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To date, this is the longest and most open-ended trip I’ve ever taken. Follow the nearly year-long backpacking voyage through the friendly and unbelievably beautiful countries of Southeast Asia below. On a trip this long you can’t carry all the diabetes supplies you’ll need so you have to learn how to stock up on the way. This was a great crash course in long-term travel with diabetes and it taught me that through the kindliness of strangers and your own ingenuity, you’ll always find what you need on the road. Dive into some of the most welcoming and culturally varied places in the world: Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

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Day 1
Taiwan

How to get back into the rhythm of travel

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Day 4
Malaysia

Multicultural Kuala Lumpur makes your head spin

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Day 10
Malaysia

The tourist scam that actually worked

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Day 12
Malaysia

The view of Malaysia from atop an elephant

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Day 15
Malaysia

How your travel funds can get stolen via wi-fi

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Day 29
Malaysia

The crazy weightless room of Kuala Lumpur

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Day 31
Malaysia

Thumbing a ride from Muhammad Ali

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Day 35
Malaysia

Kuala Selangor's wild menagerie

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Day 36
Malaysia

A single night in Klang, Malaysia isn't enough

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Day 58
Malaysia

22 days in Kuala Lumpur: now THAT'S slow traveling!

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Day 62
Malaysia

Rich cultural mix of Malacca, Malaysia

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Day 69
Malaysia

Visiting the Orang Asli deep in the Malaysian jungle

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Day 77
Malaysia

A dizzying day of merging cultures in Cameron Highlands

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Day 80
Malaysia

The waterfall walks of the Tanah Rata jungle

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Day 92
Malaysia

The total rip-off tour of George Town, Malaysia

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Day 94
Malaysia to Thailand

Sleeping between bombs: An accidental night in Hat Yai

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Day 96
Thailand

Out of harm's way and into Trang

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Day 99
Thailand

Ladyboy show at Kae's Guesthouse, Chumphon

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Day 100
Thailand

Soaked with water and chalk: Day 100 on Songkran!

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Day 102
Thailand

Buying cheap insulin in Chumphon, Thailand

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Day 113
Thailand

The MacBook breaks and threatens to end my trip early

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Day 121
Thailand

Just visiting Chumphon, Thailand – or do we live here now?

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Day 127
Thailand

Forget the big cities – go to the provinces

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Day 179
Thailand

A reunion and a romp through Bangkok

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Day 180
Thailand to Laos

Over the river and through the woods to Vientiane we go

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Day 183
Laos

International culture and medicine, Laos-style

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Day 192
Laos to Thailand

Emergency ambulance across an international border

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Day 201
Thailand

Recuperating by the Mekong River: After the hospital

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Day 206
Thailand

Somewhere over the rainbow is Udorn Thani

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Day 211
Thailand

Sukhothai's split but happy personality

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Day 218
Thailand to Cambodia

Why nobody stays overnight in Poipet

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Day 227
Cambodia

Unexplained dinosaurs and psychedelic statues by the river

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Day 228
Cambodia

As Khmer kids in canoes do circles around my motorboat

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Day 333
Vietnam

The strange beauty of Sa Pa, Vietnam

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