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Wet Wet Wet: Songkran 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand

Songkran is Thai New Year, celebrated in Thailand, as well as other places like Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos, on April 13-15. Perhaps the most famous way to celebrate is a massive water fight on the streets. Locals and travelers alike take the streets with water pistols and buckets in hand, and splash each other with water....

Tubing 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Tubing in Vang Vieng

Tubing, for better or for worse, has become the activity most associated with Vang Vieng in Laos. It has become THE thing to do there, with the town’s entire industry effectively built around it. To the uninitiated, tubing is essentially taking an inflated inner tube (or any ring-shaped floatation device, for that matter) and floating...

Bangkok Delicious: A Thai Food Adventure

It’s unfortunate that when one mentions Bangkok these days, the first thing that people think of is violence and danger, no thanks to the ongoing Redshirt drama. Indeed, people are reconsidering and ultimately dropping Bangkok from their itineraries following recent violence in the city which saw a Japanese tourist wearing a red shirt get beaten,...

Temples, Toys, and Tigers, Oh My! (Singapore: Day 13, 12-Apr-09)

I decided to take it a little easier on my first full day in Singapore, leaving most of my sightseeing for the walking tour I was planning to do the next day. Because I was staying right at the heart of Little India, I figured the most natural start of my day was to look...

A Very Nice Bus Trip (Kuala Lumpur and Singapore: Day 12, 11-Apr-09)

I woke up on Saturday morning wondering if I made the right decision to stay for just one full day in Kuala Lumpur. On one hand, I’d already seen all the major sights and destinations that I wanted to visit: Petronas Towers (even if I didn’t get to go up on the skybridge), KL Tower,...

Walk This Way (Kuala Lumpur: Day 11, 10-Apr-09)

The second half of my whirlwind tour of Kuala Lumpur began after the lunchtime rain. While seeking refuge from the rain in a restaurant along Jalan Bukit Bintang, I tried to plot out the rest of my day. The guidebook I borrowed included suggestions for some walking tours around Kuala Lumpur’s Colonial District and Merdeka...

7 Tips to Save Money in Singapore

Singapore has a reputation for being a relatively expensive city for travelers, particularly within Southeast Asia. Backpackers who travel to the region are taken aback by how much pricier Singapore is compared to its neighbors such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. Small wonder that travelers on a tight budget are wary of their funds dwindling...

High Flying, Adored (Kuala Lumpur: Day 11, 10-Apr-09)

I only had one full day to explore Kuala Lumpur, so I wanted to make the most of it. I borrowed a Malaysian guidebook from my CouchSurfing host Angelo, and I had some idea of what I wanted to do that day. Unfortunately, my day started out as a comedy of errors. I meant to...

A Tale of Three Airports (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Kuala Lumpur: Day 10, 09-Apr-09)

After three full days in Siem Reap, it was time to head to my next destination: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After breakfast and some last-minute browsing at the markets, my tuk-tuk driver, Mr. Bill, picked me up from the hostel and brought me to Siem Reap Airport. He gave me his contact information, asking me to...

Before Sunset (Tonle Sap: Day 9, 08-Apr-09)

I had spent a good morning at Angkor Wat on my last full day in Siem Reap. After a cloudy sunrise and a wet excursion at the temple itself, I went to Angkor National Museum for a bit of historical and cultural background which, in hindsight, I probably should have done before exploring the temples...

Angkor Wet (Angkor Wat: Day 9, 08-Apr-09)

After a cloudly sunrise at Angkor Wat (which I blogged about), it was time for a quick breakfast before exploring the grounds. I joined the throngs of people leaving the premises and riding their tuk-tuks to one of the many restaurants in the area. As I was wrapping up breakfast, the rain started to fall....

The Sun Will Come Out… (Sunrise at Angkor Wat: Day 9, 08-Apr-09)

Sunrise at Angkor Wat is one of those so-called must-sees that would change your life forever. The sight of the sun rising and slowly revealing the glory of Angkor Wat is supposed to be awe-inspiring and absolutely beautiful. So, despite the fact that it meant waking up early and skipping breakfast, I told my tuk-tuk...