Locations

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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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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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 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 stomach. …

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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 about what to do for my first trip to Vietnam, I flew into the Vietnamese capital on the 31st from Bangkok. While there …

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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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