Asian Odyssey

Asian Odyssey

A glimpse into the cultural wonderland of Asia

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Author: R. F. Baldwin
Length: 294 page(s)
Written: Nov 2015
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Category: Travel & Emigration » Travel Experiences  |  Work: Travelogue
Keywords: Mother Teresa Centre, Pollution India, Cremations River Ganges, Lao Courtship Ritual, Vietnamese Delicacies, The War Remnants Museum, The Killing Fields, The Chinese Tea Culture Ceremony, The Great Wall of China, Chinese New Year, Tsunami, Thailand’s Ladyboys, The Thai Songkran Festival, The House of Opium, The United Nations Memorial Cemetery Korea

The stories in this book describe life in other worlds across the Asian continen

The stories in this book describe life in other worlds across the Asian continent where customs and cultures are far removed from our own. All describe places I visited and sights I witnessed such as the simple yet wonderful Lao courtship ritual, the cremations on the banks of the Ganges, and the Golden Triangle’s unique Opium Museum.

Some tell of the journeys themselves like my first taste of India; others relate to difficulties in communication as I experienced in Kathmandu, or of differences in cuisine such as in Vietnam. In others the theme is history; for example, Korea’s heartrending past.

The tales journey from a holy lake in the Indian desert to the Killing Fields of Cambodia; from the land mines and bomb craters of the Lao countryside to the Korean DMZ; and from the magnificence of the Great Wall of China to the bustling twenty first century cities of Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong, all of which clearly demonstrate the wonder of our planet.


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Robert Baldwin was born in Melbourne in 1948, the son of a successful horse trainer.

He dropped out of secondary school at age seventeen, and without qualifications or direction in life worked a number of lackluster jobs with little success before his conscription into the Australian army in 1968. During that time, he served a year in South Vietnam, which gave him his first introduction to Asia and led to a fascination with Asian culture in later years. Following his discharge from the army, he took advantage of their resettlement scheme and returned to full time study, where at the age of twenty three he sat in a class of seventeen year olds and successfully completed his secondary education. He studied part time at universities for ten years and gained three degrees including a Master of Arts from the University of Notre Dame Australia.

After early departure from the work force because of health matters followed by the failure of his marriage, his travels around Asia began in earnest culminating in the publication of this work. He now lives in the north of Thailand, where he feels more at home than in his native Australia.

He has always wanted to write and this, his first book, represents the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition. He has plans to write more books.

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