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Mar 20 2015

The Nam Hai Review

The Nam Hai in Vietnam is expertly designed and laid out to create a peaceful atmosphere along a pristine stretch of white sandy beach. The resort sits on a sprawling 35 hectares of lush land with 100 villas from one to five bedrooms. The Nam Hai is located only eleven kilometers north of Hoi An on a private beach with three large elevated infinity pools each with views of the ocean and nearby Cham Islands. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="4053,4051,4039"] The Grounds The resort has a unique design that allows the majority of the villas...

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Mar 20 2015

Glory Legend Cruise Review: Halong Bay

On our trip to Vietnam we knew we could not miss the famous UNESCO Heritage site of Halong Bay. There are only a few options to explore this historic site and the most popular is an overnight cruise. We tested the new Glory Legend Cruise experience for a three day and two night cruise in luxury and comfort. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="4005,4004"] The Room The room was small and simple but well decorated and had a night stand, lamp and racks to hang our clothes on. The bathroom was pretty nice and had a...

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Mar 19 2015

Flying With AirAsia Thailand

While living in Chiang Mai, we got to explore a lot of Thailand including several trips to Bangkok and a two week trip to the Southern part of the country. To get the most out of our trips, we wanted to spend as little time and money on transportation as possible. We have flown with AirAsia Thailand a dozen times and we are always pleased with our service. Recently, we flew with AirAsia Thailand to Bangkok and then on to Hanoi. It was our first international flight with the airline and...

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Mar 14 2015

Palm Garden Resort Hoi An Review

The Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An, Vietnam, is in a great location for those in search of a beautiful beach with easy access to the Ancient City. A free shuttle runs a few times a day to take guests to the heart of town and a taxi is less than $5. There are plenty of little shops and convenience stores in the area where you can pick up any toiletries that you might need. We were greeted in the open air lobby with cold watermelon juice and after a...

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Mar 09 2015

La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa Review

After a long and bumpy overnight train ride from Hanoi, we arrived in the vibrant city of Hue, Vietnam. Hue is a great town to explore on foot or by bicycle, and has many bustling markets. The entire city is a UNESCO world heritage site and La Residence Hue is a part of that history and charm. Of the many hotels in Hue, this one is recognized around the world for its service and luxurious amenities. La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa sits on 2 hectares of land partially surrounded by...

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Mar 05 2015

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel Review

The Sofitel Metropole Hanoi is a perfect mix of luxury and culture. Located in a building built as a hotel in 1901, and situated near the city's largest lake in the Old Quarter, the Metropole Hanoi is a popular spot for wedding photography, coffee dates and even live jazz. The beautiful historic and modern wings offer different amenities and room styles, but all guests have access to the extensive activities on site. So many famous and talented people have passed through that lobby, we couldn't help but feel a little...

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Feb 25 2015

Ann Heritage Lodge Inle Lake Review

As you may know, we actively seek out unique accommodations around the world that offer one of a kind experiences and create lasting memories that we can share for years to come. Ann Heritage Lodge is one of these accommodations that offers an experience you will not find anywhere else. The lodge consists of cabins built on stilts over the water of the northwestern side if Inle Lake, Myanmar. The lodge is only accessible by small boat and is a great central location for exploring the rest of the lake. The...

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Feb 24 2015

Oasis Baan Saen Doi Spa Resort Review

Oasis Baan Saen Doi Spa Resort is located a few kilometers south of the old city of Chiang Mai in a quiet resort community at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain. The small boutique resort is spread throughout multiple lanna style structures and includes a full service luxury spa and spacious rooms and suites. After our tiresome travels through Myanmar, we decided to stay at Oasis Baan Saen Doi for a few days to rest and revive ourselves. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3679,3677,3662"] The Grounds Wooden walkways surrounded by tranquil water features welcome you as...

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Feb 15 2015

Inateck Surface Pro 3 Felt Sleeve Review

One of the most important "techcessories" will always be the protective case that keeps your expensive devices safe while you use it and during travel. Inateck has created a new line of good looking protective tablet and laptop sleeves. These sleeves are made from thick felt with neat leather details. They are also built using sustainable production practices and are made from eco-friendly materials. I had the opportunity to test out the Surface Pro 3 Felt Sleeve while working around Claremont, California. The case fit the Surface Pro perfectly and the velcro secured the...

