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 time, yet travel agents never fail […]

April 30, 2012 Continue reading…

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 and Salvador Dali’s surrealist paintings in terms of outlandish imagination. Designed by the daughter of […]

April 26, 2012 Continue reading…

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 on seven hills and wonder why I can’t be happy living in […]

April 25, 2012 Continue reading…

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 budget-conscious traveler: it includes a basic room with mosquito net, a locker with key lock, three square […]

April 23, 2012 Continue reading…

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 want to curl up on the couch with a […]

April 20, 2012 Continue reading…

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 my visa), and we all wanted […]

April 19, 2012 Continue reading…

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 wind. The Saigon After Dark tour with Vietnam Vespa Adventures was an incredible way […]

April 18, 2012 Continue reading…