Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane receives mixed reviews from those who travel there. Many people love the French influenced town, while others feel that it is just a stepping stone on their way to the less spoiled areas of Laos. Vientiane didn’t have the temples of Siem Reap nor the excitement of Bangkok to hold our interest, and I…

Bangkok, Thailand (2015)

Bangkok is one of the largest business centers in Southeast Asia. The city is a huge, bustling metropolis filled with luxury malls and skyscrapers. However, Bangkok retains its character with food carts, street markets, and red roofed temples scattered throughout the city. We’ve been lucky enough to know several people living in Bangkok and have…

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap is a contradiction. The city feels both untouched by tourism and alive due to it. The main draw of Siem Reap to most visitors is Angkor Wat, but the city still remains a largely a backpacker’s haven despite the large tours that come to view the temple. Angkor Wat is crowded, but you…

Flying to Southeast Asia

It’s finally time to start taking about our around the world travels (RTW). Before we get to the good stuff, here is some information regarding our experiences traveling to southeast Asia to start the trip. We flew out of Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC at 8:30pm on Saturday night on Qatar Airways. We did…

Retro Trip: Bangkok, Thailand

Retro Trip Post: This is article 3 of 3 articles reflecting on our first trip to Thailand taken in 2011. Before leaving the country we had to travel through Bangkok. We are very luck to have had friends living in the city at the time who provided us with a wealth of suggestions and a…

Retro Trip: Chiang Mai

Retro Trip Post: This is article 2 of 3 articles reflecting on our first trip to Thailand taken in 2011. After visiting Koh Samui to celebrate the marriage of two of our friends, we were invited to join them as they traveled to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Chiang Mai was our favorite part of…

Retro Trip: Koh Samui

Retro Trip Post: As we prepare to leave for our backpacking trip across Asia, I’ve been reflecting on our past trip to Thailand. Because the world is such a large place, we are planning to bypass most of what we’ve already seen before when we visited Thailand in 2011. The first destination on our 2011…