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Feb 14 2015

Sala Mae Rim Restaurant Review, Four Seasons Chiang Mai

The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is located farther from the city than we thought. In fact, it’s in the artsy and more rural Mae Rim, the next city over. The location is no mistake, and makes for peaceful setting. Sala Mae Rim, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai's main restaurant, overlooks rice paddies surrounded by the resort’s luxurious villas. We arrived just in time to watch the sun disappear behind the mountains. We started our meal with spring rolls, pork, chicken and shrimp satay with peanut sauce and spicy papaya salad with...

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Feb 11 2015

Inateck Ultra-slim Universal Bluetooth Keyboard Review

“Techcessories’ are becoming ever more important in today’s culture. These techcessories allow us to use our devices more efficiently and in many different work situations. The Poplar Travels team recently received one of the newest portable bluetooth keyboards from Inateck for review. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3517,3514,3518"] Within just a few minutes of opening the Inateck Ultra-slim Universal Bluetooth Keyboard, I had it connected to my iPad via bluetooth and I was ready to start typing. Once it's hooked up it works seamlessly in any app and is especially useful for word processing. The full...

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Feb 10 2015

Elago Tripshell World Travel Adapter Review

One of the necessary items in any perpetual traveler’s travel kit is a world power adaptor. I received my Elago Tripshell World Travel Adapter a few months ago and since then I have put it through some rigorous use. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3458,3460,3459"] The Tripshell World Travel Adapter supports over 150 countries and comes with a dual usb charging component so you can charge multiple devices at once. This feature is so handy that I use the Tripshell World Travel Adapter almost every night to charge my iPhone and iPad. The construction is solid...

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Jan 30 2015

Peak Spa And Beauty Salon, Chiang Mai Review

Peak Spa is located in the Night Bazaar neighborhood of Chiang Mai. It sits on a quiet alley directly next to the large Shangri-La hotel. Peak spa is a day spa, full service beauty salon and hair salon. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3254,3256,3245"] We were picked up in the morning and driven to the spa in a new shuttle car. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted and sat down to discuss the spa treatment schedule for the day. The reception and waiting areas have large glass walls that give off a modern spacious feel...

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Jan 24 2015

Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa Review: Chiang Mai

Ping Nakara consists of just 19 guest rooms in a beautiful, white Lanna Colonial-style mansion. The decor and arrangement makes guests feel like they have been welcomed into someone’s very stylish home. The floor plan is very open, incorporating the surrounding palms and sounds of nature, while somehow still creating intimate seating areas. The overall atmosphere was calming and chic, with nods to the past reign of teak dealers.   [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3214,3215,3213,3211"] The Rooms The rooms at Ping Nakara are all uniquely decorated. Each has a large balcony, bathroom with separate tub and...

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Jan 21 2015

RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort, Chiang Mai Review

RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort in Chiang Mai is a small 35 room resort with a focus on wellness and relaxation. The resort is near the river  on the busy Chareonraj Rd., but the U shape of the main buildings create a quiet haven and preserves the soothing atmosphere. The water features and plants enhanced the sense of calm. Free yoga classes offered each morning and evening and the well-equipped spa on site are all a part of the healthy lifestyle RarinJinda promotes. The Grounds The pool is a central point of the...

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Jan 16 2015

Kiyora Spa: Chiang Mai’s Urban Oasis

Kiyora Spa is located a few blocks away from the old city of Chiang Mai on a quiet neighborhood street. The Spa is small, but offers an extensive treatment menu with everything from the traditional thai massage to 4.5 hour “spa-cation” packages. We got to try the 2.5 hour “scrub, rub and compress” package which includes a body scrub, an oil massage and a hot herbal compress massage. We were warmly greeted upon arrival and offered a tea welcome drink. The staff was quick to help us with our bags and...

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Jan 15 2015

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai: A Kingdom of Luxury

The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai has been named the best hotel in Thailand and year after year it sits comfortably within the rankings of the top 50 hotels in the world. It is modeled after a traditional Lanna kingdom complete with streams and ponds winding through the 123 palatial villas and suites. The property sits on a sprawling 60 acres and is so large that staff get around on bikes and guests can call a golf cart shuttle to their room to take them to breakfast or anywhere else on...

