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Phong Nha National Park: Vietnam’s Secret

Phong Nha National Park boasts some of the most remarkable views in the entire world. From meandering roads, Mountains, Cliffs, And rivers, It’s a wonder how something so beautiful is unknown to most travelers. The adventurous can spend the day exploring Dark Cave. They ride Vietnam’s longest zip line, Splash around in a buoyant mud puddle, […]

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Kampot: A Majestic City in Cambodia

The colonial-style houses, like the tattered edges of an old novel thats collected dust on a shelf, line the streets of Kampot amongst rusty tuk-tuks and motorbikes. A blue wooden door, battered from the rain, slowly creaks open back and forth in the gentle breeze.  I walk along the street next to peach and lime […]

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How to Avoid the Top Scams in Cambodia

Welcome to backpacking in Southeast Asia! These are a few of the scams I’ve encountered or heard about while traveling and living in Cambodia for five months. They’re easily avoidable as long as you know what to look for and how to handle the situation. Don’t get ripped off or get yourself into trouble. This […]

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Lice in Cambodia

I had been lost in the dream world of air conditioning and Chipotle when, suddenly, I was rudely awakened from my own arm and hand. It seemed like they had become allies throughout the night and were at war with my scalp.  My nails were digging into my scalp as if programmed to scratch it raw […]

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Why I Love Traveling Slowly

“Hello, bong!” I say to Yinn, one of the Khmer workers at my friend’s bar. It comes out in a breathless whisper as I jog past him. His skin wrinkles like the folds of a crumbled newspaper as he smiles back, cheek to cheek. The loose strands of hair on my head dance in the […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Cambodia

I’ve been traveling and living in Cambodia for four months as a solo female traveler. Cambodia quickly became one of my favorite countries in the world, and not for obvious reasons. It’s not an easy country to travel through and is a bit behind Thailand in regards to tourism. But this is what makes it […]

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Reflections After 6 Months of Solo Backpacking

Six months ago, I stepped onto an EVA Airlines flight by myself, with a 60 liter backpack and too many clothes. I sat in between two strangers in the middle seat of a 16 hour flight where I didn’t sleep. My flight landed with a thud in the 32 degree heat in the middle of […]

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Finding Paradise in Otres Beach

I awake in the early morning hours, with the sing song of the roosters, the rhythmic, creaking melody of a swimming hammock, and the soothing effect of a hot cup of Vietnamese coffee. The wind plays with the hammock, causing it to swing unevenly in the breeze. The sun casts a yellowish hue on all […]

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Lost in Thailand: Why I Love Solo Travel

The giant pile of stacked bowls started to waver from side to side and threatened to topple over with each passing second. One of the girls grabbed the pile of bowls and moved it to an empty table next to me. She had to make more room for the continuous flow of 12 cent bowls […]

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Top 50 Chiang Mai Cafes

After living in Chiang Mai for a month and having previously visited it, I had plenty of time to visit dozens and dozens of coffee shops around the city, drink delicious coffee, and munch on sugary sweets. There are a ton of café’s in Chiang Mai suitable for cat lovers, book lovers, and quirky design […]

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