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December 1979 to June 1981

The Grand Pacific Rim Tour

Wednesday, December 5, 1979

Vancouver, Canada

We departed Vancouver at 9:05AM on Western Airlines “…the Onnnlllyyy way to fly” as the commercial used to go back in the 60’s. At 12:00NOON, the smog cutter special landed at LAX.

We took the airport Greyhound to the scary Los Angeles bus station and transferred onto the bus to Oceanside. From there it was local bus to Leucadia, arriving at 5:00PM.

Dave, Ariel, Nicholas (six months old) and Issla (black Lab) were glad to see us and they loved the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Rather than sleep on the couch Ariel had arranged for us to stay at Joan’s (a friends) place four houses up. Mmm lovin’ that California sun. It’s so nice to sit out on the deck at 10:00PM in 80 deg. warmth sipping on the Covosier VOSP (CA$24.00) we picked up at the Vancouver duty free.

May-June – 2015

Morocco for a month

Because we came home from Asia early this year, we’ve had terribly itchy feet. So we’re going to Morocco for a month.
As usual, we are self catering this tour… TripAdvisor – Booking.com – AirBnB – Lonely Planet… are our research and booking resources.

October 2014 – Febrary 2015

Thailand… Chiang Mai and Siboya

Simple winter in South East Asia this year… 2 months in Chiang Mai and 1 month on Siboya.

November 2013 – March 2014

Thailand – Cambodia – Bali – Sulawesi – Borneo

November departure… we plan chill in Chiang Mai for a month then head for Cambodia for Christmas. After that it’s back to Siboya, then Bali for 3 weeks before heading up to Bunaken Island for some of the best snorkeling anywhere. (last here in 1996) Finally we went back to Kuching, Borneo for 10 days.

November 2012 – March 2013

Thailand and Borneo

November departure… we plan to see more of northern Thailand, chill on Siboya, then circle tour Borneo.

Chiang Mai > Northenr Thailand > Balikpapan > Derawan Island > Sabah > Brunei > Sarawak

November 2011 – March 2012

Thailand – Laos – Myanmar

November departure… we plan to do a ‘new’ tour of Thailand, discovering small towns. We’re also doing a quick side trip to Cambodia for Christmas. Then Siboya and finally hook-up with friends to do a ‘Main Events Tour’ of Laos.

Bangkok > Chiang Mai > Siboya > Vientiane > Luang Prabang > Yangon > Mandalay > Bagan > Inle Lake > Home

May-June 2011

Paris – Morocco – Loire Valley

How about 8 weeks in Paris with a 3 week side trip to Morocco.

November 2010 – April 2011

Thailand – Cambodia – Laos

November departure… we plan to do a ‘new’ tour of Thailand, discovering small towns. We’re also doing a quick side trip to Cambodia for Christmas. Then Siboya and finally hook-up with friends to do a ‘Main Events Tour’ of Laos.

Bangkok > Koh Chang (west) > Siboya > Vientiane > Vang Vieng > Phonsavan > Luang Prabang

November 2009 – April 2010

Thailand – Laos – Bali

November departure… we are enjoying going Business Class this year. Champagne and flat beds… Oh yes!

Chiang Mai > Sukothai > Vientiane > Siboya Bungalows > Bali

November-December 2008

Cambodia – Vietnam – Siboya

October departure… transit Kuala Lumpur before arriving in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap > Phnom Penh > Saigon > Nha Trang > Saigon > Siboya Bungalows.

November 2007 – January 2008

Winter at Siboya Bungalows

The trek doesn’t get any easier. It took a long 44 hours getting home to Thailand. So nice to be back.

September-October 2007

South Africa Tour

On October 13th we flew to Amsterdam for a 3 night mustering en route to Cape Town, South Africa. Glenn had enticed us with a gift of a safari in the Sabi Sands private game reserve adjacent to Kruger Nation Park.