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Jan 07 2015

Crosskix: Your New Favorite Travel Shoe

As the name might suggest, Crosskix are a bit of a cross between Crocs and traditional running shoes. How does that work? Really well, actually, and at just 7.5 ounces for a size 9, these featherweight shoes are ideal for active travelers. Deciding which shoes to bring on a trip is always a struggle for us. They take up so much room in a suitcase and are often heavy, but how do you decide which ones aren’t worth it? Especially if you are planning a mix of urban and wilderness adventures,...

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Jan 01 2015

The Best Wireless Mouse For Travel: Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse

The new year marks the new age of tech reviews here on Poplar Travels. We are currently reviewing dozens of travel technology products so that we can help guide you through the vast ocean of techcessories. For the past few months I have been testing the Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse in various travel situations with my MacBook Pro. Here are the results: [gallery type="rectangular" ids="2819,2821,2820"] The Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse is exactly as the name describes. Ultra thin and sleek, at first glance it resembles a space age ouija planchette rather than...

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Dec 29 2014

The Latest Tech Accessories From Zagg Tested By Poplar Travels

The new age of tech accessories (techcessories) from Zagg is upon us. As you may know, Zagg is the maker of my favorite Ipad keyboard, that I am currently using to send emails while I write this post. A while ago our friends at Zagg sent us some new gear to test out the Poplar Travels way. After over a month of rigorous testing, here are the results. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="2809,2804"] Invisible Shield GLASS The new line of Zagg screen protectors includes the GLASS screen protectors which, as you might have guessed, are...

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Dec 27 2014

Cheeva Spa: Boutique Relaxation in Chiang Mai

Cheeva Spa in Chiang Mai takes Thai hospitality to the next level with its very personal service, private consultation rooms and treatment villas. We were warmly greeted and led to our cozy, clean waiting room where we enjoyed tea and listened to the soothing music. After our feet were washed with limes, we filled out our treatment cards while we sat in the small but comfortable consultation room. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="2784,2777,2782"] Lit candles lined our walk back through the main house and out into a garden with a small waterfall. Our villa...

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Dec 19 2014

The Marina Bay Sands Resort and Casino: Singapore’s Luxury Icon

The Marina Bay Sands resort and Casino is a massive integrated resort with three towers, fifty seven levels, one of the worlds largest infinity pools, and a multilevel casino. There is also a subterranean luxury shopping center, a museum, and theaters inside the resort. Everything about the Marina Bay Sands  screams luxury and should, as it is the most expensive hotel in the world with a USD$4.7 Billion price tag. During our last visit to Singapore, we found ourselves visiting the Marina Bay Sands on many occasions. Not because we were...

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Dec 18 2014

SleepPhones: The Most Comfortable Headphones For Travel

What saves you on long flights? For me, it’s getting sleep and listening to music. With standard ear buds or bulky headphones, it’s hard to do both at the same time and usually that is exactly what I want. Enter SleepPhones, the amazingly comfortable headphones made for sleeping. I honestly don’t know how these didn’t come into existence a long time ago or how I’ve managed to go this long without them. I tested out the SleepPhones Classic Breeze for the first time during our 24 hours of traveling from the...

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Dec 14 2014

Red Sky Bar : Sweeping Views Of Bangkok

On our most recent trip to Bangkok we met up with some friends from back home for a day of shopping and to try out some bars that we missed on our first trip. After a long morning wandering Chatuchak Weekend Market followed by an afternoon exploring the maze of stores in the gigantic Central World Mall, we decided that we needed to relax for an evening of drinks. We happened on Red Sky Bar by a bit of a happy accident. I had heard that Zense Rooftop Bar had a good view...

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Dec 13 2014

Alive Museum Singapore: Run From Giants, Play With Giraffes

When we first heard of the Alive Museum in Singapore, we weren’t really sure what it was. We were pretty intrigued after seeing some hilarious guest photos and we wanted to see it for ourselves. The Alive Museum concept originated in Korea and has since spread throughout Southeast Asia. Less a museum than a funhouse, this maze of clever optical illusions lets you take photos of you and your friends performing impossible feats, escaping giant babies and even running from zombies. During our visit, the museum was filled with young children...

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