Friday, April 4, 2014

Why I'm glad I waited to go to Southeast Asia

Hanoi, Vietnam
Southeast Asia has always been on my mental travel list but I always thought in the back of my head that I wanted to  wait until I had proper time to devote to it, that and I was a little intimidated by it. I used to think that I would have loved to do it earlier in life, say at 22 or even during the last backpacking trip at 25, but now having spent 3 months, I am glad the timing worked out the way it did. I am here when I am supposed to be here and I am thankful for that.

Ko Tao to Krabi, Thailand - A boat, a bus and a taxi.

Random spit of land off of Ko Phangan, in transit.

Ko Tao, Thailand, is one of those places that you can’t really get to from anywhere. You have to make a few changes no matter which route you take. I think that is one of the main reasons that it is slightly less busy and retains its laid back feel compared to some of the other Thai islands. Don’t get me wrong, Ko Tao is still busy, but less so than other Thai islands. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Chiang Rai - Getting lost, stranded, a snake and some light and dark.

White Temple

Chiang Rai and I got off to a rough start. I got lost with my pack for an hour after I made a silly mistake with the directions. I am still not sure how I ended up where I did. I had a quick two nights in Chiang Rai and I knew I wanted to go to at least the “White Temple” and if I had time the “Black House (Temple).” I had heard things about both and in my research I found much more on the White Temple. There are plenty of other things to do in Chiang Rai, but these are the standouts and all I really had time for. Trying to catch the slow boat to Laos was really cramping my slow travel plans.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Southeast Asia Superlative Inventory

"Going Native" as they say in the anthropology world. Cambodia

Just because it's fun, I have compiled a list of superlatives for Southeast Asia. This is of course based on my opinion and observations and is not based on any scientific fact or study whatsoever.

Most Creative use of a scooter/moto - Vietnam

Most Attractive Women - Thailand

Most Attractive Men - Cambodia

Nicest/Friendliest people - Cambodia / Bali

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Reflections on 31

Ko Tao Island Sunset - Birthday location this year

Every year around my birthday, I unconsciously start to reflect until it comes up to the conscious. I review the year assessing what I did, what I accomplished, what I would like to improve and things I wasn’t so crazy about. It takes different forms every year but it is starting to be more of a constant formula, especially as I write and journal more often. Some of these things are just for me, some I like to share.