Category Archives: Asia

A surprise to end every day

We zig-zagged through Luang Prabang – cycling, visiting sights, doing crafts (along with purchasing a few), and walking though the old French neighborhood. Every day unfolded with a different view of life in Luang Prabang. Ah, but what did we … Continue reading

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Waterfalls, bears, and butterflies – in that order

When we heard about a much-visited waterfall near Luang Prabang, Laos we were puzzled. Really? A waterfall? It just wasn’t what we imagined we’d go to see in a UNESCO World Heritage Site city. When we looked online to learn … Continue reading

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Going by the numbers

Around the breakfast table it was decided: the next day we’d visit some of the wats we’d passed on our walks. Wats are Buddhist monasteries or temples. We don’t know how many wats are in Luang Prabang, but our 15 … Continue reading

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How much time is the right amount of time?

Why did we choose to visit Luang Prabang, Laos? For starters, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated for its “unique and ‘remarkably’ well preserved architectural, religious and cultural heritage….” It seems many travelers only stay a few days, which … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to me!

Sometimes things seem to just work out perfectly, without even trying. Beth realized her big birthday (one of those birthdays ending in an “0”) would fall soon after we arrived in Luang Prabang, Laos. What a great place to celebrate … Continue reading

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The disorienting speed of abandoning slow travel

We prefer to travel slowly. When we take a road trip, we try to stay awhile to enjoy interesting places along the way. We don’t drive every day, and, when we do drive, we restrict our driving time to just … Continue reading

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Wandering eyes

When we visited a great travel site, we noticed that our eyes often wandered and our attention diverted from the important site to some small detail. We visited a temple in Bangkok, and all we wanted to look at were … Continue reading

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A Weekend Fling

Our Singapore stop turned out to be an impetuous fling.  Searches for a flight from Cambodia to New Zealand resulted in flights that stopped in Singapore anyway. So we thought why not stop for a long weekend there?  Singapore sounded … Continue reading

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Will spending more money for a hotel room buy us happiness?

We learned a few lessons when, over a two week period, we stayed at three different hotels near Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia: –       Surprisingly, the best hotel we stayed in was the least expensive. –       Also not expected, … Continue reading

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A younger point of view

In Cambodia, we saw new sights and concentrated on some different activities when our 4 year old grandson, Nick, and his 6 year old brother, Luke, joined us in Siem Reap, Cambodia. As we walked down a market street, Nick … Continue reading

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