The 9 Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

If you’re planning a trip to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and are wondering where you should stay, we’ve got you covered! We absolutely love this big, bustling city and have been lucky enough to stay in various hotels and neighborhoods during our many trips. But Saigon is quite large, with different numbered districts, so…

The Best 26 Things To Do and See in Taiwan: Not-to-be-Missed Highlights!

Taiwan is a beautiful country filled with beautiful national parks, white-sand beaches, and lots of history. But surprisingly, you’ll find very few foreign tourists here. It can also be really difficult to find information about things to see and do in Taiwan as it tends to be off the typical tourist track. So we’ve made…

Complete Guide to the Pingxi Line, Taiwan

The Pingxi Branch Line is an 8-mile stretch of narrow-gauge railroad that runs alongside the Keelung River from Sandiaoling to the tiny mountain town of Jingtong. Completed in 1921 during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, the Pingxi Rail Line was originally built to transport coal as Pingxi was the heart of coal mining country at…

The Best Cheap Dim Sum in Hong Kong

Dim sum (or “yum cha” as it’s called in Cantonese) is an iconic Chinese meal consisting of numerous small plates of food shared among friends and family and washed down with plenty of tea. Its origins are Cantonese and many consider Hong Kong to be the home of dim sum as well as the location…

Food in Uzbekistan: 21 Traditional Uzbek Dishes You Must Try

When most people think of Uzbekistan their minds immediately go to the awe-inspiring Islamic architecture of the Registan in Samarkand, the towering Kalyan Minaret of Bukhara, or the ancient walled city of Khiva. What you don’t hear much about is food in Uzbekistan. In fact, when we first arrived we really had little to no…

10 Incredible Things to do on the Gili Islands, Indonesia

Okay, so I have a confession to make. In three separate trips to Indonesia, I have never really fallen in love with the island of Bali. I have always felt that Bali’s beaches were a little underwhelming, the beach clubs were a bit pretentious, and the traffic was total gridlock. That being said, I think…

Is Uzbekistan Safe for Tourists? A Female Traveler’s Perspective

This is a common question that we’ve gotten during our 3 week trip to Uzbekistan. Many people see the shared border with Afghanistan, which is generally considered to be unsafe for Americans, and assume that Uzbekistan experiences similar unrest. It is rather difficult to find safety information about Uzbekistan as the government does not release…

Best Places to Visit in Uzbekistan: Top Sights on the Silk Road

Uzbekistan is a country in Central Asia that was under Soviet rule until the early 1990’s. In just two years the government has made great strides in making it easier for tourists to get here and to get around the country. The money is unpegged, ATMs are now widely available, the e-visa process is simple,…

Muynak, Uzbekistan: A Visit to the Aral Sea Ship Cemetery

A popular trip from Khiva is north, to the city of Muynak where you can visit the “ship cemetery”. The residents of Muynak once made their living by fishing on the Aral Sea. But for decades the sea has been decreasing in size and volume. Fishing boats were abandoned in the sand that was once…