Luang Prabang, Laos- My New Favorite Place on Earth

Luang Prabang is one of those hidden treasures. It’s a place you may have read about in your Lonely Planet book or heard whispers of through the traveling community or via travel blogs, but it doesn’t seem to be on the main-stream tourist agenda quite yet. It’s getting there, I’m afraid. It’s hard to keep… Continue reading Luang Prabang, Laos- My New Favorite Place on Earth

Explore Bangkok Like a Local, But Don’t Fall for the Gem Scam (Like We Did)!!

So what do I mean when I say “explore Bangkok like a local,” exactly? Have you ever visited a city often enough to where you felt unrushed and able to spend time discovering the little gems that would never show up on a tourist map? New York, Washington D.C., Austin, Madrid, Seville, Rome, Barcelona…. these… Continue reading Explore Bangkok Like a Local, But Don’t Fall for the Gem Scam (Like We Did)!!

Bangkok in Two Days: 10 Must-Sees (and a few honorable mentions)

If you have two days in Bangkok and want to hit the highlights, here is a list of the top 10 tourist sites in the city: 1. The National Museum and The Grand Palace  Located in the historic area of Ko Ratanakosin (the veritable Vatican City of Thai Buddhism, filled with Thailand’s most revered and sacred sites),… Continue reading Bangkok in Two Days: 10 Must-Sees (and a few honorable mentions)

Bangkok, The World’s Third Top Tourist Destination, in Half a Day

Bangkok is among the world’s top tourist destinations, ranked third, after London and Paris, in MasterCard’s Global Destination City Index and is repeatedly named “World’s Best City” by Travel and Leisure (see the top 10 list here – New York #7, Paris #10). With it’s eight million some-odd inhabitants (fourteen million live in the metropolitan region, making Bangkok an extreme primate city), it… Continue reading Bangkok, The World’s Third Top Tourist Destination, in Half a Day

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Amazing Ayutthaya, Thailand’s Second Capital and World Heritage Site

After Sukhothai, the Siam (Thai) Kingdom’s capital city was moved to Ayutthaya during the 15th century. The World Heritage site, founded around 1350, is the birthplace of true Thai art, including architecture and wall art. It was also my favorite city for in-tact, stunning historical Thai architecture, second only to Sukhothai. To get there from Bangkok, you can… Continue reading Amazing Ayutthaya, Thailand’s Second Capital and World Heritage Site

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Sabai Sabai- Easy, Easy. Biking Sukhothai: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Northern Thailand is the antithesis of Phuket and the Andaman Sea islands. The subtle aggravations of the tourist-dominated south seemed to dissipate with the heat and humidity. Gone were the beach-combers. The stifling heat was replaced with a dryer warmth and an occasional breeze. The pace felt infinitely slower, and the people exuded an inner-peace… Continue reading Sabai Sabai- Easy, Easy. Biking Sukhothai: UNESCO World Heritage Site

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