe Kapoe | Thailand
Thai West Coast Was Severely Damaged at 2004 Banda Aceh Tsunami and Evacuation Routes were Built and Signs Put all over that Coast…
…This Coast at Ampoe Takua Pa Was Hit , too…
…And this Memorial was Built for Thousands of Killed People…
…In Commemoration of Some of them…
A Policeboat was Found more than 20 km Inland…
…And was Left there as Memorial…
…And Buddha Watches Ampoe Takua Pa | Thailand
We Continued Down South to Kao Lak and its White Sand Beach…
…Parked Our Truck…
…Close to the Uncrowded Beach…
…But with Some People…
…And Myself…
We Admired Holiday Mansions at Kao Lak but Left that Noisy Place for the Night…
…And Spent that Night at AmphoeTakua Pa Beach…
…And Repairing our Truck Next Morning which did not Want to Start the Engine and to Leave Wonderful Amphoe Takua Pa, all Together with a Friendly and Competent Local Mechanic | Thailand
We visited the Oldtown of Phuket, in Fact one Single Road with Restored Colonial Buildings…
…Like this one and Most of them Owned by Chinese…
…Or this One…
…But in General Buildings Look Like That…
…But we Preferred Tasty Breakfast in this Modern Cafe in Phuket | Thailand
We Left Crowded and Noisy Phuket and Found a Nice Beach at Amphoe Mueang Krabi for Rest | Thailand
The Next Beach Camping within Amphoe Sikao National Park Said Not to Litter…
…Accordingly we did NOT…
…Prepared a Cocktail…
…to Greet Sundown…
…And Got Waked-Up by the Local Anti-Littering Campaign at Amphoe Sikao | Thailand
We Took the Ferry Boat over Amphoe Kantang River…
…Met an Elephant on the Road…
…had a Final Sip at Amphoe La-ngu Beach in Sothern Thailand…
…Attaining the Thai-Malay Wang Prachan Border at Ampoe Khuan-Donin the Mountains | Thailand

MALAYSIA

Finally we entered Malyasia without Problem, our Passports got staped and Carnet de Passage was accepted and stamped by Thai and Malay auhthorities.

We Camped for the Night High-up in Titi Tinggi National Park at Kampung Wang Kelian with a Wonderful View over North-West Malaysia
…And Got Malay Ringgit Money in Kangar | Malaysia
Next Day the Truck Jumped over a Steep but Undetected Road Bump . Thereafter we Heard Scratching Noises from Under the Truck Booth for some Seconds every Time we Drove over Regular Bumps. Luckily Local MAN Service was Close and we Drove to Bandar Seberang Jaya also Known as Butterworth…
…During Inspection we found that the Front of the 2 Cross Memebers of the Cabin Bridge was Broken…
…We were Guided to a Workshop Closeby…
…to Get Provionary Welding Done…
…And this Bandage was the Result. We Agreed to Spend the Rest of Holidays Driving Precautiously Avoiding Off-Road and Bumps as far as Possible. We made an Appointment to Deliver the Truck at the End of our Holidays to Ah Shang Motors, one of the Biggest Truck Body Repair Companies in Maylaysia for repair of the Cross Member. They would Bring the Truck for Maintenance and Overhaul to MAN Rawang Afterwards, see https://rahmenbruch.com/ for details…
…for Lunch we were Invited by MAN Manager Thaya and his Technical Director Gopi for an Indian Lunch…
…On Banana Leaves…
…And we Enjoyed it a Lot in Bandar Seberang Jaya | Malaysia
Our next Stop was Penang at Malay West Coast …
…With the View of Georgetown at Night…
…And with Fishermen During Daytime in Penang | Malaysia

Georgetown is an Old Colonial City Built by Brish and Dutch Colonialists. It comes lively and with a lot of history and those buildings, motly renovated, definitely worth visiting. Today Chinese and Hindu people are running the city and its business…

We Parked and Camped next to the Beach and Historic Christian Cemetery at an Old Kindergarten/Nursery…
…the Old Cemetery with Colonialist Graves…
…Georgetown Big Ben was Close…
…Nice Pubs and Bars like „Baby Vodka“…
…Museum and Art Gallery in Ruins…
…Colonial Museum…
…The Town Hall…
…And its Modern Cafe…
…Great Mansions…
…And Balconies…
…Wonderful Art Deco Doors…
…Modern Wall Paintings…
…And Typical two Storage Houses of Old British Colonies…
…The Chinese Waldorf Hotel…
…Wedding Party just Next to the Hotel…
…And the Red Garden, a Tourist Place with Local Food in Prepared in 100 Small Shops…
…Where we had DInner with our British Friends Sonia Ennals…
…Jim Wintour and Bruce, Canadian Friend and Tasty Halal Ice Cream Later…
…And the Evening in this Bar Accessible through a Fridge…
…Next Day we Visited Famous Campbell Warehouse in Georgetown…
…And Blue Mansion Built by a Chinese Tradesman 100 years ago…
…Inner Courtyard of Blue Mansion…
…Another Courtyard of Blue Mansion…
…Its Second Floor…
…Blue Mansion Restaurant…
…And Romantic Lunch in Blue Mansion Restaurant…
…Restaurant Balcony of Blue Mansion..
…Next Day’s Dinner in LaksaLicious…
…Looks Like this…
…Time to Say Goodbye to Geogetown like this Cruise Liner | Malaysia
Time to Visit the Pulau Orang Utan Resort Island | Malaysia
…Where the Human Visitors are Imprisoned in a Big Cage…
…And The Orangs Practice Freedom in Trees…
…Or Go Easy on the Ground…
…Feeling Amazed on Caged Tourists in Palau |Malaysia
On our Way to Kuala we Camped Next to but NOT Underneath a Durian Tree in Teja…
…And in Shah Alam for a Visit to Ah Shang Motors who Agreed to Replace the Cross Member with a Handmade Design, see https://rahmenbruch.com/ for Details…
…At Night we were Surprised by Heavy Tropical Rain Turning our Ground into a Muddy River Vanishing Completely Next Day under Tropical Sun of Shah Alam | Malaysia
We Continued to Kuala Lumpur and Camped Next to this Muslim Cemetery Next to Petronas Towers in the Centre of Kuala…
…One of the 2 Petronas Towers…
…KLCC Leisure Park Behind the Towers…
…Petronas Entrance…
…Bank Buildings all over Kuala Centre…
…Petronas Towers from a Distance at Night…
…KLCC Park at Night…
…Preparing Chinese New Year all over Kuala Lumpur Meaning Total Standstill of Everything for a Full Week in Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia
Malaysia and Kuala Develop Quite Fast and one May Regret that Just a Few Colonial Buildings are Valued and Wait for Renovation Like this Train Station of Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia
On our Way to the Coast South-West of Kuala Lumpur we Ran into this Poor Oil Palm Harvest on its Way to the Mill…
…And Spent a Day at Morib Beach Together with British Overlanders who Had Crossed China together with us in 2016 | Malaysia
We Met Sue and Ted at Morib Beach and I Brought Anneli to KLIA Airport because she had to Go Home for Work | Malaysia
I Drove Slowly Back to Rawang MAN Rawang and Ran into Thousands of People Celebrating Prime Hindu Holiday at Gombak | Malaysia
I Enjyed a Refreshing Bath Close to Rawang | Malaysia
And Spent my Last Day at Bentong with Enough Space on the Huge Bus Parking of Gunung Highlands…
…A Mega Tourist Amusement Park High Up in the Mountains about 1800 m above Sea…
…Farewell Drink with Sonia and Jim Again…
…in our Truck Next to their Toyota Camper at Gunung Highlands | Malaysia
…Saying Goodbye to Malaysia

THAILAND

On the Way to MAN Rawang, however, the Truck Ran Downhill without Braking. So I Jumped off at a Speed of about 25 km/h and Broke my Right Foot. Diagnosis at Gunung Hospital Said Nothing Broken, I asked for X-ray but the doctor did not make it.

Since the Foot Ballooned and Hurt very much I communicated with Dave and he advised to Return to Pattaya for Medical Care and treatment. I agreed, left the trck with MAN and took a flight to Bangkok where Dave picked me up at the Airport.

First x-ray at Bangkok Royal Hospital in Pattaya diagnosed Lisfranc Luxationfracture Middle Foot Right | Thailand
Doctors Recommended me to Fly Home for Treatment and with Hanse Merkur Insurance we Negotiated my Transport Taking a Full Week with Lots of Discussions… Hanse Merkur definitely not Recommended, Pattaya | Thailand
…While we Played Pool again…
…Attended British Expats‘ Garden Parties…
…And Said Goodbye to Leslie and Dave with a Big Thankyou for Help and Support…
…And Finally Flew Home with Lufthansa Business Class from Bangkok | Thailand

To be continued… See next Post on Truck-the-World Leg 8

Truck the World 2018 Leg 6 | Phnom Penh Pattaya | Politics and Robbery

Overlanding is kind of luxuriating high end migration and addicted to political, economic, security, safety or climate dynamics as well. After conquering such problems transiting Aserbaidjan, Iran, Stan-States and China in 2015 and 2016 we did not expect any problem driving through Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore or shipping the truck inbound Japan via South Corea.

In 2016, however, Thailand DLT surprised overlanders like us establishing new regulations closing transit for overlanding third-country-trucks like ours effective 1.1.2017. Consequently we changed plans intending to ship outbound Cambodia’s Port Sihanoukville to any place in this world. We found out, however, that Sihanoukville offers RoRo extremely rarely. Since our big truck does not fit into any container it needs 40′ Flat Racks then. Their availability was quite scarce so that we skipped the plan shipping outbound Cambodia. Same outbound Saigon/HCMC currently not even offering any RoRo anymore.

Like nomads we do not stick to plans. Being unable to forsee climate, economic or political changes we adapt decently and continuously, no matter what we like or dislike. Consequently we decided to try entering Thailand against rules and regulations and willing to see how far we might get.

CAMBODIA

We returned back to Phnom Penh by air and supervised ongoing truck repairs and maintenance at ENVOTECH. Inspection showed that new Michelin Tires had been fitted and minor jobs been done.

ENVOTECH Company | Phnom Penh
ENVOTECH Company | Phnom Penh

MAN UNICAT at ENVOTECH Workshop
MAN UNICAT with New Tires at ENVOTECH Workshop | Phnom Penh

But batteries had not been charged and the engine had not been started for more than a year. Diesel pipes and filters had to be cleaned and new batteries to be installed. The AirCon had to be repaired.

Four New Batteries for UNICAT | Phnom Penh
Four New Batteries for UNICAT | Phnom Penh

AirCon Repair by Specialists | Phnom Penh
AirCon Repair by Specialists | Phnom Penh

AirCon Dryer Replacement | Phnom Penh
AirCon Dryer Replacement | Phnom Penh

AirCon Front and Rear Evaporator after Repair before Installation | Phnom Penh
AirCon Front and Rear Evaporator after Overhaul before Installation | Phnom Penh

All these jobs were done badly and took much more time than expected. Even more consequences: 14V alternator, electric Diesel fuel pumps and radio were not working any more and we found ourselves on unwanted holidays in Phnom Penh during rain season.

Rain Season at Riverfront | Phnom Penh
Rain Season at Riverfront | Phnom Penh

Riverfront View from Tonle Sap River | Phnom Penh
Riverfront View from Muddy Tonle Sap River | Phnom Penh

Daily TukTuk Ride to Truck Workshop | Phnom Penh
Daily TukTuk Ride to Truck Workshop | Phnom Penh

Holidays ended, however, when Anneli was bag snatched and robbed at 10 pm in front of our Asia Tune Hotel entrance after birthday dinner. She was teared along the street and severely injured, clavicula fracture, but nobody cared, no hotel, no police, no ambulance, and snatchers were not traced.

Two friendly Trattoria Del’Arte waitresses, however, recognized us as customers and took us by TukTuk to Naga Clinic for First Aid. The good news was that the stolen bag contained just one credit card, keys, some dollars and iPhone but no passports nor anything of importance. Thanks to recommended ALLIANZ insurance each item was replaced.

Asia Tune Hotel**** Entrance and Location of Robbery |Phnom Penh
Asia Tune**** Hotel Entrance and Location of Robberies | Phnom Penh

We turned to luxury Royal Bangkok Hospital for X-Ray, doctor’s advice and medication. It took another 4 days to convince hotel management to raise official complaint at the police and to produce an accident report. It turned out that 3 serious bag snatchings had been video recorded in front of the hotel per night on the average.

Attending Royal Bangkok Hospital | Phnom Penh
Attending Royal Bangkok Hospital | Phnom Penh

Riverside Police Station | Phnom Penh
Riverside Police Station | Phnom Penh

After 6 days Anneli’s condition was stable enough to fly home for operation and treament in Germany. German ADAC organized and booked our trip with the aid of German doctors giving us a lot of support, thanks.

ThaiAir Business Class Flight Makes Happy | Phnom Penh
ThaiAirways Business Class Flight Makes Happy | Phnom Penh

We were quite unhappy with ENVOTECH performance but another good news was that British friends, Dave Goodchild and Glenn Clements, offered to take our truck away from Phnom Penh and ENVOTECH and to drive it into Thailand. We were quite lucky to agree and David and John were successful in spite of hindrances by laws, Thai DLT, police and customs, thanks and congratulations, cheers!

Close to Sihanoukville on the Road to Thai Border | Cambodia
Close to Sihanoukville on the Rainy Road to Thai Border | Cambodia

MAN UNICAT Waiting in Nomansland for Paperwork to be Done at the Border | Cambodia - Thailand
MAN UNICAT Waiting in Nomansland for Paperwork to be Done at the Border | Cambodia – Thailand

Consequently we pronouce a WARNING: Never ever use ENVOTECH services or even store your car or truck there. Former owner Finn is a friendly European without influence on ENVOTECH since his stepson Vuthy Uy has taken over promising and signing any contract and excusing any fault without any responsibility, manners or sympathy. Plus 3.30 USD per day without valuable trade-off but destroyed batteries, clamped Diesel pipes, electric shortcuts and more.

THAILAND

And this is where our trucks sits now idling and waiting for our return to Thailand in December 2018, see https://www.overlandersthailand.com/

Finally at Plodd Stop in Pattaya | Thailand
Finally at Plodd Stop in Pattaya | Thailand

To be continued… See next Post on Truck-the-World Leg 7

 

 

 

Development Aid into Test and Evaluation of Vehicle Handling 2018 | Aguascalientes & Yucatan Mexico

The Americas including North, South and Central America are on our truck-the-world list. Senior Expert Service SES is a nonprofit foundation of the German Economy for International Cooperation and cooperates with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. CAFA is one of the biggest Mexican construction companies building Panama channel in those days and located in Auguascalientes, centre of Mexican Automotive industry.

Ten years ago CAFA built Aguascalientes Ovalo, a race track for US American NASCAR series.

Agauscalientes Ovalo Plan
Aguascalientes Proving Ground Overview Including Ovalo Race Track

View over Augascalientes Ovalo
View over Augascalientes Ovalo

Since the track was abandoned because of security concerns, CAFA recently designed a project converting the track into a professional vehicle proving and testing ground for Mexican automotive industry. Mexican Ministry for Technology and Development supported the project and asked SES for testing and evaluation expertise.

As a lecturer at Berlin Technical University, see www.kfz.tu-berlin.de/menue/lehrangebot/fahrversuche_im_automobilbau/ and Springer author on Automotive Testing and Evaluation science books SES asked me to consult and to train CAFA on automotive testing standards, technology, data aquision and analysis.

Smart VEclie Handliing - Test und Evaluation in der Fahrzeugtechnik by Wolf D Käppler, Springer 2015
Wolf D Käppler: Smart Vehicle Handling – Test und Evaluation in der Fahrzeugtechnik, ISBN 978-3-662-464-168 | Springer 2015

During work at CAFA headquarters in Aguascalientes I went traveling to several Colonial cities North of Mexico City. After finalizing the consulting contract we drove around Yucatan peninsula by car. 8.000 km were covered overlanding Mexico.

CAFA CONSULTING

As a start of 3 weeks consulting several overviews over ISO vehicle handling test standards, procedures and testing technology were presented. CAFA personnel was educated and trained on vehicle dynamics and real time data measurement, sensor technology and data analysis. Training on the job including the organization and realization of testing execution and evaluation of results was given including safety and security aspects.

Meeting at CAFA with Boss Carlos, Project Manager Fernando and Carlos plus a Visitor | Aguascaleintes
Meeting at CAFA with Boss Carlos, Project Manager Fernando and Carlos plus Visitor | Aguascalientes

In several meetings test standard requirements in terms of surface, slope, track length and curve radii were analysed, compared and selected from hundreds of tests.

Selected ISO Vehicle Handling Test Standards
Example of Selected ISO Vehicle Handling Test Standards

Test rides according to selected ISO test standards were executed in order to make sure that required testing speeds, 100 km/h, e.g., were attained by standard vehicles and that braking distances were safe. Furthermore, safety zones were evaluated.

ISO Steady State Curve Driving Test at Ovalo
Personal ISO Steady State Curve Driving Test at Ovalo

Suitable ISO test standards were selected and documented and time and business plans including concept, personnel and finance for what CAFA called „Vehicle Test and Design Centre“ were developed.

Project Pan
CAFA Vehicle Test and Design Cente“ Project Business Pan

AUGUASCALIENTES

…is a historic Spanish Colonial city with 700.000 inhabitants at an altitude of 1.800 m. Restored Colonial buildings are located around central Plaza Patria. Adjoining is a nice but small historic center with a limited number of pubs.

Quality Inn Hotel**** at Plaza for 3 Weeks | Aguascalientes
Quality Inn Hotel**** at Plaza Patria for 3 Weeks | Aguascalientes

Government and Municipalt Palace next to Hotel | Aguascalentes
Government and Municipalt Palace next to Hotel…

...with Impressive Inside...
…with Impressive Inside Loggias…

Cathedral de Nuestar Senora left of Hotel
…Cathedral de Nuestra Senora left of Hotel…

...Selling Veggies at Side Entrance...
…Selling Veggies at Side Entrance…

Theatro Morelo next to Hotel
…Theatro Morelo next to Hotel…

...with Modern Art...
…with Modern Art…

...Jacaranda...
…Jacaranda…

...Dancing and Music each Night at Plaza...
…Dancing and Music each Night at Plaza Patria…

...Hair Dressing at Plaza Patria...
…Hair Dressing at Plaza Patria…

…Concerts…

...with Pubs and Music at the Bar Lie Closeby......
…with Pubs and Music at the Bar Mile……

...no Tesla Cars but Power Staitons | Aguascalientes
…no Tesla Cars but Power Stations | Aguascalientes

...Public Transport is Cheap in Aguascalientes
…Public Transport is Cheap in Aguascalientes…

...and Autobuses are Comfortable and Basic between Cities
…Autobuses are Comfortable and Basic Transportation between Cities…

...Final Goodbye Dinner at Maya Restaurant with Native Maya Food
…Goodbye Dinner at Rincon Maya Restaurant with fine Native Maya Food, Recommended…

...at Plaza ...
…next to Templo del Senor del Encino at Jardin del Encino…

...with Wedding Ceremony | Aguascalientes
…with Wedding Ceremony | Aguascalientes

ZACATECAS and GUADALUPE

These are famous Colonial cities 600 km North of Auguascalientes at an Altitude around 2.000 m.

