Pyin Oo Lwin – a little Dalat?

Pyin Oo Lwin – a little Dalat?

Pyin Oo Lwin, formerly known as Maymyo, was once a British hill station ideal for escaping the Mandalay heat. When I read about it, I immediately thought of Dalat, Vietnam, a mountain resort town the French used to escape Saigon’s sweltering summers. Like Dalat, there are beautiful gardens, a nice market, local wine, motorbike drivers willing to take tourists to nearby waterfalls and other sights, and accommodation options ranging from

My favorite country so far? It’s not Vietnam.

My favorite country so far? It’s not Vietnam.

We recently finished 30 days in Vietnam and while we had some good times and met some wonderful people – both Vietnamese and travelers – I can’t say I love the country. If I’m honest, I spent most of those 30 days (1) wishing we hadn’t booked a departing flight in advance so we could get the hell out, and (2) trying to keep my anger and stress to a

This Can’t Be Happening: Buses in Cambodia

This Can’t Be Happening: Buses in Cambodia

  The following post was written by a former contributor to Chasing the Unknown. The views expressed are not those of the site’s owner. Before arriving in Cambodia, like any savvy traveler, I did my research and tried to learn about all of the possible scams we could potentially face as well as what it would be like to travel within the country. I read horror story after horror story

A Moment in Kratie with Irrawaddy Dolphins

A Moment in Kratie with Irrawaddy Dolphins

Seeing an endangered animal in its natural habitat is not something I get to do very often. But late yesterday afternoon I stood for an hour on a boat in the middle of the Mekong River watching endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. I’ve had some wonderful experiences in Cambodia and this only lengthens my list. For a time, I was on the only boat in the area and heard nothing but wind,

Finding a Silver Lining at Fox Glacier

Finding a Silver Lining at Fox Glacier

  The weather at Fox Glacier is fickle: clouds and rain give way to bright blue skies within minutes but then roll back less than an hour later. The tourism industry in this area depends on clear skies with helicopters and small planes only able to safely provide good views and the experiences customers seek when the sun shines. When we arrived in town, rain had blanketed the ground for

Living the Dream: Bartending on Utila

Living the Dream: Bartending on Utila

The following post was written by a former contributor to Chasing the Unknown. The views expressed are not those of the site’s owner. Three months ago, I would have never imagined that I would be walking home through Utila Town at 5am from my job as a bartender at an “after party bar (read: gets busy at 12:30am and the dance party doesn’t stop till after 4am),” named Coco Loco.

Becoming a Divemaster

Becoming a Divemaster

“All right guys, get your weight belts on. Don’t bother suiting up just yet but make sure your weight belts are on properly. Right-hand release and all that.” I wanted to ask, “why are we putting our weight belts on?” but before I could, all hell broke loose. The DMTs were flailing about in the water calling for help, our instructors were yelling that we needed to jump in and

An Indefinite Stay

An Indefinite Stay

As any backpacker knows, there’s a common conversation among travelers that starts with a routine set of questions: where are you from, where are you headed, how long have you been traveling, and so on. Around here, we have plenty of those exchanges but almost as many that go something like this: New friend to us: “Where are you from?” One of us: “The U.S. Boston. And you?” New friend: