Ban Gioc Waterfall – The Best of Northern Vietnam

Ban Gioc waterfall sits in a river valley full of jungle covered karst mountains and is the most beautiful landscape I’ve ever seen.  Oh yeah, plus Ban Gioc is the largest waterfall in Asia and 4th largest waterfall at an international border in the world!  Simply put, Ban Gioc is a must see destination for any Read More …

Snowed in on the Annapurna Circuit – Manang

Getting snowed in on the Annapurna Circuit means I actually had some down time to put together this post.  Luckily the Throng La Hotel in Manang has some wifi so I thought I’d tell you all about the trip so far.  The first few days of our expedition has been quite enjoyable with a day Read More …

An Epic Farewell to Asia

Life has been crazy lately, personally, professionally and passionately crazy.  In no small part due to the fact that I’m moving out of Korea in March 2017!  I’ve got a tentative arrival planned for Europe months later but regardless of where I end up I’ll likely be saying goodbye to Asia, my home for the Read More …

Blue Flames of Kawah Ijen Volcano – Java, Indonesia

I first heard about Mt. Ijen’s blue flames from a British biologist who hiked Bromo with me. Thinking it would be impossibly far away I was happy to hear Mt. Ijen is on the way back to Bali from Mt. Bromo! To save money I took a public bus to Bangyuwangi and found a group Read More …

Mt. Bromo – Java’s magnificent volcano on a budget

My absolute favorite part of Java was trekking Mt. Bromo and Mt. Ijen.  Bromo, an active volcano tucked into the Sand Sea, is constantly erupting a cloudlike smoke while Mt Ijen has magnificent blue flames!  This post will tell you how to explore Bromo on a budget. Mt. Bromo for $30/day You can easily see Read More …

3 nights in Puerto Princessa, Palawan – Philippines

After a few day on Cebu Ronda and I departed for Palawan where my brother, Ben, was waiting for us in Puerto Princessa. Truth be told this city is really just a hub and the best thing to do is head north for Sabang, Port Barton or El Nido but if you’ve got a few days Read More …

Taroko Gorge – Shakadang Trail & The Eternal Spring Shrine

Taroko Gorge is the best place to hike in Taiwan.  Its famous for massive marble walls in a giant chasm that is many kilometers long.  The mountains around the park reach well over 3000m and provide a stunning backdrop for any outdoor enthusiast.  On my first day in Taroko National Park I joined a few other Read More …