When it comes to Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is easily my favorite pick. Once a lesser-known destination, it has become more and more popular among tourists in recent years. With its beautiful nature and cultural diversity, Vietnam attracted 10 million visitors in 2016, an increase of 26.0% from 2015. From the peaceful rice valleys of Sapa in Northern Vietnam stretching to the bustling city of the Ho Chi Minh in the south, Vietnam is home to a wealth of attractions and amazing cuisine that will attract both budget and luxury-seeking travelers. Here’s your complete travel guide for your 1 week's trip in Northern Vietnam
Perhaps Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, wouldn't rank high on our list if it hadn’t been for CouchSurfing. The city is chaotic, noisy, and overwhelming. But staying with Phuoc and his family for four nights made our stay in HCMC memorable. We got along well and spent a lot of time together touring the city, eating local delights, playing card games, cooking together, practicing English, and even doing exercise videos! We wish we lived in the same city as Phuoc because we loved spending time with him.
After three and a half years of being in Asia, I am back on U.S. soil! Here is a recap of the past six months of full-time travel in India and Southeast Asia. What's next?
Penang is an island situated in the northwest region of peninsular Malaysia. The cultural and historical hub of Georgetown has preserved colonial buildings adorning the streets. By walking just a few hundred meters, you feel like you’ve traversed continents. Chinese temples lay adjacent to shops selling Indian saris housed in British architecture. Street signs … Continue reading Penang, Malaysia: Food Paradise
Lately, when I walk around the streets of Asia (currently Thailand), I come across things that I first found strange and photo-worthy, but now it has become the norm. I often need to take a step back and realize that some things that are normal* in Asia are so foreign for westerners. Likewise, there are behaviors that westerners engage in that people in Asia would find insane. Here are some cultural differences that people who stay extensively in Asia would find normal after a while.
Some tips on budget accommodation ($5-8 USD for a private room). To book ahead or not?
With over five years of travel, I experienced one bad incident - my phone was stolen in Kampot, Cambodia! It's okay though. Let this be a reminder to stay present at all times.