Temples of Angkor

I wish I could label all of these properly, but I don’t remember the names of all the temples.  It was a really long day.  The tuk tuk driver met as at the guest house at 4:30 a.m. and we stayed out for about 12 hours exploring all the temples.  A friend of mine gave me a great tip to avoid the hordes of tourists – ask the tuk tuk

Hue & Hoi An

After taking a night bus from Vientiane in Laos to Savannakhet, then waiting at the bus stop for 6 hours in a state of delirium, I pushed on for another 8-hr bus ride to Hue.  Hue is a pretty city, with the Perfume River flowing through it.  The locals are friendly and talkative, and if you walk outside the main tourist area, the locals stare at you wondering if you’re

Siem Reap

The highlight of Siem Reap was definitely the Temples of Angkor.  Aside from that, it’s a nice town with some other temples around other than Angkor, and another site of the Khmer Rouge horrors

Luang Prabang & Vientiane

Luang Prabang is a gorgeous UNESCO city with temples everywhere.  While I was eating breakfast one day, a Laos girl walked up to me and tried to sell me a bracelet.  I’m a pretty hard sell, but she sat down and I started asking questions about her life.  In the end, she got me to buy her a mango shake, and I ended up getting a bracelet… but I did

Chiang Khong to Luang Nam Tha

From Chiang Khong in Thailand, I took a 2-minute boat ride over the Mekong to the Laos border.  Then I took a minivan to Luang Nam Tha, which is a one-road town that has the best Laos coffee ever (coffee to condensed milk ratio was perfect).  Then I took a chicken bus (there was a live chicken in a bag on the top of the ’82 Toyota van) for the