Robert F. Edwards
Once again, I have left my footprints on the other side of the world, this time in South East Asia. Join me as I experience the hustle-bustle of Hong Kong, the glamour of Singapore, the beauty of Bali, and the varied, mysterious wonders of the East. Each location has an appreciation of man and nature’s achievements. This book has something for everyone who loves the adventure of backpacking.
Every journey is like a day that can never be repeated, like life itself. One can only remember their childhood or adolescence, going on until old age sets in. A journey is like that. You can only experience it for the first time. Any form of repetition does not achieve the same result as the first. And there is no exception to this journey to South East Asia.
I have had the good fortune to travel to every continent and experience many remarkable things this world has to offer, especially as a lone backpacker. In the past, I had visited parts of Asia for business, but never in the style that was most comfortable to me. But finally, with nothing but the bags on my back, I got to explore South East Asia in a whole new light.
This journey started in Bangkok, Thailand. An easy starting point for acquiring visas from embassies that I would need for my other stops on the trip. Travelling light meant I could explore the old sectors of the city.
I had the opportunity to go to Kanchanaburi, which is in the district of the River Kwai. This was a significant part of this journey. Many people who were born in the ’40s and ’50s will remember Alex Guinness in the movie “Bridge on the River Kwai”. I got to see what was left of the pylons on that bridge, as well as the railroad that the Japanese pushed through to Burma. It was an emotional experience.
I explored many historical sights along the way to my next stop: Singapore. The transition from old to new was incredible, witnessing the jewel of achievement in the Southeast Pacific. After appreciating all that Singapore had to offer, I moved throughout the region from Bali to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. This journey ends in Hong Kong. A vibrant, extraordinary centre for trading, and a gateway to China at the time.
This passage is the first quick brushstroke on the canvas of what is a masterpiece of a journey in South East Asia. In the book, I have captured my experiences of the excitement, history, and culture of this region. It is one of mankind’s oldest participants.
It is my sincere wish that I have achieved the justification of the people who live in this part of the world. With all the sincerity one can have for another, I hope the reader will enjoy these experiences as well.