SE Asia

A Guide to Spending Three Days in Luang Prabang, Laos

Selfie at Kuang Si Waterfalls

Luang Prabang was one of my last cities to explore in SE Asia in 2017. I spent three days there, as part of a week vacation from my home base in Chiang Mai, after taking the slow boat tour along the Mekong River. I didn’t really know what to expect, other than it would be a typical town in SE …

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Follow in my Footsteps: Slow Boat Cruise on the Mekong

Selfie at Slow Boat in Laos

The idea of being stuck on a slow boat for three days didn’t appeal to me when I first heard about it. After months of people recommending the tour in Laos, I finally decided to give it a try while I was still in SE Asia. It turns out that the “three-day” tour was one day of travel just get …

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Journal Entry: Putting Up With the Scams in Asia

Friends on Tuk Tuk

There are times when I wonder if all of Asia are in on the scams they perpetuate, or perhaps they simply don’t know the best ways to do things. While there is a significant percentage of the latter – citizens who genuinely don’t know about better buses, routes or activities – the number of scams throughout the region still puts a big …

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Follow in my Footsteps: 5 Steps to Properly Feed Bananas to Elephants in Thailand

Selfie at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary #2

I finished my tour of Thailand with a trip to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. It was by far the highlight of my adventures in the country. I can’t recommend it highly enough, so here are the steps so you can follow in my footsteps. Travel to Thailand Someone asked me recently if there were elephants in the USA. Yep…in the …

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The New Chiang Mai Water Park at the Grand Canyon Quarry

Chiang Mai Water Park

It’s been 18 months since I visited the Chiang Mai Quarry, and a lot has changed. Most notable is the addition of the Chiang Mai Water Park, and the closing down of the high jump I went off of in 2015. How to Find the Chiang Mai Water Park The location of the quarry obviously hasn’t changed, but the awareness of …

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