Southeast Asia

Got your sights set on Southeast Asia? Check out the advice, stories and tips I can offer thanks to my many trips to the region, which have seen me visit the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam and important tourist attractions like Angkor Wat, Putrajaya and the Singapore Zoo.

Is Thailand Cheap?

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Today’s post aims to separate fact from fiction—is Thailand actually that cheap?

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All Malaysia’s Best-Fed Vanity

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Malaysia, Truly Asia. Does vanity get better fed than that?

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Three Days in Kuala Lumpur

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The truth of my history here (which I’ll explain in the body of this post) is complicated. Thankfully, enjoying three days in Kuala Lumpur is not.

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The Most Beautiful Balloon Flight in the World—Or Not

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Riding a balloon over the 2,000 temples of Bagan, Myanmar has been on my bucket list since 2010, when my maiden voyage to the then-pariah country ended in near-death food poisoning.

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Is This Asia’s Most Relaxing River Trip?

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A slow boat down the Irrawaddy River between the city of Mandalay and Bagan, which is famous for its 2,000 temples.

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Are These the Most Beautiful Islands in Southeast Asia?

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What if I told you the best islands in Southeast Asia were in Myanmar?

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Three Blissful Days in Bangkok

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My recommendations for three days in Bangkok are not exhaustive—how could they be, in a city as vast and ever-changing as this?—but they are exceptional.

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Why I’ve Got to Get Back to Saigon

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I’ve wanted to return to Vietnam, in general, since almost the day I left, but Saigon in particular has changed and evolved in ways that belie the near-seven years that have passed.

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