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8 Reasons Northern Vietnam Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

Thien Hau Temple in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Raging motorbikes, breathtaking natural wonders, a thriving art and culture community, the northern region of Vietnam is truly as stunning as it sounds. Covering the larger area of land and has all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, northern Vietnam is something not to be missed in your lifetime. Below are the top 8 reasons why … Read More

*NEW* Version Of My Siak Tourism Film + Amazing Race Video

My Siak Tourism Film

I grew up acting then gave it all up for a career in a cubicle. Fun stuff, right? NOT! After five years of the Office Space-lifestyle I had a midlife crisis at 24. That is why I started traveling and what has led me to where I am today. Those of you that follow my … Read More

Photo Essay: House Of Sampoerna, Cigarette Factory And Museum

Old Style Cigarette Shop At House Of Sampoerna

Located in Surabaya, the House Of Sampoerna is museum and active factory, as well as a popular tourist attraction. In 1913 Liem Seeng Tee, a Chinese immigrant to Indonesia, started what would become one of the biggest cigarette businesses in the entire country. Despite the ridiculously high number of smokers in modern Indonesia, tobacco is … Read More

First Impressions: Thailand, The Land Of Smiles

Old Man Smiling

Continuing my First Impressions series, the new country this week is Thailand, known as the Land Of Smiles. And for a good reason too. Most everywhere I’ve explored the locals have greeted me with a smile, especially in some of the more rural and non-touristy areas. However, once I started walking through the slums of … Read More

Panjat Pinang, The Slippery Traditional Game Of Indonesia

Panjat Pinang Closing Photo

From the moment I first saw this traditional game being played a few days before August 17th, Indonesian Independence Day, I knew I wanted to participate! It was so different from anything I’d ever seen before but the enjoyment and comradery amongst not just the participants but also the spectators was undeniable. Luckily after being … Read More