Pigs on Mopeds and other odd stuff around Asia

•March 28, 2007 • Leave a Comment

While travelling around Asia you’re likely to find some wonderful old vehicles. Asia received exports from Europe, USA and Japan so the vintage vehicles you may come across are an interesting variety; and also many vehicles were adapted for local use so they’re unique to that part of the world.

Just as in the West these days, they may be parked in someone’s drive, on a side street, or round the back of a temple like this Buddha-car, but they are definitely out there and you never know what you may discover around the next corner…

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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietman – April, 1998

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Cyclo in Chiang Mai

•March 27, 2007 • Leave a Comment

A cyclo driver takes a lunch break in the grounds of a wat (temple)

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Chiang Mai, Thailand, January, 2005

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Bakhtapur, Nepal

•March 25, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Catering 3-wheel handcarts in Bakhtapur, Nepal

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April, 2002

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Chinese New Year Parade

•March 24, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Chinese New Year parade in Chiang Mai. The Thais celebrate western New Year and Thai New Year (Songkran) too, in April. The western New Year holiday time is the most dangerous time to be on the roads – usually 1000 people are killed in accidents each year over that week. Traffic police finish their work at sunset, so anarchy rules at night.

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Chiang Mai, N. Thailand, February, 2002

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Northern Cambodia

•March 24, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Used mineral water bottles are a scourge all over Asia. But these kids have a novel recycling concept – plastic bottles turned into toy cars

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N. Cambodia, April, 1996

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Destroying Lhasa, Tibet

•March 24, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Chinese workmen ‘renovate’ the Tibetan Quarter of Lhasa. Under the pretext of improving sanitation, Tibetan houses were systematically destroyed, being rebuilt in identical style ..though now with Chinese landlords.

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Lhasa, Tibet, November, 1995

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Between China and Pakistan

•March 22, 2007 • Leave a Comment

This was snapped from the back of a bus on a 2-day journey from Kashgar in Xinjiang Province, western China, down into Pakistan.

After my journey across China from Shanghai to Kashgar, the first thing I did as I crossed the border into Pakistan was to have a cup of proper tea. The owner of the tea-shop was so amused when I explained why I was so happy to drink it that he would not take any money for it (which was just as well, as I’d not yet changed my yuan into rupees).

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May, 1996

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