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My 1-Month Cambodia Travel Itinerary

by Audrey June 18, 2014

Cambodia was the second country I visited during my big backpacking trip around Southeast Asia, and I ended up spending a whole month there. It was a slow-paced month of travel and I managed to cover 4 different destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang and Sihanoukville. Not every destination was a hit and there were a few travel hiccups along the way, but for anyone planning a similar journey, here’s a look at how I structured my month in Cambodia: Phnom Penh (4 days) Phnom Penh was not my favourite city, however, I do think it’s an important place to visit as [...]

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My 1-Month Malaysia Travel Itinerary

by Audrey May 25, 2014

Over the course of my year backpacking around Southeast Asia, I went to Malaysia a total of 3 times! I think it’s fair to say that I really enjoyed my time in the country. For anyone planning a similar trip, I wanted to share with you my 1-month Malaysia travel itinerary which included stops in 4 destinations: Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown, and the Cameron Highlands. Melaka / Malacca – 9 days – Melaka was my first destination in Malaysia and it completely took me by surprise! I came here not knowing what to expect and I found myself staying in [...]

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My 1-Month Vietnam Travel Itinerary

by Audrey April 4, 2014

I was determined to experience as much of Vietnam as possible during my 1 month of travel through the country. My journey started in Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam, and over the course of my 4 weeks there, I slowly worked my way north to Hanoi via buses and trains. Covering a total of 7 destinations, this was definitely one of my busiest months of travel in Southeast Asia, however, I also feel that this pace allowed me to thoroughly experience Vietnam as a whole. For anyone planning a similar trip across the length of the country, here’s [...]

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The Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Chiang Mai

by Audrey March 29, 2014

Over the course of my year travelling in Southeast Asia, I have spent a considerable amount of time living and eating my way around Chiang Mai. One of the first things I noticed about this city is that it is very health conscious – I don’t think I have ever been to a place where the words vegetarian, vegan, and wheatgrass shots appear in so many menus – but that’s Chiang Mai for you. Healthy, raw, and delicious! For anyone heading out to Chiang Mai, here are a few of my favourite vegetarian friendly restaurants in the city: Dada Kafe [...]

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A day spent feeding, bathing, and marvelling at Elephants

by Audrey March 24, 2014

One of the things that I was most looking forward to in Thailand was getting to see elephants, so just a few days before bidding Chiang Mai farewell, I finally made it over to the Elephant Nature Park. Set in the lush countryside of Northern Thailand, the Elephant Nature Park is both a rescue centre and a sanctuary that is currently home to 37 elephants: 32 of them females and 5 of them males. Each of the elephants at ENP has a unique story to tell, and while some of the younger ones were lucky enough to be born in this [...]

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Singapore: An Innovative, Artistic, and Liveable City

by Audrey March 18, 2014

Singapore is a destination that completely took me by surprise. Based on the descriptions I had heard from certain locals and visitors, I shouldn’t have liked this city state at all. They described it as a dull, orderly, expensive, and over-surveilled concrete jungle that wasn’t worth lingering in. While I can see a sliver of truth behind these statements, I think it’s a bit harsh to wither the city down to that. Yes, Singapore is more expensive than the rest of Southeast Asia, but business is booming here and there are so many cool start-ups pushing new ideas. Yes, Singapore [...]

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Sipping Singapore Slings at the Raffles Hotel

by Audrey March 16, 2014

“Would you like me to clear the table for you, madame?” With one swoop of his arm he brushed the peanut shells off the table and they fell to the growing pile on the floor. I stared at the waiter with mild horror and walked towards my seat crunching the peanut shells under my feet. Did he really just do that? I had come to the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel for the same reason everyone else does; to sip on a Singapore Sling in the very hotel where the drink was invented in the early 1900s. Inside the [...]

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia

by Audrey March 16, 2014

While I was in Bali a few weeks back, I visited a few of the island’s attractions and even climbed a volcano, but most of my days were mainly spent at the beach or at the pool. I didn’t really dive into Bali’s cultural and historic sites, which is why I was happy when Julia offered to share about some of Indonesia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Let’s have a look! When I arrived in Bali, on what was a somewhat last-minute holiday, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, I had heard that the Indonesian Archipelago is home to no less than 8 [...]

