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April, 2019

  • 21 April

    The Ultimate Guide to the Slow Boat in Laos

    Slow Boat to Laos

    The Slow Boat in Laos refers to the river taxi that runs from the border of Thailand to Luang Prabang, the old capital of Laos until 1975. Here’s a complete guide for the tour, whether you book with an agency or purchase every step on your own. I originally went down the slow boat back in 2017 as one of …

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  • 15 April

    What an Authentic Hammam for Men in Marrakech is Really Like

    Hammam Mouassine Entrance

    Before I went to Morocco, I had no idea what a hammam was, let alone whether I should try a hammam for men in Marrakech. What is a Hammam for Men I confess I may have thought of a Muslim harem when someone first mentioned the word “hammam.” A harem is the part of the household dedicated to women, while …

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  • 3 April

    A Day in Baandam – Thailand’s Ultra-Eccentric Black House Museum

    Black House Museum

    Most people head to Chiang Rai to see the White Temple or perhaps the Blue Temple, but I think the Black House Museum is the best attraction there. What is The Black House Museum In Thai, baan means house and dam means black (you put the adjective after the noun in Thailand). The name Baandam is literally that – someone’s black …

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March, 2019

  • 16 March

    5 Ways to Skip the Massive Crowds at the White Temple in Chiang Rai

    White Temple in Chiang Rai

    Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple in Chiang Rai, is the city’s most popular attraction and one of the most beautiful temples in the world. As such, the endless stream of tourists passing through the temple can become a little uncomfortable, and getting a photo without anyone in it is nearly impossible. Here are a few tricks …

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  • 13 March

    The Pros and Cons of Being an Expat in Chiang Mai

    Working in Panyaiyan Cafe

    The first time I came to Chiang Mai in November 2015, I was following a bunch of bloggers who attended TBEX Bangkok with me. I immediately fell in love with the northern capital of Thailand and resolved to make it my winter home base as much as possible. This is now my third time living as an expat in Chiang …

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  • 10 March

    My Two Weeks Exploring Kuala Lumpur on a Budget

    Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers

    Kuala Lumpur was one of the last countries I visited in 2015. I went for two weeks to help at a hostel as a volunteer through Workaway. After my fast-paced travels through Europe in the summer, it’s been nice to slow down in SE Asia and take my time in cities. Somehow my two weeks in Kuala Lumpur still went …

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  • 7 March

    An Honest Review of Mobike Rentals in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Mobike in Chiang Mai

    Not long ago, a new bike rental service opened up in Chiang Mai. Rather than renting from a store, you can now unlock bikes with the Mobike app. They’re cheap, they’re available all over the city, and they’re ready to break down at any moment. Here’s my review on the pros and cons of the Chiang Mai Mobike. Dirt Cheap …

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February, 2019

  • 26 February

    The Real Reason I Don’t Want to Visit Kuala Lumpur Again

    I Love KL Sign (Visit Kuala Lumpur)

    I don’t like Kuala Lumpur. I hate to say it, but it’s true. I almost always try to focus on the positive side of my travels, but I also have the responsibility of giving an honest report of things, although I do try not to sound too negative; there’s another profession that does that. So while this is a post …

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  • 23 February

    The Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur Are Better Than They Look Online

    The Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malasia are the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. They have a level of beauty and wonder on par with Pandora from Avatar, and the macaque monkey population makes the experience truly memorable. Kuala Lumpur’s key attractions are centered in the downtown area. The Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower are easily …

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  • 20 February

    Visiting the Water Puppet Show and Other Unique Attractions in Hanoi

    Water Puppet Show #1

    During my week in Vietnam this year, I only made it to a couple of the main attractions in Hanoi. While the Street Food Tour and Halong Bay were the highlights of my visit, the other attractions I saw were really interesting. As one of the last five communist countries in the world, Vietnam has a really interesting culture, and …

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  • 17 February

    Observing Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur

    Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur

    I wanted to write about what it was like to celebrate Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur, but there aren’t actually that many activities which could be termed celebrations. So this is simply the story of observing Chinese New Year, including both definitions of “observe” – upholding a tradition and watching from a distance. After my visit, I talked with …

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  • 5 February

    Finding My Favorite Meals and Restaurants in Hanoi, Vietnam

    Selfie Eating Pho on Street Food Tour in Hanoi

    One of my main reasons for traveling the world is trying different dishes, and discovering beautiful cafes and restaurants. Although I’m usually a big fan of the food in SE Asia, there have a been a few places where I struggled to find a dish that I liked, or quality food that I didn’t think would give me a bad …

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January, 2019

  • 27 January

    Celebrating New Year’s in Vietnam Wasn’t What I Expected

    Seflie on Plane to Vietnam

    Last year, I decided to visit Vietnam for the end of the year, partially because my 30-day visa into Thailand was expiring and because I was hoping to see some good fireworks. Without a lot of research, I flew into the Vietnamese capital on the 31st from Bangkok. While there were quite a few celebrations, they were sadly underwhelming. Here’s …

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  • 15 January

    Finding the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Selfie at Tangmo House, One of the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai is my winter home base. I usually rent a condo here, but I’ve also stayed in over a dozen hostels all around town. Here’s my list of the best hostels in Chiang Mai. Criteria for the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai Location The location of the hostel is a primary factor, even though Chiang Mai is quite small. …

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  • 12 January

    Exploring Halong Bay: One of the New Seven Wonders of Nature

    Selfie on Dau Go Island

    If you’re visiting Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, you have to see Halong Bay. That’s just a given. It’s one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site after all. Before I flew into Vietnam, I had done a little research on what to see, but the top attractions didn’t stick in my memory. It …

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