Top 6 Things We Learned in Laos

We love Laos and can’t wait to get back someday. Here are a few things we learned while we were there: 1. Just because there’s an “s” at the end of a country’s name doesn’t mean you pronounce it. 2. Never give your kids chocolate milk before taking an 8-hour van ride through the mountains.…

Top 6 Things for Families to Do in Laos

Laos is a quiet, beautiful country that could keep a traveler busy for many weeks. Too bad we only had one. Many people we met trekked on elephants, explored caves, and swam in pools beneath waterfalls. We managed to fit in a crowdpleasing tube trip down the Nam Song River at Vang Vieng, which ranked…

Top 6 Things We Learned in Cambodia

In many ways, Cambodia is the wild west of Southeast Asia. No longer overrun by gunslingers, it still bears the hallmarks of a frontier nation, a new society, albeit with ancient roots, emerging from the utter destruction inflicted by the Khmer Rouge. Rules are made to be broken, politicians are all on the take, and…

Top 6 Things to Eat in Cambodia

While we’re sure Cambodia has good food somewhere within its boundaries, we didn’t find much during our brief stay. We had some tasty Indian food in Phnom Penh and discovered a yummy Cambodian restaurant in Siem Reap on our last night in the town. Other than that we had bad tourist food at charmless restaurants…

Top 6 Political Musings After a Month in Vietnam

We lament losing a war, we lament joining a war which wasn’t our own, we postulate about how things could have gone differently and in general it is the big pit of humillty in the middle of our usual American bravado…. It isn’t exactly the same as the democratic (and corrupt) government we were trying to sustain, but for the average Vietnamese it does create economic opportunity and protects most of the freedoms we hold dear. (Like most countries they have work to do and abuses to stop but they are headed the right direction) I have not found a good Ho Chi Min biography here to read, but from what I can gather, this new Vietnam would please him and perhaps bring him to tears of joy…. For him fighitng the French and the Americans was just the continuation of a struggle that had gone on for 2 millenia the French and the Americans had just taken the place of the Chinese and the Khmer’s or Chams.