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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. Incense drifts from the temples of Ho Chi Minh City, floating from ancient […]

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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—I sure did. If you’re new to Bangkok, these are six mistakes you don’t want to make. Sputtering tuk-tuks, the chaotic bustle of the night markets, finger-licking street food, Buddhist temples of […]

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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. Ten years ago my mother offered to take me on a holiday to Australia. That’s a hell of an offer, […]

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Eating With Locals: The Best Part of Traveling in Thailand

Eating With Locals: The Best Part of Traveling in Thailand

It was our second week in Thailand, and so far we were loving every minute of it. After spending time in Bangkok, Khao Yai, and Phuket, we were finally in the one place I had heard so much about, but knew nothing: Chiang Mai. Many of our friends who had previously visited Thailand told us the best things […]

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9 Ways to Seek Adventure in Laos

9 Ways to Seek Adventure in Laos

Laos is making a name for itself as a destination for thrill-seekers and adventurers, with many activities centered around the scenic area of Vang Vieng. If you’re heading to Laos in search of adventure, here are some activities you might want to try. 1. Ziplining Can there be any greater thrill than whizzing over the […]

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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. When Simla Sooboodoo snapped out of it, […]

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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)

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“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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