I realized after moving here that I posted quite a bit from our first three weeks in Laos in 2012: Mekong slow boat, Motorbiking the Khammouane loop, and hanging out on two of the 4,000 Islands of Si Phan Don. But I […]
Tak Bat, or monks’ call to alms, occurs just before sunrise across Laos, but the practice in Luang Prabang, in particular, helped put it on the map. Many fear that the popularity of this ritual of humility and meditation in this UNESCO heritage […]
Old Town Luang Prabang is loaded with historical buildings and sights to see. The highlight of our visit, however, was walking the charming tree-lined streets and imagining what life might have looked like at various points in time, from the early kingdoms […]
Our two-day slow-boat journey down the Mekong ended at a nondescript boat ramp seemingly in the middle of the jungle. From the banks of the Mekong, the density of the vegetation mask what lay beyond — and this being our […]
After a 36-hour haul from Railay, we rolled in late to Chiang Mai and were ready to lay low for a while. Thankfully, Old Town Chiang Mai is just the place to do that. Despite hearing over and over […]
We arrived in Suzhou hoping to beat the July heat, but to no avail. The good news is that Old Town Suzhou seems made for slow strolling with plenty of cool shops, tea houses and cafes when the heat becomes too much.
We flew into Shanghai from the U.S. and spent four nights in this strange and wonderful place. Shanghai, perhaps more than any other place in the country, epitomizes the mind-bogglingly rapid rise of modern China.
Both maddeningly beautiful, and apocalyptic and terrifying (how?), the Chinese landscape screams by our bullet train window at 150mph. After months of preparation, the big trip has finally begun. First stop, China!