Motorbiking with beautiful ladies in Saigon

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Our first stop in Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh City (a.k.a Saigon) — the most populous metropolitan area in the country, with over nine million people. The city was teeming with motor vehicles — for every one car, there were probably ten motorbikes — and like most countries in South East Asia, Vietnam has minimal (if any) traffic laws. Bikes weaved in and out of (non-existent) lanes, in narrow alleyways, and on sidewalks.

With all of the fast-moving traffic, it was an absolute scary experience to be a pedestrian trying to cross the road in Saigon. Were there crosswalks? No. Did the cars and bikes give way to pedestrians, just like they do in the US? No. I felt like I was in Frogger — narrowly avoiding dangerous vehicles as I made my way to my destination. The key to walking across the street in Saigon was to be very confident. Each step we made was a deliberate step forward, which the vehicles anticipated. Hesitating or moving back would ruin the natural flow and we’d be roadkill.

So, rather than have tire marks on our backs, we decided to book the XO Vietnam tour — which consisted of beautiful ladies dressed in traditional Vietnam garb (ao di) giving us a tour around on their motorbikes.

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I was extremely nervous to get on the motorbike at first. One, there were no traffic laws. Two, (and I hate to say this) the drivers were Asian women (and you all know the running joke about Asian women drivers). As an Asian woman, I can say that I’m not the best driver around. However, those fears and prejudices  aside, I would say the motorbike tour was definitely the best way to explore the city. Not to mention our drivers were very professional and capable (in your face, stereotypical Asian women driving joke).

We started off with the night foodie tour — where we sampled the most amazing (and authentic) dishes that Vietnam had to offer, across Saigon’s five most popular districts. The tour focused on street food — dishes most people outside of Vietnam rarely experience. No pho or bánh mì here.

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Our first stop was literally a little food cart located in an alley way in District 1. Here, I was introduced to bún bò Huế — which I found even tastier than the famous pho. Our soup consisted of thin slices of marinated beef, lemongrass, fermented shrimp sauce, cubes of congealed pigs blood, basil, mint, spicy chili, green onions, and cilantro. Some ingredients in there may sound a bit odd — but I swear, it was the perfect balance of spicy, sour, sweet, and salty flavors — absolutely delicious.

ImageNext, we were taken to an outdoor food joint in District 3, where we enjoyed a number of dishes that we grilled ourselves. Grilled calamari, frog legs, chicken, and shrimp were among some of the things we cooked up.

ImageEach of us was paired with one lady guide, who we buddied up with the entire night. I felt like I had my own eating helper with me. My guide knew I didn’t like eating the shrimp skins and heads, so she peeled them all off for me. She was amazing!

We weaved in and out of traffic (and other obstacles) to our last stop in District 5. We made ourselves comfortable on plastic chairs at another outdoor street restaurant. The dishes here were a bit more complex in flavor. Spicy crab legs, sauteed with chili, garlic and onions came out first.

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Then there were the steamed scallops, drizzled with nuts and green onions. But the most memorable of all was the trứng vịt lộn (a.k.a balut) — a fertilized duck embryo which was boiled and eaten in the shell. I was no stranger to this delicacy because my parents loved it. As a kid, I only drank the soup which was present at the top of the cracked shell. This was my first time actually eating the embryo, which I finally found the willpower to do. I didn’t find it particularly appetizing — it tasted like what I would imagine a “dark meat” egg would taste like, if that even makes sense.

We enjoyed the night tour so much, we decided to book the day tour the following day (which included visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the Jade Emperor Pagoda). It was also a fantastic experience, but if I had to choose which was my favorite…hands-down it was the night foodie tour.

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Perfecting the art of Thai cooking

Okay, rewind. I’m now going to take you back to Chiang Mai, Thailand because I completely missed sharing my amazing cooking class experience there. So sit back, relax, and let your mouth commence salivating.

One of the top-rated things to do in Chiang Mai was to attend a cooking class. My first reaction at the time was “Really?!” What was so special about a cooking class? I knew there were a number of amazing ones I could take back in California. Then I read more of the reviews and realized it was more than cooking — it was a full-blown experience. So we went for it, and booked one of the highest-rated cooking schools on TripAdvisor: Siam Rice Thai Cookery School. We booked the half-day course, which was still a three-course meal. It included making a soup, a noodle dish, and curry.

