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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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An Island Vacation on Cheung Chau | Explore Hong Kong

An Island Vacation on Cheung Chau | Explore Hong Kong

While living in Korea, our hagwon offered two vacations periods. One in the winter and one in the summer. For our summer vacation my friend and I were trying to decide where we would go for 5 days. At first we were looking into the Philippines, but the flights were too expensive and we were a little nervous about travelling there with the current political climate. We found a round trip to Hong Kong for only $150 and decided to…

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Jindo Sea Parting Festival | Explore Korea

Jindo Sea Parting Festival | Explore Korea

Korea has festivals all year round for everything from snow crabs to fireflies, from tea to the sea. There is plenty to do and explore in this amazing country. I was fortunate enough to have lived there for two years and got to see so much of the country. I posted last week about visiting the Green Tea Fields in April. Well the day before, Saturday, I was in Jindo, an area in southwestern Korea where a really cool phenomenon…

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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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A Visit to the National Mosque, Masjid Negara | Explore Malaysia

A Visit to the National Mosque, Masjid Negara | Explore Malaysia

I really wanted to visit the Masjid Jemak as it is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur and I love history and architecture, but alas it was under construction and only open to worshippers. So I did the next best thing, I went to the National Mosque which is where the King of Malaysia prays on Fridays, I mean how amazing is that!

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.

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

A marvel of Jordanian history. It had to be seen. I am happy I did not leave the Middle East without seeing this. I know it is touristy, but it still leaves you in awe, regardless if you are surrounded by tourists wearing the traditional bedouin headscarf and riding decorated camels. This archeological site surpasses all that and it is something that should not be missed when visiting Jordan.

Batu Caves and Little India | Explore Malaysia

Batu Caves and Little India | Explore Malaysia

While in Malaysia I wanted to explore all the different aspects of Malaysian culture. I wanted to be sure to see and learn about each culture that blended to make the Malaysian culture so unique. This included visiting specific religious sites. As I was on my own I booked a few different tours to help me get to the places I wanted to go since this was sort of my first solo trip. One of the tours I booked was…

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U-do | Explore Korea

U-do | Explore Korea

U-do is a little island off of an island. When we were in Jeju-do we decided to take a day trip to U-do and see what this little island had to offer. To get there we took a bus from Jeju City to the port and hopped on a ferry. The island’s name means cow, apparently it is shaped like one.