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Stunning Beaches of Sihanoukville

CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 3 Jul 2007 | Views [669]

Landlocked for far too long, we are in need of a strong dose of salt water and sand.  Sihanoukville delivers the goods.  On the southern coast of Cambodia, we are rewarded with crystal clear emerald water and white sand beaches.  We have plopped ourselves ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Cambodian Cuisine

CAMBODIA | Monday, 2 Jul 2007 | Views [1007]

Several restaurants in Cambodia proudly announce on large signs in entrance ways, "We don't serve dog, cat, rat or worm."  We have seen some crazy things skewered and barbecued or fried up:  snakes, frogs, crickets, beetles, spiders... Despite ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Familiar Sights from Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 1 Jul 2007 | Views [949]

We're enjoying our second pass through Phnom Penh.  We've chosen to stay near the riverside this time, and the city is a buzz with activity.  Ornate wats rise through the city, surrounded by parks and circled by monks clad in orange robes.  Groups of ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


The Cambodian Strip-Mall

CAMBODIA | Saturday, 30 Jun 2007 | Views [2440]

Many enterprising Cambodians line the streets in highly touristed areas - each of the big temple/sites in Angkor, and on the streets of popular tourist cities of Siem Ream and Phnom Penh, into what we'll term as the portable "strip mall" or ... Read more >

Tags: Markets


Cambodia's Dark Past

CAMBODIA | Friday, 29 Jun 2007 | Views [974]

In history classes we'd learned a bit about Cambodia and some of it's peoples' struggles through civil war, famine, and the Khmer Rouge regime.  Nothing puts it into better perspective than being here, seeing the memorials, sights, hearing the stories, ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Street Kids & SUV's

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | Views [904]

"Buy me, sir," calls out the young Cambodian woman from her street vendor stall.  “No, buy from me,” shouts the one right next to her.  We've learned that nearly 50% of the Cambodian population is age 15 or younger.  It seems like that entire ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping


Amazing Angkor

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 27 Jun 2007 | Views [663]

It’s difficult to put into words, the astounding beauty and magnificence of the Temples of Angkor.  After having seen the temples, stupas and wats in India, Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos, we had saved the Angkor in Cambodia, for the grand finale.... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Pimp Daddy and His Tuk-Tuk Drivers

CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 26 Jun 2007 | Views [1237]

Our driver was the guy who picked us up at the bus station.  We had agreed upon a price, and time (9:00 a.m.) for the next day.  His friend who also speaks English well was set up to take our Israeli travel friends together with us.  They had instructed ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Welcome to Cambodia: The Rock Star Experience

CAMBODIA | Monday, 25 Jun 2007 | Views [975]

Our half-day bus ride to Siem Reap, which should have had us there by 11:00 a.m. as originally sold, lasted all day.  We finally arrived in Siem Reap, Darrin, I and our two Israeli buddies Daniel and Esouf.  We peer out the windows of the bus to see a ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Through Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 24 Jun 2007 | Views [812]

With entry stamps and passports in hand, we load into a new mini-van, packed with two additional Cambodians needing a lift, and the original 11 of us tourists.  The driver attempted to drive off, without any A/C, and with that many people packed in the ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures


Jungle Border Crossing

LAOS | Sunday, 24 Jun 2007 | Views [1318]

There's not a huge travel or tourism infrastructure running from southern Laos through Cambodia.  The border crossing at Voen Kham to Cambodia, from what we've been told, has been an unofficial crossing up until just recently, and there's very little ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Day 2: Beating the Island Heat

LAOS | Saturday, 23 Jun 2007 | Views [807]

Being the low, rainy season here, we couldn't find enough people to get out in the rafts to tackle the Mekong's class 3 section of river here in Si Phan Don, and tubing wasn't so appealing in the thick, brown, muddy river, so we decided to hire a couple ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Island Life: 4000 Islands

LAOS | Friday, 22 Jun 2007 | Views [888]

