A Fish Out of Water: 5 Tips For the China First-Timer

Posted on May 23, 2015 by ADMIN in News


China is a large and fascinatingly diverse country. Tour operators like to joke that China has enough languages and dialects that even native Chinese worry that they won’t be able to communicate with one another when they travel from one part of the country to another.

John Steinbeck said, “I have homes everywhere, many of which I have not seen yet.” As a first-timer traveling to China that’s the perfect mind-set to avoid feeling like ...

A Trip Down the Li River is like Yoga on the Water

Posted on May 17, 2015 by ADMIN in City Guide


Far from the maddening crowd, miles away from the busy cities and the tourists snapping selfies on the Great Wall –that’s where you want to be. Someplace quiet. Someplace reflective. Someplace where fishermen sail bamboo rafts past limestone karst hills and farmers tend rice paddies...

How to Save Money and Avoid Scams in Thailand

Posted on March 25, 2015 by ADMIN

Friendly and fun-loving, sacred and exotic, Thailand attracts travelers from all walks of life. You can find cheap backpacker guesthouses and $5,000 a night luxury resorts with rooftop bars and Muay Thai boxing rings. Most travelers, however, are neither gap year vagabonds lugging rucksacks stuffed with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, nor are they shouldering Hermes Birkin bags with the jet-set crowd. Most people have a modest budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel like a kin...

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The "Sanuk" Guide to Traveling Thailand: Bangkok, Koh Samui, and Phuket

Posted on March 17, 2015 by ADMIN in Traveler Stories

Thumb through a guidebook on Thailand, and you’ll come across the word sanuk. While the Thai concept is typically translated as meaning “fun,” it’s much more than that. Sanuk is about achieving pleasure and satisfaction in whatever you do. When you travel to Th...

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