Posts tagged travel finds
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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a complete guide to Ella, Sri Lanka: where to eat, where to stay, how to get there, + the coolest things to do

Ella is a small, quiet town in Sri Lanka completely enveloped in nature. Outdoor enthusiasts will be in heaven with all the hikes and waterfalls to visit. Anyone who digs relaxed destinations with a bit of a nightlife are bound to fall in love with Ella.

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an Instagram guide to Sri Lanka: 16 of the most epic photo spots across the country

When looking for Instagrammable spots in Sri Lanka, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice. The country is absolutely stunning. There’s no shortage of photogenic scenery or Instagram spots on this island. As a matter of fact, Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Here are 16 of my favourite places for epic photos across Sri Lanka!

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a street art guide to Mirissa, Sri Lanka: 11 of the prettiest painted walls + where to find them

Mirissa, Sri Lanka is a surfer’s paradise, but it’s also a great destination for art lovers thanks to its abundance of murals, graffiti, and street art. From bright peacocks to vivid lion heads, from three-dimensional surfers to footprints— Mirissa has a little mix of everything. Most of these artistic treasures are either on the main road or on the walls of guesthouses and hostels near the beach, so finding them isn’t too much of a mission. Despite how easy they can be to find, I have pinned their locations on a map at the bottom of this post!

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Sigiriya Rock vs. Pidurangala Rock: what's the difference + which one should you hike

If you are traveling through Sri Lanka, you undoubtedly have Sigiriya on your itinerary. But how do you decide whether to climb Pidurangala Rock or Lion Rock? Don’t worry, I’ve made this guide to help any indecisive readers make as informed a decision as possible. WAIT?! THERE ARE TWO ROCKS?! Yep! A budget-friendly, less-beaten-path option {Piduranagala Rock} and the UNESCO protected “Lion Rock” with a steep entry fee.

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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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an Instagram guide to Hong Kong: 18 of the coolest photo spots in Hong Kong + a map to get you there

It’s true. The architecture of the city lends itself fully to the hard-line, concrete-crazed aesthetics urban photographers pine for. However, it’s not all residential basketball courts and contemporary views in HK. Oh, not at all. Hong Kong offers something for everyone to visually feast on.

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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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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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10 reasons to add Malaysia to your bucket list

Not sure if Malaysia is worth a visit? I promise, you want it on your bucket list. It’s well, well, well worth a visit. Malaysia was a surprise to me the first time I visited. Wow-ed by their breakfasts, dazzled by the detailed architecture, but thrown off by all the staring, Malaysia had me puzzled from my very first visit. Now, after multiple returns to the beautiful country, I can truly say I am a lover of all the country offers its guests. If you’re on the fence about whether to make the trip to Malaysia or not, I’ve got a list of reasons to book your plane ticket today!

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Mekong Kingdoms Sunset Cruise: the sunset cruise in Luang Prabang you cannot miss

Right before the daylight dips behind the jungle-covered mountains of Luang Prabang, tourists sit on the banks of the Mekong to witness the end of the day that was. Basking in the golden light of the low-hanging sun, Luang Prabang steps fully into its best self. It’s because of this, its “unspeakable beauty” as the late Anthony Bourdain put it, that sunset cruises along the Mekong River has become a “must-do” for most travelers visiting this tiny UNESCO town.

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