Hon Chong
Ho Chi Minh City February 3rd, 2011

One Zuhause in Hon Chong

After my overnight in Chau Doc, I took a local bus to Hon Chong, a small fishing village located on the western Vietnamese south coast. The bus ride itself was an adventure. I was picked at 6:00 am just when I was about to…

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How to speak Vietnamese
Hon Chong January 28th, 2011

Survival Guide

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Waiting for Godot - Phnom Penh
Hon Chong

Goodbye Kampuchea good morning Vietnam

The first sun rays find their way through many French colonial era buildings. Despite the early morning hour (seconds after 6 am), Phnom Penh is already in a frenetic activity. In about two hours I am leaving Cambodian's capital and sailing into Vietnamese waters…

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Me and Mr. Teh
Pursat January 21st, 2011

The meaning of life

I wake up with someone knocking on my door. “TUM, TUM, TUM, TUM, Mr. Osssoliuh, mr Ossoliuh, wake up Mr. it is time”. I groan, take my hand out of my boxers, roll to my left side and slightly open my eyes. The sun…

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Ta Phrom Temple - Angkor
Siem Reap January 18th, 2011

There is a light that never goes out

My room has no windows. The only light it gets comes from the ceiling and it's artificial. My bed is way too far from the switcher and I make absolutely no intention of getting up to switch it off. I am tired, lazy and…

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Lovely miss Tha at the Kep market
Kampot January 7th, 2011

Semen stains the mountain tops

It is 06:30. I wake up surrounded by empty beds, 8 in total. I am the only guest sleeping in the dormitory. I slowly unveil the mosquito net and manage to roll out of bed. I head to the veranda for a glimpse of…

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Sea view from my room in Kep
KAMPOT

A Room with a view

And there was silence. Silence and the ocean. No guests. No tourists. No camera clicks. No shit. Silence reigned. And it felt good. And it felt bad. Usually mornings were easier. 4 days in Kep. I could have stayed more. I could have stayed…

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Kep January 4th, 2011

Blue in Green

It has been a week. A week since Anne and I took different paths. She stayed in southern Laos I crossed the border to Cambodia. A lot has happened since Luang Prabang. We progressively travelled south towards the Laos-Cambodian border. We stopped in Vientiane,…

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National Geographic Article on Leeches
Vientiane December 19th, 2010

Obsession

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Chilling out at French Café in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang December 17th, 2010

Luang Prabang je t’aime

There were two things I heard about before coming to Lao PDR (Lao People Democratic Republic), the first being “It is so laid back that will make Thailand look like New York”. I realized this as soon as I reached the Thai-Lao border and…

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The Jungle Explorers
Luang Nam Tha December 16th, 2010

The jungle explorers

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River Crossing at the Nam Tha National Park
Luang Nam Tha

Where the wild things are

December the 9th. We check out at 7:30 in the morning. A 3 day trek in the Nam Ha NPA (National Park) is waiting for us. My guide book says: “Nam Ha NPA was set in 1993 as part of a government initiative to…

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Freezing cold on the way to Luang Namtha
Luang Namtha December 7th, 2010

Houayxai to Luang Namtha

I woke up to my 64th day of travelling in Asia to some bad news. Anne has a cold and we are literally stuck in Luang Namtha, a small village located in northern Laos having China and Burma as borders. After crossing the Thai-Laos…

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Chiang Rai December 4th, 2010

Insight

The first real thoughts I ever made on Buddhism were through Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha. I was probably in my late teens and I still remember the impact the book had on me. It was the birth of an ephemeral interest that would take me…

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Chiang Rai December 3rd, 2010

Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu

The last days of silence have one and only explanation. On the 23rd of November I applied for a Vipassana Meditation retreat in the Northern Insight Meditation Center at Wat Rampoeng Temple. For 10 days I submitted myself to what I believe to have…

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