Travel Stories

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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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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