If your trip will include Southeast Asia, be sure to browse through all the Southeast Asia articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Southeast Asia, we've been there done that when it comes to Southeast Asia, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Southeast Asia.
Friday, September 7, 2012
The tsunami wave about to crash into the shore on Boxing Day 2004 in Phuket, Thailand
I just came across what I thought was a 10 minute compilation video of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. I clicked on it, got hooked, then found out it was only part 1 of 7. By that time I couldn't put it down, and ended up spending the next hour plus watching a handful of people's first hand Tsunami stories.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Intricate carvings on the walls of a temple in Angkor Wat
Q. I am going to SE Asia for spring break, will be there a week. Going to Vietnam and Cambodia, but do you think that is enough time? In Cambodia I just want to go to Angkor Wat, how many days there do you recommend? And what do you think about Vietnam? South? North? Penny for your thoughts...
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Pots of fresh seafood in Bangkok
Even for seasoned travelers, navigating Bangkok’s dazzling kaleidoscope of wonders is a balancing act and its intoxicating atmosphere can sweep anyone off their feet. Whether you’re budgeting at chic but cheap Bangkok hotels or indulging in the VIP treatment at a five star resort, first time visitors can find it challenging to keep their proverbial balance in this foreign environment. Staying grounded when faced with the cornucopia of food and shopping markets, entertainment and fascinating sights requires grasping the nuances of dealing with the summer heat, local scam artists, opportunistic shop keepers and questionable street food vendors.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
2 curious monkeys hanging out the fence checking me out at a wildlife refuge off the Great Ocean Road of Australia
I've taken a lot of monkey photos in my travels, both in the wild and in captivity. Monkeys might be my favorite thing to photograph as their interactions with both people and the camera are so funny and unpredictable. Sometimes it can be a bit scary because a monkey at 10% of my body weight would probably win in a fight, but this just adds to the fun. Below are 100 of my favorite monkey photos from my travels around the world.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
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Eating Lechon (roasted suckling pig) and sushi on a private beach with friends
As 2011 comes to an end, I thought it would be cool to talk about my top 5 travel experiences of the year. My year was split roughly 6 months in Australia, 3 months in Southern Asia, and 3 in the US. It's hard to pick just 5, but here are my favorite travel memories from 2011, in no particular order.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The tallest Twin Towers in the world - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is one of the biggest airline hubs in SE Asia, so if you're travelling through the area for any extended period of time, you're likely to pass through it. KL is not the most exciting city in the world, but it's worth checking out, and 2 of it's most popular landmarks happen to be towers. The famous Petronas Towers (AKA Twin Towers) and the less fancy Kuala Lumpur Tower sit less than a mile apart in the center of the city.
Monday, November 21, 2011
The beach from the movie "The Beach", on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand
Q. Hey me and Chris are trying to plan our honeymoon. Have you ever been to Phuket or Thailand? Let me know, or if you have other recommendations?? Somewhere exotic and tropical, but things/excursions to do with good food and drinks!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The New7Wonders Foundation has recently provisionally nominated the New 7 Wonders of Nature from Zurich, Switzerland. The list was selected by a combination of votes and "expert judging" from a group of 28 finalists. There are some big ones missing like the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef. I'm not sure I like this list very much, but I thought it was worth posting.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
A Monkey grabbing my camera lens and trying to eat it
If you were to take a survey of human beings and ask what the funniest animal is, the overwhelming majority would answer "Monkeys". They're so similar to us, but still so different. There's something strangely familiar about the monkey, but still so animalistic. They have no rules and rely purely on their instincts, which means they're constantly getting into trouble and goofing around, which is what makes them so funny to us. Below are the top 10 places to visit if you want to see monkeys in the wild.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
A screen cap from the video showing Planet Earth from outer space
A time lapse video taken by Expedition 28 & 29 from the International Space Station during the months of August to October, 2011. You can clearly see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) as the station crosses over the top of the Earth. Because of the Earths constant rotation things look a bit different than we're used to on the map, it's tough to make out what countries you're looking at (when the clouds aren't hiding the ground), but I was able to identify a few regions. The person who posted this video claims they didn't do anything to edit colors or anything similar, it's strange to see the atmosphere so clearly visible, very cool.