Southeast Asia Travel

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

Monday, August 9, 2010

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 Mayles helped ensure a rate […]

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Banh Mi

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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 WSJ recently examined, the French […]

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

Monday, August 2, 2010

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 be free from the vicious […]

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The People You See When You Drive

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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 six-month-long journey from Melbourne to […]

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Your Best Meal In Saigon Is Made By This Woman

Friday, July 23, 2010

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 followers and elevating her little […]

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Another Phuket? This One In The Philippines

Friday, July 16, 2010

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 the question: how many Phukets can there be, and do we really need or want more than one? This week […]

Video: Laos By Boat

Video: Laos By Boat

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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 Laos portion of his trip where, it appears, he spent much of the time tooling around on a speedboat checking […]

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

Thursday, July 1, 2010

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 probably a very lovely way to sail and explore, I often want to experience all of what a country has […]

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So This Is The Malaysia You Want To See

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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, a state where ethnic Malays make up a majority of the population, and travelers are a distinct minority, most choosing […]

Video: When In Manila, Eat Fish Balls

Video: When In Manila, Eat Fish Balls

Friday, May 28, 2010

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 everywhere. Fish balls in the Philippines, for example, are usually made from cuttlefish or pollock, and are sold all over […]

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