Southeast Asia Travel

How I Learned To Find Family In Northern Thailand

Monday, March 19, 2012

I’m not a very touchy person. Hugs are reserved for good friends and family, and I can’t remember the last boyfriend whose hand I actually enjoyed holding. I’ll slap you a good ‘ol American high-five but please do not force me into the fashionable double-cheek kiss scenario. This preference for personal space was never more […]

A Glut Of New Cheap Flights Are Coming To Asia

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Good news Mr. and Mrs. I-haven’t-worn-pants-in-six-months, I-won’t-pay-more-than-one-dollar-for-lunch, that-street-vendor-won’t-get-away-with-charging-me-10%-more-than-the-locals, my-monthly-hostel-costs-equal-your-Netflix-fees, I’m-sick-of-Thailand-because-there-are-too-many-expats-like-myself-there backpacker in Asia, there’s going to be whole slew of new budget options for flights in the region coming up this year. As The WSJ is reporting, regional airliners including Cebu Air, Singapore Air, Tiger Airways, JetStar and AirAsia X are all eyeing budget flights […]

Visiting Tam Coc, “The Halong Bay On The Rice Paddies” [Video]

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tam Coc, Vietnam (or as Lonely Planet dubs it, “Halong Bay on the rice paddies”), is named after the low caves that the Ngo Dong River flows, and which visitors are guided through, usually by a female rower. The longest, Hand Ca, is over 400 feet long, and is an impressive way to spend a […]

Don’t Leave Cambodia Without Visiting Battambang

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Battambang, Cambodia’s second-largest city, is unfortunately overlooked by many travelers to the country. Given Battambang’s location about 5 hours west of Siem Reap, most people simply decide to head east instead, continuing on to Phnom Penh and then Vietnam (given the animosity between Thailand and Cambodia, traveling overland the other direction can be a little tricky). […]

7 Tips For Travel In Southeast Asia

Monday, December 12, 2011

Southeast Asia is probably the best place in the world for your first extended backpacking trip. The food is delicious, the locals friendly, the beaches extraordinary, the accommodations well-established and the sites varied and unforgettable. You’re likely to return home with plenty of fond memories and incredible photos of Southeast Asia. If you’re considering setting […]

Is The Time To Visit Burma Now?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

With the end of Secretary of State Clinton’s historic visit to Myanmar (Burma) wrapping up last week — the first of any high-ranking official from the U.S. in 50 years — it’s safe to assume that a good portion of the millions of eyes that watched as Clinton toured Shwedegon Pagoda in Yangon (barefoot no […]

Setting Sail In Ha Long Bay [Video]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fresh from the crop of travel videes from our “Travel Videos” Vimeo group comes Asiantrip TV’s mini-epic from the Ha Long Bay portion of their trip in Southeast Asia. Yes, that is dreary fall outside your window you’re looking at. Yes, these French students are having way more fun than you right now. Cruel, cruel […]

What’s Up With Tubing And Vang Vieng, Laos?

Friday, September 23, 2011

I’ve never been to Laos, but it seems like everyone who has inevitably spends some portion of their trip tubing in Van Vieng, a town in Vientiane Province that has begun to take on the dreaded moniker: “Backpacker Ghetto.” And when I hear this I ask why they ended up going. Was floating down a […]

Author Attempts Southeast Asia Trip Using Original Lonely Planet Guide From 1975

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

As travelers all know, people gripe about the problem of the outdatedness of guidebooks enough, and that’s in reference to current guidebooks. Imagine heading out on the road with one pushing 40 years old. That’s exactly what Brian Thacker attempted on a dare from friend and Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler. The result is the […]

Cooking Class In Thailand: Learning Culture Through The Tongue

Monday, September 12, 2011

“Tan Khao Ma Rue Yung?” asks our cooking instructor, as she holds up ginger root, also known as khing in Thai, its sharp and slightly tangy scent awakening my sense of smell. We are standing in a Chiang Mai market choosing fresh ingredients for the day, and she has just asked us if we have […]

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