Coffee in Laos

When I was in Laos last month, I drank A LOT of coffee. Well, I always drink a lot of coffee, so what I mean is that I drank a lot of really exceptional coffee. With the perfect geology and climate for coffee cultivation, Laos’s Bolaven Plateau produces some of the best coffee beans in the world.

I got a recipe for the perfect pour over from a barista at Jhai Coffee House in Paksong, and I’m sharing it with you here…it’s changed my mornings forever!

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Laos, Land of a Million Bombs

During the Vietnam War, there was this entire Secret War going on in Laos that I learned about while I visited what is one of the world’s most beautiful – and unfortunately, most heavily bombed – countries. It got me thinking about what it means to travel as an American to places like Laos, where they are still dealing with the legacy of destruction with millions of unexploded bombs littering the countryside. Especially at this fraught political moment, just weeks before Trump’s inauguration.

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You Can Only Go to India for the First Time Once

No one ever talks about what it’s like to land in a place like India for the first time. I had to write about this exhausting, disorienting, and totally thrilling experience. My first impressions of India were that India makes a big impression. One thing’s for sure: you only get to go to India for the first time once in your life.

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Scuba Diving in Thailand, auf Deutsch and in English

No matter where you find yourself in the world these days, whether in the middle of the Ecuadorian rainforest, on a lonely mountain road in the Caucuses, or on a scuba boat in the Andaman Sea, chances are, you’ll cross paths with a German.

Here’s a story about speaking foreign languages while traveling and a badass German scuba diver who felt more comfortable diving into inky oceanic trenches than speaking English.

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A Secret Beach

“We have a map,” the man at check-in to our backpacker bungalow hotel told us, lowering his voice slightly, his tone conspiratorial. “A map to the secret beach. It’s not that easy to get there, but it’s not far.”

Right, I’ve seen that movie. So has everyone else who goes to Thailand. I didn’t believe him until we followed his map to a perfect secret beach, and now I’ve got the pictures to prove it. Continue reading “A Secret Beach”

Thailand Country Guide

Beaches. Island hopping. Kayaking. Snorkeling and Scuba diving. Buddhist temples. Monk chat. Night markets. Street Food. Elephant sanctuaries. Hiking. White-water rafting. Zip-lining through the jungle canopy. ATV tours. Massage. Exploring ancient cities. Whizzing through traffic on a scooter. Finding the perfect beach. The Kingdom of Thailand is the top destination in Southeast Asia, and for good reason.

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