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Top 10 Things To Do In Luang Prabang, Laos – Part 1

As my flight was fast approaching Luang Prabang last month, I got goose bumps getting reacquainted with the beauty of northern Laos. Much of the time we were flying over the winding Mekong, and always nearby were fold upon fold of lush, green mountain ridges. As much as I was already looking forward to experiencing [...]

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Voluntourism Trip To Cambodia A Huge Success!

Last week I got back from a month in Southeast Asia, and I am very happy and excited to say that the voluntourism trip I helped lead in Cambodia was a massive success! The WOWi team, consisting of members from various parts of the United States, worked closely with the Ponheary Ly Foundation to teach [...]

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The Rugged Beauty Of Nicaragua

When the subject of Nicaragua comes up many people immediately think of the awful civil war that took place there during the 1980’s between the Sandinistas and the Contras. No doubt those were some extremely difficult times for the largest country in Central America, but unfortunately too many people still think of the place as [...]

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Be Thankful This Holiday Season – We Are So Lucky To Get To Travel!

Overall I really do like Christmas, because it’s one of the few times of the year that I usually get to spend some quality time with my family. However I don’t really like the hyper consumerism part of Christmas. I have nothing against the giving of gifts per se at all, especially to the kiddos. [...]

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Some Interesting Facts About Angkor Wat

Although I personally sometimes kind of cringe at the idea of going to a place just because everyone else seems to want to go there, Angkor Wat is definitely one of those international travel destinations that I genuinely believe any well-seasoned traveler should visit at least once in their lives. As Lonely Planet described it [...]

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Five Of The Best Festivals in Southeast Asia

One of the best ways to experience another culture in a colorful and meaningful way is to attend a festival that is important to whichever country you are going to visit. This of course is true pretty much anywhere in the world, and Southeast Asia is no exception. Here are five memorable festivals that will [...]

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Photography and Education Voluntourism Project In Cambodia

As many of you know I’ve been working as the Director of Overseas Projects for a nonprofit organization in Austin, TX called WOWi – the Windows of Wonder Institute. Below is a story about the organization’s current project in Cambodia that I wrote and was published in Wandering Educators recently. We are currently looking for [...]

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Short Video On Koh Lanta, Thailand – Paradise Not Yet Lost!

If you prefer a more ‘old school’ Thai beach experience, then you should definitely consider Koh Lanta.  Here are some short video clips that I took of the place. This island has everything from basic bungalows to first class resorts. And since it hasn’t been overrun yet with development you can still find that Robinson [...]

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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Bali

Bali, sometimes referred to as the Island of the Gods, is a relatively small island in the middle of Indonesia, an archipelago of about 13,000 islands south of the Philippines and north of Australia. For anyone who hasn’t been there they may wonder, why do so many people like it as a travel destination and [...]

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Ho Chi Minh City Or Hanoi?

I recently received a question from a friend of mine that I have actually gotten from other people a few other times in the past. He and his girlfriend are planning an upcoming trip to Southeast Asia where they hope to visit a few places in Thailand and Vietnam. Since, like most people, their time [...]

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50 Of The Greatest Travel Quotes Of All Time

Meaningful travel quotes help remind travelers why they instinctively yearn for the open road throughout their lives. And for those who are perhaps contemplating that first big trip, certain words of wisdom may encourage them to actually take the plunge that will forever change theirs. Here are 50 of the greatest travel quotes of all [...]

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Top 10 Reasons To Travel To Southeast Asia

For the uninitiated Southeast Asia may have a nice ring to its name, but other than that they may not really understand why they should consider traveling there. With so many other places in the world to visit, many of which they know much more about, why take a trip to this particular region of [...]

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A Very Brief History Of Thai Food

I enjoy all the various cuisines in Southeast Asia, but the food in Thailand is by far my favorite, probably my favorite in the whole world. So I have often wondered, how did the food there get to be so much more diverse and complex than the fare in nearby countries that have pretty much [...]

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Top 10 Destinations In Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the hottest travel destinations in the world these days. According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism travelers from all over the world helped tourism grow there by an astonishing 34.8% in 2010! Its wonderful natural beauty, ancient traditions, and historical attractions are getting more and more attention of world travelers. [...]

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WOWi Project To Help Educate Disadvantaged Children In Cambodia

Last October while traveling in Cambodia my girlfriend and I met an extraordinary woman named Ponheary Ly. During the 1970’s the Khmer Rouge killed many of the country’s intellectuals and educators, including her father and thirteen other members of her family. Ponheary somehow miraculously survived, and later on she became a teacher herself, knowing that [...]

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