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Not exactly China!

Hong Kong, Pearl of the Orient, City of Life, Asia’s World City – so many names for one city.  A large busy city with impeccable public transportation and quite possibly one of the most vertical cities built.  The center of trade of hundreds of years, a major harbor, and history dating back to nearly 40,000 years ago, and people from every part of the world, Hong Kong is most definitely a sight to see. First off, before I can even get to Hong Kong I have to leave Vietnam.  Up to this point I have not had any issues on my trip, but now as I am going through Vietnam’s immigration to

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A day in Godzilla’s playground!

Hong Kong was beautiful, exciting, eventful and fun.  I will miss that wonderful city and country, I will be back!  As my adventure is coming to an end, I have one more stop to make.  A quick stop in Tokyo to visit not only Japan, but some close family I have there as well! A fantastic way to end a great adventure. Upon arriving in Tokyo, it is evident that this city gets travellers from all over the world.  The welcome signs consist of many languages, including many that I can speak or read – Farsi, Arabic, English, and Spanish! I was met by an eager group of children that

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Dragons to Dungeons

With as nice as Halong Bay is, it is time to say goodbye and be onwards to Vietnam’s capitol of Hanoi.  Located on the Northern side of the country it used to be separate from the south before the end of the Vietnam war.  Once the American troops pulled out and the north descended upon Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), the separation was cut and the two were merged and reunited to be one country. The road from Halong to Hanoi is pretty boring…not much to see besides other vehicles and small towns.  I saw a few more dog/cat meat restaurants but did not feel the urge to stop and investigate

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A race against the sun!

From the beaches to the mountains. From the water to the trees.  From wet to, well, more wet! Natural tunnels underground, created by water and millions of years – Caves.  Caves are stunning natural creations and quite a site to see.  Some of the most spectacular views are found here and also is home to some of the biggest and longest caves ever found. Exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park (Location Link) can easily take weeks to see all it has to offer. In a day I tried to see two of the more popular locations – Phong Nha Cave and Thiên Đường Cave (Paradise Cave).  Phong Nha cave is the more

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A Melting Pot in Siem Reap?

Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, the worlds kingdom, tuk-tuks and cheap food from all around the world. I feel like this is the worlds melting pot! I have met so many people from all over the world.  I have seen all kinds of Asian shops, a Mexican shop, all kinds of American brand name clothing, A Swiss guy, germans, English, Irish, United Kingdom, Russian and so many more people!  Daniel, a Swiss guy who moved to Cambodia to open “Swiss Food” restaurant. Siem Reap is a city that shows The high of highs and the low of lows. Anything you want to do or see you can find here. It is

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KL in a day!

KL.  Home of the Petronas Towers.  Home of great food, and nice people!  To bad I did not have more time here, I could have spent another 4 days here at least!  I got into KL very late, slept in and and got a late start to my day.  First things first, I have no Malaysian Ringgit and have to get some in my pocket!  KL Chinatown is located close to GRID 9 HOTEL, my living quarters for the moment.  I find a currency converter and get my Ringgits and explore the surroundings a little bit.  Chinatown is on my checklist, so I knock that off. Staff at Grid 9 SUICIDE SHOWERS! YAY!

Packing – it’s a love/hate relationship

Everyones favorite thing and worst nightmare. The excitement and anticipation of new travels and experiences, but the feeling of forgetting the unforgettables! The feeling of “did I pack my phone charger?” Or “what about my glasses?” And the worst one “my camera!” Everyone has had the wonderful feeling of forgetfulness. Happens to the best of us.  So this is not my first rodeo around airports or travels. It’s just my first rodeo going alone and “backpacking” through many countries where things we take for granted in the USA are harder to come by.  Deciding what to take along is half the battle. You want to pack light but at the