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  • Trip Report: Seven Days in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    I have mostly fond memories of my two trips to Phnom Penh – the cultural vibrancy, the laid-back vibes, the nightlife, the excellent foreign cuisine – the city was just such a cool place. But those trips were over five years ago, and both me and the city have surely changed a lot in that time. So can Phnom Penh still hold on to its former glory? Read this trip report to find out.

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  • Trip Report: Seven Days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Nightscape of Ho Chi Minh City and the Saigon River

    In part two of my Vietnam trip report, I find myself down south in Ho Chi Minh City for the third time in my life. I previously had mixed feelings about Vietnam’s largest city, so will anything change this time around over five years later? Read this trip report to learn my third impressions of Vietnam’s famous city in the south and just how it compares to its famous city in the north.

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  • Trip Report: Seven Days in Hanoi, Vietnam

    After a long five year hiatus, I’ve once again found myself in Vietnam. My two week trip starts in the capital of Hanoi, and then ends in the megacity of Saigon. Though I’ve been in the country twice before, it’s actually my first in Hanoi. Did I wait eight years too long to see Vietnam’s cultural capital, or is it just a visit once then never again kind of city? Read this trip report to find out what the former capital of French Indochina is really like in 2017.

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  • Trip Report: Seven Days in Shenyang, Liaoning, China

    Liaoning Broadcast and TV Tower in Shenyang, China

    Just when I was about to declare this year’s trip to Northeast China a giant flop, Shenyang came in to rescue my fleeting hope for the country. But what set Shenyang apart from neighboring Chinese cities like Changchun, Yanji, and Mudanjiang? How could it even be that much different? Read this trip report to find out what made Shenyang – the largest city in Northeast China – well worth a visit.

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  • Trip Report: Eight Days in Busan, South Korea

    Busan as Seen from Gamcheon Culture Village

    After giving Seoul a second chance six and a half years after my first visit, the city was quite a letdown. But all hope is not lost, as my trip is only half way over, and I have a whole ‘nother city to explore. Can Busan, South Korea’s second largest city located on the coast in the southeast, help redeem the country? I spent eight days in the seaside city to discover the answer to that very question. Read more to find out what I learned about “Dynamic Busan” and whether or not it’s worth stopping by.