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North Thailand

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The exit form Cambodia had many stages. The first was easy a van from my front door to the border. 1 hour in line then a tuk tuk to the train station. From there we were on a 3rd class seat for the next 10 hours. In Bangkok we ran to get the ticket and back on a new train to auttita still 3rd class seat for 2 more hours.

3rd Class seat

3rd Class seat

Now we are in a town that flip has visited before. His friend showed us the town for a day then sent us to pick up Fo. Flip and I spent 2 days in Bangkok then grab fo and off to the jungle. The jungle was full of thing that can hurt or kill you like King cobras, elephints, tigers, just to name a few. The first night we make our camp and went on a spotlight night ride. There was lots of thing out at night, elephants, porcupines (supper big ones.) Bamby deer. ( mini deer), normal deer. It was easy to see the eyes light up with the spotlight. Day two was early wake up and off to the jungle trek. With some good food in my belly we grab our guide and set off in to the jungle. We walk on a path for a bit and the guide turns into the jungle. For the next 6 hours we make our way on elephant paths mostly( you can tell by the poop). At one point we find gibbon monkeys with babys they were curous of us, and we had to hide from elephants. (turns our wild elephants are mean.) It makes me feel small to think such wild places still existed.

Water Fall

Water Fall

Then it was off to Chang mai for two days and the best Sunday street market on my journey. This is where I got my snake hena tat. It was a great town and the people were friendly. We decided to rent scooters to Pai a little town up a mountain and 786 turns. Well I wrecked my scooter and broke my collier bone. I was making a up hill turn hair pin turn on a sub-par road and little tires and many other things that went wrong. I was saved my a truck of Thai locals. One of them drove my scooter and I got in the truck. The Wreck

The Wreck

I was taken to the hospital in Pai. Emergency visit went well. Dr., x-ray, pills, brace total was 400 baut , 14 dollars us. We only spent one day here because we had to get wrecked scooter back. So now it is Christmas day and we spend it in Chang Mai. Then it is off to Laos.

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk

Posted by toby.chavez 30.03.2013 10:11 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

Cambodia

Travel Back in time

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This post is going to be short but the photos will speak volumes. My first stop was Phnom Phen we were here only one day and I am glad we got out fast. The place we stayed was near the river and all the tourist. It was a town I would skip for a smaller town out side of the capital. There was a lot of poverty in this country and I was happy to visit and buy things from the locals to help the economy. The local food was great and the way we did the two Wat loops was key to the enjoyment. For more info on what the best plain for Angkor Wat see my brothers blog it has all the details. Short story ride a bike on both and start supper early. If you do you will be rewarded with lunch poolside every day. IMG_4158

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There were many high lights during the 6 day there. Heaven is a restraint that teaches orphans that are too old for orphanage to cook and make a living. I is Great food and a Great cause. There is the pool that I mentioned we spent most afternoons there. It was easy to play and relax in this town. So enjoy the photos and look for the tree with a door in it.

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Posted by toby.chavez 25.03.2013 17:24 Archived in Cambodia Comments (0)

Vietnam

I did my time and make it out alive.

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As we move south it is getting warmer and the jungle is growing wild and crazy.
As we come out of China the first thing that I notice is people can talk to me and most have some thing to sell. I feel like a fish in a shark tank with my backpack on.(tip, walk out to street away from bus and try for metered taxi.) Some other new things are tuk tuks (taxi bike) a.k.a Sharks!, the food has changed and now I can find menus whit English also.
One night in Hanoi I make some friends over some beers at the hostel, they were going to snake city to eat snakes hearts and snakes in general. This was one thing I said on this trip" I would like to try foods I would never try at home. " So I tried snake cooked 5 different ways, live snake heart and snake blood in rice wine was also part of the adventure. The next day my brain felt like a snake was wrapped around it.
My Dinner

My Dinner


Moving on to Hue a little more south. It was a small town we explored for two days and on the third day we had the option to go to the beach or the chines hospital. Flip cast his vote for Dr. visit. So off we went to see if chines medicine could cure my heartburn problem. When we got lost we meet two young people who helped us find our way and get started at the hospital. There is no one to translate so we use flips phone to translate as best we could. In the first room the Dr. felt my wrist and gave me a note. I take that to a glass room where I get a white envelope, I take that to the second floor where a Dr. puts 4 needles in my belly and one in each knee. It was quite the experience and a fun way to spend the day.
Dr. Office

Dr. Office

My Scooter

My Scooter


To travel from Hue to Hoy Ann we rented scooters, it rained early and by the time we got to Da nang the rain stopped. We had lunch at a place picked by our guide in Da nang, I have no clue what I ate but it was good. Hoy Ann was a quite town, nice place to relax before the next jump to Sigon. This is the only flight I used during my Asia travels. HCMC (A.K.A. Ho Chi Min City, Saigon) is only a 2 day stop. There is lots to see here but we would like more time in Angkor Wat in Cambodia. So I don’t have much to say except I feel like this place is the motor scooter capital of Asia, might be the world. I don’t understand the rules of the road or if there are any. Most of the time it looks like a free for all, but it all works out.
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Wed at 11 PM


Well next stop Cambodia.

