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Angkor What?

We spent the last few days exploring Angkor with our friend Brendan from Washington, DC. Angkor Wat is said to be the eighth wonder of the world and unlike Andre the Giant I think it’s a real contender. The reason I say we explored Angkor as opposed to Angkor Wat is because Angkor Wat is just one of the many sites to see – albeit the most impressive. I learned once I arrived that Angkor consists of over 1,000 temples spread out over 1,000 square kilometers —... Read More

Laos in Pictures

We spent just over two weeks in Laos, crossing over from the northern most border with Thailand on the Mekong river. We packed a lot into our 22 days in the country and strangely also felt like we took it easy. We spent a few days trekking with a guide through minority Hmong villages in the north and spending a night with the most unlikely of Shamans.  We zipped through the forest listening to the sound of Gibbons and then took the amazingly scenic two day slow boat to Luang... Read More

Brendan Arrives in Cambodia

We were happy to speed through Southern Laos with 15 hour bus rides to make it to Siem Reap, Cambodia in time to mark our 100th day of traveling, but mostly to meet our friend Brendan. He’s taking a whirlwind two-week tour from Washington, DC through Siem Reap, Cambodia, Hanoi, Vietnam and Tokyo, Japan. We were thrilled he chose to join us for four days of his travels to explore the awesome Angkor Wat. We surprised him by meeting him at the airport along with our tuk tuk... Read More

Grilling Eels Alive

Food has been one of the highlights of the trip so far. Dishes we’ve never had, that we don’t know the name of and in some cases aren’t even sure what was in them. Belly-filling, mouth-watering meals that cost a dollar and you find yourself ordering again and again for fear you won’t get to have them again — at least not like this. Street food easily competes with the best food in many of these towns – often it’s the only choice. But there... Read More

Like The Depths of Moria

We traveled through southern Laos faster than we’d planned so we could meet up with our friend Brendan, whose visiting from D.C. for a few days. But on our way to Siem Reap, Cambodia we did break up the trip a couple of times. One overnight stop was in the village of Kung Lo to see their cave. Yes, that’s right, their cave. A small river cut the cave that’s about 4 miles (7km) long under mountains of solid slate. We took a little dugout canoe with a small... Read More