Photography
 
 
 
Adventure
 
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Gunung Mulu-10
Gunung Mulu-10

Photo Travelogue: The Biggest Darkness (An Expedition to the Largest Cave Chamber on Earth)

When I was a little fat kid and my favorite computer game was Microsoft Encarta, I promised myself that one day I would visit the Sarawak Chamber in Borneo. I wanted to see the biggest darkness. I wanted to stand before the lar...
 
Burma
 
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Colors Covertemp-9
Colors Covertemp-9

Photo Series: “Asia in Color”

Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The monsoon arrives over the Punjab, India. Bamboo grove, Japan. Rice hats, Vietnam. Golden domes of a mosque, Pakistan. Apsara dancers, Cambodia. Violet mist and Buddhist monks. Mandalay, Burma. Sichuan O...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Segment Photos-1
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...

 
Culture
 
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siam banner
siam banner

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...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Thai Food-2
Thai Food-2

A Wok to Remember: A Foodie’s Guide to Thailand on a Budget

One of the most impressive works of fiction in the English language is your local Thai take-out menu. It’s as prickly and deceptive as a durian—much of it is Orientalist fantasy, much of the rest is culinary plagiarism. F...
 
China
 
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Chinglish Side Photos-1
Chinglish Side Photos-1

Chinglish 101: Five Secrets to Understanding Demon Bird Moth-Balls

If Americans love one thing more than looking at silly things on the Internet, it’s getting really, super offended at silly things on the Internet. So before I start this week’s Photo Travelogue, I’d like to preface by saying t...

 
Bizarre
 
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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...
 
Bizarre
 
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Kazakh Eagle Festival-2
Kazakh Eagle Festival-2

A Steppe Too Far?: Eagle Hunters, Cultural Darwinism, and Getting Banned in Kazakhstan

At 4:27PM, on the afternoon of October 29th, I received an e-mail from an acquaintance in Almaty, informing me that Backpackology has been banned in Kazakhstan. When my initial laughter subsided, my amusement faded into confusi...
 
China
 
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Silk Road-11
Silk Road-11

Silk Road Ramblings: Lost Empires, Gobi Fugitives, and The Secret Meth Habit of Marco Polo

I have conquered the Silk Road. I’ve hid from Chinese guards in the starlit dunes of the Gobi. I’ve visited mud-thatched villages and seen old Uighur men as hairy as camels shriek in wonder and delight as they passed around a p...

 
Inspiration
 
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Flipside-1
Flipside-1

Guest Blogger Viktor Wallström: Flipside Pilgrimage

This guest post is special because, generally speaking, I’m quite apathetic towards inspirational YouTube videos. I’m always the one sitting there, watching my friends going misty eyed over a particular clip, asking myself, “Wh...