Asia

Of all the countries I’ve visited, those in Asia are the ones that keep drawing me back more than any other.

From the beautiful beaches of Thailand and Vietnam to the jungles and historic ruins of Cambodia, the bustling cities and towering mountains of Nepal to the tea plantations of Sri Lanka, there’d be so many reasons to visit even if the food was terrible.

Hint: the food is not terrible. I could live exclusively on the incredible street food in most of these countries for months at a time, and that’s without even setting foot inside any of the exceptional restaurants.

Throw in fascinating cultures, huge diversity, and low travel costs across much of the continent, and it’s no wonder that Asia continues to draw travelers by the millions.

Bokor church

Amidst the ruins of Bokor Hill Station

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Otres beach

The One Reason Sihanoukville Doesn’t Suck

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Green Bowl beach sunset, Bali

And then he went back to Bali

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Melbourne - Yarra

It’s weird being home

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Dave at Songkran

Songkran 2012: now that’s what I call a water fight

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Longtail on the beach, Koh Nok

The 11 Things I Will Miss Most About Thailand

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Tsunami sign

Panic in Phuket: My Tsunami Experience

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Shopping strip in Bali

The Worst Tourist Traps of South East Asia

While I spend most of my time talking about how much I love South East Asia, there are some places that really just aren't that great...

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