Don Det is one of over 4000 little islands spread throughout the Southern Mekong region of Laos, the area where the Mekong spreads to it's widest section, just along the border of Cambodia. Island is a relative term, some island are merely small clumps ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Pink Disco Bus to Pakse

LAOS | Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 | Views [1511]

It was a mammoth, double decker pink beast on wheels, decorated to the max with frilly pink curtains, and colored disco lights lining the walkways. It even had a bathroom onboard. We were seated on the top level, and the seats were posh, and comfy, ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Good Answers are Hard to Find

LAOS | Wednesday, 20 Jun 2007 | Views [859]

Good answers, and in fact, reliable information has been difficult to come by in Laos.  One of the most challenging part of traveling in this part of the world has been our ability to effectively communicate with locals, when we don't know the language, ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


One Night In Vientiane

LAOS | Tuesday, 19 Jun 2007 | Views [1102]

We took the early morning mini-van out of Vang Viene, to continue down Route 13 to Vientiane. True to form - transportation in Laos - it took them an hour to move through the small town to pick up passengers, and then once we were 10 minutes out of ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


The Tubing Phenomena

LAOS | Monday, 18 Jun 2007 | Views [929]

Vang Viene is known for it's tubing industry. Specifically, tourists come from all over the world to sit in a large black tire inner-tube, and float down the swiftly moving Nam Sung River. There's over 10 different companies that rent out the tubes ... Read more >

Tags: Adrenaline


Travel the Globe to Watch TV?

LAOS | Sunday, 17 Jun 2007 | Views [829]

We arrived in the very scenic, beautiful town of Vang Viene, south of Luang Prabang by bus, about 4-5 hours. We traveled Route 13, the road where there's been recent attacks by insurgents. The Department of State, and US Embassy here in Laos has sent ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Give Education, Not Sweets... Learning With the Locals

LAOS | Saturday, 16 Jun 2007 | Views [813]

Today we went to visit the Pak Ou Caves (just on the outskirts of Luang Prabang), where hundreds of Buddha relics sit, stand and lurk from all sorts of holes and shelves inside the caves.  It was a little over an hours drive by sawngthaew.  Clearly one ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Hints of Capitalism Seep Through in a Land of Socialism & Cartels

LAOS | Friday, 15 Jun 2007 | Views [709]

The way the consumer market works here in Laos is unlike any place we've been to yet. Over the past months, we've honed our negotiating skills and technique in India, Nepal, Thailand and Myanmar, and expected to continue to use our developing skills ... Read more >

Tags: Budgets & money


Paradise Found: Hamburger From a Cow... or was that Water Buffalo?

LAOS | Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 | Views [972]

After days of living in more remote areas of Laos, and living off sticky rice and fried rice with vegetables, we were craving some beef.  After a 4 hour ride in monsoon rains, the back of a tarp covered pick up truck, we enter a town of endless tourists ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Theme Park Ride: Longtail Ride Down the Nam Ou River

LAOS | Wednesday, 13 Jun 2007 | Views [1619]

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys... line up here for the ride of your lives.  Our journey is about to begin.  We situate ourselves on our wooden plank seats at the back of the small long-tail boat.  A man enters the boat with his 4 bamboo purses full ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Survivor "Laos Edition"

LAOS | Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007 | Views [2516]

Every Survivor show has a super-human physical challenge of standing and balancing for a long period of time in a very awkward and physically demanding/uncomfortable position. Today's one hour public bus ride from Phongsali to Hat Sa (our dock of entry ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


What Did You Expect for $5?

LAOS | Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007 | Views [2152]

Arriving in Muang Khua, we disembarked our boat, and slugged across the sewage flowing from the shanties and stilted homes & restaurants on the hill directly into the river. Our chosen guest house teetered on wooden stilts, and had a prime river ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures


Slumber Party at the Village Chief's Crib

LAOS | Monday, 11 Jun 2007 | Views [2432]

The Akha tribes, and specifically this tribe, seem a little more well off - relatively speaking as far as hilltribe living goes. Most of the houses in this village have satellite dishes, TV's and many have DVD players with all the latest children's ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


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