Posts in Asia
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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hidden views of Ha Long Bay: a guide to 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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a responsible luxury Ha Long Bay visit with La Regina Cruise and YESD Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is not only one of the most naturally beautiful places I’ve been, and I’m obviously not the only one who feels that way, since approximately 7 million tourists visit per year. Adding to the destinations appeal, it’s been named one of the New 7 World Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I’ve wanted to visit Ha Long Bay with its limestone karsts and teal waters for since my first visit to Asia. Luckily for me, YESD Vietnam invited me on a Ha Long Bay cruise to make my dream come true and mark another item off my ever-growing bucket list.

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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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homestay highlight: Vanvisa At The Falls in Luang Prabang, Laos

As a total surprise to me {and I can count the number of times I’ve actually been surprised on two hands}, I was told only to pack an overnight bag and swimwear, I was at an absolute loss for what to expect. Whisked away on the back of a motorbike, I was more and more confused as we got further and further south. Surely, we were heading to the waterfalls? But…there’s no place to stay the night at the waterfalls? I WAS CONFUSED. We pulled up near the gate of Kuang Si and took a turn down a dirt alleyway. Pulling up to an area filled with open seating and pools of teal water I’d never seen before, Luke jumped off the bike and said, “We’re here.” And that’s how our time at the hidden hotel I’d never heard of in all my time in Laos started— the Vanvisa At The Falls Homestay Resort.

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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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Tamarind Cooking School in Luang Prabang, Laos: what to expect from the community-minded cooking class

Long-time readers of this blog will know, ya girl is a fan of cooking classes. I think there are so many benefits to learning about the cuisine of a culture. So, when I was asked to check out Tamarind cooking school to see what they’re evening classes offer guests in Luang Prabang, I was over the moon.

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an expat's guide to non-Lao food in Luang Prabang

I’m all for eating the local cuisine. For one thing, it’s delicious and a door to deeper cultural understanding. Finally, it’s much cheaper! Where you might pay USD $5 for falafel pita here, you’ll pay USD $1.66 for a heaping plate of yellow noodles with veggies and chilis. However, when you live or stay anywhere long enough you need a little variety. This post promises to provide a comprehensive list of eateries where you can get your non-Lao food fix!

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should you visit Pak Ou Caves: what to expect + why I was underwhelmed

Pak Ou Caves are one of Luang Prabang’s most famous tourist attractions. Limestone caves sitting alongside the Mekong as a place of pilgrimage for over a thousand years sounds like magic, amirite?

But, I simply wasn’t as dazzled as everyone else.

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renting a motorbike in Laos: questions to ask + things to consider

Wind in your hair. Dust on your face. Sun at your back. Freedom as far as the road extends. That’s the beauty of a motorbike. Renting one is popular with tourists, but there are many things they should consider before they hop on two wheels for a joy ride through a beautiful country like Laos.

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Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco Park: where to catch free aerial views of KL in nature

I love exploring new cities. That being said, what I miss most when I’m hitting the pavement of a cosmopolitan locale is nature. Ya girl like her greenery! So, when I found out via Travel Dream Seekers Instagram account that there was a park where you could get aerial views of Kuala Lumpur with a dose of Mother Nature, I was more than a little eager to visit!

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the big guide to Bangkok: where to stay, where to eat, and what to do in Thailand's capital

After years of bouncing around Bangkok on self-guided visits, long layovers, and group tours…I’ve finally put together a comprehensive guide I’m proud of. While it’s no secret every trip to Bangkok has been riddled with bad luck for me, looking back at these photos also made me realize…I’ve had so many fun memories in the capital city. It might have suffered the fate of the tourist boom {i.e. a Starbucks, H&M, and McDonald’s on every corner}, but it’s also got lots to see and do, great food, and alluring temples.

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a dairy doing good: Laos Buffalo Dairy in Luang Prabang, Laos

For such a small little town in the middle of a country no one talks much about, there are a number of social enterprises doing big things in Luang Prabang. One of these important businesses is Laos Buffalo Dairy.

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a local’s cafe guide to Luang Prabang: where to find the cutest cafes + the best coffee

This cafe guide includes local joints, social enterprises, and some of the more expensive but aesthetically pleasing spots in Luang Prabang to grab your morning caffeine intake— something for everyone.

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Nahm Dong Park: the secret oasis you never knew about in Luang Prabang, Laos

An eco-tourism haven, Nahm Dong Park is an oasis you’ve probably never even heard about right outside the city limits of Luang Prabang. Don’t worry, I knew nothing about it either! Until one day, paint fumes of a newly renovated office space dizzying my head and fingers hurting from whipping out writing work, it was suggested that I hop on the back of a motorbike and head to Nahm Dong.

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a first-timer’s guide to Penang, Malaysia: where to eat, stay, and play in Penang

Penang is located in northwest Malaysia. On Penang Island, you’ll find stunning cultural landmarks {like Kek Lok Si Temple}, delicious street food {think Indian samosas for less than USD $1}, and world famous interactive street murals. As a first-timer to Penang, I was impressed with all that the small area offers its visitors.

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gyms, spas, + yoga retreats: a wellness guide to Luang Prabang, Laos

Staying fit, healthy, and well while traveling can be a challenge, but it’s also a vital part of being a happy traveler. When you feel better, you have more energy to explore! Working on {consistent} wellness has become more of a priority for me recently. If you’re in Luang Prabang and unsure where to start, look no further— I got you!

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eating like a local: where to eat real Lao food in Luang Prabang, Laos

Lao food is amazing and often gets overshadowed by its neighbors’ banh mi or pad thai fame. But there’s something special about the lesser known joys of sticky rice and jeow on the Mekong washed down with a Beer Lao. By the time you’re finished reading this food guide, you’ll know more about Lao food culture and all the best places to eat local cuisine in Luang Prabang.

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straight from the source: a local’s recs for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Staying at an AirBnB has its perks! You can hit up your host for the best local tips and recommendations for just about everything— they are locals after all. During my most recent stay in Kuala Lumpur, I hit up my local host to give me all the best recommendations so that I could see the city like a native.

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how to celebrate the Festival of Light in Luang Prabang, Laos

Every October, the little UNESCO town of Luang Prabang lights up in celebration of Boun Awk Phansa, the end of Buddhist Lent. The city becomes impossibly beautiful, illuminated by wax candles melting to pagodas and crepe paper lanterns hanging from temple roofs and the windows of local homes.

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