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Just chilling out in Bali

by Audrey March 14, 2014

I recently spent two weeks in Bali and while I have very few photos to show for it, I really really enjoyed my time on the island! The past few months have been quite action packed – perhaps we’ve been trying to see too much in too little time – however things changed when we got to Bali. We purposely chose hotels that were a little removed from the center of town, and most importantly, hotels that had nice big swimming pools! I had a total of 2 days of sightseeing around the island, and the rest of the time [...]

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Defying Mount Batur: Climbing an Active Volcano in Bali

by Audrey March 4, 2014

12:40 a.m. 1:22 a.m. 2:11 a.m. I kept waking up all night thinking of my impending doom. It all started when I went for a walk around Ubud on my first day in Bali. Wandering up and down the streets photographing ornate doorways and temples, I came across a sign offering treks up an active volcano. An active volcano? That certainly caught my attention. Indonesia is laden with volcanoes, but how often do you get to climb one? With my curiosity piqued, I went into the travel agency and got a bit more information about the excursion – a 3:00 [...]

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Dishes you’ll want to try in Vietnam!

by Audrey February 22, 2014

Oh, Vietnam! The nation that left me wishing there were more mealtimes in the day. I’ve already talked about how much I enjoyed travelling through the country, and one of the main reasons was the food! Whether I was eating fresh veggie rolls or sipping on a hot bowl of soup, every dish I tasted was wondrous! One of the things I liked about Vietnamese cuisine was that it was quite healthy. They used less oils and fats than a lot of other Asian foods, and there was a strong emphasis on fresh vegetables. I also liked the fresh and [...]

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A Warm Welcome Back to Malaysia

by Audrey February 22, 2014

Last year Sam and I started our Southeast Asia adventure with a one way ticket to Malaysia. It was the dead of winter in South Korea, and after a year working as an English teacher, I was ready for a drastic change of scenery. Malaysia offered exactly that as the two of us spent an entire month meandering around the mainland with stops in Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown and the Cameron Highlands. You’d think a month would have been enough, but one year later, we are back again! This time with Sam’s parents and a family friend. I really enjoyed my [...]

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Laos via Instagram

by Audrey February 19, 2014

I just finished a 2 week trip through Laos but before I start writing about it, I wanted to share a few of my favourite snaps from my time there. While I’m sometimes bad at bringing my camera along when I go out for a walk in a new place, ever since I got Instagram I’ve been documenting more of my daily life wherever I may be. Here’s a little sneak peek at Laos through photos of temples, frangipanis and food!   Ahh, travelling down the Mekong River by slow boat proved to be quite the adventure. While the views on the last [...]

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Valentine’s Day + A Few Strange Romantic Holidays in South Korea

by Audrey February 11, 2014

I’m going to make a bold statement here and say that South Korea is the most romantic country in the world! Yes, more romantic than the sparkling Eiffel Tower at nightfall, more romantic than a gondola ride down the canals in Venice, and more romantic than dancing tango in the streets of Buenos Aires. (Okay, so maybe tango in Argentina is at a tie with South Korea…) I know, you’re probably thinking, “Umm, what exactly does Korea have going on in the romance department?” Well, thirteen romance filled holidays, to be precise. Diary Day – January 14 The first month of romance [...]

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The Slow Boat to Laos: Drugs, Jail, and a Mutiny

by Audrey February 7, 2014

“Oh my gosh, guys! We have to get mushroom shakes for breakfast tomorrow morning!!!” I turn my head around; it’s the same Aussie girl who managed to introduce herself to the older British couple by dropping the word ‘shit’ in her greeting. She has now moved on to broadcasting all the cheap drugs she plans on consuming in Southeast Asia. “And the pizzaaaas! If you ask for a ‘happy pizza’ they’ll give you one that has marijuana. Isn’t that awesooome?!” I roll my eyes at Sam. Is this who I have for company on the 2 day boat journey to [...]

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