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Mark Blackard

This site is where I share coconut rum philosophy & travel stories from my hideaway in Southeast Asia. Here’s what I’ve gotten myself into lately…

Elvis is Alive and Well in Jomtien Beach, Thailand!

Indiana Gear Bag Saddleback Leather Elvis Show Jomtien Beach Thailand Boathouse Restaurant

Elvis is alive and well. He's performing at the Jomtien Boathouse Restaurant in Jomtien Beach, Thailand, on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights.

Getting Robbed by the U.S. State Department

Getting Robbed by the U.S. State Department Notary Fees

Here's a rambling video and post about getting robbed by the U.S. State Department. The fees for their services are out of control.

Getting a Haircut at the Rooster Barber Shop in the Philippines

Rooster Barber Shop - Philippines Adventures

I went to a barber shop while visiting a little coastal town in Northern Samar. Fighting roosters kept a close eye on the barber's work.

Eating Balut in the Philippines While Slightly Drunk at a Pool Hall – Walang Katulad

Balut Philippines Beer

Balut is a nearly-hatched duck egg that's served like a hard-boiled chicken egg. It's not for the faint of heart. The taste ain't too bad, though.

Coconuts, Friends, Whiskey, & Fish – Ingredients for Happiness

Coconuts Thailand Adventures Palm Tree

Money can't buy happiness. Fresh coconuts, a few friends, a bottle of cheap whiskey, and one big fish are the secret ingredients for happiness.

Sriracha Tiger Zoo – Thailand – Feed Baby Tigers & Elephants

Sriracha Tiger Zoo Thailand

Make sure you visit Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Sriracha, Thailand. You can bottle feed baby tigers and have your picture taken with a full-grown tiger. It's worth the trip.

Little Miami Beach Resort – Best Place to Stay – Anda, Bohol, Philippines

Best Hotel Anda Bohol Philippines Little Miami Beach Resort Ocean View

The Little Miami Beach Resort in Anda, Bohol, Philippines, is a quiet, relaxing oasis. If you love beachfront cottages, this is the best place to stay.

I Love Thailand – A Few Random Thoughts

Thailand Temple

Here are a few random thoughts about Thailand. It's one country that you definitely want to visit before you die.

Best Hotel in Vientiane, Laos – Lalco AR Hotel & Restaurant

Best Hotel Vientiane Laos Lalco AR Hotel Restaurant

Where to stay in Vientiane? Try the Lalco AR Hotel & Restaurant. In my opinion, it's the best hotel in Vientiane, Laos. Here's a quick review of my stay.

Nong Khai to Vientiane Laos – Train to Thanaleng – Travel Tips

Nong Khai Train Station Thailand Immigration Stamp Out Passport Control

I recently made the journey from Nong Khai, Thailand, to Vientiane, Laos. I recommend you take the train to Thanaleng and get your Laos visa there.