Travel Stories

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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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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