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The Jungle Girl of Rattanakiri

Cambodia’s ‘Wild East’ is many things; it’s the leafy thwack of a machete over thundering waterfalls; it’s the pounding of tribal drums as a shaman slits the throat of a buffalo; it’s the scent of frangipani and the swish...
 
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Steve McDonald Pokes Death In The Face With A Stick For Your Reading Entertainment: A Cobra Hunt

DISCLAIMER: No animals were harmed in the making of this story. *Except for the cobra that I vanquished with scissors. Oh, and the rat that I smashed against a wall and ate. ************* “Take it!” Tai exclaimed, thrusting the...
 
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Suoi Tien-14
Suoi Tien-14

Saigon’s Buddhist Disney World: The Theme Park Equivalent to Hard-lining Angel Dust

Saigon is an unsung paradise for theme park connoisseurs. It’s like a Southeast Asian Orlando, except all the theme parks are aggressively Buddhist-themed and hilariously bat-shit insane. My main reason for coming was the multi...

 
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Sapa Tribes-4
Sapa Tribes-4

Grandma Fang’s Vomit Cabin Experience for Authentic Travelers

“That’s too touristy,” shouted Jon, stabbing a spring roll with his chopstick and dunking it in fish sauce. “It can’t be that bad,” I shrugged. The Sapa Valley I’d seen in brochures was a bucolic paradise. It promised verdant r...
 
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Intern Lydia vs. LaLa & His Hippie Goons

To ease the burden of the ambitious mystery-project I signed on to in April, an intern was to fly from New York to Bangkok and assist me in my affairs for one and a half months. “I get a slave.” “That’s not what you’re getting....
 
 
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The Turtle & The Whore: A Downward Spiral into Bangkok’s Red-light Underworld

DISCLAIMER: While the following events, places, and conversations have been depicted as loyally as possible, I’ve taken artistic liberty in distorting the debauched individuals involved, to protect both their identities and the...

 
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Kagayaeyesbanner

Fringe Chronicles: Tried to Order Dinner in Tokyo. Got Assaulted By a Man in a Frog Costume Wielding a Puppet Instead.

Twilight had fallen over Tokyo, but the streets of Shinbashi district glowed as bright as day, pulsing in a rainbow symphony of lights. Amidst the heaving crowds of salarymen, neon-coiffed teenagers, and Kimono-clad mamasans, I...
 
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Midget Theme Park-7
Midget Theme Park-7

Three Words: Midget. Theme. Park.

For a long time I suspected that something was wrong with Mr. Chen, but only now did I grasp the majestic breadth of his insanity; I could now color in an entire childhood of licking windows, kicking squirrels, and chasing lase...
 
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The Mystery of the Immaculate Herpes

It was a miracle—a horrible miracle—that turned my pleasant morning tinkle into a heart pounding free-fall into nightmareland. HERPES!!! I diagnosed (even though I’d never actually seen herpes before). For several minutes I sto...

 
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SW China-23
SW China-23

Going South on China: A Panda Hunt

Before I try to rationalize for you my ill-conceived quest into the bamboo forests of Sichuan, I’d like to clarify that I harbor no secret vendetta against the Giant Panda. I just simply couldn’t understand why the world fetish...