Category Archive: Asia 2012/2013

Feb
09

Things To Do In Prachuap Khiri Khan

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Prachuap Khiri Khan is not a touristy town and that is what makes it so much fun to explore. Our family originally planned a two-night stay there and we ended up staying for eight nights!  It is a great place to kick back, explore on a bicycle or motorbike, have some beach time, and marvel …

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Feb
07

Charming Prachuap Khiri Khan

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If Prachuap Khiri Khan is in your guidebook at all chances are there is only one paragraph dedicated to it.  We had never heard of this provincial capital until another traveling family in an online group mentioned it.  There wasn’t much information on the Internet about the town except that it was a laid back …

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Jan
29

Two Weeks in Bangkok

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Bangkok is a city that usually leaves a nasty aftertaste for first time visitors.  It’s overwhelmingly big, overpopulated, polluted, and has a constant wafting smell of garbage and sewer.  The first time we were there we could not get out of it fast enough. But then, if you give it a chance, Bangkok has the …

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Jan
22

A Night Train To Bangkok

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I don’t know whose bright idea it was to pick up our passports from the Thai Embassy in Vientiane, catch a tuk-tuk to the bus station, take a bus to the Friendship Bridge, get stamped out of Laos, take a bus over the Friendship Bridge to Thailand, get stamped into Thailand, take a tuk-tuk to …

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Jan
18

The Bumpy Road to Buddha Park

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As soon as the kids climb into the rickety old bus they begin to complain.  “Why can’t we take a taxi?” “This bus is dirty!” Every crevice of the bus is covered in a thick layer of fine dirt.  We could draw happy faces on every surface.  The seats have long ago lost any ability …

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Jan
14

Luang Prabang, A Sleepy City

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The Northern Laos city of Luang Prabang is a World Heritage Site and rightly so.  Situated on the Mekong River the draw to this town is its beautiful Wats and French architecture.  The people are friendly and aren’t pushy, even when they are trying to sell you something.  The streets are relatively quiet, full of …

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Jan
08

Cruising the Mekong In Style

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Cruising down the Mekong River, the sun shines brightly in my eyes and the wind whispers in my ears.  The river is wide, rocks jut out of its depths, and jungle hills blanket its edges.  Small villages with bamboo houses and thatch roofs remind us that although it feels like we are far from humanity, …

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Jan
06

Lanjia Lodge, Our Hill Tribe Experience

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Nestled high up along a mountainside in Northern Thailand sits Lanjia Lodge.   The valley below is a sea of green; the jungle hills dotted with rice fields, orchards, and ground crops.  In the distance the mighty Mekong River snakes through the valley below and on the other side of this natural water border lays Laos. …

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Jan
03

Our Top Chiang Mai Picks

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We really loved our five weeks in Chiang Mai.  We felt like we never ran out of things to do. There are so many beautiful Wats, two zoos, gardens, cooking classes, waterfalls, and the food…Oh the food! Here are our top picks: Yummy Yummy Food Our picks for the best vegetarian restaurants in Chiang Mai. …

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Jan
01

Wat Not To Wear

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If you are planning a trip to Thailand, or anywhere for that matter, it is important that you read up on local customs so that you don’t offend or disrespect the locals.  This is especially important when visiting the Wats in Thailand. I am continually amazed and disturbed by the lack of respect (or knowlege, …

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