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Vang Vieng, Laos

Reimaging Vang Vieng Vang Vieng has long been known as a hedonistic backpacker town discovered by travelers in the late 1990’s. Its gorgeous landscape is the perfect backdrop – hidden in the mountains of Laos with a lush river, caves, and lagoons. Oh, and the other appeal – it’s cheap, many more drugs are legal than what western cultures are accustom to, and restrictions are low which can tend to

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Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Oh Blue Sea You Will See The Phi Phi Islands consist of six islands. The largest, Phi Phi Don, is shaped like a butterfly, its spanning wings covered by limestone mountains and narrow body featuring two opposing sandy beaches. Phi Phi Don is the only inhabited island. Koh Phi Phi Lay is the smaller, uninhabited island that is now a national park. How To Get To Phi Phi You have

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Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai History, Now a Part of Thailand King Mangrai founded the city of Chiang Rai in 1262 and made it the capital of the Mangrai Dynasty. Later it was conquered by Burma and remained under Burmese rule until 1786 even so it was not declared a province of Thailand until 1933. Safe Sex Advocates On the rice paddy road from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, I stopped at a

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HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

What To Do In Ho Chi Minh City Learning to Walk the Vietnamese Streets Saigon was part of the kingdom of Cambodia until the 17th century, when settlers moved south, and Nguyen Lords gained control of the area. Saigon was captured by the French in 1859 and named the capital of Cochinchina a few years later. The city served as the capital of the Republic of Vietnam from 1956 until

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SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

Siem Reap Holds a Special Place in my Heart Siem Reap is a rare Southeast Asian city that politely crams your days with spectacular jaw-dropping ancient temples, enables you to soak in a five-star resort swimming pool, then jousts you down a street with endless nightlife options. When you’re hungry you have delicious traditional Khmer food, when you’re are exhausted you can choose from countless massage parlors offering an hour

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BANGKOK, THAILAND

Bangkok Travel Tips Bangkok, Thailand, is the perfect mixture of hustle and flow. It’s a thriving metropolis with crowded night markets, streets full of tuk-tuks ready to transport you where you need to go, and robust aromas of curry wafting out of crowded restaurants. The city counteracts its controlled chaos with a Buddhist serenity and laissez-faire charm. Smiling faces greet you around every corner (but be wary if they try

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DELHI, INDIA

Dehli, India, is built on layers of history. The city of Delhi consists of two general areas: Old Delhi, the historic city; and New Delhi, in the south. New Delhi began as a project in 1947, when the metropolis was declared the capital of British India. Today, New Delhi is not only the country’s capital. It’s also a very green city, crisscrossed by wide, leafy boulevards. Daily Life in Delhi

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UBUD, BALI, INDONESIA

Indonesia Travel Tips With its beautiful natural scenery, the city of Ubud, Bali, is a lush, green jewel in the Balinese crown. Offering a pristine overlay of terraced rice paddies dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, Ubud is a favorite destination for hikers, yogis, and those searching for spiritual awakening. The spiritual city maintains a balance with native wildlife, implementing the Tri Hita Karana doctrine that all creatures should live

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LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

Luang Prabang, Laos, was the ancient, royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom, until King Phothisart relocated the capital to Vientiane in 1545. Situated in Northern Laos and encircled by mountains along the Mekong River, Luang Prabang is considered the heart of Laotian culture. Laos was granted self-rule from the French in 1949. In 1989, the nation opened its land locked doors for tourist travel in Laos. The city was

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Traveling to Asia

From the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal to the majestic Mount Fuji, traveling to Asia is an unforgettable experience, full of wonders, both natural and manmade. With insane diversity and lengthy ancient history, Asia has a lot to offer tourists, as it is the biggest continent on earth, and contains an array of countries and cultures.

Whether you want to go to Nepal and trek to Everest base camp, see the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, or soak in the hectic energy of Bombay, there is enough to see and do in Asia to last a lifetime of exploration.

Why You Should Go Before You Die

Both history buffs and casual travelers alike will be awed by the amazing temples and ornate palaces of Asia. Take a boat tour of Halong Bay in Vietnam. Participate in a traditional yoga class in India. Walk through the Golden Temples in Bangkok. From the lush jungles of Thailand to the sleek urban landscape of South Korea to the hillsides of rice paddies in China, visitors have so many options when traveling through Asia.

The Imperial City in Beijing is a must-stop when traveling through China, as is attending a traditional tea ceremony in Shanghai. China is such a vast country that you need a few weeks to see it all. Some top destinations include Confucius’ hometown in coastal Qufu, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, and the Great Wall.

Known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, and Buddhist monasteries, Laos boasts an intense cultural diversity. From the Kuang Si waterfalls in Luang Prabang to limestone mountains of Vang Vieng, explore nature from the highest mountains and the coolest rivers. If you’re looking for some local foods and art, check out Talat Sao — a market packed with food, crafts, and stalls.

Made up of thousands of volcano islands, it can be hard to decide what to see first in Indonesia. Known for its beaches, jungles, and wild animals like Komodo dragons, elephants, and tigers, everywhere you look is full of adventure. Visit the sprawling capital of Jakarta for gamelan music and traditional puppetry, as well as the lush green jewel of Ubud with its Hindu temples and shrines.

Lara’s Advice

A good idea when you are traveling to Asia is to plan your trip around a holiday or festival. Asian cultures go all out for festivities, and you’ll be able to witness and participate in cultural traditions you may never be exposed to otherwise! If you visit China during the Mid Autumn Festival, you can sample the tasty mooncakes, while April is a great time to visit Thailand, as the Songkran Festival in Bangkok is basically a city wide water fight!

Another tip is to try out local culture. Traveling to Asia is the perfect time to dabble in in Eastern medicine, whether that be booking an acupuncture appointment in Shanghai or visiting a spiritual healer in Bali. You should also look into taking a local cooking class, so you can bring the flavors of your trip home.

What To Pack

When you are figuring out what to pack for India or any other exciting Asian destination, be mindful of local customs. India and other Asian countries expect women to keep their legs and shoulders covered, especially when visiting temples and other religious sites.

When you are deciding what to pack for the more traditional areas of India, China, or Vietnam, a pair of loose, wide legged pants will help you stay cool, while also being respectful to local customs. Pack thin, patterned long sleeve blouses, so you can look cute, and stay comfy, while keeping yours shoulders covered. Visiting Bali? Be sure to tuck a sports bra and leggings into your suitcase for amazing yoga classes during your vacation.

Climates and cultural expectations can vary depending on the region, so be sure to check out our specific packing guides for particular destinations when you’re traveling to Asia.