Caroline in the City



What I Want in a Halong Bay Cruise

What I Want in a Halong Bay Cruise

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When planning a trip to Vietnam, I heard too much information about Halong Bay cruises. I was inundated with information, so it became hard to know where to start. While I’d heard lots of good things about the Hanoi Backpackers Castaways cruises, it became clear to be that I would be expected to party the entire time, something I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to, especially since it costs extra…

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Vietnam’s Street Food Culture

Vietnam’s Street Food Culture

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When I went to the travel doctor to get shots for my trip to Asia, she specifically told me that I wasn’t to eat anything from street vendors or anything I hadn’t seen cooked. I smiled at her and then mentally laughed. How could I possibly go to Asia without trying any street food? I’d already been forewarned of all the soups from my friend Jodi. And while I’ve loved the food in Thailand and…

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The six mile round trip walk to the Red Sand Dunes served as our exercise for the week. But worth it to see! #muine #vietnam  (at Red Sand Dunes)

The six mile round trip walk to the Red Sand Dunes served as our exercise for the week. But worth it to see! #muine #vietnam (at Red Sand Dunes)






Good morning, Mui Ne. Cuppa with a view. #muine #vietnam  (at Surf4you)

Good morning, Mui Ne. Cuppa with a view. #muine #vietnam (at Surf4you)






Living the GTL Life in Koh Samui

Living the GTL Life in Koh Samui

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Gym, Tan, Laundry. The term was popularized by the show Jersey Shore as a part of the daily routine for those controversial guidos living in Seaside Heights. But for me, I developed a similar system for my week in Koh Samui, which I might call Thailand’s shore-esque island that has similarly tacky t-shirts and nightlife. In my case, however, it was Haircut, Tan, Laundry.

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The Streets of Chaweng

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Streetside Beer in Hanoi

Streetside Beer in Hanoi

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Images from my college days are immediately conjured, of pumped kegs and frothy brews. But my current experience couldn’t be farther from Charlestonparties. Rather than handing someone a wad of cash for a red Solo cup full of Miller Lite, surrounded by acquaintances, I’m sitting on a plastic stool in an alley of Hanoi in front of someone’s house. A Vietnamese man grabs a glass and fills it with…

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Siem Reap’s Lesser Visited Temples

Siem Reap’s Lesser Visited Temples

While Angkor Wat may get the most glory, there are hundreds dozens of temples worth visiting in the Siem Reap area, in particular in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Some you may even end up liking better, as I did. Get outside of the main groupings in favor of the Roulos Group or those outside of Siem Reap altogether. If you’re lucky, they may have hardly anyone there, which gives you the…

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Quintessential Vietnam countryside: rice paddies, workers in pointed hats and buffalo keeping cool under the trees. #hoian #vietnam  (at An Bang Beach, Hoi An)

Quintessential Vietnam countryside: rice paddies, workers in pointed hats and buffalo keeping cool under the trees. #hoian #vietnam (at An Bang Beach, Hoi An)






Photo Friday: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Photo Friday: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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It’s an image covering Cambodia, on the flag, on the riels, on the minds of every traveler visiting this country. Angkor Wat. It may be only one of hundreds of temples you can visit within the Siem Reap area, but it’s certainly the most famous for its three towered silhouette. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest religious monument in the world, and the most visited place in the…

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Remembering the Killing Fields

Remembering the Killing Fields

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Children play loudly in the yard of the school next door to the site. Do they know what happened here? I ask myself. Do they know that children their age, along with their parents, were killed here daily, beaten against trees, hacked with machetes? For their sakes, I hope they don’t know just yet. I hope they live with unencumbered minds unlike how those under Pol Pot’s reign of terror.

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I’ve…

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