Category Archives: Southeast Asia

Karen Hill Tribe Trek in Thailand – The Landscape

Though Thailand is smaller in area than the state of Texas, it is home to 70+ distinct ethnic minorities. The Karen group is the largest minority at 400k+ people distributed across almost 2k villages (2003 census). The village women wore colorful more »

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Karen Hill Tribe Trek in Thailand – The Village

In the hills of Northwest Thailand near Mae Sariang, the morning fog rolls through lush forest and over corrugated and thatched roofs, touching cultivated mountain rice fields and retreating by midmorning into blue skies. The Karen tribesmen inhabit these hills, more »

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Bantay Kdei and the Hindu-Buddhist Dynamic

Considering that Angkor Wat was built for the Hindu god Vishnu but has since been a place of Buddhist pilgrimage, I was often confused as to whether I was looking at Buddhist or Hindu structures, even when there were well-preserved more »

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Bus Ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

There must be at least a dozen bus companies operating between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap offering varying levels of comfort, price, reputation, vehicle size, route frequency, and number of stops. We opted to go with Grand Ibis for their more »

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One Week in the Khmer Empire

After precisely one year since we dreamed up this trip, Chris and I are now in Cambodia, known in the 9th to 13th centuries as the Khmer Empire. Last year, after spending the summer working in Israel, we visited the more »

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