Ha Long Bay to Hoi An

From the overwhelmingly packed streets of Hanoi to the quaint boardwalks of Hoi An, our group has experienced a handful of vastly different lifestyles during the time we've spent here in Vietnam so far. After leaving Sapa, we began making our way south towards the city of Hanoi, where we stopped for a 3 day excursion through Halong Bay along the way. The luxurious junk boat cruise through the towering limestone cliffs provided us all with both breathtaking views and a m… Read more

Southeast Asia Program: Cambodian Experience

Sua sdei from Cambodia! How is everyone doing!? =) Here is my Cambodian experience: Takeo Province: After bribing the Vietnamese officials at the Vietnam-Cambodia border (We gave them coconut candies), we entered another splendid country including magnificient temple ruins, endless acres of rice fields, smiling orphans and beautiful skies. On our first few days in Cambodia, we home stayed in a small town of 10,000 people in the province of Takeo with a ki… Read more

Southeast Asia Program: Luang Prabang to Hanoi

A mini summary since Luang Prabang: We had a full free day in Luang Prabang which is the day I called and spent a ton of time uploading photos. The next day we took songtaos out to a beautiful waterfall where we had a picnic lunch and climbed to the top of the waterfall to swim in the water just above it. The following day we flew into Hanoi and hung out in the Old Quarter until we had dinner at Bar 69 and took our bus to the train station to board the night train to Lao… Read more

SE Asia Program: Vietnam Bound

Sabaidee from Luang Prabang, Laos! The group has arrived from three days of remote river travel in the north western part of the country. We traveled the muddy waters of the Nam Tha River for a day and a half, slept overnight in our boat driver's village, and then joined up with the mighty Mekong River to bring us all the way to the town of Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang has a population of approximately 50,000 people within city limits. The town was given UNESCO Worl… Read more

SE Asia: Welcome to Laos

Ok, a fast and gritty summation of our recent travels and experiences unfolds below: Upon arriving in Luang Nam Tha in Loas we checked into a guest house, and crossed the street to enjoy food at a night market. I had a "chicken salad" which consisted of a halved chicken head, a partially developed embryo, some bits of neck, liver, stomach, and feet. Yuuuum. The following day we set off trekking in the Nam Ha river valley. Muddy trails led up the side of hills mottle… Read more

SE Asia Program: Laos Adventures

October 11: Today we started our two day trekking trip in the Nam Ha area. We left from the Boat Landing Guesthouse after breakfast. My group was doing the Nam Ha Valley Trek. We drove 15 minutes by songtao to the village of Ban Nam Lue where we started our trek. We hiked for about 3 hours, mostly uphill, to the ridge dividing the two villages land. Some parts of the trail were pretty muddy but overall not bad. We met a local woman along the trail with a huge bag of supp… Read more

SE Asia Program: A New Type of Fish Stick

I go out of my way to find the interesting, bizarre and tasty... which is odd for a Wisconsinite, no offence to us, or our cooking styles. But the only thing is culinarily (I think I made that word up) sophisticated is the cheese, I wish I was lying, but my staple foods are meat and potatoes (cheese is its own category), with salt, and maybe, if the chef is adventourous, pepper. Our beer is cheap (shout out to Milwaukees Best and Schlitz!!!) and the remaining food consis… Read more