Southeast Asia

7 Reasons Why Malaysia Is Awesome

If you haven’t been to Malaysia yet, you’re doing it wrong. “It” being anything from adventure activities, lounging at the beach, appreciating architecture and history, eating foreign cuisine, and/or experiencing cultural diversity. One of the most underrated travel destinations in Southeast Asia, this place has it all! Below are 6 reasons why Malaysia should be next on your traveler’s bucket list.


Vlog Entry #21: Amazing Malaysia

This video takes you along with me through the streets and waters of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Langkawi and Penang! Special thanks to my Malaysian friends and hosts: Kristy, Edwin, KT, Denise, Amanda and Marcus. My trip wouldn’t have been nearly as amazing without you!



Island Hopping in the Andaman Sea

“I’m sorry. We not have record of you arrival in Thailand,” said the Bangkok immigration officer from behind her glass window. “You must go here day after tomorrow,” she ordered as she handed me a tiny scrap of paper, “See my boss at this address.”

My heart sank. We’d already ran up a massive taxi fare to get here, stood for hours in enormous queues, and filled in so many forms my feeble twenty-first century wrists throbbed for hours. Kyeonghwa, my girlfriend and who’d been furnished with a new passport earlier that day after it had been stolen minutes into our arrival in the capital a week before, quietly began to cry.


The Bangkok Shuffle

Bangkok can fuck right off! I hope the military junta obliterates this overflowing shithole…

… At least that was my first impression of the capital city.

First Impressions are lasting

It took us ages and ages to reach Bangkok. Kyeonghwa and I jumped on a crowded ferry early in the morning from Ko Pha Ngan and trundled across the Gulf of Thailand for three hours, waited another two hours for a bus to arrive, then rode that bastard for another seven and a half glorious hours.


11-Day Trip to Thailand Budget

Below is a detailed list of how my budget shook out while traveling for 11 days in Thailand from February 14-25, 2015! When looking at the expenses, keep in mind that I was solo traveling (so all expenditures are for 1 person), it was Lunar New Year (one of the busiest times of the high season in Southeast Asia), and that the hostels/resorts where I stayed were priced in the mid-range of what I could find. I didn’t have the money for 5-star accomodations, but I didn’t need/want to rough it too much either. And while I didn’t go too crazy on food and drinks, I did spend quite a bit on activities in Koh Lanta a few times (not realizing Koh Lanta was such a tourist/resort island ahead of time, it was a bit more expensive than I was expecting). In Bangkok, I opted for the free sightseeing and just exploring the city, rather than the paid attractions, because of the prices and crowds.


Under the Andaman Sea: Snorkeling in Koh Lanta & Koh Phi Phi

I just got back from an awesome 10 day getaway in Thailand, part of which I spent hopping between some small islands near Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi. In addition to swimming through a cave and lounging (in the shade) on white sandy beaches, I also did some snorkeling! While it may not be the most amazing snorkeling footage ever, it was still fun to play around with the GoPro!

P.S. Can you spot the Finding Nemo reference near the end of the video?


Siem Reap in Photos


Not Another Temple: 10 Different Things To Do in Siem Reap (with photos)

Temples are great and all. Don’t get me wrong. They’re really awesome. But if you see too many within a short amount of time they all start to lose their magic. So here are 10 different things you can do to give yourself a break and avoid temple burnout in Siem Reap:

1. Night Market and Pub StreetTemples don't impress Mckayla Maroney.

2. Local Day Market

3. Countryside Motorbike Ride

4. Tonle Sap Lake and Floating Village Tour

5. Bicycle Tour (click here to check out Grasshopper Adventures)

6.Butterfly Garden, Cultural Village & National Museum

7. Artisan Workshop Tours


Ayutthaya on Two Wheels

Sauntering around Ayutthaya’s historical Unesco awesomeness sounds like a good idea. And it is! There’s loads of overgrown ruins, headless statues, meandering elephants, and serene buddhist thingamajigs to check out. But fuck me, if it ain’t the hottest most humid city in Thailand; Plus the modern parts of the metropolis aren’t that nice to walk around, anyway.


Blatant Pimping: The Worst Motorcycle in Laos

We usually don’t demean the fair cyber pages of this blog by something as base as promotion, but screw it, I’ll shed my secret identity and let the cat out of the bag: I, Chris Tharp, aka “Mr. Motgol,” got a new book out YOU should stop what you’re doing right now, click on the link below, and buy it. Hey, it can’t be that bad. After all, these guys had some nice things to say about it:

“In The Worst Motorcycle in Laos, Tharp takes us on a wild ride from the neon streets of Tokyo to the dirt tracks of Indochina. The essays are insightful, humorous and unflinching. A great read for the active and armchair traveler alike.”

- Michael Breen, author of The Koreans


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