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Friday, June 22nd, 2007

June 22nd, 2007

Even though my flight leaves at 3am on the 23rd I have to go to the airport before on the 22nd to check in and stuff.  Today is my final day in Asia.  It is bitter sweet.  I would love to continue to travel, but part of me is very excited to go home.  After more than 60 days of traveling straight, it really begins to take a toll on your body, mind and soul.  You hate your pack and all the stuff in it.  You hate having to repack and unpack and all that crap.  You start to miss your own bed, home, shower, and most important toliet!  So I am happy to go home, but sad to leave Asia.

My next entry will be from home:  good ole’ Great Neck, NY, USA.  I think I will continue to blog my life.  I will be going to California for 3 weeks with this traveling camp for kids, so I think I will write a bit about that.  If there is a way to split my blog between Asia and then post-asia life I will have to figure that out, because that would be the easiest so people can read about my journey through Asia.  Maybe I will just create another blog.

Ok that is enough rambling.  I have officially checked out of the D&D, my bags are stored and I think I will just sit at the pool for most of the day, get a tan and head to the airport when I feel like it.

Thanks for taking this incredible journey with me, more of my thoughts and reflections on my trip will come after I get home, relax and chill out.  Oh and look for my long awaited awards!



Bangkok, Thailand

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

June 21, 2007

Believe it or not, this was my LAST full day in Asia 🙁  and I had nothing planned.  The only thing I had to do was to go downstairs around 10ish to see if I could switch to another cheaper room for the last night.  That didn’t happen so I had to fork out a little more than I thought, which was really fine.  All my crap was all over the place and there was no way I would be bothered by moving to another room.  I got some breakfast, and headed to the pool.  I wanted to get a little tan action going on.  I laid out at the pool for about 2 hours.  Did a little swimming, and a little reading of my Angkor Wat book that I bought for 5 bucks and was retail for about 30.  It was real and not photocopied like the last book I bought.  Great coffee table and conversation book.  I also read more of my book about the Cambodian Genocide “First they killed my father.”  I got bored after a while and wanted to go off and do something.  I headed across town to Suk area and got a 2 hour oil massage (legit of course).  It was cheaper than usual and was very nice.  After that I had to bargain like crazy to get back and ended up paying less than what the meter was reading “score!”  That is what the cab driver gets for trying to exploit me and not use the meter!  Bastardo!  I got back to the hotel and was tired.  I did a little more shopping, then went back to the room to watch whatever movie was on.  I chilled out for a bit and then around 730 or so decided to walk the street and go out.  Khao San Road is fabulous at night.  So many touts, shops, street vendors, hawkers, you name it, it comes to KSR at night.  Oh and there are hundreds if not thousands roaming the street.  I can only imagine what it is like during the high season, because it is pretty darn crowded during the night now.

The night was a crazy one and let me sum it up for you like this:

I was drunk at 930pm, I woke up naked, still drunk and with a new piercing (yet to be revealed).

Coming Around Full Circle – Bangkok, Thailand

Friday, June 22nd, 2007
Well I had finally come around full circle and made it back to bangkok in more or less one piece.  It was 7am and I was up early.  The tour was officially over and all that was covered was breakfast.  ... [Continue reading this entry]

Siem Reap

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
Monday June 18th, 2007 Today was our last full day in Siem Reap.  Our meeting time was 830am, not bad considering the day before was at 430am.  We were going to see a few more temples located about 50 minutes outside ... [Continue reading this entry]

Siem Reap

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
Morrie's alarm clock rings at 430AM and I pop up out of bed like a bottle rocket.  I had my ear plugs in, and the alarm was still incredibly loud.  Today we were going off to see the sunrise over ... [Continue reading this entry]

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Saturday June 16, 2007

Today we had our flight from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Siem Reap, Cambodia home to the Angkor Wat complex and all those pesky ... [Continue reading this entry]

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Saturday, June 16th, 2007


June 15, 2007

There was nothing on the docket for the morning, so we all set off on our own and did whatever we wanted.  I thoroughly ... [Continue reading this entry]

