The Essence of BURMA

One writer fondly recalls time spent in Southeast Asia's Burma, once the doors of tourism were opened. Burma (aka Myanmar) has more than 100 ethnic groups and a population of approximately 50 million people. Still, it is possible to find peace and quiet in this lovely country that borders China, India, Bangladesh, Laos and Thailand. Burma is my favorite place in Southeast Asia, and maybe … [Read more...]

The Dancing Nymphs of Angkor, CAMBODIA

Will Ottley explores the Buddhist/Hindu temples of Cambodia's Angkor Wat complex and discovers the wisdom of ancient civilizations, displayed in the treasure trove of temples and monuments left behind. What surprised me most about Siem Reap, Cambodia was not the grandeur and sophistication of the temple complexes, but the overriding presence of the ‘feminine’. Walking among the ancient … [Read more...]

SHANGHAI: A Far East Family Feast

From the maze of lanes in the Old City market where locals haggle over live flinching bugs, to Pudong’s illuminated space-age skyline, Shanghai is a feast for the senses. Shanghai bridges the past to the future with sensory-rich experiences, but traveling with children in China’s most populous city needs clever planning. I’ve compiled some tips to keep the beasts at bay. First of all, the … [Read more...]

Unplugged in Ubud, BALI

The verdant rice fields, temples and spiritual village life of Ubud, Bali offers a back-to-nature family break away from tech driven tantrums. If my kids were left to their own devices during vacation, they would be eternally plugged into some kind of device: Minecraft, Youtube, Angry Birds, iTunes, iMovie… iDunno. I often question whether killer apps are killing kids’ appetite for real … [Read more...]

SINGAPORE: Fabulous at 50

Join the jubilee and hit the ‘new kampong’ like a local as the lion city celebrates 50 years of independence. Singapore, a former fishing village, has transformed itself into a stylish powerhouse with rooftop gardens, gourmet burgers, indie flicks and nightclubs. Start off your stay with a fresh ginger ninja soda on the hippest new block in Singapore, Keong Saik Road, located on the fringes … [Read more...]

Golden Temples and Floating Markets in BANGKOK

From majestic palaces, to open-air markets and elephant rides, Bangkok offers a myriad of ways for visitors to experience Thailand’s unique culture. As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok serves as the country’s cultural, spiritual and culinary center. With more than 10 million inhabitants, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the city has to offer. Our suggestion is to sample the best of … [Read more...]

Full Moon Adventures Around the Globe

The following properties celebrate the lunar cycle with unique Full Moon adventures. From moonlit dinners in Thailand, moon bathing in Turks and Caicos or moon light swimming in Dubai, the celestial glowing orb is a wonder to behold in any destination. Paresa Resort- Phuket, Thailand A hideaway-style luxury pool villa and suite resort perched on the cliffs of Kamala, amongst a lush … [Read more...]

For All the Tea in CHINA

One writer's quest for the perfect cup of tea takes her through Hong Kong and Tokyo, resulting in lessons of history, health and wellness. Tea began as an accident. It happened in China over 5,000 years ago when an early emperor thought drinking water should be boiled as a hygienic precaution. According to legend, while visiting a region of his realm, the servants began boiling water for … [Read more...]

The Quickest Route to the HIMALAYAS

For many intrepid world travelers, trekking the Himalayas to catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest ranks as one of the more common, if unattainable, ‘bucket list’ goals. Scaling even the base of the world’s highest peak takes months of planning while potentially costing thousands of dollars and several weeks or months of hard-earned vacation time. In short, it’s a romantic and certainly thrilling notion … [Read more...]

Tracking Tigers in NEPAL’S Royal Bardia National Park

Author Suzan Crane explores a pristine corner of Nepal in search of the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. It’s been several hours and we remain camouflaged under a thick forest canopy on the banks of the Karnali river in western Nepal’s remote Royal Bardia National Park. But for the melodious chatter of the area’s prolific birdlife of nearly 500 species, we’re enveloped by a symphony of silence, a … [Read more...]