Southeast Asia Travel​​
How To Get A Visa For Vietnam
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How To Get A Visa For Vietnam

What’s more fun than getting off a plane and immediately being hit up for cash just to step foot outside the airport? (I’ll answer my own question. The answer is: getting the seat next to the lavatory for your 16-hour flight. Oh the stories you’ll tell.) The fact is, visas […]

Experiencing The Garden Of Eden That Is Ha Long Bay
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Experiencing The Garden Of Eden That Is Ha Long Bay

I never saw the movie “Indochine.” According to its summary, the flick was released in 1992, and is about a French naval officer and his young Vietnamese lover who are escaping banishment. They seek refuge in the labyrinthine crags erupting from the sea in Ha Long Bay. Those of you […]

Compassion In Cambodia: A Traveler’s Dilemna
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Compassion In Cambodia: A Traveler’s Dilemna

Compassion comes in many forms. You can give away your life savings, some extra change in your pocket, or a bottle of water to a thirsty child. It’s easy to change one person’s life, but much more difficult to change many. In fact, I think it’s probably near impossible to change […]

Video: Your Trip To Thailand A La Tarantino
Video: Your Trip To Thailand A La Tarantino

Video: Your Trip To Thailand A La Tarantino

Wondering what to do with all that leftover B-roll video from your recent trip to Southeast Asia? Why not try splicing it together into a fun, stylized 70′s-era grindhouse flick, as the cool cat andinh did in his recent “Letters from Thailand” video as seen above. I could be wrong, […]

How Not To Get Kicked Out Of Cambodia
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How Not To Get Kicked Out Of Cambodia

So you’re going to Cambodia (actually, I am in about 6 weeks, but more on that later), and once you get there all you really want to do is sunbathe nude while pointing the bottom of your feet at people as they walk by, and sticking you chopsticks upright in […]

“Eat, Pray, Leave”: Let The Backlash Begin
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“Eat, Pray, Leave”: Let The Backlash Begin

Seven million copies, 170 weeks and counting on the New York Times Best Seller List, and one Julia Roberts-starring movie later, Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love,” may, surprisingly, just be entering the backlash phase that was inevitable from a book with such runaway success. We’ve seen this story before: Peter […]

Everything You Wanted To Know About Banh Mi
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Everything You Wanted To Know About Banh Mi

As synonymous with Vietnamese food as the country’s signature dish, pho, it turns out banh mi is actually quite a new invention for this very old culture. What, did you think the rice farmers along the Mekong Delta were munching on French baguettes back before the 19th century? As the […]

My Quest For Enlightenment; First Stop: Baan Thai Cookery School
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My Quest For Enlightenment; First Stop: Baan Thai Cookery School

By Maria Russo Is it possible to find enlightenment in a bowl of soup? Who knows, but it’s certainly worth a try, don’t you think? During a two-week journey to Thailand, I set out on a quest to prepare my soul for the preliminary stages of enlightenment. I wished to […]

The People You See When You Drive
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The People You See When You Drive

The only problem with mass public transit is the immediacy of arrival. Although I find trains romantic, planes quick and comfortable, buses affordable, you do see a lot more when you travel by car. Such was Jon Faine’s experience on his road trip. He and his son, Jack, made a […]

Your Best Meal In Saigon Is Made By This Woman
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Your Best Meal In Saigon Is Made By This Woman

Meet Nguyen Thi Thanh, or better known in these parts as the “lunch lady.” Due to the relentless coverage of television (Bourdain visited her last year on No Reservations) and the blogosphere, Saigon’s own Nguyen Thi Thanh has become the David Chang of Ho Chi Minh, creating legions of foodie […]

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