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Exploring Hoi An Ancient Town | Explore Vietnam

Exploring Hoi An Ancient Town | Explore Vietnam

It is easy to see why the Ancient Town in Hoi An is the main attraction. When you first walk in you are greeted with bright, welcoming yellow walls that house boutique shops, endless cafes and coffee inside. If you were in the market for some Vietnamese coffee this would be the place to shop, there are plenty of stores and cafes that sell various types of coffee including weasel poop coffee for the connoisseurs who are up for anything.

Being Touristy in Hue | Explore Vietnam

Being Touristy in Hue | Explore Vietnam

After some time in Hanoi I hopped on a plane to Hue, yes I took a plane because at that point I needed a break from night trains and long bus rides. The plane was maybe $30 with checked baggage and it would only take an hour rather than 4-6. I arrived and got a taxi to my hostel. It was in a good area but it was on the most touristy street I had ever seen. It was like…

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Falling in Honey by Jennifer Barclay | Book Chat

Falling in Honey by Jennifer Barclay | Book Chat

Remember my post in January about the travel memoir books I was going to read this year? Well I have finished the last one and I have to say I have learned a lot about different places in the world and how different types of people travel. Falling in Honey is one of my favourite books I have read this year. It was so well written! The details, the descriptions and the adjectives all made me want to keep reading…

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Trekking in Beautiful Sapa | Explore Vietnam

Trekking in Beautiful Sapa | Explore Vietnam

I had heard that Sapa was a beautiful place in Northern Vietnam and I did not want to leave it out of my trip there. I booked a tour through Ethnic Travel, a company that hires local guides from one of the 54 ethnic tribes that live there. They are with you on the trip and take up up into the mountains, to your overnight homestay and tell you everything you want to know about life in Vietnam, Vietnamese history…

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A Weekend in Taipei | Explore Taiwan

A Weekend in Taipei | Explore Taiwan

Living in East Asia you get the luxury of having two New Year celebrations. One on January 1st where the world celebrates a new year, a fresh start and makes some resolutions that may or may not be forgotten about by the beginning of February. Did I make any this year? I can’t remember, I am not really a resolution maker but I was determined to travel more this year and so far that has happened.

The Historic UNESCO Town of Melaka | Explore Malaysia

The Historic UNESCO Town of Melaka | Explore Malaysia

I may have mentioned that I studied Islamic history in University and in one of my classes, my professor talked about the migration of Islam to the Malay peninsula and Indonesia. She mentioned this town called Melaka (Malacca) and the Melaka strait, how it was a prime trading post and that it was colonized by the Portuguese and the Dutch.

Farewell Korea | Explore Korea

Farewell Korea | Explore Korea

Two years. They have been completely filled with memories that I cherish and experiences I have learned from. I remember when I got the idea into my head to take off for a year and teach english in Korea. I constantly saw advertisements about it and read blog posts of other people doing it. One day I signed up for the TEFL class and the next thing I knew I was sending my resume off to Japan, China, Korea and…

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Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur | Explore Malaysia

Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur | Explore Malaysia

On my second day in Malaysia I hopped on the metro and headed to Merdeka Square. I had actually been planning on visiting a mosque near there, but unfortunately it was under construction and so I decided to wander about the square. I took the train to Masjid Jamek station, which is also the name of the mosque that precedes Merdeka Square.

Cameron Highlands Tea Fields | Explore Malaysia

Cameron Highlands Tea Fields | Explore Malaysia

  When planning my trip to Malaysia, I knew that one of the things I most wanted to see was the Cameron Highlands. It is pretty obvious within the first few minutes of knowing me that I drink a lot of tea and I really wanted to try some of the tea that is made on the plantations in this area of Malaysia.