Bus Trip to ... 600 km North of Aguascalientes
Bus Trip Alignng Cactus at 2000 m Altitude to Zacatecas 600 km North of Aguascalientes

My Fiesta Inn Hotel**** Run by CAFA Owners | Zacatecas

Colonial City Hall | Zacatecas
Colonial City Hall and Main Road… | Zacatecas

...with Great Houses Colonial Style...
…with Houses Colonial Style…

...Cerro de la Buffa Aquedukt |Zcatecas
…El Cubo Aquedukt…

...and Quinta Real Hotel...
…and Quinta Real Hotel…

...Preparing for Wedding Party in the Former Bullfighting Arena | Zacatecas
…Preparing for Wedding Party in the Former Bullfighting Arena | Zacatecas

Museo Moderno Francisco Coronel | Zacatecas
Iglesia Santo Domingo and Museo Moderno Francisco Coronel | Zacatecas

Theatro Fernando Calderon...
Theatro Fernando Calderon…

Museo of Masks Rafael Coronel | Zacatecas
…Museo of Masks Rafael Coronel…

...Mezcala Style...
…Mezcala Style…

…Pre-Hispanic Style…

...Spanish Colonial Style...
…Spanish Colonial Style…

...and Ceremonial Elephant...
…and Ceremonial Elephant |Zacatecas

Mina El Eden Silver Mine | Zacatecas
Mina El Eden Silver Mine Entrance | Zacatecas

MExican Hero ...
Mexican Hero Pancho Villa at Cerro de la Bufa…

Zacatecas and Cathedral from Above
…Watching Zacatecas and Cathedral from Above

Guadalupe Cathedral...
Convento de Guadalupe… | Guadalupe

...Next to Guadelupe Museo of Art and Coaches...
…next to Guadelupe Museo of Art with Coaches of the Cardinal…

...and a Cadillac | Guadelupe
…and a Cadillac | Guadalupe

GUANAJUATO

… is another rich and beautiful Colonial city North of Mexico City and full of life, sightseeings and tourists, and worth to visit.

Theatro Jurarez | Guanajuato
Art Nouveau Theatro Jurarez | Guanajuato

...Stage...
…Stage…

...Seatings...
…Seatings…

...Ceiling...
…Ceiling…

...Foyer...
…Foyer | Guanajuato

Templo Valenciana
Templo Valenciana | Guanajuato

Basilica Nuestra Senora
Basilica Nuestra Senora | Guanajuato

Calle del BEso
Callejon del Beso – Ally of the Kiss | Guanajuato

Fort
Alhondiga de Granaditas, Former Granary but Regional Museum Today | Guanajuato

Mercado Eiffel
Mercado Eiffel…

...inside still Market
…still a Market | Guanajuato

After Sunday Concert in El Parque del Jardin
After Sunday Concert in El Parque del Jardin | Guanajuato

Start of the Night Walk around Old Town
Start of the Night Walk for Tourists around Old Town…

Tourists Listenig to the Guide
…Tourists Listening to the Guide…

Cervantes Museum...
…Cervantes Museum…

...and Teatro Cervantes
…and Teatro Cervantes | Guanajuato

House and Museum of Diego Rivera...
House and Museum of Diego Rivera… | Guanajuato

...his Parents Bed...
…his Parent’s Bed…

...and one of his Famous Wall Pinting
…and one of his Famous Wall Paintings Today in Mexico City

Supreme Court of 1st Republic of Mexico...
Supreme Court of 1st Republic of Mexico | Guanajuato

Supreme Court Assembly Hall...
Supreme Court Assembly Hall…

House where Alexander von Humbodt Stayed 1873
…next to House of Alexander von Humbodt…

...in1803
…in1803 | Guanajuato

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

…is another Colonial City next to Guanajuato and quite touristic, too, but smaller, UNESCO World Heritage and worth to visit.

My Casa Oratorio**** Hotel in the Centre | San Migul
My Casa Oratorio**** Hotel in the Centre | San Miguel

...Plaza Principal around the Corner...
Plaza Principal around the Corner with La Parroquia and…

...Templo
…Templo de San Rafael…

...Theatre...
…Theatro Angela Peralta built early 20th Century…

...Nightlife...
…Nightlife at Umaran Main Street…

...Hat Sellers...
…Hat Sellers…

...San...
…San Francisco…

...Main portal of the Nuestra Señora de la Salud Church...
…Main portal of the Nuestra Señora de la Salud Church…

...Museum...
…“Guardian“ at Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez next to Museuo Historico Casa de Allende Entrance…

...Monumantal Gates...
…Monumental Gate at the House of the Counts of the Canal…

....
….Built in 18th Century and currently Owned by Banamex Bank…

...Nice Vews over the City...
…Views over the City and 2-Floor-Buildings…

...Public Transport...
…Public Transport uphill…

...Music Band..
…Music Band…

The Old Guitar Playing for a Dime | San Miguel
…and Old Guitar Playing for a Dime at Restoran Los Milagros | San Miguel

MERIDA

After completion of CAFA consulting our trip around Yucatan Peninsula started in Merida, political and economical centre of Yucatan with historic Colonial centre around PLaza Grande. We did a 3-week-tour counter-clockwise around the peninsula by car and stayed in many hotels close to the sea.

Flight Auguacalientes - Merida over Mexico City
Flight Auguacalientes – Merida over Mexico City

...Merida University...
…Merida University…

..with its Teatro Uiversitario Felipe Carillo Puerte...
..with its Teatro Uiversitario Felipe Carillo Puerte…

...and Teatro Daniel Avala...
…and Teatro Daniel Avala…

...and this Art Nouveau Teatro ...
…and Art Nouveau Teatro Armando Manzanero…

...Roman Catholic Cathedral...
…Roman Catholic Cathedral de Merida at Plaza Grande…

...Camara de Commercio...
…and Camara de Comercio…

...Policia at Centro Cultural Olipio...
…and Policia at Centro Cultural Olimpio…

...and Museo Casa Montejo about Wealthy Culture of those Days...
…and Museo Casa Montejo with Wealth and Culture of those Days on Display…

,,,but there is Real Life at Mercado San Benito…

...and Chaya Maya Restoran...
…and at Chaya Maya Restoran at Parque Santa Lucia, Major Barmile at Night…

...with Friendly Service in Maya Dress..
…with Friendly Service in Maya Dress…

...and Fine Cocktails And Maya Food | Merida
…and Fine Cocktails And Maya Food | Merida

CELESTUN SISAL

..yes, correct, that is where Sisal comes from, made from Agave fiber for clothing, hats, carpets, ropes…

First stop was at ... Hotel Run by Unfriendly German Expats at the Beach, please note the Fence |
First Stop at Castillito Kin-Nah Hotel Run by Unfriendly German Expats, note the Fence | Celestun

...but Tasty Wine instead of Corona Beer at the Beach...
…Tasty Wine instead of Corona Beer at Celestun Beach…

...Boat Trip through Mangrove Forest...
…Boat Trip through Mangrove Forest of Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestun…

...Watching Remaining Flamingos...
…Watching Few Flamingos…

...and Tourists | Campeche
…and Tourists | Celestun

UXMAL

Uxmal is an ancient Maya city of the classical period in today’s Mexico around 9th century, UNESCO World Heritage. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture, along with Palenque, Chichén, and Calakmul in Mexico.

View over the Archaelogical Site with Nunnery...
View over the Archaeological Site of Uxmal with Nunnery and…

Pyramid of the Magician | Uxmal
…Pyramid of the Magician | Uxmal

...Ball Playground...
Ball Game Playground…

...and Leguan | Uxmal
…and Iguana | Uxmal

CAMPECHE

…was next stop at Yucatan West Coast, another attractive Colonial city with a lot of tourists and a big Plaza, quite nice.

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción at Independnce Square...
Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción at Independence Square…

...and Typical Street with 2-Floor-Houses in the Centre | Campeche
…and Typical Street with 2-Floor-Houses in the Centre | Campeche

CIUDAD DEL CARMEN

The route from Campeche to Vilahermosa in Tabasco state touches boring Ciudad del Carmen but follows the Caribbean beach most of the time. Thanks to many bridges it crosses several islands off shore and passes lagunes for almost 400 km.

We followed Route 180 South Aligning the Beach Populated by Hundreds of Pelicanes
Route 180 South Aligning the Beach Populated by Hundreds of Pelicanes

Fresh Fish at the Beach | Ciudad del Carmen
Fresh Fish at the Beach | Ciudad del Carmen

VILAHERMOSA

…is the Capital of Tabasco state and quite industrial but comes with one of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico.

Olmeca Plaza**** Hotel | Vilahermosa
Olmeca Plaza**** Hotel | Vilahermosa

...Municipality at Night...
…Municipality and Empty Plaza at Night…

...but Leopards in the Zoo...
…but Jaguars in the Parque-Museo…

...and Olmec ... in the ...Park | Vilahermosa
…and lots of Olmeca Statues, among them this Colossal Olmeca Head in Open-Air Parque-Museo de la Venta, one of the most Important Archaeological Sites in Mexico | Vilahermosa

PALENQUE

…a former Maya state blooming in 7th century AC in today’s Chiapa state close to Guatemala is a must-see archaeological site and most beautiful in the middle of the jungle, UNESCO World Heritage.

Outside WIndow View of our Paraiso Inn*** | Palenque
Outside WIndow View of our Paraiso Inn*** | Palenque

...Banana Blooming...
…Banana Blossom | Palenque

...Famous .... in the Jungle...
Famous Temple of Inscription in the Jungle…

...wit Palace and Observation Tower next...
…wit Palace and Observation Tower next…

...and Teple of Sun...
…and Temple of Sun | Palenque

PUERTO AVENTURAS & TULUM

On our route back North we aligned Belize border and joined West Coast. Puerto Aventuras is a retort city for the Elderly, you should have money and own a boat. This was our base for a visit of Tulum site.

LM by Inmense | Puerto Aventuras
LM by Inmense**** with Artificial Port and Real Dolphins Included…

...at the only Beach: Acccess for Hotel Guests only
…Beach Acccess for Hotel Guests only | Puerto Aventuras

Tulum Temple at the Sea...
Tulum is a Maya City Facing the Caribbean Sea and its Harbour, Established 13th Century

...with Masses of Tourists, small and big | Tulum
…with Masses of Tourists, Small and Big, Young and Old | Tulum

PLAYA DEL CARMEN

On our way to Chichen Itza we stayed in lively and Mallorca-like Playa del Carmen – not quite worth it although tourists here do not own boats nor houses and are much younger.

Playa del Carmen is an Extreme Tourist City with a nice beach and Speed Boats to ... | Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is an Extreme Tourist City with a Nice Accessible Beach and Speed Boats to Cozumel Island…

...but Good for Dinner | Playa del Carmen
…and Good for Shopping and Dinner | Playa del Carmen

CHICHEN ITZA

…was one of the largest Maya cities between 8th and 12th centuries, UNESCO Wold Heritage today and is one of the most important archeological monuments in Mexico today.

Romantic ...Hotel in the Jungle | Chichen Itza
Romantic Hotel Oka’an**** with outside Rest Beds in the Jungle | Chichen Itza

El Castillo | Chichen Itza
El Castillo | Chichen Itza

...again Ball Game Playground...
…again Ball Game Playground…

…and too many Tourists | Chichen Itza

IZAMAL

…was passed on our way back to Merida airport, a Maya as well as Colonial city, founded between 7th and 2nd century BC and abandoned with the rise of Chichen Itza around 10th century AD.

Izamal...
No Tourists at Great Pyramid of Maya Sun God Kinich Kak Moo Founded BC and left 10th Century | Izamal

Arcada principal del Atrium del Convento Franciscano 16th Century | Izamal
Arcada Principal del Atrium del Convento Franciscano 16th Century | Izamal

...Waiting for Few Tourists in Izamal
Tourists are quite Rare in Izamal

MERIDA

We returned back to Merida for a final Good Bye to Mexico and Yucatan and flew home…

...and Fresh Fish at Parque Santa Lucia...
…Final Fresh Fish at Parque Santa Lucia…

GOOD BYE MERIDA
GOOD BYE MERIDA & MEXICO

 

Truck the World 2017/18 Leg 5 | Backpacking Indonesia

Truck-the-world’s expedition truck was not allowed to enter Thailand due to Thai DLT regulations effective 1.1.2017. Since Thailand is transit country for Malaysia and Myanmar we skipped this leg for now.

Instead, we took a break from trucking but backpacked 11 of Indonesias islands during late 2017/early 2018 including Bali, Lombok, Sulawesi and Java by air and visited Flores, Rinca, Komodo, Siaba Besar, Sumbava, Padar and Medang by boat.

Colorful Female Backpacking Equipment for 6 weeks...
Colorful Female Backpacking Equipment for 6 weeks….

Colorless Male Equipment for 6 weeks
Colorless Male Equipment for 6 weeks

INDONESIA

Indonesia is one of the most beautiful and friendly of about 100 countries we have visited so far, an insular state with 17.508 islands, 6.044 of them inhabited. Beautiful nature, wonderful seas, magnificient beaches, wildlife and fruit all over. People are poor in terms of money but rich in terms of life, full of energy and exremely friendly, laughing and easy going almost most of the time. Maybe integration of Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish cultures may provide benefits like tolerance, freedom, understanding, happiness?

Major drawbacks, however, exist with terrible pollution across land and sea with plastics all over and even the beaches if not cleaned by individuals. Terrorism is reported anywhere almost every week, not to mention corruption.

Eathquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanos

Volcanic and seismic activities are reported daily for many places in this centre of the Pacific Ring of Fire with movement and collisions of lithospheric plates.

Bali’s Mount Agung was always active during our travel time but never caused major problems up to date. A safety zone around the crater was established and residents had to leave it. They lived in camps around Mount Agung being supported by National and International Humanitarian agencies. Bali and Lombok airports were closed because of smoke several times but reopenened again soon with the consequence that only a few tourists were arriving.

A few months after we had left Indonesia, Lombok was hit by a severe earthquake and Mount Rinjani eruption killling 500 people and destryoing major infrastructure. Almost all hotels and restaurants were and still are closed, a major impact for people earning their living with tourism.

Same happened to Sulawesi after we had left, earthquake and Tsunami killed more than 1.500 people and destroyed most of the infrastructure in Central Sulawesi. In Northern Sulawesi Mount Soputan close to Tomohon erupted.

Indonesians are used to live with it but if you are a Westerner and get scared easily…

LOMBOK

We took Garuda Frankfort-Amsterdam-Jakarta-Lombok with a boring stopover in Jakarta and spent a week in wonderful Puri Mas resort close to Senggigi at Lombok West coast. We watched active Bali’s Mount Agung being 2 of 7 guests, 50 would be standard during high season.

Garuda Air departing from Amsterdam | Netherlands
Garuda Air Departing for an Exhausting Flight with Delays | Amsterdam

We Enoyed Puri Mas beach| Senggigi
Puri Mas Resort**** and Beach… | Senggigi

Mount Agung Active Smoking for the next Weeks just across the Sea | Senggigi
…Mount Agung Smoking for the next Weeks across the Sea | Senggigi

... and the Sun...
Sun but no Tourists because of Mount Agung…

...while Mount Agung was quite Calm but Cloudy and Scaring...
…Erupting now and then with Big Smoke – not Clouds – Scaring…

...Trusting Hindu Sculptures and Ceremonies...
…Trusting Hindu Gods, Saints, Demons and Ceremonies…

Holy Hindu ...
…and Hindu Ganesha…

...Some of them not so Optimistic...
…Some of them not Quite Optimistic…

But we Enoyed Puri Mas ****Resort Run by Dutch | Senggigi
…but we Enoyed Puri Mas Resort Owned by Dutch and Managed by Australians | Senggigi

...Comfortable Inside and Outside...
Comfortable Inside and Outside…

...Enoyed Christmas in Puri Mas Open Air Restaurant...
…Christmas Time in Puri Mas Open Air Restaurant already…

...Puri Mas Tropical Garden...
…its Tropical Garden…

...its Seaside Beds with a Wonderful View...
…Seaside Rests with a Wonderful View…

...Puri Mas Pool...
…Puri Mas Pool…

...And its Rough Beach | Senggigi
…And its Rough Beach | Senggigi

Lombok is Muslim Island and these are the Kids at School close to Senggigi
Lombok is a Muslim Island and these are Kids at School | Senggigi

...Surveyed by an Hindu...
…Surveyed by a Hindu Demon | Senggigi

...with WIFI all over Lombok and Indonesia - not like Germany...
WIFI all over Lombok and Indonesia – not like in Germany…

...Transport is not like Germany either...
…Transportation not German Standard either…

Mosques all over this Island and Close to Mataram
…Mosques all over Lombok | Mataram

Taxi Tour around Lombok with Rice Terraces and Palm Trees...
Tour around Lombok with Rice Terraces and Palm Trees…

...Curious Colleague...
…Meeting Curious Colleagues in Rinjani National Park…

...but Pa Watching...
…with Pa Watching…

...Picking Cashew on the Road...
…Picking Cashew at the Roadside…

...and Cacao...
…and Cacao…

...and Coconuts...
…and Coconuts…

...Finding a Path through the Jungle...
…Finding a Path through the Jungle…

...with Stinky Durian Fruit...
…with Stinky Durian Fruit…

...Avocado Trees...
…Avocado Trees…

...Leeches...
…Lychees…

...Coffee...
…Coffee…

...and Rattan Trees all over
…Rattan Trees…

...and Snakes on the Road
…and Snakes…

...and Tiu Kelep Waterfall...
…on the Way to Tiu Kelep Waterfall | Rinjani National Park

Visiting Pura Bulong Hindutemple at the Sea close to Senggigi
Pura Bulong Hindutemple at the Sea close to Senggigi…

Holyness at the Beach after Ceremony...
…with His or Her Holyness at the Beach after Ceremony…

...and a Tourist...
…and a „Hindu“…

...Happy Temple Mom and Child Selling
…Meeting Happy Temple Mom and Children Selling…

...and Happy Tourist Enoying Coconut Milk
…and Happy Tourist Enoying Coconut Milk…

...Streetfood at the Temple
…Streetfood at Pura Bulong Temple | Senggigi

Boat Trip to 2nd Island Gili Travangan West of Lombok...
Boat Trip to Island Gili Travangan Island West of Lombok…

...without Cars but with Horse Taxi...
…without Cars but with Horse Taxi…

...and Lots of Backpacking Tourists...
…and Lots of Backpacking Tourists…

...and nice Beaches but almost no Wildlife anymore at Gili Tranangan
…Nice Beaches but almost no Sealife anymore at Gili Travangan

Back to Puri Mas with a Dance Show of Indonesian Ballroom Masters | Senggigi
Back to Puri Mas with a Dance Show of National Indonesian Ballroom Masters | Senggigi

BALI

We took an express ferry to Bali’s East Coast and spent another week in several locations at Bali North, East and South coast. We met extremely friendly people, easy going, helpful and always ready for ceremony.

