Bokeo Nature Reserve, Laos, Part 1

I knew very little about the Gibbon Experience when I reserved my spot.  But I knew enough:  you trek deep into the mountainous rain forest of northern Laos’ Bokeo Nature Reserve, sleep for… Continue reading

Luang Thong, Laos

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”  – Lao Tzu, The Way of Life   The most difficult decisions on this trip have been related to transportation: … Continue reading

Luang Prabang, Laos

“What’s the best way for me to get to Luang Prabang?” I asked a Sinh Café travel agent in Hanoi. “You take bus,” she advised.  “Very nice.” “How long is the bus ride?”… Continue reading

Halong Bay, Vietnam

How do you follow up an amazing, too-good-to-be-true experience like the one I just had in Sapa? Simple answer: karaoke typhoon booze cruise. I knew that wherever I went after Sapa would be… Continue reading

Sapa, Vietnam, Part 5

On my last morning in Sapa I had a quick breakfast at the hotel before heading out to meet Vi.  I was worried she would still be upset, but – just as Ge… Continue reading

Sapa, Vietnam, Part 4

Vi, My and Chu masterminded the plan for my third day in Sapa:  buy food at the local market, hike to a village called Ta Phin for a picnic lunch, then hire motorbikes… Continue reading

Sapa, Vietnam, Part 3

At the end of my first day in Sapa, my Hmong friend Chu asked, “What you do tomorrow?” “I don’t know,” I told her.  “What do you think I should do?” “We trek… Continue reading

Sapa, Vietnam, Part 2

My six Hmong friends grew up in the same village – Ta Van, a three-hour hike from Sapa – and when I met them four years ago they all lived at home and… Continue reading

Sapa, Vietnam, Part 1

My visit to Sapa, Vietnam was the highlight of the trip I made to Southeast Asia four years ago.  Sapa is a mountain town in the northern part of the country, very near… Continue reading

Hanoi, Vietnam

The night bus left Hue at 5pm on Friday and rolled into Hanoi at 7am on Saturday.  After checking into a great little hotel recommended by my friend Tenley, who lived in Hanoi… Continue reading