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Exploring Old Town, Hoi An

Exploring Old Town, Hoi An

Hoi An, which means “Peaceful meeting town,” was the principal port for the Cham Kingdom which in the 7-10th century controlled the spice trade with Indonesia.  It is located in the south central coast of Vietnam and is a well preserved example of a Southeast…

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Kong Lor Caves, Laos

Kong Lor Caves, Laos

In the northern Mountainous regions of Laos our Stray group went splunking through beautiful caves and enjoyed beautiful sunsets where mountains towered over rice paddies.  One of the most beautiful areas in Laos and undoubtedly one of my favorite stays.   Konglor Cave is a…

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Farewell Saigon

Farewell Saigon

My last night in Saigon deserves its own post.   I said farewell to Ho Chi Minh by spending some time in the Beer area of the cities backpacker area.  On Bui Vien Street there are dozens if not hundreds of little sit down areas…

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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

I have three weeks in Vietnam and am starting in the south working my way north.  I had two nights in Ho Chi Minh and have undoubtedly been reintroduced to large urban Meccas.  It is truly a city on the move, not just with the…

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Last leg of my trip, Vietnam here we go

Last leg of my trip, Vietnam here we go

I will spend three weeks in Vietnam and am coming to the conclusion of my trip.   Reflecting on the past seven weeks I’ve already been abroad I certainly have a few favorites and places I would have skipped altogether which is easy to say…

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New Travel Girlfriends

New Travel Girlfriends

For about six days I had the pleasure of keeping company with three new girlfriends and Melita (met her in Bangkok, day one of Stray). My fellow wanderers were Kelly and Shannon from New Zealand and Eveline from Amsterdam. My time in Laos seemed to…

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I Heart Cambodia

I Heart Cambodia

I have fallen in love with Cambodia and have gone on many random adventures. Here are a few highlights: Riding a bamboo train at sunset in Battambang. The French left old tracks in Cambodia and there are makeshift trains where platforms are made out of…

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#turndownforwat

#turndownforwat

Hashtags are equally obnoxious and hilarious to me.  I met some American guys from New Jersey who loved the tag #turndownforwat, so here we go, its the title of this entry and perhaps one of the last times I get to use it. Indiana Jones…

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Bungalows and Crab in Kep, Cambodia

Bungalows and Crab in Kep, Cambodia

After a sobering day at the killing fields and learning about the Khmer Rouge, some new friends and I on Stray took a 180 degree turn and ventured to a remote island off of the coastal town of Kep, Cambodia. Kep is a weekend destination…

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The hard work of Traveling

The hard work of Traveling

There is a large difference between being on Holiday and traveling.  When traveling, you’re abroad for an extended period of time and budgets are tighter.   You have to be willing to really go with the flow and let go of all of your ideas…

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