A few of our favorite things in SE Asia, Part 1

It’s been six weeks, over 40 posts and about 1500 hits from readers since we arrived in SE Asia. So we thought we’d share some of our favorite moments so far. Feel free to share your own favorites by posting a comment. …

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Other lives

What if your life took an entirely different direction…and you discovered options for living you never imagined before? This is the great question we’ve been pondering as we meet Americans and Europeans who have utterly changed the how and where …

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Footnotes from Laos

As we headed to Cambodia, we put together a few remaining thoughts about the wonderful land of Laos. The Hmong tribe There are many tribal villages that have been resettled by the Lao government, and are called model villages perhaps …

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Back to nature at the Kingfisher Ecolodge, Xe Pian Laos

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We’ve just stayed at the Kingfisher Ecolodge within the Xe Pian protected forest just about 50 miles from Pakse. It’s been a wonderful experience similar to one we enjoyed earlier this year, the Selva Bananito near the Caribbean coast of …

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Time and timelessness: Traveling on the Mekong River, part 2

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We’ve been moving southward in Laos, following the direction of the Mekong River, and we find ourselves once more spending many hours on its waters. Here at the southern end of the country, the river is at first much wider …

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Street smarts

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The snide way of starting this post…What’s more street smart than the average American 10 year old? Answer: any Lao village two year old child, or its chickens, cows and pigs. The not so snide way of starting this post…it’s …

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Wat Phou, a preview of Angkor Wat

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At Champasak, just south of Pakse, we saw our first Khmer temple complex ruin, a primer of sorts for the main event near Siem Reap, where we plan to hike and camp. The Angkor people were in Laos from at …

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Laotian dreams

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One guide inLaos shared his aspirations with us by the end of our time together. In his early thirties now, with two children and the intention to have a third, he is aiming for a life that goes against the …

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Urns and Bombs – the unending cycle in the Plain of Jars

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There is one main purpose of visitors to Phonasavanh. It’s the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Plain of Jars. This area is a very wide plateau, part of the high mountain plain here, full of farms growing rice and …

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The long and winding road to the Plain of Jars

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You’ve got to be crazy to drive from Luang Prabang to Phonasavanh and the Plain of Jars. For 260 kilometers, or about 160 miles, you drive a two lane road through incessantly twisting terrain of limestone hills that slope precipitously …

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