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Khmer Rouge

Khmer Rouge

My first full day in Phnom Penh I visited the Tuol Sleng genocide museum and Choeung Ek killing fields and was shown the evil that exists in the world.  During 1975-1979, communist party Khmer Rouge closed the Cambodian borders by lining the borders with landmines…

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Melissa, my new Cambodian American friend

Melissa, my new Cambodian American friend

I played Mr. Postman and had to deliver a care package for a good friend, Cindy, from Chicago to another dear friend, Melissa, in Phnom Penh.  After having my ordeal of crossing the border from Laos into Cambodia, Melissa was amazingly understanding and stayed up…

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Crossing into Cambodia

Crossing into Cambodia

I had one of the scariest and comical travel experiences crossing the border of Laos into Cambodia. For the past two weeks I’ve been traveling with a Norwegian couple, Mariam and Howard, and Melita, the Aussie I met on day one in Bangkok.  Traveling with…

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Monkey Island

Monkey Island

En route to a remote rural village homestay, I took a wooden slow boat to an island and fed some adorable monkeys who then transformed into devils with red butt cheeks.  They get greedy for bananas and go bananas.            …

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Traditional Laos food

Traditional Laos food

In Luang Prabang, Laos I went out for a fancy traditional dinner with two girlfriends I have made during my travels, Ash (from the UK) and Melita (from Australia).  Laos used to be a French settlement and Luang Prabang was the former capital of Laos….

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Bombies

Bombies

I have been abroad for about a month and my sense of cleanliness and luxury has been redefined.  Before flying out east  was not aware that Laos was ranked one of the 20 poorest countries in the world by the UN.  At the time of this…

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My first home stay in a remote Village

My first home stay in a remote Village

While floating down the Mekong river for two days we stopped for the night at a remote village off the banks of the river.  It was a planned stop that Stray organized and is something I would have never been able to do by myself….

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My first home stay in a remote Village

My first home stay in a remote Village

While floating down the Mekong river for two days we stopped for the night at a remote village off the banks of the river.  It was a planned stop that Stray organized and is something I would have never been able to do by myself….

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Floating down the Mekong

Floating down the Mekong

One of my trip highlights so far that has slowed me down and taken me away from anticipating every next moment was floating down the Mekong river.  Our small stray group of about six enjoyed a wooden slow boat that took us from the border…

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand after Bangkok and is located in the northern mountainous part of the country.  I headed there after my overnight train from Bangkok –> Ayutthaya –> Chiang Mai. Highlights of my two days in Chiang Mai: hanging…

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