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Chiang Mai Guide

Chiang Mai, Thailand, Travel
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We decided to cut our Bangkok trip short and take an impromptu flight to Chiang Mai because of several people we met along the way that kept raving about it. That’s the thing about traveling to different locations for a long period of time you may meet people along the way that will influence you to change your itinerary. 24 hours in Chiang Mai was not enough. After walking around...

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay, Travel, Vietnam
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I’d seen photos of Ha Long Bay online. They looked magnificent. But I was truly stunned when we arrived at Ha Long Bay. These gigantic rock formations protruding from the sea seem to never end. I felt like I was in a land of dinosaurs. Here’s what we did: Land vs Boat Although the rocks are relatively visible from the mainland, the perfect way to see them is to book a...

Siem Reap Guide

Cambodia, Siem Reap, Travel
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“While in Southeast Asia one must pay an obligatory visit to Siem Reap.” I was told this by countless people. When I started doing research I repeatedly ran into “there are too many tourists,” “it is unbearably hot,” and “this and that are the right ways of visiting the sites." I’m no guru, but let me give you the rundown on how we did Siem Reap and loved it. Time...

Koh Lanta Guide

Koh Lanta, Thailand, Travel
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Picking a Thai island to spend a few days in was no easy task, but we finally decided on Koh Lanta. Tranquil but with lots of options for activities, restaurants, bars, and a quirky obsession with reggae music, Koh Lanta is one of the most laid back and friendly places we visited in Thailand. So to no surprise, we fell in love with it. It truly represents all the...

Hoi An Guide

Hoi An, Travel, Vietnam
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Hoi An is one of the most charming places I’ve ever been to. It looks like something out of a storybook. The colorful buildings, the old architecture, the canal, the lanterns, the cute shops and restaurants, the friendly locals, all make up this gorgeous city. Stay We stayed at Boutique Hoi An Resort. It was located right on the beach, about 10 minutes from the city center, but it offered a...

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Travel
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Like many travelers, we used Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL, as a stopover to our other destinations. With only 36 hours in town, we crammed a full schedule of sites and activities, and unfortunately left wanting a little more. KL is a cosmopolitan city where you can find everything. Not as sophisticated as Singapore but as one of leaders in Southeast Asian cities, it is a melting pot...

Hong Kong

China, Hong Kong, Travel
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After a mere 15 hours on a Cathay Pacific flight from New York, our Asia trip finally began here, Hong Kong. The overwhelming excitement that we felt led to a very productive first day. We started in the morning with a typical Hong Kong attraction, the Victoria Peak. Thanks to the weather we had unobstructed views of the city skyline; a truly amazing landscape worth the trip up the...

Singapore

Singapore, Travel
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I found Singapore to be an incredible place. I had always heard about the city’s “extreme cleanliness,” its unwavering eco-friendliness, and its technologically advanced status. Well, it is extremely clean, it’s super green, and it’s got some of the most advanced infrastructure systems I’ve seen. People take pride in their work and their level of education and almost everyone speaks English fluently. Add to these features some amazing restaurants, hotels,...

Yangon

Myanmar, Travel, Yangon
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When we booked our trip to Myanmar, we allocated the most time to popular places like Bagan and Inle Lake. In doing so, we neglected a few other areas. Yangon was one of them. After one full day and night there, we truly wished we’d stayed a bit longer. Stay We hired a tour guide arranged through our hotel, the ParkRoyal. His name was Zaw and with his immense friendliness told...

Bagan

Bagan, Myanmar, Travel
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We were so excited to arrive in Bagan. I had seen pictures online and it looked pretty special. Bagan has more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments. The hotel recommended for us to rent a scooter and go around to see the temples. The scooter only cost $6 for the entire day. You could also hire a driver to take you around, it will probably cost around $10-$15 USD. Bagan is split...