A pagoda surrounded by palm trees in Hanoi

Traveling in Vietnam: Hanoi

In the beginning of May, I realized I only had a short window of time that I could use my remaining vacation days. And I hadn't planned a single thing. I had thought about taking a trip to Hanoi, maybe Chiang Mai or Bangkok, but I wasn't so sure. So I started frantically googling different…

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Traveling Korea: Suncheon 순천

Chuseok is a Korean holiday that most western websites describe as "Korean Thanksgiving," as it is a celebration of the Harvest and a time when the younger generations leave their homes in the city to visit their families in the countryside. This extended holiday meant that I got a five-day weekend, which presented itself as…