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Trip: SE Asia Tour

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Abbreviated Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Saturday, 1 Jun 2013 | Views [656]

In sum, friendly people, tasty food (although not that spicy), humbling history and amazing sites. We arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia via an international bus from Don Khon, Lao. About 5km outside of Kratie, Cambodia the bus got delayed---apparently ... Read more >

Tags: angkor wat, annadya, cambodia, cooking school, don khon, food, laos, phnom penh, siem reap, tanei


Back in Laos Again

LAOS | Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | Views [540]

When we were planning this trip we had a sneaking suspicion that Laos would be our favorite country, and boy were we right. So far we have spent a total of six weeks here and have explored from the north to the south and a few places in between. We love ... Read more >

Tags: buddha park, capital, dinosaur, food, hot, laos, pakse, savannakhet, vientiane


Peace Out Chiang Mai and Rai, Good Afternoon Lao.

THAILAND | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | Views [836]

From Ban Krut to Chiang Mai the train takes all of 24hrs or so. Moving across most of Thailand north to south the landscape changes from lush flat rice paddy fields to mountainous jungle and small valleys.  Arrival, Chiang Mai, the former royal ... Read more >

Tags: bamboo nest, bus, chiang mai, chiang rai, golden triangle, houayxai, laos, luang prabang, thailand, wat


Life's A Beach

THAILAND | Saturday, 27 Apr 2013 | Views [437]

Today is our last in the small squid fishing village/beach town of Ban Krut on Thailand's south-central gulf coast. Geoff did some extensive online research to find this place. It's not featured in any guidebooks as yet since its primarily a local beach ... Read more >

Tags: ban grood, ban krut, beaches, farang, food, gulf, local, market, thailand


Belated Laos Recap: Best and Worst

LAOS | Friday, 26 Apr 2013 | Views [1096]

This posting isn't really a true reflection of Laos since we only visited three towns while we were there.  All-in-all we spent about three weeks in the country and only explored a small portion of the north and northeast. We hope to see some of ... Read more >

Tags: best, food, humbling, laos, luang prabang, nong khiaw, phonsavan, tasty, travel, worst


Lunar New Year x2: Bangkok and Luang Prabang

THAILAND | Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | Views [480]

Rewind to Thursday, 11 April 2013, one day before Lao Lunar New Year celebrations begin in Luang Prabang; we find some cheap tickets to Bangkok from Luang Prabang and jump on them. We leave on Monday. Friday the 12th we celebrate our monthly anniversary ... Read more >

Tags: bangkok, ceviche, luang prabang, lunar new year, party, songkran, water fight


On Lao Time

LAOS | Saturday, 6 Apr 2013 | Views [567]

We have only been in Laos for a little over a week, but we are already feeling our pace slowing. The Lao are famous for their chill attitude towards timetables, work, and life in general, and after busy and demanding Vietnam its a nice change of pace.... Read more >

Tags: chill, hammock, laos, luang prabang, mekong, sightseeing


From Hanoi, Vietnam to Phonsavan, Laos

LAOS | Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 | Views [3441] | Comments [9]

Left early in the morning for the SE7 train from Hanoi to Vinh. Unfortunately, I've left my iphone in the room. Time to double back to the hotel. Luckily the hotel manager is still at the front desk to let us in. I run upstairs grab the phone and hustle ... Read more >

Tags: bus, hanoi, laos, phonsavan, train, uxo, vietnam, vinh


One Month in Vietnam: Best & Worst

VIETNAM | Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [6166] | Comments [1]

After travelling through Vietnam we can say, without a doubt, Vietnam is beautiful, fun, exciting, tasty, accessible and friendly. The people and culture we experienced were for the most part helpful and warm. The environment is like nothing either of ... Read more >

Tags: best, food, ho chi minh city, hoi an, hue, noodles, phong nha farmstay, vietnam, view, worst


Last Days in Vietnam

VIETNAM | Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [557]

Its been a while since we posted, so here is a quick recap. -Gillian Sapa: Sapa, in the hills of Northern Laos, was a retreat for French colonialists when the plains became too hot. We could see why they chose the spot. The beautiful views of ... Read more >

Tags: busy, food, hanoi, hmong, homestay, sapa, trekking, vietnam


Phong Nha Farmstay

VIETNAM | Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | Views [840] | Comments [1]

If you have a chance to visit Vietnam and you want to experience its natural beauty, come to Phong Nha. The Phong Nha area is set on a number of rivers and streams that carve through limestone karst mountains. The Phong Nha National ... Read more >

Tags: caves, phong nha farmstay, phong nha national park


Quick Update: in Sapa

VIETNAM | Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 | Views [489]

Hello!  We had such a good time at the Phong Nha Farmstay that we didn't get a chance to do many updates.  Long story short: the caves are spectacular, the locals are charming, the countryside is beautiful, and many friends were made.  ... Read more >

Tags: caves, cold, mountains, phong nha, sapa, vietnam


Next up: Phong Nha National Park

VIETNAM | Sunday, 10 Mar 2013 | Views [358]

Today we leave Hue, which has become our favorite spot so far on our trip. 12 days in (give or take... we keep losing track!) and we are starting to get the hang of things here.            Vietnam has been an incredibly ... Read more >

Tags: caves, easy, farmstay, hue, phong nha, vietnam


A Note on Hue

VIETNAM | Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | Views [420]

We have been in Hue for two and a half days. So far it has been my favorite city in Vietnam.  Not as touristy as Hoi An, and not as frenetic as Ho Chi Minh City. It seems as though Hue has a larger population with expendable income, even compared ... Read more >

Tags: food, hue, imperial city, vietnam


UNESCO Visits and Cooking!

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | Views [529] | Comments [2]

The Merchant City of Hoi An is a lovely city that sits along the Thu Bon River. Although no longer an active port, the City still holds much of the charm of old. The City is well preserved with 200 year old Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese merchant houses, ... Read more >

Tags: cham, hoi an, my son, red bridge cooking school, temples, tour, unesco


24 Hours from Saigon

VIETNAM | Sunday, 3 Mar 2013 | Views [475] | Comments [1]

We arrived in Hoi An this morning at 7:00am, exactly 24 hours after we stepped onto the bus in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday.  This was not the brutal travel experience you are anticipating. The buses were clean and comfortable---far more so than in ... Read more >

Tags: countryside, hoi an, rain, vietnam


Racking up miles equal to our expenses ;)

VIETNAM | Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | Views [413]

Went for a 12 mile roundtrip walk today: Morning market  Jade Pagoda Botanical gardens  Zoo Riverfront Total cost around $12 which includes a $7 messenger bag for Gillian, best part, breakfast for two was $1! Avg $1/mi.... Read more >

Tags: cheap, hcmc, hoi an, hue, jade pagoda, market, zoo


First Days: Becoming Attuned

VIETNAM | Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | Views [421]

Fluffy snow flakes drift past my face. The cool weather chilling my toes. I'm not dressed for this New England winter weather. Wearing a black Blink-182 hoodie, tan tech pants and flip flops, perhaps some boots or a puffy winter coat would have been ... Read more >

Tags: first day, food stall, hcmc, morning market


T-minus one to Southeast Asia!

USA | Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | Views [451]

Hello Friends and Family: Over the next three months we will use this travel journal to post quick updates on our progress in SE Asia.  We'll be exploring Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, although probably not in that exact order.  ... Read more >