Travel notes

Paradise Found: The 5 Most Beautiful Beaches to Visit When in Thailand

Apr 01, 2018

Thailand is a country of raw natural beauty, but if you’re planning a trip to Thailand with visions of empty, white beaches lined with palm trees, thenyou’re going to have to follow the advice of poet Robert Frost and "take the road less traveled.” In 2014, 24.7 million international tourists visited Thailand. It has one of the most developed hospitality industries in Asia. While popular Thai destinations such as

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Food To Thai For: A Culinary Tour of Chiang Mai

Apr 01, 2018

Chiang Mai is a food paradise. Before you see the street stalls and food carts, you smell them:mu ping(pork skewers),saiua(spiced lemongrass sausage),khaokhamu(stewed pork knuckle over rice). Food is everywhere in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. According to novelist Deepti Kapoor, you can pick any point on a map of Chiang Mai, go there, and eat something wonderful. Or you can just eat your way from one end of the city to the other. There’s something surreally communal about food culture in Chiang Mai. Up and own the streets, shop owners set up small gas burners after work and drink co...

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5 Must-Visit Places in Japan You Probably Never Heard Of

Feb 11, 2018

Japan represents different things to different travelers. To some, Japan is a country of cutting-edge modernity, a place whose capital, Tokyo, with its neon skyline and 13 million people, is like something out of a science fiction film. To others, Japan is a spiritual place, a country steeped in tradition, its deep forests, valleys and ancient coastal highways closely tied to Hiroshige’s paintings. And while Japan is famous for its dual nature of hyper-modernity and heritage, it’s more than that. It’s a haiku with many different layers and meanings.For every popular tourist attractionand landm...

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Unique Customs to Know Before Traveling to Asia

Feb 11, 2018

In 2014, a 37-year oldBritish nurse was arrested in Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of a meditating Buddha on her arm. In 2012, three French tourists were apprehended for kissing a Buddha statue in a disrespectful manner. In Sri Lanka, the mistreatment of Buddhist images is a serious offense. Even in Sri Lankan homes, religious statues are kept at the highest point and no other photographs or ornaments are hung above them. What the British and French tourists experienced as culture shock, the people in Asia experienced as cultural insensitivity.When you travel, it’s important to be aware of the ...

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Paradise Found: The 5 Most Beautiful Beaches to Visit When in Thailand

Apr 01, 2018

Thailand is a country of raw natural beauty, but if you’re planning a trip to Thailand with visions of empty, white beaches lined with palm trees, thenyou’re going to have to follow the advice of poet Robert Frost and "take the road less traveled.” In 2014, 24.7 million international tourists visited Thailand. It has one of the most developed hospitality industries in Asia. While popular Thai destinations such as

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