In October of 2012, we packed up and headed to Thailand to teach English for 6 months. We spent our most of our time traveling and falling in love with Thailand’s landscapes and people. We spent the last two months of this trip adventuring through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali, Singapore and Malaysia and had the time of our lives! We hope you enjoy reading about our second home – South East Asia!
Our Last Days - November 12th, 2014 - We arrived in Bangkok at some ungodly hour at a bus station we were 100% unfamiliar with. We wandered around trying to get our bearings and figure out how to get to the city center. Eventually we found where the city buses stop and waited there for the buses to start rolling. I think it … Continue reading Our Last Days Island Life - November 12th, 2014 - We got into Surat Thani pretty late, but with plenty of time to make it to the night boat. I was not super excited about the idea of being on a boat for 6 hours or however long it took because I get sea sick. But we really didn’t want to spend the night in … Continue reading Island Life Ethan’s Backpacking SE Asia Notes - April 26th, 2013 - Notes for our post teaching trip… VISAs suck so here’s the information we need!Laos: VISA on Arrival (~$30)Vietnam: In Advance in Luang Prabang (~$30-$40)Cambodia: VISA on Arrival (~$20)Thailand: VISA on Arrival (Free)Bali, Indonesia: VISA on Arrival ($10 for 7-day transit; $30 for 30-day tourist)Singapore: Visit pass for 30 days (free) Malaysia: 30 days for freeThailand: … Continue reading Ethan’s Backpacking SE Asia Notes Three days in Malaysia - April 11th, 2013 - Our trip to Kuala Lumpur (KL) was definitely not my favorite, but it could have been worse I guess. We took a bus from Singapore over the bridge to Malaysia where we went through customs and then walked to the train station to wait for our train to KL. The train was like the trains … Continue reading Three days in Malaysia Learning to SCUBA! - April 5th, 2013 - We came to Bali hoping to get some relaxing beach time in, but when we walked into Padang Bai we were slightly surprised by its lack of beach. Let me rephrase: there was a beach, but it was being used as a dock for about 100 boats, so it wasn’t quite the beach scene we … Continue reading Learning to SCUBA! Ubud, Bali - April 1st, 2013 - Our plane to Bali left at 6am and we got to the airport before they even opened the check in station. It was brutal being up that early, but the excitement made it easier. The plane ride was a blur because I slept most of the time. After we landed and got our bags we … Continue reading Ubud, Bali Bye bye Emily! - March 29th, 2013 - The bus ride from Siem Reap to Bangkok wasn’t too bad, but the border crossing was down right awful. We had to change buses (because Cambodian’s drive on the right and Thai’s on the left) so we had to bring all of our stuff with us to the outdoor departure counter and then walk across … Continue reading Bye bye Emily! Goooood Morning, Vietnam! - March 11th, 2013 - (March 7 – March 10) After our bus ride from hell we were super excited to have a place to sleep and to reunite with our pals Shannon and Alexis. In the morning Ethan found their hotel, so we packed up and moved to that place. We felt much better about paying for a place … Continue reading Goooood Morning, Vietnam! Death Bus Ride from Hell - March 7th, 2013 - Ethan here. This is a timeline of the worst transportation I have ever been involved with. Some of the times are approximate and might have occurred out of the order they are listed here. I was a bit delirious from the trip and waited a week to write this. I’m going to try my best … Continue reading Death Bus Ride from Hell Late February Blog Post - March 1st, 2013 - Outside the Temple of Dawn For the last two weeks we have been excitedly preparing for our adventure through SE Asia. The weekend of the 16 & 17 we spent in Pua with our friends to say goodbye. We spent Saturday afternoon at our favorite waterfall and stayed up until the wee hours of the … Continue reading Late February Blog Post SE Asia Map - February 21st, 2013 - This will be a work in progress. Key: Marker: Destination Marker: Border Crossing Marker: Possible Destination Line: Bus Line: Slowboat Line: Possible Bus Line: Train (shown on roads, not train tracks) Line: Flight Thailand Map - February 20th, 2013 - I made this today to show everyone where we’ve been in Thailand. Key:House: HomeTriangle: National Park camped Hikers: National Park visited Marker: CityMarker: Historical ParkLine: BusLine: TrainLine: Motorbike Road Trip! - February 15th, 2013 - Two weekends ago (Feb 2-3…..Geez! I’m really falling behind here! I wish I could say it was because I’m so busy doing important things, but that would be a lie!) we decided to take the motorbike to Chiang Rai, a popular tourist destination about 3 hours (we were told you can get there in 3 … Continue reading Road Trip! Birthday Weekend Camping - February 5th, 2013 - This past weekend was Ethan’s birthday (now two weekends ago.) Yay! Happy birthday Ethan!! 25 years young! (E- My Darren McCarty birthday!!) We decided it would be a great weekend to FINALLY camp at the national park near us – Nanthaburi National Park. If you recall, we had been briefly once and the second time … Continue reading Birthday Weekend Camping When I see an elephant fly… - January 25th, 2013 - Last weekend ended up being a bit longer than we expected. Last week, we knew we had Wednesday off for teachers day. We also didn’t have school Friday because of the province-wide sport day that lasted until Saturday. So, over the prior weekend we decided to ask for that Thursday off and if we could … Continue reading When I see an elephant fly… How We Did It – Chiang Mai - January 22nd, 2013 - Ethan here, Warning: This is an informational post aimed at helping our fellow CIEE / OEG friends that might want to travel to a place that we have already visited. I’ll be including how we got to our destination, what we did there / how we did it and any advice that I would have … Continue reading How We Did It – Chiang Mai A Chiang Mai Christmas - January 2nd, 2013 - As I am sure you are aware, we were very very excited to get on the road for our much anticipated vacation from school. Friday evening, after getting back from picking up our work permits in Nan, was spent packing and prepping the apartment for our long absence. I taped over the gaping holes at … Continue reading A Chiang Mai Christmas eventfully uneventful - December 21st, 2012 - Monday: So this past weekend we stayed local and didn’t do much of anything. We went to Nan Friday night for a birthday party where the theme was to dress in a costume that started with B or X (in honor of those people whose birthdays we were celebrating). So Caitlin, Kristin and I went … Continue reading eventfully uneventful The land before time: Sukhothai - December 16th, 2012 - We made full recoveries from our leech bites last week…in case you were wondering. And neither of us got sick! Hooray! It was a pretty easy week in terms of school. We had Wednesday off for Father’s Day (the King’s birthday). Tuesday night we went to Pua to eat dinner and hang out with the … Continue reading The land before time: Sukhothai Doi Phu Kha - December 3rd, 2012 - In my previous post I could not remember what had happened Friday afternoon, but Ethan kindly reminded me that we did have a somewhat eventful day. We decided a while ago that we wanted to go to Sukhothai, which is one of the old capitals of Thailand. It has a bunch of ruins and other … Continue reading Doi Phu Kha English Camp & Pha Tup Caves - November 22nd, 2012 - Saturday morning we woke up at 7 and prepared for English Camp. We had no idea what to expect other than the very limited agenda we’d been given and the lessons they told us we needed to teach. Ethan and I would be teaching about the nations of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) … Continue reading English Camp & Pha Tup Caves Loy Krathong?? - November 19th, 2012 - Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!! It is so weird being in a country where no one cares about getting together on the fourth Thursday of November and eating a bunch of food. We’re a little sad about it, for sure, because we will miss spending all that quality time with our families and eating all that D.E.licious … Continue reading Loy Krathong?? I plead The Fifth - November 5th, 2012 - (Note: The title is relevant, but we can’t explain it any more for fear of being deported from the country. If you were with us Saturday night, you understand. If not, well just think of it as a meaningless title.) At dawn….we ride! After sport day, the rest of the week went by slowly even … Continue reading I plead The Fifth chasing waterfalls + sport day - November 3rd, 2012 - After our first “full” week we wanted to relax and see some of the sights around Tha Wang Pha. We knew there were a few waterfalls around the area and thought we’d check one out on Saturday. In the morning Ethan went for a run and ran into one of the deputy directors (assistant principles). … Continue reading chasing waterfalls + sport day Mama mia pizzeria - October 26th, 2012 - Mâi pét – my favorite/most useful Thai phrase. It means “not spicy”! Almost everything they eat here is spicy. Sometimes it’s a little bit (nít noi means little bit) spicy and sometimes its out of this world, burn your esophagus and bring you to tears spicy. I’ve never tried anything more than a little spicy … Continue reading Mama mia pizzeria Tha Wang Pha - October 22nd, 2012 - Sawatdee – means hello in Thai! The last couple of days we have been attempting to adjust to our new life in Tha Wang Pha (pronounced Tah Wahng Pah). We arrived here at about 4am on Thursday after a highly uncomfortable 10 hour van ride from Bangkok. We unloaded the van to find out that … Continue reading Tha Wang Pha Elephants! - October 19th, 2012 - Orientation – Hi! It’s a another very hot day here in Thailand! For those of you who want to know all about orientation continue reading, if you don’t then well you’ll just have to wait for the next post. Our first day of orientation was interesting. We had one big group meeting and then split … Continue reading Elephants!
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Ethan’s Backpacking SE Asia Notes
SE Asia Map