Six and a half years is a long time away from a country, and that’s exactly how long has passed since the last time I visited South Korea. In the summer of 2016, I finally made my way back to Seoul, Korea’s sprawling capital, but this time with years of travel and living overseas experience under my belt. So can my 2016 self possibly see the city in the same light as my old 2010 self? Read on to find out what kind of vibes I got from “the Soul of Asia” the second time around.
Up until this point, my vision of Japan revolved around Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto region. I haven’t been the world’s biggest fan of Japan up to this point either. Can Kyoto, an old and cultural city on the other side of Japan, come in and save the day? Have I just been looking at Japan through the wrong lens this entire time? Read my trip report to find out what I learned about Kyoto, Japan’s overwhelmingly-loved-by-all former capital city.
Staying in a Mongolian yurt was a unique experience wildly different than anything else I’ve ever done in Asia. If you’ve ever wondered what life in a yurt is like, then read part two of my Ulaanbaatar trip report to learn all the details. What’s there to do, cooking, bathing, using the toilet – no stone is left unturned!
Ulaanbaatar is an off-the-grid city for most travelers to Asia, but does it deserve to be? I spent ten icy cold days there to find the answer to this question. The locals, the ladies, the weather, the sites, the food, and so much more – you can find out what Mongolia’s capital city is really like right here. Spoiler alert: it was worth waiting for!