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April 2012

Riding buses in Vietnam: it’s always a daylong adventure

In Southeast Asia, I accepted that any overland journey would take a full day. Two hours, four hours, six hours: no matter what the travel agent promised you as to the length of the bus ride, you can kiss your day goodbye. I never had a bus leave on...
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Postcard from Crazy House

There's weird architecture, and then there's the Crazy House: a guesthouse that takes fantasy design to a whole new level, located in Dalat, Vietnam. One of the most bizarre buildings in the world, it rivals Gaudi's modern masterpieces in Barcelona...
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Is my heart in San Francisco?

I've seen the San Francisco skyline come into view while crossing the Bay Bridge countless times: as a kid, I loved watching for the Alcatraz spotlight and trying to spot the office building where my grandfather worked. Now, I gaze at the city built...
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Jungle Beach: the backpacker all-inclusive resort

Imagine a beach you only had to share with fellow backpackers: no screaming children or overzealous hawkers. I've been there, and let me tell you--it's awesome. At $25 a day, Jungle Beach Resort is the ultimate all-inclusive for the...
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The worst time to get sick? On a motorcycle in the heart of Vietnam

I woke up before my alarm went off and rushed to the toilet. It was clear I'd been hit with my first bout of food poisoning/stomach flu/Bali belly--whatever you want to call it, it's an awful mix of stomach cramps, diarrhea and nausea that makes you...
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Postcard from Phu Quoc

Here's something I never expected to say: my absolute favorite beach in the world is in Vietnam. I headed to Phu Quoc with a few guy friends from home on a whim: they were working in Taiwan, I was in Chiang Mai (with less than a week left on...
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Saigon After Dark: seeing HCMC nightlife on the back of a Vespa

The two things I loved most about Saigon: crossing the street and eating. The traffic is just as full-on as the countless food opportunities: both are adventures that require a heady dose of bravery and a willingness to throw caution to the...
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A Gemini traveler: the girl who can’t sit still

Versatility is a great keyword for this dual sign. Expressive and quick-witted, the Gemini presents two distinctive sides to her personality, and you can never be sure with which one you're going to come face-to-face. On one hand, the Gemini can be...
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Going to the hard places

When I was planning my first solo backpacking trip around Europe, I chatted with one of my uncles who had lived in Munich. He recommended an afternoon in the beer halls, a bike ride around Englischer Garten and a visit to Dachau Concentration...
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Postcard from Dalat

Nestled in the Central Highlands, Dalat is a cool breeze after the sweltering heat of Saigon. Known for its year-round mild temperatures and bright blooming flowers and as a kicking-off point for motorcycle tours through the mountainous region, the...
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