Southeast Asia Travel​​

The Tourist Footprint: Are We Ruining Earth’s Natural Wonders?
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The Tourist Footprint: Are We Ruining Earth’s Natural Wonders?

Much of what we read about travel is packaged into a descriptive personal essay that seeks to sweep the reader to a magical land where cotton candy falls from the sky and unicorns roam undulating; […]

The Early Bus To Baguio
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The Early Bus To Baguio

By Jude Polotan Barely seven in the morning, the Victory Liner bus jolts to a stop and the child-sized driver announces in an accent I can barely make out, “Five minutes!” Ken wakes and shifts […]

Low-Cost Carriers To Greatly Expand Service In SE Asia
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Low-Cost Carriers To Greatly Expand Service In SE Asia

Nothing beats long-haul bus trip in Southeast Asia, with its blaring TVs, the hair-raising passings, and the curious roadside food offerings. But if you’re strapped for time and have a little bit of extra cash […]

SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part Five (Phnom Penh)
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SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part Five (Phnom Penh)

After leaving Siem Reap I decided to break up the impending grueling 12-hour bus ride and head to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, about 6 hours to the southeast. It’s probably safe to say […]

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 […]



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