Sleeping in History at Majestic Hotel Saigon

Embellished archways, golden ironwork and balconies overlooking the city made me feel like I was living out A Room with a View as I checked into the Majestic Hotel in Saigon, Vietnam. The 1920s French Colonial style hotel wouldn’t look out of place in the Champs-Elysées, but instead overlooks the Saigon River in District 1 as one […]

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10 Lessons from Three Months in Southeast Asia

Anthony Bourdain related going to Asia for the first time like finding out there’s a new color you never knew existed and I feel the same way. It’s overwhelming and surprising and always a little bit stressful. There’s constantly something new to experience, from the bizarre looking fruits like dragon fruit and mangosteen to the first time […]

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Losing My Grandmother In London

I’ve had some pretty bad luck throughout my year of travels, but I’m not the only one. On my first trip to London, I went with my mom, sister and grandmother. It was a gift for my sixteenth birthday. My Meme is an intrepid traveler herself, having seen every continent, so she makes it a […]

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Where I Slept in Southeast Asia

I didn’t sleep in the same bed for more than a week for the last three months, including some luxury hotels, some guesthouses and my fair share of boats and trains. Most were to my liking and we soon learned that for $20 USD per night, we could get comfortable rooms, free breakfast and free […]

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Photo Friday: Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

Cat Ba Island, the women’s island, was named for the rediscovery of the island when only women were seen. The men were out fishing, of course. The largest island in Halong Bay is an UNESCO World Heritage site and national park, not to mention a great add-on to the standard cruises. After one night spent […]

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What I Want in a Halong Bay Cruise

When planning a trip to Vietnam, I heard too much information about Halong Bay cruises. I was inundated with information, so it became hard to know where to start. While I’d heard lots of good things about the Hanoi Backpackers Castaways cruises, it became clear to be that I would be expected to party the […]

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Vietnam’s Street Food Culture

When I went to the travel doctor to get shots for my trip to Asia, she specifically told me that I wasn’t to eat anything from street vendors or anything I hadn’t seen cooked. I smiled at her and then mentally laughed. How could I possibly go to Asia without trying any street food? I’d […]

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Living the GTL Life in Koh Samui

Gym, Tan, Laundry. The term was popularized by the show Jersey Shore as a part of the daily routine for those controversial guidos living in Seaside Heights. But for me, I developed a similar system for my week in Koh Samui, which I might call Thailand’s shore-esque island that has similarly tacky t-shirts and nightlife. In my […]

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Streetside Beer in Hanoi

Images from my college days are immediately conjured, of pumped kegs and frothy brews. But my current experience couldn’t be farther from Charleston parties. Rather than handing someone a wad of cash for a red Solo cup full of Miller Lite, surrounded by acquaintances, I’m sitting on a plastic stool in an alley of Hanoi […]

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Siem Reap’s Lesser Visited Temples

While Angkor Wat may get the most glory, there are hundreds dozens of temples worth visiting in the Siem Reap area, in particular in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Some you may even end up liking better, as I did. Get outside of the main groupings in favor of the Roulos Group or those outside of Siem […]

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Photo Friday: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

It’s an image covering Cambodia, on the flag, on the riels, on the minds of every traveler visiting this country. Angkor Wat. It may be only one of hundreds of temples you can visit within the Siem Reap area, but it’s certainly the most famous for its three towered silhouette. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, […]

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Remembering the Killing Fields

Children play loudly in the yard of the school next door to the site. Do they know what happened here? I ask myself. Do they know that children their age, along with their parents, were killed here daily, beaten against trees, hacked with machetes? For their sakes, I hope they don’t know just yet. I hope […]

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