Saigon, Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Thursday June 14th, 2007

Today was a traveling day which meant we would have to wake up early.  Today we got up at 620 and I was ... [Continue reading this entry]

Wedneday June 14th, Saigon, Vietnam continued

Saturday, June 16th, 2007
When I arrived at the Xa Li Pagoda I was approached by a girl who was selling Buddha incense to use at the Buddha statues.  I decided to buy one and do what Mrs. Chiang in ... [Continue reading this entry]

Wednesday June 13th Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
Today was a free day as all of our time in HCMC would be.  I had decided not to go to the CuChi tunnels and go off on my own.  As anyone who had read any of my blog entries ... [Continue reading this entry]

Tuesday June 12th Hoi An to Saigon

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
today was my last day in Hoi an, no more clothing to be made, and like i said we had a two pm flight to saigon or now referred to as ho chi minh city.  We were going to be ... [Continue reading this entry]

Monday June 11th, 2007; Hoi An, Vietnam

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
Today I wasn't really feeling the beach.  I wanted to do something adventurous, plus the burns on my shoulders were telling me to keep them covered.  I agreed to do so, and decided that I would yet again rent a ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hoi An, Vietnam

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Sunday June 10th, 2007

After a late night for Morrie and I, we had a bit of a sleep in.  We both popped up at nine am which was a record for both of us ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hoi An, Vietnam

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Saturday June 9th, 2007


The next morning we left at nine and headed to Hoi An.  It would take four hours straight but Andy had a few stops in mind along the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hue, Vietnam to Hoi An, Vietnam

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Friday, June 08, 2007

While I was uploading my blog at the really cheap internet place near my hotel a really sketchy dude stood over me smoking a cigarette and did not say a word.  ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 8th; Hue, Vietnam

Friday, June 8th, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007 Hue, Vietnam We were woken up bright and early before 7am, I fell back to sleep till about 745am and did not want to get up. But I had to pack my shit up and used the ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 7th: Hanoi

Friday, June 8th, 2007
I laughed as I woke up and asked Morrie what time it was. He responded by saying "Half past seven." I thought it was funny considering I had begged him to sleep in a bit, and after all of that ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 6th: Hanoi

Friday, June 8th, 2007
Wednesday June 6th, 2007 Hanoi Vietnam Today there were a few included activities as part of the tour but after them, the rest of our time in Hanoi (approximately 1.5 days) was "free time." Before out first stop, we had an ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 5th: Hanoi, Vietnam

Friday, June 8th, 2007
When I left you yesterday I was typing up a storm catching up on the past few days. After I was done typing up my updated blog I had to go back to the internet café but this time ... [Continue reading this entry]

Halong Bay, Vietnam to Hanoi (Captial city), Vietnam

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
After breakfast, Andy told us the schedule for the day, I went down to finish packing up, put my rain cover on my pack (so happy I bought that in Bangkok before I came on the tour) and before we ... [Continue reading this entry]

Ninh Binh to Halong Bay, Vietnam

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
Ninh Binh to Halong Bay Today’s drive would be about 4 hours depending on traffic and stuff. We left promptly at 7am after negotiating with the driver and our new local guide Quang as to when we wanted to leave. The ... [Continue reading this entry]

Local Village (homestay), Laos to Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
This journey would be 12 hours in the car, hopefully, and as Andy said "if we get there before 7pm, after leaving at 7am, we will be doing very well." A large part of this trip was the fact that ... [Continue reading this entry]

Vientiane, Laos –> to the Local Village in Vietnam

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
Vientiane to the Local Village The next day was an early wake up and was the start of our 2.5 day journey to Halong Bay, Vietnam stopping in several locations along the way. We all packed in to this really ... [Continue reading this entry]

Vientiane, Vietnam

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
Vientiane We decided the first night in Vientiane to meet at 6pm for some pre-drinks before dinner at the hotel. From the hotel Andy took us to some bar along the river that ran beside Vientiane. The outdoor ... [Continue reading this entry]