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Chiang Mai, Thailand

THAILAND | Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | Views [201]

I have spent 8 days in Chiang Mai and will be here a bit longer. Located in northern Thailand, it is a mecca for those seeking a slower, more relaxed pace of life. It offers so many classes, wats and treks for those seeking a little adventure. I have ... Read more >


Elephant Condervation Center, Sayaboury Province, Laos

LAOS | Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | Views [568]

I was able to spend a week volunteering at the Elephant Conservation Center, a great organization dedicated to saving Laos' Asian elephants and stabilizing its population. I learned so much about the elephants in Laos, once called "The land of a million ... Read more >


Luang Prabang, Laos

LAOS | Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 | Views [230]

  Luang Prabang is touted as a great town to visit in Laos- full of character and culture. And it certainly has that. But it is also overan by tourists- namely French. The buildings are charming, looking like a French village in the middle of Laos ... Read more >


Vienitane and Vang Vieng, Laos

LAOS | Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 | Views [236]

After a long layaover in Kuala Lumpur airport (I've become quite familiar with it) I finally made my way to Vientiane, the capitol of Laos. Laos is a poor, land-locked country found between Thailand, Veitnam and Cambodia to the south. I only spent one ... Read more >


Bali, Indonesia

INDONESIA | Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | Views [252]

Ah, Bali! After a long flight from Borneo to Kuala Lumpur then to Denpasar, I finally arrived in Bali. We took a 2 hour taxi ride to Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali. Our guesthouse was amazing with various gardens and buildings to explore. The wood ... Read more >


Kuching, Eastern Malaysia

MALAYSIA | Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 | Views [298] | Comments [1]

Well, my week and a half in Borneo is up. I'll be flying to Bali by way of Kuala Lumpur tonight. I spent 4 days in Bako National Park, which was gorgeous and lots of wildlife! The journey there was a bit bumpy. It started with an hour bus ride to the ... Read more >


Kuching, Sarawak Province, Malaysian Borneo

MALAYSIA | Thursday, 6 Dec 2012 | Views [464]

After almost 38 hours of traveling (a 9 hour layover in Kuala Lumpur) I finally arrived in Borneo! That's about the longest trip ever. A friend and I left Koh Tao on a night ferry- we were assured there were beds. Well, once we boarded the ferry we noticed ... Read more >


Koh Tao, Thailand

THAILAND | Thursday, 29 Nov 2012 | Views [671] | Comments [1]

I spent several days in Bangkok before heading south to Koh Tao, an island off the peninsula. I took a night bus then catamaran, finally arriving at 10 am. Apparently it's the rainy season here, so it's been raining every day. I finally got the chance ... Read more >


Bangkok, Thailand

THAILAND | Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | Views [247]

I spent a long bus ride from Siem Reap to Bangkok yesterday. The border crossing was crazy busy and took over 2 hours to get through the Thai side. I got a lot of reading done! The first thing I noticed in Thailand were the roads- they are nice! And ... Read more >


Angkor Wat, Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Monday, 19 Nov 2012 | Views [300] | Comments [1]

Today is my last full day in Siem Reap. I have spent a week here. It's a very nice town and I've enjoyed my time here. I visited the Angkor temples, Angkor Wat being the most famous. The temples are amzaing! No wonder it's called ... Read more >


Siem Reap, Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | Views [239] | Comments [1]

I finally made it to Siem Reap after what was supposed to be an 11 hour bus ride that morphed into a 16 hour ordeal. I really don't understand why it should take 16 hours. The bus didn't break down or anything. We finally arrived at 3:30 am! I had started ... Read more >


Sihanoukville, Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012 | Views [253]

I have spent the past week around Sihanoukville, a small city on Cambodia's southern coast. It is beautiful here, but super hot and sticky- 90 degrees during the day. It has rained here everyday except one. And the rainy season is supposed to be over! ... Read more >

Tags: beach


Phnom Penh, Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Monday, 5 Nov 2012 | Views [213]

The border crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia was breezy compared to some of the stories I've heard, the abject poverty is obvious once you cross the border. While homes in Vietnam are usually made of concrete, the Cambodian houses are shacks made of ... Read more >


Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

VIETNAM | Saturday, 3 Nov 2012 | Views [267]

HCMC was fairly nice for Vietnam. People were friendly and the scams weren't as readily apparent. I toured the War Remembrance Museum my first day, which was absolutely ghastly, showing pictures of the tortured as well as instruments and cages used for ... Read more >


Hoi An, Vietnam

VIETNAM | Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | Views [277]

Hoi An is my favorite city in Vietnam so far (although that's not saying much). I designed a dress, shirt and and pair of shorts to be made at Bi Bo tailers and had a pair of sandals made at a shoe store. All were made within a day and I went back for ... Read more >


Hue, Vietnam

VIETNAM | Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | Views [282]

Second day in Hue and I still like it do much more then Hanoi. People are much nicer and I haven't been ripped off yet. I even paid the same amount for my water as the local next to me! I toured the Citadel today- it was built in 1804 by the Nguyen dynasty ... Read more >


Hue, Vietnam

VIETNAM | Sunday, 28 Oct 2012 | Views [324]

I finally made it to Hue this am after an overnight bus from Hanoi. I couldn't wait to get out of Hanoi! I can't think of a worse town I've visited in all my travels. Just one scam after another and not friendly people. I also left just as Typhoon Su-... Read more >


Hanoi, Vietnam

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | Views [288] | Comments [1]

This is my 2nd day in Hanoi, Vietnam. 1st day was awful! I waover it already. I got ripped off by the taxi driver and my hostel was horrendous- stinky, moldy and damp with no windows and something dripping from the ceiling. I moved to a much nicer hostel ... Read more >


Guangxi province, China

CHINA | Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | Views [432]

More biking, scootering and some river rafting. We traveled throughout the countryside north of Yangshuo yesterday, toured a tea plantation and then hiked up a karst. But I puked at the base so it took me awhile to get to the top. Yangshuo has not been ... Read more >

Tags: countryside cruising


Shibanqiaom China

CHINA | Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | Views [466]

Ok, just read my last post- it was written using my ipod and obviously autocorrect was at work on that one! This is my 3rd day at Cosy Inn hostel and I'm still in love with it! I just found out that they've fanagled some way to access FB, so I'm in heaven! ... Read more >

Tags: swimming


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