Across the Sea to Bali Island #3 by Boat
Across the Sea to Bali by Boat with 2.400 HP…

...Arriving at Pelabuhan Padang East Bali Island #3
…Arriving at Pelabuhan Padang | Bali

View of Lombok under Rain During Wet Season |
View of Lombok under Rain During Wet Season | Pelabuhan Padang

Hotel... at the Beach | Ahmet
Onlyou Villas at the Beach… | Ahmet

...with Luxury Bedding...
…with Luxury Bedding…

...with Protecting and Menacing Devices...
…Protecting and Menacing Devices…

Wonderful View over the Sea...
…Wonderful View over the Sea…

...and dangerous Boat Trips for Snorkeling at Paradise Beach, not Recommended
…Dangerous Snorkeling Trips by Boat to Paradise Beach almost without any Sealife – not Recommended | Ahmet

...and View of Smoky Mount Agung about 17 km Away | Ahmet
…View of Smoky Mount Agung about 17 km Away from Paradise Beach | Ahmet

Tremendous View over Rice Fields on the Way to Ubud
View over Rice Fields Heading to Ubud | Bali

Tirta Gangga Water Palace | Karangasem Bali
Tirta Gangga Water Palace Built by Raja Anak… in 1946, Renewed after Earthquake in 1963 | Karangasem Bali

...with Sleepy Pig...
…with Sleepy Pig…

...and Menacious Demon | Karamgasem
…and Menacious Demon | Karamgasem

Tourist Attraction Temega Tree House | Karangasem Bali
Another Bali Tourist Attraction: Temega Tree House | Karangasem

Guided Visit to Teganan Village
Guided Visit to Teganan Aga Village with Pre-Hinu Culture Famous for Traditional Weaving

Dong-Son Handloom
Dong-Son Handloom | Teganan Aga

Native Aga Don't Work and Enjoy Luxury Life Estate if get Married to Natives
Native Aga Don’t Work and Enjoy Luxury Life Estate if Married to Teganan Aga Natives…

Hausheilger
…with their Personal Saint in Front | Teganan Aga

Location of Traditional Market, Conventon and Celebration | Gathering |
Traditional Market, Convention and Celebration Centre | Teganan Aga

Our Hotel Tropical Garden | Ubud
Our Tropical Garden Hotel**** | Ubud

...Morning Ceremony at the Hotel...
Morning Ceremony at the Hotel…

...like this...
…like this…

...not for these Guests...
…for Few Guests…

...and Ganesha...
…and Ganesha…

...and our Friend Asich...
…and our Friend Asich…

Joining for Cocktail at the Hotel Eating our Potato Chips...
…Guest Joining for Cocktail Potato Chips…

...Escaping from Monkey Forest Next to Hotel..
…Escaping from Monkey Forest Next to Hotel…

...Covered by Strangler Fig Trees Eating the Jungle...
…Covered by Strangler Fig Trees Eating Jungle, Bridges and Temples not only in Angkor…

First Night Ceremnoy | Ubud
First Night Ceremony… | Ubud

...Mainly for Tourists...
…Mainly for Tourists…

...but there is Real Ceremony each Night...
…but there is Native Ceremony each Night…

...Jungle...
…Jungle…

...with Rice Harvest...
…Rice Harvesting…

...Hidden Hotels...
…Hidden Hotels…

...Elephant Cave...
…Elephant Cave…

...and Tropical Garden | Ubud
…and Tropical Garden | Ubud

Rice Terrace on the Way to...
Rice Terrace…

...Hidden Village in this Jungle...
…Hidden Village in this Jungle…

...And Hidden behind Natural Curtains...
…and behind Natural Curtains…

Male Monument...
…Pura Gunung Kawi Hindutemple Female Shrine…

...and Female...
…and Male Shrine | Pura Gunung

Sukarno's Presidential Residence...
Soekarno’s Presidential Residence on Top… | Tampaksiring

just above this Temple...
…just above Pura Tirta Empul Temple…

...Food Ceremony...
…with Ceremony…

...for Visitors of the Holy Temple Pool...
…Visitors of Puri Tirta Holy Spring for Purgation Ceremony…

...and for Girls always Keen on Photos...
…and Girls always Keen on Photos | Pura Tirta

Rice Terrace on our Way back to Ubud...
Famous Tegalalang Rice Terrace on our Way back to Ubud | Tegalalang

Meeting Nice People...
With Nice People…

...Getting Nail Polish...
…and Nail Polish | Ubud

...with Nice Veranda...
We continued to Villa Karisa Hotel **** with Nice Veranda | Seminyak

...but no Beach Party during Rain Season...
…no Beach Party during Rain Season…

...a Ceremony...
…but Ceremony…

...and Surfing School Left Overs after the Last Storm | Kuta Bali
…and Surfing School Left Overs after the Last Storm | Seminyak

Gas Station often are Part of Super Market
Gas Station often are Part of Super Markets

...and Hindutemples often at the Sea like...
Tanah Lot Hindutemple at the Sea…

...always time for a Ceremony...
…Sunset is Time for Ceremony…

...Rice Terraces...
…Rice Terraces…

...and .... Coffee...
…Kopi Luwak Preparing World’s most Expensive Coffee – Half-Digested, not Recommended

Building a House in Bali with Ready-Made Wooden Front is More impressing
Building a House and Buying Prefab Wooden Fronts is more | Bali

SULAWESI

…was recommended to us by friends. We flew to Manado in Christian Northern Sulawesi and spent Christmas at Gran Luley**** hotel by the sea. Pool was due because swimming in the open sea was never recommended.

Gran Luley Restaurant with 300 Year Old Cherry Tree | Manado
Gran Luley Restaurant with 300 Year Old Cherry Tree | Manado

Gran Luley Pool and Beach Walk...
Gran Luley Pool and Beach Promenade…

Gan Luley Beach
…Gran Luley Beach…

Birthday Party at Gran Luley
…Birthday Party at Gran Luley Hotel

...Christmas with International Friends...
…Christmas with International Friends…

...Active Volcanos on Sulawesi as well...
…Another Active Volcano on Sulawesi for Christmas | Manado

Tuna House Restaurant at the Beach | Manado
Tuna House Restaurant at the Beach | Manado

Children almost always Interested Photos...
Children are almost always Interested in Photos…

...Living in "Romantic" Houses like this | Manado
…Living in Houses like this one | Manado

...Traveling in Microbuses...
…Traveling in Microbuses like this one…

...Loving to Eat Pig like this one...
…Loving to Eat Pig like this one…

...Protected by and Educated in many Christian Churches like this one | Manado
…Protected by and Educated in many Christian Churches like this one | Manado

Mountain Paradise Resort | Tomohon
By Taxi to Mountain Paradise Resort in the Jungle | Tomohon

Living in these Houses..
With People Living High up in such Houses…

...Surrounded by 10m High Bamboo...
…Surrounded by 10m High Bamboo…

...Pink Mallow...
…Pink Mallow…

...Tears...
…Tears…

...Orange...
…Orange…

...and Butterflies | Tomohon
…and Butterflies | Tomohon

Hiking to Air Terjun Desa Kali Waterfall | Tomohon
Hiking to Air Terjun Desa Kali Waterfall | Tomohon

...Meeting Japanese Tourists there...
…Meeting Japanese Tourists at the Waterfall…

...Waterfalls Make Happy in Indonesia
…Making Happy People at Air Terjun Desa Kali Waterfall | Tomohon

Again many Children | Tomohon

Selling Boots is Clever Business during Rain Season | Tomohom
Selling Boots is Clever Business during Rain Season | Tomohom

Bike Trip to Tumou Tou Restaurant with Great View over Tondano Lake
Moto Trip to Tumou Tou Restaurant with Great View over Tondano Lake

Taxi Ride | Tondano
Taxi Ride | Tondano

Tondano Fruit Market...
Tondano Fruit and Veggie Market…

...Lemon explains why Indonesian Food may be Tastsy | Tondano
…Lemon Explains why Indonesian Food may be Tasty | Tondano

Next Flight and Risha Trip was to Southern Sulawesi | Makasar
Flight and Riskha Trip to Muslim Southern Sulawesi… | Makasar

...Visiting Durch Fort Rotterdam - one of the few Remainders of Durch Colonialism in Indonesia
…Fort Rotterdam – one of the few Remainders of Dutch Colonialism in Indonesia…

...with its Impressing Entrance ...
…with Impressing Entrance | Makasar

Our Riksha Driver Brought us to Old and New Ports...
Our Riksha Driver Brought us to Old and New Ports…

...on the Main Road to Old and New Ports...
…on the Main Road…

...Passing Ship Wrecks...
…Passing Ship Wrecks…

...Sips Loaded with Banana and Coconut Shells for Fire...
…Ships Loaded with Banana and Coconut Shells for Fire…

...Truck RoRo Ferries...
…RoRo Island to Island Ferries…

...50 Year old Toyota Trucks Fully Loaded...
…50 Year old Toyota Trucks Fully Loaded…

...Pinsi Ships still in Use and Quite Impressing...
…Pinsi Ships still in Use are Quite High…

...but some like it Calm | Makassar
…but some like it Calm | Makasar

First thing on our Way back was Bike Repair at the Market...
First Thing on our Way back was Bike Repair at the Market…

...with Lots of Pepperoni - Indonesian like it Hot...
…with Lots of Pepperoni – Indonesian like it Hot…

...Banana - Indonesians Like it Sweet, too...
…Banana – Indonesians Like it Sweet, too…

...Indonesians Like Chicken, Beef is Expensive...
…Indonesians Like Chicken, Beef is Expensive…

...and Some Buy Fish, quite Expensive, too...
…and Some Buy Fish, quite Expensive, too…

...ad this is for the Market Boys
…and this is for the Market Boys…

...not able to Pay for New Years Eve Fire works on Sale | Makassar
…not able to Pay for Fire works | Makasar

...Expecting New Year Fire Works on the Main Road...
Expecting New Year Fire Works on the Main Road Short before Midnight …

Happy New Year 12018
…Happy New Year 2018… | Makasar

...and US-Type Christmas Party at Sheraton Hotel - Not Recommended | Manado
…and US-Type New Yearss Party at Sheraton Hotel – Not Recommended | Makasar

...with Happy People
…with Happy People anyway | Makasar

JAVA

Next stop was Java’s Yogyakarta by air for its Pubs and Buddha- and Hindutemples.

...Touristic Mile with Pubs for Beer and Wine - otherwise strict Muslim | Yogyakarta
Tourist Mile with Limited Number of Beer and Wine Bars – otherwise Strictly Muslim… | Yogyakarta

...and Fine Meals in French ... Restaurant | Yogyakarta
…and Superb Meals in French Medierranea Restaurant | Yogyakarta

Royal Palace, Boring... | Yogyakarta
Royal Palace, Boring… | Yogyakarta

...and Medieval Mosque...
…and Bathing Pool at Taman Sari Water Castle, Former Garden of the Sultan Built in 18th Century…

...ad took a Ride with our Driver John...
…Ride with our Driver John in his Toyota…

...Got some Gas at the Super Market...
…some Gas at the Super Market…

...and Visited Borobudur Temples...
…and to Borobudur Buddhist Temples Built in 9th Century with 2.500 Reliefs and 500 Buddha Statues…

...together with many many others...
…together with many many other Tourists Surveyed by Police…

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…next to Prambanan Hindutemple also Built in 9th Century closeby …

…with Expressive Shiva Relief | Yogyakarta

BALI

On our way to Flores island we had another stopover in Bali.

Airplanes Landing at Denpasar Airport Viewed from Jimbaran
Airplanes Landing at Denpasar Airport Viewed from Jimbaran Beach…

...the Beach gets Crowded before Sunset...
…Crowded before Sunset…

...while we Enjoyed one of our Rare Fish Dinners...
…we Enjoyed one of our Rare Fish Dinners…

...Cooked by Juli in Teba Cafe at the Beach | Denpasar
…Cooked by Juli in Teba Cafe at the Beach | Denpasar

SHIPPING FLORES, RINCA, KOMODO, SIABA BESAR,SUMBAVA, PADAR and MEDANG

We took a flight to wonderful Flores Island just North of Australia, quite lonely, natural and Christian. In Flores we booked a 5-day-trip back to Lombok by ship together with other European Tourists with full pension and accomodation onboard the ship together with a nice captain and crew.

...with this Aircraft...
Arrival at Flores Airport by Aircraft…

…with Marvellous Sunset in Front of Laprima Hotel**** | Labuanbajo

...this is the Daylight View,,,
…this is the Daylight View…

...and this is ... Hotel | Labuang Bano
…this is Laprima Hotel from the Sea | Labuanbajo

...still Christmas in the Hotel...
…still Christmas in the Hotel…

...Bike Trip through Northern Flores...
…Bike Trip through Northern Flores…

...with Dries Fish at the Market...
…with Dried Fish at the Market…

...Laundry at the Port...
…Laundry at the Port…

...View over Labuanbajo...
…View over Labuanbajo…

…Gas for the Bike…

...Meeting Friends | Labaunbajo
…Meeting Friends before Getting on the Ship | Labuanbajo

Our Captain for the Next 5 Days
Our Captain for the next 5 Days…

...Komodo Dragons |
…Komodo Dragons | Rinca Island

...Hard to Detect...
…Hard to Detect… | Rinca Island

...Beach Deers | Komodo
…Beach Deers | Komodo Island

Waterfall… | Sumbawa Island

...Dinner at the Ship...
…Captains Dinner…

...Before Sunset...
…Before Sunset…

...Islands around the Ship in the Port...
…Islands around the Ship |Siaba Besar

...Sailing with another Captain...
…Sailing with another Captain…

...our Ship Anchoring at
…our Ship Anchoring | Medang Island

Farewell Party at the Beach and at the Ship...
Farewell Party at the Beach and onborad the Ship…

Good Bye...
…with everybody…

...Berlin Friends...
…Berlin Friends…

..Ourselves
..Ourselves…

...and Final Sunset...
…and Final Sunset | Medang

LOMBOK

We arrived at Lombok Port by microbus and chose Puri Mas Hotel again for our Good Bye to Indonesia.

...Getting on the Bus...
Everybody Getting on the Microbus…

...to Comfortable Puri Mas Resort again..
…to Comfortable Puri Mas Resort again…

...with Comfortable Shower and Bath...
…with Comfortable Shower and Bath…

...Buddha...
…Buddha…

...Dancing...
…Dancing…

...Percussion...
…Percussion…

...Wine...
…Wine…

...Rough Sea...
…Rough Sea…

...and a Good Bye to Friends | Lombok
…and a Good Bye to Friends and Indonesia | Lombok

Shortly after leaving Indonesia several earthquakes and Tsunamis occurred in Bali, Sulawesi and Lombok. As a consequence Lombok tourism went down and Puri Mas Resort was closed like almost all Tourist hotels and restaurants.

Except security all personnell was sent off into unpaid holidays waiting for reopenings and jobs since…

Truck the World 2017 Leg 4 | Indochina Vientiane Hanoi Saigon Phnom Penh

We toured Indochina during Spring 2017 covering 8.300 km through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. We started with a stopover in Bangkok, then flew to Vientiane and picked up our truck. Via Northern Laos we enterd Vietnam at Dienh Bien Phu and drove to SaPa, Hanoi and Halong Bay.

We aligned Chinese Sea with wonderful beaches and visited Saigon/Ho-Chi-Minh-City leaving for Cambodia. We were in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap/Angkor Wat. We aligned Mekong River back to Phnom Penh and looped back to Vientiane for new truck tires. We were not successful and my codriver had to return home for business. I returned to Phnom Penh and stored our truck flying home for business later.

Our original plan was to continue to Malaysia and Indonesia. But in 2017 Thailand has become no go area for overlanders‘ third-country-campers. Trucks like ours are not even allowed to enter at all. We are not in favor of Thai bureaucrazy and will skip Thailand and due to forbidden transit Malaysia and Myanmar from truck-the-world. Instead, we will backpack Indonesia including Java, Bali, Lombok and Saurabaya late 2017.

THAILAND

Before that mess described above became evident we visited Thailand’s Capital Bangkok for 4 days staying at Rembrandt Hotel in lively Sukhumvit district doing those sightseeings you should do.

VIew from Rembrandt hotel over modern Sukhumvit
VIew from Rembrandt Hotel over Modern Sukhumvit, Bangkok | Thailand

First Visiting Shangri La Hotel where Anneli had Stayed as Tennie Several Years ago, BangkoK | Thailand
Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok | Thailand

Anneli Stayed here as Tennie just some Years ago | Thailand
Visiting was Due because this Lady Stayed here as a Tennie | Thailand

Sunset Dinner was due at Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok | Thailand
Sunset Dinner was also Due at Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok | Thailand

But Streetfood is Standard in Bangkok | Thailand
But Streetfood is Standard in Bangkok | Thailand

What Anh at the other Side of the River, Bangkok | Thailand
Bangkok Keeps Colonial Heritage at Chao Phraya Riverside | Thailand

...Plus People Living at the River in Bangkok | Thailand
People Housing at the River in Bangkok | Thailand

Thailand is Buddistic and this is Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn, at the other Riverside in Bangkok | Thailand
Thailand is Buddhistic and this is Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn, at the Opposite Riverside in Bangkok | Thailand

Wonderful Pottery Stele in Wat Arun | Thailand
Wonderful Pottery Stele in Wat Arun | Thailand

Guardians at the Entrance of Wat Arun in Bangkok |Thailand
Scaring Guardians at the Entrance of Wat Arun in Bangkok |Thailand

But a Friednly Chinese Helps us into Wat Arun | Thailand
But a Wise Chinese Warrior Helps in | Thailand

...Where People Pray and Priests ask for Support in Wat Arun | Thailand
…Where People Pray and Priests Ask for Support | Thailand

Elephants are Holy in Tahilnd and they Watch one of the Cross Sections at the Entrance of Wat Pho andthe Royal Palace in Bangkok | Thailand
Elephants are Holy in Thailand and Safeguard the Entrance to Wat Pho and Royal Palace in Bangkok | Thailand

Golden Buddha inside Wat Pho, Bangkok | Thailand
Reclining Golden Buddha before Entering Nirvana in Wat Pho, 45m long and 15m high | Thailand

And Gold outside in Wat Pho | Thailand
More Gold Outside Wat Pho | Thailand

Gold again inside Wat Po with Emerald Buddha | Thailand
Gold again Inside Wat Pho with Emerald Buddha | Thailand

Golden Stele of Wat Pho in Bankok | Thailand
Golden Stele of Wat Pho | Thailand

Crowded Entrance to Thailands largest Library in Wat Pho | Thailand
Crowded Entrance to Wat Pho Temples | Thailand

Another Impressing Stele in Wat Pho | Thailand
Another Impressing Stele in Wat Pho | Thailand

Too Cold for Golden Buddhas in the Gallery, Wat Pho | Thailand
Too Cold for Golden Buddhas in Wat Pho Gallery | Thailand

...But wonderful Wallpaintings LEad the Visitor through the Gallery into Thailand's largerst Library of Medicine and Arts Thai Massgae was Created here and is still Taught Today in Wat Pho | Thailand
Wonderful Gallery Wallpaintings Lead Visitors into Thailand’s largerst Library of Medicine and Arts. Thai Massgae was Created here and still is Taught in Wat Pho Today | Thailand

Royal Castle looks boring next to Wat Pho in Bangkok |Thailand
Royal Castle Looks Boring next to Wat Pho in Bangkok |Thailand

Cabbage and Condoms, The Best Place for FInal DInner with Friends and Wife in Bangkok | Thailand
Cabbage and Condoms: Final Dinner with „Friends“ in Bangkok | Thailand

And here they are, 2 Guest Condoms as a Gift in Bangkok | Thailand
And here they are, 2 Guest Condoms as a Gift in Bangkok | Thailand

LAOS 2

We retuned to Laos for our second visit meeting Friends and picking up our truck safely at our friend’s place. We toured Mekong River West aligning Thai border and then North to Luang Prabang finest city of Laos with a lot of backpcking tourists, again at Mekong.

