Highlights of Northern Vietnam: Mai Chau

Mai Chau After my horrendous, tourist-packed Halong bay experience, I decide against visiting the equally touristy Sapa and instead go to Mai Chau – claimed to be similar to Sapa with far less tourist. I travel down to Mai Chau with Di, a Vietnamese girl I met in my hostel. The Road to Mai Chau […]

Highlights of Northern Vietnam: Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi Gregg, an American pilot working in Vietnam, and I take a motor biking day trip to visit Ba Vi National Park. It is about an hour-long drive southwest of Hanoi. We climb to the top and although it is hazy, the view is stunning! There is a very tall pagoda at the top, […]

Highlights of Northern Vietnam: Halong Bay

2) Halong Bay – Beautiful but not so much a highlight One of the top places I wanted to see in Southeast Asia is Halong Bay. I really wanted to visit it on my own – no tour – and just rent a kayak and explore the island alone. I realize, from hearing others stories, that […]

Hanoi Highlights – Exploring Northern Vietnam

Hanoi Highlights – Exploring Northern Vietnam Hanoi – a charming city with multiple lakes and peaceful neighborhoods. I had experienced a bit of Vietnam’s famed “coldness” when I started traveling in the south of the country and had heard from everyone that the north was ten times worse. Hanoi, the center of the more “sophisticated” […]

Laos Highlights

There are many Laos Highlights-Laos is landlocked by Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. It is officially called Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Tourism is growing but not as extensive as it is in other SE Asia countries, and it is easier to find simple and pleasant traveling adventures off the beaten tourist path. Click on […]

Laos to Vietnam Border Crossing -Adventures of Border Crossing

Laos to Vietnam Border Crossing -Adventures of Border Crossing The next morning I set out to find transport to the Vietnam border for my Laos to Vietnam Border Crossing. Yet, again, communication is not happening and I end up sitting down in complete frustration more than once. After getting sent around the entire town I […]

Tham Kong Lo Cave – Ban Nahin: Highlights of Laos

Tham Kong Lo Cave – Ban Nahin: Highlights of Laos Did you read Part 3 of Laos Travels:  Vang Vieng Travel Highlights of Laos?  I take another cheap but painful songthaew  (a Laos taxi-truck). to Vientiane. Where I then head to Ban Na Hin to visit Kong Lo cave. I arrive to Ba Na Hin at […]

Vang Vieng Travel -Highlights of Laos

Vang Vieng Travel -Highlights of Laos Part 3 Did you read Part 2 of Laos Travels: Nong Khiaw – Highlights of Laos?  I arrive in Luang Prabang (LP) far too late to catch the night bus and I miss Heather. I check into the Spicy Laos Backpackers: party central but it has cheap dorm beds […]

Nong Khiaw: Highlights of Laos

Nong Khiaw: Highlights of Laos Did you read Part 2 of Laos Travels: Nong Khiaw – Highlights of Laos?  The drive to Nong Khaiw is stunning! Giant craggy crass cliffs soar like monsters looming over the tiny villages nestled at their base. A cone shaped mountain soars out of the ground it climbs higher and […]

Luang Prabang Travel Highlights of Laos

Luang Prabang Travel Highlights of Laos I left from Thailand and headed to the boarder and crossed by boat into Laos at Chiang Khong. Practically every tourist going this route takes the slow boat to Luang Prabang. I choose to go against the flow of the slow boat – hearing that it was 2 days […]

Travel to Chiang Rai Thailand

After a wonderful couple of weeks in the camps I travel to Chiang Rai Thailand A French girl and I rent a motorbike and have a wonderful day exploring Chiang Rai and the surrounding area. First we visit Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple).  This temple is unlike any temple I have ever seen. Wat Rong […]

Flooding In Bangkok

Thailand: I returned to find flooding in Bangkok. The city already partially flooded is a bustle as its inhabitants prepare for the worse – everywhere shop owners are building cement barricades around their storefronts. I stayed at New Road Guest House: A delightful find in this crazy tourist trap of a city. Dorm beds = […]

Karen Refugees -Their Plight + Story of Survival

Karen Refugees -Their Plight + Story of Survival Mae La is the largest of 10 refugee camps along the Thailand Burma border.  They are made up of ethnic minorities (primarily Karen refugees) fleeing atrocities and ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar (Burmese) Military government. Read my story about visiting the Mae La Refugee Camp + Karen […]

