Author: Steven

Udon Thani/Ban Chiang

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We spent two nights in Udon Thani, one going north and one more coming back from Laos. Our time was a bit rushed but we still managed to see a bit of the region. I stayed two nights at The…

Khon Kaen-King Cobra Village

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Got back from Thailand and Laos last Saturday. We had a blast! Making plans to go back as soon as possible. First thing, we had a nice and lovely flight to Khon Kaen via Thai Smile. We stayed at the…

Three Days in Nagano

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Over the national holiday of Obon, my wife and I drove up to Nagano, specifically the city of Matsumoto. We took route 19 and avoided much of the holiday traffic. We stayed in a lovely little ryokan named Sakaenoyu. This…

Vang Vieng Caves

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Sorry for the delay in posts. Lazy, busy, etc. Still finalizing plans for my trip to Laos next month. Laos apparently is riddled with many caves, which certianly caught my attention. There is something so commpelling about a caves. I…

Vientiane: Five Weeks To Go!

I leave for Thailand in five weeks and plan to make my way up to Laos in 2-3 days. First stop will be the capital city, Vientiane. Reports describe this city as “delightfully relaxed”, particularly in comparison to Bangkok, etc.…

Khon Kaen-Gateway to Issan

Still planning my summer trip to Thailand and Laos. From Bangers, I plan to hop up to Khon Kaen,the gateway to Issan. I say hop as I haven’t decided whether to take the bus or fly. In any case, Khon…

Udon Thani-Summer Plans

I am off to Thailand and Laos this August and plan to spend a week or so in Isaan in northeast Thailand. Having never been north of Ayutthaya, this part of the country is all new to me. I plan…

Back to Basics-Archeology of Angkor

Charles Higham is an archeologist working at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His work came up on my radar as he has written several books on prehistoric Southeast Asian societies. I am now in the middle of reading my…