Posts tagged southeast asia
Orange Robe Tours: culturally appropriate tours that give back in Luang Prabang, Laos

In Luang Prabang, there are more social enterprises, non-profits, and giveback-businesses than you might believe for such a small town, and that number only seems to be growing. Cafés like Saffron, textile shops like Ock Pop Tok, and tours like Orange Robe Tours all add to the Luang Prabang community.

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how to survive Songkran: eco-friendly ways to celebrate, what to pack, + how to prepare for the Thai festival

The annual Songkran Festival is one of Thailand’s most famous holidays. As the marking of the Buddhist New Year, Songkran is rooted in religious traditions, but has transformed into a massive water party that extends through a three-day period. But…

…I WAS UNDERWHELMED BY THE INFORMATION ONLINE FOR the eco-aware.

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how responsible tourism can help support minority communities in northern Laos

Laos is home to an estimated 42 ethnic minority communities. Most travelers get glimpses of Khmu, Hmong, and Lao Lum culture, but very rarely do people journey up north where the Akha, Oma, and Lanten people live. During my trip to Luang Namtha Province with Luang Namtha Tourism, I was given the unique opportunity to learn more about these ethnic minority cultures in Laos in an initiative with the tourism board to broaden the economic opportunities of these communities through the tourism industry.

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Wat Samphran: how to get to the "dragon temple” + what to know before you visit

Wat Samphran in Bangkok, commonly referred to as “the Dragon Temple”, stands out amongst the many other temples in the Thai capital. However, unlike those many other temples, Wat Samphran is a pain in the ass to get to. In this guide, I give you all the info you need before making the journey to Wat Samphran, and a little insight into its reality.

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hostel highlight: The Onion Hostel at the Flower Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Gorgeous rooms that feel cozy and cool await you inside this vintage building in the heart of old town Bangkok. Here is my full review of both the budget bunks and the posh private rooms offered at The Onion Hostel at the Flower Market in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bangkok's hidden Airplane Graveyard: where to find it + how to get there

Bangkok is home to a world of hidden treasures and off-beat delights. Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in Thailand’s capital, and in a world continually exposed by Instagram, is the airplane graveyard that sits right along a main road.

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trekking in Laos: everything you need to know before hiking the Nam Ha Biodiversity Conservation Area in Luang Namtha, Laos

Luang Namtha Province in northwest Laos is filled with natural landscapes and cultural diversity, making it an ideal place for ecotourism. Especially since it is home to the Nam Ha Biodiversity Conservation Area and various outdoor tourism initiatives.

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20 tips + facts for your first trip to Laos

Planning your first trip to Laos might feel a bit daunting, since information is hard to find online or is missing altogether. Thanks to my extensive time in the country, I’ve put together a list of 20 tips and facts about Laos that will help you know what to expect, what to pack, and how to prepare for the exciting journey ahead! Visitors tend to pass through on their way to one of its more well-known neighboring countries. I’ve often read blogs about Laos and felt frustrated by the lack of quality and correct information on the web. That’s why I’m hoping my blog is a space with thorough information, maps, and all the details travelers need. And, in regards to Laos, I’m hoping guides like these will help first-time travelers feel prepped and ready.

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how to spend 48 hours in Luang Namtha, Laos: where to eat, what to see, + where to stay

Luang Namtha is the main city in Luang Namtha Province. Confusing, I know. It’s mostly known as a stopover town for backpackers crossing over from Thailand into Laos. However, I was recently invited by Luang Namtha Tourism with a small group of travel writers and bloggers to promote tourism in northwest Laos. After spending a week in the district and seeing all its main city has to offer, I feel as though Luang Namtha is highly underrated as a destination for cultural and ecological tourism.

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the big guide to Hanoi, Vietnam: how to get there, where to stay, what to eat, + what to do

Hanoi, Vietnam, is a city filled with culture, good coffee, art, history, and really affordable food! What’s not to love?! After visiting the city quite a few times, and loving it more with each return, I’ve finally put together a big guide to Vietnam’s capital. Whether you’re looking for the best things to see, cultural things to do, or places to eat, this guide has it all for you.

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hostel highlight: why Sloth Hostel is the best place to stay on a layover from Don Muang Airport

What’s the worst part of a long, late night layover? Finding accommodation that’s in close proximity to the airport and affordable. Luckily, passengers flying in and out of Don Muang Airport {DMK} in need of a place to sleep and shower need look no further than Sloth Hostel Don Muang.

