Scam Culture Part 2: Is Vietnam Even Worth the Trouble?

If you read our recent article about what seems to many to be a cultural propensity for scamming foreigners in Vietnam, you already know that if you do plan to go there you can expect to be cheated, overcharged, constantly touted, and possible even intimidated and abused. I personally still think a visit to Vietnam can be worth it, depending on what you are looking for – thought […]

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Scam Culture Part 1: Is Vietnam Even Worth the Trouble?

Talk to people who have visited Vietnam and you often get mixed reviews. Even some of the most seasoned of travelers come to spend time in this fascinating country and report harsher treatment than in any other Southeast Asian country. So, what’s really going on? Are those who have issues just sensitive travelers used to being spoon-fed, or is there really something awry on the trail in Vietnam?
After all, […]

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Living in Chiang Mai: 4 Areas for Long-Term Expats and Travelers to Settle In

Settling down in a foreign city can be a nerve-wracking endeavor. You’re not only far away from home, often with no friends to speak of, but you don’t know what fair rental prices are. Nor get around the city to find the apartments in the first place—let alone find the safest, most livable neighborhoods.
I can’t walk that journey for you, but I can at least point you in […]

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Approaching the Southeast Asian Toilet With Caution

Approaching the Southeast Asian Toilet With Caution

If you’re new on the traveling circuit, particularly in Southeast Asia, one of the biggest stumbling blocks to hit you when you get off the plane and charge up your bowels with some out of this world spices is the toilet situation. And believe me, after your first couple dishes of the delicious food from the region, you are bound to get, what they call in Thailand, a bout of […]

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Staying Fit on The Road

More and more people nowadays are shifting towards a more health conscious way of life, but it isn’t always easy to stick to the plan when you throw traveling and holidays into the mix. Most people have the best of intentions when they go away on vacation, they bring the runners, the yoga pants and pedometers, which unfortunately, rarely get unpacked. It’s seems to be a lot easier to just […]

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When in Thailand, Speak Thai

So you’re thinking of going to Thailand and want the low down?  You are in for a rare treat to be able to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this exotic culture first hand.  Whether for business or pleasure, long stay or short visit, you will not want to leave Thailand when the time comes.  You will have memories for a lifetime and will always have a longing […]

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Thailand: The Perfect Place for All Inclusive Romantic Getaways

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Every wedding has to be followed by a romantic getaway.
Whether you have conservative ideas about marriage or not, this is the rule that most, if not all, should adhere to. This is because the time used during the honeymoon is spent strengthening the bond between husband and […]

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Don’t Be a Travel Snob: 5 Reasons It’s Ok to Stick to the Tourist Track Sometimes

If you’ve read a lot of my articles, you probably know that I am big on getting off the tourist track and seeing some “authentic” local living—because in my experience, a lot of travelers see a candied up, worn out, and expensive side of the countries they visit. I could go on all day with reasons why, really, but then, I do that already. Today, I want […]

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Thailand Taboo: 5 Ways to Mind Your Feet

In one of my recent articles, I talked about the Thai taboo of touching people’s heads, and today I want to talk about the complete opposite—the human foot. While the head is considered a sacred part of the human body, the foot is considered the dirtiest (as it probably is) and also the least sacred. This may have come about to be due to sanitary concerns of the […]

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Thailand Taboo: Hands Off…My Head That Is

My time in Thailand is coming to a close, and I’m not done writing about it by any means, but I do want to make it a point to cover some of the major “don’t do that’s” before I pack my bags and head out the door. After all, it’s often what we don’t know rather than what we do know that gets us in trouble on the road, […]

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