Anne and I have indeed been fortunate to have taken some wonderful vacations over the years. Vacations that I often refer to as the "vacation of a lifetime." And this trip certainly fits that description.

Planning for this vacation began in 1990 following a trip to Europe (Fall, 1989) we took with our good friend Ken Brown. Ken was stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War and he wanted to return. With the tentative dates set Anne and I began to plan our "vacation of a lifetime." We decided we'd really make this a vacation to remember by making it a month long and not a normal two weeker. While we worried that a month was a long time to be away from home in the middle of winter it was a decision we made, and it was the right one. A month wasn't to long, in fact, it wasn't long enough.

Our plans called for a late Saturday afternoon departure from New York to San Francisco with a three hour layover there before continuing. From San Francisco we would fly nonstop to Hong Kong with a one hour layover there before continuing to Singapore. 31 hours from our front door to the hotel in Singapore. We arrived in Singapore late Monday morning having lost a day crossing the International Date Line. We would spend the balance of the week in Singapore then fly to Hong Kong where we would meet Ken and his wife Darla. We would spend three days sightseeing in Hong Kong and another three days in nearby Macau. Following Macau we would fly to Bangkok where we would spend several days visiting a friend. Leaving Bangkok we would fly to Phuket and spend a beautiful week on Asia's Riviera. At the end of our week in Phuket Ken and Darla would fly home, and Anne and I would fly to Japan for a five day visit there. It all sounded so wonderful. Now all we had to do was pull it off.

The winter of 1993 - 1994 was proving to be a particularly bad one. By our departure date, January 15th we had already had three snowstorms. The week before our departure I was caught in a particularly bad snowstorm in Boston. All the flights home were canceled leaving only the train, and taking a train in bad weather is not a pleasant experience. But I made it home which was the only important thing. Believe me I looked forward to the fact that our vacation to paradise was less than a week away.
The air for the majority of this trip was, of course, courtesy of American Airlines AAdvantage Frequent Flyer Program. We would fly American first class to San Francisco and then change to Singapore Airlines, business class, for the flight to Singapore. I have to admit Singapore Airlines impressed me. They have definitely earned their reputation as one of the best airlines to travel with in the world. The service was impeccable and the friendliness of the flight crew was excellent. When we deplaned in Singapore the flight attendant by the door wished us well and called us by name. Remarkable considering I don't recall her waiting on us the entire flight. She had no reason to know our name, yet she did. I would recommend taking Singapore Airlines anytime the opportunity arises and you are going in the any direction they serve.
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Singapore -- Orchard Road | Chinatown | Merlion Park | Arab Town and Indian District | Tang Dynasty City | Singapore Zoo | Mandai Orchid Garden | Sentosa Island
Hong Kong -- Hong Kong Island | Hong Kong at Night and the New Territories | Kat Hing Wai and Lok Ma Chau | Kowloon | Causeway Bay
Macau -- Monte Hill and St. Paul's | A-Ma Temple and Lou Lem Ioc Garden
People's Republic of China -- The Border and Farming Village | Lunch and the Ox | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Home | Chinese Market
Bangkok -- The City and Weekend Market | The Grand Palace | Grand Palace (Emerald Buddha) | Grand Palace (Dusit Group) | Ayutthaya (Reclining Buddha) | Ayutthaya (Ruins) | Bang-Pa-In Palace | Chao Phraya River
Phuket -- The Hotel and Popeye | Phuket Island | The Beaches and Local Wat | Promthep Cape
Japan -- Tokyo | Niko & Toshogu Shrine | Osaka & Kyoto | Visiting Friends | Nara | Hiroshima & Miyajima | Going Home

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