The Bamboo Traveler

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Welcome to the Bamboo Traveler

Hi! I’m Julie, the Bamboo Traveler! My mission is to spark and fulfill your curiosity about the cultures and destinations of Asia. From the Great Wall of China to the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem and from the steppes of Mongolia to the ancient Indus River Valley of India, this vast continent has so much to offer the inquisitive traveler.

Asia’s cultures, histories, cuisines, languages, architecture, and religions have fascinated me ever since I stepped foot on the continent over 25 years ago. I hope to share with you my passion and knowledge of this part of the world in order to help you travel there, whether it’s from the safety of your armchair or through the pages of your passport.

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Shirakawa-go Itinerary: Enter a Japanese Fairy Tale

Shirakawa-go Itinerary: Enter a Japanese Fairy Tale

Shirakawa-go makes the perfect day trip from Takayama or the perfect day trip from Kanazawa. It also makes a great stopover when traveling from Takayama to Kanazawa or from Kanazawa to Takayama. Here is my suggested  Shirakawa-go itinerary for 1 day.  I've also included information on how you can stay overnight in Shirakawa-go. Can't physically travel to Japan right now? Check out my list of 30 of the best books on Japan that you can read from the comfort and safety of your home. BONUS: I've created a FREE PDF version of my Japan itinerary guide. It includes detailed...

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20 Great Gifts That’ll Delight the Travel Lover

20 Great Gifts That’ll Delight the Travel Lover

Looking for the perfect gift for the person who loves to travel? Here is my practical guide to buying that special something for those with an incurable case of wanderlust. The gifts in this guide are affordable and practical. You’ll find gifts that are perfect for...

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A 2-Day Hue Itinerary That’ll Delight History Lovers

A 2-Day Hue Itinerary That’ll Delight History Lovers

There are so many things to do and see in Hue. Unfortunately, most travelers to Vietnam have time on their itinerary for only 1 or 2 days in this historic city. In this jam-packed Hue itinerary, I’ll share with you exactly how I was able to see all the most important sights and try all the must-eat dishes in just 2 days. I’ll also tell you where to stay, how to get around, and how much everything will cost.

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Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary 3 Days

Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary 3 Days

Planning a trip and looking for the perfect 3 days in Ho Chi Minh City itinerary? This jam-packed itinerary guide details how to find the best of this vibrant and cosmopolitan city’s food, history, and culture.

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30 Novels on Japan: Read Before You Go!

30 Novels on Japan: Read Before You Go!

  In this post, I’m going to share with you my honest and unbiased review of 30 of my favorite and not-so-favorite novels about Japan and Japanese culture.  Hopefully, this list will help you decide which books to read, borrow, or skip. For those looking to dip their toes into Haruki Murakami, I suggest first reading Norwegian Wood.  You can also visit a post on my ranking of all the Murakami books I've read (many are not on this list).   For a book on Japanese-Americans during the war, Snow Falling on Cedars is still the best. Pachinko is a great book that looks at...

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A Ranking of the Best Books by Murakami

A Ranking of the Best Books by Murakami

This post is for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading a Murakami book yet and can’t decide on which book to read first. It’s also for those of you who’ve already read one or two or three books by Murakami and can’t decide on which one to read next.

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25 Great Books on Cambodia

25 Great Books on Cambodia

Spending the past month reading over 20 books on Cambodia, I feel like I’ve just been on an emotional rollercoaster. Throughout history, Cambodia and its people have experienced so much greatness but also so much sorrow--from the grandeur and brilliance of the Angkor...

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