Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn

I spent 45 days traveling solo in Thailand. From getting lost in Bangkok to rafting through a bat-filled cave to meditating with monks in Chiang Dao, I learned the hard way so that you don’t have to! Here are the top 10 things I learned:

monkey statue in the ubud monkey forest

When the weather heats up in the summertime, I am reminded of the month that I spent in a bungalow just outside the Monkey Forest in Ubud and the overarching lesson that I learned there: The jungle ALWAYS wins.

Luang Prabang

Making a Wish for a Second Life in Laos: Outside of temples and padogas across Southeast Asia, there are cages full of tiny birds. If you buy a bird and release it, this symbolic gift of freedom is believed, by some, to bring good luck or to ensure a wish will come true. I …

sidewalk eating

The food in Hanoi is – without question – some of the very best that I’ve had in all of Southeast Asia. Much of the culinary life in Hanoi takes place right on the sidewalk – from cooking soft-shell crabs to shelling sunflower seeds, to slurping noodles while perched on tiny, plastic chairs – …

My dad and I were so lucky to be in Siem Reap for the Khmer New Year or Chaul Chnam Thmey. For three days Cambodian families are out in the streets wishing each other good luck for the new year, which usually falls on April 13th or 14th based on a lunar calendar.

Old Market Siem Reap

When I returned from my daily trip to the “Old Market” in Siem Ream, I accidentally dropped one of the large, plump red grapes I had bartered for on the kitchen floor. I picked it up and, out of habit, I started to throw it away. Then I laughed at myself, shrugged and tossed …