Asia

Reports from our trips to Asia.

Phuket: It’s called ‘poo-KET,’ not FOO-ket (and definitely not ‘FUK-it’).

We’d heard that Phuket, Thailand was very popular with tourists from all over the world. Despite that fact, we decided to go there anyway. But, to be honest, we didn’t need much convincing: “Wait, the place is sunny, humid, AND ...
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Bangkok: A lot fewer prostitutes and lady-boys than we expected.

We watch a lot of Hollywood movies, so we expected Bangkok to be a horribly seedy place with a dark underworld of illegal activity where sexual deviants and unnatural acts are performed on every corner. Instead, it was an amazing ...
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Bali, Indonesia: Newsflash, it’s beautiful.

To state the obvious so we can move on: Yes, Bali, Indonesia is unquestionably beautiful. Yes, yes, hells yes. Stunningly so. Bali is kilometers of coral reefs, white- and black-sand beaches, surrounding epic volcanoes that pierce through perfect cumulus clouds ...
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Beijing, China: San Francisco’s Chinatown doesn’t hold a candle to it.

When I first moved to San Francisco, I thought its Chinatown was impressive. But after spending a week in Beijing, I have to admit, it looks a lot less impressive. Frankly, I had no idea how many Chinese you could ...
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Kuala Lumpur: Tropical heat. Tons of monkeys. What more could you want?

While we were “in the area,” we hopped over to the neighboring country of Malaysia for our second week of vacation. We didn’t really know much about the place before we visited (sadly, a common theme for most of our ...
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