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Varanasi, India: The Burning Ghats along the Ganges River
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Varanasi, India: The Burning Ghats along the Ganges River

The burning ghats (also known as Manikarnika ghat) in Varanasi are a sacred place where the Hindu funeral rituals take place. After the body is burned, the ashes are pushed into the Ganges River, which is also considered sacred. We'd visited the burning ghats in Kathmandu a few weeks before this trip to see Pashupatinath along the sacred Basmati River. Cremations take place within full public view in these ...
Kathmandu Airport: Photo Gallery
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Kathmandu Airport: Photo Gallery

On our August 2014 trip to Kathmandu we had quite an experience at the airport... We had read online that we'd be able to purchase our visa to enter Nepal at the airport after we arrived. But, when we got to Kathmandu we discovered that we needed actual cash to pay for the visa since we weren't able to use our card (the airport's card readers weren't working). We did eventually get things figured out, but ...
Shuttle Bus after Crossing into Israel from Jordan at the King Hussein Bridge
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Shuttle Bus after Crossing into Israel from Jordan at the King Hussein Bridge

This short video shows a snippet of the shuttle bus ride into Israel after crossing the King Hussein Bridge at the Israel/Jordan border. It was important that we cross at the King Hussein Bridge in order to avoid getting our passports stamped with an Israeli visa. We didn't want the stamp because we'd read that having one can cause problems when traveling to other Muslim countries. ...
How to Get to Chitwan National Park from Kathmandu
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How to Get to Chitwan National Park from Kathmandu

We traveled to Nepal in 2014, before the big Kathmandu earthquake. We spent a month in Kathmandu getting rabies vaccinations because they were much cheaper there than in the United States. Toward the end of our trip, we booked a flight on YetiAir to fly to Bharatpur near Chitwan National Park. It was a coin-toss between taking YetiAir and BuddhaAir, but BuddhaAir had the most grim reputation of the two. A ...
Things to Do in Bangkok: Give Hugs in Bangkok on Khao San Road
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Things to Do in Bangkok: Give Hugs in Bangkok on Khao San Road

While traveling to Bangkok, Thailand in early 2016, we visited Khao San Road. Khao San Road is a popular tourist destination for travelers to Bangkok, and has plenty of restaurants and shopping places to visit. There are some just plain interesting things going on in Khao San Road, too...Related Posts:Things to Do in Bangkok: Khao San Road (video)Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Cambodian Border ...
Tourism in Cambodia: Techno Music on the Way to Siem Reap
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Tourism in Cambodia: Techno Music on the Way to Siem Reap

Cambodians really like their techno music. The entire way from Poi Pet at the Cambodian border to Siem Reap we listened to music like this in the taxi.Related Posts:Hualamphong Train Station in Bangkok, Thailand: Photo GallerySoutheast Asia Train: Bangkok to Siem Reap (video)Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Cambodian Border (video)Thailand to Cambodia Train to the Border Crossing ...
Tourism in Thailand: Lydi Fights Off Jet Lag in Bangkok
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Tourism in Thailand: Lydi Fights Off Jet Lag in Bangkok

We visited Bangkok in early 2016 after a 8-week trip to Egypt. In this video, Lydi has jet lag and keeps falling asleep in the taxi on the way to our vacation rental, but tries to stay awake to see the city.Related Posts:Tourism in Thailand: Lydi Tries to Learn Thai (video)Things to Do in Bangkok: Give Hugs in Bangkok on Khao San Road (video)Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Siem Reap (video) ...
Chitwan National Park: Boarding and Riding an Elephant
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Chitwan National Park: Boarding and Riding an Elephant

Though there's some controversy regarding the use of elephants for safaris in places like Chitwan National Park, we weren't really a part of that dialogue when we visited Nepal. Going by elephant was the only option for us in terms of transportation into certain parts of the park. We watched the elephants and the people who cared for them walking along the rivers each morning and our elephant-experience in ...
Tourism in Cambodia: Karaoke
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Tourism in Cambodia: Karaoke

In this video we watch some Cambodian Karaoke on TV in our vacation rental after arriving in Siem Reap.Related Posts:Tourism in Cambodia: Techno Music on the Way to Siem Reap (video)Tourism in Cambodia: More Crappy Techno in the Cambodian Taxi (video) ...
Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Siem Reap
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Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Siem Reap

