Vietnam

Letting Go in the Mist and Crossing a Border Into the Sun

Laos

In a struggle between curiosity and exhaustion, my desire to know where I am wins. I lift my heavy eyelids to see land that is saturated with the brilliant greens of flooded rice paddies and perfect rows of tea bushes that curve and climb up the mountainsides. Gray mist hugs the limestone karsts that jut […]

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Escape from Cat Ba

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I woke up before dawn, unaware that the day would bring definitive moments to my life as a solo traveler. A few of us had decided to leave Cat Ba early to spend a little more time in Hanoi and I had opted to do the journey on my own. I took a walk along […]

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Photo Essay: Sailing Halong Bay in Black and White

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The weather in Southeast Asia has been clear skies and only short bursts of rain until the day we reach a persistently gloomy Halong Bay. As we descend the precarious steps to our junk boat, we know we will not be seeing the sparkling bay we had envisioned, but we are eager to embrace serenity […]

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Photo Essay: Show Me the Hue

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In a pleasant departure from Vietnamese overnight trains, we travel from Hoi An to Hue by bus. We stop at the Marble Mountains to walk to the top of Thuy Son for panoramic views and quiet moments in gardens and grottoes. We continue on to Hue on the Hai Van Pass, a stunning coastal section […]

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Eating in Southeast Asia: The Most Memorable Foods I Tried

Cambodia

I don’t think there was one aha! moment where I transformed from a picky eater to a more open one, but travel certainly expedited the transition. Over time, I found that new worlds opened up to me when I tried unfamiliar foods and that food was often an entryway into the history and psyche of […]

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Photo Essay: Hoi An, The Town for Walkers and Primitive Vehicle Users

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If you can peel yourself away from the tailor shops for long enough, Hoi An is a wonderful town to stroll through aimlessly. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is decidedly touristy, but you don’t have to wander too far away from the Old Town section to understand why Hoi An translates to “peaceful […]

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When in Vietnam…

Cambodia

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? It’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” – Jack Kerouac There are some countries you leave with indifference. In […]

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My 3 Travel Secrets

Brazil
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I was tagged to partake in Tripbase‘s My 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets phenomenon by Lauren of Lonely Girl Travels and Neha of Flying Suitcase. So I perused my memory for fantastic places and travel moments and here’s what I came up with: 1. A late afternoon motorcycle tour of Hue, Vietnam Angkor Wat was […]

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