We continued Northeast through Laos aiming at Vietnam’s Dien Bien Phu.

Camping Overnight at a Temple at Mekong River in Vientianne, Friendly Monks did not even Ask for Money | Laos
Camping at Chomcheng Temple at Mekong River in Vientiane, Friendly Monks did not even Ask for Money after Noon | Laos

This is the Boss Buddha in Vientiane | Laos
This is Boss Buddha at Chomcheng | Laos

And these are his Friendy Servants during Lunch in the Temple in Vientiane | Laos
And these are His Friendly Female Servants during Temple Lunch at Chomcheng | Laos

Unbelievable but True: Meeting with Bad Godesberg Neighbours during Lunch at Mekong close to Vientiane | Laos
Never say Never – Unbelievable: Meeting Klaehne Family, our Bad Godesberg Villenviertel Neighbours, during Lunch at Mekong River just by Hazard in Vientiane | Laos

Crossing Mekong by Serious Ferry Boat close to Thailand | Cambodia
Aligning and Crossing Mekong by Ferry Boat close to Thailand on our Way to Luang Prabang | Laos

"Olympic" Elephant Games Referring to Old Lao History in S | Laos
Elephant Festival Referring to Lao History in Saynambouri | Laos

This is Boss Elephant for Gold Medal in Saynambouri | Laos
This is Boss Elephant Heading for Gold in Saynambouri | Laos

...His Mates n the Lawn...
…His Mates in the Stadium…

...Eating all the Bamboo after Trampling on it...
…Eating all the Bamboo after Trampling on it…

...Keeping an Eye on his MAtes and Tourists..
…Keeping an Eye on Tourists…

...Germans like those...
…Germans like those…

...Lao Kiddies...
…Lower Income Lao Kiddies…

...upper Income as well..
…And Upper Income as well…

...And Bhuddist Monks...
…Plus Bhuddist Monks…

...As well as our Truck in Saynambouri | Laos
…As well as our Truck in Saynambouri | Laos

Time to Continue to Luang along Mekong River | Laos
Time to Continue to Luang along Mekong River | Laos

Water Supply Business Close to Mekong is Arduous | Laos
Water Supply Business Close to Mekong is Arduous | Laos

And not all Ships are on Duty | Laos
Not all Ships are on Duty | Laos

And to Relax at Wonderful ...Hotel in the most Beautiful City of Laos with Citroen 15CV | Luang Prabang
Time to Relax at Wonderful Villa Santi Accor Hotel in the most Beautiful Lao City with Citroen 15CV in Front, Luang Prabang | Laos

We Enjoy Mekong Terrace instead at Luang Prabang | Laos
We Enjoy Mekong Terrace at Luang Prabang | Laos

And Delicious Fish | Laos
And Delicious Mekong Fresh Fish… | Laos

And Tasty Fresh Fruit Cocktails
…And Tasty Fresh Fruit Cocktails…

And Temples in Luang | Laos
…Temples in Luang…

At Mekong River in Luang Prabang | Laos
…At Mekong River in Luang Prabang | Laos

Just Filigrane and Wonderful in Luang | Laos
Lao Temples are just Filigrane and Wonderful in Luang | Laos

Last View over Mekong in Luang Prabang | Laos
Last View over Nam Khan Mouth into Mekong in Luang Prabang | Laos

Continuing Towards Dien Bien Phu Border Hand Made Broom for Vietnam, Major Lao Export | Laos
Continuing Towards Dien Bien Phu and Vietnam Border: Hand Made Broom for Vietnam, Major Lao Export | Laos

...And Native Ladies Selling Hand Made Bracelets Getting Angry if you just Buy one | Laos
…And Hmong Ladies Selling Hand Made Bracelets and Getting Angry if you just Buy one | Laos

Typical: People Dry Clothes so that you can See them next to the Road | Laos
Drying Clothes so that Everybody Must See them Next to the Road is Typical | Laos

Last City for Supplies before Entering Vietnam | Laos
Muang Khua at Nam Pak and Nam Ou River Joints: Last City before Entering Vietnam | Laos

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Lots of Different Rice being Sold | Laos

And Wonderful Restaurants at the River - High up in Dry Season | Laos
And Wonderful Restaurants at the River – High up during Dry Season | Laos

Wonderful Stay at River | Laos
Romantic Stay at Nam Khua River during Dry Season, too | Laos

Some Work, mostly Women... | Laos
Some of the People Work, mostly Women… | Laos

...And Take Care of Children... | Laos
…And Take Care of Children… | Laos

Some do the Veggies... | Laos
…And do the Veggies… | Laos

Some do Car Washing... | Laos
…Cultur Difference? Males do Car Washing in Laos, too

VIETNAM

Finally we reached Vietnam Border close to Dien Bien Phu – in France better known as City of Defeat.

Vietnamese General Giap never lost a battle and conquered French Military here so that they had to leave their colony in 1956. End of Indochina War but US Americans didn’t know about Giap and returned later for another war… Same result.

Never alone again but with 3 Vietnamese - Welcome at the Border by Officer Dzung, Guide Binh, Driver and Leading Car missing at Dien Bien Phu | Vietnam

Never alone again but in the company of 3 Vietnameses for the next 3 weeks – male welcome at Vietnamese border by officer Dzung, guide Binh, driver and leading car not on this photo at Dien Bien Phu. Nota Bene: Females are not on this welcome list | Vietnam

This was French Main Quarter in Dien Bien Phu | Vietnam
French General Navarro’s Main Quarter in Dien Bien Phu, Captured by VietMinh in 1954 – Suicide | Vietnam

Vietnam Wars Hero Ho-Tchi-Minh in Dien's National Museum | Vietnam
Vietnam Revolutioner, Founder and President Ho-Chi-Minh in Dien’s National Museum | Vietnam

...And one of the Legendary Transport Bikes for 350 kgs. You need a lot of Bikes and People to get heavy Artillery and Ammunition through the Rain Forest like that unnoticed by the French | Vietnam
One of the Legendary Bikes Transporting 350 kgs. You Need a Lot of Bikes and People to Get Heavy Artillery and Ammunition through the Rain Forest and on Top of Dien’s Hills – Unnoticed by the French | Vietnam

Vietnam Admirers in the Museum are just one Result | Vietnam
Vietnamese Admirers in Front of their Heroes in the Museum Enjoy Foreigners, too | Vietnam

Like every Vietnamese City Dien has a remarkable Place of Republic and Town House with the Picture of Big Boss Ho | Vietnam
Like each Vietnamese City Dien has a Remarkable Place of Republic and a Town House with the Picture of Big Ho | Vietnam

...AndMonuments up Stairs in Dien Bien Phu: Vietnames are Proud and they have Reasons | Vietnam
…Monuments Upstairs in Dien Bien Phu: Vietnamese are Proud and they have Got Reasons… | Vietnam

...And Red Flags all over: This is one of the last Communist Countries | Vietnam
…And Red Flags all over: Vietnam is one of the Last Communist Countries Worldwide | Vietnam

Fresh Market at Dien: The love to Eat Fruit | Vietnam
…Fresh Market at Dien: Everybody Loves Fresh Fruit… | Vietnam

...And Lots of Meat, Chicken and Spiders, Worms and Veal like our Guides in their Favorite Dien Restaurant | Vietnam
…And Lots of Meat, Chicken and Spiders, Worms and Veal like our Guides in their Favorite Dien Restaurant not Understanding that we did not Try | Vietnam

Sundown over Dien and Time to Leave | Vietnam
Sundown over Dien and Time to Leave | Vietnam

Along River towards SaPa in the Northern Mountains | Vietnam
Aligning Da River and Water Reserve towards SaPa through Hoang Lien Son Mountains | Vietnam

Waterfall in Hoang Lien Song Nature Reserve | Vietnam
Waterfall in Hoang Lien Son Nature Reserve | Vietnam

...Including Minor Tourists | Vietnam
…Including Minor Tourists | Vietnam

...Including Tourist Traps | Vietnam
…And Tourist Traps | Vietnam

Catholic Chrurch in SaPa Touristic Centre - quite Popular for its low Temperatures in Summer Due to Altitude | Vietnam
Catholic Church in SaPa Centre – quite Popular with Low Temperatures during Summer Due to Altitude | Vietnam

...Selling Mushrooms at the Local Market | Vietnam
Selling Mushrooms at the Local Market, that Means on the Street | Vietnam

...An Suckling Pig for Lunch | Vietnm
…An Grilled Suckling Pig for Lunch – just like in Bosnia but this is Vietnam

Original Vietnamese Coffe Brew | Vietnam
Original Vietnamese Coffe Brew – Tasty!

We Enjoy watching the Market and many Begging Children in SaPa - just like in Bonn but this is: Vietnam
Watching the Market and Begging Children in SaPa – just like in Bonn but again, this is: Vietnam

We Enjoy Hotel Panoramic View of High up SaPa Surroundings | Vietnam
Hotel Panoramic View High up over Surroundings of SaPa | Vietnam

Save Enegy: Our Hotel don't Need Electrical Diswashing machines | Vietnam
Save Energy: Our Hotel don’t Need Electrical Diswashing Machines | Vietnam

Hmong Village as Tourist Attraction submontane SaPa: Disney World in Vietnam
Hmong Cat Cat Village is a Tourist Attraction Submontane SaPa: Disney World in Vietnam

...Including Water Pumps...
…Including Tourists and Water Pumps…

…Alert Native Hmong Girl Living elsewhere and Coming by Bus Each Morning…

...As well as Children...
…As well as Children…

...And Pigs Staying Overnight in SaPa | Vietnam
…But Pigs Staying Overnight at Cat Cat | Vietnam

AsiaSenses Guides are not that Familiar with Navigation - we Pass Lao Chai at the Chinese Border and align Red River towards Ha Noi and Stay in Beautiful Leganda Hotel At West Lake in Ha Noi | Vietnam
AsiaSenses Guides are not that Familiar with Navigation – we Pass Lao Chai at the Chinese Border and Align Red River towards Ha Noi Staying in Beautiful Legenda Hotel at West Lake in Ha Noi | Vietnam

...With View of Ha Noi Downtown over the Lake ...
…View of Ha Noi Downtown over West Lake …

...Sale of Fresh Lake Fish at the Close-By Amusement Park in Hanoi | Vietnam
…Fresh Fish Sale at the Close-By West-Lake Amusement Park in Ha Noi | Vietnam

Former Prison for Anti-Communists and US-Pilots Shot down over Vietnam - Inoffficially "Hilton Hotel" in Hanoi | Vietnam
Former Prison for Colonialists, Anti-Communists and US-Pilots Shot down over Vietnam: Officially „Maison Cemtrale“, Inoffficially „Hilton Hotel“ in Ha Noi | Vietnam

City Hall of Hanoi | Vietnam
City Hall of Ha Noi | Vietnam

Communist Flags all over Hanoi City | Vietnam
Flags over Ha Noi City Han Kiem Lake | Vietnam

Selling Elaborately Folded Cards in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Selling Elaborately Folded Cards in Ha Noi | Vietnam

Transport is on 4 Wheels without Rear View in Ha Noi | Vietnam
Transport on 2 Wheels without Rear View is Due in Ha Noi… | Vietnam

...for Lunch...
…for Lunch…

...and Flowers in Ha Noi | Vietnam
…and Flowers…

...Even for Tesa Products...
…Even for Tesa Products…

...And Hairdo...
…And Hairdo…

...And Parking for Everybody in Ha Noi | Vietnam
…And Parking is for Everybody in Ha Noi | Vietnam

Some do their Work, mostly Women...
Some do their Work like this Girl Opening her Street Cafe in the Afternoon…

...Buy French Citroen 15 CV...
…Others Buy French Citroen 15 CV…

Others Enjoy...
…Or just Enjoy…

...Getting Married...
…Getting Married…

...But Some do not even Like that...
…Although Some do not Enjoy…

...Did she See that?
…Did She See that?…

...In Front of Metropolitan Hotel, Made by France...
…In Front of Metropolitan Hotel, Made by France…

Wonderful Art Deco French Made in Ha Noi | Vietnam
…Wonderful Art Deco French Made, too…

...And Famous Slim Houses in Ha Noi | Vietnam
…And Famous Slim Houses in Ha Noi | Vietnam

Not a Long Way to Overcrowded Ha Long Bay...
Not a Long Way to Overcrowded Ha Long Bay…

... And Crown Hotel, our Stay at Ha Long Main Road | Vietnam
… And Crown Hotel, our Stay at Ha Long Main Road | Vietnam

But First Enjoy Dinner Invitation by our Guide and his Friends in Ha Long | Vietnam
First Enjoy Dinner Invitation by our Guides and Friends in Ha Long | Vietnam

Tourist Boat Racing towards 2 Chicken in Ha Long Bay | Vietnam
Tourist Boat Racing towards 2 Chicken in Ha Long Bay | Vietnam

Here they are under reduced Visibilty Conditions...
Here they are under Reduced Visibilty Conditions…

Fine Multi Generation House in Halong Bay | Vietnam
Multi Generation House in Halong Bay | Vietnam

Afternoon Race to Famous Ha Long Bay Caves | Vietnam
Afternoon Race to Famous Ha Long Bay Caves | Vietnam

Here they are Designed by Walt Disney...
Here they are, Designed by Walt Disney…

Not too Lonesome in Ha Long Bay...
Not too Lonesome in Ha Long Bay…

...But Exhausting. Next Time we might Take a Plane Flying over Ha Long Bay | Vietnam
…But Exhausting. Next Time we Better Take a Plane Flying over Ha Long Bay | Vietnam

Time to LEave South but oops, Pay Attention to Bikers after End of School in Vietnam
Time to Leave South but Oops, Pay Attention to Bikers after End of School in Vietnam

Pay a Visit to one of the 2 Most Successful Soldiers Worldwide: General Giap. The other was Vietnamese, too... French and US did not know that we Guess.
Visiting one of the only 2 Undefeated Military Generals Worldwide: General Giap Grave . The other one was Vietnamese, too… French and US Rushed into a Mess without Knowing… | Vietnam

And here is one Proof: Open Bridge over Latitude 13 River, former Broder between Northern and Southern Vietnam
Open Bridge over Latitude 13 River, former Border between Northern and Southern Vietnam including Watch Tower in Southern Vietnam

...And Enormous Loud Speakers in Northern Vietnam, Terror
…And Enormous Loud Speakers for Supersonic Sounding, Music and Speeches of Northern Vietnam, Terrorizing South Vietnam

...And the Corresponding Memorial and Museum | Vietnam
…Corresponding Memorial and Museum | Vietnam

Former French Hue Fortress - Completely Destroyed during Americn War | Vietnam
Former French Hue Fortress – Completely Destroyed during American War | Vietnam

Entrance to Hue Imperial Palace | Vietnam
Entrance to Hue Imperial Palace | Vietnam

Japanese Tourists in the Closed Area | Vietnam
Japanese Tourists in the Closed Area | Vietnam

Dragon Supervising Palace Courts | Vietnam
Dragon Supervising Palace Courts | Vietnam

Ladies Part of the Palace...
Ladies‘ Part of Hue Palace…

Gate to Closed Area Recemtly Restored but too much Rain | Vietnam
…Gate to Ladies‘ Area Recently Restored but too much Rain | Vietnam

US Military Left a Lot in Vietnam
US Military Left a Lot of Technology back in Vietnam…

...Because of him: VietCong Soldier in Pension in Hue | Vietnam
…Because of Poeple like him: South Vietnamese Freedom Fighter, VietCong Soldier in Pension in Hue | Vietnam

Hue Market is for everything you Need
Hue Market Sells everything you Need

...She Needs a Rice Bowl for Lunch
…She Needs a Lunch Rice Bowl

Monument of Late Vietnamese Imperors at Hue | Vietnam
Late Vietnamese Imperors Cemetary at Hue… | Vietnam

...Including Charming Places for Vistors' Rest
…Including Charming Places for Vistors‘ to Rest

View of Da Nang and Chinese Beach towards South | Vietnam
View of Chinese Beach towards Da Nang | Vietnam

Next Stop at Touristic Hoi An at Vinh Cura Dai River Mouth to Chinese Sea
Next Stop at Touristic Hoi An at Vinh Cura Dai River Mouth into Chinese Sea

Touristic Hoi An at Night
Hoi An at Night…

...Tourists for Tasty DInner...
…Tourists for Tasty DInner…

...Daytime in Hoi An
…Daytime in Hoi An…

...And always Time for Elegant Pictures
…And always Time for Elegant Pictures…

...Plus a Dime Supporting the Elderly
…Plus a Dime Supporting the Elderly…

...Temples for Buddhist People...
…Temples for Buddhist People…

Chinese Trading House in Hoi An | Vietnam
…Ancient Chinese Trading House in Hoi An…

Rialto Bridge Copy
….Rialto Bridge Copy…

Students Celebrating Final Exminations
…Students Celebrating Final Examinations…

...Some Exhausted but Beautiful...
…Some Exhausted but Beautiful…

Guide Bing Celebrating Students Admiration in Hoi An
…Guide Bing Celebrating Teenie Admiration in Hoi An…

Good Bye to Nice Hoi An with our Guides
…Good Bye to Nice Hoi An together with our Guides

My Son - Shiva Temples Hidden in the Rain Forest - Biggest Champa Complex in Vietnam
My Son Shiva Temples – Biggest Champa Complex in Vietnam and UN-Cultural Heritage…

...Hidden in the Rain Forest before Excavation...
…Hidden in the Rain Forest before Excavation…

...And before Excavation...
…Temples like this one…

...And after Reconsrtuction...
…And after Reconstruction…

...Even Protecting Decices cold not Hiner the US
…Even Protecting Devices did not Hinder US Bombings…

…One of many Craters at Champa My Son | Vietnam

Table of more than 600 Victims of My Lay Massacre...
Table with more than 500 Civilian Victim Names of My Lai/Son My Massacre in 1968 Starting Change of US Public View on Vietnam War. Journalist Seymor Hersh published his Research Results in 1969 and Received Pulitzer Price…

...Reamianders of Village Houses with Tables of Numers of Killed Persons in My Lay | Vietnam
…Remainders of House Basements Including Tables with Numbers of Killed Persons right there in My Lai | Vietnam

My Lay Monument: Vietnamese People Stays Strong
My Lai Monument: Vietnamese People Stays Strong

