Karen Stafford

Karen Stafford

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About me:

Travel addict, based in Northeast Asia. Normally spend 2 months out of the year on the road.

Living in:

Japan Okayama, Japan


May 2009

Travel stamps (1)

  • +2 rating

    Must visit place / town?

    If you like temples and things traditional, head up to Mt Koya. Definitely worth an entire day as it is a bit of a pain in the butt to get up there, but I'd suggest you stay one night if possible- there's lots to see. I am over in Kurashiki, in Okayama prefecture, and we have some nice sights here as well. Korakuen is one of the 3 most famous Japanese gardens in the country, and within walking distance is the cool, black Okayama Castle. Saijo Inari, dedicated to Ebisu, the god of commerce, is a huge shrine with one of the largest torii (gates) in the nation. Kurashiki (17 minutes west from Okayama on the JR Sanyo train line) has an Edo-era part of town called the "Bikan-chiku". If you stay in this area, you can easily head across the Seto Bridge to Shikoku, and explore Takamatsu (the city is cool, Ritsurin Park is a nice traditional Japanese garden), etc. When will you be coming? Each season offers special things to do and see... over 11 years ago

  • +2 rating

    I am planning a 2D3N trip to Phnom Penh - anybody have hotel and things to do receommendations ?

    National Museum, Wat Phnom, Royal Palace (dress appropriately; no shorts, and women must cover shoulders) and Silver Pagoda next door, Russian market for shopping, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. For more info and places to stay, google "Canby Publications" for the definitive online guide for Cambodia. over 10 years ago

  • +1 rating

    I heard that there is some kind of river tubing thing where you can get really really really drunk while floating down a river. Cant find it

    I just wanted to add that the husband of a couple honeymooning went missing while they were tubing in VV recently, and the man's body was found the next day. This stuff happens, it is REAL and it can be dangerous. Here is the discussion on another forum, I hope the link works http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293949-i9320-k3106981-Be_careful_when_tubing_on_the_Lao_rivers-Laos.html about 11 years ago