Our experience began with a trip to the local market so we could learn about all of the ingredients that go into some of the most famous and mouth-watering Thai dishes.

ImageThe place buzzed with sounds from butchers chopping meats, cash registers ringing in sales, and shop owners assertively telling potential customers to ‘try out a sample,’ or ‘buy, buy, buy.’ Delicious smells tickled my nostrils — from the fresh scent of ginger root and basil to the heavenly whiff of fried fish and pork rinds sizzling on the pans. Our guide expertly described to us all of the various ingredients that we would be using in our cooking class that day.

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Of course, since we were in Thailand, there was no shortage of more exotic delicacies present at the market as well. Among the dried fish and fried chicken heads, there were also bags full of caterpillar larvae for sale. I checked with the guide to make sure these particular ingredients weren’t going into our dish, and was relieved when he said they weren’t.

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After the market, we made our way to the cooking school, where we would spend the next few hours creating from scratch what so many people crave when they think of Thai food. We were kindly greeted by the head chef, who would be walking us through how to prepare each dish. A cute little cooking station housed all of the sauces, ingredients, and cooking equipment we needed to make our savory concoctions.

ImageWe were first taught how to master food presentation. A big part of what makes a dish so appetizing is how it is arranged on a plate. I had excellent skills in this area, as you can see.

Up next was making the first course: Thai soup. We got to choose from a variety on the menu: coconut, spicy basil and chicken, and a few others. I am a spice lover, so my natural choice was the spicy chicken and basil soup.

One of the best things I learned during the course was my spice-level tolerance. For me, I needed 7-8 peppers to reach my ideal point of sweaty satisfaction (compared to Dan who could tolerate around 5-6, and Mischa, only 2-3).

After we finished making our soup, we were brought to a different area of the school where we could sit down and enjoy our meal. Indeed, I made my soup very spicy. But I blamed the humidity and hot weather around me as the cause for the sweat dripping down my forehead. I devoured it.

During the second course, we had the choice to make Pad See Ew, Pad Thai, or Pad Kee Mao (drunken noodles). The three of us decided to make one of each and share — a very smart decision. The air around us filled with the delicious scents of cooking oil, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar — all of the staple ingredients you need for authentic Thai cooking.

ImageLast but not least, it was time to make Thai curry. At this point, Mischa, Dan, and I were all getting quite full. But we forged on — determined to know what it takes to create a delicious curry dish. Turns out, making the curry from scratch was actually a very laborious

Imageexperience. We didn’t have a blender handy, so we used mortar and pestle to grind the curry ingredients together. Our chef mentioned that the Thai people have a saying when it comes to women making curry: the more fine (and beaten down) the curry paste, the better wife and lover that woman is. I worked hard to make my curry paste as smooth as possible — although I think I was beaten by one of the British girls also attending that class. Regardless, all of our curries — Panang, spicy red chicken, and spicy green chicken — all turned out to be very delicious.

We left the class fully satiated and feeling a big food coma coming on. I wasn’t sure how anyone who booked a full-day course could take in so much food. A full day included a seven-course meal for each person — enough to feed an entire family and then some. This half-day course was more than enough for me and my friends. It was an amazing experience — and as I write this now, I can feel my stomach growling as my senses take me back to that wonderful, palate-pleasing time.

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Tomb raiding in Angkor Wat

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By this point in our trip, we had probably seen over 60 or so temples of different kinds in Japan and Thailand. It was another hot and humid day, and to be honest, I was getting “templed out.” Really, how many more of these things did I need to see? How much more different could they be?

It turns out, very different. Once I arrived on the beautiful grounds of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I temporarily forgot my state of disinterest towards these religious structures. Angkor Wat, which means “Temple City,” is the largest religious monument in the world. The natural erosion that gave the temple (and many other temples in the area) its greyish, greenish, and reddish hues only added to the structure’s magnificent beauty.

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On our day trip, we visited a few different temples. My favorite was Ta Prohm, the famous temple where Tomb Raider was filmed. When I reached the front entrance, I really felt like I was in a movie set. My surroundings were surreal — a lush, green forest hid the tiny creatures that chirped and scampered around me. There was a beautiful pond full of lily pads, so still that it mirrored the natural charm around it.

