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By S Mandalay was our first stop in Myanmar. Before I start on Mandalay specifically, I’ll provide a little background on Myanmar. For starters, Myanmar is different than the rest of Southeast Asia. Much of this is due to the fact that it is the ‘new’ tourist destination. By that I mean the country was […]

Elephant Nature Park. Chiang Mai, Thailand.

By S Thailand is popular tourist destination. And when I say popular, I mean realllllly popular. According to Wikipedia, 29 million international tourists visited Thailand in 2015 (the total population of Thailand is 67 million, BTW). That works out to just under 80,000 tourists entering the country each day. 80K per day! If all of […]

The White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

By D Chiang Rai is a city in the most northern part of Thailand. It is close to both Laos and Myanmar. We stopped for 2 days on our way to Chiang Mai. Sleep Piman Inn Hotel — A huge hotel complex but still walkable to downtown area (although kind of a long walk). It was […]

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By D Getting to Laos from Vietnam wasn’t as straight forward as you would think. Sure, you could take an hour flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang. That sounds easy. But in this case, easy meant expensive. So what did we do instead? The next logical option. Take a two hour plane ride from Hanoi […]

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By S & D Vietnam. What to say about Vietnam? Well, it is probably best to start with our mindset before we arrived.  We were a little hesitant about visiting Vietnam. Why hesitant? Well, we had read several blog posts that commented on how tough backpacking through Vietnam could be. Below are two examples: Nomadic […]

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By D Sapa is a small mountain town located in northern Vietnam. The main attraction in Sapa is trekking due to the beautiful surrounding mountains and rice terraces and the interesting culture of the hill tribes. Sam and I hemmed and hawed for quite a while about whether we should go to Sapa, Vietnam. It […]

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By S We spent four days in Hanoi. By the time we arrived in Hanoi, we were ready to be done with Vietnam. We will discuss our reasons a bit more in the wrap-up blog post, but in summary, Vietnam can be draining. For a quick example, see “Tourist Prices” in the More section below. […]