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(Chinese New Year) Departed Bangkok at 1am, Feb 10th. Had a long 16hr. layover in Beijing and to be landing in LA at 5pm, Feb. 10th. Sooooo….after catching a flight to Phoenix at 7pm I arrived home after my shuttle just before midnight. Hello 40+ hour day. Anyway, back to the beginning of me day. […]

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The Bangkok air was hot and humid. Shorts are not allowed in the main temples, so I wore pants out today. I toured the Grand Palace and saw the Emerald Buddha. The place was immense and decorated to the extreme. The crowds made it challenging to get a clean shot and the heat made it […]

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Today was the day Sascha and I parted ways. He was heading out on a bus to Udon Thani in Thailand to catch a flight south to the islands and I was catching a flight to Vientiene, the capitol city of Laos. As it turns out, the combines buses and we were both on the […]

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Today was the tubing day down the river. Sascha and I met up with the German couple, Dominic and Lena around noon. After checking in and signing many release forms we caught a ride to the drop off location. The tube trip was very relaxing and slow, much slower than we all thought it would […]

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Today we caught the 9:30am VIP bus. When arriving to the bus station the VIP bus was broken and was replaced with the not-so-VIP bus. The ride to Vang Vieng was to take approx. 6 hrs. We left promptly on time and began the curvy mountain road drive. I dozed for the first coupe hours […]

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The Super Bowl was on at 6am and I knew there was NO WAY I would be watching the game, at least the start of it. I heard a couple Americans and some Canadians say that they knew of a place that was showing the game but after a 3am bed time, not gonna happen. […]

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Today was scooter/waterfall day. After a late breakfast Sascha and I found the German couple Dominic and Lena at one of the cafes. We made plans to rent our scooters and head out to the waterfall. The scooter rental was 140,000 Kip each which was a bit more expensive than Thailand, but in the end […]

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Day two on the Mekong trip started early once again with the boat leaving with a late start around 10am. The hills were covered in low hanging clouds and it made for a serene walk down to the river. I recognized other travelers from the boat making their way down as well. While stopping for […]

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The day started early.  7am breakfast and 8am shuttle to the border where we get our Laos visa and hop on our slow boat. No one really knew how long the first day trip was going to be or what to expect.  Some of us were told 8 hour, 6hrs or 5. A few in […]

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Today was the day I head out to catch the slowboat to Luang Prabang, Laos. The minivan picked me up in the morning and was already loaded with a group of travelers. Our first stop was at the White Temple in Chiang Rai. Wat Rong Khun is a contemporary unconventional Buddhist temple designed by Chalermchai […]

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This morning I met up with a online friend, travel blogger Matthew of Expert Vagabond.  We chatted about our various travels and experiences. He was setting out that evening to do a Visa run to Laos.  I recommend checking out his site.  Lots of good info. My day consisted of catching up with email, downloading […]

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Ok, I get it, I am not a 20-something anymore. Up until now on this trip I had been living in various accommodations ranging from meager to barely passable.  All I needed was a bed and a door to lock.  If it had a private bathroom, great.  Free WiFi in the room, even better. Well, […]

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Finally after a good nights sleep I awoke to a crisp morning. I had been used to hot and humid, but now it is cool and dry. Chiang Mai is a cleaner city than the others I have visited and much more relaxed. I head across the street to get a mixed fruit smoothie with […]

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At 6am everyone is sleeping. Everyone. Even the street dogs were still passed out on the road.  Everything was quiet.  I roamed the streets as all I needed was a drink or something, anything.  Finally the fancy fancy resort I had checked out earlier was setting out their free buffet for the early go-getters, which […]

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