One of the Best Beaches we have Seen Worldwide: Nhon Hai Beach and Hostel - A Dream at Nhon Hai | Vietnam
One of the Best Beaches we have ever Seen Worldwide: Nhon Hai Guesthaoue and Beach – A Dream…

…Comfortable Hostel and Tasty Dinner at the Beach…

Nhon Hai Beach View with Typical Boats and Champa Ruins close to Quy Nhon at Chinese Sea | Vietnam
….Nhon Hai View with Typical Boats and Champa Ruins close to Quy Nhon at Chinese Sea | Vietnam

RIce all over Vietnam
RIce Fields all over Vietnam

Chinese Sea Beaches all over as well
Chinese Sea Beaches all over as well…

...Including Girls at the Beach Watching
…Including Girls at the Beach Watching Tourists…

...Beach Houses...
…Beach Houses…

,,,And Litter all over close to Villages at Chinese Sea | Vietnam
,,,And Litter all over Close to Villages at Chinese Sea | Vietnam

Tourists Need a Cosy Break at Mai Am Guetshiurse in My Am | Vietnam
Tourists Need a Cosy Break at Comfortable Mai Am Matrusaden Guesthouse with Wonderful Manager Sheela in Mui Ne | Vietnam

...And Tire Repair Assistance on the Road...
…And Tire Repair Assistance on the Road…

...Removing a Srew on our Way to Saigon
…Removing a Screw on our Way to Saigon

Famous Continental and Caravelle Hotels in Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Mihn City HTSC today | Vietnam
Famous Continental and Caravelle Hotels in Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh City HTSC today | Vietnam

Famous Rex Hotel and Terrace in HCMC | Vietnam
Famous Rex Hotel and Terrace in HCMC…

...Cocktail at Rex Terrace with View over Saigin | Vietnam
…Cocktail at Rex Terrace…

...Saigon Skyline over Mekong River at Night...
…Saigon Skyline over Mekong River at Night…

...Beware of Battery Changes on HCMC Market - Less Cost Result in less Endurance...
…Beware of Battery Changes on HCMC Market – Less Cost Means Short Endurance…

...But Leeches are Tasty and Cost Little..
…But Leeches are Tasty and Cost Little, too…

...Same for Dragon Fruit...
…Same for Dragon Fruit…

...Business Lunch at the Market...
…And Business Lunch at the Market…

...Spuervised by Furtue Clients...
…Supervised by Future Clients in HCMC | Vietnam

Saigon Catholic Church...
Saigon Catholic Church…

...and General Post Office just Opposite...
…and General Post Office just Opposite…

...Inside French Art Deco...
…With French Art Deco Inside…

...With Visitors from Malaysia...
…And Visitors from Malaysia…

...And Japan...
…And Japan in HCMC Post Office | Vietnam

HCMC Temple Guarantees for Female Fertility...
HCMC Temple Guarantees for Female Fertility…

...Throwing Light on its Visitors...
…Throwing Chinese Lights on its Visitors…

We enjoy a Final Drink at Market's Bar...
…We Enjoy Police and Final Drinks at HCMC Market’s Bar…

...And HCMC Road Safety...
…And HCMC Road Safety Measures…

...efuse to Stay Overnight at a Hotel...
…But Refused Overnight at Saigon Transient Hotel together with Chinese Hookers…

...Watching Vietnamese Girls in Traditional Costumes...
…Preferring to Watch Vietnamese Traditional Costumes Show…

...But Prefer our own Truk at Mekong River...
…And Store our Truck at Mekong River…

...And LEave Saigon…We Leave Saigon Paying a Visit to Last Exit Hotel: Final US Evacuation Helicpter left April, 30th 1975 at 11:30 am while Hundreds of US Ctizens and Vietnamese Officials were still Climbing these Stairs in Hope but Vietcong and Vietnamese Army were just around the Corner Already… In total 7.000 Persons were Saved in HCMC by the biggest Helicopter Evacuation so far | Vietnam PAying a visit to Last Exit Hotel: Last US Helicpter left from this Roof while Hundred of US Ctizens were still on those Stairs in Hope while Vietcong and Vietnamese Army were just around the Corner
…We Leave Saigon Paying a Visit to Last Exit Hotel: Final US Evacuation Helicpter left April, 30th 1975 at 11:30 am while Hundreds of US Ctizens and Vietnamese Officials were still Climbing these Stairs in Hope but Vietcong and Vietnamese Army were just around the Corner Already… In total 7.000 Persons were Saved in HCMC by the biggest Helicopter Evacuation so far | Vietnam

CAMBODIA 1

We left Vietnam aligning Mekong and entered Cambodia for the first time not far from Saigon crossing a new Mekong bridge towards Phnom Penh. We were happy to leave our guides and Vietnam and found a nice overnight stay at Mekong river during rain season.

We Enter Cambodia and Get Free Camping at People's Party Headquarters at Mekong River | Cambodia
We Enter Cambodia and Get Free Camping at Neak Loeung Communist People’s Party Headquarters at Mekong River | Cambodia

Home of our Hosts above the River...
Home of our Hosts above the River…

...And Children our Guests all over Cambodia
…Children are our Guests all over Cambodia just like here Coming by Motorbike

Mekong River Bridge...
Mekong River Bridge to Phnom Penh…

…And Villa Samnang Hotel, our Cosy Stay in Phnom Penh | Cambodia

Phnom Penh is a Lively and Modern City without much to see but much to Experience
Phnom Penh is a Modern City without much to See but much Life to Experience at Ton Le Sap and Mekong River Mouths…

...still Preserving Colonial Buildings at the Riverside...
…Preserving Colonial Buildings at the Riverside…

...With Impressing Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel at River Mouth...
…With Impressive Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel at River Mouth…

Luxury Bars at Ton Le Sap...
…Luxury Bars at Ton Le Sap…

...And Poor People Doing According Service and Living next to Luxury...
…And Poor People Doing Service and Living next to Luxury…

...Or on A Boat in the River...
…Or on a Boat in the River…

We Prefer Riverside Restaurant with Perfect View over the 2 Rivers...
…We Prefer Riverside Restaurant with Perfect View over the 2 Rivers…

...And Visiting Royal Castle...
…Visiting Royal Palace…

...Give our Honours to Roayals...
…Give our Honours to Royals…

...Understanding that even with Royals not everything is Real...
…Understanding that even with Royals not everything is Real…

...We also Visit Botumvatey Pagoda...
…We also Visit Botumvatey Pagoda…

…A City Gas Station…

...Impressive Phnom Penh Town Hall...
…Phnom Penh Town Hall…

...And Understand that Electricity has Arrived at Phnom Penh...
…And Understand that Electricity has Arrived at Phnom Penh…

...Saying Good Bye to Phnom Penh with A Cocktail at Roof Top Bar...
…Good Bye to Phnom Penh with A Cocktail at Eclipse Sky Bar of Phnom Penh Tower…

...Ejoying a Wonderful Evening View over Phnom Penh | Cambodia
…Enjoying Wonderful Evening Views over Phnom Penh | Cambodia

Noe time to Relax at Ananas Beach Bungalows - Otres Beach 2, Sihanoukville | Cambodia
We Drive down South for some Time to Relax at Ananas Beach Bungalows at Gulf of Thailand – Otres Beach 2 in Sihanoukville | Cambodia

...In this Hut at the Beach...
…Staying in this Hut at the Beach…

...Where you get anything Fresh...
…Where you get anything Fresh…

...Enjoying Wonderful Sundowns...
…Enjoying Wonderful Sundowns…

...Meeting Berlin Friends Micha and Suse touring for 16 Months from Berlin to Cambodia on German MZ Bikes - See Emmenreiter
…And Friends Micha and Suse Touring Berlin – Cambodia – Berlin for 16 Months on German MZ Bikes – See Emmenreiter.de

Royal Train Crossing on the Way back to Phnom Penh | Cambodia
Royal Train Crossing our Way back to Phnom Penh | Cambodia

We visited a Mekong Bar with Guests, Sleeping and no Beer...
We Visited a Mekong Bar with Guests, Sleeping but no Beer…

...And Camped overnight at Mekong River with Rice Shipping
…And Camped Overnight over Mekong River where Rice is Loaded for Shipping…

...Some Working Hard...
…Some Working Hard…

...But some not - still a Communist Country | Cambodia
…But some Don’t – still a Communist Country | Cambodia

We Continued to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat for Sundown | Cambodia
We Continued to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat for Sundown – The Largest Area with Man Made Buildings Worldwide | Cambodia

Finding Beautiful Maid Statues Used, Breaswise in Angkor Wat | Cambodia
Finding Beautiful Maids Used Breastwise, Watch the Colors…

...But also Original Pint at Temple Ceiling...
…And Original Paint at Temple Ceiling…

...And Colourful Monks Understanding why this is tehri Colour
…And Colourful Monks Understanding why this is their Colour

He was our Driver for this Day...
Shang was our Driver these Days…

Bringing us to the next Temple...
Bringing us to the Gate of Angkor Thom and Bayon Temples…

...Being Surveyed...
…Being Surveyed…

...Reaching Hindu.... Temple...
…Reaching Hindu Bayon Temple…

...With Sleeping Buddha...
…With Sleeping Buddha…

…And His Princesses… See the Colour – that Temple Area must have been quite Colorful…

...And those Monks Know about it...
…And those Monks Know about it…

...Next Temple with Tourist in Pink Stepping down...
…Baphuon Temple with Colorful Female German Tourist Trying downstairs Cautiously…

...After Taking a Winner Photo right from the Top
…After Taking a Photo right from Baphuon Top…

...Famous Elephant Terrace...
…Famous Elephant Terrace…

...NExt to this Temple still in Use - fro Wedding Ceremonies...
…Temple still in Use for Wedding Ceremonies…

...And Gate to the most Famous Temple of ...
…And Gate to Famous Ta Prohm Temple in Angkor Wat – Almost Left as Found by French Archaeologists after „Discovery“, all the other Buildings have been Excavated, Trees being Removed…

...These are the Famous Trees Walking over Walls...
…These are Famous Kapok Trees Walking over Walls…

...Temples...
…And Temples together with Choker Figue/Banyan Tree Turning Temple Area into a Labyrinth Scaring Tourists…

... Houses in Angkor Wat | Cambodia
…Walking even over Houses in Angkor Wats Ta Prohm | Cambodia

Time for a Refreshing Coconut Drink...
Time for Refreshing Coconut Milk…

...And Rest in this Wonderful Garden Hotel in Siem Reap | Cambodia
…And Rest in this Wonderful Garden Hotel in Siem Reap | Cambodia

On our Way back to Mekong Former Tropic Forest in Fire for Hundreds of Kilometers after Selling the Trees to Vietnamese Dealers
On our Way back to Mekong Former Tropic Forest in Fire for Hundreds of Kilometers after Selling Trees to Vietnamese Companies, Standard in Cambodia

Camping under the Bridge together with Poor Dealers in Stung Treng | Cambodia
Camping under the Bridge together with Poor Dealers in and next to their Truck in Stung Treng | Cambodia

...Looking Down to the River with Sand Gatherers...
…Looking Down on the River with Sand Gatherers…

...Receiving Visit of their Children after Daily Evening Wash
…Receiving Visit of their Children after Daily Evening Wash in the River

LAOS 3

We entered Laos for the third time intending to mount a set of new Michelin tires and to store the truck again in Vientiane. This was not successful, however.

...Reaching Mekong Water Falls at the Border between Cambodia and Laos
Reaching Mekong Water Falls in Laos…

...And Famous 4000 Islands in 40 km Wide Mekong River | Laos
…And 4000 Islands in 40 km Wide Mekong River | Laos

Crossing Mekong by Ferry Boat
Crossing Mekong by Ferry Boat… | Laos

...The Captain and his Crew...
…The Captain and his Crew…

...And Success with his Luxury Ferry, a Combination of two Boats...
…And Success with his Luxury Ferry, a Combination of two Boats…

This was the Reason to Cross Mekong: Famous Temple Wat Pouh in Champasak | Laos
This was the Reason to Cross Mekong: Famous Temple Wat Pouh in Champasak | Laos

...And View down to the Main Northern Temple...
…And View down to the Main Northern Temple…

French Colonial Buildings still Exist in CHampasak | Laos
French Colonial Remainders in Champasak | Laos

Next Tire Blowout in Savannakhet...
Tire Blowout in Savannakhet…

Time for Half Day Rest at Mekong River while Mechanics do Repairs - Spare tire had a Blowout, too in Savannakhet | Laos
…And Time for a Half Day Rest at Mekong River while Mechanics do Repairs since Spare Tire had a Blowout, too in Savannakhet | Laos

Ant Time for Visitors, a Gekko
Time for Visitors in the Cab, a Gekko

View over Karts Formations in Khamouane Close to Vietnam Border | Laos
View over Karst Formations in Khammouane National Park Close to Vietnam Border | Laos

Meeting the only other Overlander Vehicle on that Leg, French Couple coming from South Korea, Khammouane | Laos
Meeting the only other Overlander Vehicle on that Leg, French Couple Coming from South Korea, Khammouane | Laos

View over Vientiane "Skyline" from a Fine Beergarden in Vientiane | Laos
View over Vientiane „Skyline“ in a Fine Beergarden in Vientiane | Laos

Our MAN SAfe but not Secure at Vientaine Nightmarket
Our MAN Safe but not Secure at Vientiane Nightmarket

Investigations about New Tires for our truck were not Successful in in Vientaine. So final Good Bye to my Codriver at Vientaine Airport and Wy back to Phnom Penh| Laos
Acquisition of New Truck Tires was not Successful in Vientiane. Final Good Bye to Codriver at Vientiane Airport and Way back to Phnom Penh with the Truck | Laos

On the Way back South Clouds over Mekong | Laos
Clouds over Mekong | Laos

As can be Seen Rain Season has Started in Thakhet already | Laos
As can be Seen Rain Season has Started, Thakhet | Laos

Again my Way leads through Khammouane Karst Formations...
Again Way Leads through Khammouane Karst Formations…

...Over Muddy Paths...
…Over Muddy Paths…

...Over Bridges you would not even Try to Use in Germany...
…And Bridges you would not even Try with a Truck in Germany…

Native Houses are Built High up because of Wet Season like that...
…Native Houses are Built High up because of Wet Season…

...And Look like that when Inhabitated...
…And Look like that when Inhabitated

I Perfer this Pakse Hotel with Roof Garden...
I Prefer Pakse Hotel with Roof Terrace…

...Roof Terrace Dining...
…Fine Dining…

...And Gekkos Visiting...
…And Gekkos Visiting…

...Protected by this Typical House Altar in Pakse | Laos
…Protected by a Typical House Altar in Pakse | Laos

French Colonail Remainders in the City...
French Colonial Remainders in the City…

...And a Horologist o the Road in Pakse | Laos
…And a Horologist on the Streets of Pakse | Laos

A Trp through Bolaven Palteau Takes me to Tad Frane Waterfalls...
A Trip through Bolaven Palteau Takes to Tad Frane Waterfalls…

...and its Guesthouse...
…and Tad Frane Guesthouse…

Continuing to Paksong Rain Gets Heavier but Popel are usedto that...
Continuing to Paksong Rain Gets Heavier but Poeple are used to Rain in Laos

French Colonialists have made Bolaven Plateu to one of the Best Coffe Regions Worlwide due to hmid Climate over 1000 m Altitudes - Time to LEarn more about Coffe Making...
French Colonialists have Turned Bolaven Plateau into one of the Best Coffee Regions Worlwide with Humid Climate at High Altitudes – Time to Learn more about Handcrafted Coffee Making in Laos

...This a Coffee Tree Blooming...
…This a Coffee Tree Blooming…

...These Ripe Coffee Cherries...
…These are Ripe Coffee Cherries…

...Coffee Bean and Cherry Opened...
…Coffee Bean and Cherry Opened…

...Coffee Drying in the Sun...
…Coffee Beans Drying in the Sun…

Coffee Beans before Roasting...
…Coffee Beans before Roasting…

...Mesh after Drying in the Sun...
…Coffee Cherry Mesh after Drying in the Sun…

...Coffe Roasting has to be Done Carefully and Fast...
…Coffee Roasting has to be Done Carefully and Fast…

Dry Roasted Beans and Remove Husk: Finished
…Cool Roasted Beans down and Remove Husk: Top Lao Coffee Finished, Arabica, Cheers

...All this Lecture and Demonstration at JCFC Coffee Cooperative Founded and Run by US American Nongovernment Volunteers, my Instructor was Swiss Marc
…Lecture and Demonstration at JCFC Coffee Cooperative Founded and Run by US American Nongovernment Volunteers and Swiss Instructor Marc

Camping is Difficult because in Tropic Rain Forests without Pads...
Camping is Difficult in Tropic Rain Forests on Small Pads…

...But with Friendly People...
…But with Friendly People…

...Guidng their Animals Home because of Wild Animals...
…Guiding Animals Home because Rain Forest is Wild…

...And Roads are like that
…And Roads are like that on Bolaven Plateau | Laos

I Prefer to Stay at Elephant Lodge...
I Prefer to Stay at Elephant Lodge…

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…Try to Beware of Mosquitos and Malaria…

...Enjoy Dinner...
…Enjoy Dinner…

...Cactus...
…Cactus…

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…Just Cows for 3 Days in this Volcano Crater – Elephants off Duty…

Getting Final Cheap Diesel in Laos...
Getting Final Cheap Diesel in Laos…

...And Chashier plus Cokk in that Typical Gas Station. No Remarks about Child Labor Please in Laos
…And Pay Chashier plus Cook in that Gas Station. No Remarks about Child Labor in Laos, Please

CAMBODIA 2

Returning to Cambodia showed that Rain season was getting stronger. I aligned Lao Border towards East to Vietnam. In Banlung I turned South for Mondulkiri Nature Reserve and Sen Monorong where Nature Lodge was my goal for next 5 Days.

