What to Expect During a 10 Day Silent Retreat

I don’t exactly remember when I decided I wanted to attend a 10-day silent retreat. I think I read about one online and found the idea challenging and exciting all at once. The idea stuck, and soon it made it onto my bucket list. I decided on Wat Suan Mokkh in southern Thailand, which is extremely well known to Buddhist all over Thailand. On the website is a schedule, but without any past experience it was hard to know what it actually meant. I thought I’d share exactly what happens in...

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Learning Muay Thai aka Kicking People with My Shins

I'm officially making my mom proud by taking a class where I learn to kick some booty. I think the proper term would be "self defense", but that doesn't sound nearly as fun. Learning Muay Thai is probably one of the best workouts and therapy anyone could ask for. This form of martial arts originated in the 16th century during battles. One particular fighter was so great, that when he was captured they offered to let him fight for his freedom. After winning, he became famous and the style of...

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Two Days & One Night in Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park Cheow Lan Lake Overnight Tour

My favorite experiences always seem to be the ones that I don't know that much about. I research everywhere I go, but sometimes you see too many photos and reality doesn't live up to it. Other times, you only get to see a few photos, and you end up being totally blown away in person. That's how my trip to Khao Sok ended up. You can read about how I fell in love with the tiny little town here, but this post is about my time in the Khao Sok National Park and Cheow Lan Lake.

I decided to do...

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Thailand’s Best Kept Secret: Discovering Khao Sok

When people think of Southern Thailand, their first thought seems to be the beautiful islands, scuba diving, and the nightlife scene. It’s exactly what I thought of Southern Thailand too. It seems to be the hottest new tourist destination, and there aren't a lot of unspoiled spots left. Unless you head to Khao Sok.

Khao Sok isn’t totally off the grid. In fact, it’s an incredibly cute little tourist destination. The main street, which is one of the only streets, is lined with...

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Everything You Should Do Before Leaving a Foreign Airport

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Entering a new country can be scary. You don't speak the language, and you're so focused on finding the baggage claim, customs, and the exit that you don't really take advantage of anything the airport offers. Every time I enter a new country, I go through an "airport checklist," that way, when I leave the airport, the only thing I have to do is find my hotel. It makes life so easy that I'm not really sure how people do it any other way. So what's on my checklist you might ask?

Go...

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Learning About Peranakan Culture in Singapore

Pernakan Museum Tour in Singapore

A couple of months ago, I hadn't even heard of a Peranakan. Little did I know, I was about to find out my best friend is Peranakan. After getting tips on things to do in Singapore, my BFF mentioned a museum I should visit. For me, museums in foreign countries lack any form of excitement. I spent a few days in Frankfurt, Germany going to every museum in town, and a lot of it was text heavy and light on the visuals. Unfortunately, all of the text was in German, so I didn't get a whole lot out...

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How Much it Costs to Backpack in Singapore

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It seems like everyone has different opinions on what it costs to travel in different countries. While I'm usually really good at staying on a budget, I didn't do so great in Singapore. In most of Southeast Asia, I've budgeted for $30 a day including everything. I knew Singapore would be more, so I set aside $50 a day. To be honest, this is probably doable, but I spent closer to $60 a day.

I'm going to attribute this to a few things. The biggest reason was that no one in my hostel spoke...

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Exploring Chinatown in Singapore

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Whenever I get to a new country, the first thing I do is explore the area around my hostel. I always feel like I need a day to adapt to the culture and knowing I am within walking distance of my temporary home makes me feel at ease. At the very least, I know I won't get too lost. My hostel happened to be in Chinatown, so I figured I'd just do a little walking around the first day. Little did I know, Chinatown is kind of a big deal in Singapore, and it made for an awesome first day of...

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What to Eat in Singapore as Recommended by Locals

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I love trying new foods in different countries, but there is always that question in the back of my mind that sounds a little something like, "Will this food make me want to die later?" My experience in Asia has mostly been in the third world and therefore, experiencing the culture can sometimes come with a price. For months I ordered food with extreme caution. The beautiful thing about Singapore is that you rarely have to worry! You can eat all of the exotic food you want. You can order...

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Visiting Singapore? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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Before you go...

Travel Document Requirements

  • Passport - required
  • Visa for Business - not required for stays of under 90 days
  • Visa for Tourism - not required for stays of under 90 days
  • Visa for Transit - not required

Suggested Vaccinations

  • Hep A
  • Hep B
  • Tetanus
  • Influenza
  • ...

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