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Khao San Road Performers in Bangkok, Thailand
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Khao San Road Performers in Bangkok, Thailand

After spending 8 weeks in Egypt, we jetted over to Bangkok, Thailand and our first destination once we got there was Khao San Road. What a totally different vibe than Cairo, Egypt! A famous book called "The Beach" describes Khao San Road as, "the center of the backpacking universe." And Khao San Road is centrally located in terms of the most famous tourist attractions in the city (Wat Phra Kaew, the temples ...
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) ...
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: 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) ...
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 ...
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 ...
Tourism in Cambodia: Waiting for Our Flight at the Siem Reap Airport
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Tourism in Cambodia: Waiting for Our Flight at the Siem Reap Airport

The Siem Reap airport was loud. The announcements that can be heard in this video seemed to be eternal and neverending, and we were very ready to get on our flight to Da Nang, Vietnam when the time came.Related Posts:Tourism in Cambodia: Karaoke (video)Tourism in Cambodia: Tuk Tuk Ride Near Angkor Wat (video)Bangkok to Siem Reap: The Shuttle Bus at the Thailand/Cambodia Border (video) ...
Tourism in Cambodia: Tuk Tuk Ride Near Angkor Wat
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Tourism in Cambodia: Tuk Tuk Ride Near Angkor Wat

Tuk tuks are a common and cheap form of transportation in third world countries. They look a little scary at first, but we've gotten more used to them during our travels. Pay attention to the traffic though, and if it doesn't feel safe, don't do it (we took taxis in India and Nepal). In this video, we take a tuk tuk back to our vacation rental in Siem Reap from a trip to Angkor Wat.Related ...
Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Cambodian Border
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Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Cambodian Border

We'd gotten up at 3am to get packed to make it on a 6am train out of Bangkok to Cambodia. We'd cross the border from Thailand into Cambodia (from Aranyaprathet to Poi Pet) later that day.Related Posts:Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Siem Reap (video)Bangkok to Siem Reap: The Shuttle Bus at the Thailand/Cambodia Border (video)Southeast Asia Train: John Plays Peek-a-Boo (video)Train ...
Tourism in Thailand: Lydi Tries to Learn Thai
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Tourism in Thailand: Lydi Tries to Learn Thai

Tonal languages are hard. Thai is a tonal language that is spoken predominately in Thailand, and when we were planning to travel to Thailand for a few months we decided to take on the Thai language more seriously. Although very difficult, the Thai language is super fun. It sounds like music with its various tones, and is an interesting language to explore for language nerds and visitors to Thailand ...
Southeast Asia Train: John Plays Peek-a-Boo
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Southeast Asia Train: John Plays Peek-a-Boo

On the train from Bangkok to Cambodia, John played peek-a-boo with a Cambodian 2-year-old who was a passenger on the train with her family.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 (video)Bangkok ...
Things to Do in Bangkok: Khao San Road
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Things to Do in Bangkok: Khao San Road

After an 8-week trip to Egypt, we were very excited to arrive in Bangkok. In comparison to Cairo, Bangkok was extraordinarily clean and organized, and we had fun walking down Khao San Road. The same evening that we visited Khao San Road, we also visited Bangkok's Chinatown and some of the famous "wats (temples)" in the area.Related Posts:Things to Do in Bangkok: Give Hugs in Bangkok on Khao San Road ...
Hanoi Travel: What Vietnamese Sounds Like If You Don’t Speak Vietnamese
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Hanoi Travel: What Vietnamese Sounds Like If You Don’t Speak Vietnamese

One day while we were staying in during our visit to Hanoi in 2016, we dealt with loud announcements being made from right outside our vacation rental window by a woman speaking Vietnamese. In this video, Jennifer demonstrates her perception of how the Vietnamese language sounds without knowing any of it. Although the talking over the loudspeaker and the screaming of the kids from the school next door got ...
Hanoi Travel: School in Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hanoi Travel: School in Hanoi, Vietnam

Right outside our vacation rental apartment in Hanoi was a Vietnamese school. This video documents some of our experience being right next to the school (it sounded like this the entire day). There were announcements made over a loudspeaker when there wasn't noise being made by the school kids, so the noise was constant. We decided that education in Vietnam must be quite a bit different from that in the ...
Hoi An Vietnam Travel: Vietnamese Dancers at My Son Champa Ruins
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Hoi An Vietnam Travel: Vietnamese Dancers at My Son Champa Ruins

We visited Vietnam in early 2016. We flew into Da Nang, and then stayed two nights in the nearby city of Hoi An. From Hoi An, we travelled to the My Son ruins where the remains of a Hindu temple complex stand partially destroyed from a US bombing that took place during the Vietnam War. In this video, we watch some traditional Vietnamese dancers perform right outside the My Son ruins.Related ...
Tourism in Vietnam: Bobble Head Dog Rides through the Countryside
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Tourism in Vietnam: Bobble Head Dog Rides through the Countryside

Jennifer says that everything about Vietnam (including this bobble head dog on the dashboard of a taxi driver's car in Hoi An) reminded her somehow of her Grandma. Vietnam was an interesting place to visit, and very different from what we expected.Related Posts:Hanoi Travel: School in Hanoi, Vietnam (video)Hanoi Travel: What Vietnamese Sounds Like If You Don't Speak Vietnamese (video)Hoi An ...
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