The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines

The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines

A small mountain town of a little over 11,000 people, the first time I visited Sagada was fifteen years ago. My sister and I took a backpacking trip up north and this sleepy town famous for its hanging coffins was one of our first stops. I've always preferred mountains over beaches so I instantly fell in love with the place.
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The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Saigon's pulsating nightlife didn't appeal to us. What we did find appealing, was the city's vibrant street food culture that exceeded every other destination we had visited in Vietnam. Despite spending little more than two full days in Ho Chi Minh City, we left with some of the most memorable dining experiences from our trip.
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ICELAND: Hakarl, An Acquired Rotten Taste

ICELAND: Hakarl, An Acquired Rotten Taste

Hakarl is a national dish of Iceland, consisting of Greenland shark meat, that has been buried, rotten and fermented. The reason for the fermentation process? Well, the Greenland shark is poisonous to eat in it’s natural state due to extremely high levels of trimethylamine oxide and uric acid in the flesh.
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Take a Stroll in and around Hanoi’s Old Quarter in Vietnam

Take a Stroll in and around Hanoi’s Old Quarter in Vietnam

Most buildings in Hanoi have seen better days but if you look past their weathered exterior, you'll find a Southeast Asian city with its own unique story. Obscured by power lines are French windows, decorative ironwork, and vernacular shophouses that narrate Hanoi's rich history. It's an interesting story, if you have time to read the clues.
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The Ultimate Vietnamese Food Guide: What to Eat in Vietnam (and Where to Try Them)

The Ultimate Vietnamese Food Guide: What to Eat in Vietnam (and Where to Try Them)

If I were to use one word to describe Vietnamese food, it would be "balance". Balance is important in all types of cuisine but it seems to be of particular importance in Vietnamese cooking. Vietnamese cuisine aims to strike a balance in different aspects of its food like taste, nutrients, and presentation, and it does so by paying attention to five elements per aspect.
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