Taking a Chiang Mai Cooking Class in Thailand

chiang mai cooking class - Basil Cookery School

Taking a Chiang Mai cooking class is a popular experience to have in Thailand. This was my experience with the Basil Cookery School. Growing up, I’ve always loved cooking, and besides that one time I accidentally used the garlic olive oil to make box brownies, I’ve been a fairly decent cook in the past. Making […]

Travel Misconceptions: Thailand

Travel Misconceptions: Thailand | Asia Travel

One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to break down travel misconceptions or judgments about places and ideas. Perhaps it could be that destination that everyone warns you not to visit because of how dangerous it is, or maybe you yourself had preconceived notions that were proven wrong once you arrived to where […]

12 Things to do in Penang, Malaysia

Things to Do in Penang, Malaysia

The best things to do in Penang! From street art to cafes, hikes, and wacky museums, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy in this multicultural city. I wasn’t sure what to expect with my return to Malaysia this year. The brief time I spent in the country in 2013 was a good […]

Travel Budgeting for Laos

Travel budgeting for Laos - Asia Travel

To continue my travel budgeting series around Asia, next up is Laos! I finally made it to Laos after missing it during my last trip to Asia in 2013. Since I went in the low season this year, I found it harder in some aspects for traveling around and budgeting. I still managed to meet […]

Looking Back on 8.5 Months in Asia

Wat Phu, Pakse - Laos Travel

“‘Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change […]

6 Things to do in Phú Quốc, Vietnam

6 Things to do in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Note: this post contains affiliate links Explore the stunning tropical Vietnam island Phú Quốc – a side of Vietnam that most people don’t see. Soak in the sun and enjoy these 6 things to do in Phú Quốc. When you think of Vietnam, you probably think of moody landscapes, thick jungles, and the hectic nature […]

Why a Second Visit to Thailand Changed My Mind

Is Thailand Overrated? Why a Second Visit Changed My Mind | Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand - Asia Travel

This is why a second visit to Thailand changed my mind about the country. Note: this post contains affiliate links, which help run this site at no extra cost to you so I can keep providing free travel advice and tips. When I was planning my first trip to Asia in 2013, the countries that […]

My First Impressions of Laos

First Impressions of Laos - Luang Prabang - Asia Travel

Pink and purple. If I could describe Laos in colors, it would be pink and purple. There’s this soft haze of pastels that often falls over the country, and it’s easy to see why they call this the romantic traveler’s paradise. The outline of the distant mountains, the soothing flow of the river, the soft […]

An Ode to the Asian Night Bus

An Ode to the Asian Night Bus

There’s nothing like an Asian night bus to make you think of your own mortality, The stained curtains swing side to side in tune to the curves as we go around again. I have The xx on repeat, thinking about all of life’s little defeats and how I got here. The driver is going 80 […]

How to Spend a Week on Koh Chang Island in Thailand

How to Spend a Week on Koh Chang Island in Thailand

Koh Chang Island is home to stunning beaches and endless adventures. Discover why you should visit it and how best to spend your time in this paradise! Note: this post contains affiliate links, which help run this site at no extra cost to you so I can keep providing free travel advice and tips. I […]