Mae La Refugee Camp -Mae Sot Thailand

Mae La Refugee Camp -Mae Sot Thailand  -It worked out to volunteer at Mae La Refugee Camp near Mae Sot Thailand, which is the largest of 10 refugee camps along the Thailand Burma border. I lay on my back beneath a broad black sky, pierced with trillions of brilliant stars. Bunches of them clustered together […]

Myanmar Highlights

Here is the Timeline of my travels and Myanmar Highlights: Myanmar Highlights: 5 Highlights of Myanmar -Travel to Visit Burma Visit Yangon -Highlights in Yangon (Rangoon, Burma) Human Powered Ferris Wheel Phaung Daw oo Pagoda Festival -Inle lake, Myanmar Travel to Mandalay – land of Pagoda’s Visit Bagan Myanmar Golden Rock Myanmar: in Kyaikhto On […]

Golden Rock Myanmar: in Kyaikhto

Another highlight of Myanmar was the Golden Rock Myanmar, Kyaikhto Golden rock, Kyaikhto Myanmar.   I highly recommend taking the train to Kyaikhto to see The Golden Rock Myanmar which is definitely a highlight… We then take the bus back to Yangon where we immediately catch the train to Kyaikhto ($4) – this price is obtained […]

Visit Bagan Myanmar

Tips to Visit Bagan Myanmar (Bagan Burma) and Tips to Travel to Bagan–  Bagan (also Pagan) is in central Myanmar on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.  It is 400 miles north of Yangon. An archeological marvel, Bagan has the largest area of over 4,000+ Pagodas, Buddhist temples, Stupas and ruins in the world, some […]

Travel to Mandalay – Land of Pagoda’s

Travel to Mandalay – land of Pagoda’s, color and exquisite beauty… This city located on the banks of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River is the economic and religious center of upper Myanmar. Travel to Mandalay: by bus As we travel to Mandalay we are on a bus with a group of crazy college student returning to Mandalay for […]

Phaung Daw oo Pagoda Festival -Inle lake, Myanmar

On the beautiful Inle Lake, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival takes place once a year (sometime in September to October -dates vary).  For 18 days there are spectacular events of boat racing with their unique leg rowing techniques. People come from all over Myanmar to pay homage to the Buddha Images. Matias, Fanny and […]

Human Powered Ferris Wheel

A Human Powered Ferris Wheel… I never knew such things existed! Coming to a corner the somewhat empty streets are suddenly packed with people and excitement and rounding the corner we come face to face with a giant Ferris wheel! Standing quite tall its bright fluorescent lights drawing the communities around like moths! People of all […]

Visit Yangon -Highlights in Yangon (Rangoon, Burma)

Do you want to visit Yangon, Myanmar (Rangoon, Burma)?  There are many highlights in Yangon. Fascinating curious people, beauty waiting to be discovered, unsuspecting surprises – it is a city full of life and energy. Visit Yangon -Highlights in Yangon (Rangoon, Burma) 1) Exploring the Streets! Broad, red stained smiles and red splattered walls instantly make […]

Highlights of Myanmar -Travel to Visit Burma

There are many Highlights of Myanmar – unfortunately we stayed on the main tourist path but, even still, this country is full of discovery! Beautiful Myanmar (formerly Burma): Land of Pagoda’s, big smiles, painted faces and a thirst for knowledge of the outside world. Myanmar positioned between China, India, and Bangladesh reflects an influenced mixture […]

Volunteer in Pattaya, Thailand

I was able to Volunteer in Pattaya, Thailand and although short it truly was eye-opening and an experience that, I would not change for anything. Heading to Pattaya I went back to Bangkok where I connect with Lena again! (: We follow a connection Dawn Suwaratana gave me and take a bus with a goal to volunteer […]

Visiting Thailand – Land of Exquisite Street Food and Beautiful People

Visiting Thailand – a Land of Exquisite Street Food and Beautiful People… Lena (who I met in Siem Reap) and I decided to travel by bus to Thailand together.     ~A quick word on booking Buses in Southeast Asia~ Most hostels in Southeast Asia will book buses for you – for a commission which, of […]

Angkor Wat, Cambodia and Around Siem Reap

I then head to Siem Reap to experience for myself the mysterious power of the ancient Angkor Wat Cambodia. The Road to Siem Reap Where is the mighty Mekong? Everywhere! During the rainy season June – October the Mekong rises so dramatically that it actually causes the Tonle Sap river to reverse its flow into the Tonle Sap […]