Tag: Asia

September 9, 2014 Tessa Bradford 12 comments

10 Reasons to Love Taiwan I’ve never made it a secret that I love Taiwan. Like, really love it. But I was talking to a Taiwanese friend the other day; he’s been traveling and keeps meeting people that only know that Taiwan isn’t in the UN and is claimed by China, and he was starting…

August 5, 2014 Tessa Bradford 9 comments

Top 10 Things to Do in Kaohsiung Kaohsiung is probably my favorite city, ever. It has beaches, sky-scrapers, mountains, and art-walks. It’s a metropolis of neon lights, steel and glass, street carts, temples, and parks. The people in Southern Taiwan are quite possibly the friendliest I’ve ever encountered on my travels. It is a place I…

April 27, 2014 Tessa Bradford 17 comments

Kuala Lumpur, to End Things For our final stop in Southeast Asia (on this trip, anyways), we headed to Kuala Lumpur and met up with our good friend, Ronnie. He’s another American we’d met in Taiwan, and he’s pretty great. Our hostel was in China Town (because, where else?), right beside the Petaling Night Market….

April 24, 2014 Tessa Bradford 51 comments

Why I Travel Someone recently asked me why I love to travel, and I didn’t have an immediate answer for them. It wasn’t something I’d seriously thought about before. My initial reply was simply, “Well, why wouldn’t I? It’s awesome!” But that’s not a very good answer. And so I’ve thought about it. It came…

April 13, 2014 Tessa Bradford 12 comments

24 Hours in Singapore We’d arrived in Kuala Lumpur to meet our friend from Taiwan, Ronnie. But I had always had a hankering to see Singapore, and we were just SO CLOSE. So I convinced Nicole (not that it took any real effort) to make a a ridiculous 24-hour dash to see the city. It…

April 12, 2014 Tessa Bradford 2 comments

Basking on the Thai Islands A very long (but comparatively comfortable… after previous mistakes we’d figured out the bus system) over night bus ride took us south to the coast. We caught a ferry in Chumphon to Ko Tao, and I found out that I’m not good at boat rides.  Our ferry pulled into the dock and…

April 9, 2014 Tessa Bradford 2 comments

Learning to Cook in Chiang Mai Chiang Mai is known for all its outdoor recreation. We didn’t do any of that. Instead, we took a cooking class. We headed to the Thai Kitchen Cookery Centre, where they promptly loaded us into a tuk tuk with a group of other students and whisked us away to…

April 6, 2014 Tessa Bradford 2 comments

Riverboats in Laos To get back to Thailand we decided to take the slow riverboat. This was an excellent decision, as our decisions so often are. (Just kidding. We make wrong decisions 87% of the time. This is a rough estimation.) It was raining when we left Luang Prabang in the early morning, but it wasn’t a…

April 3, 2014 Tessa Bradford 7 comments

The City of Elephants and Waterfalls 2017 UPDATE: I wrote this post when I was wildly ignorant of the terrible treatment of elephants in captivity. I strongly discourage anyone traveling in South East Asia from taking part in elephant rides, baths, etc. If you want to help them, donate to an ethical sanctuary, and observe…

March 31, 2014 Tessa Bradford 1 comment

Drifting in Vang Vieng After the misadventure in Vientiane, my brain just needed a few days to check out. Luckily we were headed to Vang Vieng, a chilled out river town where every restaurant seems to be a TV cafe where they lounge on big couch cushions all day and watch Friends while they drink…