1 Rural Village, 1 Khmer Wedding & a Bucket of Rice Wine

Motorcycle tours in Cambodia are a lot of fun. I’ve seen my fair share of incredible places from the back of a motorcycle. One of my favourites is a rural village called DaSian, 100km to the east of Siem Reap. To get there by dirt bike we head deep into single track jungle trails until we come out at the deserted Preah Kahn Temple. Continue Reading →

Travel Vietnam: Mai Chao Village

This guest post was written by Stephanie Long. From the top of the hill, Mai Chao looks like the Vietnam I’ve always imagined: rice paddies and small huts, nestled in a valley in the midst of sharp mountains. After a chaotic week in Hanoi, I was craving a trip to rural Vietnam. Too short on time to make the popular trip to Sapa, I had followed a friend’s recommendation and booked a tour to the nearby village of Mai Chao Continue Reading →

Cambodia Photo Journal: Remote Community Near Siem Reap

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Kneightley Hand-carved boats sitting in storage. Believe it or not, our first day in Siem Reap was not spent at the ruins of Angkor Wat. Whenever John and I embark on a new journey, we each make a list of things we want to do and places we want to go to in a Continue Reading →

Cambodia Photo Journal: The People of Ton le Sap

Every life has a story. – A&E Biography Cambodia. Never have I been to a country that has created so much flux and turmoil in my heart. When we left Cambodia, I thought surely I will never return to this god-forsaken place. I saw misery and destitution in Phnom Penh. The constant barrage of the homeless, child hawkers, beggars and amputees wore on my soul. At one point after our arrival in Sihanoukville, I felt, for the first time ever, Continue Reading →

The Hidden Faces of Cambodia

Mysteries abound in this strange land as do hidden faces.  The stillness of the air at Ta Prohm and the buzzing of the cicadas in the early pre-dawn light left me with a feeling of unease.  We were not alone.  Miniature sandstone faces at Ta Prohm. Giant tree roots disturb an ancient stone carving at Prasat Ta Som. Carvings at Banteay Kdei. A hidden face on Ton le Sap.

Great quotes and some advice when traveling through Cambodia

Words are the way we complicate the simple. The deepest aspects of life are about wordlessness. Something you can’t articulate.  – Pico Iyer We’re currently in Siem Reap in Cambodia.  I brought these pearls of wisdom with me to chew on as I write in my journal.  John has forgotten the power supply cable for the laptap, so I haven’t been able to do as much writing as our last trip.  I’ve resorted to keeping very untidy reference notes which I will update for y’all at a Continue Reading →

China Travelogue: To Changbaishan and Heart-in-Mouth Bus Rides

Changbaishan is a mountain range on the Chinese-Korean border in Northeast China. Heavenly Lake sits in a volcanic crater at the top of a mountain. Continue Reading →