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Phnom Penh Itinerary: The Perfect Itinerary for History Lovers

Phnom Penh Itinerary: The Perfect Itinerary for History Lovers

Phnom Penh might not have gorgeous white-sandy beaches, breathtaking rice terraces, or charming colonial architecture like a lot of popular Southeast Asian destinations. But what it does have is something much better. It has history--a history that EVERYONE should know and NO ONE should ever forget. Phnom Penh is the location of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (also known as the Killing Fields). Two places where people can learn what happened in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 when 20% of the population of Cambodia died from starvation, disease,...

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Is a Japan Rail Pass Worth It?

Is a Japan Rail Pass Worth It?

"Is a Japan Rail Pass worth it?" This might be the most important question you are asking yourself right now as you prepare for your trip to Japan in 2021. In this post, I'm going to show you whether a Japan Rail Pass is worth it. Using my first trip to Japan and 2020...

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15 Great Books on Indonesia

15 Great Books on Indonesia

I've wanted to visit Indonesia ever since I was a young girl in my twenties. There's just something about a country of 17,000 islands that has always intrigued me. I even had a plane ticket heading to Denpasar, Bali in April.  I never made it. You all know the story:...

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Best Travel Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis and Bunions

Best Travel Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis and Bunions

If you’ve ever had plantar fasciitis or bunions, then you know how painful it can be to stand for long periods of time and walk even around the block. You also know how hard it is to find good shoes for plantar fasciitis and even harder it is to find good shoes for...

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Welcome to the Bamboo Traveler

Hi! I’m Julie, the Bamboo Traveler!  This blog is devoted to helping the inquisitive traveler explore the history, heritage, and culture of a place. On this site, you’ll find itineraries to help you plan your trip, reviews to help you make more informed decisions, lots of history and cultural information to help make your travels more meaningful, and book recommendations to help you understand a place more deeply.

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