Cat Tien National Park – Trekking with wild gibbons

We arrived in Cat Tien National Park 2 days after departing Ho Chi Minh City.  Its possible to get to Cat Tien in a day but we were still figuring out our new set of wheels and had plenty of time in Vietnam so decided to take it slow.  I’ll keep this post focused on Read More …

Top 10 Travel Photos of 2015 #1

2015 brought me good fortune and even greater photos.  My camera followed me from New Years Eve with my family in New Jersey then back to Korea before enjoying Lunar New Year in Thailand and short stint in Taiwan for Buddha’s Birthday.  Then we went up a few Korean mountains and swam in stunning Korean islands before heading back Read More …

Top 10 Travel Photos of 2015 #2

2015 brought me good fortune and even greater photos.  My camera followed me from New Years Eve with my family in New Jersey then back to Korea before enjoying Lunar New Year in Thailand and short stint in Taiwan for Buddha’s Birthday.  Then we went up a few Korean mountains and swam in stunning Korean islands before heading back Read More …

Top 10 Travel Photos of 2015 #8

2015 brought me good fortune and even greater photos. My camera followed me from New Years Eve with my family in New Jersey then back to Korea before enjoying Lunar New Year in Thailand and short stint in Taiwan for Buddha’s Birthday. Then we went up a few Korean mountains and swam in stunning Korean Read More …

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 …

Motorbiking around Pai

Pai (pronounced pie) is worth at least an overnight trip for anyone in willing to take a few hour ride west of Chiang Mai. This quaint village on the river is surrounded by rice paddies, temples, waterfalls and hot springs while still maintaining an expat community making it easy to have a great time. Brian Read More …

Trekking with a Red Karen Tribe part 2 – Chiang Mai, Thailand

I awoke shortly after the sun stretching upwards to find my hands tangled in a mosquito net as yesterday’s adventure through the jungle came back into focus.  Unsure of what Tom had in store for us today other than “swimming in a waterfall” I excitedly dressed and wandered about his village, Hwe Yao.  The night before Read More …

Hot springs & waterfalls – a hidden paradise in Wulai, Taiwan

Wulai was without a doubt my favorite part of Taiwan.  Sure I only had a long weekend to explore but everything I loved about Taipei was in this quaint mountain town’s market too.  But the real attraction of Wulai isn’t the night market you can find in the capitol, its the lush natural surroundings & friendly locals. 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 …

Castaway on an island in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – Day 2

Waking up on Castaway’s boat in Ha Long Bay and walking to the sundeck for a relaxing morning would have been fantastic.  It was cloudy and we had to transfer to a smaller boat soon after breakfast and hustled across the side to the other vessel.  A few hours on these choppy seas caused the worst Read More …