View from hotel with greenery and tower rock landmarks

This is the view from a guesthouse I stayed at in Yangshuo, China. It was a wonderful place, and I also hired the owner as my guide. Sadly while I was staying there a big 5 star hotel rented out all the guest rooms here for the next year to house their staff.

It was a wonderful place to stay. I ate dinner with the family one night. Her son was the driver when we needed a car. I used a bike for some exploring and a guided trip with Amy. I also talked with her high school daughter though I don’t speak Chinese and the daughter’s english wasn’t so strong. We used Google translate to help :-)

You still can hire Amy as a tour guide. I recommend Amy, I don’t usually get guides but for China I figured it made sense and I was glad I did, as doing things yourself is just much more of a hassle than elsewhere (Shanghai I didn’t bother with a guide and didn’t need one but elsewhere it was helpful).

Yangshuo (near Guilin) is definitely a nice place to visit, I would recommend including several days in Yangshuo in your itinerary also (or 1 to 2 days if you are in a hurry). A raft trip down the river was the highlight for me (in fact I did another the next day).

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Girl in an orange sweater

It was a village on the way from Luang Prabang to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall. It is a bit disheartening to see how the village puts out the children to encourage the tourists to buy.

But the kids seem like they are mainly having fun and the truth is it is likely about the best way, right now, for them to bring in a bit of extra cash. It is far from perfect but I thought it was a nice stop and something that benefits the village more than it hurts it. Figuring out way to have local populations benefit from tourists is very important to raising standards of living in a sustainable way.

They had various handicrafts for sale and some food.

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Girl in Orange Sweater, Laos


posters on reading board on the street

Photo by Bill Hunter.

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Posters in Russia, 1960s

photo of Judy Garland's Star on the sidewalk (Hollywood Walk of Fame)

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Rafts, floating down river with hills in the background

Watch a webcast on my experience and see more photos: Floating Down River in Yangshuo, China on a Bamboo Raft.

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photo of a Fire rainbow

See my post on the Curious Cat Travel Destination blog with details of circumhorizontal arcs and more details on the circumstances.

Siem Reap pickup motorcycle

Vehicles like these are the pickup “trucks” of Siem Reap, Cambodia. There are actual pickup trucks but there are 20 times more of these pickup motorcycles used to haul everything as pickup trucks and vans are used for elsewhere.

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Electrical outlets on a large tree

I spotted this in Luang Prabang, Laos. I couldn’t really understand why.

A few days later I visited the night market which is along this street and they string up electricity for all the vendors. That still doesn’t exactly explain why someone decided to mount an electrical outlet box on a tree trunk but I do believe it was put there in support of the electrical needs for the night market.

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Electrical Outlets on Tree Trunk

Orangutan in tree with a baby

This photo of an Orangutan with baby was taken by John Hunter at Semenggoh National Park in Borneo, Malaysia. See more photos, information and a video of these 2 orangutans.

The photos on this blog are by John Hunter. See many more of my photos organized by tag at Curious Cat Photos.

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