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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi June 17th 2011

June 17th, 2011 I received some emails and comments on how bad my spelling is, particularly with the word boarder. I just want to remind everyone, that I don’t care. In no way what-so-ever do I claim to be a proper writer. In fact, a college professor even told me for someone that got such good grades, I had the poorest grammar and spelling they have ever seen. That was back when I was trying, so now that I am on vacation, I just don’t give a crap. So I guess just deal with it! ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap June 12th 2011

June 4th - 12th, 2011 We finally made it into Cambodia and I loved the people right away. Everybody you pass, they are always waving and happy to see tourist. After a few more hours on a fast boat down the Mekong River, we reached the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Instantly you can see how nice the Cambodian people are, they were always waving and always willing to help. I also loved the fact that they use the American dollar as their main currency so it was a nice break not having to always due the math on everything I bought. For dinner, I might up with everyone that was on the boat in at another “happy” restaurant and then out for some drinks but everybody was so “happy” that nobody said a word for ... read more
Cambodian Farmers
S-21 Prison
S-21 Prison

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 June 4th 2011

May 31st - June 4th, 2011 Wow, sorry I haven’t updated in awhile, I’ve been busy and time is flying and the few periods I had free time to write, the internet (and sometimes power) has been down. Right now I am on a plane from Bangkok, Thailand to New Delhi, India but I will catch everyone up on how I got to this point and maybe a few of the adventures and trouble stories I had along the way. I am back dating the next few entries so be sure to look out for that. Enjoy Since my last entry ended at Jungle Beach I will continue from there. Originally, Nicci and I only planned on spending one night there but since it was so relaxing, we ended up spending another. I spent the day ... read more
War Museum
Saigon Traffic
Scooters in Saigon

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang May 30th 2011

May 24th-30th First, thanks to everyone that responded with their opinions on what I should do, I will be doing more of that throughout the trip. I think the final vote was “Go with the girl” 16 votes, “Go with the tour” 0 votes. Those that know me might think I followed the girl, but the tour continues on...... without me. Of course I picked the hot British bird and regretted it right away. Just kidding about the regret but we will get into that later. I spent my last days with the tour in a small city called Hoi An. This was my favorite place so far in Vietnam. Its a real small town that is known cause they have thousands of tailors that can make any type of clothing for cheap but since i ... read more
I finally shaved

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An May 24th 2011

I thought I would take another look at my goals for this trip and see if i have been actually doing any. I will also keep trying to think of new ones to add and revisit this monthly... Goals Completed - Ride an elephant in Thailand (05/11/11; Chiang Mai, Thailand) - Swim naked and/or a nude beach (05/24/11; Hoi An, Vietnam) - Ride a Vespa and/or Segway (04/12/11; Beijing, China) Goals For The Trip - Spend the night somewhere unexpected - Check out a sporting event - See a historical site when nobody else is there - Try a new sport - Hitchhike somewhere - Ride in a helicopter - Avoid prison - Fall in love and/or become a dad - (Try to) speak the local language in every country - Do something that gets me ... read more
Swim naked
Ride a Vespa and/or Segway

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An May 24th 2011

May 18th-24th Sin Chow! After another questionable border crossing where my guard held me longer then everyone else, I finally made it into Vietnam, although i think its time i shaved. Our flight landed in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. Although this was another very hectic city with over 3.5 million motorbikes and it was near 100 degrees, I liked this city right away. Unfortunately, we only spent a day there. First we went to see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where he is entombed. “No bags of any sort, no talking, no folding arms, no short shorts, no shoulder showing, must stand 2x2, don’t stop walking....” all as signs of respect for their national hero. We then walked to the Presidential Palace and the one-pillar pagoda, which really was nothing special. A few people in our group, ... read more
My Roommate Dan
My Fan Club

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng May 18th 2011

May 15th-18th After a crazy ass 7 hour bus ride south through winding roads up and down mountains, we finally made it to Vang Vieng, Laos. There was roughly 7 times on that ride i thought we were going to die due to heavy fog, small roads filled with potholes and nothing blocking cars from just flying off the edge, oh and random groups of cows/bulls just roaming in the middle of the streets. Anyways, Vang Vieng is a backpacker/tourist city now surrounded by more karst mountains with a river right through it. The first night we thought we were going to take it easy to get ready for a crazy day of tubing but soon we ended up at a “happy” or “magic” bar where I got pretty messed up. I wish i could tell ... read more
Vang Vieng Sunset
Happy Bar
Happy Bar

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang May 14th 2011

May 10th-14th Got up early for our 3 minute boat ride across a river separating Thailand and Laos (I learned you are supposed to pronounce the “s” when talking about the country and you don’t pronounce it when talking about the people). After crossing immigration in Huay Xai, we spent the next 2 days on a private boat taking us down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang. The entire way we had forests covered mountains to our sides with tiny remote villages every once in awhile, most with boys swimming in the water (naked). Since the river is so low during the dry season, there is hardly any traffic and we could go almost the entire day without seeing other commercial motorized boats. The first day we made a stop at one of those small villages ... read more
Mekong River
Mekong River
Mekong River

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai May 10th 2011

After the overnight train to Chiang Mai, we quickly checked into the hotel and got ready for a really busy and packed day. Chiang Mai is in the northern part of Thailand and is known for its wats and for some of the unusual activities you can do in that area. The first activity we had planned for the day was an elephant trek through the jungle. Before i get into this, i will quickly explain the crazy transportation method of a tuk-tuk. A tuk-tuk is a small 3 wheel motorcycle that has a bench that can squeeze 3 people in the back. We always try to fit 6. They are cheeper then cabs but are more of a risk since they are small and the drivers are always crazy. They are loud, smelly and ... read more
A Tuk-tuk
Feeding the elephants
Feeding the elephants

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok May 8th 2011

May 6th-8th, 2011 I made it to Bangkok at 7pm and was feeling sick so laid down for a few hours and caught a dinner with a fellow American in my hostel. I had one of Thailand’s famous dishes, Pad Thai, which is fried noodles and vegetables, and it was delicious. The next day I had to check out of the hostel and check into a hotel where my next tour group started that night. This trip is a completely different makeup then my China trip, 11 people and our tour guide Bom (“but call me Mr. B in the airport for security reasons”). 6 girls, 5 guys, most are not on extended trips, and only one couple. 3 Americans (me and a couple from Florida) 1 girl from Australia 7 from England (4 girls, 3 ... read more
From Riverboat Tour
Reclining Buddha

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