Vang Vieng might sound like a scary pooch from Harry Potter, but it's actually a backpacker's paradise in southern Laos. Well, for some it's a paradise. For others, it was literally a path to hell. Laos is that country in Southeast Asia between Thailand ...

 

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What the Hell Happened to Vang Vieng?

Vang Vieng might sound like a scary pooch from Harry Potter, but it’s actually a backpacker’s paradise in southern Laos. Well, for some it’s a paradise. For others, it was literally a path to hell. Laos is that country in Southeast Asia between Thailand and Vietnam which I mentioned in my recent article on Vientiane. There aren’t any cheap flights to Laos so it...

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What’s New in Oklahoma City?

“Since you last visited us, we’ve moved a freeway” is one of my favorite comments from my OKC friend Seth. He said that to me way back in 2013, when I wrote about the city’s exceptional urban planning and how OKC’s faith in apparent “bridges to nowhere” was in reality a sweeping vision of what a city’s downtown could be with a lot of imagination,...

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Offbeat Lombok: Exploring the Secret Gilis

Among tourists in Southeast Asia, if you utter the word “Gilis” those around you will assume you’re talking about the three most popular “Gili” islands off the coast of Lombok: Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno. In Lombok’s local language, Sasak, the word “gili” simply means island. Therefore, when you talk about the Gili Islands, you are somewhat saying “Island...

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The Craft Beer Scene in the Finger Lakes of New York

I tried an unfiltered cask ale from The Beerocracy, a cream ale with corn and honey from Grist Iron Brewing Company, and Slo’ Mo’ IPA from Empire Brewing my first night in the Finger Lakes and knew this was going to be a good trip. For a few days after I drank my way across the state, trying a few flavorful beers paired with cupcakes at Felicia’s Atomic Brewhouse, then had a...

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The One Thing You Shouldn’t Pack for Thailand

If Thailand isn’t in your travel plans yet, add it. But what should you pack for Thailand? There are plenty of lists out there on what to pack, yet not enough of them tell you what to leave behind. Carting around fifty pounds of luggage with you as you travel, regardless of whether it’s in a rolling suitcase or strapped to your back, can make a big difference in how much enjoyment you...

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