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Chang Classic

sunny 90 °F

With over 1,000 kilometers between us and our last blog post, a lot has happened...

  • Overnight bus ride with live chickens, ogling locals, and rice sacks for beds
  • Walking along the sandy beaches of the Mekong Delta in Vientiane the capital of Laos
  • Living and working on an organic farm surrounded by rice paddies and karst towers
  • Exploring the "Shangri La" of Laos, Luang prabang by walking the riversides, strolling the candle lit night market, and eating delicious street buffets
  • Flying to Chiang Mai, Thailand to meet our friend Jonah Jolley

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Posted by paigejohn 01:48 Archived in Thailand Comments (2)

A Nature Walk in the Sky

sunny 70 °F

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Posted by paigejohn 03:22 Archived in Laos Comments (1)

ສະບາຍດີ

sabaidy

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Posted by paigejohn 00:55 Comments (5)

Country Hopping

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As we left behind our badass motorcycling, incredible ocean view, and body surfing of Vung Tau we looked forward to beginning our first volunteer project. Riding the open aired hydrofoil back to Ho Chi Minh was the perfect way to end our explorring of the Vietnamese coast. When arriving at our volunteer project we quickly realized the project wasn't quite for us and decided to leave. It was back to the road for us. We said our goodbyes, backpacks on back and left to Pham Ngu Lao, 'backpacker's alley'. We spent a couple days munching on BBQ cuttlefish from street vendors and enjoying the famous Bia Saigon at night while watching the park come alive with children rollerblading, dancing, and playing a talented mixture of soccer and badmitten. At the end of those two days we headed to Phnom Penh. We took a boat through the Mekong delta where we stumbled across fishing markets, crocodile farms, and our crickety old floating hotel. Getting across the border from Vietnam to Cambodia was anything but standard. We were a little worried when a Vietnamese man on the boat collected our info, passports, and cash, but our nerves were calmed when he exited the boat, jumped on the back of a motorcycle and drove down a dirt path. When we reached the border he came back with our passports, visas and all. We took a second stop to get our passport stamped where chickens, stray dogs, and security gaurds played poker and smoked cigars. We knew we were in the right place. We arrived in Phnom Penh after quite the boat ride and instantly fell in love. The city was amazing. We spent most of our time walking along the waterfront strolling around the local market, and lounging outside the temple where children played and monks prayed. The sites, smells, sounds and vibes of Phnom Penh are some of the most real we have ever felt. We spent two days in Phnom Penh when we decided we could swing it at the end of our trip and head up to Laos. Our first stop; the 4000 islands. We arrived at Don Det after quite the day of traveling to soon find out ATMs are not availible on the island and nowhere would take cards. We took the cash in our pocket bought two ferry tickets and were island bound. We nestled up in a small Bungalow overlooking the Mekong where we spent the next three days. We spent our time on Don Det floating the Mekong nearly everyday, the second day while floating the Mekong a water buffalo decided to take a dip with us and we sunbathed in the Mekong with our new found friend. Don Det was undoubtedly the most relaxed place we have ever experienced. We are now currently headed to Thakheak, a small town on the way to Vang Vieng; our real first volunteer project.

Posted by paigejohn 09:05 Archived in Laos Comments (0)

140 Kilometers per hour feels a lot faster than it sounds

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Posted by paigejohn 02:24 Archived in Vietnam Comments (1)

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