Places visited over the years.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor is the largest religious monument in the world and the most significant archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. (source:UNESCO) Two of the temple complexes, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm were used for location shooting in Tomb Raider where Angelina Jolie played Lara Croft.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is part of Wulingyuan Scenic Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Global Geopark. Popularly known for the Avatar Hallelujah mountains, the inspiration for the Floating World in the 2009 epic science fiction.
Langkawi is a set of 104 islands northwest of Malaysia in the Andaman Sea. Tranquil with broad open beaches wide enough to land a small plane.
Months after Jacques Cousteau’s team visited the island, a group of us foolhardy divers booked the Borneo Divers package and spent the most awesome days on the tiny atoll so rich in marine life. It’s been so long ago and we didn’t have good cameras then. No photos found except memories swimming with turtles and schools of amazing fishes.
As crazy as it sounds, we climbed Mount Kinabalu after a week’s diving in Sipadan. It almost killed us. Our group was the last to reach every station and was cheered by everyone upon arrival. The air was so thin, I was wheezing. We were so slow that when we reached the peak, there was no one left and we had the entire place to ourselves.
Very first ski experience. No doubt in good company of Swiss colleague and his friends, one a professional instructor. Managed to ski after one day, brought up the slope next day, got over-confident and crashed into a restaurant on the 3rd day with bruises from cheek to ankle, survived and undaunted, continued skiing for the rest of the week. Fearless Fun!