Southeast Asia

Learning how to cook Vietnamese food in Hoi An

In my opinion, the best thing you can do in Vietnam is eat: I could live forever on prawn spring rolls, steaming bowls of pho and fresh-cut mango dipped in chili salt. After an awesome cooking class in Indonesia and learning how to make papaya salad on the street in Thailand, I was eager to find […]

May 7, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Central Highlands

The world is full of beautiful places, but Southeast Asia seems to have a monopoly on unspoiled landscapes. I’ve been awestruck by the jutting limestone cliffs of Railay, the sweeping white beaches and leaning palms of Phu Quoc, the stunning sunsets on Gili Trawangan. But the Central Highlands in Vietnam was overwhelming: from floating villages […]

May 3, 2012 Continue reading…

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…

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…