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Traveling Tips and Articles for South East Asia by Parry Loeffler

When I was planning my trip, I found that my head was full of two types of questions:  

  • "hard" information like where to stay, how to handle money, visas, etc.

  • "softer" information - the experiential side or what it's like actually being there.

I've put together a few short and helpful articles that have some tips and recommendations to help answer some of the hard information type questions.

When I was planning my trip, I almost felt overwhelmed at times with all the hard information research I'd done and at times wondered if it just created more tension and worry! I think this is quite common, and the best prescription for relief is to simply read about the softer information to get a feel for what it's really like to be where there are so many differences: the language, the street signs, how the people look, the smells, tastes, sights, and sounds - all of your senses will be challenged.  That is what the book, Rice Crust from the Bottom of the Pot, is for. In addition to its hard information, it covers the softer aspect in detail and will leave you with nothing but wild anticipation and excitement for what is to come on your trip!

General Questions

What is a good route to travel around South East Asia?

(Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam)?


Should I be wary of the locals?


Are the food carts and stalls safe to eat from?



Where is good accommodation in Pai?



Where is good accommodation (guesthouse style) in Phnom Penh?

Should I take the boat or bus in Cambodia (Phnom Penh to Siem Riep)?

What are the must see attractions in Cambodia? 



What are the must-see attractions in Laos?


What are the must see attractions in Vietnam?

Although the author has tried to make the information as accurate as possible, he accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury, or inconvenience sustained by anyone using the information.