Asia

Having Children: Southeast Asia, A Case Study

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Children in Southeast Asia

Five of Marissa’s friends were pregnant at our wedding and these friends started popping kids out while we were in Southeast Asia. Naturally, the topic of having kids was breached. We decided that we’d like to have kids, too, and nothing is more motivating than watching parents interact with their children. In the first week of our trip, here are twelve children in Southeast Asia who we can’t stop thinking about: Read more

One Day in Vientiane

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Buddha Park, Laos, Outside of Vientiane

The guidebooks will tell you that Vientiane, Laos, has a “French feel” or retains its “placid charm.” My experience is that Vientiane is a collection of impossible to cross streets and sidewalks filled with parked cars. It is as French as French fries and as charming as Los Angeles during the riots. I kid. It’s really not that bad. And since it is the capital of Laos, travelers might find themselves passing through the city. If that’s the case, I would definitely stay in Vientiane for one full day.

Here are the best things to do in Vientiane

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37 Hours: Hoi An

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The Streets of Hoi An, Vietnam

Most travelers arrive to Hoi An, Vietnam, after visiting the insanity of Hanoi or the chaos of Saigon. So there is no better time to enjoy the relaxing stopover in the middle of Vietnam before venturing off to visit that next headache of a city. Hoi An offers a beach lined with seafood joints, quaint shops in the ancient town (a World Heritage site), skilled tailors, and some of the country’s best cuisine. While some newspapers like to give you 36 hours in a city, Somewhere Or Bust gives you 37. Here’s 37 Hours in Hoi An. Read more

Me Wrong About Mekong

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Best things to do in the Mekong Delta

Before experiencing the best of the Mekong Delta, my imagination cruised me down quiet rivers shaded by palms, while other sampans paddled over to sell me tropical fruits. I was shocked to discover there was very little serenity and very little shade. There were the canals of Ben Tre, but they were set aside for tourists, as you can see from our Raiden hats and in the faces of the happy boat people of the Mekong.

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Funniest Signs in Asia Part II

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Funniest Signs in Asia

I figured nobody wants to read much as they spend today’s work day shopping online during Cyber Monday. That’s fine because you won’t be able to read these signs, shirts, or hats anyway. Here are the funniest signs in Asia:

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