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Travel Theme: Inviting

An exit and an entrance; borders are a welcome as well as a departure.  The border between Nong Khai, Thailand and Vientiane, Laos is one of the most frequented borders in the region, serving as one of the primary border run destinations for the countless foreigners in Thailand looking to extend their visas.  The Mekong…

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Huay Xai: Crossing the Mekong

The border between Thailand’s Chiang Khong and Laos’ Huay Xai was the most relaxed border I have ever seen. It’s actually harder to get out of Thailand than it is to get into Laos. Chiang Khong itself is a ways from the nearest decent-sized city of Chiang Rai, but the ride is quite a nice…

Weekly Reblog #32: Thai Coup: Returning to Lao, where it is more stable.

Thai Coup: Returning to Lao, where it is more stable. | dorishimoda “It is one day after the Thai military coup d’etat was declared. It was one day after that a 10 pm to 5 am curfew was declared. Rumors were flying in Lao about how Thailand’s unrest has now made Thailand unsafe to travel;…

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Weekly Reblog #27: Born With the Right Passport

  Born With the Right Passport | Canvas “And it’s because I was born in the right place and carry the right passport. Canada ranks as the 4th best passport to hold for travel freedom, we have the ability to travel to 170 countries, opposed to the 43 countries Afghani people can. Not to mention…

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Preah Vihear: Ruins Victim to Conflict

*Due to the tumultuous political nature of this archaeological site, this post might already be outdated. View Larger Map It’s one of those mornings.  Slightly hung-over and it is raining.  It shouldn’t be raining.  It’s the hot season in the driest part of Thailand.  “You picked a good day to go,” a Thai woman says…

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Visa Run, Vientiane

More and more I hear of foreigners in Thailand making their visa runs – the process of leaving Thailand’s borders in order to obtain a new visa or extend an entry on their existing visa – going across the border to Laos.  Traditionally, this has been done more often by crossing into Malaysia or Cambodia.…

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Travel Theme: Architecture

On a recent long weekend to the Western Thailand border town of Sangkhlaburi, I got a showcase of an intriguing intermingling of architectural styles. Sangkhlaburi is actually 3 towns. There is the modern Thai town, which has a more rustic feel than most, but still is recognizably Thai. Then there is the Mon (Burmese) town…

Travel Theme: Escape

Leaving our passports with the Thai authorities, we were on a bridge over a stream in a literal no man’s land . . .

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

An escape.  Or rather, an attempted escape. On a trip completely paid for by my employer, I was shuttled off to the north of Thailand for a long weekend.  The highlight of the trip for me was to be in range of the Golden Triangle and the Burma border crossing at Mae Sai.  Everywhere else…

Well, I was there; Singapore, the end of this expedition. The snout of the Elephant’s Trunk. That fabled first world megacity shining over the developing entirety of South East Asia.

Singapore: At the Elephant’s Snout

View Larger Map     Well, I was there; Singapore, the end of this expedition. The snout of the Elephant’s Trunk. That fabled first world megacity shining over the developing entirety of South East Asia. Crossing the bridge into the island city-state, perhaps a sign of my naivete, I expected to immediately be riding amidst…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

On a spur of the moment trip I couldn’t back out of due to Priceline having my credit card, I made the short trip from Grand Rapids over to Windsor, Ontario. My friend Jeff was supposed to come with me, but after over 20 minutes of pounding on his door, bedroom window, and calling his…