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Ho Chi Minh City: A Chaotic City of Colors and Contrasts

The chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is one of the most chaotic and contrasting places in the world. With a difficult past, yet bright hopes for the future, the people of Ho Chi Minh are some of the strongest and most humble I’ve ever encountered.

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6 Classic Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Visit to Bangkok

Birds' eye view of Bangkok

Bangkok is a city like no other. Whether you love it or hate it, you’re bound to make a few mistakes when you first visit. If you’re new to Bangkok, these are six mistakes you don’t want to make.

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Facing Your Fears: 7 Things to Do in Thailand That Will Push Your Limits

Facing Your Fears: 7 Things to Do in Thailand That Will Push Your Limits

Thailand has adventure at every bend. From rock climbing without ropes to scuba diving without a tank, there is no shortage of adventurous things to do in Thailand that will push you to your very limits.

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Volunteering in Cambodia: When Second Chances Change the World

Peace out!

I spent eight days volunteering in Cambodia with Hands on Journeys. Voluntourism is a difficult topic to address, but if it’s done in a sustainable and responsible way it can make a big difference. We might even be able to change the world, one village at a time.

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The Floating Villages of Siem Reap: An Inside Look at Poverty in Cambodia

The Floating Villages of Siem Reap: An Inside Look at Poverty in Cambodia

There’s a part of Siem Reap that most people never see. Many of those who visit Cambodia have only one thing on their agenda: the temples of Angkor Wat. It’s a UNESCO Heritage Site that draws more than 2 million tourists every year. There are day passes and even weekly passes, meaning some people visit Siem Reap and only […]

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Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang: The Most Beautiful Waterfall You’ve Ever Seen

Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang: The Most Beautiful Waterfall You've Ever Seen

I had just arrived in Luang Prabang and, by some luck of the universe, I was staying at the same guesthouse as a group of travelers I had previously met in Thailand. Their group had started as only two, but over the course of a couple of weeks, they continued to pick up other travelers until […]

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Taking the Slow Boat From Thailand to Laos (and Trying to Bribe the Border Patrol)

“No no–you don’t come! No paper in passport!” The Thai man at the border between Thailand and Laos had begun shouting at a Canadian girl at our table. He had been organizing all of our passports, and preparing our visas, when those very unfortunate words sliced the air. Her jaw dropped open as her eyes […]

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20 Killer Photos of Thailand

20 Killer Photos of Thailand

I spent one month in Thailand, traversing the islands and beaches of the south, all the way up to the jungles of the north. Due to the relative ease of access (Bangkok has two major international airports), cheap prices and delicious food, Thailand has become a hotspot for tourism. It’s host to some of the world’s […]

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Being a White Boy in Indonesia

Being a White Boy in Indonesia

Chris is an old friend of mine and a first time traveler. He took off to Indonesia eight months ago to teach English and he’s been learning what it means to be a foreigner and a minority in a strange land. Asia is a different place indeed, and today I’m sharing with you Chris’ experience as a […]

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Almost Going Under the Knife in China and Dodging an $8,000 Medical Bill in Singapore

Almost Going Under the Knife in China and Dodging an $8,000 Medical Bill in Singapore

The needles and probes I could at least understand, but the Vasoline on my belly just didn’t make any sense. I was getting an ultrasound and, had anybody at the hospital spoken English, I would have been able to tell them that I probably wasn’t pregnant. (Update: I wasn’t.) The story of my Chinese ultrasound, […]

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