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Kids in Laos are Chuck Norris Tough

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Laotian Kids

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.

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Tsunami in Thailand: Remembering the Devastation of 2004

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Tsunami in Thailand Kitesurfers at Nai Yang Beach, Thailand

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.

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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