Culture
 
 
 
Culture
 
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Garden of the Corpse Flower: A Sumatran Jungle Quest for the Rarest Flower on Earth

An angry, 260 pound Sumatran Orangutan is enough to spoil any vacation. To illustrate this, jungle guides in the Gunung Leuser rainforest enjoy showing visitors the scars they carry. Jensen lifted his shirt, revealing deep lace...
 
Adventure
 
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Slumber Party with Headhunters

After a month of fruitless searching, I ventured into Kalimantan territory, in the dark heart of Borneo, where my luck took an unexpected turn. Steel flashed in the jungle mist. JoJo clenched his machete, fighting through ratta...
 
 
Adventure
 
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Angkor-1

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...

 
Backpackology 101
 
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Segment Photos-1

Poodles & Noodles: A Gastronome’s Guide to Vietnamese Food

Going to a Vietnamese restaurant and ordering Pho is like going to a French restaurant and ordering a baguette. Sure, it’s a tasty meal, but you can do much better. Vietnamese cuisine is one of the finest in the world, but also...
 
Adventure
 
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Cobra CU-1

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...
 
Bizarre
 
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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...

 
Backpackology 101
 
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halong cover
halong cover

“Are You a Tourist or a Traveler?”

“I’m just glad to be off that fookin’ island!” shouted Jon in his Irish brogue, slamming down his beer. “But you were only there for a day,” I smirked. “I don’t get it. Everyone else loves Cat Ba.” “That’s because they’re a bun...
 
Bizarre
 
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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...
 
Adventure
 
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laos cover
laos cover

Detained in Laos: Lost Tribes of the CIA’s Secret War

It was the most beautifully appointed detention cell I’d ever called my own. The tiled-floors were spotless. The toilet was porcelain. There was a comfy, queen-sized bed, a TV boasting four channels of static, and a wooden armo...

 
Culture
 
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I am Siam, Siam I am: A History of Ladyboys, Pagan Drug Dealers, and Competitive Eyeball-Removal

Thailand had infrastructure, and it was designed to place me on a beach with a drink menu in my hand as quickly and efficiently as possible. The buses were convenient, the streets were sterile, and the tropical breeze was as ge...