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Saigon Sights

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 | Views [340]

After our time in the delta, Allie and I weren't overly excited about getting back to urban life in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon).  Despite all we'd heard about traffic and bag-snatchers, we really took a liking to the city once we arrived.... Read more >

Life in the Delta

VIETNAM | Monday, 29 Mar 2010 | Views [378]

Our last stop on the Mekong Delta was Ben Tre, a small-ish town that has largely managed to escape the tourist trail.  For that reason, it has been my favorite place in the Vietnam so far.  In the three days we were there, we literally saw one other ... Read more >

Flying Buses and Floating Markets

VIETNAM | Saturday, 27 Mar 2010 | Views [560]

The bus ride from Can Tho to Chau Doc neared the top of my "all-time worst transportation experiences" list.  We were the last to be picked up in a 15-passenger minibus, though at one point I counted sixteen people.  About ten minutes into ... Read more >

Down the Mekong

VIETNAM | Thursday, 25 Mar 2010 | Views [359]

Our journey from Cambodia to Vietnam included a total of ten hours in transit, from a crowded minibus to a wooden motorboat, which took us down the Mekong River for most of the day.  The motor was too loud for anyone to talk, but the ride was scenic.... Read more >

"Hello, Lady...!"

CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 23 Mar 2010 | Views [255]

"...Lady you want Tuk-tuk?  Motorbike?  You want massage? You buy something?" These phrases are called out to me constantly as I walk down the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia.  Siem Reap is the nearest town to the ruins of Angkor, which draws ... Read more >

Welcome to Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | Views [493] | Comments [1]

En route from Thailand to Cambodia, we spent the entire day in Airport World, traveling from Phuket to Bangkok to Phnom Penh without going outside.  I like Airport World - there is always good people-watching and time to relax and reflect.  Occasionally ... Read more >

Tropical Paradise

THAILAND | Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | Views [675]

Relaxing in Ko Lanta was nice, but we also knew there was more to be experienced when it comes to stunning beaches of southern Thailand.  We had time for one more stop, so we chose Tonsai beach - a peninsula on the mainland that feels like an island, ... Read more >

Island Exploration

THAILAND | Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | Views [333]

Thailand began with an early morning flight to Phuket, where we'd planned to stay just long enough to get a boat to the next island.  Unfortunately, when Allie realized she'd left her ATM card at the airport, the aftermath consumed enough time for ... Read more >

Cameron Highlands and Batu Caves

MALAYSIA | Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | Views [1120]

Just when I thought I'd seen the smallest guesthouse room ever, we checked in to our room at the Kang Traveler's Lodge in Tanah Rata.  The room barely fit our two twin beds, but fortunately the door faces a grassy courtyard with a log picnic table, Buddha ... Read more >

Photos: Singapore

SINGAPORE | Tuesday, 2 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Malaysia

MALAYSIA | Sunday, 28 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery

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A Weekend in Singapore

SINGAPORE | Sunday, 28 Feb 2010 | Views [515]

Traveling around peninsular Malaysia, we were too close to Singapore to resist checking it out.  I'd always heard mixed reviews about Singapore; many travelers lament that it has developed away all its character and become an overpriced modern metropolis, ... Read more >

Favorite Signs

SINGAPORE | Sunday, 28 Feb 2010 | Views [306]

One of the most amusing parts of travel is seeing all the mistranslated and just plain funny signs around the world.  I'll add to this section as I go along, but here are some of my favorites so far: 1. "After Using the Toilet, Please Clean Up ... Read more >

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Melaka Days

MALAYSIA | Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010 | Views [605]

The morning we left Kuala Lumpur started with a few situations that, like many travel moments, were both frustrating and funny - or more accurately, frustrating at the time and funny afterwards.  I woke up in our tiny orange room, ceiling fan ineffectively stirring the ... Read more >

Asia: It's On!

MALAYSIA | Monday, 22 Feb 2010 | Views [361]

Kuala Lumpur, Day 1.  With all due respect to the wonders of New Zealand and Australia, today was a day when felt like I was truly traveling.   Traveling as in everything around me, the climate, the smells, the sounds, the food, and the social norms ... Read more >

Half Way Home

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | Views [350] | Comments [1]

Our last stop in Australia has been a long one, just over a week in Melbourne. Nearly halfway through my three month trip, it has been nice to spend enough time in one city to really get to know it; to find my favorite spots and even a few small elements ... Read more >

Photos: Australia

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 14 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Wildlife Encounters

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | Views [564] | Comments [1]

After a refreshing night's sleep in an actual bed, we set off from Torquay toward the Great Ocean Road.  The trusty Visitor Center ladies had given us a list of noteworthy stops along the way, including some seemingly random (yet very specific) directions ... Read more >

Road Trip Down Under

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 9 Feb 2010 | Views [340]

We departed Sydney in another tiny rental car, this time bound for Melbourne via the coastal route.  Our drive started along with a rainstorm large enough to shut down the Sydney airport, which followed us south for a few days.  We'd inherited a tent ... Read more >

Sydney Life

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 5 Feb 2010 | Views [452] | Comments [1]

Our first stop in Australia was naturally its largest and most vibrant city, Sydney.  The population of Sydney is about 4.5 million, or to put that in perspective, almost a quarter of the entire population of Australia.  As big as it is, Sydney is a ... Read more >

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