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13 Surefire Tips for Planning Your First Trip to Japan

13 Surefire Tips for Planning Your First Trip to Japan

Preparing for a trip to Japan can be more overwhelming than preparing for a trip anywhere else in the world. You’ve got to book a plane ticket that is often more expensive than flying to most other places in the world, figure out all the options for accommodations (a...

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Survival in the Killing Fields – Review

Survival in the Killing Fields – Review

There are so many books on the Cambodian genocide that it’s difficult to know which one to read first. I’ve read 4 books so far on along with a load of other books on the history of Cambodia (Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare, When The War Was Over). I’ll say that without a doubt, Survival in the Killing Fields by Haing S. Ngor and Roger Warner is the best book on the subject. So if you don’t know where to start your exploration of Cambodia, begin with this unforgettable and heartbreaking book.

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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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Interior Chinatown Review

Interior Chinatown Review

Books on Chinese-American Culture Interior Chinatown By Charles Yu, 2020 My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars “Who gets to be an American? What does an American look like?” Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links.  As an Amazon Associate and a Bookshop.org...

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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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Lulu in the Sky – Book Review

Lulu in the Sky – Book Review

Books on Cambodia Lulu in the Sky: A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing, and Double Happiness By Loung Ung, 2012 My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars “No one ever told me being with someone whose attributes you admire could show you all the ways you were broken,...

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26 Great Books on Vietnam

26 Great Books on Vietnam

If you’re like me and you love to read up on the place you’re traveling to, then you’ll find yourself overwhelmed by all the choices of books on Vietnam. I swear the number of English-language books on this country could fill a small public library. What does it say...

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Men Without Women – Review

Men Without Women – Review

Books on Japan Men Without Women By Haruki Murakami My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars “Perhaps an even more distressing prospect for Habara than the cessation of sexual activity, however, was the loss of the moments of shared intimacy. To lose all contact with women was,...

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When the War was Over – Review

When the War was Over – Review

Books on Cambodia When the War Was Over By Elizabeth Becker Set in Cambodia from the mid-1800s to the 1980s My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars “There were countless other “Tuol Slengs” bloodying the country. There were prisons, execution sites, and pits. Work and murder,...

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