monks collecting alms in luang prabang

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 asked a guide in Vietnam about this and she …

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.

While you don’t have to be a foodie to love this day in the colorful city of Kuala Lumpur, it does involve a lot of adventurous eating – though the meals are all balanced by quite a bit of walking (so no guilt about the food consumption)!

The First Full Moon party

There is a big difference between a drinker and a partier, and I am definitely not the latter. The idea of an all-night rave with drunken tourists drinking out of communal buckets of booze – on sand of all places– sounded pretty awful, to me. But my late partner saw the world through neon-colored …