Should You Swim With The Whale Sharks in Oslob, Philippines?

It’s not an easy question to answer. In recent years there have been quite a few articles and advocates who have encouraged people not to visit the Oslob whale sharks. In order to have the whale sharks returning to the area daily so that visitors can swim with them, feeders give the sharks fish. This has resulted in the whales having an unnatural amount of contact with humans. The artificial feeding behavior Continue Reading →

Hue Vietnam Travel Guide: Tombs, Towers and Tanks

Things To Do In Hue Vietnam Once the national capital from 1802-1945, Hue Vietnam is home to the ancient Imperial City (Citadel) and the tombs of several emperors. The ancient sites around Hue Vietnam are spectacularly beautiful and it was well worth the visit. Learn more in this Hue Vietnam travel guide! Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) Emperors of Vietnam once lived in this walled fortress and palace. Much of the Continue Reading →

Hampyeong’s Herptile Eco Park

Hampyeong which is about an hour away from Gwangju, Jeollanamdo, is well known across Korea for its annual Butterfly Festival. Few people, even locally it appears, know about Hampyeong Herptile Eco Park (함평파충류생태공원 ). It’s hard to miss though once you arrive into the area of the Eco Park as the building is shaped like a giant albino Burmese python (they have a live one inside!). I have not been able Continue Reading →

Dolmeori Beach in Hampyeong South Korea

Only about an hour drive away from Gwangju, Dolmeori Beach in Hampyeong is one of the closest beaches to the city. We usually make it out to the beach a couple of times a year but like many beaches along Korea’s west coast extremes in the difference between high and low tide can make it difficult to catch a good day for swimming. When the tide goes out at Dolmeori Continue Reading →

Cool off This Summer at the River in Jiwon Dong, Gwangju!

I wish we had known about this place years ago! Around 2 kilometers south from downtown Gwangju or Chosun University in Jiwon Dong, a section of the river that runs through town has been cordoned off to be used for wading or playing in the water.  It can be found next to Dong San Tower (동산 타워), just before Yongsan Elementary School and the overpass to Hwasun. This section of Continue Reading →

Sun Halo and Iridescent Rainbow Clouds in Hoi An, Vietnam

We are currently in Hoi An, Vietnam. Tomorrow will be our last day in this city and I've been sick in bed all day with a bad cold. So this evening I decided to take some photos of the rice fields and mountains surrounding our hotel from the window of our room. As the sun was setting I noticed to the right of the sun what appeared to be a Continue Reading →