Saturday, December 20th, 2014

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Adventurous Kate’s Top 10 Adventures in Southeast Asia

You know how much I live for adventures! My six months in Asia were filled with them, and I don’t regret any of them.  I’ll be telling these stories forever. But some of the adventures were a lot better than others. Here are my top 10 adventures in Southeast Asia: Fighting Muay Thai in Koh [...]

My Favorite Places in Southeast Asia

Since coming home — and even before coming home — I’ve been asked one question more than any other: “What was your favorite place?” I could never narrow it down to one! To me, my destinations are like my children — I could never say I love one more than all the others! That said, [...]

How I Almost Got Banned From Vietnam

If you thought my border crossing from Laos to Cambodia was problematic, it had NOTHING on my crossing from Laos to Vietnam! Vietnam is one of the few countries in Southeast Asia that requires a visa in advance – you can’t get it at the border.  So I ordered it from a travel agency in [...]

Don’t Leave Before You’re Ready.

I left Koh Lanta before I was ready. I left Sihanoukville before I was ready. I left Vang Vieng before I was ready. These were all enormous mistakes. Of course, I had my reasons at the time.  I had to leave Koh Lanta because Matt had to return to America, and we wanted to meet [...]

Traditional Lao Barbecue in Luang Prabang

I may not have been a fan of Luang Prabang, but I did have one excellent experience: traditional Lao Barbecue at Lao Lao Garden restaurant in Luang Prabang. Lao Lao Garden claims to have the only traditional Lao barbecue place in the city. (Again, this is what bothers me about Luang Prabang – if it’s so traditional, [...]

Confession: I can’t stand Luang Prabang.

Ah, Luang Prabang.  The jewel of Indochina.  The city about which everyone raves.  Naturally, I could only love it, couldn’t I? Well, here’s the truth: Luang Prabang made my skin crawl and I had to get the hell out of there. Blasphemy, eh?  It might as well be, because just about every travel blogger in [...]