Asia

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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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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Thailand Transportation: Riding the Bus from Krabi to Bangkok

Krabi Beach with Boats

Would you take the 13-hour bus ride from Krabi to Bangkok? I did, and it wasn’t that bad. Here’s my experience, and some things I learned along the way. Traveling Around Thailand It’s hard to conceive how large Thailand is, even for an American. It’s over 1500 miles to drive from the top to bottom, which is more than the …

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A Guide to Spending Three Days in Luang Prabang, Laos

Selfie at Kuang Si Waterfalls

Luang Prabang was one of my last cities to explore in SE Asia in 2017. I spent three days there, as part of a week vacation from my home base in Chiang Mai, after taking the slow boat tour along the Mekong River. I didn’t really know what to expect, other than it would be a typical town in SE …

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