Sunday, April 29, 2007

Angkor Wat

Outside of Siem Reap is an area refered to as Angkor Wat. It's an amazing place full of acient temples and ruins; as you walk around you feel like you're within the Mayan ruins/the jungle book. Jordan and I rented electric bikes and cruised around the temples for three days.

Entering Cambodia

The border between Thailand and Cambodia was a breath of fresh air after our experiences with the Myanmar borders. Though the road on the Cambodian side was consistently the worst road I've probably ever been on. Our driver (of our very small, falling-apart, leaky bus) told us of a rumor that certain airlines are bribing the Cambodian government to keep the road in disrepair. From what little I've learned about the Cambodian government this seems altogether possible. We were welcomed to the country with a huge storm (too bad for the people next to the window), but then came one of the most magnificent sunsets I've ever seen.

Thursday, April 19, 2007


From our porch.


Ah, back to Thailand

Though Thailand may not have all of the bureaucratic thrills of Myanmar, it's great to be back. This picture was taken from an amazing view point. That little beach down in the left-side corner is where I was staying. A really nice quite place with awesome snorkeling.

Happy Kids

I got lost while biking through the rice paddies around Inle, but I stumbled upon some of the happiest kids I've ever seen.


The beatiful Inle Lake. They produce more potatoes here, on floating gardens, then all the rest of Myanmar put together. These people are almost always winging while working if there alone.


Fun Loving monks enjoying a day in the sun. They play everything from football to army, just like kids back home. On the trek was Jordan, me, and a nice Irishman named Tommy. We all had a good time playin' around with the monks.

Train Station

On our trek from Kalaw (a small town southeast of Mandalay) to Inle Lake we walked through a small village where pace of life life went from next to nothing to full boar at the arrival of a train.


The beautiful Shwe Dagan in Yangon. Itself a crazy city; a striking contrast of India and South East Asia.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

email dated 4/04/07

Hey,I'm am now in Inle Lake, which is magnificent. Jordan and I just finished a three day trek here from Kalaw, a small town about 50k away. It was so beautiful the whole way through. I got a lot of pictures so I'll put them up once I'm in Bangkok. We'll spend about four nights here, then go back to Mandalay; from there we will fly to Kengtung (still in Myanmar) and then enter Thailand from the nearby town of Tachilek. I love you all.Jesse