Posted by Beth | June 10, 2016 Days in the country: 15 Cities visited: Ko Tao, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Samui, Bangkok, Pak Chong Favorite lodging: The Conrad Ko Samui, easily the nicest hotel we’ve ever stayed in Favorite food: Caleb discovered he loved Thai curry, and though I made myself eat more than […]

Country recap and budget tips: Thailand

Posted by Caleb | June 1, 2016 Quite possibly the most interesting part of our trip is the rags to riches, then back down to rags accommodation that we consistently stay at.  One night I am waiting in the hotel check-in line behind a Wall Street millionaire spattering on his […]

By Beach Bungalow vs Conrad Koh Samui. Same-Same, but ...

Posted by Beth | May 28, 2016 One of the best (though some would argue worst) things about Thailand is it is so easy to get around on the well-worn backpacker trail. Most tourists hit Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai in the North, then head south for the islands […]

Off the tourist trail in Thailand: Khao Yai National Park ...

Posted by Beth | May 27, 2016 Bangkok is one of our favorite cities in one of our favorite countries in the world. It’s chaotic and exciting and edgy, but somehow remains charming and authentically Thailand, and nowhere else in the city epitomizes that more than the Chatuchak Market. This […]

Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market: Photo blog and pro tips

Posted by Beth | May 26, 2016 We found ourselves with two nights and a full day to kill in Kuala Lumpur thanks to being big cheapskates and booking our flight from Yogyakarta, Indonesia to Surat Thani, Thailand on Air Asia. We decided to dedicate the day to a culinary […]

Kuala Lumpur self-guided food tour

Posted by Beth | May 25, 2016 Days in the country: 9 Islands visited: Bali (Kuta and Ubud) and Java (Yogykarta) Favorite lodging: Four Points Bali Kuta Beach Favorite food: Toss up between the crispy duck in Ubud and the bbq pork ribs at Hog Wild in Seminyak. Favorite drink: Fresh coconuts! The […]

Country recap and budget tips: Indonesia

Posted by Beth | May 24, 2016 Starwood Preferred Guest points are considered one of the most valuable points currencies out there. They are harder to earn than other types of points, but can be redeemed at much lower levels. We redeemed most of our SPG points for stays in Southeast Asia […]

Great low-level points redemptions on SPG stays in Southeast Asia

Posted by Caleb | May 23, 2016 How we ended up in Yogyakarta, Indonesia I am not quite sure.  When Beth first pitched the idea to include it in our itinerary, we went through the whole list of spelling bee questions, can you repeat that? language of origin please? Jogajakarta…are there […]

A Day With Old Indonesian Men – Yogyakarta, Indonesia