Rain Clouds over Lumphat | Cambodia
Heavy Rain over Lumphat | Cambodia

Nature Lodge in Mondulkiri | Cambodia
Nature Lodge in Mondulkiri | Cambodia

Nature Lodge Manager Srey Mol Invites me to Visit this Pepper Plantion...
Nature Lodge Manager Srey Mol Invites for a Visit to this Pepper Plantation…

Pepper Machine Separating Pepper and Limbs
…Pepper Machine Separating Pepper from Limbs…

Maybe I should Relocate?
Maybe I should I Relocate to this Pepper Plantation

Bou Sraa Water Falls Close to Vietnam is a Must See and Festival to Native People. And full of Corchids and Green Tree Snakes...
Bou Sraa Water Falls Close to Vietnam are a Must See and Holiday Event for Lao People – full of Green Tree Snakes…

...We Found just Orchids...
…We Found Orchids and Bananas…

...Picnic Area..
…A Picnic Area…

Photos in Phnong Native Dresses are a Must for Cambodian Females at Bou Sraa | Cambodia
…And Took Photos in Phnong Native Dress, a Must for Cambodian Females at Bou Sraa | Cambodia

...And taht the Satndard Photo...
That is the Standard Photo…

...And this a German Tourist
…And that a German Tourist

View over Mondulkiri Airport | Cambodia
View over Mondulkiri City and Airport | Cambodia

Neighbor Invites for Lunch at his Home in Mondulkiri | Cambodia
Nature Lodge Neighbour Invites for Lunch at his Home in Mondulkiri | Cambodia

...Tasty Grilled Fish on Banana Leaves as Plates and Great Wine...
…Serving Tasty Grilled Fish on Banana Leave Plates and Great Papaya Wine, Self Made here…

...His House, Self Made as Well Next to Nature Lodge | Cambodia
…His House, Self Made as Well Next to Nature Lodge | Cambodia

Good Bye Party at Modukiri Karaoke TV, a Stunning Experience for a Western Guy...
Good Bye Party at Modukiri Karaoke TV, Standard Holiday Fun and Stunning Experience for a Guy Used to Western Style Beat and Music…

...Enyjoy the Beautiful Girls Operating Karaoke TV and Offering Additional Services - Tolerated by Everyone in Modulkiri | Cambodia
…Enyjoying Beautiful Girls Operating Karaoke TV and Offering Additional Services – Tolerated by Everyone in Cambodia

Good Bye Dinner at Modulkiri Coffee Plantation with Veggies Wrapped-Up in Banana Leaves is another Holiday Fun in Cambodia
Good Bye Afernoon Dinner at Modulkiri Coffee Plantation with Hot Veggies Wrapped-Up in Banana Leaves is another Holiday Fun in Cambodia…

...Dining Outdoors is a Standard in Tropic Cambodia
…As is Dining Outdoors in Tropic Cambodia

Good Bye to my Friend at Nature Lodge...
Good Bye to my Friend at Nature Lodge…

Good Bye Lunch with Family, Running Dressing Store, Dental Surgery and Farm in Modulkiri | Cambodia
Dish Washing after Lunch at Manager’s Sister’s House in the City of Modulkiri | Cambodia

...Her Shop...
…She Runs this Fashion Store….

...Her Husband Farmer and Dentist...
…Her Husband is a Farmer and a Dentist…

...Old Town Centre and Main Road before her Shop and House in Mondulkiri | Cambodia
…Old Town Centre Main Road before her Store and House in Mondulkiri | Cambodia

Time to LEave for and Pay a Visit to Chup Rubber Plantation on the Way to Phnom Penh | Cambodia
Time to Leave and Pay a Visit to Chup Rubber Company Established by French Colonialists Close to Kampong Cham on the Way to Phnom Penh | Cambodia

...and this is the Outcome: Latex...
…Rubber Plantation Trees are Continuously Bruised for Bleeding and this is the Outcome: Caouchouk of Cambodia

...Poor Cows Watching my Way to Phnom Penh...
…Poor Cows on the Way to Phnom Penh…

...Final Cleaning of the Truck before Storage in Phnom Penh...
…Final Cleaning of the Truck before Storage…

...At Finn's Envostar Truck Maintenace and Repair...
…At Finn’s Envostar Truck Maintenace Company in Phnom Penh | Cambodia

Great European Lunch at ... in Phnom Penh
Business Lunch at Malis in Phnom Penh

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Former Tuol Sleng School Converted to Concentration Camp „Security Office 21“ under Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge Regime bewteen 1975 – 1979. A Genocide Museum Today Showing Torturing Instruments, Prisoner’s Rooms and Vitae of Captivates, mostly Women and Children. They were not Murdered here but Transported to Fields. There were many Distributed all over Cambodia. Nota Bene: During 3.5 Years Khmer Rouge Killed almost Half of Cambodia’s Population of 7 Million Aiming at Extinction of Educated, Rich or People wearing Glasses… Vietnam Brought an End to this Drama in 1979 by Military Intervention although both Countries were and still are Communistic.

Temple of Skulls at ... in Phnom Penh | Cambodia
Temple of Skulls at Killing Fields in Phnom Penh | Cambodia

...And Here they are, Excavated On-Site at Killing Fields...
…Skulls Excavated On-Site…

...In Mass Graves like this one at Killing Fields in Phnom Penh | Cambodia
…Found in Mass Graves like this at Killing Fields in Phnom Penh | Cambodia

These Visits into History Require a Visit of Wat Phnom Temple Established 1372 on Phnom Penh Hill and Park in Phnom Penh
Activities into Recent History Require Visiting Wat Phnom Temple Established 1372 on Phnom Penh Hill and Park…

...And Make Sacrifices to Buddha inside of Wat Phnom Temple
…And Donating Sacrifices to Buddha inside of Wat Phnom Temple

Monkeys all over Phnom Penh City do not Donate but Steel everything they Get Hold of

Good Bye Dinner Overviewing Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh | Camdoia
Good Bye Dinner Overviewing Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh | Camdodia

Comfortable Flight Home with this Emirates Airbus A380...
Comfortable Flight Home with Emirates Airbus A380 Stopping over in Dubai…

...And Final Dinner before Landing in Frankfurt | Germany
…And Final Dinner before Landing in Frankfurt | Germany

END OF LEG

Truck the World 2016 Leg 3 | Silk & Tea Road Osh Vientiane

Returning by air to Osh we continued Truck-the-World during Autumn 2016 through Kyrgyzstan, Western, Northern and Southern China and Laos, 10.000 km in total for this leg with our MAN Unicat Truck.

Travel Equipment, Written
Travel Equipment, Written

After 500 km aligning Pamir Chain on classic Silk Road through Kyrgyzstan we entered China via Irkeshtam Border. Through Xingijang we followed Silk Road to Kashgar. We crossed Taklamakan Desert towards Turpan, aligned Lop Nor Desert completing Silk Road at Western end of Great Wall in Jiayuguan.

Then we drove South through Gobi Desert to Dunhuang and sipped a Cocktail on Yueya Quangs Silk Road Hotel’s roof terrace as recommended by HA Schult. We headed South for Tibet’s Lhasa and continued on Tea Road through Eastern Tibet for Tropic Yunnan and Mohan Border to Laos, a route of 8.500 km through China.

Another 800 km led to Vientiane, Laos, where we stored our truck at a friend’s place and returned home again for business.

Major issues on that leg are altitudes between 3.500 m and 6.000 m with mountain sickness including headache, loss of appetite, nausea, concentration loss, respiratory impairment and imbalance especcially for older people plus „smoky“power loss of Diesel based engines, heaters and stoves.

Driving your own Third-Country-Vehicle in a guided group through CHINA is compulsory and costly as explained. Nevertheless we decided for a small costly but flexible group of 2 vehicles and 4 people plus guide 24h/7d.

Kyrgyzstan

We met Austrian/Swisstravel mates at a guesthouse in Osh. After some repairs and shopping plus a Good Bye Dinner in Osh together we started aligning Pamir on classic Silk Road driving to Irkeshtam Border.

First night with our travel mates in front of Pamir | Kyrgyzstan
First Night with Travel Mates in Front of Pamir | Kyrgyzstan

Aligning Pamir is one of Silk Road's Highlights | Kyrgyzstan
Aligning Pamir Chain is one of Silk Road’s Highlights | Kyrgyzstan

Chinas Silk Road thru Xingjiang

We knew Mao Bible, Long March, Great Leap Forward, Great Wall, Silk Road and Cuture Revolution but we did not know China. Exciting country full of human, cultural and economic power, friendly people almost all over remembering of great Iran, amazing, just wonderful. A great experience and a major surprise among 90 countries visited so far. Go! Visit!

Nowhere in our lives, however, we were controlled, photographed and shot more often. Personal and speeding cameras all over on roads, in cities and buildings, even in temples and monasteries are a standard nuisance.

On the opposite, outdoor Camping was quite easy outside populated areas and secure, in cities hotel car parks or accomodation are first choice. Good hotels are quite comfortable and cheap but travelling China in your own vehicle is lavish and time consuming due to controls and bad roads especcially in Tibet. Anyway, we were extremely lucky to obtain 2 out of 20 permits per Year in total for Tibet and Xingjiang.

A guide picked us up at the border and took us through a number of police, customs, vehicle and post border controls until we reached Silk Road Oasis Kashgar on the edge of Taklamakan Desert half a day later.

Shang, our guide for the next 2 weeks received us in Kashgar, easy going, a wonderful person even speaking good German. Papers and SIM-Cards were done and vehicles checked TÜV-like. All that cost a full day and more – depending your professional agent and some bribe – yes.

Good to have Austrian friends, Chinese prefer watching | China
Nailed Welcome to China, Good to Have Austrian Friends, Chinese Prefer Watching | China

Lunch at a Gas Station together with our Guide Shang | China
Chinese Quick Lunch at an Expressway Gas Station together with our Guide Shang | China

Welcome by Chairman Mao in Kashgar | China
Welcome to Kashgar by Chairman Mao | China

Kashgar Centre | China
Vast Centre of Modern Kashgar | China

First is getting a SIM card in Kashgar | China
First is Getting SIM Cards in Kashgar | China

Second is Driver License, Number Plate, Technical Certificate in Kashgar | China
Second are Provisional Driving Permits, Number Plates, Vehicle Technical Certificates close to Kashgar | China

Mosque comes second in Kashgar | China
Mosques are Major Buildings in Islamic Xinjiang Autonomus Province, Kashgar | China

Mopeds yes, but electric all over China
Lots of Mopeds but Electric a Must not only in Kasgar but all over China

Impressive Teeth a Must in China
Impressive Teeth another Must in China

Friendly Welcome by everybody in China
Friendly Welcome by everybody in China

Oldtown Entrance in Kashgar | China
Oldtown Entrance to Kashgar | China

Old Kashgar Main Roads | China
Silk Road Atmosphere in Kashgar | China

... And Rich People in Kashgar | China
Former Houses of Rich People in Kashgar | China

...And again Friendly People | China
…Plus Friendly People again | China

Uigur People are Muslim and do not like Pictures | China
Uigur People are Muslims and do not Like Pictures | China

Classic Chariot in Kashgar | China
Classic Chariot in Kashgar | China

Mopeds are for Ladies in Kashgar | China
Mopeds are for Ladies in Kashgar | China

Uigur Market in Kashgar | China
Uigur Market in Kashgar | China

Snakes might be Helpful to Male Needs | China
Dried Snakes Might be Helpful to Male Needs | China

...and for Wood-Proessing in Kashgar | China
Wood-Processing in Kashgar | China

Silk Road Presence all over Kashgar | China
Silk Road all over Kashgar | China

Police Stops all over China are Time Consuming | China
Massive Police Stops in Xinjiang and less Impressive all over China are quite Time Consuming | China

Chinese like to Talk and to Meet People everywhere | China
Chinese like to Talk, to Meet and to Take Pictures | China

Cotton Fileds Align Taklamakan Desert | China
Cotton Fields Align Taklamakan Desert | China

But we Love the Desert and Cross Takalamakan | China
We Love the Desert and Cross Takalamakan | China

It is not Wise to Lose one's Way in Taklamakan because Uigur don't Speak no English nor Chinese | China
It is not Wise to Lose one’s Way in Taklamakan because Uigur don’t Speak no English nor Chinese | China

But they love to Watch | China
But they Love Watching | China

Done, Sunset in Taklamakan | China
Done, Sunset in Taklamakan | China

Xinjiang Petrol Stations are Secure, Passport and Security Check | China
Xinjiang Petrol Stations Secured by Passport and Security Controls | China

One of the Reasons for Xingijang being under Chinese Control | China
Oil Occurrence one of the Reasons for Xingijang being under Chinese Control | China

Wine Originates from Xingijang | China
Grapes Came on Silk Road from Persia to Xingijang | China

But Chinese Prefer Raisins over Wine | China
But Chinese Prefer to Dry them in those Sheds and Started Wine Production just some Years ago | China

Raisins in many Kinds and Colours | China
Raisins of all Kinds and Colours | China

Clay Temple Ruins ... at Taklamakan | China
2000 year old World Heritage: Natural Fortress Jiaohe Located atop Steep Cliff on a Plateau between 2 River Valleys. 12th Century Temple and Stupa close to Turpan | China

2000 year old Karez/Foggara Watering System in Taklamakan, still working Today | China
2000 year old Subterranean Karez/Foggara Watering System in Taklamakan, still in Operation | China

Youth at Bezeklik, Visting | Taklamakan
Curious Youth Visting Guide and Longnoses at Bezeklik | China

1000 Buddha Caves of Bezeklik | China
1.000 Buddhas were Painted on Walls and Roofs in about 40 Caves at Bezeklik | China

Most Stolen by German Archaeologists and on Display in Berlin's Museum for Asiatic Art | Germany
Most of them Stolen by German Archaeologist Stein and now on Display in Berlin’s Museum for Asiatic Art | Germany

One of the Remainders in Bezeklik | China
One of the Remainders in Bezeklik | China

PLaying Music may Help | China
Uigur Music may Help | China

...And so does Sports | China
And so Does Sport in Taklamakan Desert | China

Chinas Gansu

We aligned Taklamakan North Road close to Mongolian Border and entered Gansu Province, more easy going than Xinjiang, less Police control and petrol stations without secuity gates and controls. We reached Western end of Great Wall in Jiayuguan, our final Silk Road leg. We did not follow Silk Road to its official starting point at Xi’An avoiding boring expressway driving for days.

Finally: Western End of Great Wall in Jiayuguan on Top of the Hanging Wall | China
Finally: Western End of Great Wall in Jiayuguan on Top of the Hanging Wall | China

Here is the Reason: View from the Top into Mongolia | China
Here is the Wall Reason: View into Mongolia | China

One of the Winners on Top | China
One of the Winners on Top | China

Hanging Great Wall Meets Silk Road in Jiayuguan | China
Hanging Great Wall Meets Silk Road in Jiayuguan | China

Jiayu Guan Castle Securing Great Wall | China
Jiayuguan Castle Guarding Western Entrance to China and Great Wall at Silk Road Hexi Corridor in 14th Century. Rebuilt | China

Impressive Inner Gate of Jiayu Guan Castle | China
Impressive Inner Gate of Jiayuguan Castle. Rebuilt | China

Temple insiede Jiayu Guan Castle | China
Temple inside Jiayuguan Castle. Rebuilt | China

Unrestored Clay Made Great Wall West of Jiayuguan | China
Unrestored Western End of Clay-Made Great Wall in Jiayuguan | China

Five Level Mogao Caves with 1000s of Buddhistic Paintings and Buddhas | China| China
Five Level Mogao Caves Constructed between 4th and 14th Century South of Dunhuang: A System of 492 Temples with 1000s of Buddhistic Paintings and Statues – Hidden under Gobi Desert Dunes until Rediscovery in 1900 by Taoist Wang. Temple with 36 m high Great Buddha inside | China

Entrance to Mogao Caves | China
Most Famous: Library Cave Walled up in 11th Century, Entrance to Mogao Caves. No photos allowed indside | China

Tourist Camel Caravan to Dunhunag, Gobi | China
Chinese Tourist Camel Caravan at Dunhuang, Gobi | China

Famous Slk Road Hotel in Dunhuang | China
Famous Silk Road Hotel in Dunhuang | China

View of Famous Crescent Lake/Yueya Quan from the World's Highest Sand Dunes in Dunhunag | China
View of Famous Crescent Lake/Yueya Quan from the World’s Highest Sand Dunes in Dunhuang | China

Final Camp in Gobi | China
Final Desert Camp in Gobi | China

Shopping in Golmud for our Way through Tibet | China
Supplies for our Way through Tibet together with our Guides Shang and Pema in Golmud | China

Same for Oxygen, maybe helpful in Altitudes between 4000 and 6000 m in Tibet | China
Same for Oxygen, helpful at Altitudes between 3500 m and 6000 m in Tibet | China

Chinas Tibet

Tibet people are easy going and friendly but crossing Tibet is time consuming and harmful at altitudes above 3500 m on bad roads. We were lucky with our guide Pema taking us through several police and military controls per day with great patience. Often, hotels were allocated by police, local police expects you at arrival. For 1.200 km to Lhasa we needed 4 days: Traffic jams and military convois all over.

Welcome to a Truck Jam at 4.500 m with 7 Hours Dead-Time but Amazing: Chinese do not Complain | China
Welcome to Tibet in Winter: Truck Jam at 4.500 m with 7 Hours Dead-Time but Chinese do not Complain and we Tried Off-Road | China

Tibet Railway to Lhasa | China
Tibet Railway to Lhasa | China

No Problems for Truck, Heating and Cooking at 5231 m but for the Peole | China
No Problems for Truck, Heating and Cooking at 5231 m but for People | China

Air Pollution: Winter in Lhasa | China
Air Pollution: Winter in Lhasa | China

Famous Drepung Monastery in Lhasa | China
Most of all Tibet is Buddhistic: Famous Drepung Monastery in Lhasa | China

Temple at Drepung, Lahsa | China
Temple at Drepung. No Photos Allowed inside. Lhasa | China

Monks houses at Drepang | China
Monks houses at Drepung | China

Monk at Work with Prayer Wheel at Drepang | China
Monk at Work on Prayer Wheel at Drepung | China

There are Water Driven Prayer Wheels, too, at Depang | China
Water Driven Prayer Wheels, too, at Drepung | China

Monks at Drepang | China
Monks at Drepung | China

Tibetian Pilgrims at Drepang | China
Tibetian Pilgrims at Drepung | China

Don't Eat Dogs nor Horses in Tibet: Holy Animals | China
At Drepung: Don’t Kill nor Eat no Dogs no Horses in Tibet: Holy Animals | China

Cooking at Drepang with Solar Energy | China
Solar Energy at Drepung | China

Mother and Son at Drepang| China
Mother and Son at Drepung | China

Anneli and Pema at Drepang | China
Anneli and Pema at Drepung | China

And Don't Forget to Move the Prayer Wheel at Dun | China
Don’t Forget to Move Prayer Wheels at Drepung in Order to Improve your Karma | China

Dalai Lama Summer Residence in Lhasa | China
Dalai Lama Summer Palace NorbulinKa in Lhasa | China

And Nuns, too in Lhasa | China
Nuns Visiting NorbulinKa in Lhasa | China

...And lots of Children in Lhasa | China
…And Lots of Children in Lhasa | China

...And Dustmen make a Clean Country | China
Dustmen make a Clean Lhasa | China

In Case of Prmles Just Take a Look at the Bus Timetable in Lhasa | China
In Case of Problems just Take a Look at the Bus Timetable in Lhasa | China

As of Today Lhasa is a Modern Chinese City | China
Lhasa is a Modern Chinese City | China

Allover China: Morning Gym for Everybody | China
Allover Morning Gym for Everybody | China

Pilgrims on Kora around Potala Palace | China
Pilgrims‘ Prostration on Kora around Potala Palace | China

And finally Potala Palace in Lhasa | China
And finally Potala Palace in Lhasa | China

Potala Red House | China
Potala Red House | China

Courtyard at Entrance to Main Building of Potala | China
Courtyard at Entrance to Main Building of Potala | China

Main Potala Building | China
Main Potala Building, no Photos inside never | China

Classic Style Tibet Women at Potala | CHina
Classic Style Tibet Women at Potala | China

And Modern ones doing Selfies at Potala | China
Modern Girls Do Selfies at Potala | China

Major Buddhistic Temple in Lhasa is | China
Jokhang: Major Buddhistic Temple in Lhasa | China

With Wonderful Wooden Roof inside | China
Wonderful Wooden Roof Paintings inside | China

And with Golden Tower on Top | China
And Golden Prayer Mill on Top | China

Chinese Flag on every Temple maybe demoralizing | China
Chinese Flag on every Temple maybe Demoralizing | China

Pilgrims Market in Lhasa | China
Pilgrims Market with Incense Oven and Holy Pole in Lhasa | China

Kora around Pilgrim's Market in Lhasa | China
Kora around Pilgrim’s Market in Lhasa | China

Some like it more Demanding for Better Karma in Lhasa | China
Some Try for Better Karma in Lhasa | China

Others Try Harder in Lhasa | China
Others Try Harder in Lhasa | China

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Jokhhang again, even Harder….

