Things I Will and Will Not Miss About Southeast Asia

After making similar lists about South America and Oceania while waiting for my flights to the next destinations, I made this my farewell-to-this-continent tradition. It gave me time to reflect on my experiences in different regions and to appreciate what I had liked and disliked before moving on to the next leg of the journey. The notebook and pen again appeared in my hands as I waited for my flight out of Bangkok to Milan via Jordan and I thought about my time in Southeast Asia.

Everyone should carry some emergency cash, even the monks.

Things I Will Miss About Southeast Asia:

-Seeing monks in robes wandering about town, occasionally doing unexpected things like withdrawing money from ATMs

-The shopping (second-hand bookstores, custom made clothing shops, and pedestrian marketplaces)

-All the food (street food – from chopped fruit in a bag to fried-before-your-eyes Pad Sew; spicy coconut curries; 24 hour pho restaurants; Malaysian roti canai; banana vanilla milkshakes from the Blue Pumpkin in Siem Reap; and oh-so-much more)

-Snorkelling and underwater coral gardens

-Spending time aboard longboats and junkships

-The smell of tea and strawberries in the highlands

Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Things I Will Not Miss About Southeast Asia:

Trying to cross the road in Vietnam

Miri, Borneo

-Sharing my swim space with reef sharks and sea lice/jellyfish

-The surprising number of bees in the rainforests of Brunei

-Sweating even while in the shower due to the suffocating humidity

-Worrying that every mosquito that bit me after 5pm was giving me malaria

Is That A Parrot Riding A Bike?!


I did not have high expectations going to visit the Chiang Mai Zoo. On the whole, I am not a zoo person, for the same reason that I am not a circus person. I always end up feeling badly for the animals, no matter how spacious their enclosures are and how happy they seem. Wild animals belong in the wild.

That being said, the Chiang Mai Zoo had just welcomed a new baby panda when I was in town, and it was hard not to be sucked in by the promise of incredible adorable-ness.

Too hard, in fact, so I went to the zoo.

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Chiang Mai Has It All


Chiang Mai is one of the most liveable cities that I have ever visited. It is little wonder so many travel bloggers have set up house there. It has lovely scenery (being located in the northern hills of Thailand), is a reasonable size, has good infrastructure, has a very favourable exchange rate for North Americans, and offers an unbelievable range of activities to keep you interested.

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