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a weekender's guide to Vientiane, Laos : how to see the best of the Laotian capital in 48 hours

I’m going to say something that, as an advocate of slow and thorough travel, I normally would not say: 48 hours in Vientiane is probably all you really need. You can, obviously, spend more time there, but it is entirely possible to see the major tourist highlights over the span of a weekend and still have some spare time on your hands. Here’s my guide for what not to miss no matter how much {or how little} time you chose dedicate to the capital city of Laos.

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a café guide to Hanoi, Vietnam: where to find quirky cafés, prime work spaces, + the very best coffee

Vietnam runs on coffee. And not in a way that many modern cities do, where Instagram-worthy interiors drive business. In Vietnam, coffee is not a trend but rather a ceremonious part of the local lifestyle. I knew it the first time I stepped foot in the country that we were akin that way— a deep love not only for the taste of espresso, but an appreciation for the ritual of coffee.

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Tad Thong Waterfalls in Luang Prabang: the abandoned waterfalls you don’t want to miss

Tad Thong Waterfalls is likely a place you’ve never heard of, and don’t feel bad about that! Most people come to Luang Prabang with a short bucket list that includes the stunning {albeit crowded} Kuang Si Waterfalls. Laos has no shortage of waterfalls to explore and visitors shouldn’t limit themselves to only the most visually appealing and well-known. Those looking for a crowd-less cascade of water off-the-beaten-path should head to Tad Thong Waterfalls for a jungle trek and fresh water to cool-off in. It’s also a great place to play “Jane looking for Tarzan” in.

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an Instagram guide to Hoi An, Vietnam: the coolest photo spots in Vietnam’s little yellow city

Modern travel trends are heavily influenced by the images people see online; something I feel two ways about {but I'll save that for another post}. Hoi An is an incredibly photogenic town that often gets skipped over in favour of Hanoi or Saigon {Ho Chi Minh City}. Here are my favourite places for photos in Hoi An, Vietnam.

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the Chomphet hike: hidden temples + trails in Chomphet District, Laos

While Luang Prabang may not be known for its hiking the way that Vang Vieng is, it only takes a ferry ride across the Mekong to find quality trekking in Chomphet. The ferry ride to the “Chomphet Hike” trailhead takes only a few minutes, but the difference between the city and its neighbouring village will make you feel like you’ve traveled hours. Chomphet’s side of the Mekong is much less developed and significantly less visited, making the hike an easy detour from tourist congestion. Though you won’t find tourists on the hike, you will discover five different temples, including Wat Long Khoune, and side of local life in Laos many visitors miss out on.

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Tam Thanh Mural Village: the painted fishing village near Hoi An you cannot miss

While doing my Hoi An research, I came across an article about a small fishing village about 40-minutes by hired car from the city filled with hand-painted murals down its many tiny alleyways and side streets. Sounds pretty perfect, right? So, I mentioned it in passing to my travel companion at the time who had no clue it existed. I then called to hire a driver, and we were off! I put together this post to give you all the insider details.

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a guide to Hanoi's Train Street: where to find it, when to go, + what to know

In the midst of the chaotic streets of Old Quarter is a truly one-of-a-kind railroad. High speed locomotives come barreling through the residential area known as “Train Street’ to Hanoi tourists and Trân Phù to the city’s locals. You’ve probably seen train street slathered across your Instagram feed. What makes it so photo-worthy is that it operates like most other streets in the Vietnamese capital, with the difference being a massive, fast-moving train’s tracks in sitting in place of a paved road.

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where to find the best vegetarian food in Hanoi, Vietnam: veggie restaurants + what to order

Vegetarians and vegans won’t go hungry in Hanoi thanks to the city being filled with damn good, affordable food. Like the many other destinations I’ve had the privilege of visiting in Vietnam, the food in Hanoi is overwhelming good. While the food is delicious, the veggie restaurant scene isn’t as booming in Hanoi as it is in Hoi An. That’s why I’ve put together a list of my favourite veggie food spots for those visiting Hanoi looking for the right place to grab a meal— to make it easy for ya!

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the best views of Ha Long Bay: how to get epic views by hiking Bai Tho Mountain

Like many Instagram hotspots, the final product photo from Bai Tho tells a story far from the reality of getting your ass up the mountain. It’s quite a straight forward hike, but it’s also closed to the public, making it a sneaky thing to do as well as a bit dangerous.

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