A Momentary Break from Grime

Much of the world is dirty, and travel through third world countries can prove a rude and uncomfortable awakening to those of us accustomed to regular trash collection, street sweeping, and basic standards of human hygiene. Thus far on our journey, China has taken the prize for dirtiest country, a distinction earned as a result…

All Quiet on the Eastern Front

After the bombings on New Year’s Eve, Thailand is a different country. It’s not that people here feel unsafe, just that as in the case of any act of terrorism, the government has to raise its guard. The new post-coup government, whose rule the bombers may well have been protesting, has to work hard to appear in control.

Getting Fat in Thailand

This will not come as a surprise to my coworkers in Pasadena who get dragged to the restaurant Saladang every time I am in town, or the people in Atlanta who end up at one of a handful of Thai restaurants such as Tamarind or Nan, but I love Thai food!… I was not ready, though, for the amount of food I was going to eat in Chaing Khong.At the little border town between Thailand and Laos, we found a cheap hotel, ($12 for 2 rooms) and struck out find a place to have dinner…. They started to wander and get themselves in trouble, so Anne grabbed a few more bites and herded them off to the hotel, leaving hers, Kieran’s, and Asher’s plates half full…. It took me another 20-30 minutes but between a few pieces of meat on the floor, a few more pieces hidden in the soup and sauce bowls, and a vision of Takeru Kobayashi, I ate until I cleared the plates.

Thailand Is Not Tom-Sized

At home I’m a midget. Well, not a midget exactly, but a small person. At 5’2″ and a less than triple digit weight, I struggle to find adult clothing small enough for my frame. If you were to pull up behind my kid-hauling Yukon XL, you might think a child or a phantom was driving,…

Pearls of Travel Wisdom from Lovely Little Laos

The story of the path we wove through Laos is largely the story of how we travel–the ways we choose where we go and what we do. Tom and I have long wanted to visit Laos, and given that it is inexpensive and readily accessible from Thailand, it gained an spot on the itinerary early…

Can you ride that tube?

Yesterday the fam and I had the opportunity to do one of the most popular backpacker attractions in Lao, tubing down the lazy — river. It was my mom’s idea to come to Lao in the first place and while some of us wanted to remain in Thailand we thought it would be nice to indulge her and head across the border…. Our first day in Vien Bien we found our hotel, walked around, viewed some local scenery (the amazing mountains), and had a not so pleasant dinner. We went to sleep looking forward for the next day and tubing.We woke up at nine and made our way to the city center and the tubing station.

What Ticket? I Can’t Click It!

Then there was the mini-bus ride through the mountains form Luang Prabang to Laos’s capital, it wasn’t that it was dangerous, it was that it made you sick, real sick…. Mom on the other hand couldn’t take of her pants because they were packed up on the top of the bus, so she had to keep them on, the worst part about that was that it made the whole car smell…. Luckily, no one else through up the rest of the way, but we felt better when we heard form the people that were in other mini buses that they all had people throw up, but they actually warned the driver to stop. We haven’t really done any bad travel since then except for the tuk-tuk to the buddha park where we got a flat and had to take another one which will be mentioned in other post.