Staying at the ancient cave house village of Lijiashan during winter 2011 and a revisit there in summer 2020.
OVERLAND BACKPACKING ADVENTURES TRAVELING ACROSS ASIA
The freedom, the beauty and the irony of van-traveling the mountains of Yunnan in China as the world stays locked-down with the coronavirus. But there's still a few issues ...
First impressions of traveling in Tehran - Iran, in 1990. Racing across the city in a taxi amid chaotic streets that seemed asking for accidents every minute.
Part #2 of story heading into outer Indonesia to Papua in search of my GF -Erica's, long lost father that she hadn't seen for 30 years.
Back in 1989 ... I simply walked into the entrance of Petra, Jordan, paid my fee, and wandered in with a sleeping bag under arm.
Visiting the ancient stone towers of Mestia - lost amid mid-winter snow, drinking with locals, surrounded by the high peaks of the Caucasus Mountains.
Yemen is a fascinating country - no doubt. Get my crazy take on the travel experience and culture of Yemen from 2005.
Standing on a crag, the 11th century stone-tower-houses of Al Hajjarah and the surrounding mountains, evoke the Arabian Nights.
Entering a small town in Saddam's Iraq seemed a quiet and friendly experience - until a children's parade proceeded down the mainstreet.
Last night I dreamed a disturbing dream. And that dream seemed real the next morning walking the streets of Kontum in Vietnam.
Within the Kaluts region, you could be forgiven for wondering if you've stumbled into a lost city - as miles of eroded sand towers & blocks stick out of the desert.
From van-camping over a lake and mountain panorama in Yunnan, to being sent to a quarantine area during the Coronavirus outbreak in China.
Visiting the Kurdish village of Palangan, its houses stacked on top of each each other while stepping up the mountainside.
Visit the Hutou battle museum and explore the tunnels where the Japanese defenders of Hutou Fortress fought the Soviets for 11 days after the end of World War Two.
Surreal artwork based on my experience of being caught amid a riot in East Jerusalem during the first Palestinian Intifada in 1989.
Jaw-dropping views on the North Korea border - visiting Changbai Mountain & stunning Heaven Lake.
Van-camping in northern China near Jian amid the valley of tombs at Wandu Mountain City: the capital of the ancient Korean Koguryo kingdom.
Van-camping in China on Peach Island in the middle of the Yalu River opposite the misted mountains and border towers of North Korea.
Acknowledged as the "worlds oldest observatory", Zorats Karer is a 7500-year-old stone circle often-called the Armenian Stonehenge.
The Maya-like, Koh Ker Temple Pyramid towers above the jungle and is unlike anything at Angkor.
Our first 48 hours of van-life in China. The hazardous highways of Hebei lead to blissful van-camping at Golden Beach.
Old Sanaa is an Arabian Nights vision - straight from the tales of the 1001 Nights. And it's one the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world.
Australian United Nations Peace-Keeping Force of armored personnel carriers (APCs) assemble and then set off on a reconnaissance mission to the volatile Indonesian border nearby.
Xinye is a time trip - reaching back 100s of years, this ancient Chinese village remains intact from the Ming and Qing eras.
A dental disaster when a broken tooth became a root canal and then a torturous extraction and a drugged high.
Video of boys surfing barefoot down ancient irrigation channels amid the mountain villages in Yemen.
Visiting a fishing village of the Muslim Cham people on the Mekong River, amid the high fishing season in Cambodia.
At last, we arrive in "Little Tibet". Surrounding blue sky. Massive brown mountains. Snow jagged peaks. Tails of bright prayer flags.
Video of traditional Mongolian folk music - with throat singing - recorded in a tent in Karakorum, Mongolia, once the capital of Genghis Khan's empire.
Traveling the Srinagar-Leh Highway. Travel photo-story and advice for the journey into the Himalayas. Built by the military, this is the only road linking isolated Ladakh with Jammu and Kashmir states.
When it comes to man-made disasters - it’s difficult to top the Aral Sea disaster. At the fishing port of Moynaq, the rusted, stranded ships are now 170 km from the actual shores of the Aral Sea.
Looking at the women of Minab Market reveals the ancient trading routes that once connected southern Iran with the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, and beyond.
Exploring Anlong Veng - the ex-Khmer Rouge stronghold - on the trail to Pol Pot's mountain jungle hideaway, and visiting his pitiful grave.
The Marsh Arabs of Iraq are a unique Middle Eastern culture that have thrived in the marshlands of southern Iraq for millennia. I visited them in 1989.
The ultimate zero-BS India travel advice. First timers often find it overwhelming but these expert tips help avoid problems, so you can enjoy India more.
The night hike up Kawah Ijen to Indonesia's famous blue-flame volcano, complete with green crater lake and workers extracting sulphur amid toxic smoke.
New Year 2017 started for me in North Korea in Pyongyang. I went to North Korea by train from China, and traveled with a Chinese tour group.