Category Archives: Southeast Asia by Thumb 2009

Family celebrations in Southeast Asia – Part 2: funeral (Thailand)

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We were in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. This mountainous region, being one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations, is famous for its beautifully scenic landscapes and Kayan people, or as they are widely known as the “Long-Necked Tribe”. You … Continue reading

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How we were tricked by an old woman in Vietnam [story]

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We were in Vietnam, halfway through our journey. We’d left behind the friendlier south, with Ho Chi Minh City’s French colonial architecture and unpredictable traffic, yet to enter the hostile north where we would soon find out what it’s like … Continue reading

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Family celebrations in Southeast Asia – Part 1: wedding (Laos)

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It was one of those scorching, stuffy, sweat filled days in Laos. All days during the rainy season in Southeast Asia resemble one another, anyway. You can’t escape the heat; it’s with you from the moment you wake up early … Continue reading

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The story of a jungle hike and our first lift

When we reminisce about our first hitch-hiking adventures and the decision that lead to choosing this form of travelling over others, we always think of our stay on the Penang peninsula in Malaysia where we were inspired by great hitch-hiking … Continue reading

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The unofficial border crossing

If you are a hitch-hiker, you might not always remember all the drivers who gave you a lift or all the roads you found yourself on, but most certainly you will remember all the border crossings you have ever crossed … Continue reading

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JP & the thousand km hitch-hike

JP was one of the first men ever to pick us up while hitch-hiking. After being inspired to start we had hitch-hiked across the Malay-Thai border and arrived in the first largish city on the Thai side of the border, … Continue reading

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Crazy traffic in Vietnam

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Have you seen the video posted on BBC of a job’s worth traffic officer in Vietnam trying to stop a bus by clinging onto its front? [watch the video here] It’s shocking for us, but I can imagine it’s not … Continue reading

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Jon’s Laotian malady

At 11am we got to the edge of Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, from where we started hitch-hiking southwards. It had been a long walk, in burning tropical sun and muggy air, when we finally managed to get to … Continue reading

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Thaksin’s Red Shirts

Sometimes hitching from A to B can give you a little slice of the larger political background. In our case A was Sukothai in the middle of Thailand and B was Chang Mai, to the north, a distance of about … Continue reading

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