Southeast Asia

April 23, 2013

The Philippines: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good The Places The Philippines has some incredible destinations. I’ll start with the phenomenal rice terraces of Banaue and Batad, high in the Cordillara Mountains […]
November 28, 2012

Behind the scenes look into Yogyakarta cuisine

I had a great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at local food preparation on a recent trip to Indonesia. The city was Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is […]
November 26, 2012

Photos from the Road: Surfing in Bali

Throughout my travels, I occasionally bump into fanatical surfers. They travel the world, occasionally for travels sake, but usually a deserted beach with the right waves […]
November 22, 2012

Bali is an Anomaly

Bali Indonesia: An Intro to the Island of Gods Bali is an anomaly: a Hindu island in a majority Muslim nation (the most populous on earth, […]
November 20, 2012

Visiting the Komodo Dragon of Indonesia

  My chance to meet the Komodo Dragon Face-to-Face   I had great anticipation for my visit to Komodo Island. Earlier in the week, our expedition […]
November 14, 2012

Sunrise over Mt. Bromo Indonesia

When I was younger, I always wondered what it would be like to look inside of a volcano. Well, in Indonesia, at Mt. Bromo, I found […]
November 8, 2012

Photos from the Road: The Temple of Borobudur at Dawn

Our flight landed in the central Java city of Semarang.  Java is the world’s most populated island and is home to nearly 60% of Indonesia’s 238 […]
October 14, 2012

Why I’m going to Indonesia

My Europe Trip is being put on temporary hold—and for good reason. I’ve been invited to join a group of international travel bloggers for a two-week […]
June 6, 2012

What $1.25 gets you in Vietnam

$1.25 in Your Vietnam Budget for Travel 25,000 dong sounds like a great sum of money. And it is for your Vietnam budget! Here’s what it […]
May 31, 2012

Recommendations in Hoi An, Vietnam

Trying hard not to dismiss Hoi An This has been a recurring theme in my travel. Show up in a historic town that the guidebooks describe […]
March 12, 2012

Luang Prabang in Photos

This photo essay is the visual accompaniment to my previous article: What it’s like in Luang Prabang. except this post tends to let the beauty and […]
February 29, 2012

Cycling around Luang Namtha, Laos Video

On our way south from China, we stopped in the town of Luang Namtha for a few days. It’s a popular place for travelers who are […]
February 23, 2012

A Digital Nomad in Luang Prabang

I’ve written previously about my quest to become location independent and posted Using Chiang Mai as a Remote Workplace last year after stopping temporarily to work […]
August 6, 2011

Three months in Southeast Asia in Review

Overall my Southeast Asia trip was a great success. I witnessed incredible experiences, met extraordinarily friendly people, and saw how people live life in places that […]
July 29, 2011

Coming full circle—ending a three month trip in Southeast Asia

I feel like my three months in Southeast Asia symbolically came to a close the moment I stopped a lone Cambodian school boy riding home on […]
July 25, 2011

Lao Herbal Sauna and Traditional Massage

The Herbal Sauna and Traditional Lao Massage in Vientiane turned out to be one of my best experiences during my almost one month journey through Laos. […]
July 22, 2011

Why I don’t like Laos

The Lack of Culture What I mean by lack of culture is the outside, in-your-face culture. If you’re a traveler it’s hard to find. Lao food, […]
July 13, 2011

Your Guide to Slow Boats in Laos

By Stephen Bugno Before visiting Laos I had images of gliding down rivers at an impossibly  slow speed all the while enjoying both the view and […]
July 8, 2011

What does the view from my $4/day room look like?

This was the view out the front door of my guesthouse room along the Mekong River in southern Laos. The area is known as Si Phan […]
July 1, 2011

Tubing in Vang Vieng: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tubing in Vang Vieng I’m a traveler who tends to place a lot of importance on the cultural aspects of travel. Let me state first and […]
June 20, 2011

Photo from the Road: Muang Ngoi Laos

Muang Ngoi is a tiny settlement along the Nam Ou River in the northweast of Laos. It’s set among the karst mountain landscape and can only […]
June 10, 2011

Tasting Tea, not Opium in Mae Salong

By Stephen Bugno Mae Salong is an oddity in Thailand. It is a Chinese village high in the mountains of northern Thailand. Its history is an […]
June 8, 2011

Life in Pai

By Stephen Bugno Pai, Thailand is the quintessential backpacker town. I’ll try not to be too judgmental and let you decide for yourself if you want […]
May 31, 2011

Using Chiang Mai as a Remote Workplace

By Stephen Bugno There is a reason so many travel bloggers are stopping and staying in Chiang Mai, Thailand for so long: it’s inexpensive, pleasant, culturally […]