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Unlike most of the Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition it was found. Yet, even in its vastly unrestored state, this temple was the most beautiful and eye-opening of them all. I observed that nature was taking over — tree roots snaked their way in and out of the temple’s walls and pillars — which gave it a very eerie and ancient look. I found myself entranced by the way the sunlight cascaded down into the various rooms, almost as if I would find something magical hidden beneath the ruins. Now I know why Lara Croft made a living of raiding tombs.

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I ended the day with even more appreciation for Cambodia’s allure. The temples in the Angkor Wat area are among the most beautiful religious structures I’ve seen to date. I also learned a golden rule about temples: that I can definitely get “templed out” by visiting too many in a given country. But once I move on, I have to shift my tolerance level back up to 100% because the overall experience is entirely different country-by-country.

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Tarantula dinner is served

What goes into a witch’s brew? Maybe tooth of fox, and tail of rat, ear of deer and hair of cat. Either way, it’s a concoction I definitely don’t want to ingest. I felt like I was dining at a witch’s house when I visited Romdeng Restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The ambience of the restaurant was actually very pleasant. We sat outdoors, where white Christmas lights adorned the foliage above us. A beautiful, crystal blue pool was situated in one corner, beckoning for visitors to take a dip. Delightful Cambodian music filled the air around us. A friendly waiter greeted us and handed us a leather-bound menu full of delicious Cambodian cuisine. I felt like I could have been at a four-star restaurant back in the States.

But when I looked more closely at the menu, I realized I was definitely in a foreign country. The most popular appetizer was the fried tarantula. And for the main entree, it was the sauteed beef with red ants. Suddenly, I didn’t feel so hungry. But the friends I was with (damn you Dan, Andrew and Mischa) were insistent on getting the authentic local dining experience. Sadly, I was outnumbered.

The tarantula was out first. But no, no, no — not the cooked version. To prepare us for what we were eating, the wait staff decided to bring out the live tarantula first, so we could play with it. I thought it was bad etiquette to play with your food!

406806_10101259011727234_1823667358_nWhen I first laid eyes on the giant arachnid, I nearly jumped out of my seat. It was the biggest spider I had ever seen. To my amusement, I saw that Dan, Mischa, and Andrew also had a similar reaction. They started second-guessing their decision. Unfortunately, they quickly got over it and started pumping themselves up for the occasion. All of them smiled as the wait staff laid the creature on them. If they were repulsed, they were excellent actors. They let the creature crawl all over them. At one point, the spider crawled on Dan’s neck. Talk about a hair-raising experience.

Finally, it was time to fry up the bad boys. I was expecting them to come out fully breaded and floured, beyond recognition. Maybe then I could get the courage to try a piece (a leg, perhaps). Alas, it wasn’t my day. Not only were they not breaded, they actually still looked ALIVE when they put down the dish on our table.

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It was then when I started feeling very queasy. There were four of us, so the chef was kind enough to bring out four meaty tarantulas to the table. Thousand-year-old egg, I can do. Fermented shrimp paste, yummy. Balut, I’ll try. But I firmly draw the line when it comes to any insects of any kind. Who was the brave one to take down two tarantulas? That award goes to Mischa. Bonus points for him because he also ate one without any dipping sauce. Repulsive (and admirable, I guess).

Our main dishes were up next. I was a wimp and ordered some normal food — which, to be honest, wasn’t that tasty. They clearly specialized in more exotic concoctions. The guys ordered the sauteed beef with red ants. Look closely and you can see the little legs and eyes of the insects. Gross.

ImageApparently, it was pretty tasty and the guys couldn’t even tell that they were eating ants. Though that didn’t convince me enough to give it a try. And you know, I didn’t (and still don’t) regret it one bit. We ended the night with dessert, which gladly, did not have any six or eight-legged creatures in it.

I will tell you what I did try during another dining experience in Cambodia. Snake. Frog legs. Crocodile. None of them were particularly appetizing. But I simply couldn’t end this post looking like a complete coward.Image

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Learning from the tragedies in Cambodia

When I arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I really didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t read up too much on the country, and it’s not like Cambodia usually tops everyone’s top ten places to visit. But I’m so glad I went. Image

Upon arriving, I couldn’t help but notice how stark the city landscape was, given it’s the capital of Cambodia. Only a few tall buildings made up the city skyline — the majority of the area looked either under-developed or in disarray. Motorcycles and tuk-tuks were the primary means of transport, as cars were more of a luxury. It wasn’t too long before I figured out why.

