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.

A Crash Course in Vietnam Visas

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It’s tempting to think of a Vietnam visa on arrival as easy and stress-free, especially if you’ve never been to Vietnam.

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Fairytales of Hanoi

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It’s tempting to create your Hanoi itinerary based on fairytales—I should know.

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The Truth About the Koh Yao Islands

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For most travelers, the question of “Koh Yao Yai or Koh Yao Noi” doesn’t register.

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Halong Bay for Fancy Folks

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I’m not sure the end result of a Halong Bay luxury cruise is any different than an ordinary one.

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Why I Trust My Teeth to Thailand

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The topic of dental work in Thailand is a complex one, to say the least.

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Are the Cameron Highlands Worth a Trip?

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A couple days in the Cameron Highlands on your way between Kuala Lumpur and Penang is absolutely a good idea, if only because it’s en route. On the other hand, you should be prepared for what to expect.

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From Laos to Thailand (or Back)

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Traveling from Laos to Thailand is easier than it’s ever been, whether you go by train or take a flight.

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Is Jakarta Really So Bad?

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The secret to people’s feelings about Jakarta is in its nickname, “The Big Durian.”

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