Tag: Southeast Asia

April 27, 2014 Tessa Bradford 17 comments

Kuala Lumpur, to End Things For our final stop in Southeast Asia (on this trip, anyways), we headed to Kuala Lumpur and met up with our good friend, Ronnie. He’s another American we’d met in Taiwan, and he’s pretty great. Our hostel was in China Town (because, where else?), right beside the Petaling Night Market….

April 13, 2014 Tessa Bradford 12 comments

24 Hours in Singapore We’d arrived in Kuala Lumpur to meet our friend from Taiwan, Ronnie. But I had always had a hankering to see Singapore, and we were just SO CLOSE. So I convinced Nicole (not that it took any real effort) to make a a ridiculous 24-hour dash to see the city. It…

April 12, 2014 Tessa Bradford 2 comments

Basking on the Thai Islands A very long (but comparatively comfortable… after previous mistakes we’d figured out the bus system) over night bus ride took us south to the coast. We caught a ferry in Chumphon to Ko Tao, and I found out that I’m not good at boat rides.  Our ferry pulled into the dock and…

April 9, 2014 Tessa Bradford 2 comments

Learning to Cook in Chiang Mai Chiang Mai is known for all its outdoor recreation. We didn’t do any of that. Instead, we took a cooking class. We headed to the Thai Kitchen Cookery Centre, where they promptly loaded us into a tuk tuk with a group of other students and whisked us away to…

April 6, 2014 Tessa Bradford 2 comments

Riverboats in Laos To get back to Thailand we decided to take the slow riverboat. This was an excellent decision, as our decisions so often are. (Just kidding. We make wrong decisions 87% of the time. This is a rough estimation.) It was raining when we left Luang Prabang in the early morning, but it wasn’t a…

April 3, 2014 Tessa Bradford 7 comments

The City of Elephants and Waterfalls 2017 UPDATE: I wrote this post when I was wildly ignorant of the terrible treatment of elephants in captivity. I strongly discourage anyone traveling in South East Asia from taking part in elephant rides, baths, etc. If you want to help them, donate to an ethical sanctuary, and observe…

March 31, 2014 Tessa Bradford 1 comment

Drifting in Vang Vieng After the misadventure in Vientiane, my brain just needed a few days to check out. Luckily we were headed to Vang Vieng, a chilled out river town where every restaurant seems to be a TV cafe where they lounge on big couch cushions all day and watch Friends while they drink…

February 28, 2014 Tessa Bradford 17 comments

In Trouble in Laos for my own dangerous stupidity In Vientiane I demonstrated my previously untapped potential for complete and utter stupidity. After taking an over night sleeper train to the Thai-Laos border, we stood in line at immigration. The young man in front of me had a problem– He was trying to pay for his Laos visa…

February 18, 2014 Tessa Bradford 5 comments

The Safari Park Zoo We arrived in Kanchanaburi unsure of what to expect of our time at the Safari Park Open Zoo. We were excited to see animals but we didn’t know much about the project. At the designated meeting spot in town we met a few of the other new volunteers, had a bit…

January 12, 2014 Tessa Bradford 4 comments

Why Cambodia Deserves Our Attention I didn’t know much about Cambodia, but it was a new place to see and that’s usually a good enough reason for me to want to go somewhere. Plus, there was Angkor Wat to explore, and seeing the Wonders of the World is high on my bucket list. But Cambodia…