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Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang May 25th 2011

All was going well. Made it to Amtrak on time thanks to Preston, jumped on BART and hit the airport. Everything was going fine until we went through security. It is not a good idea to have two cans of thick liquid wrapped in foil and an alarm clock in a backpack. I was pulled by TSA and they swabbed my pack for explosives. When that came out clear, the TSA agent asked me what was in the cans-I turned bright red and said I was trying to stick to my diet-SlimFast shakes. Not even the real SlimFast-the generic brand from Safeway. I had completely forgotten I had thrown the cans in my pack. Steven walked away. The TSA agent laughed and said I didn't need to be on a diet. Steven now calls me the ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta June 23rd 2010

Our last day in Vietnam. We have spent the last 5 days in Hanoi. In the city shopping, eating, drinking (Le Pub is a great place in the Old Quarter), and avoiding getting run down by motorbikes. We did find the ice cream lady-coconut ice cream cones for 25 cents-bargain. We decided to do the Halong Bay tour-we heard horror stories about other companies and booking agents so we really didn't know what to expect. We booked ours through our hotel, Thai Son Hotel and the cruise company was Hanoi Opera Cruises. We left yesterday at 8:00 am, being picked up by a very nice mini-bus with good air-conditioning and away we went. A 3 1/2 hour ride to Halong Bay which went pretty fast as there is a lot to see on the way there. ... read more
Our Boat-Hanoi Opera
Halong Bay
Captain Suzie

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast June 20th 2010

'tis true. Hanoi is trying to kill me. We thought the traffic in Saigon was the worst we had seen but Hanoi wins top prize. What Hanoi has that Saigon doesn't is young males on motorbikes that race through alleys, streets, sidewalks, and crowds. On our walk home last night we were really taking care of each other. I told Steven this morning I am not going down past the 2nd floor-that way they can't get me since they can't climb stairs. Well, at least I haven't seen them try to climb any stairs. But we are going to venture out again today-I have my Ganesh, The Remover of Obstacles in my backpack. I am hoping her powers extend to "Keeper of My Bottom from Bad Motorbikes from Behind". We are staying in the Old Quarter-it ... read more
Traffic laws? Where?
Scooter Mania
Mmmm...meat for dinner!

Asia » Vietnam June 19th 2010

We arrived in Hanoi after leaving our beloved Thien Than Hotel with a packed breakfast of baguettes, cheese, butter, watermelon, dragonfruit, bananas, and bottled waters. We flew to Hanoi and landed amid crowds. We took the first taxi driver and gave him the name and address of the hotel we wanted to go to. But of course, he took us to a different one saying our hotel was "full" (even after putting us on the phone with his friend who said it was full). We took a hard stand, paid him, got out, found another taxi, and finally to the right hotel. Thai Son Hotel-lovely little place. Thomas helped us and also aplogized for the scam that is very common throughout southeast Asia. Fresh watermelon was delivered to our room, we ate and slept for 5 ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An June 18th 2010

We leave tomorrow morning at 6:30 am to fly from Hoi An to Hanoi. We have had the best time! Our sunburns are at least bearable at the moment, and it was actually 38 degrees-do the calculations-translates to your pants are soaked and it looks like you didn't quite make it to the bathroom. We have been lounging at our hotel Thien Than, Steven has been in the pool and I have been watching movies in the air conditioning. Oh, and watching the two little boys in their birthday suits get baths in front of their house-hard for Grandma to keep them contained. Today I wrote down directions for the breakfast buffet. The coffees are Vietnamese style and not so easy to figure out the first couple of times. Also, so many people from so many ... read more
Here is your kid Siy
Monkey God on Japanese Bridge
Dog God on Japanese Bridge

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An June 17th 2010

Down to our last two days in Hoi An. We took a boat tour yesterday of Cham Island with Blue Coral Diving Tours. There were only 7 people on the trip including us! Captain Steve (actually 4 of the guys on the boat were all named Steve) was great. The choice was to scuba or snorkel-we snorkeled. We hit two sites and the water had great visibility. All kinds of coral, trumpet fish, parrot fish, schools of fish that would swim around, blue starfish and two really big jellyfish. There were little clear jellyfish-we both got stung a few times but not bad enough to leave the water. Really fun! After the dives we went to Cham Island and had a BBQ on a white sand beach lined with palm trees. Fresh grilled fish, rice, noodles, ... read more
Cham Island
Cham Island-Blue Coral Diving Tours
Cham Island

Asia June 14th 2010

Ahhhh..............Hoi An. Our favorite hotel, Thien Than, with our lovely hosts Bing and An, a breakfast buffet, and oh-but nothing worth having comes easy. I need to go back. We arranged the reservation on the phone for Thien Than back in Saigon. I was actually calling the wrong hotel-but I did say it, spell it, describe it, and named the owner. The hotel I was talking to said yes, yes, yes. We took a taxi to the airport and checked our flight. Cancelled. Ticket agent said we could have a refund. We ran to another airline and they had a flight leaving in 10 minutes-so we divided and conquered. Steven bought the new tickets and I ran to get the refund. (Not sure that was an even splitting of tasks). The refund was a bit difficult ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City June 12th 2010

Good evening from Vietnam, Saigon to be exact. We traveled seven hours on a bus from Phnom Penh to Saigon-smooth sailing except for the crazy American guy who put his bag next to mine on the x-ray machine and kept shouting "Be Good" to all of the customs officers. The bus dropped us off exactly in front of the hotel we stayed last year. Checked in, found our favorite pub, and booked tickets to Hoi An tomorrow evening-all in under 2 hours from arrival. It is so much easier the second time! En, our young lady who helped us last year remembered us with a scream and a hug. Her twin as well. Should have a fun time with them tonight. Saigon is still crazy traffic and crazy people. Nice to be here again. Suzie and ... read more
"I think our lines are crossed"
Market in Saigon
Saigon Fire Extinguisher

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap June 11th 2010

Drove from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap-have been here two days. We stopped at Spidertown on the way-I bought black spider rings to give to the girls selling fried tarantuals-bit hit with all of them. We also have some lovely pictures to share-mostly with live tarantulas crawling on us. No worries-they are defanged, or at least that is what the girls promised. We visited the war museum (just for you Ed!) and we have some incredible pictures of death machines set in beautiful plumeria trees with butterflies. Kind of describes Cambodia in a nutshell. Here is our funny story of the day. We wanted to see Angkor Wat at sunset. It is supposedly the most stunning at sunrise but that would require me to get up before 10:00 am. So sunset it was. Our driver takes ... read more
Angkor Wat

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville June 8th 2010

The past two days have been quite the adventure! We found a beautfiul beach-Outres Beach-45 minutes from SKV on dirt roads-and worth the drive. Pristine white sand beaches, warm water with waves high enough for me to practice my body surfing, and pretty deserted. We went to Cantina del Mar because they specialize in fish tacos and I have been craving Mexican food. We had fish tacos, then a round of shrimp tacos-so fresh they pop in your mouth. The owner is an American from Santa Barbara named Hurley. He invited us to sit with he and his friends. Quite the group. Papa John, originally from Hawaii, a 70 year old man with a very long beard and very sweet. He owns a bar there too-with the coldest beer on the beach-because he his bar is ... read more
Pee-Pee the cantina dog
Cantina Del Mar beachfront
Outres Beach

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