Vientiane & Don Det

After Vang Vieng I spent a day in Vientiane. The capital of Laos, I had heard it didn’t actually have much to see but I didn’t want to go home having never stopped by. There truly wasn’t much to do, so we took the public bus out of town (an experience in its own right) […]

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is like Spring Break + Natural Paradise = Actually Pretty Cool. Most people seem to visit for the tubing. Which isn’t so much tubing as it is floating from bar to bar to bar (most never make it past the third), playing on rope swings and jumping off high-dives, and getting wasted (not […]

Slow Boat & Luang Prabang

I took a minibus from Pai to the border where I spent the night before crossing into Lao the next morning. After crossing the border we were driven to the slow boat pier where we boarded a very long, very narrow boat along with about 110 other people for the two day journey down the […]

Pai, Thailand

I’m taking advantage of being sick to get my blog fully up to date. This is a rare occurrence, dear reader, so get excited! As mentioned earlier, I caught a public bus from Chiang Mai to Pai. We had a bit of trouble getting around a truck that was stuck trying to make it up […]


I’m sick, in a way that prevents me from going out and doing much, for the first time on the trip. Hopefully it’s just a bad reaction to something I ate, but it does mean I’ll be leaving for Laos a day later than intended. I’ve also decided to not visit Vietnam. With only one […]

About Me

I’m Ben. I created this site as a journal to record my travels, and as a venue to share my experiences with my friends, family, and (former) colleagues. It started as a record of my 3.5 month trip to Israel, Petra in Jordan, Egypt, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. I then used it to document my […]