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Ancient Lopburi and the Monkey Temple of Lavo

Kim and I stepped out of the van a little before midnight. But, we were still 5 km from our destination. There were not a lot of options, and we ended up settling into a deal for a ride in… Continue Reading →

Ancient Lampang: Pratu Ma City Gate

Northern Thailand is full of cities that coexisted hundreds of years ago with more famous cities of the country’s past, like Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, and Chiang Mai. The little-visited Lampang is one of these historic cities. And though obscure, the city… Continue Reading →

Top 10 Destinations of 2018

Since leaving China at the end of 2017, I’ve been able to embrace benefits remote working more readily. It was also the first year I was able to travel beyond China with my girlfriend, who was now living and working… Continue Reading →

Chongqing City Gates: Ancient Tongyuanmen and Dongshuimen

For hundreds of years, Chongqing stood as an important wharf and outpost in the west of Chinese territory. Straddling the intersection of the Jialing River into the important eastward Yangtze River, it was a valuable strategic location. Evidence of defensive… Continue Reading →

Podcast Interview with Bangkok Photographer Stev Bonhage

Last week when I returned to Bangkok, I met up with photographer and MMA fanatic Stev Bonhage. We met nearly four years ago at the Overstay Hostel and have crossed paths several times since then. A year ago, Stev began… Continue Reading →

Roi Et: A Town Travel Guide

  As far as Isan (Northeastern Thailand) towns go, Roi Et is an exceptionally attractive one. It’s name translates literally as One Hundred One, though this is a corruption of an antiquated way of writing 11, as the old city… Continue Reading →

Shizuishan: The Hill of Chinese Stones

One of the odder attractions advertised in Shizuishan was the “Hill of Chinese Stones”, and no, I did not make that name myself. It is a self-proclaimed popular tourist attraction boasting thousands of stone images, carvings, and even a mysterious… Continue Reading →

I Should Have Stayed Home

Chinese public holidays are the worst time to travel in China. Why? Because it’s when everyone travels in China. Bus stations pack, train tickets become unavailable and plane tickets skyrocket. And while this is worst and most prevalent during the… Continue Reading →

Laos Mountain Roads

Laos looks small on the map. At 236,800 square kilometers, it’s only slightly smaller than the UK or my home state of Michigan. What these maps don’t show is a landscape the likes of which I had never really seen… Continue Reading →

The Road Not Taken: Revelations and Bus Stations

There are those moments when stark realizations overlay themselves on what you are experiencing in the moment. Perhaps they come from song lyrics. From a literary reference. Or maybe something passively told to you drunkenly at a bar. At the… Continue Reading →

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