About Rachel Harner

Rachel Harner is a rising sophomore at Harvard University planning to major in English. This summer she'll be traveling on her inaugural trip to Asia across Thailand and Vietnam as a writer for Let's Go. Get ready to break down language barriers, take too many pictures, and explore the cultures of Southeast Asia through its cities, people, and (especially) food.
10 01, 2016
  • Paratay Beach

Itinerary for a Day-Long Party in Paratay

Rise and shine! Time waits for no one. If hunger pesters the stomach, the hostel will provideth food. Walk to the Rodoviária and wait for the Trindade Bus and spend the 40 minute bus ride thinking about how awesome the waves are going to be, and then have your expectations blown out of the water once you get there. Spend two and a half hours thinking about how hard surfing must be [...]

30 08, 2015
  • Halong Bay Let's Go

An Excursion to Halong Bay

We start the cruise by shotgunning a beer on the top deck of the boat. Welcome to Castaway. I wasn't scheduled to go to Halong Bay. But hang around Hanoi long enough and you're bound to be asked almost daily if you've either gone or are going on a cruise out to the island chain. Fun fact: there's rumored to be 1,969 islands, which has nothing to do with actually counting and everything [...]

23 08, 2015
  • The Art of Making Spring rolls

The Art of Cooking Spring Rolls

The other day, I had the absolute pleasure of spending the entire morning and early afternoon making, cooking, and then eating about fifty spring rolls. Before you accuse me of being the world's biggest fat-ass, I didn't eat all fifty spring rolls myself, I had like three. Now, believe it or not, when I'm not enjoying the wonders of university cafeteria food (read: free and convenient), I enjoy cooking. However, my atrophied knife [...]

16 08, 2015
  • Muay Thai Boxing Let's Go

Everybody Was Muay Thai Fighting

Yesterday, as I was sitting in my hostel’s common room doing boring but important things like buying airline tickets and making hostel reservations, I was asked if I wanted to go to a Muay Thai boxing class. Muay Thai boxing, also known as Thai boxing, is a very popular sport in Thailand, and I’ve been handed many fliers advertising upcoming Muay Thai flights. However, tickets to most fights, especially in tourist [...]

12 08, 2015
  • Angthong National Marine Park

Hiking as Defined at Angthong National Marine Park

Yesterday, I took a tour to Angthong National Marine Park off the coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Up till now, I’ve stayed away from organized tours; one of the greatest freedoms of being a solo traveler is the freedom to determine your own schedule. However, Angthong Park is actually a grouping of 42 islands, meaning the park is only accessible by boat. Though my overly frugal self was dreading paying the (admittedly reasonable) [...]

7 08, 2015
  • Pattaya Let's Go

The Men I Met at Breakfast

Sometimes being lost isn't a bad thing. Sometimes it's what you need. Admittedly, Pattaya doesn't present the most welcoming exterior to a solo female backpacker like myself. A quick walk down the main roads of Central Pattaya reveals "special" massage parlors, outdoor bars with stripper poles, thinly veiled club names packed with innuendo. A walk down these same streets at night left me disgusted, as throngs of old men clung to the bodies [...]

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