Posts Tagged ‘Backpacking Asia’
 
 
 
Adventure
 
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Blue Flame Java Lava: A Gas Mask Shenanigan

Strolling around town in a gas mask—like carrying a machete—is a profound and magical experience that everyone should endeavor at least once. It has the power to make the most mundane daily chores feel like a daring and cavalie...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Steve McDonald’s Guide to Playing the Dumb Tourist Card Like a Symphony Harp

“Welcome to Singapore,” smiled the customs officer, ripping apart my luggage. “Do you have anything to declare?” “Nope.” “Are you sure?” he frowned. “Cigarettes, food products, firearms…” “Nope,” I grinned. I already knew...
 
 
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...

 
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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...
 
Adventure
 
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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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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...

 
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...
 
Adventure
 
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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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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...