If you’re ever traveling Laos via land, consider taking the sleeper bus. I’m not vouching for the ride because it was awful. Dreadfully, dreadfully awful. It’s just an experience worth complaining about afterward. Read more
One of the highlights of Southeast Asia was getting good, cheap massages. One of the lowlights was when my wife got mad at me for being picky when selecting my masseuse in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
“Why can’t it be a man?” Marissa wondered, though she was clearly implying, Are you living out some sexual fantasy? Read more
Bali’s sun and surf wore me out. Even after applying generous amounts of sunscreen, I was roasted after my first day on the waves. A trip to the artsy town of Ubud, in the center of Bali, saved me from sun stroke. And I was able to understand why non-surfers planted themselves there for weeks or even months. Here’s a list of the best things to do in Ubud: Read more
Laos is flooded with babies. Every second vendor at the night market in Luang Prabang held a scarf for sale in one hand and a baby against a breast with the other.
I observed something right away about the youngsters in Laos: The children are tough.
In fact, Laotian kids are Chuck Norris tough. Read more
On Nai Yang Beach, two kilometers from the Phuket Airport, in the south of Thailand, a construction worker hammered relentlessly. He was reinstalling a restaurant’s roof. Today, the coastal region in Thailand rebuilds after the 2004 tsunami devastated the area and left nearly a quarter million people dead across Southeast Asia. The construction worker stopped his banging for a moment and studied the mercurial seas. I too found it difficult to forget the impact of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, and I had been far from the Thai Beaches eight years earlier.