The Perfect Two-Week Itinerary for Malaysia

The Perfect Two-Week Itinerary for Malaysia

While I didn't know much about Malaysia before visiting, I quickly came to love it. I journeyed to Malaysia overland from Thailand, and instantly the landscape changed: better, cleaner roads, no billboards, women in colorful headdresses, verdant rice paddies and wild,...
Penang is for Street Art and Hawker Centre Lovers

Penang is for Street Art and Hawker Centre Lovers

Want to know something kind of crazy? On my four-month round-the-world trip, during which I visited 10 countries total, I visited only three new countries. And the only new one in Southeast Asia? Malaysia. But thankfully, Malaysia was so historical and surprising and...
The Girl I Was on Koh Tao

The Girl I Was on Koh Tao

Without a doubt, Koh Tao is one of my favorite places in Southeast Asia. Last fall I spent three weeks there and this spring I returned for two and a half. On both visits I only intended to stay a week, but well, Koh Tao is tough to quit. Koh Tao is heaven for young...
Hanging Out in Bangkok During the Coup

Hanging Out in Bangkok During the Coup

Yes, you read that correctly. Coup. On May 22, 2014, the Thai military took control of the government and enforced curfew and martial law, banned political gatherings, censored the media and detained and arrested politicians. As fate would have it, I had a flight to...