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Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

To wrap up our 3 1/2 month honeymoon, we decided to head back to the beach. An hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City, and just a few miles off the Cambodian coast, Phú Quốc Island has been described as what “Phuket used to be”… lots of countryside, few tourists, and very little development. Staying [...]

Saigon, Vietnam

Our journey from Bali continued with a brief layover in Singapore, and a flight onward to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I have to admit, I felt a little anxious about visiting Vietnam, given America’s history with the country. Would we feel welcomed, or scorned by the local people? Would we always have to be [...]

Bali, Indonesia

Our relaxation theme continued from Phuket, on to Bali, Indonesia, where we searched for the perfect beach – Sanur (quieter, a bit dirty, with beautiful white sand and blue water), Nusa Dua (the hotel beaches seemed nice; the public beach a bit dirty), Dreamland (fun for watching surfers, with a neck-twisting shore break), Padang Padang [...]

Phuket, Thailand

We took the short flight from Bangkok to the famous (or perhaps infamous) island of Phuket, deciding that we wanted to incorporate some relaxing beach time into our trip. Of all the islands I looked into, Phuket seemed to provide the best value. Phuket is fairly commercial and touristy, but that was what we expected. [...]

Bangkok, Thailand

Our Thailand adventure began with a mistaken hotel booking outside the Bangkok city center. I had managed to mix up which hotel we were to stay at, and had our taxi drop us off in the Ramkhamhaeng neighborhood, not too far from the airport. But what had been a mistake became a blessing, as we [...]

Pokhara, Nepal

From Kathmandu, we took the short, one-hour flight to the city of Pokhara – best known as the launching point for trekkers doing the Annapurna Circuit. Our visit to Pokhara coincided with the Nepali New Year, and we were fortunate to see several street celebrations and parades. The weather in Pokhara was quite cool and [...]

Kathmandu, Nepal

My apologies to the one billion Indians in existence – but after a month in India, Nepal was a breath of fresh air. And given how dusty Kathmandu is, that’s saying a lot. It’s not that we didn’t love our India experience. We did. We saw vast palaces, ate the tastiest food, and had crazy [...]

Rajasthan & Agra, India

The largest state in India, Rajasthan is well-known as the land of the rajas, or kings. And as a popular honeymoon destination, there is no shortage of romance with its grand palaces, massive forts, and man-made lakes. Udaipur was one of our favorite destinations in all of India… fairly clean streets, fabulous food, and amazing [...]

Delhi, India

Delhi is huge, crowded, and sometimes dirty – but it all seemed manageable. Were we adjusting to life in India? We started our city tour by stopping at the majestic Jama Masjid – India’s largest mosque. After removing our shoes and being outfitted with long skirts to hide our naked legs, our guide walked us [...]

Goa, India

The Portuguese colonial state of Goa is probably best known for its hippy beach party scene – but we avoided that completely. Instead, we enjoyed walking around the town of Panaji and its pretty Fontainhas and Sao Tomé neighborhoods, and took a day trip to various north Goan beaches. We ate the traditional Goan dish [...]