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And then everything changed: 2020 became the year of Corona

It has been a while since I updated this website, but I guess it is about time to bring everybody up to date and what I have been doing. My private photography workshops and photo tours of ancient temples in Thailand and Cambodia always kept me very busy and happy. Recently I added bicycle touring to my photography tours and workshops, and then the Corona Virus stopped all of us in our tracks.

On the 18th of March (2020) I left Siem Reap, Cambodia to cross into Southern Laos and explore the 4,000 Islands (Si Pan Don) and look for Khmer ruins, in that part of Laos. I have visited Laos quite a few times over the years, but this would be my first trip in the extreme south and also my first time crossing the border from Cambodia.

There was news of the Corona Virus spreading around the world, and talk of possible border closings, but at that time it was believed that the border might close for a few weeks or maybe a month. It didn’t really bother me, I packed up my bicycle with computer and photography equipment and booked a seat on a van, for the border trip (to make sure I got across the border before it closed).

We made it across the border just in time, there were of course the usual delays and minor hustles on the way, but at the end of the day I was able to check into my room on Don Det Island. There were of course a few humorous incidents on the way, I had been told that my bicycle would not fit on the boat with everyone else but if I paid a few dollars more I would be able to take another boat. Once I agreed to pay the extra fee, I was of course put on the same boat with the people I had arrived with. No problem just another lesson learned and to be remembered.

When we arrived on the island, we were all left on our own and I packed my bike and headed out in the general direction I knew my guest house was in. It was dark by then though, so I got lost a few times but eventually made it to Mr. Thos Bungalow, drank a large bottle of Beer Lao, and settled into my room.

The 4,000 Islands turned out to be a very laid back place that used bicycles and motorcycles as the main modes of transportation. There were a fairly large number of long haired backpackers, but also families and more conventional lifestyle type of mostly European tourists. Everyone has to arrive using the very basic fishing and local transport boats you can see in my photos, so once they arrive on the island they are literally in the same boat.

Thank you for watching my video slide show of the 4,000 Islands, please like and subscribe to my YouTube channel. More videos of my journey up Route 13, Laos will be added to both the Youtube channel and the dpmac.com & georgemannphoto.com websites.

Since I arrived with my own bicycle I immediately started exploring the area. The roads or I should say paths, are very bumpy and require you to pay attention on what is just ahead. Small bridges over what seems like thousands of creeks, are made from scrap wood and bamboo, sometimes dumping the unaware bike rider into the water. No problem, it is always hot, so the water can be a relief.

The first thing to check out on Don Det (island) is the local village, where the boat dock, money changers, grocery stores and a fairly large number of small restaurants and bars will welcome you to come in and sit down. A few of the restaurants and bars are owned by foreigners who obviously liked the place and decided to stay.

To be continued –

Bicycle Touring Services – 2020

Starting on January 1, 2020 – George Lienemann (the Old Man on a Bicycle) is available for Individual and Small Group – Bicycle Touring Expeditions. These Bicycle Touring Expeditions will be available in South East Asia, Northern Europe and North America.

Pilsum, North Sea Coast, Germany

All Bicycle Touring Expeditions are designed specifically for the client.

All 2019 Bicycle Touring Expeditions will run for a minimum of two weeks and be designed specifically for the client. Participants should be over 60 years old, and should know each other well. Specific locations will depend on the client, I can travel anywhere. Costs are also dependent on the client, locations, distances traveled, hotels, camp grounds, all are possible but have to be discussed with the client before a budget can be set. I am very flexible in this regard, but I already know from experience how expensive a bike tour can easily become.

Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia

PURCHASING or RENTING a Bicycle for Expeditions

Purchasing a bicycle at the Expedition location and then taking it home after the Expedition is also an option. I am very open to discussing any and all options regarding what type of bicycle you would like to use (or test). Bicycles can be rented, purchased, and if needed can be transported to various locations, by boat, bus or train. At the end of the Expedition any bicycles purchased can be shipped back to your home.

Germany produces some of the best (and most expensive) Touring Bicycles in the world. Steel, Aluminum, Titanium and Carbon are all available in various configurations and as e-bikes. Just ask and I will let you know what can be arranged.

Route 1, Calais, Maine, USA

Skills that will be learned on the Bicycle Touring Expeditions

  1. Learning to set-up and maintain your bicycle properly.
  2. Fixing a flat tire and other basic repairs, while on the road.
  3. How to travel by car, train, airplane, boat, etc.
  4. How expensive is it to travel with your bicycle?
  5. Why not just rent a bicycle in Europe or Asia?
  6. Why not just buy a bicycle in Europe or Asia?
  7. Getting your bicycle through Immigration, Luggage and Customs.
  8. Disassembly and Assembly of your bike in an airport.
  9. Riding your bike out of the airport, or taking a taxi?
  10. Safely riding down an unfamiliar road.
  11. Where to ride on the road when there is no bike-path.
  12. Where to ride on the bike path. Every country seems to have a different set of rules.
  13. Increasing and decreasing your speed with the bicycle gears and your pedaling rhythm and speed.
  14. Learning how to deal with hills, uphill and downhill.
  15. Controlling your intake and supply of water.
  16. Finding good places to eat on the road.
  17. Where is the Bathroom? In every country there is a different solution, to this very basic question.
  18. How to deal with bad weather situations, rain, heat, etc.
  19. My seat is hurting me, what am I going to do?
  20. My feet are hurting, what am I going to do?
  21. Buying the right pants, shoes, gloves, etc., before the ride.
  22. Packing your bags, attaching them on the bike and heading out on the road.
Seattle, Washington, USA

Contact for more information:

Please send me an e-mail – george@dpmac.com – and we can discuss your requirements and all options available.

