We stayed in Rishikesh for nearly a week, enjoying the mellower climate of the Himalayan foothills as well as the spiritual background radiation. That’s not to say that there was no commercial component to it, though. I mean, Rishikesh is notoriously the home to one of the most egregious spiritual scams and phony gurus in recent history…
In April of 2019 I traveled to Rishkesh, the yoga capital of India. I was backpacking around India with my youngest daughter, who is a yoga teacher, so, after our trek near Darjeeling suddenly fell through, we thought Rishikesh would make a fine Plan B.
Rishikesh is a sacred city on the Ganges, with yoga schools in abundance.
Lopburi, Thailand is about a three hour train ride from Bangkok’s central train station. I was there to see the collection of antique beads in the museum, as well as to visit the Khmer-era ruins.
I stayed at the funky Noom Guest House; cheap, centrally located and with plenty of character. The place is family run and has an excellent restaurant. The town is famous for being overrun with rhesus monkeys. I took some local color shots before and after I visited the museum in the Phra Narai Palace
In late June of 2019 I was up in Chiang Mai, Thailand looking for ancient beads. I had several contacts I had made while attending the Asian Bead Exhibition in Bangkok earlier in the month.
October 2019 –Mae Sot, on the Thai/Burmese border, makes for an interesting adventure. The main reason I was in town was to look for old beads and any other antique or curiosities that might have drifted across the border. Alongside the Mae Nam Moei River on the Thai side of the border is an expansive market that sells a mixture of imports from Burma, black-market clothes, cheap Chinese electronics, food, carved wood, gems and jewelry. It’s located 5km west of Mae Sot;