About Epic Asia Travel:
Welcome to Epic Asia Travel! This site was founded in early 2010 as an outlet for my stories, articles, musings, thoughts, photographs and tips on traveling in Asia. I decided that building this site would be a good way to engage readers who are also interested in Asia travel, culture and adventure. The ultimate goal of Epic Asia Travel is to share knowledge about Asia travel and, hopefully, to inspire others to take the initiative to go on their own adventure in the region, an area of the world that is both incredible to travel in and important to understand in terms of world history and political and economic powers.
About the Author:
Hi everyone and welcome to Epic Asia Travel! My name is Leah and I founded this site because, well, Asia is simply epic and I wanted to create a place to share stories and information about one of my favorite regions in the world. My love affair with Asia began when I was five years old. My parents enrolled me in a Japanese immersion school in Portland, Oregon, where I spent half a day learning English and half a day learning Japanese until I graduated from high school. So, for the past 15 or so years, I’ve been learning Japanese and only recently started appreciating this skill to the full extent. Japanese was my introduction to Asian cultures and languages, but my curiosity about other parts of Asia had been growing and growing for years. I would spend hours flipping through Asia Lonely Planets in my local book store. Finally, after a aimlessly finishing a year-and-a-half of college, I decided to go explore: I saved up enough money and bought a one-way ticket to Kathmandu, Nepal. The minute I got off the plane in Kathmandu that first day, I knew I was hooked for life. All I could think was: “Epic!” Since then, I’ve gone on to explore not just Nepal, but also Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, India and South Korea. I’m looking forward to explore Asia in its entirety someday.
My professional background is in journalism. I graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism (also a minor in Japanese language). I am passionate about storytelling in all ways, shapes and forms and I believe that storytelling has immense power to inspire and incite social change on a small and large scale. I enjoy employing all mediums, including the written word, multimedia, photographs, videos and everything in between. This site is geared towards travelers seeking information, but it is also aimed at people who are looking for stories or inspiration to get out and go on their own Asia adventure.
Now, on to the good stuff. Leah’s favorite Asian things:
1) Favorite Food
Spicy papaya salad (Thailand).
2) Favorite Thing To Do
Explore food markets. I’d take a day in a food market over a museum any day. (Image below is from the vegetable market in Hoi An, Vietnam).
3) Favorite Asian City Icon:
Buddhist stupas in Nepal (especially in Kathmandu).
4) Preferred Mode of Transportation in Asia:
Definitely train. Especially in certain regions like Thailand and Malaysia, trains are comfortable, cheap and come at regular intervals.
5) Best Organized Tour
A 3-5 day boat cruise through Halong Bay (Vietnam).
6) Most Epic Sunsets
From the beach in Koh Tao (Thailand).
7) Best Day Attraction
The Buddha Park outside of Vientiane (Laos).