Kuang Si waterfall in Luang Prabang is a breathtaking waterfall you shouldn’t miss. It was the most beautiful thing I saw during my entire visit to the country. It was gorgeous – almost fairylike. This is the story of my day there and how I came across a secret swimming pool (and then found the best chicken in the region).
Laos is one of the most popular destinations for travelers in Southeast Asia but a bit more expensive than you think. However, there is still value to be found. This article breaks down the prices and gives you tips on how to save money in the country.
As I tubed down the slow river back into town, all around me were signs of a previous era: zip lines and rope swings sitting unused, bars long ago boarded up, and fading signs advertising cheap drinks. Vang Vieng’s riverbank was a reminder of the town’s recent past, like a modern Gomorrah. Now there was […]
I didn’t like Pai. Wait. Check that — I liked Pai, I just didn’t love Pai. For years, travelers have told me how much they loved Pai. “It’s aaaaa-mazing! It’s so much fun. There’s healthy food, incredible drinks, and beautiful mountains. You’ll never want to leave,” they would explain, as if talking about the Garden […]
Itinerary planning is a complex beast that is highly dependent on your likes and dislikes but I want to share how i go about picking places, routes, and why some places don’t make the cut. This is how I decided my current route through Southeast Asia.
I’m back in Southeast Asia to start five months of travel and beginning in Chiang Mai, the city that inspired me to become a backpacker in the first place. It’s good to finally get back on the road and to my roots again. This post explains what’s coming up on the blog based on this trip.
Posted: 06/02/2015 | June 2nd, 2015 This was my third time on the island, and as I was there, I was reminded of how much I dislike it. I hate Ko Phi Phi. It’s one of the most overrated islands in all of Thailand. I spent the last four days there with some friends of […]
China is a fascinating and rapidly changing country. Old customs and habits hang on as modern skyscrapers go up every second, the country becomes more of a global powerhouse, and people from around the world move there. Last year, my friend Scott Young, best known as a learning hacker who learned MIT’s entire computer science […]
Posted: 04/14/2014 | April 14th, 2014 It all started with two French girls. It was 2006, and I was five months into my first round-the-world trip. I’d arrived in Thailand two weeks before, run into a friend, and jetted off to Ko Phi Phi, a place I didn’t enjoy. Another friend emailed me about a […]
Updated: 08/01/2018 | August 1st, 2018 Elephants have long been important in Thailand, where they are a symbol of religion, history, royalty, and power. According to Buddhist legend, Queen Maya of Sakya, Lord Buddha’s mother, dreamed that a divine Bodhisattva on a white elephant touched her side. She later became pregnant, and since then, elephants […]
I’ve always wanted to visit the Maldives (edit: I finally did!). I’ve often dreamed of those over-water bungalows and white sand beaches. But those dreams turned into nightmares when I realized how much those bungalows actually cost. Luckily, changes in the way tourism is done in the country have allowed for a small but growing […]
Last month, I toured Japan for three weeks with G Adventures. As you know, I was very excited. I had high expectations for a country that I had for years dreamed about seeing. And when you have high expectations, you can be easily disappointed. But Japan didn’t disappoint — it exceeded my expectations. I loved […]