My second adopted country is Thailand where I was assigned and lived for 14 months during the Vietnam Conflict. Courtesy of the U.S. Army I spent one year at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California to study the Thai language before being assigned to the 500th MI Group, Southeast Asia. I made many Thai friends and especially enjoy traveling to Thailand.


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The Isan Orchid Guest Lodge, Thabo, Nongkhai, Thailand. Almost directly across the Mekong River from Vientiane, Laos.

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Dinner at the Isan Orchid

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Don and Thom on the balcony with the family.


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An afternoon of rafting after an elephant ride.

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The ruins at Ayuthaya

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Khmer style temple ruins, Buriram.

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At the Seafood Market Restaurant where you buy fresh fish and seafood from around the world, and then have it cooked by chefs to your choice.

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Having fun in Rama IX Park, on the outskirts of Bangkok.

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Wat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Mother and daughter Karen Longneck women near the Burmese border. near Mae Hong Son. Women born when a full moon coincides with a Wednesday have the honor of wearing the brass rings from the age of five years.

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Standing in front of King Rama IV’s pavillion at the National Museum, Bangkok


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At the Temple of Dawn, Bangkok