November-2006 – March 2007


Joann has retired… yes I said Retired.
So here we go for the winter…
In November we headed off to Asia again. Victoria > Bangkok > Siem Reap > Phnom Penh > Sihanoukvile > Phanom Penh > Bangkok > Trang > Krabi > Phuket > Kuala Lumpur > Bali > Nusa Lembongan > Ubud > Kuching > Singapore > Victoria… doing nothing on Siboya is still the best.

September – 2006

Road Trip… Georgia to Victoria

So… we bought a 2005 Honda Element on eBay in Blairsville, Georgia and took 3 weeks to drive home.

January-February – 2005

R&R at Siboya Bungalows

I had a total replacement of my left knee in Jul’04… titanium and plastic; so back to Siboya Bungalows for a wee bit of R&R. We flew to Singapore, up to Krabi for 4 weeks; then back to Singapore overnight on the way home!

April – June 2004

Bali and Kuching, Borneo

This year we flew to Singapore then on to Bali for 4 weeks > back to Singapore > overland to Johor Bahru airport > then over to Sarawak (Borneo) for 10 days > and then back to Singapore for 2 nights on the way home!

January-March 2003

Siboya Bungalows

* Back to Siboya Bungalows.

January-March 2002

Siboya Bungalows

* Back to Siboya Bungalows.

December 1999 -April 2000

Siboya Bungalows • Southern India • Back to Siboya

* Y2K New Years party of the century.
* A 5 week tour of Southern India.
* Back to Siboya Bungalows to decompress.

January-March 1999

Bangkok and Koh Siboya

* Bangkok to collect Noel.
* Relaxing at Siboya Bungalows.
* The the SHIT hits the fan in Phuket.

January-March 1998

Koh Siboya

* Joe and Mabel come to Asia.
* Started in Penang.
* Relaxing at Siboya Bungalows.

January-March 1997

Siboya and Bali

* Enjoying our Siboya Cottage.
* Haven’t been back to Bali for years.

January-March 1996

Siboya and Bunaken, Sulawesi

* Finishing the Siboya Cottage.
* New adventure snorkeling in Sulawesi.

January-March 1995

Leasing a Beach Plot in Thailand

We now have a 60 year lease, (that should be long enough for us don’t you think?) on approximately 1/5 acre of tropical sandy beach waterfront. That’s right..! Cool eh?
It has six, 40 foot coconut palms, a mango tree, a Kaffir lime tree and a Tamarind tree.

February-April 1994

Vietnam… Hanoi to Saigon

* Bangkok to Krabi for 10 days.
* Bangkok to Kanchanaburi for a weekend.
* Then Vietnam for a month.

February-March 1993

Back to Pine Bungakows, Krabi.

Bangkok for a few days of business then down the Krabi for two months… lovin’ this rut.

January-April 1992

Back to Krabi and Penang

Strange coincidence… we flew out of Seattle on January 15th… the first day of Desert Storm and flew home the day it ended. Two months at Pine Bungalows, Krabi and Thaipusam in Penang.

January-March 1990

Two Months in Thailand

Two months in Thailand is good for the soul. It’s back to paradise… Pine Bungalows, Railay Beach!

January-April 1988

Thailand Revisited

I don’t mean to sound blase… but no we’re not yet excited about heading off on a six-month leave of absence. Although we do seem to be smiling a lot more often and for no apparent reason at all. Our ETA in Hong Kong is estimated to be 10:00PM tomorrow… should be fun finding a place to stay at that time of the night.

September 1984

January 1985

Yelapa, Mexico

In late 1983 BCTel-CT&S was in down-size mode… so we were returned to headquarters (from Victoria to Vancouver). Part of the down-sizing included the mass approval of leaves of absence. It had been 3 years since we had been back from our Pacific Rim Walkabout… wanderlust was again setting in. So I successfully obtained a 6 months leave of absence and we headed for Mexico for the winter.

December 1979

June 1981

Pacific Rim Tour

Joann was infected with wanderlust long before I knew her. And, ever since we’ve been together I’ve heard… “Bob, we just have to go traveling. If we don’t, we’ll regret it.”
So here goes… we sold our house, quit our jobs and bought one-way tickets to Bangkok…