Ayutthaya

Phra Nakhon Ayutthaya was founded c. 1350 and became the second capital of Siam. By 1700 is was considered one of the largest and finest cities ever seen — by those passing through the prosperous trading capital. In 1767 it was invaded by the Burmese and burned to the ground. The historic city is a…

Hong Kong

While Amanda explored Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, her younger sister arrived in Hong Kong. Amy, her boyfriend Chan, and his parents, visited relatives in the autonomous “Fragrant Harbour” on the Pearl River in China. One of the world’s most densely-populated territories sprouts skyscrapers along its downtown shore and, even after death, maintains that population in…

Ha Long Bay

Sacha, Rosa and I were picked up from our hostel in Hanoi and driven to Hai Phong and the pier where we would embark on a 3-day tour of Halong Bay. The Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered spectacular for its hundreds of thousands of limestone karsts—monolithic islands topped with dense vegetation. Some…

Hanoi

Sacha and I went out for beer and street donuts in Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, and started researching for our trip to Halong Bay. Then, even though there were 20 beds in our long skinny dorm at Asia Backpacker Hostel,  the room was surprisingly quiet and we had a good sleep. In the morning, walked…