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Southeast Asia: It’s a Wrap

Monday, April 27, 2015 by Chris

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This may be as close as I ever get to Hong Kong but by golly it felt cool to be sitting in the departure lounge Thursday afternoon knowing I was in HONG freaking KONG. Until recently, the script of my life didn't contain any scenes set in the Far East, let alone shots of me screaming through Hanoi and Saigon on the back of a motorbike, or wiping dew from a deck chair at 5:30 AM as the sun snuck up on Halong Bay.

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Magical Hoi An Has It All

Monday, April 20, 2015 by Chris

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The small city of Hoi An (population 120,000), on the central coast of Vietnam, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site stuffed with architecturally significant buildings, the vast majority dating from the 15th to 19th centuries. Clay-tiled roofs, temples and snug alleyways dominate the old town, which has more recently been taken over by shops and restaurants, virtually all of them strung with silk lanterns.

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Natural Wonder of Halong Bay

Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Chris

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Vietnam's Halong Bay is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and it did not disappoint. Located off the northeast coast, the bay boasts more than 2,000 limestone pillars and islands rising sharply out of the Gulf of Tonkin. Halong means "descending dragon" in Vietnamese and the rocks and islets do look vaguely like dragon's backs emerging from the water. The bay was one of the reasons I decided to come to Vietnam; I wanted to see the grandeur for myself and it was a bit surreal to actually be there after seeing so many photos of the place, to be gazing across the emerald waters from the rooftop deck of a chartered boat.

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I Love Hanoi In the Springtime

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Chris

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Choosing a photo to sum up my few days in Hanoi was impossible. It needed to be green to reflect the fresh, leafy ambiance of the place, but it also needed water, a nod to the beautiful lakes that distinguish and elevate Vietnam’s capital city. Just as important, the photo needed colonial French or Chinese […]

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Coming Around To Cambodia

Sunday, April 12, 2015 by Chris

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Initially, I felt like everything about Siem Reap was designed to pick my pocket; by the end of my visit I was loosening the purse strings and brushing off my generosity. It took me awhile but I came around to Cambodia. It may be damn hot but it’s beautiful and iconic and shy and lovely and strong. I'm glad I came.

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