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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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The Best Little Island in Thailand: Nang Yuan

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The views from the peak of Nang Yuan Island, Thailand

Marissa and I followed a man wearing a winter beanie and dark sunglasses from the sands of Sai Ree Beach and into the warm island waters surrounding Koh Tao. We boarded his colorful sampan. He lit a cigarette and then started the engine. The engine barked up smoke. We were headed straight for the remote, unpopulated island of Nang Yuan, which is three separate islands that, over time, had joined together by a white-sand isthmus and formed Thailand’s most beautiful beach.

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The Night Boat to Koh Tao

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The Night Boat to Koh Tao

Sometimes it’s good to plan ahead of time when you travel. For example, when my wife and I took the bus to Sulat Thani, a port city on the Gulf of Thailand, we just assumed boats serviced the island of Koh Tao as much as it did Koh Samui. They did not. The Samui boats left regularly. But there was only one nine-hour night boat to Koh Tao, which departed at 11pm.

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Seawalker: Breakdancing Beneath the Ocean

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Seawalker in Bali

I held onto the ladder at the back of the boat. Only my head was above the ocean’s surface. The first mate carried over a seventy-pound Seawalker helmet–which looks like a cross between an astronaut’s helmet and a miniature submarine–and placed it on my head. The weight pushed me under. Below, the heavy headgear lost its weight and oxygen flowed into the globe. The water climbed into the helmet, but stopped at my chin, speaking truth to the Seawalker advertisement–You can wear your glasses or make-up underwater (so long as you keep your head straight). Read more

The Most Romantic Honeymoon Resorts in Bali

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The Most Romantic Resorts for a Bali Honeymoon

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