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Archive for May, 2012

Overlooking Beng Mealea Temple outside Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Releasing Your Inner “Indiana Jones” at Cambodia’s Beng Mealea Temple

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an archeologist, at least during the time I wasn’t playing professional baseball. I had in my head an imagine of climbing over hidden, ancient temples and communicating with primitive nati...
by Jim Cheney

A boat on the shore of Don Khon in the 4000 Islands on Laos.

Relaxing in the Middle of the Mekong River at 4000 Islands, Laos

Laos is a landlocked country, there’s no denying that. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get some quality relaxation time on the water. For nearly the entire length of the country, the Mekong River runs its...
by Jim Cheney


A Japanese macaque monkey sits at the Monkey Park outside of Kyoto, Japan.

Photo of the Week: A Japanese Macaque at Kyoto’s Monkey Park

When most people think of Kyoto, they imagine Japan’s ancient traditions and the┬ámyriad of fantastic temples that dot the city’s landscape. However, when you visit Kyoto, the sheer number of majestic temples will e...
by Jim Cheney


7 Hidden Travel Expenses and How to Minimize Them

When planning a big trip, most travelers have a basic budget in mind, and they usually remember to include the obvious things like hotel rooms, transportation between cities, food, entrance fees, and maybe even a little flex mo...
by Jim Cheney


Some of the many statues at Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple outside Georgetown, Malaysia.

Photo of the Week: Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang, Malaysia

Sitting outside of Georgetown, Malaysia, on the island of Penang is one of the most impressive Buddhist Temples that I’ve ever had the chance to see: Kek Lok Si Temple. Located at the top of a small hill, the temple is mo...
by Jim Cheney

The view of downtown Seoul from the top of Yongmansan Mountain.

Photo of the Week: Overlooking Seoul from Yongmasan Mountain

When I moved to South Korea, I was very surprised to find out how mountainous the country was. In fact, downtown Seoul is full of small mountains and even has a large national park inside of the city borders. Nearly every mount...
by Jim Cheney