Life in Chiang Mai


After the serenity and tranquil beauty of both Siem Reap and Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai was a bit of a shock. It seemed to us to be ENORMOUS – industrial, clogged up and hard to get around, and rather soulless. There is a beating, beautiful heart of an old city in there, but it’s hard […]

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Muay Thai


 In Thailand, just before we left Chiang Mai, we went to a Muay Thai (Thai boxing) class. Muay Thai is a bit like kickboxing but it has more moves. It is a very big sport in Thailand and many men compete in it. We decided to try it out so we turned up at the gym […]

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Laos and Communism

Laos was once not as poor as it is now. The poverty came with the communism. Once, it was ruled by the French, who also ruled over Vietnam and Cambodia.  When the french left, Laos was divided into 2 groups, Royal Lao & Pathet Lao. Its first two attempts at a government failed and then […]

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Elephant Maltreatment


In Thailand and Laos, elephants are being treated very badly. They are being used for insanely hard work, that is actually even hard for elephants and can cause them serious harm, and are also being used for tourists entertainment, which doesn’t sound so bad but actually it is. Some are also still being hunted for […]

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I am sure that you have already read Luke’s crossbow post, about the time when we went and made our very own crossbows. Well, guess what, We went back and did knife making as well. We were in the same place but with a different craftsman.  The metal was old steel that came from vehicles […]

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Luang Prabang Buddhism


The place that we are staying, Luang Prabang, has a lot of temples, called Wats. Those temples are one of the things that make it so famous. We are staying just one road up from “temple street”, the road with about a million temples. It is a Buddhist center! This morning my mom and I […]

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Ponheary Ly Foundation


The Ponheary Ly Foundation help children who live in the poorest villages to go to school. They provide backpacks, uniforms, and even meals to these poor children who have absolutely nothing, and also take them on trips. You may be wondering how they make the money to do all of this. Good question, That is […]

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Circus Phare


When we were staying in the Seven Candles Guest House we decided to go to the circus. It is run by an organization that has been going for about 20 who is trying to bring almost extinct Cambodian traditions back. They took extremely poor children and gave them food and a performing education; for free! […]

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Fraser Island


We did not have Spring break when we normally do this year. We had it about 2 weeks later because our dad was finally coming  for a whole week! We were all super excited and happy, and were counting down the days. Then, right when he got here— poor guy— we whisked him to Frazer Island with […]

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