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Rio Dulce: A Lost Travelers Paradise?
Rio Dulce: A Lost Travelers Paradise?

After spending the night in Semuc Champey we decided to hit the road to Tikal. Little did we know we would get lost in the back country of Guatemala. After finding our way with the help of friendly locals and potential hitchhikers we realized Rio Dulce was a better option for the day From Lanquin, […]

Nature’s Playground: Semuc Champey
Nature's Playground: Semuc Champey

Our first planned stop in Guatemala was Semuc Champey, a series of pools on the Cahabon river. The draw was its beauty. More than its aesthetic appeal, what made Semuc one of our favorite parts of the trip was playing in the water. Law and Chelsea particularly enjoyed sitting on the falls and swimming around […]

Mother’s Love
Mother's Love

Preparing for Guatemala was a fascinating experience.  As a last minute packer it was difficult to ready my bag, clean out the apartment, and clean out the classroom in time to leave.  One constant was genuine concern from family, friends, and coworkers.  The first thing most people worried about was the destination of our trip: […]

Swingers bar? Utopia in the forest.
Swingers bar? Utopia in the forest.

After a long trek in the Guatemalan forest we found a great hostel to stay at; it was appropriately called “Utopia.” People talk about taking the road less traveled or how the journey matters more than the destination; I can tell you that after an arduous journey through the jungle the destination matters. We initially […]

“Wow, This Really Makes You Feel Like the Guys in Vietnam.”
"Wow, This Really Makes You Feel Like the Guys in Vietnam."

After landing in Guatemala City we picked up an SUV from Dollar Rent a Car to serve as our mode of transportation here in Guatemala. It took forever to get out of the city, but once we did we were treated with some beautiful countryside. Law Dog, who has never been out of North America, […]

“Guatemala… Are You Going on a Service Trip?”
"Guatemala... Are You Going on a Service Trip?"

Of course we aren’t going on a service trip, though it looks like every other American in Guatemala is. Even such, I like to think we are a generous bunch. That’s why when we encountered a gaggle of children selling chocolate  to earn a couple quetzales outside Semuc Chumpey, we made sure to really spread […]

Must Drink S.E.A. (on a budget)
Must Drink S.E.A. (on a budget)

Drinking. One of the biggest money eating activities while traveling. Those temple visits and motorbike rentals might round a nice five dollars a day but a night out can easily double that. Drinking in Southeast Asia isn’t the cheapest; for example you’d be had pressed to find a can of beer for under a dollar […]

Hanoi
Hanoi

I’m not sure where to start with this one. Hanoi was a complete shock to the senses. As soon as I stepped off the bus I was surrounded by smells, noise, and people. The city is not for the claustrophobic and after talking to several travellers, definitely a love it or hate it type of […]

Wat Muang – Ang Thong, Thailand
Wat Muang - Ang Thong, Thailand

Ang Thong is a small village between the historic city of Ayutthaya and the monkey town of Lopburi. There isn’t much to be seen in the city. It’s streets are calm and the seven eleven and one mugatua seem to be the only community hangouts. Occasionally a blacked-out Mercedes or Porsche will speed through; a […]

Gyeongbokgung Palace – Seoul, South Korea
Gyeongbokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

What seems like an eternity ago, Tony and I stumbled off a plane, brushed our teeth, dawned some jackets, and spent seventeen hours in Seoul. The trip was highlighted in the first real blog post and first episode, but since then I’ve hardly looked back at the place. Well with upcoming travel and some newly […]

Top Five Things To See In Bangkok
Top Five Things To See In Bangkok

With well over six million people crushed into the 1,500 square kilometers of Bangkok there is an endless array of day to day options. This list comprises ROTE’s must see and can (if given a early start) be seen in a day. So for the backpacker trying to penny-pinch or honeymooning couple looking to knock […]

Muang Sing Historic Park – Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Muang Sing Historic Park - Kanchanaburi, Thailand

A short motorbike ride from Kanchanaburi will run you into Muang Sing Historic Park (เมืองสิงห์). The park contains the remains of two Khmer style temples built in the 13th and 14th century and a prehistoric grave site. The name Muang Sing translates directly as Lion City. Unfortunately there are no lions to be found roaming […]

