Asia: home of ancient civilizations, tropical jungles, and the tallest mountains on Earth. Travels in Asia are a sensory barrage, the aroma of spice markets, the brilliant colors of clothing, the cacophony of some of the most crowded cities in the world.

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Asia: The Bucket List

Pangong Lake, Ladakh, India

Road-Tripping to Remote and Quiet Pangong Lake, Ladakh, India

I'm feeling quite intrepid. I am sitting on the back of my boyfriend's Royal Enfield motorbike and we have just crossed the third highest motorable mountain pass in the world, Chang La in India's Ladakh. We are heading towards Pangong Tso, a salt water lake in east Ladakh at around ...
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Shopping (and more) at the Siem Reap’s Night Market in Cambodia

Slowly, tentatively, I dipped my feet into the fish tank sitting on the sidewalk in Siem Reap. The fish could hardly wait ... they crowded me, hungry mouths zeroing in on my toes. The “doctor fish” were at work. OMG, did it ever tickle. Yikes. But after a minute, my sensory endings ...
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Ox Cart on Koh Trong Island

Exploring Cambodia’s Koh Trong Island by Ox Cart

So many times, in so many places, you say, “Gee, I wish I had been there ... before.” Well, Koh Trong IS before. And the way to see it is by ox cart. The island of Koh Trong sits off the small Cambodian city of Kratie. Neither is exactly on the beaten ...
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Inside a Turkish Haman

Bathing Turkish Style in Istanbul: The Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami

"Come, come." The woman gently takes my arm and steers me into the large round room. "Come" is the only word she knows in English, which makes her one word up on me, as I don't speak a word of Turkish. But perhaps it's just as well we can't have ...
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Maitreya Buddha Statue in Thikse Gompa, Ladakh, India

Learning About Tibetan Buddhism in Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh, India

In the corner of a small, dark room, a monk in red robes sits huddled over a book. In candlelight he shows me pages of neat text in long rows, and explains the writing is Tibetan. The book, like the hundreds of others crammed on the shelves on the wall, ...
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Bridge from Europe to Asia in Istambul

Drifting Between Continents on a Bosphorus Day-Cruise in Istanbul

Talk about Continental Drift: I am floating -- literally -- between Asia and Europe. To my left is familiarity, reassuring names like Paris and Venice, Vienna and Madrid. To my right are places like Kazakhstan and Urumqi: the exotic lands of western Asia, with their unpronounceable names and incomprehensible customs ...
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