Posts Tagged ‘Backpacking Asia’
 
 
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
Bizarre
 
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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...

 
Bizarre
 
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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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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...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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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...

 
Bizarre
 
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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...
 
China
 
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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...
 
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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...

 
Backpackology 101
 
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Travel Tip #3: Saving Money on Food Costs & The Tupperware Gamble

OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER: This week I’m going to bestow you with a controversial travel tip that will allow you to eat better while spending less, however it might also potentially kill you, maybe sort of a little. Why would I enc...