Jungle Trekking and Caving

We ended our motorcycle trip through central Vietnam by coming in the ‘back door’ of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, our jumping off point for an overnight trek/cave exploration adventure (yes, Mark agreed to go in caves!). ‘Kong: Skull Island’ was partially filmed here… Shauna looked for him, but only found this creature (video). Phong Nha-Ke Bang…

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Siem Reap and the Angkor Temples

We drove with our ToursByLocals guide, Sophy (Soap-py) from Phnom Penh. With stops for lunch and tarantula snacks (see prior post), it took us almost 7 hours. Siem Reap literally means “Siam Defeated,” Siam being Thailand. These days, however, the closest thing to fighting in this small city of about a 1/2 million is the tuk-tuk drivers angling for position.

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Life in the Mekong Delta

Before this trip, the Mekong Delta in Vietnam conjured up images of Navy swift boats and hovercrafts fighting Viet Cong guerrillas. Or maybe scenes from the (fairly bizarre) war movie, Apocalypse Now. But as we cruised up the Mekong River – on the lookout for Marlon Brandon and Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall – we found a vast, vibrant area…

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Good Morning, Vietnam! (cliche but still…)

Xin chào (pronounced s(h)in chow) – hello – from Vietnam. We are so excited to spend the next month in Vietnam and Cambodia, two countries we have never been to before (bringing us to 70 (S) and 71 (M) countries visited). Our visit will take us from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC or Saigon) in the south to the terraced…

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