We’ve heard of the horrific work of Adolf Hitler during the Holocaust. And Joseph Stalin’s Ukranian genocide. But little is known about what happened in Cambodia in the 1970s. After the Cambodian Civil War, the Killing Fields were created by the Khmer Rouge regime to execute and bury three million Cambodians — those suspected of connections with the former or foreign governments, as well as professionals, intellectuals, artists, and children. I think of it as the ethnic and cultural cleansing of the Cambodian people — which set back the government decades in terms of cultural and economic development.

My visit to the Killing Fields started out somber and quiet. I purchased an audio guide which did an excellent job of illustrating the sites I was seeing in their deepest, most tragic depths. ImageOne of the most horrific areas of the visit was seeing the Killing Tree. Here, executioners held little children against the tree and proceeded to beat them to death.

For me, it was particularly troublesome to learn about the process the Khmer Rouge used to perform their executions. Because guns were too expensive, the regime used farmer tools like axes, hoes, and shovels to kill their victims. You can imagine how inefficient a system like this was. The execution process was too slow, and too many people were arriving to the fields for execution in a given period of time. As a result, these people were held in little outhouses where they were kept blindfolded and told that they would soon reunite with their loved ones. Not far away, a loud speaker blared music and propaganda to drown out the screams of the victims outside. I found myself completely immersed in the darkness of those times as the audio guide played the music and voices in my ears.

ImageAfter the Killing Fields, I visited another tragic site of the Khmer Rouge era, S21. S21 was a former prison of the regime, now known as the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. When prisoners entered the complex, they were photographed and required to give detailed

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autobiographies, beginning with their childhood and ending with their arrest. While the official reason for many of the prisoners’ arrests was “espionage,” a large number of the prisoners were not guilty of this and coerced to write false autobiographies.

As our guide walked us through the museum and illustrated the atrocities that happened there, I felt myself tear up a bit. The torture system at the prison was designed to make prisoners confess to whatever crimes they were charged by their captors. Among the torture tactics were lashes, electric shocks, and being attached to intravenous pumps so that every drop of blood was drained from the victim to see how long he/she could survive. The most difficult prisoners were skinned alive. Every single detail described by our guide sent shivers up my spine — and utter disgust that humans could do this to each other. The room below particularly stood out for me because I could still see the blood stains splattered on the ceiling and floor from the various torture mechanisms performed there.ImageI hate for my first post about Cambodia to be such a grim one, but I think it’s important to educate others about the country’s history — in the hope that we learn not to repeat it in the  future.

While the Killing Fields and S21 left me in shock about the country’s dark past, I was even more astonished at what I saw around me in the present day. The Cambodian people were absolutely amazing. They were friendly, welcoming, and had a very positive outlook for their future. They currently live with former members of the Khmer Rouge — but instead of seeking and punishing them, they have found it is more productive to forgive. They’ve memorialized these tragic sites not to call out blame, but to honor and remember the victims of the genocide, and to resonate a message of peace based on learning from the past. And that message was what I chose to remember most of all.

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A view of paradise

A view of paradise

Our balcony view from our hotel in Koh Phi Phi: Phi Phi Island Cabana Hotel. Really not sure how I’m going to top this for my honeymoon.

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(Bravely) in the cage with tigers

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If you asked me a year ago if I would ever get into the same cage as a tiger, I probably would have said “Not a chance.” And that would be the normal, rational response of most people. After all, looking back at history, numerous tiger attacks were reported in many different occasions — some victims survived, some didn’t. Even the most trained experts like Sigfried and Roy encountered a near-death experience after one of their famous tiger shows went very wrong.

Fast forward to a few months ago, I arrived at the front entrance of Tiger Kingdom, a cat reserve holding over 80 tigers of different sizes. Here, tourists get in the cages to pet and take pictures with newborns, medium-sized, and big tigers — while a staff member stands by

Imagewarily with a stick (in case things get out of hand). Once-in-a-lifetime experience? YES. So, I ignored all of my internal alarms that said, “Nathania, this is a veeerrry bad idea,” and signed a legal form releasing Tiger Kingdom from liability. You know, in case I get mauled, lose a limb, lose my eyesight, or my life — I can’t really blame the company for it. Pen down, I made my way in.

