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Ipanema Beach on a Sunday afternoon

First post in over a month… What on earth have I been doing???

What on earth have I been doing for the last month? Good question… here’s a quick breakdown: Early August: My friend Pat from the Marine Corps visited me in Hanoi.  We explored the city, did a three day party cruise on Halong Bay, and visited the beautiful mountains around Sapa.  … Continue Reading →

The mighty Mekong River during wet season.  Trees get completely submerged when it floods the area

Finding the Irrawaddy Dolphins of the Mekong River

Cambodia is home to a rare freshwater dolphin called the Irrawaddy dolphin.  It is found in a few other countries in Southeast Asia (Bangladesh, Thailand, Philippines), but its numbers are few.  Wikipedia reports that in a 190 km stretch of the Mekong River between Cambodia and Laos, there are only … Continue Reading →

So many tourists!

4 things that can get a bit annoying at the Angkor Temple Complex

The temples of Angkor are awesome. I think I have made it very clear that I loved visiting Angkor and it’s surrounding areas. That being said, Angkor and Siem Reap are quite a culture shock if you are used to laid-back, off-the-beaten path Southeast Asia travel. Throughout my first day … Continue Reading →

A Cambodian man shows his inked finger on voting day

Rockin the Vote in Cambodia: Cambodia Election 2013

This last Sunday marked an important occasion in Cambodia, as they held their fifth general election since 1993.  It was exciting to be in the country at this time, as political demonstrations and parades were occurring all around me.  In fact, I even got to briefly participate in a political … Continue Reading →

The time when I hitchhiked twice in one day in Cambodia and participated in a Political Parade

In the interest of budget travel, I decided to see the Temples of Angkor by bicycle ($1.00 per day), instead of renting a tuk tuk and driver ($15.00 per day).  I know, it’s not that much more expensive to get a driver, but I like the idea of biking throughout … Continue Reading →

A giant tree slowly crushing one of the walls

The coolest temple I Saw in Cambodia wasn’t even in Angkor: A visit to Beng Mealea

Beng Mealea is probably the coolest temple I saw in Cambodia and it’s not even in the Angkor Temple complex.  It is located 75 km outside of Siem Reap.  Beng Mealea is a 12th century temple with the exact same floor plan as Angkor Wat, though it has not stood … Continue Reading →

One of the more famous trees at Ta Prohm. This was in Tomb Raider!

3 Days Exploring the Mythical Temples of Angkor- A Must See in Cambodia!

No visit to Cambodia is complete without a trip to Siem Reap to visit the temples of Angkor.  As such, most of my trip to Cambodia has revolved around the temples here and fully immersing myself in one of the most well-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Quick History: The temples … Continue Reading →

Phnom Penh Traffic

My Southeast Asia Backpacking Plans for the next few months

My trip just passed the 3 month mark and it’s turning out vastly different than I had expected it to pass.  As I’ve traveled, I have started to identify the kind of things that I want to spend my time doing and I have tailored my trip accordingly.  I never … Continue Reading →

Bracelets memorializing some of the fallen.

A Somber day of tourism in Cambodia: Visiting the Killing Fields and S-21

I just arrived to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  Because I had a few days to kill in the city while I was waiting for the Vietnamese embassy to process my visa, I decided to see some of the sights.  Instead of visiting temples as I have the last week or so … Continue Reading →

Two of the three lakes at Kelimutu in Flores, Indonesia

10 Crazy, Awesome, and off-the-beaten path things to see in Indonesia

After spending 2 months in Indonesia, I’ve really started to realize how insanely BIG the country is.  There are so many things to see here and it’s a shame that the world really know about a few tourist destinations-mainly Bali and parts of Lombok.  I’ve compiled a list of amazing … Continue Reading →