Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown

Malaysia was not initially on my travel bucket list, however I love South East Asia so much, I figured I needed to give Malaysia a fair chance.  I decided to spend 10 full days in Malaysia, starting in the biggest city and the capital - Kuala Lumpur. I booked 3 nights in a 'flashpackpers' hostel dorm room in the heart of Chinatown and set out to explore KL on foot. 

I enjoyed the big city, and in particular, Chinatown where I spent hours wandering around, trying bizarre street food, browsing the markets, and enjoying the lively atmosphere on every street. 

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Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw is the perfect mountain escape from the hustle and bustle of Luang Prabang. One way dirt roads, locals on bicycles, river view balconies - needless to say I was in mountain paradise! 

Three hours up the road from Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw is a lovely destination and easily accessible on the local bus route. I spent three days wandering the backroads, hiking to viewpoints and taking a boat ride down the river with new friends. 

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Just Beyond Vang Vieng

I was fortunate to meet a lovely girl my age while staying at Pans Place in Vang Vieng. Together we explored the countryside just outside of Vang Vieng with two early morning adventures. We had a wonderful time setting off on foot and bike to explore the landscapes just beyond the riverside - from the Blue Lagoon, to sunrise hikes, and local breakfast foods. 

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Tubing in Vang Vieng

Tubing is a big 'thing to do' while visiting Vang Vieng - especially among the young backpack travelers passing through for several days. I was torn at first - a slightly older solo female backpacker tubing down the famous party river - but I am glad I made the decision to spend the better part of my day grabbing a tube and hitting the water. 

Once I made the decision to tube I headed to the tubing operator in town where they quickly signed me in, took a deposit, and shuttled me onto an open air truck with 10 other tubers. We headed down the main road and pulled into the drop off point (about 5 kms) outside of town where we jumped into our tubes and began floating.

Less than 5 minutes passed and we were being called over to the first bar - ropes thrown in and promises of free drinks and fun times. What the heck - I grabbed the rope + a beer and laid out in the sun to experience my first bar on the river. I quickly made a few friends and we were off to float along and continue the fun for the day! 

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Buddha Park

Thirty minutes outside of downtown Vientiane sits Buddha Park - which contains over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues on the river. I had a wonderful afternoon spending time walking through the park and admiring the stone structures - I even took a glimpse over to Thailand since it's just across the river! 

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Trekking in Kalaw

Many visitors come to Kalaw to trek in the countryside - and we did just that! On our second day in Kalaw we met our trekking guide around 8:30 in the morning, and set off for the day to explore the local hillside villages, cross through farmland, and hike up mountains. We had a great day learning about the local culture -  we learned the uses for many of the plants and herbs, watched ladies gather fresh ginger, and visited a local tea farmer in his house to see how he ferments the tea leaves for the famous Myanmar tea leaf salad. 

Around mid-day we arrived to the Mountain Top Restaurant for a lunch of fresh avocado salad, homemade curries, and of course rice - lots and lots of rice. We capped our meal with fresh fruit and were on back on our way trekking back to Kalaw! 

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Mingun

Mingn is a short boat ride from Mandalay, and on our first full day in Mandalay we woke early to have catch a 9am ferry up the river to spend the morning and afternoon in Mingun. 

We loved Mingun - from an ancient unfinished rock temple (complete with white door) to a whitewashed pagoda - we were in heaven. Not only did we take time to explore the many pagodas, we also had time to interact with the locals (and the dogs!) which was an extra special touch to the trip to Mingun. 

Before we headed back to Mandalay we stopped at a garden cafe for tea leaf salad and a cold Mandalay beer - yum! 

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Getting to know Yangon

Yangon is a wonderful city for traveling within South East Asia. Located within the country of Myanmar, Yangon was a  great spot to start our three week tour through the country. We spent three days in Yangon before heading out to explore the rest of Myanmar and during our time we enjoyed local markets, fresh Myanmar cuisine, and bustling city life in the downtown area. 

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Lake Como

Our final stop in Italy was Lake Como and we loved our time spent on the lake and wandering through the lakeside towns. We stayed in Menaggio at a wonderful (yet very hot!) hostel with stunning views down to the lake and surrounding mountains. We spent our time tasting Italian gelato, swimming in the lake and taking ferry rides back and forth between different lake side towns. I celebrated my 28th birthday here and as a very special treat we had lunch at Villa de Este  -  a stunning luxury hotel in Cernobbio. 

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24 Hours in Rome

After a lovely week in Southern Italy we drove our rental car back to Rome. Before heading off to Tuscany we spent a lovely 24 hours exploring Rome by foot - and doing so very quickly! We stayed close to the Termini Train Station and once we put our backpacks down we were off to wander through Rome. Our fist stop was the Roman Colosseum followed by Trevi Fountain and a large slice of pizza. We had a wonderful time jotting around the city, both day and night! 

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