Motorbiking to Lod Cave – Pai to Mae Hong Son

After spending a day relaxing in the waterfalls and rice fields of Pai Brian and I decided to head off to Mae Hong Son.  About 70 kilometers out Lod Cave drew tourists from all over the country and was a perfect way to break up this exciting journey so we strapped our packs on the bikes Read More …

Top 10 Travel Photos of 2014 #1

2014 was my most traveled year yet.  I had the good fortune to bring in the New Year in the Philippines before returning to my job in South Korea.  Summer vacation was spent backpacking Vietnam and Chuseok (Korean thanksgiving) brought me to Japan.  I ventured to Shanghai before heading back to America for the end Read More …

Top 10 Travel Photos of 2014 #4

2014 was my most traveled year yet.  I had the good fortune to bring in the New Year in the Philippines before returning to my job in South Korea.  Summer vacation was spent backpacking Vietnam and Chuseok (Korean thanksgiving) brought me to Japan.  I ventured to Shanghai before heading back to America for the end Read More …

Top 10 Travel Photos of 2014 #6

2014 was my most traveled year yet.  I had the good fortune to bring in the New Year in the Philippines before returning to my job in South Korea.  Summer vacation was spent backpacking Vietnam and Chuseok (Korean thanksgiving) brought me to Japan.  I ventured to Shanghai before heading back to America for the end Read More …

Son Doong Day 4 – The most glorious bath ever taken

Grimy and ready for a bath, we arrived at Son Doong Camp 2 after frolicking beneath the Great Wall of Vietnam in the muddy Passchendaele Trench.  We were greeted with our porter’s friendly smiles.  Most of them refused a hug and instead adroitly maneuvering a cup of tea into my hand convincing me to chow down on Read More …

Seoraksan in autumn – Seoul Hiking Group

I love Seoraksan National Park, I hate early mornings.  3 am.  “I can do this!” I thought to myself. Nope.  I give up, you win this round nature.  I closed my eyes. 5 more minutes was all I needed.  Then I would be ready, after all Seoraksan is famous throughout South Korea for its fall Read More …

Namhae Island – Geumsan Morning Hike – Seoul Hiking Group

Namhae island sports a beautiful array of forested trails so of course Seoul Hiking Group picked the best one for our sunrise hike!  The bus left our sleeping counterparts at the pension at 6am and we arrived at the base of Geumsan shortly after.  The hike began fairly flat through the woods for the first Read More …

Son Doong Day 2 – Jungle & Descent

Mother nature’s alarm clock began to ring as soon as light shone through Hang En’s massive entrance above us; with any luck we’d arrive at Son Doong by this afternoon but as the chorus of cicadas and swifts convinced me to check my watch I decided that could wait.  5:15AM, I think I’ll snooze for Read More …

But what if you have to poop?

I told my (4th grade Korean ESL) students about Son Doong and how I’ll be spending a week in the world’s largest cave. Upon seeing my bag and hiking boots I got a few “are you going to Everest?” remarks. But, here are my favorite reactions to seeing national geographic pictures: “Don’t die!” “Can you Read More …

Son Doong, the world’s largest cave

Son Doong, the world’s largest cave located  in Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park opened to the public in 2013!  As soon as I heard about the discovery of this monstrosity that sports jungles, rivers and diverse wildlife in 2009 I knew it had to be on my bucket list.   Well, I’m ecstatic to report Read More …