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Happy New Year from Siem Reap!

Happy New Year from Siem Reap!

The Doehring family just returned from a Southeast Asia adventure that started in 2015 and spanned Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. They didn't even return to the states until 2016 :)

Starting in Northern Vietnam the Doehrings explored the countryside by bike, Halong Bay by boat, and Hanoi by street food vendor (the best way to do it!)

Biking in Northern Vietnam

Trying out the local cuisine

After Vietnam, they jetted over to Luang Prabang in Laos where they learned about rice production and spent 2 full days living and interacting with elephants at the Elephant Conservation Center

Paul says, " Luang Prabang is a beautiful city and one I could see myself living in. The architecture, the food, the people - everything was great!" Janet emebellished on the rice experience saying, "I'll never take rice for granted again!" 

Janet with one of the resident baby ellies

Paul trying his hand at rice cultivation!

The Doehrings continued on to Southern Laos and explored the 4,000 islands. It's a  quick hop from there to Cambodia where they established a base camp in Siem Reap and set off to explore the sprawling UNESCO temple complex of Angkor Wat, the floating villages of UNESCO biosphere Tonle Sap Lake, and the surrounding countryside. They celebrated the arrival of 2016 on Pub Street in Siem Reap, known for its lively shops and cafes. 

Paul finished our conversation with this gem, "I've been fortunate enough to see a lot of fantastic sites in my life. I've been to the Mayan temples, Machu Picchu, and the churches of Europe. Angkor Wat blew me away. It rivaled everything I've seen anywhere in the world." If you don't believe him, check this article from the Lonely Planet out. 

Angkor Wat at sunrise

Doehring family photo!

Getting a fish massage

Happy 2016 from Siem Reap!

Here's to 2016 and a year full of many adventures in Asia and around the world! 

Ready to go to SE Asia? Ask me!

Keeping it wild,

Kelsey

 

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