Battambang, Cambodia: The Wreck, Part One

by Beej and Stax The wreck happens during our third attempt in three days to reach Wat Banan, a five-towered hillside Buddhist temple thirty kilometers west of Battambang. We have heard from other travelers to expect a steep and exhausting climb in the 100 degree heat and humidity to the top of the temple once…

Dalat, Vietnam: A lotta Dalat

We are driving our motorbike at sunset along a winding road atop a high mountain pass. Far below lies a landscape of intensely green rice paddies, dark turned earth, sprawling coffee plantations, forest glades, and copses of fruit trees. A panorama of the Central Vietnam highlands spreads magnificently out over the lip of the road….

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Welcome to HCMC Part 2

And I never saw Beej again. Just kidding. I’m sitting at Highlands Coffee (a major chain in Vietnam), taking big gulps of my Vietnamese style iced coffee (syrupy and strong coffee, sweetened, and then sweetened some more with sweetened condensed milk). The big gulps serve two purposes. One, I’m thirsty and it’s freaking hot out…