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This town has all uphills and no downhills... France/Portugal/Spain 2013 SE Asia 2012

Trip: Vietnam / Cambodia

There are [20] stories from my trip: Vietnam / Cambodia

Last Day in Bangkok

THAILAND | Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 | Views [294]

The next morning I woke up and read a little in bed before taking my shower (man, "The Plot Against America" is not a book you want to be reading during an election season....). I went downstairs and had the hotel/hostel hold my bags for the day while ... Read more >

One (more) night in Bangkok

SOUTH KOREA | Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | Views [628] | Comments [1]

I'm writing this now, in retrospect, sitting at my computer on a balmy Seattle night. I'm going to try my best to complete the journal to the best of my ability. I used a little yellow notebook to jot down notes during my travels, so now I'll try to ... Read more >

Thailand Border Crossing

THAILAND | Sunday, 9 Sep 2012 | Views [377]

I woke up at the Shadow of Angkar II and settled up my tab (and they had me pay cash, which was unexpected for such a large bill). I had my laundry done while I was at SOAII, and while I was dissapointed that it took 24 hours to get my laundry returned ... Read more >

Siem Reap

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 9 Sep 2012 | Views [351]

I will have to add all my days here when I have more time: -Arrive Really late 1 am from bus that played Cambodian Karoke the whole way -Sue (Friend of MR. Ya came and picked us up) Full Day 1 Get up late, ate lunch/breakfast at hotel, walked around ... Read more >

Cambodians like to party

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | Views [412]

Before continuing my narrative of the day's events, I'd like to say two exciting things about PP, and two depressing things (a good representation of my impression of the city as a whole): The Exciting Things (or things Joe Ricci would be proud of) ... Read more >

Arriving in Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | Views [924]

Two notes I forgot to mention about yesterday: 1. I bought some expensive coffee in HCMC. "Weasel coffee" is about $20 per .33 pounds (the most expensive coffee I have ever bought), but is supposed to be the best coffee in the world. The Vietnamese ... Read more >

HCMC / Saigon

VIETNAM | Monday, 3 Sep 2012 | Views [441]

We left the hotel at around noon for the war museum. We were instantly hounded by several Cyclo drivers. I think the drivers see Jared and assume he has trouble walking (which, granted, he did - he did not wear his gloves and got tired after walking ... Read more >

Hoi An Day 3 / HCMC

VIETNAM | Monday, 3 Sep 2012 | Views [555]

I just spent 30 minutes writing this entry and the computer crashed....arrrgg...so I will write it again, but quicker as my allergy medicine (taken for possible shrimp ingestions) is kicking in and making me feel really tired.  I started my last ... Read more >

Hoi An Day 2

VIETNAM | Sunday, 2 Sep 2012 | Views [482]

My second day in Hoi An started with a bus ride to My Son (pronounced Mee-Sun) - Cham ruins 3 hours outside of Hoi An. I was picked up by a tour company. The tour started at 8 am and ended at 2pm - included transportation to and from the ruins, and ... Read more >

Hoi An

VIETNAM | Friday, 31 Aug 2012 | Views [718] | Comments [2]

Right now I am sitting in the lobby of my hotel in Hoi An freaking out becaue my bank keeps sending me notices that my card's threshold has been reached (several times), yet I have not used that card. It must be fraud. But, my user name and password ... Read more >


VIETNAM | Thursday, 30 Aug 2012 | Views [1002] | Comments [1]

I'm not so sure where I left off....(and the computer is telling me that every word is mispelled - arrggg) I arrived at the train with no problem; Ruby had called me a cab. I easily read my train ticket (having looked up on Google how to do so before ... Read more >

Last Day In Hanoi / Night Train to Hue

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | Views [1053] | Comments [3]

(Sorry - no spell check where I'm at now - so this entry will be very raw) So - here are some notes I took in my paper journal during my last day (without Jared) in Hanoi: Stayed in the hotel until noon! Then I ventured out to find the Sinh Ha ... Read more >

Jared in Laos - Day 2, Vientiane: Orchid Trek

LAOS | Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | Views [525] | Comments [2]

My day started at 5:45 am after one snooze bar. My ride to Phou Khao Khouay National Park was picking me up at 7:30 and I wanted to enjoy the hotel's breakfast buffet before I went.  It was the right decision.  The buffet, served from 6:30 to 10:00 ... Read more >

Jared in Laos - Day 1, Vientiane

LAOS | Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Views [638] | Comments [1]

I left the lovely Hanoi Elegance - Ruby at 7:15 am after another great breakfast of fresh juice, jasmine tea, fruit, scrambled eggs and toast.  The hotel staff, a la Elizabeth and Debbie Scarbrough (and Johnny Dyment for that matter), recommended that ... Read more >

Last Day In Hanoi - Woman Not Included!

VIETNAM | Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Views [1778] | Comments [4]

Jared has just left for the airport to board his plane for Laos. I get to use our room's computer for a few more hours (and the room's A/C - which, I can't believe I'm saying this - I am really enjoying). As for the heat - it is actually not that hot, ... Read more >

Halong Bay

VIETNAM | Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Views [767] | Comments [4]

I have a lot to catch up on, so this entry will focus on Halong Bay. We had another lovely breakfast (super early, 6am) at the Ruby Excellence Hotel, after which the van for "Paradise Cruises" picked us up. Sharing the van with us was a nice ... Read more >

Jared's B-Day Part Two

VIETNAM | Saturday, 25 Aug 2012 | Views [414] | Comments [1]

I don't know how to respond to the comments privately, so I'll just say to Rachel: sure, share the link! I hope your Dad feels better soon, and tell him he's welcomed to leave comments or suggestions for things to do! I didn't give the link to everyone, ... Read more >

Jared's B-Day Part One

VIETNAM | Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Views [425] | Comments [3]

We woke up this morning, only having slept a few hours, to go down stairs for breakfast. Very nice made-to-order breakfast - I had a eggs, seasonal fruit, coffee and watermelon juice. At the end of breakfast, the staff turned down the lights and brought ... Read more >

Arrived Safely In Hanoi

VIETNAM | Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Views [252]

Just got into Ruby Elegance Hotel - met with mango smoothies and a really wonderful shower. Thank god! It was a long, long trip. I'm happy to be finally here. We had a 2 hour lay-over in Seoul. Man, that airport has more high end shops than Rodeo Drive.... Read more >

Proposed Itinerary

USA | Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | Views [268]

Wed 22     Leave Seattle at 2:15 pm   Thu 23             Arrive Seoul at 5:35 pm, Arrive Hanoi 10:05 pm             Will be picked up at Airport by staff of Elegance Ruby Hotel (night 1)   Fri ... Read more >