Laos

The Long Way to Kratie

by Chris Tharp

(The following is an excerpt from my recently-published book, The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia, available now via Amazon and other fine booksellers. Enjoy.)


The Long Road to Kratie

by Chris Tharp

(The following is an excerpt from my recently-published book, The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia, available now via Amazon and other fine booksellers. Enjoy.)


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


Four easy ways to lose all your money in Southeast Asia

Who needs money anyway?

I generally try to prepare as little as possible in all aspects of my life. I tell others it’s more fun this way, and that I like to see where the wind will take me. But to be brutally honest, I’m hideously lazy and utterly scatterbrained. So, I find anything involving any real forethought to be way too much effort and a monumental bore.

So with that fantastic attitude, I found myself unemployed and strangely brimming with cash earlier this year. I took off on a three month trip around Southeast Asia, and while a good time was had, I fell for some of the most common scams out there.

Therefore, I’ve decided to write up a bit of a guide for other travellers to Southeast Asia intent on squandering more money than they can afford.

Here’s four easy ways to get scammed in Southeast Asia:


Evan and Rachel’s Passport Tag!

As you know we recently went on a short trip to Japan! While going through immigration and looking through our passports, I realized that I hadn’t left Korea in over a YEAR!! I was definitely ready for a vacation, even if it was only 3 days!

It’s always fun to look through my passport and reminisce about all of the wonderful places I’ve had the opportunity to visit in the past 5 years. SO I had the idea to make a passport tag! I think looking at other travelers passports and hearing their stories is so interesting. Please feel free to answer the tag questions in the comments or upload your own video as a video response on our youtube channel! We’d love to hear from you.

QUESTIONS:
1. What is your most recent stamp?
2. What was your first stamp?
3. What’s your coolest looking stamp?
4. What’s the most meaningful stamp?
5. What was the most difficult stamp to get?


EVERYTHING’S ON THE MENU

(The following is a chapter from the first draft of my newest book, The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia, due out in 2014. I’m in the middle of revisions right now, and sadly, this story is one of a couple that have been cut from the manuscript. There is a small chance it could make it back in, so I decided to post it here so see what people think. Please feel free to comment. Thanks.)

Nong Khiaw02


EVERYTHING’S ON THE MENU

(The following is a chapter from the first draft of my newest book, The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia, due out in 2014. I’m in the middle of revisions right now, and sadly, this story is one of a couple that have been cut from the manuscript. There is a small chance it could make it back in, so I decided to post it here so see what people think. Please feel free to comment. Thanks.)

Nong Khiaw02


Queer Links from the Week


13 Terrible Things about Traveling in Southeast Asia


Origins Of Poverty

In Luang Prabang, Laos.


[So I'm almost finished writing this book about how I first hated but later came to like living in Korea, and I recently took out the following expository bit, which takes place during my first jaunt into Southeast Asia, because I thought it interrupted the flow of the story, although after a second reading I'm thinking that I might put it back inside. This length excerpt comes just after I gave a slice of pizza to a homeless boy in Vientiane, Laos]


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