An afternoon visit to Chinatown where I ate Kueh Tutu, muah chee, chendol, bought souvenirs, and ran out of the buddha's tooth relic temple without seeing anything.
A beautiful trip to an island off the coast of Hiroshima and a visit of its incessant deer and beautiful shrines on the edge of the sea.
One thing we had agreed on as a must before leaving for Taiwan was Jiufen. However it wasn't anywhere near where our friends lived and with our flight leaving early the following morning we decided to cut our visit of Taichung early, hop on a bus, book a hostel in Taipei and spend our last day [...]
We had a day and a half in Chiang Mai. (Two days for me since I would leave the tour and go back to Seoul after the rest of my tour group continued on their way to Bangkok). After checking into our hotel (Chiang Mai Gate Hotel, across from which we had our laundry done [...]
Leaving the boat family and after a night in a border city of Thailand we headed towards Chiang Mai. On the way we stopped at the White Temple in Chiang Rai. A beautiful intricate temple created by Thai artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat. The temple opened in 1997 and isn't expected to be completed until 2070. Chalermchai [...]
In Luang Prabang there is one great spot to get a view of the city and that is Mount Phou Si. When we decided we wanted to see the top of Mount Phou Si at sunset I was dying a bit. Not sick, just overly exhausted from days of almost constant travel without tons of [...]
There are a lot of temples in Luang Prabang to check out but with our dwindling time I only had time to visit one, so I picked the one our local guide and CEO both suggested. Wat Xieng Thong opened in 1560 and during the monarchy times of Laos this temple is where the crowing ceremonies [...]
After our journey to the waterfall we returned to downtown Luang Prabang and split up to do some touristy things, like visit the Royal Palace also known as the National Museum. The museum grounds are big with a variety of things to see depending on when you go. I spent the majority of my time [...]
That Luang is a golden stupa also known as the Great Stupa. It was built in 1566 of three levels that represent levels in Buddhism with over 1000 pounds of gold leaf covering it. Outside people with small wooden cages will try to sell you birds. It is considered good luck to let them go. [...]
We spent one evening and half of a day in Vientianne, the capital of Laos. We stayed at the Vientiane SP hotel which was located down a couple side streets making it difficult for us to find whenever we left the hotel. (Except at night where there was a creepy flickering street light that alerted [...]