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Re-Integration: The follow up – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 2/10/16 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 7/7)

Conrad and Lawrence returned home after 3 days of Airports and Airplanes
Conrad and Lawrence returned home after 3 days of Airports and Airplanes

“Now that I’ve been back in the U.S. for over a month, I have been able to reflect on most of what happened during our trip.  There are so many People, Places, Foods, Activities, and Memories for to look back on and smile about whenever I want, which is sooo cool. When someone who didn’t have a chance to keep up with my blog asks me how the trip was and what we did, I have absolutely no idea what to tell them.  When I wrote my blog, I summarized, paraphrased, and probably excluded over half of the things that occurred.  In 6 blogs I wrote nearly 10,000 words, so summarizing my trip even further to people typically results in a more vague response to these questions. I usually resort to “it was amazing- it was enlightening and I did/saw a lot of cool things.”  Not the best description, but the best I’ve been able to come up with after experiencing more new things in the last 3 months than in the last 5 years.
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Indonesia: The Final Frontier (Surfing, High speed chase, and Turtles) – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 12/17/15 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 6/7)

 

Indonesian M&M eating a Durian
Indonesian M&M eating a Durian

“In my last blog I mentioned that we had nicknamed this last part of our trip as the “Vacation of our Vacation.”  It ended up being just that, but every vacation has it’s glitches and stressors, and for our last 3 weeks of travel throughout this beautiful country we experienced this every time we changed locations… whether we were headed across town or to a different Island there was always a hitch, fee, fine, shady travel agent, or corrupt cop making sure we had to work for it.  I’ll only quickly reference these instances in the blog as I don’t want to overshadow the elegance of Indonesia with the hassles we faced, but if you travel to Indonesia please be prepared to shell out some cash for private drivers or have books (plural) on hand because you will be spending large amounts of time in bus stations and working out other kinks in the system.
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Cambodia: The land of Treasure and Treachery – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 11/29/15 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 5/7)

 

Angkor Wat - "Heaven on Earth"
Angkor Wat – “Heaven on Earth”

“Rounding out the end of our second month of travel we headed to Cambodia to experience a country and culture that I knew next to nothing about.  Although we were close to the Cambodian border when visiting Da Lat, Vietnam, the itinerary is much more difficult than the 3 hour drive that you would predict when looking at a map.  It takes a 7 hour bus ride back down to Saigon in order to catch a bus heading west.  Definitely a hassle, but allowed for one final Vietnamese pub crawl (+ a free t-shirt) and running in to a few friends we had met in other locations.  The next bus early in the morning was a quick 8 hour trip over roads that are more suitable for a 4-wheeler or dirt bike. This drive was broken up by a lovely stop at the border where we got stuck in limbo after a French girl on our bus decided to sit on the security guard’s table which spiraled into everyone’s passport being held hostage and having to wait while the bus guide pleaded and bargained with border patrol…. Piece of Cake?!
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The Roller Coaster that is Vietnam!!! – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 11/15/15 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 4/7)

 

The Limestone Islands of Halong Bay
The Limestone Islands of Halong Bay

“Stepping in to the second country of our trip (excluding layovers) we felt as though we were pros at entering countries over here and knew exactly what to expect.  The hard fact is that as Thailand was an excellent stepping stone for travels in SE Asia, it also spoiled us rotten and set us up with unrealistic expectations and unfair comparisons that it took time to overcome. Continue reading The Roller Coaster that is Vietnam!!! – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 11/15/15 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 4/7)

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Reunion, Bamboo Tattoos, Muay Thai, Hidden Temple, Jungle Farming, Sticky Waterfall, Police Station, Elephant Mud Bath… – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 10/22/15 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 3/7)

Videos are courtesy of my friend Dalton’s VLOG and rated PG-13 for organized fighting and crude language.  The selected videos show discussed topics, but I strongly recommend checking out all his YouTube Videos for information on Thailand and S.E. Asia. (Thanks Dalton!)

View from the Farm in the Jungle outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
View from the Farm in the Jungle outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

“I write this as we are headed south on a 15 hour day train ending our wonderful 2+ weeks in Chiang Mai and North Thailand.  Chiang Mai is a beautiful place and during our time there we were certainly tested, but with a little help from new friends and higher powers we have escaped unscathed with more than a handful of life changing events under our belts. Continue reading Reunion, Bamboo Tattoos, Muay Thai, Hidden Temple, Jungle Farming, Sticky Waterfall, Police Station, Elephant Mud Bath… – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 10/22/15 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 3/7)

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Destinations 1-3 and everything in between – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 10/8/15 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 2/7)

Atop one of the mountains on Koh Phangan island in Thailand.
Atop one of the mountains on Koh Phangan island in Thailand.

“Well just as I suspected I am already behind on keeping a daily journal and a weekly blog. There is constantly so much going on that I always tell myself that I’ll make time for it later and later tends to never come.  That being said there is so much to put on paper in order to do justice to the last week and a half. Continue reading Destinations 1-3 and everything in between – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 10/8/15 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 2/7)

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Notes before takeoff – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 9/22/15 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 1/7)

 

Greetings from Zen Ronald McDonald
Greetings from Zen Ronald McDonald

“I’m writing the first blog post for 2 reasons: 1st to give everyone an idea of how long a flight from LAX to Tokyo is, and 2nd to make sure that this program works as I have never blogged before and have absolutely no Idea what I’m doing. Continue reading Notes before takeoff – Edited Travel Blog Summary from 9/22/15 S.E. Asia Backpacking Trip (Post 1/7)