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Threaded!

Welcome to Hoi An, considered by some to be the tailoring capitol of the world.  An old market, a Japanese Covered bridge, a very busy harbor in the 16th through 18th century, and tailor shops – everywhere.  Hoi An is a beautiful city, it has beautiful beaches with clear waters, wonderful people and great food.  It is however full of tourists due to the fact that you can have custom made clothing done here for cheap!  A full suit – from cashmere/wool mix costs a mere $80, a dress shirt to go with it – $15, all made to size!  Granted these prices I’m quoting are the lower prices of the area,

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Mud and water

Nha Trang is a Russian hangout.  Most of the signs are in Vietnamese, English and Russian.  Everywhere you turn, you run into another one!  This is a big resort town where people come and just hang out and get pampered – Especially Russians.  To stay busy, hang out at the beach or a better idea – go to the mud baths!  Yes, the wonderful treatment of mud and mineralized water! For as little as $6 USD you can play in the mud baths and have all the fun you want! The Thap Ba Spa is one of the many places to go and enjoy this mud bath.  Skip all the

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To the cities by the sea!

Ho Chi Minh, its time to say goodbye.  Phillip is going to get some new shoes and another storage rack for my laptop bag!  Although there are mechanics at just about every 200 meters (they literally have mechanics on street corners with a box of tools and a portable gas air pump – no shop!), I dont want to hit the long road with a front tire that is full of cracks, so safety first – get a new tire!  All in under and hour – and for $30, I get a new tire, a new rack and a throttle adjustment.  It feels like a lot more however when you

Do I turn left or right? I’ll go straight!

The more time spent in Ho Chi Minh, the bigger it gets!  Every day leads to a new find, a new place, a new experience.  From the countries history, to the markets, grocery stores, street vendors, mosques and restaurants of all kinds, there is always something to do.  The best way that I like to see a city is to drive around – randomly – and see where the road leads. I ran across a couple mosques today – the biggest one was the Saigon Central Mosque (Masjid Musulman) – close to downtown.  Like most of the mosques here, they are full of arches, domes, intricate designs and they all are painted

Off the beaten path

A trip to Beng Melea was amazing.  This temple is about 70km from Siem Reap.  In my opinion it was one of the more exciting temples because of its natural ruin state, with no cleaning of it or restoration taking place.  The roof stones and any stones that have fallen over the years lay where they fell.  Also, there is little organization as to where you are allowed to walk/go – so its a “free for all” to climb on top of the temple.  I climbed the walls, the fallen roof, made my way to the highest points and back down. There is a walking path if you like to

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A Melting Pot in Siem Reap?

Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, the worlds kingdom, tuk-tuks and cheap food from all around the world. I feel like this is the worlds melting pot! I have met so many people from all over the world.  I have seen all kinds of Asian shops, a Mexican shop, all kinds of American brand name clothing, A Swiss guy, germans, English, Irish, United Kingdom, Russian and so many more people!  Daniel, a Swiss guy who moved to Cambodia to open “Swiss Food” restaurant. Siem Reap is a city that shows The high of highs and the low of lows. Anything you want to do or see you can find here. It is

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Kingdom of Wonder

Cambodia is known as the Kingdom of Wonder. The reason behind this is because of their cultural and natural attractions as well as their people and traditions.  I jumped on a bird from KL to Siem Reap, the home of Angkor Wat and its temples.  A nice 2 hour flight, except for when we encountered some turbulence! This is not uncommon in SEA because of all the storm clouds in the region.  It was like a stomach turning roller coaster – up, down, DROP, down, up. A few people screamed when the plane dropped, we are floating! 😀 Siem Reap is a small airport, but busy.  A lot of travelers come

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KL in a day!

KL.  Home of the Petronas Towers.  Home of great food, and nice people!  To bad I did not have more time here, I could have spent another 4 days here at least!  I got into KL very late, slept in and and got a late start to my day.  First things first, I have no Malaysian Ringgit and have to get some in my pocket!  KL Chinatown is located close to GRID 9 HOTEL, my living quarters for the moment.  I find a currency converter and get my Ringgits and explore the surroundings a little bit.  Chinatown is on my checklist, so I knock that off. Staff at Grid 9 SUICIDE SHOWERS! YAY!

Goodbye Singapore! Hello Kuala Lumpur!

The last hours in Singapore were a blast!  I had a bus ticket to Kuala Lumpur (KL to the locals) at 5:30, so I had almost a full day to burn.  So what does anyone do with so much time to burn? Check out Little India of course!  There is a HUGE shopping complex here called Mustafa Center – open 24hrs as well.  When I say huge, I mean ENORMOUS.  GIGANTIC.  As a size comparison – TWO IKEA CENTERS PUT TOGETHER.  No Joke! And what is it full of you ask?  Well…EVERYTHING…Literally.  Clothes, full grocery store, bags, hardware section, electronics, appliances, computers, jewelry, shoes, and just about anything else you

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Muslim Quarter, Little India, Chinatown and SEA Games?!

Singapore has so much to offer!  Beautiful architecture, organized infrastructure, simple to navigate transportation system, and the people are very nice!  Its no wonder its the most expensive city in South East Asia! My view from the hostel room of the Sultan Mosque, built in 1824! Its currently under restoration but still is open.  They are taking Dontations to help complete the project as well. I started my day getting up way to early and hit the town way to early as well. I quickly realized this city doesn’t wake up until around 11am.  Very few shops open their doors until after that…so you miss a lot of the excitement if you

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