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Henry tells of Southeast Asia trip

Temples and Singapore among stops

June 27, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Why would anyone want to go to a place that's 90 degrees with almost the same humidity?

Well if it's February and you're in Iowa, why not.

Mark and Paula Henry traveled to Southeast Asia this past February, a trip Mark chronicled with slides at Thursday's Estherville Rotary meeting at the VFW Trophy Room.

The 17-day trip took the Henrys from Singapore to Hong Kong with all stops between. Starting at Singapore, they saw the wealthy side of Southeast Asia. The island city has an average income of $65,000 a year.

At Singapore the Henrys visited Buddhist temples and colorful places such as Little India - one of many ethnic neighborhoods.

From there it was on to Thailand and Bangkok, a city of 10 million. Mark compared the city with canals to a Venice of the East, complete with water taxis. They visited the Oriental Hotel and saw a great reclining Buddha.

The Henrys next visited Cambodia where motorcycles were the main mode of transportation. A very poor country, Henry noted though that the Buddhist temples throughout the country were in very good condition.

They next visited Vietnam where the southern portion of the country is booming.



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