Category Archives: Southeast Asia

‘Valuable guest’ back in the land of confusion

“Dear valuable guest,” began the tent card welcoming us to our hotel in room in Bangkok, a delightfully inelegant twist to the customary “Dear valued guest” that reflects the quaint honesty, faulty English translations and direct attitudes that prevail in Southeast Asia. We are back in the land of smiles, tuk tuks, cheap, delicious (and, sometimes dicey) street food, and of wholesale, […]

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The end of the road in Cambodia

This weekend, we stayed in a hotel in Phnom Penh. We walked along the riverside with backpacks strapped to our backs and took photos of the Royal Palace. Tuktuk drivers asked if we wanted to go to the Russian Market or the Killing Fields. We felt – and looked – like tourists in our home city. The home we’ve had […]

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