Inle Lake

Inle Lake is a popular tourist destination in Shan State, Myanmar.  The lake offers incredible sites because the lake is active with people and is set in front of the Shan Hills.  People fish off of boats using a large cone to funnel in fish.  Houses are built on stilts in the lake.  You can … More Inle Lake

Farming and Food

During our stay in the village, we had a few opportunities to farm.  We got to harvest chickpeas and peanuts.  People in the village predominately eat food that they have grown themselves, so there farming is for subsistence. A chickpea field after we had harvested and bunched the chickpeas Chickpeas A peanut field after we … More Farming and Food


I flew from Yangon to Beijing on the same Malaysian Air flight that had gone missing a year before.  I arrived in Beijing late at night, and my first meal in China was McDonald’s for breakfast the next morning.  I spent a few days in Beijing and was able to see many of the main … More Beijing

Chiang Rai

After staying in a village near Chiang Rai and harvesting pineapples, we visited Wat Rong Khun.  This is a contemporary Buddhist temple intricately designed and completely white.  Afterwards, we continued staying in various Akha villages in the Chiang Rai region.  Many Akha live in hill tribes in Northern Thailand.  Many speak Akha Language and believe … More Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai

During our visit to Chiang Mai, I got plenty of massages, drank plenty of Thai tea, and ate plenty of Pad Thai.  We got to explore the city and see some of the main tourist sites.  We were also in Chiang Mai during the Flower Festival, so we got to see beautiful floats and designs … More Chiang Mai