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World on a Shoestring A beginnger's guide to traveling around the world...as written by beginners...

A Day in Historical Bangkok

THAILAND | Friday, 18 May 2007 | Views [1492]

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 [18355] | 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 [1925]

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 [2406] | 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 [2951] | 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 [865]

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 [11837] | 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 [3648]

                 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 [3793] | 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 [982] | Comments [3]

This is the result:  

Tags: Laughter


Our Own Orient Express

THAILAND | Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | Views [1312]

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 [1541]

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


Party Like Its 1999

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | Views [1056] | Comments [1]

Its 1999 around here these days, and we're partying accordingly.  New Year's eve, 1999, marked not only a new century, but the dawn of a new millennium.  The changeover was one the world hadn't seen and wouldn't see for 1000 years.  The rare opportunity ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel


Saving $$ on Accommodation

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | Views [2513] | Comments [1]

Our travels have thus far taken us half-way through AustralAsia; we've done the Austral part, we're working on the Asia part.  So far, we've learned much, and forgotten most of it.  But, we have learned a few things about saving some dough on the road ... Read more >

Tags: Travel Tips


It was the best of times...

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 16 Apr 2007 | Views [3230] | Comments [2]

But it was also the worst of times. There's a little town about halfway down the coast called Noosa where Gen and I did some of the best and some of the worst camping of our trip so far. Arriving in Noosa on Easter weekend, we neglected to take that ... Read more >

Tags: I should have known better!


Crocs Rule!

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 16 Apr 2007 | Views [1858] | Comments [1]

An entire zoo based around one family’s obsession with Crocodilia Crocodylidae?  Gen and I thought it impossible, but, my skeptical friends, not only is it possible, its so popular it warrants naming it after the very country that hosts it, giving it ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


4 X Tour: Fraser Island

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | Views [1185]

I had a dream once:  In my dream I was on a beautiful island.  On this island there were white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, beautiful palm trees, 4x4 trucks and trails everywhere, and the purest pedigree of wild dogs in the world.  This was ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Sailing and Snorkeling and Tsunamis...

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 8 Apr 2007 | Views [1347]

       OH MY!! How much adventure can three days at sea hold? Enough to fill an ocean! Three days on the Atlantic Clipper touring the Whitsundays, and we've deservingly earned our sea legs. The Whitsundays are a cluster of islands off the coast ... Read more >

Tags: Adrenaline


DO NOT STAY AT MAGNUM'S

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 8 Apr 2007 | Views [3472] | Comments [3]

For any of you backpackers out there that may be reading this be warned:  MAGNUM'S IN AIRLIE BEACH IS THE WORST HOSTEL WE'VE EVER STAYED AT.   In hindsight, I suppose we should have seen it coming when, at 6:30 in the morning, after our bus driver ... Read more >

Tags: I should have known better!


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