SE Asia

7 Reasons Why Malaysia Is Awesome

If you haven’t been to Malaysia yet, you’re doing it wrong. “It” being anything from adventure activities, lounging at the beach, appreciating architecture and history, eating foreign cuisine, and/or experiencing cultural diversity. One of the most underrated travel destinations in Southeast Asia, this place has it all! Below are 6 reasons why Malaysia should be next on your traveler’s bucket list.


contradiction

April is the hottest month in Thailand (averaging 35 degrees C) and I am almost melting away at this point. Our school celebrated another random Buddhist holiday on a Friday so some teachers from my school booked a couple rooms in the close beach town, Pattaya to sit by the ocean, relax in the pool and get away from it all.

flooding in Cambodia

We arrived in Siem Reap to explore ancient temples and fabulous wonders late last night. The drive from Phnom Penh was beautiful, water surrounding the road everywhere you look, sometimes covering the road. There were many huts and small towns along the way and I was saddened to see many of them were flooded or had water up to the door when the house was on stilts. Rainy season in Asia. I guess you get used to it?

Our tuk-tuk drove us to some guesthouses to find one in our budget and as we passed the river through the center town, we realized we might be getting wet.  After a long night of (not exaggerating) torrential down pouring, we woke up to this...

history

I've been very lazy lately, I had meant to blog more often, since we are traveling so slowly and I have the time. Yet I find myself always finding something else to do! From laying on the beach, to walking through a street market and stopping at several vendors for some snacks (fried bananas, YUM!), or learning about the history of the country I am falling in love with. Talking with everyone, tuk tuk drivers and children, makes you think about what's fair in the world and sometimes question God, and that takes a lot of time! After riding go karts or spending our day at a museum that was once a school then turned into a Khmer Rouge prison and torture house for four years, we can finish off our night with dinner, where we share our meal with a 6 year old boy with holes in his clothes, who eats every grain of rice, even the vegetables he obviously didn't like.

Good morning Viet Nam

Just a quick thought on this hot evening in Viet Nam while the whole country is celebrating their National Independence day from France, we just returned from the Central Highlands where it was cold and rainy. We drove scooters over 300 km (I drove my own, my first time driving in over a year and first time ever on a motorbike, I did pretty damn good if I do say so) and it was a beautiful drive through lush, green jungle. I love this country and love traveling slowly through it. Soon we will head away from the beach to Saigon, then cross into Cambodia through the Mekong Delta. SE Asia is my heaven.



it is what it is.

The time has come, I can't believe it, this year has flown by! Feels like I was just packing my bags having no idea what to expect of the country and life I was heading to. And here I go again, embarking on yet another adventure, with no idea what the future holds for me. Quite literally, I have no real travel itinerary (this is in my opinion, the only way to travel!) except I have until October to get from Hanoi, Vietnam to Thailand where I will find a job teaching English, in a town still undetermined. Possibly the craziest or bravest thing I have done up to this point in my life (and I have done a lot of crazy shit.)

SE Asia: Part 1 – Malaysia & Singapore

My job had a two-week break between semesters, so I decided to take a whirlwind tour of 4  southeast Asian countries: Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia. I had actually planned to hit up some of the Indonesian islands as well, but it just didn’t work out in my favor.


SE Asia: Part 2 Vietnam & Cambodia

This is a continuation (trip) from SE Asia: Part 1


wandering mind


Lunar New Year in Taiwan

Taiwan was my pick for spending this past holiday, Lunar New Year. In many Asian countries, people celebrate the calendar based on the moon rather than the sun. This is true of Korea as well as China. Thus, I was privileged to have 3 weekdays off from work, which also happened to be next to a weekend! Woot woot! Consequently, with 5 days off, I had to go somewhere, right!?!

My friend, Meagan and I decided Taiwan would be a good choice, with its warmer climate, island feel, and close proximity to Korea, it seemed an ideal choice.  Since Taiwan is considered to be a Chinese territory, they too would be celebrating the new year. Meagan and I had never traveled together before, but given how well we meshed as friends and after conversations about our traveling styles, we decided to give it a go.


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