You can also contact me through my facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/oldmanonabicycle/

Around the World in 70 years


As most of my friends and family already know, I have been living mostly on the road for the last 10 years or so, traveling not only by bicycle, but always taking my bicycle with me. In the last five years I have been traveling by bicycle in North America, South East Asia and Northern Europe. There have also been quite a few train rides, the occasional bus (only when necessary), some rides on pick-up trucks, a number of long distance air journeys, but the bicycle has most of the time been very close by.

As for the title of this post, I turned 70 in June of 2018, and traveled to my home town of Oldenburg, Germany in late 2017. It was actually the first time I have been to my home town in 60 years, but I have been traveling West for 60 years (with many back and forths and zig-zags), but finally managed to circumnavigate the globe.

My bicycle in the town of Ofenerfeld, just outside of the city of Oldenburg. My bicycle in this yard which I played in many times in my childhood. My family lived and operated a Gasthaus (a Pub, Restaurant, hotel, etc) just a short walk from this house for over 100 years, it stopped operating a while back though and only the memories are left. This house is now a museum to our old friend Heinrich Kunst, a well known stage and film actor in the Plat Deutsch (Old German) dialect of this region.

To be continued ……….. this story is not finished, this is just a place holder ….

Bicycle touring with an iPhone.

About a month ago I started to seriously look for a new handlebar mount for my iPhone. I bought one last year, but it was too heavy and clunky. A bicycle is not a car or even a motorcycle, it needs something strong, but as small and light as possible.

I already had a GoPro type of handlebar mount that I had bought in Germany last year, but I was missing the part that held the phone, either on that mount or a tripod.

After searching every phone and camera shop in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, I finally narrowed it down to a cheap four armed claw type device and a very slick small clamp with a tripod mount from Manfrotto, an Italian tripod and lighting stand company, that is familiar to all serious photographers.

The final mount that I am now using was made out of the iPhone tripod clamp from Manfrotto, a GoPro type mount adapter from Rollie (German camera manufacturer), and a well designed Velcro and plastic handlebar mount made by SP, that I also bought in Germany.

By: George Lienemann (aka George Mann Photo) – george@dpmac.com

OK, so I am an Apple fanboy again.

It has taken a while but I am finally getting caught up with some of Apple’s latest hardware and software advances. I don’t have the same access to the latest hardware as in past years but I am getting a lot closer than I have been in the last few years.

The biggest change for me is that I am finally an iPhone user. My experience with Android phones over the last 10 years or so has actually come in quite handy when I finally switched over. I have to admit that the iPhone is clearly superior to all the Android phones and systems I have been using, and not only because it communicates with my MacBook Pro better (which it does).

I am currently using an iPhone 6s Plus and it has completely changed my life. The biggest change it has made in my life is that I can confidently travel for weeks at a time and not bring my laptop computer with me.

There are of course things that the laptop does better (like writing a blog post and editing photography) but all those communications with people, banks, airlines and hotels are now pretty stable and on the iPhone they are very easy to do. There will be friends and of course strangers who will disagree with me, but I have not touched any of my Android phones and tablets since I switched over (the iPhone is just way too smooth), I am once again a full card carrying member of the Apple Cult.


iPhone 6s Plus with Manfrotto tripod adapter

South East Asia – Photography, Location & Travel Consultation

Photography, Location & Travel Consultation Services – for Photographers, Video Producers and anyone else who can benefit from my over 30 years of experience in South East Asia.

I have been working as a Commercial and Editorial photographer, based out of Bangkok, Thailand since 1978. I have worked for most of the Bangkok based International Advertising Agencies, Publishers, Hotels, Government Agencies and NGOs, at one time or another.

Due to my work and my personal photography projects, I have traveled extensively in Thailand and the rest of South East Asia and can confidently say that there are not many who know this area and it’s people as well as I do.

Occasionally I have also traveled back to the USA to work for clients in the USA. On those trips I seem to always find time for another cross country road trip, so my knowledge of the American landscape is also very current..

Consultation Services – Commercial, editorial and personal projects.

Photography – Available for commercial shoots or personal projects.

Location Scouting – I have traveled extensively in Asia and the North America, but have also spent time in Northern Europe and Australia. Spoken languages – English, German and Thai.

Travel – Scouting and planning a route, making arrangements for transport and lodging to suit your needs.

Consultation Fees – Depending on the length of time and services required. All travel related expenses must be paid in advance.

Facebook Messenger can be used for consultation if an actual face to face meeting is not possible.

Please contact George Lienemann (aka George Mann Photo) at george@dpmac.com

facebook profile – https://www.facebook.com/georgemann.photo

facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeMannPhotography/

dpmac.com – 2017


dpmac has been around for over 10 years and hopefully will be around for another 10 years, but the bandaids that were being applied on a regular basis were just not holding anymore. So I finally decided to trash the site and start over …. please come┬áback to check on the progress.

Using a MacBook Pro in 2017

I don’t think the people who run Apple at this point in time understand, what a MacBook Pro means to traveling power users.


What’s a poor MacBook Pro user to do?

What’s a poor MacBook Pro user to do?

My first computer purchase was a Macintosh Plus and a Laserwriter Plus, bought in early 1986. I actually wanted to buy the computer a few months earlier in late 1985, but I was told by the distributor in Singapore, to wait for the Macintosh Plus and the Laserwriter Plus to be released.

Within what now seems a very short period of time, that original Mac Plus turned into a very full and busy graphics production house and high end laser imaging service bureau, with a rotating supply of around twenty Macintoshes, of all shapes and sizes, connected to various odd monitors, projectors, and output devices.


Tour of Nikon Thailand Factory – 2004

A Tour of the Nikon Thailand Factory
Story and Photography by George Mann