• Asia,  Cambodia,  Indonesia,  Malaysia,  Myanmar,  Thailand,  Vietnam

    10 signs you’ve backpacked in southeast asia

    1. You own elephant pants or fisherman pants 2. You have this picture (or a very similar one) did you even go to Asia if you didn’t get to see some elephants? 3. You know food poisoning is not an “if,” but a “when” and you know that it’s NOT going to be a fun couple hours/days 4. You love street animals dogs, cats, all of them! 5. Your first aid kit becomes your most prized possession Food poisoning, upset stomach, headache? “I have stuff for that.” 6. You’ve had a bucket and you know how dangerous they are 7. Mosquito repellent = liquid gold 8. You’ve grown to like…

  • Asia,  Cambodia,  Thailand,  Vietnam

    unexpeted itineraries: popular southeast asia

    Southeast Asian Itineraries I may not have lived in Southeast Asia all my life, but to me, this beautiful little region is home. The best memories from my childhood come from tubing down a river in Laos (yes, the one that was known for death by bar hopping/drugs) and playing with elephants in Chiang Mai, with some rock climbing in China thrown in there. I moved to Singapore to finish high school and made more memories of Southeast Asia, from clubbing until sunrise with my classmates to climbing over 1000 vertical meters up Mt. Kinabalu. And finally, throughout my gap year, I had spent time bouncing around Southeast Asian countries,…

  • Asia,  Cambodia

    unexpected siem reap 

    Border hopping is an exhausting, all day ordeal, but we’re in Cambodia and our day was quite the adventure! We almost missed the train from HuaLongPhong (Bangkok’s train station) to Aranyaprathet, but we made it on with 10 minutes to spare. The train costs 48 baht (about $1.40) and takes 4 hours (although it took us a little longer). The ride was long and very warm, but the breeze that ran through the windows into the train cars was refreshing and made the ride very comfortable. As I looked out the window, I saw miles of Thai country-side, a beautiful change in scenery from the crowded city.       Once we…