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Hitchhikers Tale from the Gobi-6
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Hitchhikers Tale from the Gobi-6

The Long Road To Nowhere: A Hitchhiker’s Tale from Outer Mongolia

Tweet On the third day, I made a sea-change decision: I thought, if I ever get out of this miserable desert, I’m going to write my first postcard ever. “Sunny Greetings from the Gobi!” it will say, happily scrawled over a stark...
 
 
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Taliban Grimace-2
Taliban Grimace-2

Walnuts & Machine Guns: A Taliban Tale

Tweet A man with a machine gun has been following me for the last five days. His name is Zia, and he is very, very shy, especially for a man with a machine gun. He first started shadowing me in the town of Chitral, near the end...
 
 
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Bungle in the Jungle, Five Days in the Hide: An Ill-Fated Search for the Rare and Elusive Nasalis Larvatus

Tweet “Hell is not hot, or cold. Nor is it deep below ground, or somewhere in the sky. Instead it is a place on Earth filled with sucking bogs, disfiguring diseases, and millions of tiny flesh-eating creatures. Hell is a jungle...
 

 
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Tomb Raider 3-3
Tomb Raider 3-3

Tomb Raider 3: Steve Falls In Quicksand Near The Rat Temple And Is Sad

Tweet Dusk fell over Cambodia’s Northwest Frontier as the police chief paced across his wooden hut, barking in Khmer at my translator. “The chief says the Rat Temple is cursed,” Vira explained. “He says you are going to steal t...
 
 
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Cobra CU-1
Cobra CU-1
Cobra CU-1

Steve McDonald Pokes Death In The Face With A Stick For Your Reading Entertainment: A Cobra Hunt

Tweet 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, thrusti...
 
 
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

Tweet 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...
 

 
Bizarre
 
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Sapa Tribes-4
Sapa Tribes-4

Grandma Fang’s Vomit Cabin Experience for Authentic Travelers

Tweet “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 ver...
 
 
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Intern Lydia vs. LaLa & His Hippie Goons

Tweet 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 ge...
 
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Free Accommodation-1
Free Accommodation-1

Rape-Whistle Adventures: The Art of Finding Free Accommodation

Tweet It was July, 2008. I had barely choked down my seventh shot of Israeli arak—or perhaps eighth, or ninth, I’m not sure—when I heard Joe’s inebriated screams from across the bar. “STEEEVVEEE,” he was slurring, “ OH NOOOO!” ...
 

 
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Cages-1

The Turtle & The Whore: A Downward Spiral into Bangkok’s Red-light Underworld

Tweet 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 a...