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Mui Ne

VIETNAM | Sunday, 9 Aug 2009 | Views [405]

mui ne was this place we had to choose over dalat when we were buying our cross country bus ticket. it was the sand dunes that drew us to it. we were only there for 2 days i think.... anyways, the first day we got there was essentially relax day, mostly ... Read more >


Nha Trang

VIETNAM | Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | Views [497] | Comments [1]

beach town.... it's a strip town. basically one long strip along the ocean with hotels everywhere. if it were in season, i'd easily name this the tourist hotspot of vietnam. they even had mock hollywood style lettering on an island across the water on ... Read more >


Hoi An, city of tailors

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 | Views [596]

and guess what? i didn't get a thing made! i think i'm the 1st person in history to not have a thing made in hoi an. when we got off our bus, we took a few looks around at hotels until we found the perfect one. and by perfect, i mean it had a swimming ... Read more >


Hue

VIETNAM | Monday, 1 Jun 2009 | Views [437]

Hue was actually the first city in Vietnam we arrived in. The first time was a quick quarter-day stop over en route to Hanoi where johan, lando, sean, jessica and me all felt so dirty after the worst bus ride ever that we actually rented a hotel room ... Read more >


Halong Bay

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 27 May 2009 | Views [525] | Comments [2]

halong bay was... well, let's just say it's probably in the top 3 events of my entire south east asia experience. north est coast of vietnam, littered with spires portruding from the water and junk. (the boats are called junk, but are far from our usual ... Read more >


Hanoi

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 27 May 2009 | Views [613] | Comments [1]

we arrived in hanoi really early in the morning. we were dropped off in the old quarter and were immidiately bombarded as usual with cab drivers.... wait. did i say cab driver? yes. cab drivers. vietnam does not do the tuk tuk thing. one of the major ... Read more >


Worst Busride Ever...

LAOS | Wednesday, 27 May 2009 | Views [470] | Comments [1]

after leaving don det, it was a very slow and hot boat ride to the mainland. then we're stuffed in a minibus and as i recall the aircon doesn't work.... back to pakse, to the bus station where we will wait 4 long hours until our overnight bus departs ... Read more >


Pakse and 4000 islands

LAOS | Wednesday, 27 May 2009 | Views [1332]

pakse was super uneventful for me. this is the point when the size of the group started getting me down. i guess i just missed the freedom to be able to go where i want when i wanted, or at least only had landon to answer to/vice versa. the group always ... Read more >


Savannakhet

LAOS | Tuesday, 26 May 2009 | Views [483] | Comments [1]

laos was the country of local busses. where they pack on as many people as they possibly can with whatever they want. i'll get to horror stories regarding that in due time. at the moment i'll just bypass the busride from vientianne to savannakhet. as ... Read more >


Vientiane

LAOS | Sunday, 19 Apr 2009 | Views [503] | Comments [4]

Vientiane is bloody expensive. It's the capital of Laos and it's probably the most boring capital city i've been to in asia so far. the rent for hotels/guesthouses is ridiculous! we didn't do much here, i don't think, so i'll keep the next few entries ... Read more >


Vang Vieng

LAOS | Saturday, 18 Apr 2009 | Views [720] | Comments [2]

i had been anticipating vang vieng since i left vancouver. it seemed like a rite of passage for SE asia backpackers. anyone who i talked to about SE asia: "make sure you hit up tubing! it's THE SHIIIIIT!" landon, johan and i arrived ... Read more >


Luang Prabang

LAOS | Saturday, 18 Apr 2009 | Views [426]

really, really not looking forward to this. luang prabang seems like an eternity ago. the internet is really expensive in laos and has crappy speed to boot. i'm already in vietnam and i saw much of laos. well, here goes. i arrived off the slow boat ... Read more >


Slow Boat to Luang Prabang

LAOS | Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | Views [597] | Comments [2]

i had all my nothing time in chiang mai and now i was ready to take the slow boat to laos. well, actually it was more like HAD to. my visa was up and i had to leave the country. as soon as i got on the minibus heading towards the border i starting hitting ... Read more >


Do You Read This?

MYANMAR | Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | Views [590] | Comments [8]

i'm often curious who actually reads my blog? i know for sure my mom and landon's mom do..... is that it?! leave a comment if you read this because it's a hassle to keep up to date with it and i'll continue if there is positive feedback....


Lights out in Pai

THAILAND | Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009 | Views [458] | Comments [3]

return to Pai. seems like such a long time ago now..... i don't even fully remember the events. i remember going back to the pool the 1st day and relxing and reading. later that night landon and i had a bit of a problem and decided to part ways for ... Read more >


Mae Hong Son

THAILAND | Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [486] | Comments [2]

My motto throughout mae hong son was "i feel bad for..." we had high expectations for this place and during our 3 hour bus ride there from pai (even though we didn't communicate it at that time) neither of us really wanted to leave pai. it ... Read more >


Pai

THAILAND | Sunday, 15 Mar 2009 | Views [597] | Comments [2]

Pai is probably the coolest place i've been to so far.  i actually was really disappointed when we first arrived. it looked boring and shitty. that and i felt terrible because i saw some guy drinking a coke on the ride from chiang mai and thought it ... Read more >


Chiang Mai II

THAILAND | Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | Views [398] | Comments [2]

We woke up the next morning to plates of toast and eggs. landon and i both avoided the eggs like the plague because really, who the hell likes eggs? but really, it was more like: we were both getting over food poisoning and eggs seem to be a contributor ... Read more >


Chiang Mai

THAILAND | Sunday, 8 Mar 2009 | Views [476] | Comments [1]

we rode a ghetto bus up to chiang mai i can't quite recall how long it was, maybe 12 hours? we arrived and there were pick up trucks waiting for us like vultures, wanting to take us to their guesthouses. of course we read our lonely planet guide and ... Read more >


Returning to Thailand

THAILAND | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Views [362]

Returning to Thailand from Cambodia was felt like leaving a compost heap and entering a pretty park with birds singing. haha... ok, what a gross exageration.... but if you were to call them both 3rd world countries i'd be forced to tell you that ... Read more >


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