The agony and the ecstasy of experiencing the remote stilt village and commune of Kampong Phluk on Cambodia’s Great Lake of Tonle Sap.
Rounding out my Rwanda posts, I discuss spending nearly a month in Africa’s most famous (or infamous) hotels, the Rwandan genocide, and some tips on things to do, see and eat during an extended stay in this lovely little hilltop capital.
Our last day of motorbiking the Khammouane Loop in Laos was filled with dust, sweat and a tear or two marking the end to an incredible journey. It was also our longest day of riding, in which we covered 112 miles on our faithful little fake Honda motorbike.
Off on site visits for the Rwanda assignment — Wednesday we covered Southern Province while Thursday we headed north. In the south we stopped in Nyanza (aka Nyabisindu) and Huye (aka Butare). In the north we barely made it to and from Musanze (aka Ruhengeri), but that’s a different story.
A Mozambican take on The Onion unearthed from 2006. If you’ve spent time in Mozambique you may actually find some of these slightly humorous. If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky that you’re sense of humor hasn’t been warped beyond repair by this unique place.
Is it possible for one country to be both insanely endearing and incredibly heartbreaking? Welcome to Rwanda, one of the friendliest, cleanest and most enigmatic countries you’ll ever travel to.
Long gone are the glory days of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), better known as the “Toy Train.” Yet, the little steam engine that could survives, albeit in a very limited capacity, plying the 4 mile (7km) stretch of narrow gauge track between Darjeeling and Ghum (Ghoom). For just $4 USD, you can take the venerable UNESCO icon two hour roundtrip through some of India’s most amazing Himalayan scenery. It’s a bargain by any Western standard and an unmissable experience.
As the temps hover around freezing here in the mid-Atlantic, I thought I’d take a break from Laos and head back to the warm, tropical beaches of Thailand. This article is devoted to trekking, kayaking, monkeying around and hangin’ out, Rai Leh style.
We take a suped-up motorboat 4.5 miles (7.5km) down an underground river through incredible Konglor Cave — on the third day of our motorbiking adventure in rural Laos.
Beneath a concrete span crossing the Nam Theun, passersby are likely to find something they won’t find many other places: Bomb Boats. These boats, which resemble oversized canoes are repurposed remnants of an ugly chapter in Laos’ (and the U.S.’s) past. The Bomb Boats are used throughout Laos for river travel and are a continuing reminder of the 2 million tons of ordnance dropped by American planes on Laos from 1964 to 1973.