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    Tropical Punch Tour

    Welcome to the Tropical Punch Tour.

    Welcome to the Tropical Punch Tour, my little three-and-a-half month jaunt through Southeast Asia. From May 25 to September 10, 2010, I backpacked through Bali, Java, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar to experience the insanely creative music, art, food and architecture of those countries.

    Bali

    Bali Part 1 – Heading into Ubud.
    Bali Part 2 – Sekehe Gong Panca Artha at Ubud Palace in Ubud.
    Bali Part 3 – Museum Puri Lukisan, Pura Marajan Agung temple ceremony, more Sekehe Gong Panca Artha at Ubud Palace in Ubud.
    Bali Part 4 – Peliatan day walk, Krama Desa Ubud Kaja at Pura Dalem Ubud in Ubud.
    Bali Part 5 – Gamelan foundry in Blahbatuh, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Wayang Kulit Kertha in Ubud.
    Bali Part 6 – Goa Gajah (the Elephant Cave) and Yeh Pulu near Bedulu, Seke Werdha Arma (The Peliatan Masters) and Semarandhana at ARMA in Ubud.
    Bali Part 7 – Agung Rai Museum of Art, Sadha Budaya at Ubud Palace in Ubud.
    Bali Part 8 – Threads of Life, Bina Ramaja at Ubud Palace in Ubud.
    Bali Part 9 – Heading up to Candikuning and Danau Bratan.
    Bali Part 10 – Bali Botanical Gardens and Pura Ulun Danu Brutan in Candikuning.
    Bali Part 11 – Pura Tanah Lot, Denpasar, Suara Sakti bamboo gamelan in Bentuyung village.
    Bali Part 12 – Gunung Sari at Puri Agung Peliatan Palace in Peliatan.
    Bali Part 13 – Calon Arang at Pura Dalem Puri in Peliatan.
    Bali Part 14 – Luh Luwih at Bale Banjar Ubud Kelod in Ubud.
    Bali Part 15 – A tour of East Bali, Sekka Gong Karyasa at Pura Dalem Ubud in Ubud.
    Bali Part 16 – The mother of all web sessions in Ubud.
    Bali Part 17 – A hellish 14-hour 350-mile bus ride from Denpasar, Bali to Yogyakarta, Java.
    Bali Video 1
    Bali Video 2
    Bali Video 3
    Dancers of Ubud (Flickr slide show)

    Java

    Java Part 1 – Heading into Yogyakarta.
    Java Part 2 – Street music, Wayang Kulit at the Sono-Budoyo Museum in Yogyakarta.
    Java Part 3 – Borobudur and Mendut Temple near Yogyakarta.
    Java Part 4 – Gamelan practice at the Sultan’s Palace, the Ramayana Ballet at Purawisata in Yogyakarta.
    Java Part 5 – Sono-Budoyo Museum, Taman Sari (Water Palace) in Yogyakarta.
    Java Part 6 – Gamelan practice at the Sultan’s Palace, Wayang Kulit at the Sono-Budoyo Museum in Yogyakarta.
    Java Part 7 – A bicycle trek around Yogyakarta.
    Java Part 8 – Heading into Solo, Wayang Orang at Sriwedari Theatre.
    Java Part 9 – The gamelan factory in Bekonang village, a tour of cottage industries around Solo.
    Java Part 10 – The Kraton Museum in Solo.
    Java Part 11 – Leaving Solo and Java.
    Java Video

    Singapore

    Singapore Part 1 – Heading into Singapore. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Sakaya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple.
    Singapore Part 2 – A skyscraper-spotting sojourn.
    Singapore Part 3 – Sri Mariamman Temple, Thian Hock Keng Temple ceremony, Orchard Road.
    Singapore Part 4 – Fort Canning, Clarke Quay.
    Singapore Part 5 – Military parade, Asian Civilizations Museum.
    Singapore Part 6 – Marina Bay.
    Singapore Part 7 – Malay Heritage Museum.
    Singapore Part 8 – Singapore Botanic Gardens.
    Singapore Part 9 – Lau Pa Sat, Marina Bay.
    Singapore Video

