I have now been away from home for 13 days on this five-week excursion throughout South East Asia, and as I’m slipping into the nomad mindset more and more, things continue to get better and better. This afternoon we crossed the Mekong river from Northern Thailand into Laos, getting another stamp on the ol’ passport. Starting tomorrow Lindsay and I will spend a few nights in a tree house 450-feet above the forest floor. During the daylight hours while in the forest we will explore the unfamiliar terrain via cable zip lines and long hikes through the mountains. This is one of our most anticipated adventures of the trip, and we can’t wait to see how it pans out!
So many things have happened on this trip since my last post that keeping the blog updated with all the details could easily be a full-time job, and would no doubt take away from the incredible experiences I’m having.
I do, however, like to keep a record of some of these things for my family and friends to (and anyone else inquisitive enough to have a look), and for me to have as a personal reminder.
So…a few of the highlights from the past few days include:
– Sleeping in an open-air hut in a hill tribe village.
– Riding an elephant through the back roads of a small mountain community.
– Relaxing in a Jacuzzi filled with water from a natural hot spring.
– Hiking through various forests to a few amazing waterfalls.
– Learning to carve basic household items out of bamboo.
– Floating down a river at sunset on a bamboo raft.
– Watching the sunrise over a Chinese tea farm in the mountains.
– Visiting the most bizarre temple we’ve seen thus far.
– Checking out a gallery of paintings inside an artist’s house.
– Becoming more comfortable driving motorbikes on the chaotic streets of Asia.
– Eating more local cuisine, including fried and soft boiled quail eggs and fried chicken tendons.
Happy holidays to everyone! Wherever you are in this incredible world of ours, and whatever you are doing, I hope you have a great one filled with fun, laughter, and people you love!