The Backpacker Circuit In Summary

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand

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The Backpacker Circuit In Summary

What we did: Two months covering Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. We originally planned to include Vietnam in this trip, but we ran out of time and decided to save it for a future trip. Where we went: This entire leg of our adventures was overland, using trains and buses. We spent one week in Koh [...]

Press 5 for Upcoming Travel

Thailand

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Press 5 for Upcoming Travel

‘Hello, Ma’am. Thank you for calling Visa. How can we be of service today?’ Yes, I’m calling to report upcoming travel. ‘I’m sorry, it’s a bad connection and we at Visa are having trouble hearing you’ Yes. Yes, I know. I’m calling online, from Thailand. Unfortunately it’s going to be a challenging call. ‘Ohh, wow! [...]

Dave Meets Ladyboy

Thailand

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Dave Meets Ladyboy

I was thirsty. We’d been on one of those never-ending walks that occupy so much of a traveler’s day. In Bangkok those walks also involve breathing in a lot of exhaust, stepping in puddles only to find out it’s urine, and dodging motorcycles racing over both road and sidewalk. The end of a long day, [...]

Bangkok: The Game

I’ve spent many moments wondering if I hate Bangkok. At initial glimpse, the city suggests that it has long ago lost it’s soul. The sex industry, the countless westernized bars, the hookers wandering through your hotel lobby during the breakfast hour… Bangkok has a personality I have never met before. It is no longer a [...]

Border Crossing

Cambodia, Thailand

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Border Crossing

The difficulty in crossing from Thailand to Cambodia overland is no secret in the travel community. A quick online search will reveal horror stories about border scams, buses that deliver people to the wrong place, and offices that produce fake or overpriced entry visas. The online travel pros recommended we leave on the 5:55am train [...]

Shiny and New!

Thailand

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Shiny and New!

The benefit of passing through Bangkok so many times is that we are always heading back into a major city. When our camera broke in Laos, we knew we’d only have a brief amount of time to deal with it before we were able to replace it in a city that boasted places like malls, [...]

Chatuchak

Thailand

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Chatuchak

The weekend market that everyone tells us is a ‘must see’. We specifically arrived back in Bangkok on a Saturday so that we could make it to the Sunday showing of this extravaganza. We were told you can find anything at this market. So with a map in hand and a sky train stop a [...]

Conversations from an elevator

Thailand

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Conversations from an elevator

The old and cramped elevator in our hotel is a nightmare. It’s small and noisy. The doors are strong and close with a hefty slap as you get off. The floor buttons are all one number off: We press ’5′ to get to the fourth floor. It’s the type of error you learn after only [...]