THAILAND…

We are sailing, in an abnormally hot and wind-less day, to turn around the island of Phuket and reach the western coast, with two objectives: first, spend new year’s eve watching the fireworks from the beach of Patong (a sort of asian version of Jesolo Lido, overcrowded by western tourists) and, once recovered, sail towards Sri Lanka. It’s a 1100 … Continua a leggere

SIAM!…

Right, who knows why they changed the Country’s name, back in ’45, renaming it Thailand: for once, the old name was not a bogus name imposed by western colonisers, as Siam has always managed to remain independent, thanks to the wise policy of alliances played by its Kings. Strange, the Siamese Kings: absolute monarchs until the mid ’30’s, they are … Continua a leggere

NEW PHOTOS!!

We have updated our photo-albums! The pictures are at the following address: http://fotoalbum.alice.it/alice/gianfranco.balducci/ The album “BWR 2007/09 Parte3” is now complete with the pictures from Cairns to Darwin. The album “BWR 2007/09 Parte4” now contains pictures of Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. Enjoy!

MALAYSIAN PIRATES?…

No doubt, Malaysian pirates were, and maybe still are, a reality, but the country is modern and wealthy: for the first time (apart from the obvious exception of Australia) we see tourist locations that are well kept and full of local tourists. Kuala Lumpur is a very modern town, with a city centre which is dominated by the Petronas twin … Continua a leggere