Travel notes

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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Beyond the Guidebook: 5 Things You Have to Know Before Going to China

May 04, 2016

You always wanted to travel China. Now you’re finally taking the plunge. It’s exciting but scary;  you feel like Li Mu Bai in the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” battling swords with Jen Yu at the tops of tall, swaying bamboo trees. You did your research, looked through guidebooks, and scanned hotel reviews. In fact, you googled China so many times that you’re now familiar with the poetry of Shangguan Wan’er. You also discovered that China invented the umbrella, as well as the compass. Still, as much as you read and research, it’s difficult to get a feel for a cou...

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Tour Highlights: Thailand Treasures

Apr 28, 2016

There used to be elephants on the streets of Bangkok. And while this practice was made illegal in 2013 (it’s not healthy for elephants to walk on concrete roads), sometimes you still see mahouts with their elephants on the outskirts of Thailand’s capital city, selling sugar cane and bananas to tourists. Of course, most people don’t choose a Thailand tour because of the elephants. They choose a Thai trip because of the country’s many exotic temples, palaces, and vibrant cities and towns. Bangkok, River Kwai, Ayutthaya, Pattaya and Chiang Mai are just a few of the highligh...

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