...for Best Karma in Lhasa | China
Best Karma Prostration in Lhasa | China

Prayer Flags All over Pilgrim's Market | CHina
Prayer Flags and Clockwise Kora at Pilgrim’s Market | China

Some just Watch Kora | China
Some just Watch Kora | China

So does She in Lhasa | China
So does She in Lhasa | China

Others Sell Colorful Tissue in Lhasa | China
Others Sell Colorful Tissue in Lhasa | China

...Or Yak Butter
…Or Yak Butter

High Safety Standards on Pilgrim's Market in Lhasa | China
High Safety Standards on Pilgrim’s Market in Lhasa | China

But Chinese Pupils don't Care about Kora | China
Chinese Pupils don’t Care about Kora | China

Ancient House in Lhasa Oldtown | China
Ancient Tibetian House in Lhasa Oldtown | China

And Modern Crossing of Bejing Main Street in Lhasa | China
And Modern Crossing of Bejing Street in Lhasa | China

Driving through Eastern Tibet on Bad Roads is not that Safe | China
Driving on Bad Roads through Eastern Tibet Heading for the Tea Road is not that Safe | China

With Altitudes over 7000 m
Prayer Flags Ensuring Safe Journey over Passes and at Altitudes above 7000 m

But Pigs Like Eastern Tibet | China
But Pigs Like Eastern Tibet | China

Forests are quite Rare so this is a Sightseeing Point for Tourists in Eastern Tibet | China
Forests are quite Rare so Forest Sightseeing is Due for Tourists in Eastern Tibet | China

Typical Market Town in Eastern Tibet with Single Main Road | China
Typical Market Place Bomi in Eastern Tibet with Main Road | China

Easy Going Lady in Front of her Shop in Eastern Tibet | China
Easy Going Lady in Front of her Shop in Baxoi, Eastern Tibet | China

4 Months Family Kora through Eastern Tibet to Lhasa | China
4 Months Family on Kora through Eastern Tibet to Lhasa | China

Holy Lake on Top of the World in Eastern Tibet | China
Holy Rawok Lake on Top of the World in Eastern Tibet | China

And Roads are Narrow with Low Ceiling
And Narrow Roads with Low Ceiling

Gorges are Deep and you need Plank Bridges
Gorges are Deep and Pedestrians Have to Cross on Plank Bridges

Tibetian Roads are Steep and Curvy
Tibetian Roads are Steep and Curvy

Before Reaching Upper Mekong River
Crossing Upper Mekong River | China

And Tibets Border to Yunnan in MMMM | China
Tibet Border to Yunnan in Markam Joining Tea Road to Pu’Er | China

Shopping in Markam | China
Shopping in Markam | China

Typical Farm in Eastern Tibet | China
Typical Tibetian Farm on the Road to Yunnan | China

And Bad Roads
Take Care, Bad Roads

Clients waiting all over China
Clients Waiting all over China

Pagoda in the Middle of Nowwhere in Yunnan | China
Pagoda in Yenching, Yunnan | China

And again more than 7000 m in Yunnan | China
Meili Snow Mountains, Altitude over 7000 m close to Deqen, Yunnan | China

Aligning Mekong again | China
Aligning Mekong again | China

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18th Century Ganden Sumtseling Monastery in Deqen | China

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Major Temple of Sumtseling Monastery in Deqen | China

Chinas Youth loves Temples
Chinas Youth loves Temples

Monks love Hi-Tech in the Monastery | China
Monks love Hi-Tech in the Monastery | China

Beautiful Chinese about 500 years old
Beautiful Chinese in Sumtseling Monstery, Deqen | China

Modern Chinese are beautiful, too
Modern Chinese are beautiful, too, in Deqen | China

Centre of Shangri-La, real Town in CHina
21 m: World’s Highest Prayer Mill in the Centre of Shangri-La, a Real Town Named after James Hilton’s Lost Horizon, published 1933 | China

Antique Wooden Houses in Deqen | China
Over 400 Year Old Wooden Houses in Shangri-La | China

And as in Europe the Red Ballooon Leads to Restaurant or Bar in Shangri-la | China
Red Lamps Lead to Restaurants or Bars in Shangri-La | China

Tiger Leaping Gorge above Yangtse River | China
Tiger Leaping Gorge at Yangtse River | China

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Rebuilt 18th Century Heilong Tan Summer Palace in Lijang | China

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Over 200 Year Old Wooden Houses and Cafes in Lijang Oldtown | China

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End of School in Shaxi | China

Shaxi Market Place | China
Shaxi Market with Acient Tea Authority and wonderful Cafes | China

Ancient Wooden Family Hotel in Shaxi | China
500 Year Old Wooden Family Hotel in Shaxi: Cosy | China

Made for Them? Chinese Like to Dress up in Shaxi | China
Chinese Like to Dress up in Shaxi | China

Another Beauty, Single in Shaxi | China
A Single Beauty in Shaxi | China

Heading to Shaxi Market | China
Heading to Shaxi Market | China

Honey Seller in Shaxi | China
Honey Seller in Shaxi | China

Chinese Eat Spicy and this is what you Need: Spice Relishs | China
Chinese Eat Spicy and this is what they Need: Spice Relishs at Shaxi Market | China

...And Lots of Fruit in China
…And Lots of Fruit in China

And after the Job is Done Chinese Love to Play Cards
After Job Chinese Love to Play Cards

Major Tourist Attraction of Dali: Three Pagodas | China
Major Tourist Attraction of Dali: Three Pagodas | China

Ancient Town House of a Noble Silk Dealer Clan in Dali | China
Ancient Town House of a Noble Silk Dealer Clan in Dali | China

No More Noble Inside after Culture Revolution in Dali | China
Not that Noble Inside after Culture Revolution in Dali | China

Silk Art Manufacture Revival for Young Females in Dali | China
Revival of Silk Embrodery Education in Dali | China

This is what Silk Road is all about: Up to 1,5 km Silk Yarn made of one Cocoon after Cooking in Dali | China
This is what Silk Road is all about: Up to 1,5 km Silk Yarn made of one Cocoon after Cooking in Dali | China

Chinas South is Tropic: Two Dragon Bridge in Fog close to Tuan Chan | China
Chinas Yunnan is Tropic: Two Dragon Bridge in Fog close to Jianshui | China

...And Flowers everywhere in Yunnan's South | China
…And Flowers everywhere in Yunnan’s South | China

Rice Farmer Family close to Tuan Chan | China
Rice Farmer Family at Work close to Jianshui | China

Ancient Noble Palace in Tuan Chan, Rebuilt for Tourists | China
Ancient Noble Palace in Tuan Chan. Rebuilt for Tourists | China

Wonderful Woodwok at Tuan Chan Palace | China
Wonderful Woodwok at Tuan Chan Palace | China

Sack of Rice, Left | China
Famous Bag of Rice, Left in Tuan Chan | China

Fat Golden Buddha in Tuan Chan Temple, Restored | China
Fat Golden Buddha in Tuan Chan Temple. Restored | China

Some Work...
Some Work…

...Others prefer to Watch...
…Others Prefer to Watch…

...And some Dine Fine in Tuan Chan | China
…And some Dine Fine in Tuan Chan | China

...Or Dry Pepperoni on the Road | China
…Or Dry Pepperonis on the Road | China

French Buil ths Railway between Laos and Yunnan in the Old Days, Restored for Tourists | China
French Colonial Rulers Built this Railway connecting Laos and Yunnan’s Jianshui. Restored for Tourists | China

Water Buffalos Help Farmers | China
Water Buffalos Help Farmers | China

And so Does China's Standard 1-Cylinder Diesel Truck | China
And so Does China’s Standard 1-Cylinder Diesel Truck | China

Gate to World's Largest Konfuzius Temple in Jianshui | China
Main Entrance to Confucius Temple in Jianshui | China

Gate into Lotus Park | China
Lotus Gate of Jianshui Confucius Temple | China

Lotus Park of Jianshui Confucius Temple | China
Lotus Park of Jianshui Confucius Temple | China

Confucius Himself in Dacheng Hall | China
Confucius Himself in Dacheng Hall, Jianshui | China

Pupils are Called Up like this at Confucius Temple of Jianshui | China
Pupils are Called Up at Confucius Temple of Jianshui | China

Confucius Pupils Listening Eagerly in Jianchiu | China
Confucius Pupil Zhang Listening Eagerly in Jianchiu | China

One of 8 Memorials in Jianshui | China
One of 8 Memorials in Jianshui Temple | China

Lucky Prayer Tokens at Jianshiu TEmple | China
Lucky Prayer Tokens at Jianshiu Temple | China

Impressive Incense Stick at Jianshui Temple | China
Impressive Incense Stick at Jianshui Temple | China

And Again: Playing Cards in the Streets of Jianshiu | China
And Again: Playing Cards in the Streets of Jianshiu | China

Most Important Stop for Tourists with Foreign Credit Cards throughout China
Most Important Stop throughout China for Tourists with Foreign Credit Cards

Noisy: Chinese Love Music and Study Piano all together at the same Time in China
Noisy: Chinese Love Music and Study Piano all together at the same Time in Jianshui | China

Famous Rice Terrace und Fog in Yuenyang | China
Famous Hani Rice Terraces under Fog in Yuanyang | China

Famous PuEr Tea Grows in Yunnan | China
Famous PuEr Tea in Yunnan | China

Yunnans Jungle | China
Yunnans Rain Forest | China

White Elephants in Yunnan are Quite Rare | China
White Elephants in Yunnan are Quite Rare | China

But Spiders are Not in Yunnans Jungle | China
But Spiders are Common in Yunnans Jungle | China

...Nor are Worms in the Jungle | China
…and so are Worms in the Jungle | China

And Jungle Rebuilt for Tourists in Yangfang | China
Jungle Rebuilt for Tourists in Yangfang | China

With mny Tourists Visiting | China
Tourists Visiting | China

Sure Disneyland is nice in China, too
Sure Disneyland is nice in China, too

Great Illumination of Mekong Bridge at Jianshui | China
Great Illumination of Mekong Bridge at Jinhong | China

Final Hot Pot with our Guide in Jinhong | China
Final Hot Pot with our Guide Zhang in Jinhong | China

Mohan Border to Laos before Opening | China
Mohan Border to Laos before Opening Time | China

Laos

After 39 days under control of 3 guides we were lucky to enter Laos Tropic Rain Forest, wonderful, great weather and: No guide but friendly people all over.

Tropic and Moist with wonderful Landscapes | Laos
Tropic and Moist with wonderful Rain Forest | Laos

And again Mekong River with Colonial Luang Prabang, most beautiful | Laos
And again Mekong River with Colonial Luang Prabang, most Beautiful | Laos

Karst Landscape in Vang Vien's Rain Forest | Laos
Karst Landscape in Vang Vien’s Rain Forest | Laos

...green Water Buffalos just getting out of the Bathroom | Laos
Green Water Buffalos just Getting out of his Bath | Laos

Before Entering Vientiane: Truck Wash | Laos
Before Entering Vientiane: Truck Wash | Laos

Buddhistc Temples are smaller and more Filigree | Laos
Buddhistc Temples are Smaller and more Filigree in Laos

Each Garden and House with a Small Temple in Laos
Each Garden and House with Micro Temple in Laos

Monks everywhere and Doing their Work in Laos
Monks everywhere and Doing their Work in Laos

Bell Tower in Vientiane at Mekong River | Laos
Bell Tower in Vientiane at Mekong River | Laos

Final Night at Mekong River with View of Thailand, left Bank | Laos
Final Night at Mekong River with View of Thailand, left Bank | Laos

Unicat Truck Storage at a Friend's Place in Vientiane | Laos
Unicat Truck at a Friend’s Place in Vientiane | Laos

We stored our truck at a friends place and returned home for business again. We plan to continue Truck-the-World at the beginning of February 2017 for Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Truck the World 2016 Leg 2 | Silk Road Teheran Osh

Returning by air to Teheran we continued on Silk Road for 5 weeks visiting Iran’s Yazd, Shiraz, Kerman, Dasht-E-Luth Desert and Mashhad. Transit through Türkmenistan to Uzkbehistan continuing to Chiva, Buchara, Samarkand and Tashkent. In Kazakhstan we visited famous Almaty, drove back to Bishkek and stored our truck in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, 7.000 km in total. Again we returned home for business by air.

IRAN

Our truck was found safe and expected us in the morning dew close to Tehera Khomeini Airport.

Our Truck Waiting in Teheran | Iran
Our Truck Waiting in Teheran | Iran

Friends Waiting, too in Meshed | Iran
Friends Waiting, too, in Meshed | Iran

Entrance to Shah Reza Pahlevis Golestan Palace in Teheran | Iran
Entrance to Shah Reza Pahlevis Golestan Palace in Teheran | Iran

Golestan insdie | Iran
Golestan inside | Iran

Modern Culture is International | Iran
Modern Communiction is International | Iran

Payday in Teheran | Iran
Payday in Teheran | Iran

On our Way to Yazd | Iran
On our Way to Yazd | Iran

Visiting Yazd Girls School | Iran
Visiting Yazd Girls School | Iran

Famous Wind Towers of Yazd | Iran
Famous Wind Towers of Yazd | Iran

Lady in Yazd | Iran
Lady in Black in Yazd Bazar | Iran

Heading for a Drink in Fahadan Great Hotel, Yazd | Iran
Heading for a Drink in Fahadan Grand Hotel, Yazd | Iran

View over Persepolis | Iran
View over Persepolis | Iran

Persepolis Main Gate | Iran
Persepolis Main Gate | Iran

Medes and Persians in Persepolis | Iran
Medes and Persians in Persepolis | Iran

Rose Garden in Shiraz | Iran
Famous Rose Garden of Shiraz | Iran

Tilted Tower of Shiraz Castle | Iran
Tilted Tower of Shiraz Castle | Iran

Oil for Sale in Shiraz | Iran
Oil for Sale in Shiraz | Iran

Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz | Iran
Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz | Iran

Heading towards Kerman | Iran
Heading towards Kerman | Iran

...through one of the World's Largest Saltpans | Iran
…through one of the World’s Largest Saltpans | Iran

Friday Mosque of Kerman | Iran
Friday Mosque of Kerman | Iran

Caraway originates from Kerman | Iran
Caraway originates from Kerman | Iran

...but Sexy Dresses Don't | Iran
…Sexy Dresses Don’t | Iran

.. but Friendly People Do in Kerman | Iran
.. but Friendly People Do in Kerman | Iran

Female Blond crossing Dash't-E-Luth | Iran
Female Blond crossing Dash’t-E-Luth by Truck | Iran

...Even through Sandstorm | Iran
…Even through Sandstorm | Iran

Invitation for Supper in Dash't-E-Luth Red Cross Station | Iran
First Tire Blowup after 200.000. km and First Aid plus Invitation for Supper by Dash’t-E-Luth’s Red Half Moon: Thanks a Lot | Iran

Dash't-E-Luth Colors | Iran
Dash’t-E-Luth Colors | Iran

Aligning Afghanistan Border during Heavy Rain | Iran
Afghanistan Border during Heavy Rain | Iran

Changing Money with a Little Help from a Friend in Mashhad | Iran
Changing Money with a Little Help from a Friend in Mashhad | Iran

Dress Code for the Holy Shrine of Mashhad | Iran
Holy Shrine Dress Code in Mashhad | Iran

And Guide for the Holy Shrine of Mashhad | Iran
And Holy Shrine Guide for Giaurs | Iran

Holy Shrine of Mashhad | Iran
Holy Shrine Party | Iran

Holy Fountain of Mashhad's Shrine | Iran
Stay Healthy with Holy Shrine Water | Iran

TÜRKMENISTAN

Entering Türkmenistan was weird with strict regulations and police presence everywhere, clean cars, empty streets and a Disney Land Capital designed to impress, not for people.

Welcome to Empty Streets of Ashgabat | Türkmenistan
Welcome to Empty Streets of Ashgabat | Türkmenistan

...and to First Beer after 2 Weeks without Alcohol | Türmenistan
…and to First Beer after 2 Weeks without Alcohol | Türkmenistan

...Second is to Clean your Car in Order to Avoid Police Stopping Türmenistan
…Second is to Clean your Car in Order to Avoid Police Contacts | Türkmenistan

Capital Ashgabat with Presidential Palace but without People in Ahsgabat | Türkmenistan
Capital Ashgabat with Presidential Palaces but without People | Türkmenistan

Imitation of Baku's Flame Towers in Ashgabat | Türkmenistan
Imitation of Baku’s Flame Towers in Ashgabat | Türkmenistan

Clean and Orderly Russian Market in Ashgabat| Türmenistan
Clean Orderly Russian Market in Ashgabat | Türkmenistan

World Heritage Fortress of Mithradates in Nisa | Türkmenistanb
World Heritage Fortress of Mithradates in Nisa | Türkmenistan

Heading North through Karakum Desert | Türkmenistan
Heading to Erbent through Karakum Desert | Türkmenistan

School Boys of Erbent | Türkmenistan
School Boys in Erbent | Türkmenistan

School Girls of Erbent | Türkmenistan
School Girls in Erbent | Türkmenistan

Sandy Track through Karakum | Türkmensiatn
Through the Sands of Karakum | Türkmenistan

Famous Gas Crater of Karakum | Türkmenistan
Famous Karakum Gas Crater | Türkmenistan

Famous Kenyaurgench | Türkmenistan
Silk Road’s Kenyaurgench | Türkmenistan

Visitors in Kenyaurgench | Türkmenistan
Lots of Native Visitors in Kenyaurgench | Türkmenistan

Cold March in Kenyaurgench | Türkmenistan
Cold March in Kenyaurgench | Türkmenistan

UZBEKHISTAN

Entering a country with friendly people and bad roads was relaxing though. Northern border post was closed causing a detour to Dashoguz.

