Southeast Asia

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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Brunei is Complicated

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Is Brunei worth visiting? It’s complicated.

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Chiang Mai Starts Here

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Chiang Mai is the new Bangkok, but what that means is up to interpretation.

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The Poor Man’s Forbidden City

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Whatever you do in Hue, be careful about what you eat—otherwise, you might have to wait a decade to truly discover the city like I did.

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Penang Starts Here

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If you spend your three days in Penang like I did, you’re sure to be privy to a similar fate.

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How to Stay Sane in Hoi An

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Of all the things to do in Hoi An, my favorite activity in this ancient town is to reminisce.

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Does Julia Roberts’ Bali Still Exist?

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The extent to which you can find Julia Roberts’ Bali depends as much on what you’re seeking as it does what you end up finding.

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