Southeast Asia

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Southeast Asia Reading List

Southeast Asia Reading List When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge by Chanrithy Him The Elephant’s Bathtub: Wonder Tales from the Far East by Frances Carpenter The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family […]

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh was so different than Hanoi.  It was more modern and fast paced.  We explored the city on foot during the day and at night took a motorbike food tour.  Our guides were young college girls who spoke great English.  They told us about their lives and showed us around the city in […]

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan – Lake Temple in Bali

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is a large water temple complex on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul.   The temple was built in 1633 and used for offerings to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu.  The water temples in Bali are so interesting as they have important functions for […]

Bali- Sekumpel Waterfalls

Sekumpel means ‘group’ in Indonesian, and there’s not just one waterfall here- there are seven, and the largest is 50 meters tall.  It took quite a while on the tiny windy roads to get there, but the scenery was breathtaking, all lush and green and gorgeous mountains covered in mist.  We grabbed a quick breakfast […]

Hanoi Photo Diary

      Ladies sitting by their shop, and Kanya ordering a banh mi with the ever-present hot sauce in the foreground.           We saw a lot of things on motorcycles.

Ninh Binh Itinerary

Ninh Binh was my favorite part of Vietnam.  We took the train there from Hanoi (it takes about two hours) around sunset, and as we sped by the little villages we could see little glimpses of everyone going about their evening.  The train tracks go right through the middle of everything.  We could see people […]

Bali- Batukaru Jungle Trek

We went on a jungle trek and unexpectedly ended up eating our way through the jungle…13 delicious tropical fruits, a long hike, and some gorgeous rice paddies later, we ended up at our guide’s village compound eating a multi-course lunch cooked by his wife, then ended with a beautiful remote mountain temple. We wanted to […]

Mua Caves

We woke up before the sun came up our first day in Ninh Binh so we could bike to the Mua Caves.  We immediately got lost, I somehow threw my shoe in a muddy rice paddy, and everything took longer than we thought, but we finally made it, thanks to offline Google maps (always the savior). […]

Khmer New Year- What Seemed Like Such a Good Idea

The Cambodian (Khmer) new year festival is the biggest celebration of the year, lasting three to four days and involving much decorating and some pretty hard partying.  It’s also during the hottest time of the year.  It’s not for the weak- there are huge crowds, dust, and overwhelming heat.  Kanya (my traveling companion) thought it […]

A Very Embarrassing Cambodian Photoshoot

In which Kanya and I go get Cambodian glamor shots… All the girls in Kanya’s family have Cambodian glamor shots.  They look like beautiful Khmer dolls, pale lily-white and heavily made-up.  We naturally had to go get our own done.  It was quite the experience.  We get to the studio as a bride is finishing […]

Jalan Alor Food Street

Kuala Lumpur is a mix of so many cultures and their food reflects that!  We headed to the famous Jalan Alor to check it out. 🐔 feet! Yummy coconut 🍦  

Gili Trawangan

Gili T is a sleepy little island off the north-east coast of Bali, just a short ferry ride away.  We took the fast boat from Amed, but you can get ferries from southern Bali as well.  There’s not much on the island, just a row of very touristy shops and restaurants.  Accommodations vary, there are […]

Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur

The Batu caves are huge limestone (said to be 400 million years old!) caves set into the mountains near Kuala Lumpur, with a massive golden statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity.  There are several shrines and temples, including one that depicts the well-known story of the Ramayana. The giant gold statue is of Lord Murugan, […]