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Taking to the skies above the Cambodian plains in a microlight airplane delighted the senses and offered an unrivaled perspective.
hot take: A spendy treat, a microlight flight is the perfect antidote to the crowds of Angkor. (4.0 stars)
pro tip: Book in the morning to avoid the strong winds mid-day and email directly to get a discount.
hot take: The Angkor complex, including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm, is a bucket list worth destination, but expect to suffer the elements (heat and crowds) for your photographic reward. (4.0 stars)
pro tip: Explore early to avoid the worst of the heat and the tour bus crowds…also visit the Angkor National Museum before you go for some much-needed context and history (in the comfort of AC)
hot take: Not a bad place for a long layover, Kuala Lumpur is a bit too commercial while lacking the polish of a true modern metropolis. (2.5 stars)
pro tip: Traffic is a real killer in KL, but the trains are excellent (and cheap), so choose lodging with easy access to the downtown area.
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The Mekong Delta conjures more romantic visions than the reality of the place delivers.
hot take: While not a ‘must-see’ highlight, we enjoyed our time in rural Vietnam getting a glimpse of life outside the cities. (2.5 stars)
pro tip: Lower your expectations and roll with the experience and you may be pleasantly surprised.
hot take: Seeing the unimagined is why we travel…the hidden gems of Bali delivered more than we could have ever hoped. (5.0 stars)
pro tip: Make a plan so you can be at these sites either early or late to get to really connect with the place (instead of just tripping over other tourists). (aside from our #1, which was surprisingly empty mid-afternoon)
hot take: An easy hour’s drive South from the main tourist areas of Bali, Uluwatu delivers a more sophisticated (and expensive) take on the Bali experience. (4.0 stars)
pro tip: Renting a scooter is a must as the hills are killers, but the roads were the nicest and least crowded of anywhere in Bali.