Galle, Sri Lanka

What a life

As we concluded our last update we mentioned we were hoping to make it all the way to Maldives unless a fuel shortage forced us into Sri Lanka. As it turned out fuel wasn’t a major issue, but a communications … Continue reading

Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean

The sun rises over a glassy Bay of Bengal - the spinnaker sits on the deck waiting for a puff of wind

It was the early explorers from Spain, Portugal, Holland, France, and Britain who first ventured across the world’s great oceans to discover what was beyond the visible horizon. Before that time, the European belief was that the world was flat, … Continue reading

Phonsavan, Laos

At the Plain of Jars site 1 a lucky jar sits just a few feet away from a bomb crater

At a press conference in September of 1969, President Richard Nixon had the following exchange with journalists regarding growing suspicions that the US military was involved in a secret war inside one of Vietnam’s neutral neighbors, Laos: Q: There has … Continue reading

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Kids in the floating village are too young to understand their country's history but not too young to ask for peace

The countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and other neighbors once composed the single country of Indochina. A lot’s happened since then though as various more powerful countries from both East and West have fought for influence over these small Southeast … Continue reading

Hue, Vietnam

Basic Needs patient has returned to the work force making food snacks for street merchants - is proud to be supporting his family once again

On the 4th of August, 1964, near the height of the Cold War, the President of the United States interrupted a national television broadcast and falsely told the American Public that two US destroyers had been attacked with torpedoes by … Continue reading

Bangkok, Thailand

Woman paddles towards the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market for work - our ride costs just a few dollars

It’s already been a couple weeks since we pulled into the marina on the north side of Phuket island, where we intend to leave Tamarisk until we depart Asia in a couple months. We’re accustomed to seasonal weather delays like … Continue reading

Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Classic Phi Phi Don

Thailand’s west coast is world famous for its stunning vertical cliffed islands, idyllic white sand beaches and turquoise coves. A few have have made their way into popular movies like Leonardo Dicaprio’s The Beach and the James Bond film The … Continue reading

Pangkor Island, Malaysia

Decrepid pier leads to an abandoned island on Pangkor - we wish we knew its story

From our fairly primitive vantage point here half way up the Malacca Straits near Pangkor Island, it’s difficult to believe that one of the world’s most dense and technologically modern metropolises (metropoli?) lies just a couple hundred miles away. But … Continue reading

Singapore

The view of Singapore from Marina Bay Sands is stunning

It’s time to talk about a subject that’s a bit ugly, but an important one if you’re into the kind of things we do. That subject is crime, and specifically its sub-category: scams. If you grow up in a nice … Continue reading