Istanbul, A Love Letter to Turkey’s Most Famous City

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In this love letter to the Turkish capital, James Pham highlights some of the reasons why Istanbul should still be at the top of your bucket list.

Pho 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Vietnam’s Most Famous Dish

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However you pronounce it, pho has placed Vietnamese cuisine squarely on the culinary world map. James Pham visits a Saigonese pho restaurant to unravel the secrets behind this national dish, with a history as rich and complex as its flavor.

Cambodia on $25 Per Day

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Just a stopover on your Southeast Asia itinerary or a worthy destination into itself? James Pham makes the case for why now is the perfect time for indie travel to Cambodia.

5 Dishes You Shouldn’t Leave Laos Without Trying

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Often overshadowed by its neighbors of Thailand and Vietnam, Lao cuisine is uniquely rustic and deceptively simple. James Pham explains why Lao food deserves to be celebrated.

11 Reasons to Add Phnom Penh to Your Trip Itinerary

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Phnom Penh gets no respect. Visitors often just overnight or bypass Cambodia’s capital entirely on the Bangkok – Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) – Ho Chi Minh tourist trail. However, 10 year resident James Pham presents an insider’s look on some must see / must do activities aimed to put a Phnom Penh stay back on your SE Asian itinerary.

8 Dishes to Try in Bangkok

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Thai food is one of the most popular and trendy cuisines in the world. But how many people simply stop at Pad Thai? James Pham highlights some of the best street food Bangkok has to offer, proving that there is life after Pad Thai.

Nha Trang ― Vietnam’s Happiest Beach Town on $30 a Day

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Nha Trang is the perfect laid back beach break as you make your way between frenetic Ho Chi Minh City and cultural Hanoi. James Pham explores why it may also just be the happiest place in Vietnam.

Cast Away on the Similan Islands in Thailand

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Ever watch the movie Cast Away and thought to yourself, “I’d endure a flaming plane crash and years of isolation just to be trapped in an island paradise”? James Pham tells you how to be cast away on your own secluded Thai island with swimming pool-like water and deserted beaches.

Author Bio: James Pham

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James Pham has spent the last 20 years being a citizen of the world. Work and travel has taken him from his hometown in Fairfax, Virginia to Canada, Cambodia, Thailand, and now Vietnam, with stops in about 50 countries along the way. He has a background in publishing and educational management, but his guilty pleasure is […]