Posts by Jeremiah Jenne
The Left Behind Village: Mae Salong

Mae Salong sits along a winding mountain road in Northern Thailand. The village is in an isolated valley, the hillsides lined with terraced fields. Thirty years ago it would have been nearly inaccessible. Today, a paved road deposits tourists at a market at a crossroads not far from the town center. Some come for the tea, others for the scenery, but most are here to experience a cultural anomaly: A lost colony of Chinese soldiers from a forgotten war.

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The Mountain Spirits are Laughing

Day five of our trek and I look like I’m a bottle of tequila and two Mexican hookers away from reenacting the last five minutes of “Chris Farley: The E! True Hollywood Story.” The mountain spirits are having their fun with me. I should have bought their damn blessing.

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24 Hours on the booze trail in Siem Reap

It’s 3:00 in the morning. You are sitting on a stool next to a drinks cart somewhere near “Pub Street” in Siem Reap. Beyond the reptilian core of your brainstem – the part devoted to maintaining respiration and sphincter function – you have a dim recollection of an appointment in three hours with Angkor Wat.

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