In March 2001, I arrived in Thailand for my first visit to Asia. I stayed only a few days in and around Bangkok, and took a day trip to Ayutthaya, a nearby city which is a former capital of Thailand and the site of many ruined temples.
I then flew up to Kathmandu and went for a trek in Sagarmatha National Park, around Mount Everest. After my trek and meeting up with some friends in Kathmandu, I traveled to India overland, crossing the border at Sonauli, and headed on to Agra.
I visited the Taj Mahal, a Krishna consciousness (Hare Krishna movement) ashram near Agra, Delhi, Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj, and Chennai (Madras), where some friends were living and working.
It was a challenging trip, probably the hardest since my very first, in Ireland. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun, and didn't escape the truly south Asian experiences of violent illness, deception and frustration. Here are some of the pictures I made during this two-month adventure into the unknown.