Central Vietnam: Caves, Scooters, and Tailored Clothes

Most people think of Vietnam as being separated into North and South due to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh being the two major cities - but don't underestimate the center of the country! Vietnam is a surprisingly long country (you'll figure this out quickly if you travel from one end to the other by bus) … Continue reading Central Vietnam: Caves, Scooters, and Tailored Clothes

Malaysia, Malay Peninsula: West Coast in 10 Days

When I started planning my trip to Southeast Asia, Malaysia wasn't even on my radar. I didn't know much about the country and everyone I talked to seemed to leave it off the list of "must visit" places. All my flight options to Bali were less expensive with a separate ticket to Kuala Lumpur, so … Continue reading Malaysia, Malay Peninsula: West Coast in 10 Days

Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai: A Taste of Northern Thailand

Before visiting Northern Thailand I was apprehensive - I heard so many great things that I was certain I was going to expect too much and be disappointed. Instead it exceeded my expectations and I somehow found myself continuing to extend my stay - I just didn't want to leave! From inexpensive (and delicious) food … Continue reading Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai: A Taste of Northern Thailand

Pai, Thailand: My Favorite Kind of Pai

There's a joke among backpackers that you can get stuck in the Pai hole - that you arrive in Pai with the intention to stay for 2 nights and then a week later you're still there. It's easy to understand why with the laid back atmosphere, inexpensive food at the incredible night market, accommodations available … Continue reading Pai, Thailand: My Favorite Kind of Pai

Phu Chi Fa: Sunrise Over the Thai-Lao Boarder

About 3 hours Northeast from Chiang Mai on the Thai-Lao border sits a small village with a handful of restaurants, a few dozen quaint guesthouses, and a row of small stalls lining the main street. The village (I'm not even sure the village's name!) has a small, sleepy, authentic Thai feel to it with children … Continue reading Phu Chi Fa: Sunrise Over the Thai-Lao Boarder

Ayutthaya & Sukhothai: Biking Around Thailand’s Ancient Ruins

Located in central Thailand are two small towns, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, that were once powerful and influential Thai Kingdoms. Ayutthaya, only 2 hours North of Bangkok by train or 1.5 hours by minivan, was once the capital of Siam before the city was sacked by the Burmese and the capital had to be re-established near … Continue reading Ayutthaya & Sukhothai: Biking Around Thailand’s Ancient Ruins

Iceland – Making the Most of Winter Daylight

Iceland is a place you want to visit multiple times so you can experience it in all seasons. Summer days never seem to end with midnight sun, rainbows constantly dancing across waterfalls, and camping along the Ring Road. Winter days are short and cold but everything is coated in layer of snow and ice and … Continue reading Iceland – Making the Most of Winter Daylight