Thursday, April 24th, 2014

A Frog Named Lady Gaga: Australia Day in Hanoi

Today is Australia Day — and I’d love to wish a very happy Australia Day to my beloved Australian readers. This time last year, I was in Hanoi, Vietnam, and celebrated Australia Day for the first time…in a truly unique fashion. I was staying at the excellent Hanoi Backpackers, home to one of the best [...]

Things that Surprised Me About Thailand

One year ago today, I landed in Bangkok and began my six-month journey around Southeast Asia — and, though I didn’t know it yet, a life of full-time travel. I had prepared for Thailand — I had read the guidebooks, perused the photo galleries, and had read hundreds of blog posts on the country.  But [...]

The Most Beautiful Places in Southeast Asia

One of the highlights of spending extended time in Southeast Asia was that I got to see so much beauty, and so many different kinds of beauty. Here are the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia: Thailand’s Andaman Coast Clear turquoise water, limestone cliffs, white sand, longtail boats — this is the Thailand of postcards, [...]

Photo Essay: Cute Kids in Laos and Cambodia

One of the joys of traveling Southeast Asia is the children. In Laos and Cambodia, however, they were very special.  Little kids would run up to me and give me high fives.  Older kids would shyly come over to practice their English.  Whenever I rode my on a motorbike, kids of all ages would wave [...]

Seminyak: Kuta’s Sexy Older Sister

It’s no secret that I wasn’t a fan of Kuta, the most popular beach resort town in Bali. But if you want to escape Kuta, you don’t have to go far — just visit Seminyak.  Seminyak is part of the Kuta area, but it’s so different that it could be a different island. Instead of [...]

The Most Overrated Places in Southeast Asia

I adore Southeast Asia — and I especially treasure my favorite places in this part of the world. But not every place captured my fancy, though I found something to love about every place I visited. Here are my picks for the most overrated places in Southeast Asia: Koh Phi Phi, Thailand Koh Phi Phi was [...]

The Things I Did WRONG in Southeast Asia

Well, yesterday, you heard about the things I did RIGHT in Southeast Asia.  And whether or not you enjoyed that list, be serious…you couldn’t wait to hear about the stuff I did WRONG. Grab the popcorn. Here we go — the things I did WRONG in Southeast Asia! I didn’t take my passport when the [...]

The Things I Did RIGHT in Southeast Asia

Now that it’s been a few months since I’ve left Asia, I’ve been able to take a step back and view my travels with a more objective eye. Though I had some setbacks, I did well on this trip. Here are the things I did RIGHT during my six months in Southeast Asia: I was [...]

Adventurous Kate Eats 10 Chili Peppers In a Row

There’s not a lot to do in Pakse, Laos. It may be the largest city in the region — but we’re talking about one of Asia’s least developed countries.  While it’s a great jumping-off point for exploring the Bolaven Plateau by motorbike, the city itself isn’t that exciting. Sometimes, you need to make your own [...]

The Hot Bradley Cooper Lookalike

It was New Year’s Day and I was in Bangkok with my friends Chris, Jon and Mona. After our wild New Year’s Eve celebration the night before, we were taking it easy, grabbing some food on our favorite street corner. And then this guy sat down next to us. It was Bradley Cooper’s double. Clearly, [...]