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Traveling is not measured by the distance one moves, but by how much one learns and the remarkable people one meets. I didn’t go on adventures as often last year as I did in 2012 but the crazy experiences and interesting people that I met more than mad
Hidden in a quiet neighborhood in suburban Chiang Rai, Thailand was an eccentric art haven full of freakish art installations, infamously and collectively known as the “Black Houses.” Journey to the Black Houses Getting there by public transport was an
The 1961 Art Hotel combined inspiration with relaxation. It was a cool and interesting place worth checking out in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I started my journey to Siem Reap with long bus rides from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. By “long,” I mean, the bus rides an
A solo traveler’s day hike from Ngadas to Cemoro Lawang village in East Java, Indonesia: Magnificent views of the Savanna and Sea of Sand at the caldera of Mount Bromo Volcano. I wanted to say that this solo hike was one of the “craziest” things I had
Featured photos from my overnight homestay and hiking experience in Ngadas Village near Mount Bromo Volcano in East Java Island, Indonesia. I stumbled upon Ngadas while searching for alternative ways of reaching Mount Bromo Volcano, one of Indonesia’s
30+ photos from five days in Upper Myanmar: Bicycle tour in Mandalay, scenic train to Hsipaw, and adventures at the ancient cities of Mingun, Amarapura, Innwa, and Sagaing. Yet another long night bus brought me to Mandalay, 3rd stop on my 14 day backpa
I traveled to Laos with a mission to surround myself in the beauty and serenity of the Laos countryside. I was totally looking forward to wander around remote villages, hiking past blooming rice paddies bordered by towering limestone cliffs. I ended up
The sky was shrouded by pitch black darkness when our night bus arrived in Bagan (from Yangon) around 3am. Day 1 Arrival in Bagan, Myanmar I didn’t bother to book a hostel room beforehand. After arrival, my “game plan” was basically to get on a pick-up
I couldn’t have thought of a better destination to kick-start my trip around mainland South East Asian than in, drum roll, please …. Thailand!  So cliché, I know, but this country took up the lion’s share of the “banana pancake trail” for a reason: I
I was at the end of my backpacking journey around mainland South East Asia, with one more country left on my itinerary: Myanmar. Myanmar, also known as “Burma,” had only recently become a popular destination in the South East Asian backpacking trail. B

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