All roads lead to…Quanzhou

Where the maritime silk road ended, adventure begins...

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Vietnam; Life in Food (and drink)

noodles and tea in Vietnam

When someone sneezes in Vietnam, you respond with "cơm muối", or "rice and salt", because ultimately, that's all you need for a good life.

Laos through the looking-glass: Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang, Laos, view of Nam Khan River

What did I expect, when I visited the former Kingdom of a Million Elephants, the hidden jewel of old Indochina? An alternate Vietnam, where elephant did indeed roam the streets? A “lesser” version of Thailand, without the trademark smiles and tourist services to match?