Trip roundup: More thoughts on Cambodia & Vietnam

We are now safely back in Toronto, getting reacclimated to the brisk temperatures and snowstorms. I’m still trying to rework my circadian rhythm to get over this terrible jet lag, so am forcing myself to stay awake by writing this blog post, with a few more random thoughts on my recent journey through Cambodia and…

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A scorching goodbye to Laos in Vientiane

Today’s forecast: 38ยฐC, sunny ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿ”ฅ Mosquito bite tally: 14 Temples, water fights, and monuments Today was our last full day in Laos. We left Vang Vieng early in the morning for a 3 hour drive to the Laos capital, Vientiane. Skies are blue here but it is hot, hot, hot! Our guides were keen to…

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Sizzling in Vang Vieng

Today’s forecast: 38ยฐC, sunny ๐Ÿฅต Mosquito bite tally: 11 Sweating on the bumpy road to Vang Vieng I am composing this blog entry while hiding out in our hotel room to seek some reprieve from the extreme heat we’ve been experiencing over the past couple days. We arrived in Vang Vieng yesterday evening after a…

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A couple days in lovely Luang Prabang

Today’s forecast: 40ยฐC, hazy and humid โ›…๏ธ Mosquito bite tally: 7 We have had a great stay in Luang Prabang for the last couple days, one of which was my birthday. Celebrating a birthday on vacation – can’t complain about that! As I mentioned in my previous entry, Luang Prabang is a small city in…

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Rolling on the Mekong River

Today’s forecast: 36ยฐC, smoky ๐Ÿ”ฅ Mosquito bite tally: Still 5! Waking up to a smoky sunrise We stayed the night in the border town of Chiang Khong as we approached our entry into Laos. A quiet afternoon and evening was spent preparing for our upcoming trip on the Mekong River slow boat, enjoying a final…

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Toward the Thailand-Laos border

Today’s forecast: 36ยฐC, sunny with haze โ›…๏ธ Mosquito bite tally: 5 Visiting the White Temple in Chiang Rai Today was mostly a travel day on account of us approaching our move onto the Laos portion of this trip. We packed up our bags in Chiang Mai early this morning and headed north toward Chiang Khong,…

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Temples, night markets, and fights in Chiang Mai

Today’s forecast: 38ยฐC, smoggy โ›…๏ธ Mosquito bite tally: 5 Up in the smog at Doi Suthep We arrived today in Chiang Mai in the early morning after our 13 hour overnight ride on the sleeper train from Bangkok. In the end, I had an okay sleep but I think Mr. Chuckles had a rougher time.…

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Boats, temples, and trains in Bangkok

Today’s forecast: 33ยฐ C, sunny โ˜€๏ธ Mosquito bite tally: 4 Cruising along the khlongs Today was our first full day in Bangkok as part of the Intrepid tour. We awoke early in the morning for breakfast, and then met our guide for a river cruise. Bangkok is sometimes referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’,…

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Starting off with a Bang(kok)

After months of anticipation and nearly 24 hours in transit, Mr. Chuckles and I have finally arrived in Bangkok to begin our two week journey through northern Thailand and Laos. I’ve finally decided to reveal this blog to some real life friends and family, so maybe I’ll have a few new readers following along with…

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Preparing for Thailand & Laos

In April, I’ll be going on my first trip to Southeast Asia, specifically Thailand and Laos. I decided to join a small group tour with Intrepid Travel, having heard some good things about them. It’s also my first time heading out in this direction, so I thought I’d pay the premium for an organized tour…

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