Archive for March, 2007

Angkor Wat

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 by Jennifer

Really the only reason we wanted to go to Cambodia was to see Angkor Wat. It’s sort of like the pyramids in Egypt, you have to see it to believe it. And they shot parts of Tomb Raider there so how could we pass it up?
After a short ride through the countryside, we [...]

Giving Something Back

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 by Jennifer

Brian and I have a policy of not giving money to beggars. You have to have a policy to deal with the countless number of beggars you find in these poorer countries or you’ll go broke or mad, or both. We don’t know who the money’s going to (sometimes adults will send out [...]

Into Laos

Thursday, March 8th, 2007 by Brian

We are on an 18-hour overnight train from Bangkok to Hat Yai in the south of Thailand so I am catching up on Laos.
We flew from Angkor and Siem Reap to Pakse in southern Laos. This guaranteed us a visa on arrival. The dual turbo prop Lao Airlines plane was on time and [...]

Vang Vieng

Friday, March 9th, 2007 by Brian

Laos is relatively green, mountainous and forested compared to its neighbors. There is apparently a big business in Vietnamese illegally logging in Laos (where its restricted) and then selling it back to Laotian middlemen who then sell it to Thailand (where logging is forbidden).
Vang Vieng is a mini adventure sport haven about halfway between [...]

City of the Great Buddha

Sunday, March 11th, 2007 by Brian

Everything we had read called Luang Prabang the jewel of Laos. Indeed, it’s nestled in the north about six hours from Vang Vieng and enjoys certain protections from overdevelopment due to its UNESCO world heritage status making it similar to Hoi An, Vietnam. Luang Prabang was once the capital of the Northern Province. [...]

27 Hours to Paradise

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 by Jennifer

Generally, in this blog we’ve talked about the great places we’ve seen, the wonderful people we’ve met, and the delicious food we’ve eaten. Those are the good parts of traveling. But it’s not all fun and games. Let me tell you about the less glamorous side of travel.
We decided to take a [...]

Trying Thailand on for size

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 by Brian

Have you seen those ferry disaster news stories from developing countries and wonder how hundreds of people die? I’m sitting on one of those boats now with every seat filled and every inch of available deck space filled upstairs. I can’t stand in the sun without sunblock for three hours as we travel [...]

Island Life

Thursday, March 15th, 2007 by Jennifer

There was only one thing on our to-do list on our first full day on Ko Lipe , maxing and relaxing. Ko Lipe is a really small island and has 3 small dirt trails that lead you from beach to beach. There are a few motorbikes, but otherwise, you walk from place to [...]

A Little Tsunami Won’t Stop Us

Friday, March 16th, 2007 by Jennifer

Our fellow travelers were right, Ko Phi Phi is beautiful. There are actually two islands, Ko Phi Phi Don, which is fully developed and Ko Phi Phi Leh which is restricted from any development. What makes them beautiful is the large limestone formations that surround them. Imagine huge limestone cliffs plunging straight [...]

Diving Expedition

Saturday, March 17th, 2007 by Brian

Jennifer has caught you up on where we’re at. We got into Khao Lak nice and early and checked in at Sea Dragon Dive Center to get our gear prepped for a 4 day/4 night liveaboard that would start in the Surin Islands, visit Richelieu Rock and Ko Bon and continue into the Similan [...]

Leaving Southern Thailand

Sunday, March 18th, 2007 by Brian

The last three days of Khao Lak have been awesome. Awesome because we did absolutely nothing. We literally spent the majority of each day in an Internet café getting caught up on errands, onward travel, our travelogue (sorry about that 3 week+ delay… we’re almost caught up!) and some work-related stuff. We [...]

“I’m disappointed in your writing because you haven’t been honest”

Monday, March 19th, 2007 by Jennifer

This is what Brian said to me over dinner. And I guess he’s right because I haven’t been completely honest. Mostly because I don’t want people to think that I’m ungrateful for this wonderful opportunity, or that I’m a “princess.” But truthfully, I haven’t had the best time in South East Asia [...]

Next Stop: Crazytown

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 by Brian

I am standing in the Mumbai train reservation office at the head of the queue for tickets to Delhi on the overnight Rajdhani Express. The woman behind the counter is at least tri-lingual and runs her DOS-based reservation program as though she was playing 8-bit nintendo Track and Field (a legendary game where your [...]

More Mumbai

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 by Brian

The rest of my first day in India included some walking about (including a second trip to the train station to finish my rail tickets where two guys tried for 15 minutes to convince me with stories of hardship that I should buy them shoe shine boxes).
In the Fort area, the former Prince of Wales [...]

Mas Mumbai

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 by Brian

Adding time to Thailand meant taking away time in India so my plan is to move fast and just see the highlights – the kind of travel I normally shun but duty calls. I had ambitious plans for day 2 in Mumbai but I had to stay up late to call E-trade on the [...]

Club Med Nusa Dua Bali

Thursday, March 29th, 2007 by Jennifer

Aaaah, the good life! Now this is what I call a vacation.
I’m not sure how many of you have been to Club Med. It’s very French, which is usually a turn off for us Americans. My parents and my Uncle George and Mark have been to a couple of them, [...]