Archive for Travel Tips – Asia

Vat Phou – I Want to Sit and Drink Tea in Front of This Ruin!

I don’t know why but it just seems like a cool thing to do. Just be there, drink tea or maybe fall asleep on the steps at the temple. Yeah, that’s it! Have some lunch there and then wander around canadian pharmacy levitra. It’s kind of a pre – Angkor Wat which to me is something older and cooler than something already old and cool………………..I’m going.

For a good explanation on Vat Phou, look here.

CouchSurfing. Sounds Pretty Cool For Anybody But My Daughter.

Not sure what to think about this one. On the one hand, it sounds like a great way to meet people, go cool places on the cheap, get a real community going. On the other hand, it sounds like hitch hiking with a twist. I haven’t tried it but I bet it’s filled with a lot of stories of awesome people and lifelong friends, coupled with a horror story every now and then cs6 master collection mac. Just like any risk sport where each success makes you more and more confident until that one hairy moment is a reminder of reality. Also, as with any risk sport, there are safe and unsafe ways to do it. When a paraglider pilot looks at the weather and it isn’t a sure thing, that’s when you pack it in. Likewise, if a situation feels the least bit weird, time to bail.

An Ode to Cipro….How do I Love Thee!!

The street vendor. Simultaneously your best friend and your worst enemy. Who can resist an awesome photo eating fried crickets in Thailand or balot (duck embryo) in the Philippines? Of course there is also the dare factor along with the “how many chances do I get to try this” multiplier. Many people have traded that photo for 4 days in the bathroom http://www.sfa.univ-savoie.fr/sciences/misc/phpcheck/kamagra-pas-cher.html.

Not to fear, however!! Ever since Cipro (Ciproflaxin to the medically inclined) was invented, people have been able to cut it to a day or so. Ah, the possibilities and photo opportunities!

To the inventor of Cipro, I hoist a drink from a dirty cup along with mystery meat on a stick! You are awesome!

The Orkhon Valley – Where did all the people go?

Alright, so they’ve been gone a very long time, since the Genghis Khan days to be exact. What was once the center of his empire is basically a huge meadow, thousands of square miles wide. If you want to go there, the best way is on horseback and it is definitely off the beaten path www.truba.gov.tr. Miles and miles of Mongolian beauty with remnants of the old grandeur of the Golden Horde. I keep thinking two things: no phone (sweet) and fly fishing (also sweet).

Ogasawara Islands – Am I Sensing A Winter Theme Here?

Okay, yet another idyllic out of the way, off the beaten path, fantastic place. This time it’s in a Japanese territory which in my book makes it even cooler. The best parts? Small population, year round whales and dolphin, fruits of all kinds and just a bunch of beach http://kodu.ut.ee/~roma1956/images/phocagallery2/gallery/generic-viagra.html. This really is one of those places that hasn’t really been trampled. Will your cell phone work there? I’m going to say “no” even though I have no clue. Just trust me, “no”.

Koh Samet – They just need laser beams on their heads

Koh Samet Island has one of those adventure rides where you really didn’t know what you were getting in for. Disguised as a fish farm, and at a very reasonable price, you can walk along floating planks and feed the fish with…. yourself. On both sides of the bouncing planks, should you feel unsteady, you have a choice to fall into the turtle tank or the shark tank, for example. Other tanks (all easily accessible through a welcoming, open top) have less dangerous but still inviting fish to feed. As an added bonus and in case the fish aren’t at a full frenzy, you can buy little fishies to throw in and really stir them up. I actually dug it. Just don’t put your hands too close to the water, watch who you share a plank with and keep to an outside plank!

If I were in the Antartica…or a warzone… or backcountry…. or

Did you know that you can rent a satellite phone? For about 40 bucks and a dollar sixty a minute you can shout out a HEEELLLP! Or someone can let you now that you need to come home NOW! Regardless, it would be pretty cool to have if it all hit the fan.

Travel insurance and travel health insurance, is there a difference?

In short, OH YEAH! One looks out for your luggage and investment in a trip, the other looks out for you. Imagine this: A beautiful evening on the coast in India, a wonderful meal, all the makings of the beginning of appendicitis. Hours later the pain begins as an infection grows and you begin wondering what is happening in your side. I’ll stop there. Let’s just suffice it to say that you will probably want to be in a hospital where they don’t see death as just another step on the wheel of reincarnation. I’m talking about wonders of medevac to a good hospital and overseas medical insurance. These guys here are one of the best at this.

Plain of Jars – Awesome to see…and a little hairy.

The Plain of Jars is one of those trippy places that make you feel that history is not even close to what our teachers said it was like. It was way cooler. Why, for example, would a culture in Laos build hundreds of huge jars out of stone and then just leave them lying around the countryside? These things are gigantic and took a lot of work. What were they for? How did they make them?

One thing to note before you go busting out there is that during the Vietnam war, a lot of cluster bombs were dropped in this area so a lot of unexploded ordinance remains in the area. Definitely off the beaten path and you will need a licensed guide. For more information, this site seems to have some great insights on the place.

Kinda Dorky But Convenient

This thing isn’t really my style but eliminating hassle is. Basically it’s a vest where you can hold your tickets, passport, snacks, everything you would be searching for when going through an airport. Just keep it in one of the tons of pockets in this vest. The coolest part is just throwing it on the x-ray conveyer and just walking through. If this is your kind of deal, here is a good place to get one.