Southeast Asia Travel​​

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Another Phuket? This One In The Philippines
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Another Phuket? This One In The Philippines

Is it me or does it seem like every time a new tiki bar or hotel opens up on a Southeast Asian island, the inevitable, “The next Phuket” tag seems to creep in? Which begs […]

Video: Laos By Boat
Video: Laos By Boat

Video: Laos By Boat

Yves Schiepek took a pretty epic trip throughout Southeast Asia, including stops in Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Malaysia, documenting most of the trip here on his Vimeo page. The above video is taken from the […]

Exploring Cambodia And Vietnam Through The Eyes Of “La Marguerite”
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Exploring Cambodia And Vietnam Through The Eyes Of “La Marguerite”

Most cruise lines seek to provide its customers with what I call the “Best Of” trip (e.g., “See the Best of the Mediterranean: From Scenic Livorno to the Seascapes of San Tropez”). While this is […]

So This Is The Malaysia You Want To See
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So This Is The Malaysia You Want To See

Malaysia, as a whole, is made up of thirteen states and three federal territories, with Kuala Lumpur and the more visited locations lying in the west. But, on the eastern coast of Malaysia lies Terengganu, […]

Video: When In Manila, Eat Fish Balls
Video: When In Manila, Eat Fish Balls

Video: When In Manila, Eat Fish Balls

It’s lunchtime, it’s Friday, and I know what you’re craving to eat: fish balls. Unfortunately, these tasty treats are a rare find stateside, but head to certain parts of Asia and you can find them […]

Where To Avoid The Tourists In Vietnam
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Where To Avoid The Tourists In Vietnam

This week the NYT headed off-the-beaten-path in Vietnam in search of a little respite from the hustle and bustle that is the rest of the country, and where they found it may be a little […]

Video: Why Would Anyone Want To Leave Bali?
Video: Why Would Anyone Want To Leave Bali?

Video: Why Would Anyone Want To Leave Bali?

The girls over at Something Creative decided to trek off of their home island of Bali, and head one island over to Gili Trawangan, off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia, where where the roads are […]