    Malaysia

    Malaysia Part 1 – Heading into Melaka.
    Malaysia Part 2 – A photo session throughout downtown Melaka.
    Malaysia Part 3 – Hiasan Budaya, a night market in Chinatown, Melaka.
    Malaysia Part 4 – The Muzium Rakyat in Melaka.
    Malaysia Part 5 – Heading into Kuala Lumpur.
    Malaysia Part 6 – Dayabumi Center, KL Tower, traditional Malaysian dance in Kuala Lumpur.
    Malaysia Part 7 – Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur.
    Malaysia Part 8 – Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
    Malaysia Part 9 – Taman Rama Rama (Butterfly Park), traditional Malaysian dance at the Central Market in Kuala Lumpur.
    Malaysia Part 10 – Little India, traditional Malaysian dance at the Tourist Information Complex in Kuala Lumpur.
    Malaysia Part 11 – A day off (with photos to prove it) in Kuala Lumpur.
    Malaysia Part 12 – KL Monorail to Chow Kit in Kuala Lumpur.
    Malaysia Part 13 – KL Bird Park in Kuala Lumpur.
    Malaysia Part 14 – Flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Phuket, Thailand.
    Malaysia Video

    Thailand

    Thailand Part 1 – A stroll around Phuket Town.
    Thailand Part 2 – A random school parade, Patong beach in Phuket.
    Thailand Part 3 – Patong beach in Phuket part two.
    Thailand Part 4 – Laem Singh beach, Put Jaw Temple in Phuket Town.
    Thailand Part 5 – Saeng Tham, Jui Tui and Thye Guan Tong temples, Phuket Thaihua Museum in Phuket Town.
    Thailand Part 6 – Karon beach in Phuket.
    Thailand Part 7 – Heading to the Phi Phi islands.
    Thailand Part 8 – Viewpoints overlooking Ko Phi Phi Don.
    Thailand Part 9 – Snorkeling on Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh.
    Thailand Part 10 – Heading back to Phuket Town.
    Thailand Part 11 – A day off (with photos to prove it) in Phuket Town.
    Thailand Part 12 – Leaving Phuket.
    Thailand Part 13 – Heading into Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 14 – Aerobics in Lumphini Park, Chinatown in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 15 – Sri Mariamman Temple, one amazingly musical day in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 16 – May Kaidee’s, Wat Pho in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 17 – Saturday night buffet and traditional Thai dance at May Kaidee’s in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 18 – Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 19 – A ladyboy cabaret in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 20 – A day off (with photos to prove it) in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 21 – A standard torrential downpour in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 22 – Royal Thai Decorations and Coin Pavilion in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 23 – Leaving Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 24 – Heading into Chiang Mai, Wat Sai Mun Muang and Wat Thing Yu temples.
    Thailand Part 25 – Wat Phra Singh and Wat Lam Chang temples, Wat Lam Chang Vieng Phing in Chiang Mai.
    Thailand Part 26 – A tour around the moat in Chiang Mai.
    Thailand Part 27 – Heading back into Bangkok.
    Thailand Video

    Myanmar

    Myanmar Part 1 – Heading into Yangon.
    Myanmar Part 2 – Botataung Pagoda in Yangon.
    Myanmar Part 3 – Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
    Myanmar Part 4 – A hellish 12-hour bus ride from Yangon to Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 5 – Heading into Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 6 – Mandalay Hill in Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 7 – Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 8 – Thone Yaung Chael and Shwe Pone Taung street bands, Shwe In Bin Kyaung Buddhist monastery in Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 9 – Sandamuni Pagoda, Mintha Theater in Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 10 – Nat Pwe in Taungbyone part one.
    Myanmar Part 11 – Nat Pwe in Taungbyone part two.
    Myanmar Part 12 – Leaving Mandalay.
    Myanmar Part 13 – Heading back into Yangon.
    Myanmar Part 14 – Leaving Yangon and Myanmar.
    Myanmar Video

    Thailand

    Thailand Part 28 – Heading back into Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 29 – Santichaiprakarn Park in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 30 – Snorkeling in Bangkok?
    Thailand Part 31 – Wat Chana Songkhram in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 32 – Memorial Bridge, Wat Kanlayanamit, Wat Arun in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 33 – Wat Bowoniwes, Wat Intharavihan in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 34 – A day off (with photos to prove it) in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 35 – Wat Rajnadda, Golden Mount at Wat Saket in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 36 – A walk down Thanon Tanao in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 37 – Failed missions to the Sky Bar and Sri Mariamman temple in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 38 – A day off (with photos to prove it) in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 39 – Heading into Damnoen Saduak.
    Thailand Part 40 – The floating market in Damnoen Saduak.
    Thailand Part 41 – A day off (with photos to prove it) in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 42 – The National Museum in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 43 – Bangkok Art and Culture Center in Bangkok.
    Thailand Part 44 – The last day in Bangkok.

    South Korea

    South Korea Part 1 – An eight-hour layover in the airport complete with some unexpected and amazing music.
    South Korea Video

    The End – Thank you.

    One Response to “Tropical Punch Tour”

    1. Zach Ogren says:

      Finally found this!

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