Author Archives: Clark & Noel

About Clark & Noel

Welcome to Looking for the Chill Zone, our attempt to escape from the hectic life of San Francisco to find peace, serenity and utter fulfillment in the rainforests, beaches, temples and cultures of Southeast Asia. Yes, our quest to become bikram yoga instructors, live in an ashram and find our spiritual center point is finally here. This blog is co-written by Noel Rosencranz-Engelmann and Clark Stephens, or Clark Stephens and Noel Rosencranz-Engelmann, depending on the entry. Bonus points for those who can tell who wrote which entry. Bonus points for people that cannot.

Thailand Returns, Phuket & Ko Phi Phi

Time to recharge the batteries with some beach time, scuba diving and surfing off the Andaman coast of S. Thailand. Phuket and the surrounding islands were devastated by the Boxing Day Tsunami. By now thankfully, the cities have been rebuilt … Continue reading

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Hanoi #2, Vietnam

Many travellers say that Halong Bay, a world heritage site, is the most beautiful place they have been and the highlight of their SE Asia trip. Surreal limestone rock spires rise hundreds of feet above the bay covered in a … Continue reading

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Sapa & Lo Cai, Vietnam

Sapa is surrounded by small villages filled by colorful indigenous groups, mountainous landscapes and cliff hanging rice paddy terraces. And after the night at Ho Sin and the hectic streets of Hanoi, Sapa was a welcome change. All in all … Continue reading

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Hanoi #1, Vietnam

Hanoi #1 , Vietnam The lonely planet lists traffic as the #1 tourist attraction in all of SE Asia. Yep, above such sights as Ankor Wat, Halong Bay and the beaches of Southern Thailand. Well, after a few days in … Continue reading

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Vang Vieng, Laos

From Luang Probang we jumped in a mini bus and headed South. With Nick and Noel in a deep Ambien sleep Clark did his best to take some naps while sharing the front seat with a “big boned” German woman … Continue reading

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Our dynamic duo became a holy trinity in Luang Prabang, as we met up with one of Noel’s close college friends, Nick Soman (some of you may know him). Luang Prabang (LP) was just what we needed at the moment, … Continue reading

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Chiang Mai, Thailand (Post #2)

After a full day of cooking, we were hungry, hungry for some trekking/elephant riding/white water rafting. So at 8am we hopped in the back of a truck and began getting acquainted with the other 10 individuals who had joined the … Continue reading

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