3-Days on Cambodia’s Peaceful Coast

The two sleepy towns of Kep and nearby Kampot on Cambodia’s southern coast may be some of the best spots in the world for an ultra relaxing getaway. That is, of course, when you take away the moderately stressful and involved travel days we spent arriving. However through the rose colored glasses of memory, those annoyances can just as easily resemble adventure. […]

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Caving in Northern Thailand

Caving Tour at Cave Lodge

We arrived at Cave Lodge after a pleasant 2-hour motorbike ride from Pai. Cave Lodge is a special sort of guesthouse. The kind that will live in my memory alongside gems like La Serrana in Colombia or Utopia Lodge in Guatemala or Hostel Candelaria in Valladolid, Mexico. Nestled in a hillside overlooking a tame river near the village of Sappong and the Thailand […]

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Forget the Pho; 10 Other Vietnamese Dishes to Try

It’s amazing to me that Pho, or Vietnamese noodle soup, is the most internationally well-known Vietnamese dish, when there are so many other incredible Vietnamese dishes to try. Here are ten of my favorites: 1. Bahn Khot & Banh Xeo Vietnamese style savory, rice pancakes filled with seafood or pork, scallions, bean sprouts; wrap them in lettuce with herbs and pickled carrots/green papaya, dip […]

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Cruising in Ha Long Bay

We knew we were in for a treat after waking in our hotel and peeking out the window. Even from the rather dirty, industrial port of Ha Long City, the view of craggy limestone cliffs poking out from green sea was enough to evoke our excitement and admiration. I was with my mom and “twisted aunts,” and we had reached the […]

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