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SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part Four (Angkor Wat)
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SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part Four (Angkor Wat)

To say that the temples at Angkor are spectacular is like saying that France has good food: no need to state the obvious. After a 12-hour bus ride through the paddy fields and flood plains […]

SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part Three (Saigon Part Duex)
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SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part Three (Saigon Part Duex)

On June 11, 1963, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc set himself on fire to protest the treatment of monks by American-backed President Ngo Dinh Diem. This act led to the steep decline of the support […]

SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part Two (Saigon: First Impressions)
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SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part Two (Saigon: First Impressions)

Jet lag does some strange things to the mind on the road. Waking up, sweating in the middle of the night, with no chance of falling back asleep, it sends your mind into some dark […]

SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part One (When A Layover Becomes A Trip)
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SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part One (When A Layover Becomes A Trip)

There are a couple of things you should keep in mind when planning to include a massive layover during your trip. One: despite its reputation, layovers are good. Especially when they’re in a city you’ve […]

Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Visit Before It Becomes Phuket
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Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Visit Before It Becomes Phuket

“Like Phuket before it became Phuket.” Anyone notice how this saying is quickly becoming the de facto description to use to describe an island in Southeast Asia that is, amazingly, undeveloped and seemingly undiscovered by […]

A Tour Of The Best Malaysian Dishes
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A Tour Of The Best Malaysian Dishes

Given the fact that Malaysia is made up of mainly Malays, Chinese and Indians — three of some of the best food cultures in the world — it’s not surprising that a trip to the […]

The Quest To Avoid Tourists In Vietnam Continues
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The Quest To Avoid Tourists In Vietnam Continues

If you basically draw a line between the northern and southern tips of Vietnam, then mark the exact middle, you’ll find Da Nang, the former U.S. stronghold during the Vietnam (or American, depending on which […]

What Did You Do When You Returned From Angkor Wat?
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What Did You Do When You Returned From Angkor Wat?

For those of you planning on visiting Angkor Wat, there may be more to the massive temple complex than you had originally expected. American researcher Kent Davis, after visiting the site back in 2005, was […]

The Road To Tibet: Crossing The Friendship Highway
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The Road To Tibet: Crossing The Friendship Highway

Tibet’s history is a complicated story of spirituality, invasion, conquest, and persecution. Once a Buddhist nation governed by the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s religious identity was brutally stripped away in 1951 when Chinese troops forcibly occupied […]

The Death Of The Gap Year?
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The Death Of The Gap Year?

The gap year is a foreign concept to most Americans — most high school graduates here head straight on to college. But for the British, the gap year is a hallowed institution, the year-long break […]

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