This Travel Diary is a work in progress…. Newest to Oldest.

W District – Out door food court / beer garden. Many quality food choices en-circle the perimeter.

October 2023 to February 2024

Back to Thailand for the Winter 2023-2024

This year we’re starting in Bangkok. We’ve booked an Airbnb 23rd floor condo for 4 weeks at The Room Sukhumvit 69. It’s literally a stones throw from Phra Khaong BTS Skytrain station. 🚝

Next, we’re going north to Chiang Mai and into another Airbnb condo, The LIV@NIMMAN also for 4 weeks. Chiang Mai is our favourite city in Thailand.

Our visas will expire Just before Christmas, so we’re doing a 4 day road trip into northern Thailand, crossing into Laos as pedestrians (we just get stamped out of Thailand, take a bus across the “Friendship Bridge”, pay US$45 for a Laos visa, turn around and get stamped out of Laos and take the bus back across the Mekong) in order to activate the 2nd term of our Thai visa.

We’ll go back to Chiang Mai and spend 4 days over Christmas before flying down to Krabi and home to Siboya. 🌴😎

Finally, sometime towards the end of January, we’re planning to bounce along the east coast, north and south of Hua Hin. Stop and Go adlib. 🕉

Our flight back to Victoria is February 18th. 🥶

October 2022 to February 2023

The Time Has Finally Come

Packed and ready to hit the dusty trail once again. Bringing only two carry-on size bags each. Still seems like too much.

Last time we were in South East Asia was February 2016, that’s 6 years and 9 months. I hope we can remember how to speak some Thai.

We fly out of Victoria at 10:00am on Thursday, October 27, transit Vancouver and board Air Canada to Tokyo. After a 3hr 25min layover we board ANA to Bangkok.

We have timed the escape seeming quite well… after a very dry, warm and sunny fall… the forecast is for one of those atmospheric rivers to come roaring in as we leave.

Stay tuned…

The Moss Lady pictured, is in the 200 acre park directly in front of our place… Beacon Hill Park

February 2016 to October 2022

Waiting for a safe world.

Well not quite… up until April 2020 we were taking care of Joann’s dad, Joe. It’s been a wild ride giving him a fabulous last 5 years. He passed on April 2nd, 2020 at 98 years. Went quickly and never really suffered the full effect of the Covid lockdown.

We’ve been in a holding pattern waiting for the Vaccine. Now we are both double Vaxed and double Boostered so we finally have plans to head back to SE Asia the end of October 2022. Not to say living in good ol’ Victoria has in any way, been a hardship, oh contraire.

May to 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 – – 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 to 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 to 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 to 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 to 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 to 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 to March 2003

Siboya Bungalows

* Back to Siboya Bungalows.

January to March 2002

Siboya Bungalows

* Back to Siboya Bungalows.

December 1999 to 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 to March 1999

Bangkok and Koh Siboya

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

January to March 1998

Koh Siboya

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

January to March 1997

Siboya and Bali

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

January to March 1996

Siboya and Bunaken, Sulawesi

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

January to 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 to April 1994

Vietnam… Hanoi to Saigon

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

February to 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 to 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 to 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 to 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 to 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 to June 1981

Pacific Rim Tour

Joann was infected with wanderlust long before I knew her. (Blame it on her dad, Joe) 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…