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 …

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 …

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 …

Son Doong Day 1 – Through the jungle to Hang En

After a series of plane rides from Seoul to Hanoi and finally to Dong Hoi I was picked up by Oxalis for my trip into Son Doong, the world’s largest cave.  From Dong Hoi it was about an hour ride to Phong Nha; the home of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a remote jungle wonderland Read More …

Hang Son Doong Itinerary – Day 7

Today I should be making my way back to civilization and this will be the last of my automated posts.  I’m taking a 7:30 AM bus tomorrow, August 1st, to Hue where I hopefully will internet access (If I don’t have any by tonight).  After checking Facebook (obviously) I’ll try to Skype with my family Read More …

Hang Son Doong Itinerary – Day 6

Departing the cave will undoubtedly be bitter sweet.  I wonder how long appetite for adventure will be sedated for.  Since my journal and photos aren’t ready to go online just yet you can check out National Geographic’s first expedition write up here! Day 6 – July 30th [See a beautiful viewpoint and start heading back Read More …

Hang Son Doong Itinerary – Day 5

Keep the roughing it going!  I imagine by today I’m still super excited about being in the cave but possibly longing for something other than a composting toilet.  No time to think about pooping now.  There’s more caving to do!  For those of you at home you can check out this interactive Nat Geo map Read More …

Hang Son Doong Itinerary – Day 4

A dry day full of awesome photogenic cave sites?  Yes please! Day 4 – July 28th [This is what Son Doong is really about.  You will take more photographs this day than any other.  Most of the day you are in daylight and we ensure plenty of time for photography or just staring at the Read More …

Hang Son Doong Itinerary – Day 3

Our first full day inside Hang Son Doon.  Literally translating to “mountain river cave,” I’m hoping to see some of these interior cloud systems that this recently discovered monstrosity sports.  If I’m lucky you’ll be lucky in a few weeks and I can share my up close and personal photos!  For now you’ll have to Read More …

Hang Son Doong Itinerary – Day 2

Although listed as Day 2 this is really the day we start the excursion.  Most of today will be hiking through the jungle and getting to know my 7 other companions and our guides.  Let the roughing it begin! Day 2 – July 26th [A great start to the tour, with a visit to a Read More …