Rice, Tsunamis, and Ladyboys: Interesting Facts About Thailand

Posted on August 27th, 2013 by BreAnn

James and I were SO excited for Thailand! After hopping around Asia, city to city for months on end, we were pleased to rest for awhile in one country: Thailand!  We set up a two-week volunteer opportunity in a city called Trat, and then planned to spend one month on an Island in the Gulf.  […]

Siem Reap and the amazing Angkor Wat

Posted on August 20th, 2013 by BreAnn

When we arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia (on June 27th), we weren’t exactly sure what to expect. We knew about the amazing Angkor Wat temple complex, and even seeing photos of this wonder online ahead of time is enough to make any travel enthusiast giddy with excitement! But we soon found out that there were […]

Phnom Penh: A beautiful city with a horrific past

Posted on August 15th, 2013 by BreAnn

Cambodia is a unique developing country, full of amazing temples and architecture, but it is also a country that is emerging from decades of civil conflict including a massive genocide in the 1970s. Either way, it is definitely an interesting place to visit. Crossing the border from Vietnam into Cambodia (on June 23rd), we visibly […]

Shocking Cambodia statistics: Average salaries $1/day, one-fifth of the population killed in the 70s, and more

Posted on August 4th, 2013 by BreAnn

When I was researching these statistics for Cambodia, I WAS ABSOLUTELY BLOWN AWAY! Most people in Cambodia only earn $1 per day salary, only 45% of Cambodian kids actually finish elementary school, men’s life expectancy is only 60 years old, and over one-fifth of Cambodia’s population was killed in a matter of three years (1975-78) […]

Our worst trip experience thus far: Mekong Delta tour with one aggressive and crazy tour guide!

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by BreAnn

Our RTW trip thus far has consisted of mostly “do it yourself” planning and travel, but when arriving in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) in the south of Vietnam, we decided to let a tour company take us for a whirl around the Mekong Delta and over the border to Cambodia. And—YIKES—what a WHIRL it was! […]

Time to take an Island break . . .

Posted on July 19th, 2013 by BreAnn

We interrupt your regularly scheduled workday to bring you some relaxation straight from Koh Phangan Island in Thailand! OK, so we’re deviating from the chronological order of the blog (considering the last post I wrote about was from Vietnam… and we haven’t been in Vietnam for about 4 weeks now) to bring you up to […]

Gaining an interesting perspective on the Vietnam War

Posted on July 17th, 2013 by BreAnn

I’ll admit it: I hated history class as a student from elementary school right through grade twelve. I didn’t absorb much of what I studied because I learned just enough to make the grade and move on. So, as we traveled through Vietnam, it was very eye-opening to see actual war sites and learn about […]

Exploring central Vietnam: Hue, Hoi An, and Nha Trang

Posted on July 13th, 2013 by BreAnn

Interesting trip fact: We never actually planned to come to Vietnam on our RTW trip… it was more a “maybe” on our list. However, the more people kept talking about how wonderful the country was, the more intrigued we became… so we soon found ourselves making our way down the Vietnam coastline. When researching places […]

Getting more depth out of your travel experience

Posted on July 9th, 2013 by BreAnn

Many people travel to places just to “see the sights.” Stay at a fancy hotel with nice sheets. Eat at a nice restaurant by the beach. Sit on the white sand and watch the ocean. And because of the lack of vacation time, they pretty much get-in-get-out and move on. In some circumstances, a relaxing […]

From bustling Hanoi to the lovely Island of Cat Ba, Vietnam.

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by BreAnn

Most cities in Vietnam are bustling with many colorful people, shops, and thousands of motorbikes… it can be quite hectic! That is exactly what we experienced as soon as we landed (on May 26th) in the northern part of the country in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. In the shuttle van from the Hanoi airport […]

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