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After our short time in Ho Chi Minh City we flew to Hanoi. Hanoi is cooler than Saigon but about a thousand times more humid. It is an incredibly green city with lots of parks and tree lined streets [...] Continue Reading

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We only spent 5 days in Ho Chi Minh City but we loved every minute and packed tons of activities into our short amount of time [...] Continue Reading

Two Weeks in Phnom Penh

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We spent two weeks in Phnom Penh Cambodia. The hotel was awesome- we spent a lot of time at the very nice gym and even better pool. We also spent a lot of time wandering around. Every time we went out we discovered a new neighborhood which was great fun [...] Continue Reading

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

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Cambodian traffic is fascinating. There seem to only be suggestions of rules, but none are enforced and few are heeded at all. I have been walking down the sidewalk and been honked at by mopeds. Don't the sidewalks belong to pedestrians?? We have seen all manner of vehicles on the streets and mopeds carrying up to 5 people. I saw 4 adults and a baby once on a single moped which is the record so far [...] Continue Reading

Angkor Wat and Elephants!

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We couldn't visit Siem Reap without going to see Angkor Wat, the famous Hindu turned Buddhist temples dating back as far as the 9th century and as recent as the 15th century. The temples sit on 400 square km of land and are the largest religious temples in the world. Angkor Wat is the name of the complex and also one of the most famous temples in the complex [...] Continue Reading

Siem Reap, Cambodia

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When we initially started this trip we wanted to see as many places as we possibly could, however, we have come to like spending time in one place and thoroughly exploring it before moving. This is also nice because it means we don't have to lug our giant bag as often. Plus, it seems no matter the mode of transportation traveling takes the entire day. It doesn't matter if we are taking the bus to a different town or flying to another country, the entire day is consumed by travel. So, we have decided these last few months are not going to be about seeing as much as we can, but instead really getting to know a place. So, we spent 10 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia [...] Continue Reading

The {Surprisingly} Uneventful Trip to Cambodia thumbnail

After 5 entertaining but exhausting days in Bangkok we left Thailand for Cambodia. Neither of us were quite ready to leave, but our visa was only good for 1 month (1 calendar month, which means we got shorted since we went in February. Grrr [...] Continue Reading


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The journey from Koh Phayam to Bangkok was quite long. We took moped taxis to the pier, a boat from the pier to the small city of Ranong where we caught a 3 hour van ride to another city. From there we had a few hours to get dinner and then catch an overnight train to Bangkok. The overnight train proved to be a very different experience from the ones in Europe. Instead of small compartments that slept 6 the train was lined on both sides with lower bunks and upper bunks which were made private with the addition of curtains [...] Continue Reading

Koh Phayam

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After our time in Koh Lanta we headed further north to visit the island of Koh Phayam. Koh Phayam was a much smaller, much quieter island. It was so small, in fact, that there were no cars. An occasional tractor and plenty of mopeds, but no cars. So, every once in a while we look back at the people we were early on in this trip and compare that to who we are now, often we laugh at how naive we were[...] Continue Reading

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As if I didn't have enough to worry about while scooting about on our moped, I now have another, bigger fear- Cobras! [...] Continue Reading