Posted by toby.chavez 12.03.2013 17:37 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

China Road

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When last we left off I was in just starting my trip and I covered Beijing. There is not a lot of time to write, because every day is an adventure from the time I wake till bed. This post will have little bits and pieces from the first two weeks in china in no particular order. I will start with the breakfast street “tacos” in Beijing were great, and I had one every day that I could find one, even though I was not sure of what was in them.The adventures walking in china were fun, we were half lost sometimes and I couldn’t read any signs or talk to anyone, I loved it. Shanghai was fun and we wandered till dark and then it was time for the light show. Every big building has lights on it some are a movie and some just flashing lights. In Hong Kong they have the worlds largest laser light show with the buildings and music, we watched across the bay from Hong Kong Island.
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In china the subway is easy to navigate and we got around with no problems. The food was the fun part. I had no clue what I was ordering most of the time and I called it the Food Lotto, I only lost the Food Lotto twice, not bad odds considering we dined out for every meal. So this is how it works I would walk in and ask for a menu, if it is in Chinese with no photos we would move on to the next place, but if it had photos we would find something that looks good and enter the food lotto. Sometimes the menu would be in english but that did not change the lotto effect. It is only the name and you have no clue what you will get.
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Our destinations are not the only adventure, the travel between towns is also part of the adventure. We were on the high-speed train the first leg from Beijing to Shanghai, this was a soft sleeper with four bunks in a room (That was the good life). The second two trains were were normal speed and hard sleepers. That is a triple bunk bed with no door so people are walking by all the time. We had the top bunks and only 2 foot to the ceiling. The ladies on the bottom were talkative and we joined in the fun and the little baby boy loved me.

When we landed in Hong Kong it was more like New York then China. Lots of westerners and many people speak english and I started to miss mainland China. In Hong Kong we took the trolly from start to finish for $.40. It was a great way to see the city for cheap. To this point we have only seen the sun 2 days cold and rain is the normal, but that will not stop adventures. There is so much That happened in the two weeks in china I wish I could write about it all. I guess you will have to ask me about it next time we talk.

"Travel is the only thing guaranteed to make you richer." -Unknown-

Posted by toby.chavez 27.12.2012 01:42 Archived in China Comments (0)

The longest Day of my Life

Flight To China

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In my life there has been many days that seem to take forever, but this one is the longest for sure. It started at 5am Mountain Standard Time (MST) 2 hours before sunrise is when Flip and I left for the airport. The first stop was San Francisco CA, there was a delay on the flight so we got to stretch. Then it was the long flight to Beijing, China starting at 2 pm Mountain time. The flight was long and hard, but the good news was beer was free... not that you want to get drunk and wakeup with a hangover in flight. I was too excited to sleep so as I sat there I noticed that the sun was about to set. Well I was wrong. The sun did not set till we got to Beijing at 8 in the Morning Mountain time. So the sun was out for a total of 25 hours. Now my body has no clue what time or day it is. As I write this it is 1 am here in China.
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The long flight was the hard part so I thought next it was time to find a place to sleep. The time here was 6 pm after customs and a bus then a subway we were in the Heart of Beijing's Tien Amin Square, It was dark and we were trying to get orientated but we knew that we were not far from the hostel. After a quick look at the map and a short walk we arrived at the Hostel. There were many things that went through my mind on that walk, like I see a police and good thing the signs have english on them. We got to the hostel and decided to go high end and get a room for two it cost a little more but we needed to sleep in comfort not with 8 other people in a dorm room. (Thanks to Paul Martinez for the donation it payed for my room upgrade.)
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Saturday morning was early at 5am here 3 pm MST. Our first day was spent walking around Tien Amin Square and hanging at the hostel. The sights and smells are different here but I do see some things form home like McDonalds and KFC. Once we could see the city with the sun out we could see our location is more like old china with small buildings and shops. We walked the streets and alleys for hours. (note everyone spits here. Hock a logie style. Even girls.) One thing you see is lots of people sweeping the street. This is a clean town at least where I am at.
Sunday was the China Flea Market. We took the scenic way around and it turns out we were close just had bad directions. You can never be lost if you don't care where you are going and this is all an adventure to me. The market was cool lots of things to see, knicknacks, art, hand carved stones and so on. I also had my first breakfast street taco thing and it was great all for about 66 cents and now I look for them every day. Well that is it for now. Make sure to check Flipouting.com for more blogs and photos by Flip.IMG_3236

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Posted by toby.chavez 21.11.2012 19:51 Archived in China Comments (4)

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