The train from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet at the Thailand-Cambodia border was uncomfortable, and lacked things like padding on the chairs, it was comfortable enough (or perhaps we were just tired enough) to fall asleep. But what the train lacked in comfort, it made up for in interesting occurrences.Related Posts:Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Cambodian Border (video)Bangkok to Siem Reap: The ...
Tourism in Cambodia: More Crappy Techno in the Cambodian Taxi
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Tourism in Cambodia: More Crappy Techno in the Cambodian Taxi

Some of the Cambodian techno music that we heard in the taxi on our way to Siem Reap was so bad that it was offensive. In between the crappy techno songs were 80's songs that reflected some of the darker aspects of the time period.By the time we'd gotten into a taxi to Siem Reap, we were home free. The Thailand-Cambodia border crossing from Aranyaprathet to Poi Pet had been a challenge because we didn't ...
Bangkok to Siem Reap: The Shuttle Bus at the Thailand/Cambodia Border
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Bangkok to Siem Reap: The Shuttle Bus at the Thailand/Cambodia Border

After a harrowing and nerve-wracking walk across the Thailand-Cambodia border, we finally loaded our bags and ourselves onto a shuttle bus that we assumed would take us to our next stop (a taxi station) on our way to Siem Reap. The border crossing was made more difficult in large part because of the heat and humidity, but also because we didn't have a PHOTOCOPY OF OUR PASSPORTS. Perhaps photocopies aren't ...
Chitwan National Park: Dug-Out Canoe Ride Part II
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Chitwan National Park: Dug-Out Canoe Ride Part II

Our Chitwan Jungle Safari began with a dug-out canoe ride down the Narayani River. Two guides took us into the jungle to look for rhinoceros and tigers. We didn't see either of these things, but that was in part because our safari took place later in the morning. Early morning safaris at Chitwan are more likely to yield good wild-life viewing. We travel enough that we weren't stressed out about "missed ...
Tourism in Cambodia: Tuk Tuk Ride to the School for the Blind in Siem Reap — By Jennifer Shipp
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Tourism in Cambodia: Tuk Tuk Ride to the School for the Blind in Siem Reap — By Jennifer Shipp

John's charade skills have been a valuable resource to use during our travels that we never would have known about had we not travelled abroad. In this video, he communicates with a tuk tuk driver in Cambodia using charades about wanting to go to a school for the blind that we'd seen earlier.Related Posts:Tourism in Cambodia: Karaoke (video)Tourism in Cambodia: More Crappy Techno in the ...
Tourism in Cambodia: Tuk Tuk Ride Near Angkor Wat Part II
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Tourism in Cambodia: Tuk Tuk Ride Near Angkor Wat Part II

In this video we ride in a tuk tuk (a common form of transportation around the world, especially in third world countries) back to our vacation rental in Siem Reap after visiting Angkor Wat earlier in the day. We see some water buffalo along the way...Related Posts:Tourism in Cambodia: Tuk Tuk ride to the School for the Blind in Siem Reap (video)Tourism in Cambodia: More Crappy Techno in the ...
Chitwan National Park: Plant That Responds to Human Touch
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Chitwan National Park: Plant That Responds to Human Touch

Our guide at Chitwan National Park showed us a unique plant on our way to the elephant sanctuary. The plant curls its leaves in response to human touch.Related Posts: Chitwan National Park: Boarding and Riding an Elephant (video) Chitwan National Park: Dug-Out Canoe Ride into the Jungle Part II (video) Chitwan National Park: Dug-Out Canoe Ride into the Jungle Part III (video) How to Get from ...
Chitwan National Park Jungle Safari
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Chitwan National Park Jungle Safari

We had no idea what to expect when we set out for the day in a canoe down the Narayani River at Chitwan National Park for our jungle safari. The goal was to find rhinoceros and tigers. Two guides rode into the jungle with us and they searched diligently, but it was too late in the morning. Still, it was an amazing experience.Related Posts: Chitwan National Park: Boarding and Riding an ...
Pondicherry India Tourism: Impressions
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Pondicherry India Tourism: Impressions

Pondicherry (sometimes also known as Puducherry) is located in southern India near Auroville (a place where tourists can go to observe a cult in-action...In this video, we took a moment to stop and note our impressions of Pondicherry (or Puducherry, whatever you prefer) before bombarding ourselves with Auroville (because we knew Auroville was going to be a little weird). We'd already been in India for a few ...
Tiananmen Square: Photo Gallery
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Tiananmen Square: Photo Gallery

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The Forbidden City: Photo Gallery
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The Forbidden City: Photo Gallery

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