Enjoying a Wedding in Vietnam! Until I Discovered It Was a Funeral.

Have you ever happened upon a wedding in a country other than your own? Oh, the flowers, the atmosphere, the attire! What could be a more transfixing, happy, unique occasion? Upon stepping out of my guesthouse in Hoi An, Vietnam, minutes after arriving – and after surviving a night on a cockroach-infested train from Nha […]

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My Favorite Spot in Vietnam – Hoi An

The vastness of Vietnam causes travelers not only to take days or weeks traversing the country from north to south or vice versa but allows us to experience a gold mine of areas that differ greatly one from the other along the way. Amongst all of this southeast Asian country’s unique locales, it wasn’t difficult […]

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The Quickest, Easiest and Cheapest Way to Get a Vietnam Visa in Cambodia

When planning my trip to Southeast Asia, I decided to head to Cambodia before Vietnam in large part because, as an American, I had to apply for a visa before I traveled to the latter country. I didn’t want to go to the expense and trouble of sending off my passport to the Vietnamese embassy […]

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Gambling in Macau – The Region’s Top Casinos

Macau – yet another destination where I’ve never headed and may never end up. I’ve heard that this little region approximately 40 miles southwest of Hong Kong is big on gambling. The following post which I was sent confirms that Macua is indeed where you want to if want to go to Asia and are […]

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Why I Loved Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang was the first location I hit in Vietnam. When visiting this long, thin country of approximately 1,650 kilometers from north to south, most people start at either the bottom or the top. I started in the middle. That is pure me. Nha Trang seemed to be calling to me, as it’s a lively […]

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Four Things I Wish I’d Experienced in Southeast Asia

Hindsight frequently clears up everything. Sometimes it can leave you with a little regret too. I feel I spent my time in Southeast Asia well. Some experiences, though, in which I had absolutely no interest at the time I now kind of wish I had gone for. Now that I’m back in the Middle East […]

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Dear Tuk Tuk Driver, Leave Me Alone

Dear Tuk-Tuk Driver, I know writing this will do nothing to change your behavior, but I will waste my time anyway. Stop harrassing me. I have an extremely high tolerance for behavior which other people, especially women, absolutely hate. But nowhere, nowhere on earth have I felt harrassed to the extent I did during my […]

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Angkor Wat? Skip it.

Cambodia is raw, undeveloped, wild and real. Its rural villages and the small towns it calls cities hum along undisturbed alongside its far more modern neighbors of Thailand and Vietnam. It seems odd to me that this Asian jungle country’s most famous attraction is not simply the land itself, in which three million people were […]

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Sleeping with Cockroaches – or Traveling by Vietnamese Sleeper Train

If you’ve ever wanted to travel with cockroaches but don’t quite know how to make it happen, I will share with you my secret – travel on a Vietnamese sleeper train. I elected the overnight train as the means to transport myself from Nha Trang, in the middle of the country, to Hoi An, an […]

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Six Must-Do’s While in Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot, Cambodia is going to stick with me forever. I thoroughly adored this tiny town during the three weeks I was staked out in it and, now that it’s behind me, my affection has far from faded. In the middle of absolutely nowhere whatsoever, Kampot harbors pure rural Cambodian life. Little Kampot is already an […]

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10 Extremely Cool Sights in Kampot, Cambodia

I usually plant myself whereever I travel for long periods of time. As such, I’ve been in the small town of Kampot, Cambodia for many, many days now. If you’ve ever been to Kampot, you’ll realize that if you stick around for even a few hours it’s inevitable that you’ll get to know this little […]

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On The Road To Kampot – Cambodia and the Value of Life

This is the true tale of my first few hours in Cambodia. I have never seen anything so brutal in my life. May I never again. The journey from Phnom Penh to the little town of Kampot near the southern border of Cambodia takes me down a long, straight dirt road. Heading away from the […]

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