Chillin Near China – Northern Vietnam

November 22-24, 2015 As is my prevailing penchant, I wanted to venture far off the beaten path for some of my time in northern Vietnam, and so hired a guide for three days to travel north from Hanoi through the mountainous region of Ba Be Lake and Cao Bang, going as far as the border of … Continue reading Chillin Near China – Northern Vietnam

Layers of Green – Cu Nam Village, Vietnam

November 17-19, 2015 Early morning, as the sun begins to shine brightly on the nearby fields, the distant mountains are still unseeable. The long planted plains stretch out toward the west into a bank of low lying mist that billows up to become thick, dark cloud, creating an early day contrast against the bright sun … Continue reading Layers of Green – Cu Nam Village, Vietnam

Into the Earth – Phong Nha, Vietnam

November 17-19, 2015 The story is, that in 2005 a local villager, in search of water, happened by a hidden opening in the limestone mountain high up in the hills of what is Phong Nha National Park, situated in the mid-section of Vietnam separating the north and the south. He walked by the unseen cave … Continue reading Into the Earth – Phong Nha, Vietnam

Island Life – Phu Quoc, Vietnam

November 10-12, 2015 The 24 hours preceding our arrival on Phu Quoc Island was about as draining as travel can be... an 11 hour, mostly sleepless, overnight bus ride followed by three consecutive flights across three different countries. The salt on this exhausting travel wound was the final ride from the airport, the last half … Continue reading Island Life – Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Mandalay, a Farewell to Magnificent Myanmar

November 9-11, 2015 In the predawn darkness, the small town streets are just barely starting to move... a few women are sweeping the dust off their doorsteps and several gas light burners from roadside stands are starting to light up the dirt curbs with little oranges glows. We are making our way to the jetty … Continue reading Mandalay, a Farewell to Magnificent Myanmar

Quintessential Burma – Beguiling Bagan, Myanmar

November 5-7, 2015 If there is one place that epitomizes the magical intertwining of exotic aesthetic, historically rich culture and some fantastically infused adventure, Bagan is it. This ancient land is home to approximately 2200 temples and pagodas, mostly built between the the 11th and 13th centuries, and you cannot go very far before another … Continue reading Quintessential Burma – Beguiling Bagan, Myanmar

Life on the Lake – Inle, Myanmar

October 5-6, 2015 It is dusk as we are making our way through the companion town of Nyaung Shwe on our way to Inle Lake, and once we are out of the bustling little town and on the perimeter lake road, darkness has set in, making it difficult to find our lodge, Inle Resort and … Continue reading Life on the Lake – Inle, Myanmar

Quaint Kalaw – Myanmar

October 3-4, 2015 Kalaw is a small Burmese town in the northeast state of Shan, Myanmar. At the moment it is still pretty under the radar as far as tourism goes, however its proximity to Inle Lake (about an hour and a half drive) which is an increasingly popular resort location, is what puts Kalaw … Continue reading Quaint Kalaw – Myanmar

You Had Me at Hello – Yangon, Myanmar

October 31 - November 2, 2015 First let me just say, after a month alone in India, I'm terribly happy to have some company for the next three weeks. Lochan and I meet at the Bangkok airport and take the quick flight into Yangon together, and driving out of the Yangon airport and into the … Continue reading You Had Me at Hello – Yangon, Myanmar