My wife, Marissa, will never accuse me of being a romantic. She’s usually the one to remind me that flower vases are containers that should contain flowers or that flip flops and low hanging shorts made of sweatpants material is not appropriate attire for date night. But in Bali, which was the last two weeks of our ten-week honeymoon, I tried thinking like a different Noah. Any fans of The Notebook? (In fact, my wife’s memory is sub-par and one day we might live like the characters from that film. Then, I’ll read her this post–leaving out this paragraph of course and anything that follows in parenthesis–to remind her of how romantic I was during our honeymoon in Bali.) Read more
When Chris Christensen of the Amateur Traveler interviewed me about Cambodia, he asked me what memory made me laugh and think: “Only in Cambodia.” The question made me nostalgic for my very recent trip, while my answer made me nostalgic for childhood games. Read more
The temples and ruins of Angkor, near Siem Reap, Cambodia, are hundreds–some thousands–of years old. It is the largest preindustrial city in the world, covering nearly 400 square miles of land. Even if you purchase a three day ticket–which is the pass I would recommend–it’s still difficult to visit all of the sites. Since you’ll be pressed for time–unless you race from temple to temple each day beginning at sun up and ending when the park closes–it’s best to approach the UNESCO World Heritage complex with a flexible plan. Here’s my list of the best of Angkor Wat: Read more
The L Hotel, in the Seminyak area of Bali, just celebrated its grand opening at the beginning of September. The hotel offers comforts similar to many of the best resorts in Bali, but introduces a modern style that is a bit avant garde for an island where lauded accommodations tend to feature thatched roof villas situated in the tranquility of nature. Though the hotel lacks grass roofs, and is not directly on the beach nor cut into the jungle, there are still plenty of reasons to visit L Hotel Seminyak.
All over Southeast Asia, there is a terrible outbreak of Angry Birds syndrome. These creatures have attacked the locals in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. But no place has been hit harder than the Angry Birds outbreak in Cambodia.
Look at this poor child in his Angry Birds T-shirt and hat.