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Trip: South East Asia

There are [15] stories from my trip: South East Asia

Khawp khun khrap, Thailand

THAILAND | Sunday, 27 May 2007 | Views [2234] | Comments [1]

Our final days in Thailand were spent watching the clock roll by as we roamed the city of Bangkok, or perhaps caught a bad movie on the cable TV we were lucky enough to have in our room. Aside from watching our TV and enjoying our AC, we spent ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

Pad Thai Battle Royal

THAILAND | Friday, 18 May 2007 | Views [2995] | Comments [2]

In an effort to turn you, the readers, on to the best of the best of the best, sir...with honors, I have volunteered my own bowels and stomach lining to be the judge of the first annual Pad Thai Royal Rumble! To qualify as a contender is easy: simply ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

A Day in Historical Bangkok

THAILAND | Friday, 18 May 2007 | Views [1581]

If you wanted to visit every temple in Bangkok, but could only visit one temple each day, with no holidays, it would take you just under three years to see them all, assuming none were built during your sightseeing.   Fortunately, Gen and I have the ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Angkor Wat

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | Views [18761] | Comments [3]

As the sun breaks the horizon and paints the world in shades of pink and purple, the ruins before us are all at once illuminated by the first rays of morning. With the sun behind the ruins of Angkor Wat , we stand in the shadow of the ancient ruins ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Rolling on the River

THAILAND | Monday, 14 May 2007 | Views [2014]

Found yourself in Vangvieng with some spare time?   Why not go tubing?! Every good water park, no matter where you go, has a lazy river, each of which tends to be poured from the same mold as the last.   But in Vangvieng, Laos, ... Read more >

Tags: Party time

The Pros and Cons of Crossing the Cambodian Border

THAILAND | Monday, 14 May 2007 | Views [2494] | Comments [1]

         I’m here to dispel a rumor that’s going around the backpacking community:   you CAN get your Cambodia visa at the border between Laos and Cambodia.   Too often we were told that this was an impossibility, and that we would have to kill a ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Laos Public Transportation and Life Appreciation

THAILAND | Monday, 14 May 2007 | Views [3074] | Comments [1]

It’s funny.  When you pick the brain of a traveler who has already covered your intended route, you hope for useful and informative feedback and advice.  When you pose the question “where did you eat” or “how did you find the food” you hope to learn ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Update: Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 10 May 2007 | Views [948]

For those of you who are following our adventure, you've no doubt seen that we've put up a few lengthy posts sans pictures recently.  Well no worries, we've added pics to break up the motonoy, so they should flow nicely now.  Check them out if you're ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang with a Layover in Hell

LAOS | Saturday, 5 May 2007 | Views [11981] | Comments [11]

Your options for crossing the Thailand/Laos border are three in number: fly, bus, or slow boat to Luang Prabang. If you're interested in seeing the MeKong River and the accompanying country scenery, your best option is the third, a slow boat to Luang ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

Thai-ron Chefs

THAILAND | Saturday, 5 May 2007 | Views [3792]

                 When in Rome, do as the Romans do.  When in Thailand, cook as the Thai cook.  No trip to Thailand's Chiang Mai would be complete without a Thai cooking class, so we did that very thing! Staying true to our palates, we chose nothing ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Going Native with the Hill Tribes

THAILAND | Saturday, 5 May 2007 | Views [3870] | Comments [2]

  It’s a rare opportunity when the passing backpacker catches a glimpse of the daily life of the native peoples through whose towns he passes.  Just such an opportunity was awarded to Genny and me recently when, along with our two traveling companions, ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

When Boredom Attacks

THAILAND | Friday, 4 May 2007 | Views [1057] | Comments [3]

This is the result:  

Tags: Laughter

Our Own Orient Express

THAILAND | Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | Views [1388]

For the right price in Thailand , you can get anywhere any way.  Offer the right amount of money and I suspect you could convince the random passerby to show you around town on his or her back.  But when it comes to public transportation, you're options ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Gallery: Thailand

THAILAND | Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

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In a Claustrophobic Country

THAILAND | Monday, 30 Apr 2007 | Views [1611]

Imagine a time when you were scared. I'm talking butt cheeks clenched, praying to God that it'll end fast and painless scared. Remember that feeling? Now imagine feeling that way for nine hours. Apparently British Airways felt that Gen and I needed ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles