Apo Island was managed as a Marine Sanctuary before it was known as a dive site. What does this mean for you as a scuba diver? First and foremost it means you’re guaranteed to see more fish than you’ll see in most other parts of the Philippines (if not the world). But in the 25+ […]
Staying overnight at Apo Island is definitely the way to go. You’re totally unplugged (electricity is only available from around 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s enough to charge your camera batteries and power the blender to make some mango shakes (mmm, mango shakes) and refill the dive tanks. Other than that you’re on island […]
Explore the amazing coral reefs of Komodo National Park with this gallery of underwater photos.
This is a gallery of the best shots from a liveaboard dive trip to Komodo National Park.
Looking for a surf school in Bali Kuta Beach has to be one of the best places on earth to learn to surf. With some of the most consistent waves anywhere in the world and more surf instructors per capita than Hawaii or Southern California, finding someone to help you learn to ride won’t be […]
Some of the best shots from Enchi’s tour of Mindanao in January 2008.
Getting inside was the easy part, I’m holding the aspiring Buddhist’s equivalent of a backstage pass. The monk at the entrance to the Dalai Lama’s Tsuglagkhang Temple takes one look at the little saffron-colored book with the title “Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva” stenciled in silver lettering on the cover and wordlessly waves me through […]
“Another one,” I thought to myself as a three-legged sea turtle swam lopsidedly past. Its birdlike eyes warily scanned a sunlit expanse of coral garden on Tubbataha’s South Island atoll in the Philippines. The crippled green slowed cautiously as it approached the edge of the reef wall plunging cliff-like into the indigo depths below. This […]
Kris and Kristen bought a small traditional Filipino boat known as a bangka to take on short trips to the islands surrounding El Nido. Preston and I borrowed their little boat one day to take an overnight trip to Dilumacad Island which is located about 4 or 5 miles from El Nido. We didn’t have […]
The final leg of our Southeast Asian adventure was an overnight jungle trek through the Taman Negara Rainforest in Malaysia. The over ten mile slog through the rainforest was torturous as we endured drenching downpours, jungle heat, hordes of blood sucking leeches, sandals that failed at the worst possible moment, and a fitful night of […]
Road trips are among my favorite things to do–especially when exploring a new country. After being crammed into the van from Thailand to Malaysia, it was a godsend to stretch out (a little–no SUV’s here) in our commuter sized Proton rental car. At least with the Proton we were able to come and go according […]
To reach Malaysia after spending a week on the southern beaches of Thailand, we chose to catch a van down the Thai/Malay peninsula to Penang. Despite the cramped conditions for ten hours in the van, the trip wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. I’m not saying that it was comfortable or something […]
We didn’t spend the whole time on Koh Lanta lying by the beach and watching Germans crash motorcycles into small ponds. One day we met up with Andy, a local sea kayak guide to explore one of the smaller islands just offshore of Koh Lanta up close and personal. The relatively slow pace of the […]
Koh Lanta was the antidote for our disappointing trip to Phi Phi Island, and was the “sit by the ocean” leg of our otherwise hectic itinerary. On a recommendation from some other travelers, we lucked into staying at the Narima, an awesome resort perched on Koh Lanta’s rocky cliffs overlooking the Andaman Sea. The Narima […]
From Bangkok, Steve, Alex and I decided to head south to Phi Phi Don Island via a super cheap flight to Phuket for only $30 (I think the 15 hour bus ride was only a little less than $20). The trip to Phi Phi turned out to be a reminder of the “you can’t go […]
A few afternoons of wandering around Bangkok will usually result in some truly odd discoveries. For example, I’m really not sure who is in the market for a set of Joshua Tree era U2 bowling pins painted to resemble the band. Or I wonder who wants a eat a turtle with a side of wriggling […]
Even if you’re too cool to be a tourist, a visit to Bangkok wouldn’t be the same without at least a quick stopover to see one of the many historic buddhist temples (wats). Wat Pho is my favorite because of the enormous Reclining Buddha housed there–it’s over 150 feet long and 50 feet tall and […]
At first glance the Bangkok Snake Farm feels like one of those off ramp sideshow attractions that you come across in rural America sometimes–sort of like a really dangerous petting zoo. But the Farm does keep Thailand stocked with antivenom for all the poisonous snakes in the country and where else can you see a […]
Depending on where you’re headed, Bangkok has more options for getting around than most cities. A lot of tourists opt for the sputtering tuk tuks that are featured on brochures and guide books everywhere. But maybe you don’t feel like getting ripped off or spending an unexpected afternoon shopping for a new suit because the […]
I’ve met a lot of people who hate Bangkok for some reason. Usually their explanations vary, but they often seem to cite the crowded conditions, pollution and a few other very pragmatic reasons. I find myself waiting politely, then asking them”but what about the the food?” In my book at least, all the sins of […]