Monthly Archives: January 2015

Laos: Mountains, cock fights, caves, reality & eating monkeys

Embrace everything thrown your way and open your mind to the strange and different. At the city of Thakhek along the Mekong river you can take a way better route than the boring trip straight up highway 13 (the loop). … Continue reading

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Southern Laos: Bolivan Plateau, rodeo roads, camping at temples, & Baguettes

I entered familiar territory in Pakse. I’d done the Boliven Plateau loop before on a scooter. It’s a beautiful area to the east of Pakse. Lying between the Annamite mountain range and the Mekong river, the region is elevated and … Continue reading

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Southern Laos: Border crossing & camping at Mekong River temple/school

When I came into Cambodia the drunk customs official just passed me through the border without any paperwork, and I thought I might have some problems leaving. When I got to the Cambodian departure area there was a little booth … Continue reading

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Northern Cambodia: Dust, karma, first crash n’ wash, & kids with mustaches

From Phnom Penh it was a northward journey towards Laos. Before leaving I caught the Seahawks vs Carolina playoff game with a few other Americans at an Irish pub along the river. It’s strange watching a game at eight in … Continue reading

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Southern Cambodia: Kep, coconut pajama ladies, & the Khmer Rouge.

On the coast, about fifteen minutes from Kampot, is the small town of Kep. From 1900 to the 1960’s it was a prestigious resort town for the Cambodian and French elite. Most of the French colonial era mansions are ruins … Continue reading

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Corrupt Cambodian borders (Koh Kong), killer roads and weirdos

If you keep heading southeast in to Trat province along the gulf of Thailand, the country grows thinner and thinner until you reach the narrowest point. Theres a couple of signs pointing to an area, but it’s just an ugly … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye to Thailand with sunsets and puppies

I was able to get some both good and bad things before leaving Bangkok. On the down side, ten days in that city gave me a nasty case of bronchitis and a bad infection on my back from hitting it … Continue reading

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Christmas & New Years in Bangkok with my brother

My little brother Andrew arrived into Bangkok early on the 24th. He flew over to spend Christmas and New Years with me. I hadn’t seen him in almost a year and it will probably be a long time again. If … Continue reading

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Buddhist hell gardens and camping with monks

As you work your way north from Pranburi there are many wats (Buddhist temples) along the way. Some are very small and tucked away, some a bit larger with a big colorful temple, and then there are the large ones … Continue reading

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Camping in southern Thailand & returning to the crime scene

Khao Lak, Ao Khoei, Thung Wau Lean, and Pranburi beaches. I made my way up the Andaman coast, stopping along the way in Krabi to take another look at a spot where I almost killed myself. It’s sort of a … Continue reading

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