Vietnam days 22-25: exploring the Da Lat highlands + canyoning tour

Hi friends! I’m officially in Southern Vietnam, and I’m also in my final week of my big Asia trip (howww?). The last few days, I said goodbye to the heat in Central Vietnam and headed to a town in the southern highlands called Da Lat. Da Lat is a mountain-resort town and popular tourist destination … More Vietnam days 22-25: exploring the Da Lat highlands + canyoning tour

Vietnam days 19-21: the rare feeling of “getting stuck” in Hoi An

After my lovely first few days in Hoi An, I decided to extend my stay for another 3 days, rounding the perfect week in this quaint town. There were only a handful of cities during my gap year where I got “stuck” and stayed much longer than expected – Pushkar, India and Kampot, Cambodia were … More Vietnam days 19-21: the rare feeling of “getting stuck” in Hoi An

Vietnam days 16-18: falling in love with beautiful & quaint Hoi An

Hi pals! I’m excited to catch up with you guys as these last 3 days have been just lovely. After my motorbike trip through Central Vietnam, I settled into Hoi An, a quaint city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its picturesque ancient town and architecture. I have to say, Hoi An has been just … More Vietnam days 16-18: falling in love with beautiful & quaint Hoi An

Vietnam days 14-15: famous coastal motorbike drive on Hai Van Pass (Hue to Hoi An)

Hi everyone! My time in Central Vietnam is off to a great start. After finishing the north in Ninh Binh, I was originally planning to go straight to Hoi An (one of the most popular destinations in the center). But a few days ago, I felt like I had some extra energy and wanted to … More Vietnam days 14-15: famous coastal motorbike drive on Hai Van Pass (Hue to Hoi An)

Vietnam days 11-13: countryside Disneyland in Ninh Bình / Tam Cốc

Hello to a new week! I spent the last 3 days in a scenic countryside town called Ninh Binh in Northern Vietnam. Nihn Binh and its less bustling neighbor Tam Cốc (where I technically stayed) are popular tourist destinations known for their tall rock formations, rice paddies, mountain pagodas, and peaceful countryside vibes. It’s labeled … More Vietnam days 11-13: countryside Disneyland in Ninh Bình / Tam Cốc

Vietnam days 3-7: iconic Hà Giang motorbike loop

I’m back from my amazing motorbike road trip through Hà Giang, Northern Vietnam! After 400+ km over 4 days, I’m happy to report I’m alive and well. From seeing the most spectacular scenery to stretching out of my comfort, I can honestly say this was one of the most meaningful experiences of my gap year. … More Vietnam days 3-7: iconic Hà Giang motorbike loop

Vietnam days 1-2: beginnings in Hanoi + spontaneous trip decision

Hey hey! I wanted to shoot off a quick post before heading off for an exciting adventure. My first days in Vietnam have been a whirlwind, but I’m happy with how everything has been unfolding, as each event has led me to do one of the most spontaneous things I’ve done this year… Day 1: … More Vietnam days 1-2: beginnings in Hanoi + spontaneous trip decision

Malaysia days 7-12: beach life and local community in Langkawi Island + my 29th birthday!

My last days in Malaysia were just beautiful. After a week in Malaysia’s big cities, I headed to a beach island off of West Malaysia called Langkawi. It was also my birthday(!), and I wanted to choose a relaxing, scenic place to celebrate. Langkawi blew me away in so many ways. Mostly, the community there … More Malaysia days 7-12: beach life and local community in Langkawi Island + my 29th birthday!

Malaysia days 4-6: eating my way through culinary capital, Penang

Hey friends! It’s been another packed few days. After kicking off Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, I headed to Penang, an urban state and standalone island off of west Malaysia. Penang piqued my interest because it has both city and nature and is known as Malaysia’s “culinary capital.” The past 3 days have been filled with … More Malaysia days 4-6: eating my way through culinary capital, Penang