The Big Things in Little Things

It’s past 6 in the evening and I’m huddled under the tiny roof of a Chinese pharmacy, waiting for the rain to peter out. The weather has been a confusing mix of clammy heat and wet muddiness, but I keep forgetting my rainproof jacket at the hostel. I’m on my way to the famous Yaowarat…

Luang Prabang is my ‘Thin Place’

I sat at the back of Wat Nong Sikhounmuang, my feet tucked underneath me. The older women seated in front of me are dressed in white, with scarves draped from their left shoulder to their right hip. They came in, chattering, booklets and meditation mats in their arms. A hush falls over the temple as…

On kindness, beauty and expectations in Myanmar

As I write this, it’s after dinner and I’m sitting in my little porch at Nong Khai, Thailand. I see the Mekong River, something that I only saw in textbooks ten, fifteen years ago. Laos is right across this sleepy border town, so near and yet so far. I have ten more days to go…

Travel Guide to Penang

Penang is one of the most exciting destinations I’ve been to, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its food, street art and old world influences. Here are some of my travel tips based on my trip earlier this year:

The Perfect Stranger

I have to admit, I didn’t notice you at first. I was just passing time at the hostel lobby, intent on staying aloof. I didn’t see the point of reaching out to anyone when I had six hours left in the country before I flew home. But there you were, sharing the couch with me…

Travel Guide to Hanoi

Going to Hanoi soon? Here’s a starter kit for one of the liveliest cities I’ve been to!

Flirting with Hong Kong

This is the story of how I, a girl who likes to travel, fell in love with a city she never wanted to visit.

Solo and Not Sorry: 5 Questions Solo Travelers Hear All The Time

For most people, solo travel is such a foreign concept that they can’t wrap their heads around it. You’ll see it in the way their faces drop to surprise, usually followed by some sort of praise that applauds your bravery or followed by a barrage of questions such as: