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Burmese Cooking Class - Bagan - Pennywort's - Robyn Around the World

Cooking Burmese: Pennywort’s Cooking Class

Who wants to learn how to make Tea Leaf Salad? Me, please! Sign me up! Northern Myanmar’s signature dish mixed with so many flavors; you’d think this simple dish took all day to make. Coming to Myanmar, I knew I wanted to take a class. I buffered in extra time in Bagan, so I could […]

The Temples Of Bagan – The Best Sunrise You Will Witness

Myanmar stole my heart within minutes of landing in Mandalay, but nothing prepared me for what I was about to witness in Bagan. Rivaling Angkor Wat’s temples, I’m amazed this place isn’t swamped with tourists. The temples should be part of the seven wonders with over 2000 temples in the area; you can’t walk a […]

10 Places To See In Mandalay

I spent three days in Mandalay and wished I was there longer! All the blog posts I read before I went there talked about how there was nothing to do in Mandalay and don’t spend that much time there. I loved Mandalay, and was overwhelmed with everything there was to see! Even after all I […]

Vietnam - A Photo Essay by Robyn Hartzell

Vietnam: A Photo Essay

VIETNAM: A PHOTO ESSAY I started my trip in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and motorcycled up the Ho Chi Minh Trail. In order to get to the trail, you need to cross a river on a small boat made for a few motorbikes and foot passengers. Did you know rubber grew on trees???? They […]

Cruise Bai Tu Long Bay and Halong Bay - Robyn Around the World

3 Day Cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay

Halong Bay is famous for its majestic pillars and the beautiful bay filled with junks (boats) with gorgeous sails. The littler known is Bai Tu Long Bay – meaning little dragon – only allows a certain amount of cruises to enter this magical area. When choosing between the two, it was a no-brainer to visit […]

Cooking Vietnamese - Gioan Cooking Class

Gioan Cooking School – Cooking Vietnamese!

If you haven’t guessed yet, I love cooking and am obsessed with taking classes in each country I visit. Out of all the classes I’ve taken, I was super excited to get to Vietnam and learn how to make Pho and one of my favorite dishes Banh Xeo. There’s something about Vietnamese food that has […]

Vietnam Street Food - 15 Must Eat Street Eats!

15 Must Eat Street Eats In Vietnam

Vietnam quickly topped my charts of best eats in Southeast Asia with their amazing noodle dishes! Every dish they make has a variety of rice noodle/paper in it. Even served on the side with many of the dishes. Here are 15 must-try street eats in Vietnam! PHO You can’t go to Vietnam without getting Pho! […]

Motorbiking through Vietnam with Easy Riders - Robyn Around the World

Motorcycling Through Vietnam – Saigon To Hoi An

One of my bucket list items is to motorbike through Vietnam. I made it a reality when I was there and booked a tour through Original Easy Riders for seven days, starting in Saigon and ending in Hoi An. My guide, Bin, asked if I wanted a scooter or a motorcycle, but stressed the motorcycle […]

Passport Renewal in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Renewing Your Passport In Thailand

I thought of everything before I left for my adventure around the world. Everything except for adding extra pages to my passport. I had the standard 26 pages, and I only had two pages that were stamped before I left. You’d think that would be plenty, well with many of the Southeast Asia countries requiring […]

Guide to making money from freelance writing - Robyn Around the World

How To Make Money Freelance Writing

One of the ways I make money while I travel is from freelance writing, but I never considered myself a writer prior to blogging. I’m a photographer who tells her stories through a lens. When I started the blog, it took me a long time to figure out my voice and be comfortable with it. […]

Cambodian Cooking Class - Siem Reap

Cooking Cambodian: Beyond Unique Escapes

As you can probably tell by now, I try to take a cooking class in each country I go to. So far I’ve taken classes in Bali, Laos, and Thailand. When I found out Beyond Unique Escapes did a half day course and taught 2 of the three famous dishes here for only $24, I signed […]

Angkor Wat Temples

My 5 Favorite Temples At Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat complex, which means ‘City of Temples’ is a UNESCO Heritage site that is considered the largest religious structures in the world covering over 400 acres of land. With over 50 temples to see, the site can get overwhelming really quick especially in the mid-day heat. Angkor Wat provides 1, 3 and 7 day […]

Chiang Khan Street Food - Thailand

Chiang Khan Street Food – 8 Must Eats!

When you think of Thai food what comes to mind? Pad Thai? Red Curry? Chili Basil Rice? Chiang Khan has none of these, but what they do have is their own flavors and dishes I haven’t seen anywhere else in Thailand. This small town that’s right on the Mekong River a stone’s throw from Laos […]

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