We decided to warm up with the newborns first, before making our way to the bigger cats. What a great idea. I entered the cage without hesitation and couldn’t stop talking in that silly baby voice that people use when they see a cute animal or baby of any kind. Double whammy — these were cute animals AND babies. My voice was high-pitched beyond recognition.

Dan’s behavior was pretty similar to mine. If I didn’t stop him, I think he would’ve found a way to kidnap one of the babies and take it home with us. While some of the little tigers played with each other, most of them were actually very sleepy. This gave us the opportunity to position them in ways where we could take these amazing, one-of-a-kind photographs. They didn’t seem to mind one bit. ImageNext, we made our way to the medium-sized cats. Our hesitation went up a noticeable notch, but we managed to convince ourselves that it would be okay. The staff members were extremely relaxed and they were encouraging us every minute. In fact, they would think of creative ways to take our pictures with the animals, which we clearly took advantage of.ImageFinally, the time had come to enter the big cat arena. At this point, I’m pretty sure I heard Dan and Mischa say multiple times that they would sh** themselves. I, on the other hand, was trying to keep control of my emotions. It was a bit too late to turn back now (at least, that’s what my mind was saying).

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The big cat cage was considerably larger than the others and it housed three big cats. Two were playing with each other, but the last one was lounging, so we could actually take pictures with it. Dan looked relaxed here, but I know deep inside he was shaking with fear — especially when he actually made eye contact with the beast. Forget bungee jumping. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, try staring into a massive adult tiger’s eyes when it’s only a foot away from you.

No surprise, the scariest moment of our experience happened while we were in the big cat cage. The place was teeming with people, not to mention, a lot of children. Throughout our visit, it was clearly mentioned to us that no running was allowed on the premises — especially children running. This provokes the tigers and automatically stimulates their hunting instincts. It’s particularly dangerous for children to run since tigers already bucket them in the prey category (because of their small and vulnerable stature). While we were in the cage, two small children started running around and playing with each other just on the other side. Instinctively, the tigers in the cage with us started prowling — staring at the children with (what looked like) hunger in their eyes. Not pleasant behavior to see when you’re stuck in the cage with three big cats. Luckily, there were staff members around to quickly reprimand the kids for their behavior, and the situation was back under control.

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Looking back, this was definitely one of the biggest highlights during my trip to Thailand (and my entire three-month excursion, for that matter). I actually heard great things about this reserve. The tigers are well-cared for, they aren’t drugged or kept in chains. They are treated firmly but fairly by the staff members — and they are free to wander (somewhat) and don’t harm humans (from what I’ve heard). Tigers are trained from birth to obey the trainers, and while humans are allowed to lay on top of the tigers, tigers are restricted to play with other tigers only (not humans).  This gave me peace of mind in supporting this adventure.

If you’re ever in Chiang Mai and in need of another amazing experience, I highly recommend going here. I left feeling exhilarated — with not a scratch to complain about. And now, what I have are amazing memories and pictures that I can’t stop telling people about.

Really…who else do you know bravely stepped into a cage with a tiger? That person could be you, my friend.

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Why I regret riding an elephant

One of the most memorable and also most irresponsible things I did on my trip was elephant riding and attending an elephant show. Before I left, I didn’t bother to research anything about the animal tourism industry in Thailand — all I knew was I wanted to cross

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‘riding an elephant’ off my bucket list. After all, who doesn’t like the idea of sitting atop such an amazing creature as it treks through lush, green tropical forests? It’s romantic, serene, and adventurous all at the same time. And they’re so huge! Surely, they can support two small humans — after all, horses can do it. So that’s what I told myself — and that’s why I did it.

And now, looking back, I’m not too proud of it. Only after a few seconds browsing the internet about ‘elephant riding’ and ‘elephant shows’ after my trip, I was able to find several articles explaining why supporting these popular tourist attractions was so wrong, including one from the Humane Society.

The shows, which comprise of elephants playing soccer, dancing, and painting, were indeed fascinating — but there was probably a lot of cruelty behind the scenes that were hidden from the tourists. To become part of the tourism industry, young elephants are torn from their mothers and entrapped in small cages, where they are then constantly abused

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with bullhooks, sharp nails, as well as starved and deprived of sleep.