Must Eat: Thailand
Must Eat: Thailand

Here is the first section of foods everyone needs to try when traveling through Thailand. Now I understand they might be misspelled and might not all be Thai, and hell, they might even have the wrong names, but does that really matter? It’s Thailand. Point and Smile. The first set of Must Eat: Thailand –‘things […]

Koapoon Cave Temple – Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Koapoon Cave Temple - Kanchanaburi, Thailand

A selection of photos from Koapoon Cave Temple in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

Tham Lod
Tham Lod

Tham Lod stands in my mind as one of the most amazing sites in Thailand. It was the unplanned highlight of the Mae Hong Son Loop motorbike trip. Drive down a long wooded trail, take a bamboo raft, rent a lantern-wielding tour guide, and enter Tham Lod caves: a massive cavern with miles of tunnels, […]

Koh Tarutao National Park
Koh Tarutao National Park

There is a long tradition of ‘getting off the path’ and literally finding your own paradise in Thailand (see Alex Garland’s “The Beach”). Exhausted from out first semester teaching in Thailand, Cengiz and I tried to do just that. We were planning on going South all semester since the beautiful, southern, white sand beaches are […]

Buddha Park – Vientiane, Laos
Buddha Park - Vientiane, Laos

This bizarre collection of concrete statues named the Buddha Park or Wat Xieng Khuan is 20 km south of Vientiane, Laos. The park contains over 100 intricately carved statues from religious folklore. It was built in 1958 by shaman Luang Pu who mastered Buddhism and Hinduism. After being forced to flee Laos during the 1975 […]

Caving in Trang: Part II – Le Khao Kop Cave
Caving in Trang: Part II – Le Khao Kop Cave

We drove up to the entrance of the second cave as two tour buses left the parking lot. A clear entrance was depicted and a large sign posted in broken English. We hesitated at first when asked for a 200 baht entrance fee but after seeing several Thais pay the same amount; we splurged. The […]

The Mea Hong Son Loop
The Mea Hong Son Loop

The Mea Hong Son Loop is a strech of road that winds through mountians and valleys connecting the cities of Chiang Mai, Pai, Mai Sariang, and Mea Hong Son.  The entire drive kept my eyes swiveling in perpetual amazement for the six days I traveled it. If you like riding a motorcycle and think you […]

Chatuchak Market, Bangkok
Chatuchak Market, Bangkok

Chatuchak market is a 35 acre wonderland of retail holding over 5,000 vendors. Known more commonly as ‘J.J Market’ (Chatuchak is pronounced Jatujak), Chatuchak is a weekend market that attracts over 30 thousand visitors a day. I cite these facts as their ubelievability is actually a great illustration of the sheer magnitude of JJ Market. […]

Travel Blog of the Week: To China and Beyond
Travel Blog of the Week: To China and Beyond

Jessica Marsden has been living in China for the past year and a half and was recently named a featured blogger by Lonely Planet. (Lonely Planet is highly recognized travel organization that refuses to publish our website due to inappropriate content) She writes short interesting blog posts and often accompanies them with a snap-shot of […]

The Golden Triangle Is Not Dead
The Golden Triangle Is Not Dead

a tuk-tuk sitting on a street corner in Vientiene Northern Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos form the region know as the Golden Triangle. The name originated in the 1960s when this region was producing massive amounts of opium from poppy plants. Since the mid-80s a large attempt has been made to cut down on opium production, […]

Travel Blog of the Week: Forks and Jets
Travel Blog of the Week: Forks and Jets

Great photos, food advice, and some funny stories Forks and Jets delivers. In their own works sum up why I’m enjoying reading their blog…. “We’re not crunchy granola hippies trying to bring about world peace. We were yuppies, more or less. We had well-paying careers, nice toys like motorcycles and a classic car, and we […]

The Waterfalls of Trang
The Waterfalls of Trang

  The beautiful Ton Tok Waterfall in Southern Thailand After finishing my week of camping in Koh Tarutao National Park, I arrived in Trang with a sore back and the intension of lying low before my train to Bangkok on the 14th. I set my backpack on the steps of the travel agency and with pitiful […]