City Wall Camp in Chiva | Uzbekhistan
City Wall Camp in Chiva | Uzbekhistan

Nuruz New Year Party in Chiva | Uzbekhistan
Nuruz Persian New Year Party in Front of Kalta Minor in Chiva | Uzbekhistan

Wooden Piles Mosque from 1300 in Chva | Uzbekhistan
Juma Mosque Wooden Piles Dating 1.000 in Chiva | Uzbekhistan

Wonderful Colors of Palace Ceiling in Chiva | Uzbehistan
Tash Hauli Palace Ceiling in Chiva | Uzbekhistan

Chiva Friday Bazar | Uzbekhistan
Chiva Friday Bazar | Uzbekhistan

Wonderful Minaret in Chiva | Uzbehistan
Islom-Xo’ja Madrasa in Chiva | Uzbekhistan

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Marriage Does not always Make Happy in Chiva | Uzbekhistan

People Feeding and War Causing Great Amur Darja Drying up Lake Aral | Uzbekhistan
Border River Amur Darja Creates Conflicts on Water Distribution: Lake Aral Dry-Up is a Major Environmantal Desaster | Uzbekhistan

No more Petrol on the Way to Bukhara | Uzbekhistan
No Petrol on the Way to Bukhara | Uzbekhistan

Clay Castle close to Nuruz | Uzbekhistan
Clay Castle Toprak Kala close to Nukus… | Uzbekhistan

as well as Bad Roads | Uzbekhistan
…as well as Roads Without Potholes | Uzbekhistan

And Wonderful Camp Sites on the Way to Bukhara | Uzbekhistan
Wonderful Camp Sites on the Way to Bukhara | Uzbekhistan

This Time Amira Hotel, Anciant Jewish Villa in Bukhara | Uzbekhistan
Amira Hotel this Time, Ancient Jewish Villa in Bukhara | Uzbekhistan

Impressing Room for Breakfast together with Malaysian Friend... in Amira Hotel.
Impressing Breakfast together with Malaysian Friend in Amira Hotel | Uzbekhistan

Kasakh Friends Visiting Bukhara | Uzbekhistan
Kazakh Friends Visiting Bukhara | Uzbekhistan

And Nice Restaurants at Central Place in Bukhara | Uzbekhistan
Water Side Restaurant at Devonbegi, Bukhara | Uzbekhistan

 Including Remainders of Silk Road Travellers in Bukhara | Uzbekhistan
Remainders of Silk Road at Devonbegi in Bukhara | Uzbekhistan

Including Remainders of Silk Road Travellers | Uzbekhistan
Native Tourists at Devonbegi | Uzbekhistan

Tourists Watching out | Uzbekhistan
Tourists Watching Kalon Minaret | Uzbekhistan

Wonderful Mosque... in Bukhara | Uzbekhistan
Kalon Mosque in Bukhara | Uzbekhistan

Impressing Wall of Bukhara Castle | Uzbekhistan
Impressing Wall of Bukhara Castle | Uzbekhistan

Jewish Synagogue in Bukhara |Uzbekhistan
Jewish Synagogue in Bukhara | Uzbekhistan

Jewish Cemetery of Bukhara | Uzbekhistan
Jewish Cemetery of Bukhara | Uzbekhistan

And helpful Peple after Tire Blowout in Dash't-E-Luth | Uzbekhistan|
And helpful Tire Repair during Nuruz after Blowout in Dash’t-E-Luth | Uzbekhistan

Camping next to Road and Horses under Observation of Locals | Uzbekhistan
Camping next to Road and Horses under Observation of Locals | Uzbekhistan

There is Dizel in Uzbekhistan, just watch out for trucks
There is Dizel in Uzbekhistan, just Watch out for Trucks

GUM in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan
GUM in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan

Tamerlan Watching his Samarkand | Uzbekhistan
Timur still Watching over Samarkand | Uzbekhistan

Tamerlan's Mausoleum closeby in Samarkand |Uzbekhistan
Timur’s Gur-Emir-Mausoleum closeby in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan

His Grave inside | Uzbekhistan
His Tomb inside | Uzbekhistan

Watch Repair is quite Cheap in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan
Watch Repair is Friendly in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan

So is Shoe Repair in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan
So is Shoe Repair in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan

Garbage Collecting Pays for a Family's Living in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan
Garbage Collecting Pays for a Living in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan

So does Classic Roll Baking in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan
So does Classic Roll Baking in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan

Young Girls Enjoy in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan
Young Girls Enjoy Fotos in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan

While the Elderly Enjoy their Tea in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan
While the Elderly Enjoy their Tea in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan

Tourists Enjoy the Mosques of Smarkand insted | Uzbekhistan
Tourists Enjoy Registan’s Ulugbek-Madrasa instead | Uzbekhistan

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Sher-Dor-Madrasa in Smarkand | Uzbekhistan

Tourists Enjoy the Mosques of Smarkand instead | Uzbekhistan
Bibi-Chanum Mosque in Smarkand | Uzbekhistan

Mosque Repair is Due in Samarkand | Uzbekhistan
Mosque Repair is Due in Samarkand… | Uzbekhistan

So they are Nice and Pretty as Background | Uzbekhistan
…Serving as Nice and Pretty Background | Uzbekhistan

Traffic to Samarkand Bazar | Uzbekhistan
Traffic at Samarkand Bazar | Uzbekhistan

Selling at Samarkand Bazar | Uzbekhistan
Selling at Samarkand Bazar… | Uzbekhistan

... is Female Business in Uzbekhistan
…is Female Business in Uzbekhistan

Including Headgear
Including Headgear…

...For Males, too | Uzbekhistan
…For Males, too | Uzbekhistan

Campsite on the Way to Tashkent: Cows all over | Uzbekhistan
Campsite on the Way to Tashkent: Cows all over | Uzbekhistan

Friday Mosque of Tashkent | Uzbekhistan
Khasrati Imam Mosque of Tashkent | Uzbekhistan

Uzbek Parliament | Uzbekhistan
Government Building in Tashkent | Uzbekhistan

Presidential Palace in Tashkent | Uzbekhistan
Parliament in Tashkent | Uzbekhistan

Decent Romanov Palace opposite | Uzbekhistan
Decent Romanov Palace just Opposite | Uzbekhistan

Pedstrian Area in the Centre of Tashkent | Uzbekhistan
Few People in the Pedstrian Area of Tashkent Centre | Uzbekhistan

Marriage is Common in this Part of the World | Uzbekhistan
Marriage is Common in this Part of the World | Uzbekhistan

Campsite Viewing Tien Shan Snow | Uzbekistan
Camping at the Road Viewing Tien Shan | Uzbekhistan

KAZAKHSTAN

Continuing to Kasakstan was awesome because Tashkent borders were closed for International Tourists. So we had to go back South and take Chinaz for Shymkent, an additional 300 km. Police almost everywhere and unfriendly with tourists who do not bribe.

Coal Mines in Shymkent | Kazakhstan
Coal Mines in Shymkent | Kazakhstan

Sik Road City Shymkent Gate | Kazakhstan
Sik Road City Shymkent Gate | Kazakhstan

Horses and Tien Shan all over | Kazakhstan
Horses and Tien Shan all over | Kazakhstan

Same for Weddings | Kazakhstan
Same for Weddings | Kazakhstan

Great View of Tien Shan | Kazakhstan
Great View of Tien Shan | Kazakhstan

Kazakh National Museum in Almaty | Kazakhstan
Kazakh National Museum in Almaty | Kazakhstan

Great Art Museum Entrance | Kazakhstan
Great Art Museum Entrance | Kazakhstan

Comfortable Museum Yurt: Kazakh Holy Shrine
Museum Yurt: Kazakh Comfortable Shrine | Kazakhstan

Almaty's Emblem: Big Apple | Kazakhstan
Almaty’s Emblem: Big Apple | Kazakhstan

View of Tien Shan from Almaty'S Kök Töbe | Kazakhstan
View of Tien Shan from Almaty’s Kök Töbe | Kazakhstan

...As well as German Tourists | Kazakhstan
The Famous Four have been here, too | Kazakhstan

View over Polluted Almaty at 7 am | Kazakhstan
View over Polluted Almaty at 7 am | Kazakhstan

Campsite near Horses | Kazakhstan
Campsite near Horses | Kazakhstan

Cemeteries are out of Town | Kasakhstan
Cemeteries are out of Town | Kazakhstan

KYRGYZSTAN

Reaching the final destination of this trip we drove to Bishkek and took Tien Shan Highway in Snow to Fergana and Osh where the truck was stored.

Capital Bishkek: Remainder of Soviet Architecture | Kyrgyzstan
Capital Bishkek: Remainder of Soviet Architecture | Kyrgyzstan

Impressing Presidenial Palace in Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan
Impressing Presidenial Palace in Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan

National Guard in Front of Presidential Palace in Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan
National Guard and Flag in Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan

Medical Cemntre for Average People in Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan
Medical Centre for Middle Class People in Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek Paradise for trevllers | Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek Travellers‘ Paradise… | Kyrgyzstan

...And here is the Reason | Kyrgyzstan
…And here is the Reason | Kyrgyzstan

Tien Shan Highway towards Fergana | Kyrgyzstan
Tien Shan Highway towards Fergana | Kyrgyzstan

3.300 m above Sea Level in March Means: Snow | Kyrgyzstan
Tien Shan Highway Pass 3.300 m above Sea Level in March Means: Snow… | Kyrgyzstan

Fergana Means Spring 500 km away | Kyrgyzstan
…While Fergana 300 km away Means Spring… | Kyrgyzstan

...And Hand Made Fertility w/o any Machine | Kyrgyzstan
…And Hand Made Fertility w/o any Machines | Kyrgyzstan

Parking next to Cattle in Özgön | Kyrgyzstan
Parking next to Cattle in Ösgön | Kyrgyzstan

Part of the Project Displayed over Ösgön Bazar | Kyrgyzstan
Part of the Project Displayed over Ösgön Bazar | Kyrgyzstan

Ösgön North,Middle and South Mausoleums | Kyrgyzstan
Ösgön North, Middle and South Mausoleums | Kyrgyzstan

...Topped by Famous Brickwork Minaret | Kyrgyzstan
…Topped by Famous Brickwork Minaret | Kyrgyzstan

And Finally: View over Osh | Kyrgyzstan
And Finally: View over Osh | Kyrgyzstan

Classic Architecture in Osh | Kyrgyzstan
Classic Architecture in Osh… | Kyrgyzstan

...And Modern Soviet | Kyrgyzstan
…As well as Modern Soviet | Kyrgyzstan

Osh Bazar with Body and Headgear... | Kyrgyzstan
Osh Bazar with Body and Headgear… | Kyrgyzstan

Osh Bazar | Kyrgyzstan
…Veggies… | Kyrgyzstan

Osh Bazar under Rainy Conditions | Kyrgyzstan
…Under Rainy Conditions… | Kyrgyzstan

...But with Happy Sellers | Kyrgyzstan
…But with Happy Sellers | Kyrgyzstan

...And STAN Standard Meal: Cevapcici | Kyrgyzstan
…And STAN Standard: Kebab/Cevapcici… | Kyrgyzstan

...And High Culture: Osh Philharmony | Kyrgyzstan
…And High Culture: Osh Philharmony… | Kyrgyzstan

...Golden Coast Restaurant... | Kyrgyzstan
…Golden Coast Restaurant… | Kyrgyzstan

...Kyrgyzstan Females Like Flowers, too
…and Flowers for the Ladies, too… | Kyrgyzstan

...Cildrens' Playground... |Kyrgyzstan
…Cildrens‘ Playground… | Kyrgyzstan

...And Children, not Amused | Kyrgyzstan
…And Children, not Amused | Kyrgyzstan

Holy Suleyman Hill in Osh | Kyrgyzstan
Holy Suleyman Hill in Osh | Kyrgyzstan

Suleyman Museum inOsh | Kyrgyzstan
Suleyman Museum in Osh | Kyrgyzstan

Gliding Down Suleyman said to Improve Fertility |Kyrgyzstan
Gliding Down Suleyman said to Improve Fertility | Kyrgyzstan

Family Holiday at Suleyman | Kyrgyzstan
Family Holiday at Suleyman | Kyrgyzstan

Mosque at its Foot | Kyrgyzstan
Mosque at its Foot… | Kyrgyzstan

...As well as World's only 3-Level-Yurt | Kyrgyzstan
…As well as World’s only 3-Level-Yurt… | Kyrgyzstan

...And University | Kyrgyzstan
…And University | Kyrgyzstan

...And Truck Storage at Patrik's MuzToo in Osh | Kyrgyzstan
…Plus Truck Storage at Patrik’s MuzToo in Osh | Kyrgyzstan

Finally Back Home in Bonn
Finally Back Home in Bonn

We are planning to return late 2016 for crossing China, Taklamakan and Gobi Desert heading to India via Tibet and Nepal. We will sip a cocktail or two at said to be the oldest known fountain at Silk Road: Yueya Quan, Gobi Desert, see http://www.action-blue.de

Truck the World 2015 Leg 1 | Silk Road Bonn Teheran

Truck-the-World started in July 2015 with a 6 weeks trip to Iran via Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan. Almost 10.000 km in total without any technical problem, a new experience. We returned home for business by air.

AUSTRIA | ITALY | GREECE | TURKEY

Always a Good Start | Greece
Always a Good Start | Greece

Camping beneath Hagia Sophia in Istanbul | Turkey
Camping beneath Hagia Sophia in Istanbul | Turkey

Famous Terminal in Istanbul | Turkey
Famous Terminal in Istanbul | Turkey

Wonderful Topkapi in Istanbul | Turkey
Wonderful Topkapi in Istanbul | Turkey

Kings Gate to Hetite Capital Hattusya | Turkey
Kings Gate to Hetite Capital Hattusya | Turkey

Armenian Church in Trabzon | Turkey
Armenian Church in Trabzon | Turkey

Georgia

Drivers Cause Problems in Batumi | Georgia
Driver Error Causing Slip Off the Track in Batumi with Friendly Assistance and Aid | Georgia

Batumi Beach | Georgia
Modern Batumi Beach Made by Donald Trumpp | Georgia

Europes Highest Mountain Elburs viewed from Mestia | Georgia
Europe’s Highest Mountain Elburs in Russia Viewed from Mestia | Georgia

Cows all over| Georgia
Cows all over | Georgia

Same with Monasteries | Georgia
Same with Monasteries | Georgia

Old Tiflis | Georgia
Old Tiflis | Georgia

Modern Tiflis | Georgia
Modern Tiflis | Georgia

Armenia

Silk Road Han Selim | Armenia
Silk Road Caravansary Selim | Armenia

Armenias Holy Ararat over the border in Turkey viewed from Virap Monastery | Amenia
Armenia’s Holy Ararat over the Border in Turkey and Virap Monastery | Amenia

Republic Place Parking in Jerewan | Armenia

Lunch with Friends in Jerewan | Armenia

Monastery again | Armenia
Monastery again | Armenia

Industry in Ruins in Spitak | Armenia
Industry in Ruins in Spitak | Armenia

Azerbaijan

Visitor | Azerbaidjan
Friendly Welcome | Azerbaijan

Wealth at the Seaside is not quite New in Baku | Azerbaidjan
Wealth at the Seaside is not quite New in Baku | Azerbaijan

Oil Traders Villa in Baku | Azerbaidjan
Oil Trader’s Villa in Baku | Azerbaijan

Famous "Flames" lit at Night in Baku | Azerbaidjan
Famous „Flames“ lit at Night over Baku | Azerbaijan

Seashore Camping in Baku | Azerbaidjan
Seashore Camping in Baku | Azerbaijan

Oil Rig in the Caspian Sea, Baku | Azerbaidjan
Oil Rig in the Caspian Sea in front of Baku | Azerbaijan

Beach Bungalows at the Caspian Sea | Azerbidjan
Railroad aligning Caspian Sea Beach and Bungalows on its Way to Iran | Azerbaijan

IRAN

We were happy to enter Iran and to meet friendly people and officials.

Mausoleum of Ardebil | Iran
Mausoleum of Ardebil | Iran

The Only Off-Road Vehicle met in the East, Friends in Ardebil | Iran
The Only Off-Road Vehicle met in the East: Journalist Friends from Teheran | Iran

Iranians love to Take Photos with Europeans | Iran
Iranians Love Photos and Europeans | Iran

Nuts on the Road close to Tabriz | Iran
Nuts on the Roads close to Tabriz | Iran

Political Posters Everywhere in Iran
Political Posters all over Iran

Famous Carpet Bazar in Tabriz | Iran
Famous Tabriz Carpet Bazar | Iran

Houses Carved into the Rock in Kandovan | Iran
Houses Carved into the Rock in Kandovan | Iran

Typical Family on a Friday Afternoon in Kandovan | Iran
Family Friday Afternoon in Kandovan | Iran

Semidesert on the Way to Isfahan | Iran
Semidesert on the Way to Isfahan | Iran

Maidan in Isfahan | Iran
Maydan in Isfahan | Iran

Palace Ali Quapu at Maidan in Isfahan | Iran
Ali Qapu Palace at Maydan in Isfahan | Iran

Iranian Beauty on Display in Ali Quapu | Iran
Persian Beauty on Display in Ali Qapu | Iran

Famous Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan | Iran
Famous Lotfollah Mosque at Maydan in Isfahan | Iran

Entrance to Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan | Iran
Impressive Entrance to Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan | Iran

Imam Mosque in Isfahan | Iran
Imam Mosque at Maydan in Isfahan | Iran

Inside Imam Mosuqe in Isfahan | Iran
Inside Imam Mosque in Isfahan | Iran

... but no Service on Sundays in Isfahan | Iran
… no Service on Sundays at Imam Mosque in Isfahan | Iran

Lower Income does Exist in Isfahan | Iran
Housing among 2 Million People in Riveroasis Isfahan | Iran

Inside Hotel Abbasi, Former Caravanseray in Isfahan| Iran
Hotel Abbasi inside, Former Caravansary in Isfahan | Iran

Ancient Bridge Crossing Zayandeh Rud to Armenian Quarter of ISfahan | Iran
Climate Change: Ancient Bridge over Zayandeh Rud ovrer to Armenian Quarter of Isfahan | Iran

Farm in Kurdistan Semidesert | Iran
Farm in the Semidesert of Kurdistan | Iran

Camping inside desert of Daht-E-Kavir | Iran
Desert Camping in Daht-E-Kavir | Iran

Camping at 2000 m Makes Nights Cold after Days with 45 degrees | Northern Iran
Camping at 2000 m Makes Agreeable Nights after 45 Degrees during the Day | Iran

Smog over Teheran during Summer | Iran
Smog over Teheran during Summer | Iran

Entrance to the Tube in Teheran | Iran
Tube Entrance in Teheran | Iran

Famous Place of Republic in Teheran | Iran
Famous Place of Republic in Teheran | Iran

Museum of Contemporary Art in Teheran | Iran
Famous Museum of Contemporary Art in Teheran with Bacon Rothko Newman | Iran

Carpet Museum in Teheran | Iran
Carpet Museum in Teheran | Iran

US Embassy in Teheran Closed since 1979 | Iran
US Embassy Teheran Closed in 1979 | Iran

Merchandising is Male in Iran
Merchandising is Male in Iran

...or at the Bazar
Friday Bazar in Teheran | Iran

Sweets are Female though
Sweets are Female though

Our Friends and Hosts in Teheran| Iran
Goodbye Party at our Friends and Hosts Home in Teheran | Iran

Nice Pub Way up in Teheran | Iran
Nice Pub with Friends in Teheran Heights | Iran

Waterpipe seems Enjoyable in Teheran | Iran
Waterpipe Seems Enjoyable | Iran

Banquet in Teheran | Iran
Final Banquet in Teheran | Iran

THANKS A LOT TO A WONDERFUL COUNTRY AND BELOVED FRIENDS