Suda, on the left, was a seven-year-old elephant — and it took her several years to create a painting of this caliber. Imagine the type of harsh training she had to go through to produce such a piece of art. The thought is sickening.

If you still want to see and interact with elephants in Thailand and other places, don’t fret. Places like elephant farms, parks, and sanctuaries treat the animals very well, and you can have one-to-one interactions where you care for them, bathe them, etc. Unfortunately, I didn’t go to any of these places on my trip, which I very much regret.

I wrote this post not to say, “Look what else I crossed off my bucket list!” Instead, I hope it brings more awareness about the inhumane ways these magnificent, intelligent creatures are treated — not only in Thailand, but in other elephant tourism spots around the globe. I encourage you to go to one of the nature conservancy parks instead, and not follow in my irresponsible footsteps!

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Growing pot and eating fried pork skins

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First stop in Thailand: Chiang Mai!

This luscious green bush I was smelling is something you all are probably very familiar with. Hint: it was recently legalized in Colorado and Washington. You got it. The aromatic marijuana bush. The White Meo hill tribe village in Chiang Mai, Thailand grew the stuff in their own garden. If our tour guide didn’t point it out, we would have totally missed it. While it was tempting, we refrained from exploring what the ganja here tasted like — more afraid of getting caught, fined, and jailed (which is apparently the normal punishment if you’re caught with the stuff), than anything else. But our guide got a kick out of our reaction — which was naturally, utter amazement at actually seeing a marijuana bush growing naturally in the wild.

After we left the garden, we ran into some very entrepreneurial children who were engrossed in what looked like a variation of chess. They were so cute I couldn’t resist taking a picture with them. But they were one step ahead. Wise for their age (and needing to make

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money), the kids immediately asked me for some coins in return for the photograph we now had with them. While I was a bit annoyed at myself for falling for this common tactic, I felt bad for the kids and gave them the coins I had. After all, a few coins for them could probably feed them for a day — it would be worth much more to them than it was to me. Luckily, the picture turned out to be very cute — worth every dime. 🙂

Next up on our list in Chiang Mai was visiting Doi Suthep — the most extravagant Buddhist temple I saw on my entire three-month trip. This temple was a sacred site to many Thai people — so much so that I had to buy a robe that covered my legs to enter it. Unfortunately, no shorts or short dresses for women were allowed. While I’m fine with covering myself up to pay respect, it was a bit annoying that the same rules didn’t apply to men. If it was to prevent men from gawking at women’s legs while visiting a sacred site, then bull. Heck, I can appreciate a good pair of male calves any day. Nonetheless, it didn’t stop me from entering and appreciating the temple’s elaborate beauty.

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While most people walked around silently admiring the various ornaments, statues, and structures, Dan and I decided it was another opportunity to have a bit of fun and take goofy pictures. Some of our favorites? Pretending to be eaten by the golden statues of dragons and other animals. Corny…yes. But it makes for funny pictures, no?

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We ended the night with another lavish dinner — this time, in traditional northern Thai style: Khantoke. A khantoke is actually a pedestal tray used as a small dining table by the Lanna and Isan people. The purpose is to keep food served at a higher ground for special occasions like wedding parties, funerals, housewarming parties, and temple festivals.

In Chiang Mai, we enjoyed the delicious meal with music and dance. To be perfectly honest, I was so distracted by the scrumptious food, I paid little attention to the dance (it wasn’t that entertaining, in my opinion). Our main dishes consisted of fried pumpkin, tender and juicy fried chicken, and succulent Burmese pork curry. Some side dishes included mildly spicy red chili, tomato and minced pork dip, fried crispy pork skin, stir-fried cabbage, and sticky rice (oooooh….writing this down is making me slobber).

I definitely recommend you try it if you’re ever in Chiang Mai — the overall experience is worth it, even if you come just for the food. 🙂

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Our Japan adventures in a nutshell

This video created by my very talented friend, Mischa Stephens, does an excellent job of summarizing our antics in Japan.

This officially marks my last post about traveling in Japan during our three-month trip. I don’t doubt we’ll be there again for a visit, but next up is Thailand!

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