South East Asia

Giving in to Bali

When #1 son Adam asked us to join him and his wife Jacque, together with Jacque’s family from the U.S. to spend Christmas/New Year with them in Bali I have to admit to secretly wishing that they had chosen a different location. Up until recently Dave and I belonged to…

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Bless this house

After our incredible elephant experiences in Surin our little troupe of Bamboo travelers made our way by bus across the Cambodian border to Siem Reap. That transit and border crossing sit right up there with some of our most interesting and exciting to date. The process was the strangest we’ve…

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Elephants at large

Elephants at large Leaving Surin Town, with 17 intrepid travelers crammed into the back of an open truck, we headed out towards our home for the week, Tha Tum village, together with an assortment of luggage, hopes and expectations. Our groupies for this trip were: Sue & Dave (that’s us)…

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The heArt of Penang

A few months ago, sitting in a brilliant little Asian-fusion café in Maroochydore on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, I found myself wondering about the origins of the interesting graffiti type artwork around the walls. I think we’ve all seen these pictures wherever the mere suggestion of Asian food is served. Something…

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Heaven is a Malaysia hawker

An important aspect of traveling to a foreign country is figuring out the food and how we’ll eat, and while it’s also one of the most exciting aspects, it can turn out to be quite stressful. That first introduction to an Asian hawker center can feel a bit overwhelming. My…

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Transit day: Singapore to Melaka.

Over the years we’ve learned from many transit days, and in particular border crossings, that anything can happen. On the day we transited by bus from Singapore into Malaysia we really needed to have our wits about us. It was one of those times where our radars had to be…

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One way ticket to . . . . .

When we had to cut short our South America trip in early 2017 we thought that as soon as Dave’s brain aneurysm was fixed we would head straight back over and pick up where we left off, in Brazil. There was also the matter of an Elephant Sanctuary trip to…

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