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Where I Slept in Southeast Asia

Where I Slept in Southeast Asia

I didn’t sleep in the same bed for more than a week for the last three months, including some luxury hotels, some guesthouses and my fair share of boats and trains. Most were to my liking and we soon learned that for $20 USD per night, we could get comfortable rooms, free breakfast and free WiFi nearly anywhere. So here is where I slept in Southeast Asia.

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Aoi Garden Home, Chiang Mai, Thailand–…

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Greetings from the grand opening of the National Civil and Human Rights Museum here in #Atlanta. It’s sure to be the city’s best new attraction. #weloveatl #discoveratl #exploregeorgia #ncchr #thisismysouth  (at Center for Civil and Human Rights)

Greetings from the grand opening of the National Civil and Human Rights Museum here in #Atlanta. It’s sure to be the city’s best new attraction. #weloveatl #discoveratl #exploregeorgia #ncchr #thisismysouth (at Center for Civil and Human Rights)






Photo Friday: Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

Photo Friday: Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

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Ngu Lam Peak

Cat Ba Island, the women’s island, was named for the rediscovery of the island when only women were seen. The men were out fishing, of course. The largest island in Halong Bay is an UNESCO World Heritage site and national park, not to mention a great add-on to the standard cruises. After one night spent on a boat in Halong Bay, I was glad to get back on land for the night in the…

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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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