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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Travel Writing Round Up [June 2014]

If you saw the last few editions of Travel Writing Round Up, welcome back! There are a lot of great opportunities this month, so I hope you will take full advantage of them. A lot are repeats from last month as well, but new posts are denoted with stars. I have checked all the links to […]

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Photo Friday: Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, known as Doi Suthep for short, is Chiang Mai’s most well known temple, set at the top of the mountain and a nausea-inducing songthaew ride from the city. The sacred site is important for many local Thais, but once you’ve reached the drop off point, you’re only just beginning the […]

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How to Have a Girls’ Night Out in Bangkok

Whether you love or hate Bangkok, you have to admit that there are all sorts of things to keep you entertained. If you’ve seen The Hangover 2, you know that this can often be a dangerous quality to the city, where ladyboys and cheap drinks are plentiful and streets like Soi Cowboy and Khaosan Road exist. […]

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Fear and Loathing and Songkran

I’d heard fellow travel bloggers talk about how much they loved the Thai New Year, known better as Songkran, so much that I scheduled by Asia leg of the trip around it. Following a marathon day of travel through Darwin, Singapore, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, we arrived at the end of the first day. It […]

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