Desert Life – A 2 Night Camel Safari the Thar Desert – Jaisalmer, India

Jaisalmer is known for its beautiful Thar Desert and starry night skies so when I heard about the 2 night Desert Life safari from Real Man Desert Safari I knew I had to go!  The last time I was in the desert was years ago in Israel’s Negev and I remembered camels being quite uncomfortable but thought Read More …

Koyasan, Japan – Where Buddhism was Founded

Koyasan is the founding location of Shingon Buddhism in Japan.  A priest then known as Kukai, and posthumously referred to as Kobo Daishi (The Grand Master Who Propagated the Buddhist Teaching,) learned the esoteric ways of Shingon Buddhism in China before traveling to Japan in 816 and getting approval from Emperor Saga to build a mountain Read More …

Sacred Monkey Forest – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud is a magical place where conservation and ecotourism mesh in the heart of a beautiful city.  The forest is literally in the center of Ubud which is the best reason to visit Bali, Indonesia.  Monkeys happen to be one of my favorite animals and I’ve been lucky with other Read More …

Mt. Bromo – Java’s magnificent volcano on a budget

My absolute favorite part of Java was trekking Mt. Bromo and Mt. Ijen.  Bromo, an active volcano tucked into the Sand Sea, is constantly erupting a cloudlike smoke while Mt Ijen has magnificent blue flames!  This post will tell you how to explore Bromo on a budget. Mt. Bromo for $30/day You can easily see Read More …

Cherry Blossom Festival – Jinhae – Bangawoyo

This weekend I joined my old Seoul Hiking Group buddy, Johnny Seo’s new group Bangawoyo Tours at Jinhae’s Cherry Blossom Festival. It was a gorgeous day full of new friends and beautiful scenery. Jinhae is famous throughout Korea for its annual cherry blossom festival and we hit it at the perfect time! Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival Read More …

Taroko Gorge- Hehuanshan – Motorbiking from the Pacific Ocean to 3,416m

After hiking Shakadang Trail I was convinced I needed to see more of Taroko National Park and decided to take my scooter to the highest peak. Doing some quick research at my hostel I discovered Xiafengkou(siafengkou) had a 2 hour hike to the top of Hehuanshan at an altitude of 3,416m. Locals told me the Read More …

Taroko Gorge – Shakadang Trail & The Eternal Spring Shrine

Taroko Gorge is the best place to hike in Taiwan.  Its famous for massive marble walls in a giant chasm that is many kilometers long.  The mountains around the park reach well over 3000m and provide a stunning backdrop for any outdoor enthusiast.  On my first day in Taroko National Park I joined a few other Read More …

Mae Hong Son Loop – Part 1: Chiang Mai to Pai

The Mae Hong Son Loop has been on my brain for a year now.  Ever since I rode Vietnam’s Hai Van Pass last summer I’ve been itching to jump on a motorbike for another long ride through South East Asia.  Sure I tooled around for a half day in Krabi last Lunar New Year but that trip just whet 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 …

Trekking with a Red Karen Tribe – Chiang Mai, Thailand

After a week in paradise Brian and I jumped on a plane for Chiang Mai ready to play with elephants, trek through the jungle and spend a few days on motorbikes.  We quickly found the backpacker area near Tha Phae gate in the old City of Chiang Mai and grabbed a room. Finding a room in Chiang Mai Read More …