Escaping a Mekong cityscape for a slice of rural life

Welcome to the March 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Day in the Life This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have given us a special glimpse into their everyday. *** Escaping the heady concrete jungle of Phnom Penh every once in a while is a necessity for sanity's sake. Most people take off for the coast on a day or weekend trip, or relax for a few hours in any one of the resorts that now dot the outer sprawl of the city. Last weekend, we visited a friend across the river. Our oldest has settled into a reasonable sleep cycle (yey!), but our younger one still wakes up at the crack of dawn (groan). Naturally that … [Read more...]

Sunset on the Mekong

Lazy days are ahead.. Floating down the river in a converted old rice boat at sunset is one of the best things about these Mekong capitals. … [Read more...]

another Mekong sunset

More photos on Keith Kelly's flickr. … [Read more...]

sunset scenes on the Mekong

Time for some pics around town.. who knows how long I've got in this beautiful country ;-) … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve on the banks of the Mekong

Phnom Penh actually got into the festivities, installing a street PA system that counted down to the new year. A bunch of friends and I decided to watch this year's fireworks from a boat. Naga Casino, Cambodiana and the riverside all set off fireworks. This event was even more special because of the clear skies and a blue moon which coincided with NYs Eve for the first time in 20 years. These were taken with a Nokia e71. Pics aren't great but they're ok no? … [Read more...]

Laos: Regional Getaway

Published in AsiaLIFE Phnom Penh, January 2008 More photos from Northern Laos by K Kelly Because the world has largely ignored this small country, its way of life, and religious and traditional structures have been preserved, creating an old-world charm. With an inviting reception all around, and life carrying on unhurriedly, Laos is sure to be a memorable destination. With growing interest in the unchartered northern provinces, especially the protected and just recently accessible areas of Luang Nam Tha and Phongsali, exploring a wider range of destinations is now possible through a responsive and well-coordinated tourism sector. Sleep in a tree-house with the gibbons and zipline to breakfast. Or go on a wildlife trek to sight any … [Read more...]