Travel notes

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

Apr 10, 2017

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 tou...

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Unique Customs to Know Before Traveling to Asia

Mar 08, 2017

In 2014, a 37-year old British 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 ...

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

Feb 15, 2017

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, then you’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  Koh Kradan, Sunset Beach Koh Kradan is the most popular beach in the Trang archipelago, but 90% of...

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Five Common Myths About Japan

Aug 04, 2016

To the outsider, Japan is a place of puzzling contradictions. Its well-mannered people are elegant and urbane, yet nightlife is vibrant and rowdy. Workers in tailored suits loosen ties in backstreet clubs and sleep off their exuberance on the metro home while Buddhist monks meditate in hillside temples. Ancient temples and picturesque landscapes provide a further baffling contrast to the bustling neon cities. It's this exhilarating, contradictory cultural clash that makes Japan such a rewarding place for travelers. However, people in the West seem determined to cling...

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Tour Highlights: Thailand and Cambodia

Jun 10, 2016

Bewildering and bewitching, Thailand is a lot to take in for the first time visitor. And the capital city of Bangkok, with its surreal fusion of Technicolor modernity and ancient traditions, scares as many first-time travelers as it thrills. The best way to maximize your Thai trip is to go on a guided tour. Not only will you get to meet like-minded travelers, but a guide will ensure that you get the most out of your vacation.  Bangkok The list of things to do in Bangkok is endless, but after a long flight, it’s best to ease into your Tha...

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